Turkey's Highlights - Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia Trip & Balloon Ride Option

Duration: 5 days
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Turkey
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  • Istanbul
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Overview

This tour is perfect for discover the most popular and important cities and historical heritage areas in 5 days. See the best places of Turkey, the iconic sites of Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. We guarantee you will be amazed at the rich history and the diverse landscapes to be found here.

Itinerary

Day 1: Flight from Istanbul to Denizli - Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour - Overnight at Kusadasi

Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
The travel services will start with a departure transfer from your hotel to airport. Your driver will meet you at the reception of your hotel (or Airbnb address if the street of it is available for car parking) and then transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Denizli. The pick-up time is between 03.45am and 05.00am for this transfer. This timing depends the scheduled departure time of flight from Istanbul to Denizli on your travel date. Supplier will inform you about that after they booked your domestic flight ticket(s).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Denizli Çardak Airport, Cumhuriyet Mah., Küme Evler Sok. No:1, 20350 Çardak/Denizli, Turkey
Upon your arrival Denizli/Cardak airport, you will be met by your driver and driven to Pamukkale - approx 1 hour from Denizli Airport.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Pamukkale Natural Park, Pamukkale orenyeri kocacukur alani pamukkale kasabasi, Pamukkale Turkey
After arrived the Pamukkale town / natural park, you will meet with your tour guide and other participants of the tour.

Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale 20280 Turkey
The highlights of Hierapolis tour are Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinus Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium, Theater and Antique Pool.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale Turkey
After visited the Hierapolis Ancient City, you will take some photos from the nicest corners of Pamukkale. Free time for about 60-75 minutes to explore the natural beauties of Pamukkale, and swim at white travertines (thermal pools) of Pamukkale. Then meet again with your guide, start walking in the middle of travertines from up to down without shoes and socks.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Pamukkale, Pamukkale
You will get your lunch in a local restaurant at the Pamukkale town.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
After your Pamukkale experiences, we will transfer you to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Pass By: Kusadasi Castle, Kusadasi Merkez, Kusadasi Turkey
The castle is small, picturesque Byzantine fortress stands on the causeway-connected Guvercin Adası (Pigeon Island) and has recently been renovated. You can walk at city and visit this small castle by yourself after your dinner. It is at walking distance (Approx 700 meters) from your hotel.

Pass By: Okuz Mehmet Pasa KervansarayI, Ataturk BulvarI 2, Kusadasi Turkey
This caravanserai was built by the Grand Vizier Okuz Mehmed Pasha to support maritime trade in the region. You can walk at city and visit this historical building by yourself after your dinner. It is at walking distance (Approx 500 meters) from your hotel.

Meals included:
• Lunch: You will get your lunch at restaurant (open buffet)
Accommodation included: "Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel" in Kusadasi. (or equivalent hotel, if it is not available on your dates)

Day 2: Full-day Ephesus Tour - Overnight at Kusadasi

Stop At: Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
After having breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel on 08.30am (Approx) and depart for your full day Ephesus tour.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selcuk 35100 Turkey
Your first visit will be the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary. Once you arrive there you will be thrilled by the natural beauty that surrounds the monument.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
Your next visit will be the Ephesus Ancient City. Ephesus was one of the most important harbor cities in antique world and also it is mentioned in the book of Revelations as one of the seven churches. Also Celsus Library and theater in Ephesus are the other highlights. You will see the Celcus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan, Odeon, Agora, Fountain of Domitian, Hercule Gate, Grand Theater, Nike, Ancient Toilets during tour in this ancient city.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Ephesus Terrace Houses, Selcuk 35148 Turkey
You will be walking from front of Terrace Houses during your tour and your guide will give information about the Terrace Houses of Ephesus Ancient City. (Pass by without stopping / no visit).

