Turkey in 8 Days

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Golden Triangle of Turkey

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Our classic tour of Turkey for an unforgettable journey through its most important cities and natural wonders including Istanbul, captivating Capdoccia and otherwordly Pamukkale.

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Cappadocia
Ephesus
Istanbul
Kusadasi
Pamukkale
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All flights
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All transfers.
Activities
Half board
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Delight in the fascinating sights of Turkey's best-loved destinations, from the labyrinthine bazaars of Istanbul to the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Cruise along the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe and discover the cave-dwellings of the Goreme Valley. Head to the coast to visit Kusadasi and uncover the ancient ruins of Ephesus on a journey through the treasures of Anatolia. 

8 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

LON - IST

Istanbul

2

Istanbul

3

Cappadocia

4

Cappadocia

5

Kusadasi

6

Kusadasi

7

Istanbul

8

IST - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Istanbul

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* Arrive in the bustling melting-pot of Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey and a city of immense history, wonderful culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled and, if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring this historic, lively city. Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off on a half-day tour of Istanbul to discover it's most emblematic sights and monuments. Begin at the Hippodrome of Constantine, to explore the relics of what was once the centre of mighty Constantinople during Byzantine times, including the Obelisk of Theodosius, brought from Egypt to Constantinople in the 4th-century. Afterwards, it's time to visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia Museum, which has served as both a Greek Orthodox Cathedral and an imperial mosque over the centuries. End the tour at Istanbul's most iconic landmark: the Blue Mosque, dating from the 17th-century and well-known for the hand-painted blue tiles of its interior. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul.

Included
Half-Day Istanbul Tour
3rd Day: Istanbul - Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar this morning to enjoy the diverse aromas before enjoying a laid-back Bosphorus Cruise, where you can admire the eclectic architecture of the city as you travel between Europe and Asia, watching the palaces of the Ottomans, Dolmabachce and Beylerbeyi pass by you. Back on dry land, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations and 'fairy chimneys'. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the breathtaking sunset views across the magical landscapes of Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Included
Egyptian Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise
4th Day: Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend starting the day with an unforgettable Hot Air Balloon flight over the landscapes of Cappadocia.* Later in the morning, visit the beautiful Dervent Valley where you'll see a large concentration of small fairy-chimneys and many unique rock formations, some of which resemble animals and human figures, hence the area has been nicknamed 'Imagination Valley'. Continue to Pasabagi to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles and learn about the hermits who once lived here. In the afternoon, explore the Open-Air Museum of Goreme, where rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back as far as the 10th-century. Inside the cave churches, you'll find amazing frescoes and wall paintings. It's clear to see why this unique destination is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After an action-packed day, return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight: Float over Cappadocia's fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique viewpoint on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy panoramic sunrise views from up to 1,000 feet above the ground, and celebrate your safe landing with a champagne toast and a personalised flight certificate. Duration: from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old. Price per person: Approx. £ 246 to be paid at the destination.

Please note: the availability of the Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia depends on the weather conditions. The activity will be confirmed the day before.

Included
Highlights of Cappadocia: Derwent Valley, Pasabagi & Goreme Open-Air Museum
5th Day: Cappadocia - Izmir - Kusadasi

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a leisurely hike through the Rose Valley to visit the rock-churches and appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape. Continue to Cavusin, an ancient Christian village and in the afternoon, explore Kaymakli Underground City, an amazing place, carved deep into the rocks and dating back as far as the 8th-century. This underground complex was greatly extended during the Byzantine period, when it was used for protection against enemy raids, and is composed of many different levels and floors which reveal fascinating secrets about daily life in Byzantium. Emerge from the caves and transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer to Kusadasi, on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. Arrive and get settled at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.

6th Day: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Kusadasi

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off for Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Asia Minor. Explore its excavated collonaded streets and discover the ruins of the Temple of Hadrian and the Roman Baths. In the afternoon, visit the mysterious House of Virgin Mary, situated on Mount Koressos. This Catholic shrine and pilgrimage site is believed, by some, to be the home of Jesus's mother, who, after Jesus's crucifixion, lived the remainder of her earthly life on the site. Return to Kusadasi and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Included
Ephesus Ancient City & House of the Virgin Mary
7th Day: Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. Your adventure continues today as you set off for Pamukkale, where the high calcareous concentration of its waters has created one of the most spectacular land formations in the world, consisting of gigantic white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over centuries. Afterwards, transfer to Cardak airport in Denizli to catch a flight back to Istanbul. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a final evening at your leisure in Turkey, bargaining in the Grand Bazaar and dining on delicious Turkish cuisine. Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul.

Included
Visit to the natural pools of Pamukkale
8th Day: Istanbul - UK/Ireland

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your adventure through Turkey to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 2 in Istanbul

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Half-Day Istanbul Tour

Discover Istanbul on a half-day city tour. Begin at the Hippodrome of Constantine and see the Obelisk of Theodosius, brought from Egypt to Constantinople in the 4th-century. Visit the Hagia Sophia Museum and explore the incredible Blue Mosque!

What's included: Entrance tickets, luxury transport, professional guide

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Included

Included activity for day 3 in Istanbul

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Egyptian Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise

Head to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar this morning to experience its diverse aromas before enjoying a laid-back Bosphorus Strait cruise, where you can admire the eclectic architecture of the city as you travel between Europe and Asia.

What's included: Spice bazaar tour, cruise on the Bosphorus Strait

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Included

Included activity for day 4 in Cappadocia

Duration 06:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Highlights of Cappadocia: Derwent Valley, Pasabagi & Goreme Open-Air Museum

Experience the unique landscapes of Cappadocia with an action-packed tour of the Derwent Valley, Pasabagi and the Goreme Open Air Museum. Explore rock-cut churches, 'fairy-chimneys' and otherworldly mushroom-shaped rock formations!

What's included: Entrance tickets, transfers, guide

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Included

Included activity for day 6 in Ephesus

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Ephesus Ancient City & House of the Virgin Mary

Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Asia Minor. See its colonnaded streets and discover the ruins of the Temple of Hadrian and the Roman Baths. In the afternoon, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic shrine and pilgrimage site.

What's included: Visits to the Temple of Hadrian, the Roman Baths & the House of Virgin Mary, luxury transport, professional guide, entrances

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Istanbul - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Istanbul - Cappadocia, Cappadocia - Izmir, Denizli - Istanbul.
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners. *
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  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees with English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary. **
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus.
  • Cave hotel in Cappadocia.
  • ATOL Protection.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, Entrance fees *, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Entrance fees and activities: Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Dark Church in Open Air Museum of Goreme, swimming in Cleopatra's Pool in Hierapolis and the Archeology Museum of Hierapolis. Approx. £ 32 per person. To pay directly in destination.

It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

* Full board available to book in the next step of the booking process.

** The Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia depends on the weather conditions. The activity will be confirmed the day before.

The order of the itinerary and visits may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights. The planned visits will be carried out in any case.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required.
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira
  • Language
    Turkish
  • Electricity
    230 V 50 Hz
  • Health
    Vaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.goturkeytourism.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Children age: 2 - 11 years old (the third bed will be a rollaway bed).

 

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