10 Days Must to See Places in Turkey
1. Day: Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul the magnificent city that brought all different nations and cultures together history long.
Our representatives will meet you and drive you to your hotel. Check in your hotel and the rest of the day is yours, free to explore.
Tomorrow you will have your Istanbul highlights tour and so you are kindly requested to be ready in the hotel lobby at the time mentioned in your itinerary.
2. Day: Istanbul’s Highlights Tour
Good Morning. You will meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel for your Istanbul’s Highlights Tour.
Today’s programme will start with a visit to the ancient Hippodrome where you will get to know all details of its transformation, obelisks and functions during history. The Hippodrome is near the world-famous Sultanahmet Mosque, which we will visit next. The Sultanahmet Mosque is referred to as the Blue Mosque because of the magnificent tiles and breath-taking decoration inside.
The next stop is the magnificent Hagia Sophia, one of the must-see places in the world, not just in Turkey. While visiting this beauty, you will learn the history of how this former church turned into a mosque and then later a museum.
Your guide will take you for a lunch in a local restaurant where you will be able to sample some tasty Turkish cuisine.
Afterwards you will visit Topkapi Palace, former centre of the Ottoman Empire and home to the Ottoman Sultans for hundreds of years.
Our day will finish with a visit to the famous Grand Bazaar, home to over 4,000 shops of goods such as gold, silver, carpets, ceramics, textiles, leather and more.
3. Day: From Istanbul to Cappadocia by Plane & Overnight Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
Breakfast, and then check out from your hotel. Free time until you are picked up at lunch time to transfer to the airport for picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kayseri, one of the two gateway airports to Cappadocia.
On arrival in Kayseri you will be met by one of our team members and driven to your cave hotel accommodation. Free evening to get acquainted with the town, or simply rest and soak up the atmosphere.
4. Day: Cappadocia’s Highlights Tour 1
You will meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel at approximately 09:30.
Today is the day to explore some more must-see places in Cappadocia. The tour will cover Goreme Open Air Museum, Rock Churches, Uchisar Castle, Rock Castle, Pasabagı Fairy Chimneys, Avanos Pottery Demonstrations, Devrent Imagination Valley, Urgüp Wine Tasting (time permitting).
You will have lunch in a very good local restaurant where you can sample some of Cappadocia’s specialty dishes.
After the tour we will take you back to your hotel. We wish you a nice and comfortable night.
5. Day: Cappadocia’s Highlights Tour 2
Pick up from your hotel at approximately 09:30. Your first stop of the day will be Esentepe, a popular spot for enjoying a panoramic view of Göreme and its fairy chimneys and unique rock formations.
We will then drive to Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the deepest of Cappadocia’s many underground cities, and built by early Christians fleeing from persecution. Including rooms such as stables, cellars, chapels and wineries, you’ll be impressed as you wander through this underground city.
We then drive to Ihlara Valley where we will hike a section of the valley, checking out the tiny churches cut into the rocks, along the way. We will then have some chill time and lunch at Belisirma Village before heading to Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut cathedral in Cappadocia. Drop back to your hotel at the end of the tour.
6. Day: From Cappadocia to Ephesus by Plane
Now its the day to say good bye to beautiful Cappadocia and start our journey to one of must-see site – the ancient city of Ephesus.
You will be picked up this morning and transferred to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, we will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kuşadası. Tomorrow you will visit Ephesus, one of the most important historical sites in Turkey. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the charming port town of Kuşadası. Please note that flights to Izmir may be via Istanbul, depending on flight schedules.
Free evening to explore the charming port town of Kusadasi.
7. Day: Virgin Mary House And Ephesus Tour
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be picked up at approximately 08:45 for your tour of Ephesus – one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. If you love history and appreciate having a sense of what life was like 2000 years ago, you will be in heaven today. Other sites you will visit today include the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and Virgin Mary’s House which is believed to be the place that she was brought by John, and the place where she spent her last days. After the tour, you will be dropped at the bus station for your bus to Denizli / Pamukkale. Your bus ticket will be given to you by your tour guide. Please note that we will meet you at the bus station and drive you to your hotel. Free evening
8. Day: Hierapolis & Pamukkale Tour
It’s a new day for a brand-new experience in Pamukkale – home of one of Turkey’s great natural wonders. The unique, UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural formations of Pamukkale resemble crystallized fields of cotton, which is how this site got its’ name of Pamuk (Cotton) -kale (Castle).
We’ll start our tour by visiting the red springs in the nearby village of Karahayit, where the waters are a rusty-red colour because of the high iron content of the water.
We then drive to the North gate of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Roman spa town of Hierapolis and start our tour. In ancient times, Hierapolis was a highly regarded place for healing, because of the reported therapeutic benefits to be had from bathing in its thermal waters. People travelled from all over the Roman Empire for healing treatments here.
As you wander around the ruins with your tour guide, you will see highlights such as the necropolis (graveyard), one of the biggest in the region, with over 1500 graves, the Roman bath, the theatre and the Agora (ancient market). You’ll also hear stories of some of the famous characters from history who visited or lived here including Cleopatra and St Philip, whose tomb is on top of a hill, outside the north-eastern section of the city walls, and which you will be able to see from a distance.
We’ll then take a break at the Cleopatra Antique Pool where the water is a pleasant 36 degrees Celsius and filled with invigorating minerals. Here, you have the chance to swim over Roman columns which believed to have fallen into the water during an earthquake. Please note that entrance to the swimming pool is an additional 50TL per person, payable at the site.
Your guide will give you free time to paddle in some of the pools as you wander down the hill to Pamukkale’s natural park and lake. You will then meet your tour guide for a late lunch. After lunch you will have the chance for a no-hassle, obligation-free visit to one of the area’s Onyx, leather or textile factories – all products for which this area is renown.
After the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.
9. Day: Flight From Denizli to İstanbul & Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Denizli airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
You have seen the most beautiful splendid sites of Turkey. Now you are back in Istanbul, it’s time to finish your sightseeing with a relaxing cruise on the famous Bosphorus Strait, which is the body of water that connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, and whose bridges connect the continents of Europe and Asia. You will also visit the Spice Bazaar, where the smell of the spices and the calls of the merchants will make you feel as though you have been transported back in time.
You will be picked up from your hotel between 12:30-13:00. Our first stop will be at the Spice Bazaar. As you wander through the Spice Bazaar, it is easy to imagine this place as the final destination for traders who travelled from the East along the Silk Road centuries ago.
Next, we board our ferry for our Bosphorus Cruise. As we cruise along the Bosphorus strait, we will pass beautiful old Ottoman-style wooden houses, Dolmabahce Palace, Rumeli Fortress, pavilions, gardens, mosques, and of course, the famous Bosphorus bridge.
It is a great chance to see Istanbul from another perspective. After your cruise, you will be dropped back at your hotel. Free evening.
10. Day: Packing Day
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. You will be able to store your luggage at your hotel until you are picked up for your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you with our 10-day Turkey tour. It gives us great pleasure that you have chosen us as your Turkey travel planner. We hope you liked your tour, services and our friendship. Best wishes for safe travels, and we hope to see you again one day soon.
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