Stop At: Selçuk, İzmir, Turkey
You will get your lunch in a local restaurant at the Selcuk town.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Isa Bey Mosque, Selcuk Turkey
This impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey
The next stop of your tour will be at the Temple of Artemis which first built during the Archaic period, and one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel. You can walk at city beach and discover the popular bazaars of Kusadasi. Your hotel will be already at the city center and location of your hotel will give you chances for discover this classic mediterranean city by yourself.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: You will get your breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: You will get your lunch at restaurant (open buffet)
Accommodation included: "Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel" in Kusadasi. (or equivalent hotel, if it is not available on your dates)

Day 3: Flight Izmir to Kayseri - Overnight at Cappadocia

Stop At: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Dokuz Eylül, 35410 Gaziemir/İzmir, Turkey
After having breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and then transfer to Izmir airport for your flight to Kayseri.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Hoca Ahmet Yesevi, Mustafa Kemal Paşa Blv., 38090 Kocasinan/Kayseri, Turkey
Upon your arrival Kayseri airport, you will be met by your driver and driven to your hotel in Cappadocia - approx 1 hour from airport.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: You will get your breakfast at hotel
Accommodation included: "The Cappadocia Hotel" in Cappadocia. (or equivalent hotel, if it is not available on your dates)

Day 4: Hot Air Balloon Ride (Optional) - Cappadocia Green Tour - Overnight at Cappadocia

Stop At: Cappadocia Balloon Tours, Göreme Açık Hava Müze Yolu Caddesi, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Hot Air Balloon Ride (Optional) : Get ready for a wonderful experience unique to Cappadocia! We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the balloon site where you will have the opportunity to watch the balloon being prepared for your flight. The flight will begin at sunrise, where your pilot will climb to a comfortable altitude of about 700 to 1000 meters above ground level. It is from this elevation that you will marvel at the beauty of Cappadocia below you. During certain segments of the flight our pilots are also capable of flying as low as 1 meter above the rock formations which will allow you perfect photo taking opportunities. Duration of total activity is approx 3 hours, and total duration of flight is approx 60 minutes. There will be a champagne celebration at end of the flight and you will be presented with a madal, as a souvenir reminder of this magnificent experience. Afterwards, we will drop back you to your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Goreme Panorama, Uchisar Yolu uzeri 1.km, Goreme 50180 Turkey
We will pick you up from your hotel on 09.30am (Approx) and depar for the Green Tour of Cappadocia. Goreme Panaroma ; A fascinating panoramic view point where you can see the Old Goreme Village with its surroundings. You will get general information about the Goreme and Cappadocia.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Derinkuyu Turkey
Which is the biggest and deepest underground city of Cappadocia. It has 8 levels and connected with narrow tunnels. You will visit Stalls,Storages,Church,Vinery, Kitchen and the other sections which are open for visitors.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Selime Monastery, Guzelyurt Turkey
Which is the biggest rock-cut Monastery of the region. And the landscape of the town which contains the Kathedral is keeping some similarities about Star Wars movies.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt 68500 Turkey
You will visit the Ihlara valley/canyon after your lunch (approx 1 hour for lunch time). Totaly Canyon is 14 km but you will have the best part of it which is around 4 km and it takes almost 1 hour. Ihlara Canyon contains more than 100 churches and approximately 10.000 caves which are carved by early christian Monks.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Pigeon Valley, Uchisar KasabasI Nevşehir Kapadokya, Goreme 50240 Turkey
Which is located in Uchisar town to have one of the best panaromic viev of the region. That site also covers lots of pigeon houses which are builty bye the ancient inhabitants of the region. If you like, you can able to visit popular onxy stone factory of the region.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Cappadocia, Turkey
At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: You will get your breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: You will get your lunch at restaurant (open buffet)
Accommodation included: "The Cappadocia Hotel" in Cappadocia. (or equivalent hotel, if it is not available on your dates)

Day 5: Cappadocia Red Tour - Flight Back to Istanbul

Stop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar Turkey
We will pick you up from your hotel on 09.30am (Approx) and depar for the Red Tour of Cappadocia. Uchisar Castle Region, which is the highest point of Cappadocia and the view from the top is just brilliant. In the first destination you will be informed about unique formations of Cappadocia.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Merkez, Muze Cd., Goreme 50180 Turkey
Here is the monastery, including the rock cut churches, kitchens, wineries, storages and living rooms left from Anatolian Christians. Goreme Open Air Museum is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Avanos Oren Yeri, Kapadokya Cd., Avanos 50500 Turkey
Avanos is the town of traditional pottery art, thus. You will visit one of the family work-shops in Avanos to have some information about the pottery and have a kick-wheel-pottery demonstration. Also, you will take your lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in Avanos.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Devrent Valley, Devrent Mevkii No:1 Urgup Yolu, 50500 Turkey
Which is also known as Imagination Valley. Valley contains many animal shaped rocks which are mostly in red colour. Some of the most frequent shapes is like Camel.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Urgup, Urgup, Cappadocia
Meet the most famous family of fairy chimneys: Three beauties. These are the official symbol of both Urgup and Cappadocia.
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Fairy Chimneys, Goreme Turkey
On this tour, you will have seen many examples of the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia.

