Ephesus Ruins, picture from LoggaWiggler

Classical Wonders

7-Day Private Tour: Istanbul–Cappadocia–Pamukkale–Ephesus

Take our classical tour to explore the mysterious and diverse Turkey. History, culture, customs, religion, and natural wonders — this tour will satisfy your curiosity.

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Highlights

Istanbul Old City
Stroll in ancient cities and trace three empires: Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman.
Grand Bazaar
Lose yourself in the biggest and oldest bazaar.
Fairy Chimney
Ascend to the Earth's moon and look for fairy chimneys in the valleys of Goreme.
Cotton Castle Pool, picture from LoggaWiggler
Tread water at the 'Cotton Castle'.
Ephesus Ancient City
Smell the history in Turkey's Pompeii — Ephesus.
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Itinerary Details

The itinerary below is only a typical sample and you may alter any aspect of it. Tell us your needs and our travel advisors will tailor-make it to meet your requirements.

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Day 1Istanbul Arrival

Welcome to Turkey. Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport holding a card with your name on it and will escort you to your downtown hotel to check in. You will have the rest of the day to recover from jet lag or wander around the area surrounding your hotel at your leisure.

Hotel options:
Best Western Empire Palace 
Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Day 2Istanbul Old City
Day 3Fly to Cappadocia
Day 4Goreme Discovery
Day 5Cappadocia to Kusadasi
Day 6Pamukkale and Hierapolis
Day 7Ephesus and Departure

Price Includes

One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Buffet breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

Each part of the itinerary above can be customized. Feel free to let us know your preferences and we will be pleased to adjust the elements for you.

1. Extend the Tour

  • Gallipoli and Troy: Add 2 days to see the Dardanelles Memorial, Brighton Beach, Troy, and Pergamum.
  • Fethiye and Kars: Add 3–6 days for Oludeniz, Butterfly Valley, hiking in the Lycian Way, Calis Beach, the ancient rock tombs, Kaputas Beach, and a cruise tour of six or 12 islands.
  • Ankara: Add 2 days to see Ataturk Mausoleum and Lake Abant.
  • Antalya: Add 2 days to see Perge, Aspendos, Termessos, and Duden Waterfalls.
  • More destinations: Bursa, Konya, Cesme, Alacati, Bodrum, and Safranbolu. Feel free to tell us the places you’re interested in and we will provide you with more information.
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2. Accommodation

Many types of accommodation are available including 5-star hotels, superior 4-star hotels, the best value 3-star hotels, or popular boutique hotels in various Turkish styles. We will select the perfect one for you.

3. Transportation

We usually recommend flights to connect destination cities, which is more effective and saves time. Feel free to tell us if you prefer to experience the trains or buses.

4. Meals

Lunches are prepared in local restaurants for you to taste authentic Turkish food.

Please tell us your special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, Indian, gluten-free, or halal. Your guide will take care of it for you.

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