Western Turkey Tour (9 Days & 8 Nights)
Day 1 (Arrival to Istanbul)
After your arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, we will meet you in front of the exit gate at the international terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel in Old City area (Sultanahmet). You will have free time in the afternoon depending on your arrival time. It is possible to include some tours on this day if you are arriving in the morning. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet.
Day 2 (Full day Regular Istanbul Tour, breakfast and lunch included)
The tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel after your breakfast at around 08:30am. You will visit the famous Topkapi Palace; the main residence for the Ottoman Sultans between 15th and 19th centuries, with its jewel encrusted treasury and the famous Harem (It is possible to visit Harem Section with an extra 15 TL per person).
The next stops before lunch will be The Basilica Cistern which has 336 marble columns and the Roman Hippodrome which was once the center of Istanbul's political life. After having lunch, you will respectively visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), Million stone, Tomb of Sultan Mahmud and ancient Ottoman cemetery, Cemberlitas (Columnof Constantine) and Grand Bazaar. The tour will end around 4:30pm with free time in Grand Bazaar which is very close to almost all the hotels in Sultanahmet area and the guide will show you the directions on how to get to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet
Day 3 (Full day Regular Bosporus & Black Sea Cruise, breakfast and lunch included)
We will pick you up around 08:30am from your hotel and start the cruise to explore European and Asian Continents in one day. We will discover the impressive sights along the shores of the Bosporus, the waterway that divides Europe and Asia. We will stop at Ortakoy, Beylerbeyi Palace*, Rumeli Fortress and finally Poyrazkoy which is the place that you will also be able to see the Black Sea. Our guide will inform you about the places and sights along the cruise and you will enjoy a delicious lunch with grilled chicken and meatballs as well as the Turkish Mezes. The cruise will end around 6:00pm and we will drive you back to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet
Day 4 (Private Cappadocia Tour, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
With an early pick-up from your hotel around 05:00am , we will transfer you to Ataturk Airport and have the flight to Cappadocia. Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel for the breakfast. After having the breakfast, you will start touring in magical Cappadocia. The tour will start with a panoramic view point in Goreme to give you the information about the geography, formation and history of Cappadocia. The next stop will be Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cappadocia since 1985. Having lunch at a river-by restaurant in Avanos, we will visit Pasabag (Monks Valley)which is also known as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The fairy-chimneys in Pasabag are the best-protected ones in the area and they give the best idea about the formation of a fairy-chimney. We will then continue to Avanos to see the kick-wheel pottery demonstration which is the oldest art in the area. Finally, we will visit Devrent Valley in which you will see the camel-shaped fairy chimney and much more different shapes than usual. The tour will end around 4:30pm and we will drive you back to your hotel. After relaxing for a few hours, our guide will meet you again and take you to the dinner at Ziggy Restaurant which is one of the best restaurants in the region. After the dinner, we will drop you off at your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.
Day 5 (Private Cappadocia Tour, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight in the early morning can be a good start the day with sunrise.
We will pick you up at 10:00am from you hotel and start the hike in Red & Rose Valleys in which you will be able to see lots of pigeon houses and some rock-cut churches. The hike will take about 1,5 hours. After the hike will will drive to Mustafapasa (Sinasos) village.This village housed both Turkish and Greek people until the population exchange compulsory has been fulfilled in 1924. We will see lots of Old Greek houses and have a stop at Secret Valley (Baltanin Yeri) to have a cup of coffee. Then, we will drive to Keslik Monastery and see a small, typical monastery. You will get to meet Mr. Cabir there who is making the monastery even more interesting with his sensitiveness to the history. Our lunch will be in Aravan Evi Restaurant in Ayvali Village. The restaurant serves only local dishes which makes it very special. After lunch, we will visit Sobessos Excavation Site. This is the only ancient city that is inherited from Romans in Cappadocia. The final stop will be in Goreme Open Air Museum which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in Cappadocia area. The Dark Church which has an extra admission fee will be included at your visit. We will drive you to your hotel around 5:00pm. After having some rest, our guide will take you to Topdeck Cave Restaurant for a lovely dinner. Having an enjoying dinner, we will drive you back to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.
Day 6 (Flight to Ephesus, free day at leisure)
We will pick you up two hours before the flight and take you to Kayseri Airport. You will have a direct* flight to Izmir Airport. Our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Selcuk. You will have a free day at leisure today. You can visit St. John Basilica on this day which is going to be very close to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Selcuk.
Day 7 (Private Ephesus Tour - Flight to Istanbul, breakfast and lunch included)
With a pick-up from your hotel at 09:30, you will take a tour of Ephesus Ancient City which is the largest and the best ancient city in Turkey. The tour will take around 3 hours and you will get to see the famous Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, The Terrace Houses(it has an extra 15 TL admission fee, but it is included on your itinerary) and The Theatre. You will also see the first advertisement activity in the world in Ephesus Ancient City. After the visit, you will the lunch. We will then visit The Virgin Mary House which has been declared as a pilgrimage place in 1967 by the Pope. The tour will end around 4:00pm and we will take you back to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Selcuk.
