Turkish Delights: An Unforgettable Journey Through Turkey’s Treasures
Duration: 7 days
Welcome to Turkey, a mesmerizing blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that beckons travellers from around the world. This enchanting country straddles two continents, offering a captivating mix of East and West, ancient and modern. Our carefully curated Turkey trip promises to be an unforgettable adventure, taking you on a whirlwind journey through iconic landmarks, charming towns, and breathtaking landscapes.
This trip to Turkey is designed for adventurous souls, history enthusiasts, culture aficionados, and nature lovers alike. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first international journey, our experienced guides will ensure that you have a seamless and enriching experience throughout.
Turkey is a country with a rich and diverse cultural heritage. We respect and appreciate the local customs and traditions. As we explore this beautiful nation, we encourage responsible tourism and kind interaction with the locals.
Join us on this unforgettable adventure. Pack your sense of wonder and embark on an extraordinary journey to Turkey, where each step will reveal a new layer of beauty and fascination. Come and experience the magic of Turkey!
“Turkey is a canvas of mesmerizing colours, where the brushstrokes of history, culture, and natural beauty blend harmoniously to create a masterpiece of enchantment.” – Unknown
- Historical Marvels: Unravel the secrets of Turkey’s rich history as we visit legendary sites like the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia and the majestic Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Delve into the ancient ruins of Ephesus, once a bustling Roman city, and marvel at the mystical terraces.
- Captivating Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Turkish culture. Engage with friendly locals at bustling bazaars, savour the tantalizing flavours of Turkish cuisine, and experience the time-honoured art of Turkish pottery.
- Natural Splendours: From the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia with its fairy-tale chimneys and hot air balloon rides at sunrise, to the breathtaking coastal vistas of the Turquoise Coast, Turkey’s natural beauty will leave you in awe.
- The Wonders of Istanbul: Explore the magical city of Istanbul, where East meets West. Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, witness the shimmering lights of the city skyline, and be transported by the rhythmic whirl of traditional Turkish folk dances.
- Tranquil Retreats: Discover the serenity of quaint villages and hidden gems like the ancient city of Ephesus, where legends come to life.
Day 1 – Your Adventure Begins!
Welcome to Istanbul! You will arrive in one of the most important and inspiringly beautiful cities of the world history: Constantinople! Your tour guide will greet you at the airport to assist you during your transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Historical Istanbul
This morning embark on a captivating private tour, commencing in the heart of the Old City. Your first stop is the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, renowned for its grandeur with six minarets and a perfectly proportioned dome that commands admiration.
Strolling through the historic streets, you’ll reach the famed Hippodrome Square, once the vibrant hub of Constantinople, where exhilarating chariot races and social gatherings thrived during the Middle Ages.
The journey continues with a visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the opulent residence of the esteemed Ottoman Sultans. Explore the palace’s grandeur as you meander through its enchanting corridors and various sections, each a testament to the splendour of a bygone era.
Next, you’ll step into the revered Saint Sophia, a masterpiece built by Justinian the Great in the 6th century. Its architectural magnificence and historical significance will leave you in awe.
As the day unfolds, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Istanbul at the iconic Grand Bazaar. Wander through one of history’s earliest shopping malls, still thriving with its indoor and outdoor sections bustling with merchants. It’s a living testament to the trade routes that once connected the Genoese and Venetian merchants to the far corners of the world.
At the end of your mesmerizing touring, your guide will accompany you back to your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of Istanbul’s majestic past and vibrant present.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Touring in Istanbul
Today’s tour is a captivating blend of cultural immersion and exploration of the non-Muslim facets of Istanbul. Your morning begins with a delightful visit to the vibrant Spice Market, where you’ll be immersed in a world of exotic scents and flavours.
Next, prepare for a unique experience as you board a local ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the legendary Bosphorus, the famed strait that separates Asia and Europe. This scenic journey offers unparalleled views of the city’s iconic landmarks and a deeper understanding of its historical significance.
Moving on, you’ll head to the bustling Taksim Square, a vibrant hub that epitomizes Istanbul’s social diversity. As you explore the district of Beyoglu (Pera), you’ll sense the European influence that once made Istanbul the terminating point of the illustrious Orient Express.
Among the highlights of the day is Passage Des Fleurs, a charming venue where the authentic ambiance emanates joy and nostalgia. Take your time to leisurely walk through this enchanting space, savouring the unique atmosphere.
