Discover Classical Turkey on a seven day trip from Istanbul and visit the beautiful cities of Ankara, Saratli, Uçhisar, Goreme, Pamukkale, Ephesus, İzmir, Troy and Çanakkale.
7 Day Turkey Classics Tour
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 & 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. You'll also have the chance to go on one of the world's most famous balloon rides - if there's one image that stands out in Capadoccia it's the hundreds of balloons in the sky at sunrise.
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 & Esmirna
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: Esmirna, Pergamon, Troy & 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: Çanakkale, Gallipoli & Istanbul
In the morning, we'll cross the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and make our way to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Here, we'll visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, where we'll see important sites including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, among others.
Then, after a fun-filled week discovering the best of Turkey, you'll arrive back in Istanbul at 4:30 pm and be dropped off at your hotel or where you prefer.
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: Check out this map.
If your hotel or apartment is not located in the previously mentioned areas, 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.
Important to note
On the last day of the tour, we'll arrive back in Istanbul around 4:30 pm, so we recommend that your return flight departs from 10 pm onwards, as the arrival time to the airport is dependent on traffic.
|Adults||Children 7-12 years old||Children under 7 years old|
|English Language Tour||
English Language Tour
Children 7-12 years oldUS$ 226.90
Children under 7 years oldFree
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks 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?
You can book up until 5 days before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Not wheelchair accessible.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.
No printing of documentation required.
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 - If I reserve the hot air balloon, will I miss the rest of the activities in Cappadocia that day?
A - No, you'll meet up with the group after the balloon. You should, however, inform the guide for your circuit so they take it into account.
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.
If you have any other questions please contact us.