5. From Istanbul: Best of Turkey 8 Days, 7 Nights Guided Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Be picked up from the arrivals terminal at Istanbul or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Be transferred to your accommodation and enjoy some time to relax in the city after your journey.
Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast)
Discover the highlights of Istanbul on a guided tour. Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome. Visit the Grand Bazaar, or the Spice Market on Sundays, for some shopping and bargain hunting. Spend a second night in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia flight – Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast)
Begin the third day with an early-morning transfer to the airport for your flight to the Cappadocia region. Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Start by visiting the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are the iconic symbol for the region. Descend into the Kaymakli underground city, which is one of the largest and deepest of its kind in the region.
Head to Uchisar Rock Castle and take in panoramic views of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight stay in a cave hotel
Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast)
Discover the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia with spectacular rock formations in the Devrent Valley. Stop at Avanos, a center of terracotta artwork since 3000 BC. Watch a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. Overnight stay in a cave hotel
Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (Breakfast – Dinner)
Begin the journey to Pamukkale early in the morning. On the way, visit the Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai, Arrive in Konya, and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-famous mystic. Continue to Pamukkale and enjoy an overnight stay in a Thermal Hotel. Enjoy a swim in the hotel's rejuvenating thermal pools.
Day 6: Pamukkale – Kusadasi (Breakfast – Dinner)
In the morning, visit the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis, white terraces, and travertines. Travel onwards to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight (Breakfast)
Visit the Artemis Temple which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the famous Grand Theater of Ephesus. After Ephesus, visit the Catholic shrine of the House of the Virgin Mary. , it is said that the Virgin Mary lived here for the remainder of her life after Christ's Ascension into heaven. Then drive to Izmir airport, flight back to Istanbul. Upon your return to Istanbul, transfer to your hotel for the night
Day 8: Departure from Istanbul (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.