7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara

Duration: 7 days
Destination: Turkey, Konya Province, Istanbul
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  • 7 days
  • Istanbul
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  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Tick through Turkey’s classic sights on this spellbinding 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Istanbul. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert guide, explore the emotive World War I battle sites of Gallipoli, the breathtaking Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, and the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia. In-between, ogle the white rock terraces of Pamukkale, swim in the hot springs at Hierapolis, view the ruins of Troy and much, much more. The tour includes six nights’ accommodation plus breakfast and dinner on each day.

Highlights

  • Breakfast included
  • Dinner included
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

Traveling with a knowledgeable guide and by air-conditioned coach, your 7-day tour takes you on a captivating round-trip to Turkey’s classic historical and cultural sights, starting and finishing in Istanbul.
Your tour includes six nights of accommodation: with one night in Çanakkale, two nights in Kusadasi, one night in Pamukkale, and two nights in Cappadocia. All accommodation is centrally located for maximum convenience, and there’s ample free time to explore each town at your leisure in between excursions. Breakfast and dinner are included at each hotel and there is a break for lunch at your own expense on each day.
See the Itinerary for details on each day of your tour.

Day 1: Istanbul — Gallipoli — Çanakkale ( D)Start your tour in the early morning with a pickup from your hotel in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district or at a central meeting point in Sultanahmet. Settle into your air-conditioned coach as you drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula, the scene of one of World War I’s deadliest campaigns.

In 1915, the Allies attacked Gallipoli to capture Constantinople, now Istanbul, in a bid to help struggling Russian forces. The failed mission is believed to have cost 100,000 lives and is commemorated by memorials at the major battle sites. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Cemetery and Memorial, and see Anzac Cove, the Nek and Johnston’s Jolly. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel in nearby Çanakkale.

Overnight: 4-star Iris hotel in Çanakkale
Day 2: Çanakkale —Troy — Kusadasi (B, D)After breakfast, head to the site of ancient Troy, famed as the location of the Trojan War in the 2nd century BC, as described in Greek mythology and in the epic poem, Iliad, by Homer. Take a fascinating guided tour of the UNESCO-listed remains and view the replica Trojan horse, as your guide reveals how the war was sparked by the love of the Trojan prince, Paris, for Zeus’ daughter, Helen.

After lunch (own expense), continue to Bergama Acropolis (Pergamum Acropolis), an ensemble of theaters, temples and palaces that once made up a thriving, ancient Greek capital. Afterward, arrive at your hotel in Kusadasi, your base for the next two nights, and unwind over dinner.
Overnight: 4-star Tatlises hotel in Kusadasi
Day 3: Kusadasi — Ephesus — Kusadasi (B, D)Following breakfast, make your way to Ephesus, probably Europe’s best-preserved Greco-Roman city. View the site of the now long-crumbled Temple of Artemis, and then walk around the partially rebuilt streets of Ephesus itself. Wonder at the extraordinary Library of Celsus and follow in the footsteps of the long-ago residents around the columned streets, shops and theater.

Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) and join your guide for a visit to the former Greek village of Şirince, a charming 19th-century settlement of traditional houses that's famed for its wines. After a visit to a carpet-weaving workshop, return to your Kusadasi hotel.

Overnight: 4-star Tatlises hotel in Kusadasi
Day 4: Kusadasi — Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B, D)After breakfast, visit one of Kusadasi’s renowned leather factories to see some of the area’s beautiful, handmade leather goods. Turkey is a leading producer of leatherware, and the factory showcases some of Kusadasi's finest leather products, such as bags, sandals and purses. Browse the finely sewn, handcrafted goods and perhaps buy some as souvenirs or gifts.

Following lunch (own expense), drive to Pamukkale to admire its cotton-candy-like, calcified rock terraces, dotted with milky turquoise pools. Wander over to the neighboring archaeological gem of Hierapolis, a UNESCO-listed cluster of ruins dating from the 2nd-century BC. Seize the chance to swim in the city's hot springs once used by toga-clad Romans. Waft through the reputedly therapeutic waters, taking care not to bump into the submerged Roman pillars that still stand in the pools.

Overnight: 5-star Colossae Thermal hotel in Pamukkale
Day 5: Pamukkale — Silk Road — Konya — Cappadocia (B, D)Following breakfast at your hotel, relish the views as you trace a fascinating stretch of road that was once the ancient Silk Road, the aeons-old route once followed by caravan trails between Anatolia’s silk-making regions. Nowadays, the most prominent reminders of the caravans that passed along here are the kervansarays (caravan palaces) along the way. Visit one of the best preserved — Sultanhani Caravanserai — and stop in the town of Konya for lunch (own expense). Afterward, visit the town's Mevlana Museum, dedicated to the Muslim poet Mevla Celaddiini-Rum.

On arrival in Cappadocia, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. Alternatively, choose to attend an optional folklore evening (own expense) featuring live belly dancing, folk music and unlimited drinks.

