Discover Classical Turkey on a seven day trip from Istanbul and visit the beautiful cities of Ankara, Saratli, Uçhisar, Goreme, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, İzmir, Troy, Çanakkale and Bursa.
Day 1: Istanbul – Ankara
Board a comfortable bus at 1 pm and set off to Ankara, capital of Turkey, located 450 kilometres away from Istanbul. One of the highlights of the journey is when the bus crosses the enormous Bosphorus Bridge.
After a few hours on the road, you’ll get to your hotel. Enjoy an exquisite dinner at the hotel before you go to your room.
Day 2: Ankara, Saratli and Cappadocia
Once you’ve enjoyed a delicious Turkish breakfast, you will embark on a tour of the capital city. The guided tour includes admiring Ankara’s most important landmarks, including the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. It accommodates numerous collections of Anatolian archaeology, such as items from the following periods: Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Urartu, Phrygia, among others. Then, you’ll visit Anιkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (first President of the Republic of Turkey).
Afterwards, leave the capital behind and head to Cappadocia. On the way, you’ll stop at Saratli, a surprising Underground City founded by the Christian communities to protect themselves from the Muslim Arab attacks. While you visit the well-preserved city, you’ll wander around the old stables, rooms and public wards.
You will arrive in Cappadocia in the late afternoon. After savouring a traditional regional dinner, you’ll marvel at the Dervishes spin around and around during a Whirling Dervishes Show. The Sufi whirling is a unique way of spiritual meditation and prayer.
Day 3: Cappadocia
Enjoy a healthy breakfast and set off to explore the stunning landscape of Cappadocia, one of the most famous regions of Turkey, packed with astonishing rock formations, fairy chimneys and moon-like scenery.
On this guided tour, you will visit Göreme, an area full of houses and churches chiselled into the sandstone rocks and paintings from the tenth and eleventh century. Then, visit Uçhisar, a troglodyte village with stunning cave houses. Followed by the Monks Valley, home to the most striking fairy chimneys and the Derbent Valley.
Once you have marvelled at the unique landscape of Cappadocia, you will return to your hotel.
Day 4: Konya - Pamukkale
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and leave Cappadocia behind on your air-conditioned coach. The tour heads to Pamukkale, location of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis.
Mid-journey, you will stop at Sultan Han, a Seljuk caravanserai established during the thirteenth century: then once in Pamukkale, you'll have free time to discover the 'cotton castle' a unique sight made of thermal pools and petrified waterfalls.
After a busy day, you’ll head back to your hotel where you will enjoy a filling dinner and spend the night.
Day 5: Ephesus and İzmir
Hop on the bus in the morning and set off to Ephesus, a city dedicated to the Goddess Artemis.
Once you get to this beautiful city, you’ll visit the Odeon, the Hadrian Temple, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Theatre and the Marble Street. You will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the last place where the Virgin Mary lived.
On your way to İzmir, you’ll stop at a leather factory to see how the leather is processed.
Upon arrival in İzmir, the country's third largest city, we'll head to the hotel where we'll eat and spend the night.
Day 6: Pergamon, Troy and Çanakkale
Leave İzmir behind and head to Pergamon, the historic city situated very near the modern town of Bergama. Once you get to the ancient Greek city, you’ll visit the well-preserved ruins, especially of the Sanctuary of Asclepion, the first hospital in Asia Minor.
Afterwards, head to Troy, a world-famous historical city that dates to the late Classical antiquity and the setting of the Trojan War. While you wander around the archaeological site, you’ll see the wooden horse used during the filming of Troy with Brad Pitt.
Continue your trip towards Çanakkale, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Day 7: Bursa and return to Istanbul
In the morning you’ll make your way to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire between 1326 and 1364. Explore the historic centre on a guided tour and admire the city’s top landmarks such as the Grand Mosque of Bursa, Koza Han Bursa Silk Bazaar and the Green Tomb.
After a fun-filled week discovering the best of Turkey, you will be back in Istanbul at 4:30 pm. You will be dropped off at your hotel or where you prefer.
- The normal arrival time in Istanbul is 4:30 pm. If you are planning on reserving your plane back home that same day, we recommend you book a plane ticket from 7:30 pm onwards, to avoid missing your flight.
- From the 4th March 2019, the fourth day of the itinerary will change, and the tour will not visit Konya.
The hotels included in this multiple day tours are the following:
- Ankara: Etap Altınel Ankara 5* or Ickale 5* o a similar hotel
- Cappadocia: Dinler Urgup 5* or Avrasya Hotel 5* or a similar hotel
- Pamukkale: Colossae Hotel 5* or Richmond Hotel 5* or a similar hotel
- İzmir: Blanca 4* or Palm City 4* or a similar hotel
- Çanakkale: Iris 4*, Akol 4* o Idakale 4* or a similar hotel
Your guide will collect you from the following areas in the centre of Istanbul: Ortaköy, Beşiktaş, Gayrettepe, Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Feriköy, Osmanbey, Harbiye, Taksim, Beyoglu, Galata, Karaköy, Şehzadebasi, Laleli, Aksaray, Beyazit, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Eminönü, Findikzade, Fatih, Topkapi, Merter, Eyup, Samatya and Zeytinburnu.
If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, the pick-up includes a supplement. When you receive your booking confirmation, the local tour provider will confirm the time and place of your pick up. If there are any last minute changes, they will notify you of this via WhatsApp.
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English Language Tour
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 209
Children under 7 years oldFree
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour is exclusively in English.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
Transportation by air conditioned coach with WiFi.
English speaking guide.
6 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner included.
Admission tickets to all the monuments and museums seen during the tour.
Whirling Dervishes Show.
Drinks at dinner.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Istanbul local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Can you drop us off at the airport after the tour?
A - No.
Q - Can I make my own way to Ankara on the first day?
A - Yes, if you would like to do this you should mention so in the comments section when making the reservation. Take into account that you can't check in until 2 pm (when the rest of the tour arrives) and the price of the activity will remain the same.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).