Stop At: Cappadocia, Cappadocia
At the end of your tour, you will be transferred to Cappadocia airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
Upon your arrival Istanbul, we will drop you to your hotel in Istanbul. ** The departure time of return flight is between 08.00pm and 09.00pm. That's meaning, Your return flight will be landing to Istanbul approx 10.00pm. The return flight could be to the Istanbul SAW airport, if the flights are not available to Istanbul airport on last day of your trip. The return transfer to your hotel in Istanbul is including and available for both of these airports of Istanbul.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: You will get your breakfast at hotel
• Lunch: You will get your lunch at restaurant (open buffet)
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • 4x Breakfast
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • 4 nights accommodation including breakfast (2 Nights in Cappadocia, 2 Nights in Kusadasi)
  • Domestic flights (Istanbul to Denizli - Izmir to Cappadocia - Cappadocia to Istanbul)
  • Transfers at the mentioned airports for domestic flights in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Full-day tours in Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia
  • Professional English-speaking & Spanish-speaking tour guides for the duration of the day tours
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride (Optional - You can add while booking this tour)
  • Entrance fees, Parking fees
  • Entry/Admission - Hierapolis & Pamukkale
  • Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Thermal Pools
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Kayseri Erkilet Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Cappadocia Balloon Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
  • Entry/Admission - Selime Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Ihlara Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Goreme Open-Air Museum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Ticket for swim at Ancient Pool / Cleopatra's Pool in Pamukkale
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The prices of package are valid for accommodation at the double or triple room. If you would like make reservation for single room(s), there could be supplement cost.
  • Your accommodations will be "Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel in Kusadasi" & "The Cappadocia Hotel in Cappadocia". If these hotels are not available for standard/superior rooms on your travel dates, the supplier can replace it with an equivalent hotel. The supplier will inform you that detail max next 72 hours after your booking.
  • Supplier will send e-tickets of your domestic flights at six days before of your departure date.
  • You will have 15kg luggage + 8kg hand bag quota for each domestic flight. If you will need more luggage capacity, please inform that to supplier.
  • Hot air ballooning is a fully weather-dependent activity and the Civil Aviation Authority determines whether the flight will be held. If your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, you are entitled to a partial refund. In such a case, your refund will be processed by the day after of that trip. The refund rate is the difference between options of "included balloon ride" and "excluded balloon ride" for the cancellations of the hot air balloon ride.
  • The Standard Balloon Ride has an One-hour approximately flight duration with 20 to 28 people capacity basket. The flight duration could be 50-55 minutes or 65-70 minutes. This situation depend the weather conditions before landing. Total activity duration is approximately 3 hours.
  • The children who 5 years old and under are not allowed to balloon tours.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Hand sanitizers provided for travellers in cars, restaurants, hotels. Desk/seater plans with Social distancing in restaurants & hotels. Max 60% guest capacity in restaurants & hotels (except small boutique hotels). Hotels will have the Covid-19 accredited certification which confirmed by government.
Departure Point

1: İstanbul, Turkey
2: Göreme, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
3: Ürgüp, Nevşehir, Turkey
4: Avanos, Nevşehir, Turkey
5: Uçhisar, Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
6: Ortahisar, 50650 Ortahisar/Ürgüp/Nevşehir, Turkey
7: Cappadocia, Turkey
8: İzmir, Turkey
9: Kuşadası, Aydın, Turkey
10: Selçuk, İzmir, Turkey
11: Kale Mahallesi, Kale, 20190 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey
Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Istanbul new airport or Sabiha Gokcen airport for flight to Cappadocia.


