Turkey in 11 Days
Treasures of Anatolia
Our classic tour of Turkey, this action-packed journey covers the most unmissable destinations in the country including Istanbul, Cappadocia, the ruins of Ephesus, Troy and much more!
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Delight in the fascinating sights of Turkey, from the bazaars of Istanbul to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Cruise on the Bosphorus, discover the caves of the Goreme Valley and visit the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale. Head to the coast to visit Kusadasi and uncover the ancient ruins of Ephesus before discovering the heritage of Izmir and Canakkale at the archaeological sites of Pergamon and Troy!
11 days trip including flights*
10 days and 9 nights in destination
NYC - IST
NYC - IST
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* 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.
Ready to discover the cultural treasures and incredible landscapes of Turkey? Arrive at your US departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* Night on board.
* 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.
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. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day to explore Istanbul at your own pace. Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, colourful city life and eclectic architecture. To make sure you see all the top sights, we recommend an optional full-day city tour!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.
*Optional Full-Day Istanbul City Tour: See the most emblematic sights in Istanbul, beginning with the incredible Hagia Sophia Basilica and the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Sultanahmet before continuing to the iconic Blue Mosque and the historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops!
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate captivating views of the old palaces of the Sultans and traditional riverside houses as you view the city from a different perspective. Disembark and head to the famous Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans and filled with exotic aromas. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the delights of Istanbul at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the Anatolian side of the city to see its more important sights and discover more of Istanbul!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.
*Optional Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion: Explore the 'Asian' or Anatolian side of Istanbul including its ornate Beylerbeyi Palace, the historic Eyüp neighborhood and the hilltop Pierre Loti Cafe, for excellent views across the city and the old trading harbour known as the Golden Horn. Lunch included.
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the route. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankara, the Turkish capital and a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history and ancient culture. Later, pay a visit to Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Inaugurated in 1953, it is dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. After the visit, continue your journey towards Cappadocia, passing by the spectacular Salt Lake and a 13th-century caravanserai along the way. Arrive in Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Please note: For some departure dates, the journey between Istanbul and Ankara may be taken by high-speed train or internal flight, due to operational or climatic reasons.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the fascinating region of Cappadocia today. This unique landscape was formed by the erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions produced by Mount Erciyes and Hasan over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, an incredible Byzantine monastic complex containing the finest rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the so-called "Fairy Chimneys" are located, an underground city built by the ancient local communities to defend themselves from attacks. End the day with a visit to local carpet, onyx and turquoise stone workshops, to learn about the production of these traditional products. This is a unique opportunity to purchase authentic quality souvenirs at good prices. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart early this morning as you head for the city of Konya, once the capital of the Seleucid Sultans! Here, pay a visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the poet and philosopher who founded the mystical and religious sect of the Whirling Dervishes. Leave Konya behind as you continue to Pamukkale. Famed for its unique geological features, take a tour through the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis before exploring the Cotton Castle, a natural wonder of white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools. Formed over the centuries by the passing of mineral-rich water from nearby hot springs, explore the natural pools and otherworldly landscape, the perfect spot to practice your photography skills! As the day draws to a close, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale.
Breakfast at the hotel. Delve deeper into the history of this land today, as you head to the Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, once the capital of Asia Minor and one of the best-preserved cities remaining from this period. Discover the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Afterwards, pay a visit to an important site of pilgrimage at the House of the Virgin Mary. This is believed to be the place where the Virgin Mary spent the final years of her life. Continue your journey as you head towards the coast and the pretty beach resort town of Kusadasi. Take a panoramic tour to see its famous port, where cruise ships come and go to the Greek Islands. Afterwards, head north to the city of Izmir and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the evening is free to explore this city at your leisure. Izmir is known for its expansive archaeological sites and is situated on the beautiful Aegean coast. Dinner and overnight stay in Izmir.
Breakfast at the hotel. The first stop of the day is the ancient city of Pergamon, one of the most important cultural, commercial and medical centres of antiquity. Here, visit the Asclepion, the most prestigious hospital in the ancient world and once home to the famous Greek physician and philosopher, Galen! See the old sleeping tunnels, the patient's theatre, the swimming pools, and the courtyard, lined with Ionic columns for a unique insight into the science and medical practices of the Ancient Greek world! Another exciting highlight awaits as you continue to the archaeological site of Troy, one of the most legendary cities in all of history! Immortalized in Homer's Iliad, discover the ruins of this incredible place and relive the famous saga of the siege of Troy. Afterwards, continue to Canakkale. Spread across both sides of the Dardanelles Strait, this historic city is home to excellent museums and many fascinating sights related to its strategic location on the Dardanelles Strait. Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Canakkale.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Bursa this morning, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Surrounded by lush forests and mountains, the city's sometimes known as 'Green Bursa'. Here, pay a visit to the spectacular Ulucamii Mosque, explore the Kozahan Silk Bazaar and the Green Tomb the mausoleum of the fifth Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed I. After exploring Bursa, continue north to Topçular to cross the Gulf of Izmit by ferry. After the ferry ride, arrive in Eskihisar and continue by road to Istanbul. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and enjoy your final evening in Turkey at your leisure, indulging in delicious Turkish cuisine or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
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 US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Clarion Hotel Golden Horn, DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi, Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul Golden Horn, Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi 4*.
Included activity for day 4 in Istanbul
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit
Enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate the views of Istanbul's old palaces and traditional riverside houses before heading to the famous Spice Bazaar.
Included activity for day 5 in Cappadocia
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Salt Lake & Caravanserai Visit
On the journey towards Cappadocia, pay a visit to the spectacular Salt Lake and a 13th-century caravanserai.
Included activity for day 6 in Cappadocia
Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion
Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, home to rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the "Fairy Chimneys" are located. End the day with a visit to a local artisan workshop.
Included activity for day 7 in Pamukkale
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Visit to Hierapolis & Cotton Castle in Pamukkale
Tour the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis before exploring the Cotton Castle, a natural wonder of white waterfalls, stalactites and mineral-rich pools. Explore the natural pools and otherworldly landscapes and take in the spectacular views.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 3 in Istanbul
Full-Day Istanbul City Tour with lunch
Begin with a visit to the Hagia Sophia Basilica and Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar.
What's included: Lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers.
Suggested activity for day 4 in Istanbul
Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch
Explore the Anatolian side of Istanbul including its Beylerbeyi Palace, the historic Eyüp neighborhood and the hilltop Pierre Loti Cafe, for excellent views across the city and the old trading harbour known as the Golden Horn. Lunch included.
What's included: Lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Istanbul - US.
- 9 nights hotel accommodation in Charm, Superior and Luxury category hotels.See hotels included
- 9 breakfasts and 5 dinners.
- All transfers
- Visits and entrance fees with an English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Cruise along the Bosphorus.
- English-speaking guide during the whole trip.
Drinks, entrance fees, tips, and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of three months validity.
- VisaVisa required. You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
- CurrencyTurkish Lira
- Electricity230 V 50 Hz
- HealthVaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated
- Time zoneUTC + 02:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://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.
Babies: 0 - 2 years.
Children: 2 - 11 years old (the third bed will be a rollaway bed).
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