3-Day Cappadocia and Ephesus Tour from Istanbul with Flights

Duration: 3 days
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 3 days
  • Istanbul
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  • Cancellable


Maximize your sightseeing time in Cappadocia and Ephesus by flying between regions on a 3-day tour! After a flight from Istanbul to Kayseri, discover Cappadocia’s highlights on two sightseeing tours and visit UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum, Rose Valley, Kaymakli Underground City and more. Then, fly to Izmir to explore the archeological finds at Ephesus and finish the 3-day experience. 4-star accommodation in a boutique Cappadocia cave hotel and an Izmir hotel is included, plus a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride is available as an optional activity. Upgrade to include a flight back to Istanbul at the end of the tour.


Day 1: Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia

Stop At: Cappadocia, Cappadocia
Start your tour with a hotel pickup from central Istanbul and travel to airport in time for your flight. Board the plane on your own, and relax on the 1.5-hour flight southeast to Kayseri, a city deep in mainland Turkey. On arrival, meet your guide, hop inside your minibus and travel a little further into Cappadocia to see its wondrous sights.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Goreme National Park, Goreme 50180 Turkey
Your first stop is Göreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to fairy chimneys and a collection of rocky monuments that attest to Byzantine days in Cappadocia. Explore with your guide, and then continue to the small town of Avanos, which is famous for its pottery production.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pasabag, Urgup Turkey
After a quick look around the pretty town, enjoy a stop nearby in Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), and take a walk through the area’s cone-like rocks to see where monks and hermits once lived in isolated seclusion. Continue traveling through Dervent Valley, where fairy chimneys pepper the landscape, and then travel back to your hotel in Cappadocia in time for dinner.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: 4 star hotel

Day 2: Cappadocia – Kayseri – Izmir

Stop At: Cavusin, Cavusin, Cappadocia
Spend the morning at leisure and enjoy breakfast in your hotel, meet back up mid-morning for another tour of Cappadocia. Start with a walk through Rose Valley, a gorgeous stretch of land that takes its name from its abundance of red-hued rock. Straddling the villages of Göreme and Çavuşin, the valley is peppered with rock-carved churches and tunnels, and your guide will point out the best ones as you walk. Finish up in Çavuşin and, after seeing its cave mosque, enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense).
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ortahisar, Ortahisar, Cappadocia
Hop aboard your minibus and continue your day’s tour to the town of Ortahisar to see its crowning glory, Ortahisar Castle. Pose for photos by the unique rock fortress before traveling onward to the Kaymakli Underground City, one of Cappadocia’s best-preserved subterranean sites. Explore its maze of passages, seeing underground stables and cellars while learning about the early Christians who once hid here to escape persecution. Return to your coach, pass through Pigeon Valley, and then return to your hotel.

Check out in the late afternoon, and travel with your guide to Kayseri Airport for your 1.5-hour evening flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport on your own, and enjoy a transfer to your hotel. Refuel with a late-evening meal of sandwiches laid on by the hotel and enjoy a good night’s sleep in readiness for tomorrow.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: 4 star hotel

Day 3: Ephesus

Stop At: Ephesus Museum, Selcuk Turkey
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then travel to Ephesus where an important archeological site, considered as one of Europe’s best-preserved Classical cities, awaits. Explore the ruins on a walking tour and see sights such as the Temple of Hadrian — a monument built to celebrate the Emperor Hadrian’s visits to the city.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selcuk 35100 Turkey
Take a break for lunch in the main town (own expense), before traveling to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site that many believe is where the Virgin Mary spent her final days. Enjoy a look around the chapel and hear about its history as a place of pilgrimage from your guide. Finally, return to your coach and travel back to your hotel to check out.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Izmir, Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
Your 3-day tour then finishes with a drop-off at the Izmir airport,Izmir hotel or Kusadasi hotel. Alternatively, upgrade to include a flight back to Istanbul, and finish your tour there instead.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

  • 2x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Hotel pickup and hotel or airport drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Flight from Istanbul to Kayseri
  • Flight from Kayseri to Izmir
  • Entry/Admission - Goreme National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Ephesus Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Please note: You must contact your local service provider 24 hours prior to the tour to reconfirm your departure point and time
  • All traveller names must be shared as written on their passports. Traveler will be held responsable for any loses if names are informed wrong.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Departure Point

Ottoman Hotel Imperial, Sultanahmet, Cankurtaran, Caferiye Sk. No:6/1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Traveler pickup is offered

Return Details

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Dokuz Eylül, 35410 Gaziemir/İzmir, Turkey

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 days

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews


15 Sep, 2021

We booked for 3 days with 2 nights package with air Baloon with insider travel . The highlight of the tour is the tour guide Ali . He went beyond the duty of care to provide all the historical , geological and due diligance in providing accurate information to all the members in the tour. The experience was awesome all together . The plan was spot on. Lunch was awesome and level of care provided was spectacular. The tour guide paid special attention to all the members with young babies or with elderly. He would help the parents with young babies.


