Istanbul-Ephesus-Cappadocia Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from USA

An overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

Day 2: Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, meet our greeter and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour (B)

Begin with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. After a lunch break, visit the main sights around Sultanahmet Square, including the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1,000 years, and decorated with stunning VI Century Golden Mosaics. Then visit the Blue Mosque, designed with six delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. Overnight in Istanbul.

devin 059 - Istanbul-Ephesus-Cappadocia TourDay 4: Full Day Istanbul Tour (B) 

Today explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of XVII Century origin – a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Then visit the beautifully tiled tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque hidden among the narrow cobbled market streets nearby. Next we take a Bosphorus Tour Sightseeing Boat Trip (2 hr. boat ride) up Istanbul’s winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas – you’ll see Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Ottoman summer mansions and Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 5: Istanbul – Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour  (B)

Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport, meet your guide and drive to Ephesus . We’ll first visit the Artemis Temple which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus, one of the twelve cities of Ionia and one of the best preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean dated back to 2,000 years. Afternoon visit House of Virgin Mary. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Kusadasi – Cappadocia Tour (B)

Pick up from hotel and transfer to Izmir airport for morning flight to Cappadocia (via Istanbul). Arrive in Kayseri Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon begin your tour in Cappadocia. Today you will visit the vast Uchisar Kale (fortress) that dominates the skyline for miles. Continue to the underground city of Kaymakli, once a refuge from Arab, Roman, and Mongolian aggressors. Our last stop will be Cavusin Village where we will see frescoes dating back to 11th century. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7: Cappadocia Tour – Istanbul (B)

You can rise early this morning (weather permitting) and get a new perspective on the intriguing tufa landscapes while gliding smoothly above them on our optional, Hot Air Balloon Excursion.

In the morning, explore the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent Valley- also known as the “Valley of the Fairy Chimneys”.  Visit the conical tufa formations capped with basalt that are still used as storage units today in Pasabag. After lunch in Avanos, you will visit a cave pottery atelier where you will observe some of the local pottery creations. Our last stop will be Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, you’ll view the ancient rock-hewn churches sculpted in the hillsides almost 1,000 years ago. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 8: Departure (B)

Private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Meeting place of the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey has always been a land of contrasts. Cosmopolitan Istanbul stood at the head of the Byzantine Empire for a thousand years, while its Islamic successors, the Ottomans, ruled the Mediterranean and beyond for six centuries more. This long Christian and Islamic history has left a legacy of historical sites, while Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline has long been famous for its beaches and wild nightlife. Travel Turkey east into the interior, however, and a more traditional land unfolds where life moves slowly and the legendary Turkish hospitality lives on.

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Tour review scores and score breakdown

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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Istanbul-Ephesus-Cappadocia Tour.

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Guest reviews

  • Jane L
    2016-05-17

    "Highly recommend" My husband and I have just returned from a 13 day tour of Turkey with Flo Tours on November 3. Our journey started in Istanbul, took us to Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Canakkale, Troy and back to Istanbul. The original tour group was limited to 24 persons. When we arrived in Istanbul we were met by a single lady and that turned out to be our tour group, just the three of us. The rest of the persons in the group had cancelled. I am assuming the cancellations were because of the unrest in Syria. Turkey is a very large, ancient and geographically diverse county. The Turks that we encountered were warm, friendly and very hospitable. A smile and sign language would overcome the language barrier easily. Our \"private tour\", so to speak, was fabulous for us, but not so good for the Turkish economy which lists tourism as its second largest industry! I would like to say to your readers who are considering a trip to Turkey, go! At no time on our journey did we feel unsafe or threatened. We saw no signs of military presence anywhere, except for honorary guards at the Mausoleum of Ataturk. When we had free time at the beaches and in Istanbul, we felt safe. The people were very helpful and friendly. We had such a great time with the Turks and saw so many marvels of ancient history and the Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadocia was awesome! My husband and I both highly recommend traveling in Turkey!

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Inclusions

  • Your choice of hotel accommodations
  • Buffet breakfasts daily
  • All domestic flights within Turkey
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-Lunch, D-dinner)
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Services of a licensed and experienced FLO USA tour guide
  • Deluxe air-conditioned tour vehicles
  • Baggage handling, hotel taxes, hotel service charges
  • ASTA Traveler Funds Protection Plan
  • FLO Tours Travel documents kit

Exclusions

  • Visa fee
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra drinks with meal
  • Tips for your tour guide and driver