Departure Time

04:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

5 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

S_Shah910

01 Dec, 2022

Went Eastwards. Solo trip from IST to Cappodocia > Antalya > Pamukkale > Selcuk > Bursa > IST Cappadocia - did the balloon ride . It was OK . The view was spectacular but I think more fun than that was waiting in the dark and watching the balloons come to life! It was beautiful. Hot air balloon ride , ticked off my list Pamukkale - Cotton Castle - really touristy even though was there in Nov. Hotel was walking distance to one of the entrances and thank god I used this. The moment you enter , you take off your shoes and walk on the walk travestines , upwards. It was really fun. Water was cold at first almost numbing my feet but got warmer the higher I went. Only a family of 3 besides me doing this. It seems everyone else , busloads of tourists and those coming by car use the other entrance. Great , had the travestines all to myself till I hit the top. Skipped swimming in the pools. 130TRY and so many people in the pool! had time so arranged to go paragliding. Was fun! Spent a good amount of time in the air . Euphesus - Stayed in Selcuk and no regrets! Small , quiet town yet getting to Euphesus was breeze. Took a dolmus both ways. Euphesus was so worth it! Don't miss the terrace houses (extra 80TRY) but great way to get a glimpse into how people lived . managed to do Euphesus and Sirince on the same day.

GillianT

04 Nov, 2022

Itinerary: Day 1- Hotel pick-up to airport. Upon arrival, was picked up then straight to visit Pamukkale which was awesome. Afterwards, we were driven to our hotel In Kusadasi. Day 2- visited ancient city of Ephesus and Temple of Artemis. Day 3- full day transfer to Cappadocia :( Day 4- Cappadocia Green Tour Day 5- Cappadocia Red Tour. Good points: -all the hotels book were really great. Clean, comfortable, and good locations -the coordination with pick-up, drop-offs were arranged really well -the emergency contact was very responsive and helpful -Breakfast at the hotels were great. The breakfast in The Cappadocia Hotel was phenomenal. Downside -there was just too many downtime especially in Day 1–2. We started the tours at around 9-9:30 and would finish at 2pm-2:30pm. This was including looking at the sites and random visits to cultural stores (i.e. Turkish Delight, ceramics, etc) and a LOT of car ride. -our first guide in Day 1-2 was informative but felt he was rushing the entire tour to finish early. We were given only 15-20mins to wander around, which was a shame because it wasn’t enough to take in the beauty of the sites. Also did not see the Necropolis. Hmm wish they added another site St. John’s Basilica which was right beside the Temple of Artemis. -for Day 3, our flight was at noon. Wish that we were booked an earlier flight so we can arrive in Cappadocia earlier. -Day 4-5 was really nice. Tour guide, Bush, paced it well. Only comment was probably not enough time to explore the Uchisar Castle. But this was understandable as I don’t think she expected my companion to want to hike up the steep slopes. I think the quality and pace of the tour is really dependent on the Tour Guide. Overall, this tour package would be good for those who want a very relaxed trip and who can spend more time in Turkey. The 5 days could probably be condensed to maybe 3-4days but this would have been a hectic and exhausting schedule. Was still a good experience and all the sites were mind blowing.

