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Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ancient Cities 8-Day Tour

Istanbul 8 Day Package Tour

Key Details
Duration : 8 days   Departure : Every day / all around the year
Live Guide : English   Pick-up service : Pick-up from Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Discover the ancient cities of Anatolia on an 8-day tour of Turkey. Visit the ruins of Ephesus and Hierapolis, marvel at the “Cotton Castles” of Pamukkale, wander among the “Fairy Chimneys” of Cappadocia, and see the main monuments of Istanbul.

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What You'll Do

  • Marvel at the main monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires in Istanbul

  • Go to the house where the Virgin Mary spent her last days

  • Wander among the rock-carved houses and churches of Cappadocia

  • See the "Cotton Castles" thermal spring deposits in Pamukkale

  • Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis

  • Cruise the Bosphorus Straits between Europe and Asia

  • Explore the remarkable monuments of Kaymakli Underground City

  • Enjoy panoramic views of the "Fairy Chimneys" of Cappadocia from Ortahisar Castle

  • Wander the impressive ruins and marble streets of Ephesus

  • Discover the remains of one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

What to Expect

Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this 4-day mini package tour that takes in the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia to the iconic Blue Mosque, and from the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Cruise along the Bosphorous to admire the handsome mansions of the Ottoman elite, pick up the scent of the spice trail at the Egyptian Bazaar, and be seduced by Turkish belly dancers at an optional dinner.

Discover some of the ancient cities of Anatolia on a journey through southwest Turkey, following 3 days in Istanbul. Travel through great empires as you explore the main monuments, mosques and Ottoman palaces of cosmopolitan Istanbul on land and water. Then, go to the sculpted landscapes of Cappadocia and walk among the rock-cut houses and churches. Continue to the ruins of Ephesus, and see the house where the Virgin Mary may have spent her final days. Marvel at the white limestone deposits of the thermal springs of Pamukkale, and more.

Istanbul Highlights City Tour

Following a pick-up from your hotel at 08:30, explore the historic monuments, mosques and bazaars of Istanbul, including the Hagia Sophia, the religious heart of ancient Byzantium, built by the Emperor Justinian I between 532 and 537. Continue to the Blue Mosque, where the blue iznik tiles and slender minarets have become the icon of Istanbul. Go to the ancient Hippodrome, the social center of Constantinople during the Byzantine Empire.

After lunch, visit Topkapı Palace in the Ottoman ccenter, and marvel at the buildings and courtyards of the Sultan’s vast compound. Next, get lost in the labyrinthine alleys of the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest indoor market. Return to your accommodation for an evening at leisure.

Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Your guide will pick you up at about 08:30 to take you to the Spice Bazaar and Spice Market. Marvel at the mounds of fragrant spices in one of the city’s largest bazaars. Next, relax on a 1.5-hour cruise of the Bosphorus Straits by public boat. After lunch, go to Dolmabahce Palace on the shores of the Bosphorus, and explore the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Overnight in Istanbul.

Free Day in Istanbul

Today, you are free to explore Istanbul at leisure. Revist some of the sights from your previous days, or wander the boutique shops of Nişantaşı. Catch the historic Taksim-Tünel tram, or linger over a mint tea in one of the cafés of Beyoğlu. Meet for your overnight transfer to Cappadocia at around 18:30, with an 11-hour journey from the scheduled departure time of 20:00.


Upon arrival in Cappadocia, transfer to your hotel to freshen up. Your guide will collect you at about 09:30 to drive you to the Devrent Valley for the start of your tour of the extraordinary rock formations of Cappadocia. Stroll between the “fairy chimneys” of Pasabagi, before the drive to Avanos for lunch.

Next, discover some of the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art at the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to Uchisar Castle at the highest point of Cappadocia for fabulous panoramic views over the sensuous rocks. Return to your hotel at about 17:30 for an evening at leisure.


This morning you will take a short (4-kilometer) hike through the Rose Valley to see some of the rock-carved churches. Continue to the historic village of Cavusin, before lunch in Pigeons Valley, famous for the large number of dovecotes carved into the rock. Next, explore the remarkable underground city of Kaymakli, where the houses were constructed around a network of nearly 100 tunnels. Get more panoramic views over Cappadocia from the beautiful Ortahisar Castle.

Take the 10-hour overnight bus to Pamukkale, departing at around 21:00.

Pamukkale - Ephesus

Upon arrival in Pamukkale at 07:00, transfer to your hotel for refreshments and to freshen up. Your guide will collect you at about 09:00 for the start of your tour of the thermal springs and limestone “cotton castles” of Pamukkale. Get up-close to the limestone deposits, and learn how chemical properties in the water created the white travertines and stepped water terraces on the mountain slopes of the Büyük Menderes River valley. The springs ripple over the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, site of the largest necropolis of Anatolia.

Then, relax on the 4-hour bus transfer to Ephesus, and check in to your overnight accommodation on arrival.

Ephesus - Overnight Transfer to Istanbul

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before the 09:00 pick-up and transfer to Ephesus. Wander among the ruins of one of the most impressive sites of antiquity. See the impressive amphitheater, the ruins of the Temple of Hadrian, and the extraordinary Library of Celsus, once home to more than 12,000 scrolls. To date, the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus reveals layers of history, from the archaic, through the classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras.

After lunch, drive to the Temple of Artemis (Diana) in the hills of Selcuk, and see the site of one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Next, go to the House of the Virgin Mary, thought to be where Mary spent the last years of her life. Experience the spiritual peace of the site, before going to the 14th-century Isa Bey Mosque on the outskirts of the Ayasluğ Hills. Transfer to your hotel at about 17:30 to prepare for the overnight bus back to Istanbul. The bus departs at 21:00 and takes about 10 hours.


Your scheduled arrival in Istanbul is 07:00. Upon arrival, use the free shuttle at the bus station to get to Sultanahmet Square, or take the public transportation links to Ataturk Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels or similar boutique hotels
  • Meals throughout the tour as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned buses
  • Licensed guides
  • Entrance fees to museums as per itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • International flight tickets

Meeting Point :
Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), Karakoy/Salipazari Port

  • 06-12 Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The tempature early morning in Cappadocia is cold and cilly. You should have wear warm clothes.
  • The flight permision given by Slot Centre of Cappadocia. If the weather conditions are good enough to make balloon ride our pilots start to prepair the balloons.
  • Pasifik travel (www.turkeygoldentours.com) is offical A Group Travel Agency ; member of ( Tursab )Turkish Travel Agencies Assasosations since 1987. TURSAB License No: A1855
  • All shchuled times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
  • Infiants are free during our packages We do charge only taxes for internal flight tickets. Please ask rate for infiants and children. The rate for children (6-12 yrs) %50 off from the package rate.
  • We do have English Speaking Guides for all our group tours. Private tours are avaible with your own languange. If you are group of family,friends and need an other lanquage speaking guide just contact with us.
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Cappadocia is of region in Turkey. There is no visa requirment as long as you got visa for Turkey. There is no need visa to Ephesus,Pamukkale and other part of Turkey.
  • Depends on wheather in Cappadocia you can chose any clothes you wish to wear. We recomemend you wear sportive clothes and shoes.
  • You are free book your own flights . We can reduce the cost of flight from entire package.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
  • Payment can be done upon your arrival to Turkey with credit card or cash.

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650 € per person

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