Your stroll will lead you to Galata, a neighbourhood that once hosted non-Muslim European communities during the 18th and 19th centuries, drawn to Istanbul to benefit from the capitulations granted by the Ottoman Sultanate.
At the end of this enriching journey, your knowledgeable guide will accompany you back to your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of Istanbul’s cultural diversity and European heritage.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 – Istanbul – Cappadocia
Today and tomorrow’s itinerary is brimming with captivating highlights, showcasing the enchanting wonders of Cappadocia. Your day will commence with an early morning transfer to Istanbul Airport for a domestic flight to Cappadocia, where your adventure awaits.
Your exploration begins at the renowned Goreme Museum, an ancient centre of monastic life boasting the most authentic dwellings that exemplify the region’s unique natural charm. As you wander through this historical site, you’ll be immersed in the rich history and spiritual significance of the area.
Next, you’ll have the pleasure of strolling through Paşabağ, also known as Fairy Chimney’s, a mesmerizing landscape adorned with peculiar rock formations. The whimsical shapes of these chimneys lend an air of magic and mystery to the surroundings.
Before returning to your hotel, you’ll make a stop in Avanos, a renowned town established by the Hittites on the banks of the Halys River. Avanos is famous for its pottery artistry, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit the cave studios of a skilled pottery artist. Experience an interactive presentation as the masterpieces of pottery and ceramics come to life before your eyes.
At the end of this enriching tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel, where you can reflect on the captivating experiences of the day and prepare for more adventures in the fascinating land of Cappadocia.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 – Cappadocia
For those seeking an extraordinary adventure, we offer an optional hot air balloon ride at sunrise—an unparalleled, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will take your breath away amid the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia.
Your expedition begins with a visit to the fascinating Kaymakli/Ozkonak Underground City, an ancient subterranean settlement comprised of troglodytic cave dwellings. These underground chambers were once home to early Christians, offering shelter and protection from potential invaders.
Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Pigeon Valley, where breathtaking scenery unfolds before your eyes. As you drive through the picturesque valleys and charming towns of Cappadocia, you’ll find yourself captivated by the region’s natural splendour.
Arriving in Ortahisar, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a renowned local winery, where you can savour the delightful taste of Cappadocia’s wines, crafted with passion and expertise.
As the day draws to a close, you’ll venture to the captivating Red Valley, renowned for its striking hues and panoramic views. Witness the mesmerizing sunset that paints the landscape with a golden glow, creating an unforgettable moment to cherish.
With each experience adding a new layer of wonder to your Cappadocia journey, your day promises to be a tapestry of unforgettable memories and enchanting discoveries.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Days 6 – Cappadocia – Izmir – Ephesus – Kusadasi
Early in the morning, you’ll embark on a journey to Kayseri / Nevsehir Airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. Your day of exploration begins with a visit to the remnants of the illustrious Temple of Artemis, an ancient marvel steeped in history.
Next, you’ll arrive at the captivating city of Ephesus, where history and archaeology intertwine to present a majestic display of incredible richness. As you walk along the Marble Road, you’ll encounter various structures that once adorned this ancient city.
The Temple of Hadrian stands as a unique beauty with its intricate facade, while the Library of Celsus exudes the grandeur of the Roman Period’s “good old days.” A highlight of the day includes a tour of the Terrace Houses, the well-preserved ancient residential section of Ephesus, offering a glimpse into the lives of its inhabitants.
Among the remarkable archaeological remains, the Great Theatre of Ephesus holds significant biblical importance. Its grandeur and historical context add to the profound experience of your journey. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Virgin Mary, a sacred site of great spiritual significance.
As the day draws to a close, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on the enriching experiences of the day. Each moment has been carefully curated to immerse you in the wonders of ancient civilizations and leave you with lasting memories to treasure.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 – Kusadasi – Istanbul – Departure
Today, you will be transferred to the Izmir Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul where you will connect to your international flight back to home.
- Immersive cultural experience with the attentive and knowledgeable services of an experienced English-speaking guide.
- Comfortable accommodations and bottled water to keep you hydrated during your adventure.
- All breakfast meals to give you a great start to every morning.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi at all hotels.
- All ground transportation and domestic flights, providing you with comfortable and convenient transfers between destinations and ensuring a seamless and stress-free journey.
- Seamless airport transfers, as well as all attractions and entrance fees (unless indicated as optional), allowing you to simply relax and revel in the unforgettable experiences that await you on your journey.
- Extensive safety protocols perfected by over 25 years of on-the-ground expertise.