Day 8 (Private Aphrodisias and Pamukkale Tour - Flight to Istanbul, breakfast and lunch included)
After check-out from the hotel, we will start the trip at around 09:00. We will visit Aphrodisias Ancient City which was first dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess and then to Greek goddess Aphrodite. It is the site of a magnificent Temple of Aphrodite and the home of a renowned school of marble sculpture. We will then drive to Pamukkale to enjoy the travertine terraces and Hierapolis Ancient City. The travertines are thought to be formed in about 20 thousand years.The water at the travertine terraces have a temperature of 34 Celcius with calciumbicarbonate content. The final visit will be the Hierapolis Ancient City which has the biggest ancient Necropolis (cemetery) in Turkey. IT is also possible to experience the thermal pools in Pamukkale with an extra charge. After the tour we will transfer you to Denizli airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Our driver will meet you at the airport and drive you back to your hotel in Old City area. Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet
Day 9 (Transfer to airport for flight back home)
On your last day in Turkey, you will have free day for your leisure until the transfer time to the airport. We will then drive to Ataturk Airport for your flight back to your country.
* Direct Flights to Izmir may not be available in winter or the flight might be in the afternoons. We will offer connecting flight options in those cases.
Rates, Inclusions & Exclusions
Rates for the itinerary:
For more than 5 people, please email us from firstname.lastname@example.org
The itinerary is quite flexible. It is possible to have regular tours in Cappadocia and Ephesus area which makes the itinerary even more affordable. Our regular tours have maximum 15 people while private tours will be only for your party. Private tours are quite flexible, so we can customize the itineraries up to your personal requests. If you would like to have a quote of the itinerary with regular tours, please email us
The dinners which are specially chosen for you in Cappadocia can be removed from the itinerary. Please ask your agent for further information.
Domestic flight tickets (Istanbul - Cappadocia, Cappadocia - Izmir and Izmir - Istanbul)
All airport transfers
Hotel accommodations with breakfasts
Professionally-licensed and experienced English speaking guides (All of our guides graduate from 4-year university course to be a tour guide)
All admission fees to museums on the itinerary (except the entrance to Harem)
Lunches and dinners where described on the itinerary
Service Charges and taxes
International flight tickets
Personal expenses during the tours
Optional tips to drivers, guides and hotels
We have lots of different hotel options available. If you would like to stay at a different hotel than our list above , just let us know the name of the hotel and we will check the rates for your particular hotel. You may also want to book your own hotel and still join the tour. Please ask for this option with an email to email@example.com
How to Complete a Booking with Our Agency
When you email us regarding the tour, we will send you an itinerary based on the actual “real-time” availability and the rate information we are receiving from hotels and airlines. Until your deposit is received through our secure form, the rate and availability of the hotels and flights might change. When we confirm your reservation; all rates, hotels and flights are guaranteed. As we are using several outside vendors, if any arrangements in your itinerary has to be changed after confirmation, we will definitely contact you and offer a suitable alternative that you confirm as well. This is usually the case with flight bookings – as sometimes the airline may change flight times or routes expecially on advance bookings.
When you agreed the itinerary with our travel agent, we will request a 30% deposit to confirm all your reservations. We have 128bit SSL secure form that you can safely send your credit card details at www.turkey-trip.com/secure.php Once we receive your deposit , we will confirm all the details of your itinerary and email you the travel voucher within 3-5 business days with your flight tickets and other details. The balance due can be paid at any time before to arrival – or you can pay when you are in Cappadocia during your travels in our agency office which is located quite central in Goreme. In our office we accept all major currencies for cash payments, as well as Visa, MasterCard and AMEX.
To confirm this itinerary, we will also need your international flight details to arrange the pick-up/drop-off services and your full names as per your passports to get the flight tickets.
General Guideline for Cancellation
Here is the general guideline for our cancellation policy if your agent does not mention otherwise:
Cancellation Policy for Hotel accommodations:
If you cancel 14 days before check-in date, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 14 to 7 days , there will be a cancellation penalty of 1 night accommodation.
If you cancel between 7 days to 24 hours, the full amount of the hotel will be charged.
There will not be any refunds on "no shows" for the hotel accommodations.
Cancellation Policy for Flight Tickets:
If you cancel the tickets 1 month before departure, only 15 Euro will be charged.
If you cancel within 1 month to 1 week time before departure, 40% of the total cost will be charged.
We cannot give any refund on no-shows for flight tickets.
Promotional fares offered by airlines are non-refundable, non-changeable.
Cancellation Policy for Tours and Airport Transfers:
If you cancel 48 hours before the tour or airport transfer, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 48 hours to 24 hours before the tour or airport transfer, we will charge 50% cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 24 hours of tour or airport transfer , we will charge the full amount as cancellation fee.
We cannot give any refund on no-shows for tours or airport transfers.
*for large groups, please ask to your agent for the cancellation policy and booking requirements