8-Day Turkey Tour to Visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale

8-Day Turkey Highlights Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Istanbul, witnessing the rich blend of history and modernity. Discover the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia with its cave dwellings and surreal rock formations. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Pamukkale's terraces and thermal pools.

Days

8

Price

from US$4,860 p/p

Best For

First-timers

Best Time

Apr. to Oct.

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Tour Highlights

Take in the sweeping vistas and capture lasting memories of Istanbul's stunning beauty from the iconic Galata Tower.
Galata Tower
Tread water at the 'Cotton Castle'.
Tread water at the 'Cotton Castle'.
Take an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the enchanting landscape of Cappadocia.
hot air balloon ride

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.

Day 1
Istanbul 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.

Day 2
Istanbul Discovery | The Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower

Begin your day with a visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, a sprawling complex that once served as the residence of Ottoman sultans. Explore its spacious grounds, wander through its four courtyards, and marvel at the treasures housed in the treasury. (Optional: You can also choose to visit the Harem, with the entrance fee paid locally.)

After a delightful lunch break, embark on a walking tour through the vibrant streets of the Pera Beyoglu Area in downtown cosmopolitan Istanbul. Discover the intersection of history, architecture, and culture as you encounter Christian, Greek, and Armenian churches, picturesque shopping arcades, and passages that harken back to a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of old Ottoman Hans, explore bustling bazaars, and sip traditional Turkish coffee in charming coffeehouses. Witness the lively energy of local shoppers, students, and young professionals as you navigate these captivating surroundings.

Galata TowerGalata Tower

Conclude your tour with a visit to the iconic Galata Tower, a watchtower that dates back to 1349 when it formed part of the Genoese fortifications. Ascend to the upper public viewing balcony and be rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view over the Golden Horn, Asian shores, Bosphorus, and the picturesque Princess Islands. Take in the sweeping vistas and capture lasting memories of Istanbul's stunning beauty.

Day 3
Istanbul Discovery | Hagia Sophia and Yerebatan (Basilica) Cistern

Hagia Sophia: Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine Basilica. Marvel at its grandeur and architectural magnificence, as it stands as a testament to the Byzantine era. Explore the largest church of its time and soak in its historical significance.

Yerebatan (Basilica) Cistern: Next, we'll visit the Yerebatan Cistern, an ancient underground water supply used by the city. Immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of this beautifully restored cistern, which holds a fascinating historical significance.

Hippodrome Square and Blue Mosque: Delve into the vibrant history of Constantinople at the Hippodrome Square, once the central hub of chariot races. Discover the remnants of this ancient arena and its surroundings. Moving forward, admire the architectural splendor of the Blue Mosque, known for its iconic six minarets and stunning blue tiles that adorn its interior.

Hippodrome SquareHippodrome Square

Grand Bazaar: Dive into the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, once the thriving commercial heart of the old city. Explore its 4,000 shops, brimming with treasures to discover. From carpets and kilims to silks,▍

Day 4
Fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia | City Transfer

Your tour guide will transfer you to Istanbul Airport for the charming Cappadocia flight. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 5
Cappadocia Discovery | Hot air balloon ride

Start your day bright and early with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the enchanting landscape of Cappadocia. The early wake-up call is well worth it as you soar above the unique "moonscape" created by the surreal geological formations resulting from intense volcanic activity.

Today's adventure unfolds with a full day dedicated to exploring the riches of Cappadocia. Begin your journey at the Goreme Open-Air Museum, showcasing dozens of intricately painted cave-churches that add to the charm of this wonder of the world.

Goreme Open-Air MuseumGoreme Open-Air Museum

Indulge in a delightful lunch at a local restaurant with spectacular views (at your own expense). Our exploration continues with visits to Devrent Valley, Pasabag Fairy Towers, Uchisar Castle, and Pigeon Valley, featuring numerous panoramic photo stops along the way.

Next on the itinerary is the pottery-making village of Avanos, where you can witness clay transforming into stunning artwork. As the day unfolds, wrap up your adventures with a visit to the Red Valley Sunset Viewpoint. Witness the vibrant hues of red and orange painting the valley as the sun sets, creating a breathtaking visual display.Meal provided: breakfast

Before leaving, have some free time to let your mind adjust to such an amazing morning. Jump on an airplane to Kusadasi. Your luggage and hotel check-in procedure will be taken care of when you land.

Day 6
Fly from Cappadocia to Pamukkale

Your tour guide will transfer you to Cappadocia Airport for the charming Pamukkale flight. Upon arrival in Pamukkale, your private guide and driver will greet and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 7
Pamukkale Discovery

Embark on an enchanting journey as our first stop takes us to the mesmerizing destination of Pamukkale, often referred to as the "Cotton Castle." A scenic drive leads us to this magical site where natural travertines have been cascading down the hills for tens of thousands of years, believed to possess healing qualities.

Take a break during lunch and savor the moment in this unique setting. Pamukkale offers not only stunning natural beauty but also an opportunity to indulge in its therapeutic wonders.

pamukkale, Turkey, hot spring, blue hot spring, cotton castlePamukkale hot springs

Continuing our exploration, we delve into the historical treasures of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Wander through the ancient ruins, including the intriguing sarcophagi of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos. The grandeur of the amphitheater is sure to leave a lasting impression, providing a glimpse into the rich history that unfolded within these ancient walls.

Immerse yourself in the unique blend of natural wonders and historical marvels that Pamukkale and Hierapolis have to offer. It's a journey that combines the allure of cascading travertines with the captivating tales of an ancient city.

Day 8
Pamukkale and Departure

Take one last glance, transfer to the airport in Pamukkale, and leave with unforgettable memories. Have a pleasant journey home!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Price Includes

Price from: $4,860 (tour code: gh-tk-cx-1)

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One-to-one consultancy
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Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
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Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
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Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
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