27 Nov, 2018

We had a great time on this three day side trip. The sites and guides were fantastic. The hotel in Cappadocia was beautiful and unique. The balloon trip was worth the extra money. The tour in Ephesus had just the right mix of religious and historical sites. The ruins at Ephesus were just mind blowing. I highly recommend this trip. HOWEVER, every transfer had an issue. 1) our original pick up time at the hotel was 5:15 am and we were told we had to be on the European side. When we reconfirmed, we were told it was changed to 4 am since the airport was on the other (Asian) side. And the driver arrived over half an hour late. 2) When we got to Kayseri, there was no one to pick us up. We called the tour provider but they weren't open and their "urgent" number didn't work (not their fault, I didn't know how to dial with Turkish phone extensions). We had to wait for the office to open and then they finally sent a car. Over an hour wait outside in the freezing cold (you can't go back in the airport after you leave the baggage area). 3) The tour ended at 5 pm in Cappadocia on Day 2 but our shuttle was scheduled for 7:30pm. We had to just wait in the smoky office for the two hours since it was not close to anything else to see or do. 4) When arriving at Izmir (for the Ephesus portion), Guess What??? No one was there to pick us up. Since it was a little after midnight, the tour office was closed but I was able to get a hold of someone at the "urgent" number and after 4 calls, someone came to get us and take us to the hotel. And just to make things interesting, the tour office has misspelled my husband's name so we had to get all three tickets reissued en route. Even with all of that, it was a great trip. They start tours every day so the group had some who were on day one mixed in with some on day 2. We had a lot of fun and met some great people. The tour guide in Ephesus (Erman) was one of the most knowledgeable I have ever encountered outside of a museum. The food was all good (except the late night "sandwich" at the hotel in Izmir. While most of the meals were included, drinks, even a bottle of water or soft drink, was often extra. Take some liras. :-) There were side trips to a rug factory, a pottery maker and a jewelry factory. They were very educational. They do try to sell you their wares but there is no pressure and the vendors are really hospitable.


18 May, 2017

This was my favorite tour I have ever done with VIATOR!
I can not express how truly amazing this was and our guides were the absolute best!
We even celebrated my Birthday at a restaurant in Cappadocia which was a complete surprise!
This tour is a MUST!!!!!!! If you do not reserve this you are missing out on one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Stephanie ann H

08 Jan, 2016

1 We were not given an itnerary - we were told to call to arrange the pick up on day one and that is the only thing we were ever told to do
2 Because we did not have an itinerary, we did not have any information about what we were going to do or see or where we would be staying or what time the next pick up was going to be - a nightmare for two people that are normally very organised.
3 We did not stay in a cave hotel at all. We stayed in a hotel with cave-textured walls. Our first room was infested with ants, so we were moved. It was VERY disappointing to be told we were staying in a cave and then not actually staying there.
4 We were originally told we could book the hot air balloon ride through our guide when we arrived to Cappadocia. This is 100 NOT TRUE. We spent a lot of time and money trying to make the arrangement after being told that it was completely sold out. This was important to us because it was in celebration of our recent engagement, so we were determined to get a spot. With the help of the guide we got lucky and found two spots, but it was very stressful.

1 Guides were terrific and really informative and helpful
2 transportation was on time and comfortable
3 hotels were decent with the exception of being extremely disappointed by NOT staying in a cave hotel

Turkey is amazing and I will always recommend to any traveller that it is a must, but I will absolutely not be recommending that anyone book a tour. It would have been cheaper and less stressful to do this ourselves.

Lucinda J

10 Jul, 2015

really enjoyed this trip. They are long days, but necessary to fit everything in (especially when you add in flights and hot air balloon ride). The tour operators were wonderful and both guides we had were 10/10! Only negative was lack of communication re full itinerary.

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