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9 Days Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Pamukkale, Ephesus, and Cappadocia Tour

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Duration

9 Days

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

15 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Would you like to discover Turkey entirely? If you’ve already booked your flights to Istanbul for 9+ days, we have something to offer. There are so many wonderful places in Turkey! Istanbul, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Gallipoli, Troy, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and much more in one tour package! If you are not familiar with some of these names, scroll down for more detailed info. If you would like to admire beautiful places and feel the spirit of the ancient cities you heard about but never see, this tour is for you. In one trip you can visit Artemis Temple, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, enjoy the amazing landscapes with hot air balloon in Cappadocia, have a bath in hot springs in Pamukkale, have a lazy beach day in Antalya and more. During the trip, you’ll be accompanied by a professional tour guide who will help you with everything you need.

Please Note:

  • Prices are per person in double-twin or triple shared room.
  • Single traveler should pay 40% extra for this trip.
  • Flights might be from Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen airport.
  • Due to weather conditions if your balloon tour is canceled you will be totally reimbursed.

Maximum tour group sizes:

  • Cappadocia tours group size maximum 15 people
  • Pamukkale tour group size maximum 15 people
  • Ephesus tour group size maximum 15 people
  • Gallipoli tour group size maximum 15-25 people

1) Tour Package with comfort hotels

  • Kusadasi – Double Tree by Hilton (Standard Room) / La Vista Boutique Hotel (Standard Room) / Celsus Boutique Hotel
  • Istanbul – Sirkeci Mansion Hotel / Sultania Hotel / Sura Design Hotel
  • Canakkale – Parion Hotel (Standard Room)or Akol Hotel (Standard Room)
  • Cappadocia – Hera Cave Suites / Holiday Cave Hotel Suite Room / Fresco Cave Suites Hotel

Price: Per person 1700USD with credit card or 1615USD with cash payment

2) Tour Package with economical hotels

  • Kusadasi – Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel (Standard Room) / Efe Boutique Hotel (Standard Room) / Hotel by Karaaslan Inn (Standard room)
  • Istanbul – Uyan Hotel / Ilkay Hotel / Olimpiyat Hotel
  • Canakkale – Grand Anzac Hotel (Standard Room) or Comfort Anzac Hotel (Standard Room)
  • Cappadocia – Holiday Cave Hotel / The Cove Cappadocia / Roca Cappadocia Hotel / Heaven Cave Hotel

Price:  Per person 1255USD with credit card or 1195USD with cash payment

The quoted price of this tour covers accommodations in hotels as mentioned above or in similar quality hotels.

Hot Air Balloon Tour is optional with this itinerary in Cappadocia. The balloon tour costs 180 Euro in cash or 190 Euro credit card payment per person.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gallipoli memorials and monuments
  • Ephesus Ancient City
  • Artemis Temple
  • Kusadasi
  • Cleopatra Swimming Pool (optional)
  • Pamukkale
  • Hierapolis Ancient City
  • Aspendos
  • Perge
  • Antalya
  • Konya
  • Hiking in Cappadocia
  • Göreme Open Air Museum
  • Hot air balloon tour (optional)
  • Uchisar Castle
  • Underground city: Kaymakli
  • And more!

Itinerary

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Day 1: Your arrival in Istanbul
Day 1:  Your arrival in Istanbul

After you arrive at one of the Istanbul airports, we’ll pick you up and transfer to the hotel. This day you’ll have free time, so you can rest after your flight.

Day 2: Free day in Istanbul
Day 2: Free day in Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, you can either explore Istanbul Old City by on your own or we can offer you an Istanbul Old City small group tour for 59$ per person. This price includes English speaking guide, entrance fees and lunch in a local restaurant. Please, mind that the tour will be operated only for 2+ people. The night you’ll spend in Istanbul.

Day 3: Gallipoli Tour
Day 3: Gallipoli Tour

Our trip will start early in the morning, at around 6.30-7.00 o’clock. We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and go to Gallipoli ( 5 hours by car). Our program includes visiting:



After the tour, we’ll have lunchtime in a local restaurant and then take a to Canakkale, where we’ll stay at the hotel for a night.

Day 4: Troy & Pergamum Tour
Day 4: Troy & Pergamum Tour

Breakfast time, around 8.30 we’ll start the tour to Troy Ancient City. Today you’ll see the sightseeings of 10 ancient cities that were built one on another: Trojan Horse, Apollo Temple, fortified city walls, Roman Theater, Greco-Roman Senate building. Then, we’ll drive to Pergamum, an ancient Greek city where you could see Zeus Altar and one of the most important libraries of the ancient world.
In the midday, we’ll have lunch and then drive to Kusadasi where you’ll spend a night in the local hotel.