John_H

08 Sep, 2022

This was a 5 day trip broken into two very unequal parts. The first part was a 2 day trip in Kusadasi/Parmukkale and Ephesis with guide Ata. Ata was not good. He complained of being tired and yelled at me for asking to skip shopping to add another site--which was right next door to a site we were already visiting. We were upgraded to a private tour, without asking for it. In hindsight, this was a mistake, as Ata, or so the tour operator hypothesized, might have resented not having many people (fewer tips?). The Tour operator said he got good reviews from other clients; my search of travel sites don't show this. All in all--if you get Ata, make sure you stay on his good side, if you can find it. Specifics: the hieropolis buggies were "too expensive"; the Cleopatra Pool--waste of money; The far half of Hieropolis "a long walk" (ironically, not true on a buggy). All in all, he said--it is at our pace, suggested really short amounts of time and rushed us to the next place to sell us crafts. He even told us background information in the car for one attraction to save time, supposedly. He should seek employment in another field--9 years doing it with the last 4 a bit light (covid and some other reason unclear). In the middle of our 5 days, we had a free day. This was due to a flight change. We filled that on our own. This also changed our hotels from 2 days at the Illada Avantguard to one and Hotel Cappadocia from 2 to 3. This change could not have made us happier! The Illada was a nice hotel, but the city view when we could have had a sea view was vexing. We heard from the tour operator that their clients usually do not get even a city view--it was a nice view, but certainly not a city view--which we would have paid extra for if the tour operator had given the option--we booked MONTHS in advance and easily did so before the hotel filled. Hotel Cappadocia was a bit hot and had no pool. However, they provided a fan and the views and experience more than made up for the lack of pool. The three people who run the place and their staff were so friendly and helpful. The Turkish Breakfasts each morning were very similar each day but different enough to get us through 3 mornings without a feeling of monotony. THE VIEW!! WOW! The tours were led by Ozman. Very nice. Very helpful. Took photos. Had a dry and a bit warped sense of humor. It was clear that he knew he was going to try to get us to buy things in the arts and crafts places, but he did not insist on our participation and made sure we were hydrated from these places and brought water into the van (contrast this with ATA). We enjoyed the balloon ride. The tour operator upped the price 90 dollars each or demanded we cancel and rebook (at a new price). He claimed it was the operators refusing to honor the agreed price. This would not work in US contracts. However, the economic hardship and inflation in Turkey made us suck it up and pay. It is expensive anyway. Worth it? maybe. If you have the opportunity, why not. One last word on the arts and crafts places. While I am there for the history and sites, they do serve a purpose for the tourists in summer who need a break from the heat. The AC in the vans was meager. If anything, think of them as a safety precaution. DON'T BUY ANYTHING--way overpriced. We bought on ETSY for much less.

Steve_A

26 Aug, 2022

So, first off, let me say that one of our days was spent entirely on moving from Cappadocia to Kusadasi. So, keep in mind that it is actually 4 days, not 5. Cappadocia is also a little boring and we had way too many car rides dropping off people we weren't with. However, for the price, I'd say it's pretty good. You can definitely do better if you get a private tour (not very pricey if contacting turkish travel agency directly), but for something available from La Vacanza Travel, it's not bad. Not going to bore you with the details, just the highlights: Cappadocia - a lot of landscapes and 4-hour per day tours or so. You will be dragged to many local stores, don't buy anything, it's horribly overpriced. Get the hot air balloon flight, it's the best. Underground city is also worth a visit, if you get the choice of underground city, ask for the biggest. Kusadasi - no tours happen here, but you will be in a hotel in the city. It's a resort city and it's absolutely charming. Plenty of good food and good drink. There's a number of relaxed shisha bars nearby. I am huge fan of the Leila cafe a couple blocks away for shisha and sunset views. And across, there is a shopping mall, check out the brand Avva for men there, absolutely the best. Ephesus - Wow! Just wow. If you're a history buff, especially. Blows Rome out of the water. Not even going to say more, just the best day. Pamukkale - Wow! Again, it's an amazing site. Our tour guide was kind enough to arrange an optional parachute ride, which flies right over the ruins and the flats. The best part of the trip for me. Tour guides change between destinations, but if you meet a Kusadasi native named Mehmet, please treat him well. He's the best!

Elmer_P

24 Jul, 2022

We had a blast on this 5 day tour and found the extra day in Cappadocia worth paying for. Three days out of 5 had early pick up times (Day 1 airport transfer 4:20, Day 3 airport transfer 03:00, Day 4 Hot Air Balloon, 04:20). Hassan was our tour guide for the first two days in Pamukkale and Ephesus and was very hands on, walking with us throughout the tour whilst giving us interesting information on the sites we passed through. Usman took us around for the last two days and he gave us plenty of free time to explore the sites in Cappadocia by ourselves. There were 6 of us in the tour group and 4 stayed in Ilayda Avantgarde whilst we stayed in Hotel Derici in Kusadasi. Our Hotel (Derici) was super old and definitely not the same value as Ilayda Avantgarde which was right next door. The sound proofing was also extremely poor and we couldn't sleep on the 2nd night until 12am as there was a live outdoor concert right outside the hotel (wakeup call set at 2:30am for airport transfer). Also, both hotels do not provide duvets and only a small blanket (towel like material) was provided on the bed. We found a wool blanket in the cupboard but it looked like it hadn't been laundered so we left it. Lunches at the restaurants were average, and always remember to check the prices of the drinks before ordering as the price list isn't always readily available at the table. Remember to ask the tour guides where the free toilets are as some of the historical sites will charge 2-3TL for entry per person.

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