See the highlights of Turkey on a 7-day trek across the country, stopping in important cities while learning about the history and culture. Starting from Izmir, you will drive through Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Ankara, and Istanbul.
What to Expect
Travel across Turkey on a week-long journey that will expose you to the historical and cultural sites in this land that straddles 2 continents. Enjoy tours of ancient cities and their remaining ruins, contrasted against the modern feel of such big cities as Ankara and Istanbul.
You will also stop in places of geographical wonder, such as Cappadocia with its lunar landscape. Get up close and personal with traditional Turkish meals, and spend time walking through the cities and visiting their markets to interact with the locals.
Day 1: Izmir – Kusadasi
After pick-up from the Izmir Airport, transfer to your hotel. Check in to your hotel at your leisure and the rest of the day you are free to explore this harbor-side resort town. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 2: Ephesus, Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theater before continuing to the House of the Virgin Mary. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village you will learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 3: Pamukkale, Hierapolis
This morning, you will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where you will also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip amongst ancient columns in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4: Silk Road, Konya
Travel the ancient Silk Road, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5: Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum. See the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Ankara
Depart in the early morning to the nation's capital, Ankara, where you will visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 7: Istanbul
After breakfast, your tour concludes and you are transferred to the airport for your flight.
- Airport transfers in İIstanbul and Izmir
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Entrance fees to the sights
- 6 nights hotel accommodation in 4-star hotels
- 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches
What's Not Included
- International flights
- Domestic flights
Know Before You Go
Customizing of the tour program is possible upon request.