Overnight: 4-star Stone Concept hotel in Cappadocia
Day 6: Cappadocia — Göreme Open-Air Museum — Underground City (B, D)After breakfast, enjoy a full day exploring the surreally beautiful landscapes of Cappadocia, dotted with bizarre fairy chimneys, strange rock formations and cave houses. Meet your guide and visit the awe-inspiring Göreme Open-Air Museum — a collection of rock churches and monasteries carved and decorated in Byzantine times.

After lunch (own expense) in Göreme, drive through a valley crowded with Cappadocia's famous fairy chimneys and other weird and wonderful rock pinnacles, cliffs and peaks. Then, explore Kaymaklı Underground City: descending into a maze of once-inhabited subterranean passages, chambers and cellars. Return to your Cappadocia hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Stone Concept hotel in Cappadocia
Day 7: Cappadocia – Ankara – Istanbul (B)Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and board your coach to Ankara, Turkey’s vibrant capital. Enjoy lunch (own expense) in the city and head inside Anıtkabir — the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Browse the interesting Atatürk memorabilia inside the museum to learn about this revered and all-powerful dictator.

Later, drive back to Istanbul where your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your Sultanahmet hotel or the original departure point in Sultanahmet.
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Six nights' accommodation at 4- or 5-star hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, D=dinner)

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Folklore evening in Cappadocia
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There is no luggage restriction on this tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Departure Point

Your centrally located Sultanahmet hotel or central Sultanahmet


Departure Time

7:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 7:30pm

Voucher info

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

Duration

7 days

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

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Jamin K

Wonderful trip! A lot of ground to cover in 7 days but a perfect way to see Turkey. Ephesus and Cappadocia the highlights for me. Make sure to take the balloon trip :

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Clayton K

We absolutely love this tour. We recommend additional activities like Turkish show. We did not like hamam very much but it was okay for experience. Our balloon tour was canceled due to weather condition, but definitely it would worth to do it. Our tour guide was Asli. She did extremely good job, she was professional and entertaining. Thank you FEZ TRAVEL! 7 days passed like one day.

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Mee Loi Y

This is the best way to have a quick look over the most magnificent places in Turkey. The tourist guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the places and the culture. The price is very reasonable too. The only drawback is that there was a lot of time spending on the road. I think this is inevitable if you want to cover so many things in a short time. A Highly recommended sightseeing tour in Turkey.

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sayco113

It was a great tour of popular sites in Turkey by air-conditioned bus at a reasonable price. Long bus rides on a few days but quite comfortable. Optional tours are good but you need to plan for them in your budget since they will add up. Pamukale was a little disappointing only a part of it being open and it was an extremely hot and sunny day. We skipped Ankara due to a possible road block for a demonstration. Our guide Ahmet was fun and knowledgeable.

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Heather P

This trip was absolutely incredible. My husband and I had such a nice time seeing Turkey with Funda Akin as our guide. Funda was very knowledgeable and always had an answer for every question she did an awesome job giving us the history of all the sites. The hotels were great, I especially loved staying in Kusadasi and Cappadocia. Kusadasi is on the coast line with lots of cafes and things to do. In Cappadocia we stayed in a cave hotel, it was beautiful. I really enjoyed visiting all the Roman ruin sites and especially loved seeing the calcium travertines in Pamukkale. The breakfasts and dinners were great, i really enjoyed all the food - i am definitely going to miss the big breakfasts with olives, cheese, yogurt, jam, turkish coffee, etc. I highly recommend this tour, it was an experience that I will never forget.

User's Picture Gallery

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Turkey tulips

How surprising that tulips started in Turkey

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Cappadocia

Fairy Chimney

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Pamukkale

amazing experience

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Troy

impressive

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Ephesus

breath taking

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Our room at Burcu Kaya hotel in Cappadocia

The room and bathroom were small but comfortable. There is a phone, fridge and small safe. However, some rooms that other tour members received did not have a phone or fridge.

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Last 2 nights in Cappadocia at the Burcu Kaya Hotel

This hotel is kind of maze-like but interesting. Definitely not your typical hotel architecture and it certainly has charm and character. There are not elevators and hence, get some help if you have lots of heavy luggage.

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Some rooms around a nice pool at Iris hotel in Canakkale

Tip: If your feet is sore from all the walking on the 1st day, check out the reasonably priced foot massage at the spa in this hotel. My best friend said that it was actually very good.

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1st night at the Iris hotel in Canakkale

This 3.5 star my rating hotel has 1 of the nicer locations by the beach. After over-eating on an included wonderful buffet dinner, you can sit down to a view of the beautiful sun set to end a great 1st day.

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An example of a light lunch for 2 at a highway stop

Lunches were not included in the tour and there were brief stops along the way for breaks and lunches that you pay for yourself. Most are quite good and very affordable.

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Thrill of a lifetime balloon ride in Cappadocia - dont miss this!

Although this is an expensive, optional add-on to your tour in Cappadocia, it's worth every penny for the sights and experience.

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Big, white, spacious and comfortable air-conditioned tour bus with wi-fi

There were about 20 of us in the tour group - hence, lots of room to sit anywhere in this big bus. However, there was no toilet on board but there were stops every 2-3 hours for breaks.

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