Day 5: Pamukkale - Hierapolis tour
Day 5: Pamukkale - Hierapolis tour

Breakfast at the hotel, around 8 am you’ll meet the guide. Today we have Pamukkale-Hierapolis trip. Pamukkale (‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish) is a hillside with white travertine cascades and terraces of shallow pools. This place is known for its hot springs and has been existing since ancient times. Don't worry you’ll have some time to have a bath.
After Pamukkale, we’ll visit Hierapolis Ancient City, Unesco World Heritage Site. As an option, you can walk on terraces or swim in Cleopatra Swimming Pool. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred to the local bus station from where you’ll head to Antalya (the ride will take around 3-4 hours). On your arrival, we’ll pick you up and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6: Ephesus Tour
Day 6: Ephesus Tour

Breakfast first, around 9.30 we’ll start our tour to Ephesus.
What we’ll visit: Artemis Temple (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world), Ephesus Ancient City, Celcus Library, Hadrian Temple, Theater, Hamams and Old Harbor.
Lunch in a local restaurant in the midday.
At the end of the day we’ll visit the House of Virgin Mary, the place where she spent her last 5 years before her death. This house was recognized as a pilgrimage place by Vatican. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7: Flight to Cappadocia
Day 7: Flight to Cappadocia

Today you’ll have a Konya-Cappadocia tour. We’ll pick you up around 8.30 from your hotel in Antalya and start our trip. The way to Konya lasts 4 hours after we reach this nice town, you’ll have some lunchtime and taste some local cuisine. Then, it’s time to visit Konya Mevlana Museum, the school of whirling dervishes. In 3 hours more we’ll reach Cappadocia and you’ll be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8: Northern Cappadocia tour
Day 8: Northern Cappadocia tour

This morning you’ll head to Goreme Village, the land of mysterious chimneys in the rocks and the biggest monastery complex in the region. Then, we'll head to Ortahisar castle and Pasabag, the valley with rocky chimneys famous for their unusual forms. We’ll pass through Devrent valley, where you’ll see the animals that are petrified in the rocks.
Around 12 o’clock our group will have a lunch break in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you'll walk along the Red River and visit a small village Avanos well-known for its pots craft. If you wish, you can attend the pottery workshop there. At the end of the day, we’ll back to the hotel by passing through the Love Valley (the place with an incredible view).

Day 9: Southern Cappadocia Tour
Day 9: Southern Cappadocia Tour

This day is for Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon activity (please, mind that this is optional, so if you wish to fly, tell about that to your tour guide the day before). If you are not going to fly, but only to observe the remarkable sky, our guide will pick you up from the hotel around 09:30 - 10:00 am and you’ll head to Southern Cappadocia Tour package includes:


  • Uchisar Castle which is one of the biggest fairy chimney used as a fortress by many civilizations.

  • Hiking in Red Valley (about 4 km.) and passing through Rose Valley by exploring the rock churches that saved early Christians from Roman prosecution.

  • Arriving in Cavusin village, which is known for its ancient settlement.

  • Lunch break in a local restaurant in the midday.

  • After lunch, we’ll continue our trip to Kaymaklı Underground City, the widest one in Cappadocia. Previously it was used as a hideout by refugees and people running away from the catastrophes.

  • Then, we’ll head to Pigeon Valley from where you can observe a nice view over Uchisar Castle and a dozen of pigeon houses.

  • Our last visiting point for today is Three Beauties Valley famous for its wineries and amazing view.


At the end of the day we’ll transfer you to the airport and you’ll return to Istanbul. On your arrival at the airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer to the hotel.

Included/Exclude

  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport pick ups and drop offs mentioned on the itinerary
  • Bus transfers
  • Lunch on tours
  • Entrance fees for sights and museums mentioned on the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Dinner
  • Old City Istanbul tour (59$ per person)
  • Cleopatra Swimming Pool entrance fee
  • Medical insurance
  • Hot Air Balloon flight (optional)

Tour's Location

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FAQs

How to Book the Tour?
25% percent of the total amount is required for reservation and the rest of the amount will be charged after you arrive in Istanbul. The deposit payment can be done by credit card or by bank transfer. To be able to get the discounted price shown in our website, the balance (75%) of the total amount needed to be paid cash upon your arrival. Please click the BOOK NOW button and fill out the form and send us for to book the tour you chose. It is a rapid SSL Secure Payment Form. For paying the deposit by bank transfer, please contact us for our bank information.
Are museum entrances fees included during your tours?
Yes. We believe in making it easy for you to budget for your trip, so all our tours entrance fees to museums listed in your itinerary are included.
Will I have a tour guide on my tour?
Yes, all of our tours include the services of a professional, English-speaking tour guide, licensed with the Ministry of Tourism.
I’m a Vegetarian. Will I be able to find vegetarian meals in Turkey ?
Yes. Many dishes in Turkey are vegetarian so it is generally easy to find vegetarian options. Please let us know at the time of booking that you are vegetarian.
What do you mean by a “professional licensed tour guide”?
Taking a tour with the professional licensed guide is very important. Guides in Turkey study a mix of history, archaeology and mythology for 4 years in order to get their tour guiding license and pass special exams in language skills. All our company tour guides are professional licensed guides and expert in their regions. It is illegal for anyone who is not a licensed tour guide to conduct tours of historical sites in Turkey.
What kind of vehicle will be provided on my tour?
Our company provides you with a late model, comfortable, air conditioned vehicle such as a Mercedes Vito,Mercedes Sprinter,Volkswagen Carevalla and Crafter with an experienced driver.
Cancellation Policy?
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1300 for Gallipoli Battlefields Tour, but the deposit of $99 is non-refundable. If you cancel the standard cancellation policy applies.
From where the tour starts?
Start and end in Istanbul.

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