Hagia Sofia | Istanbul | Turkey
FROM: USD $5,875 pp

PRIVATE TOUR: From historic and majestic Istanbul to surreal Cappadocia, all the classics of Turkey are here with an added visit to Antalya, Perge and Aspendos with some of the world's most beautifully preserved amphitheatres.

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Trip Highlights

Istanbul - The Old City, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace
Troy - Trojan horse and ancient ruins
Aegean Coast - Kusadasi and Cannakale
Pamukkale - Thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Konya - Silk Road and Mevlana Museum
Ankara - Mausoleum of Ataturk and museum
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches and battlefields
Anatalya and the ancient city of Perge
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus!
Aspendos - Magnificent amphitheatres
Cappadocia - Uchisar Castle, fairy chimneys and underground city


Breakfast daily and 8 dinners
Touring as per itinerary
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
11 nights SUPERIOR hotels. STANDARD and DELUXE hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 12 (one each day)

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Welcome to Istanbul. You will be met upon arrival at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Old City sights

After breakfast enjoy a full day tour of the magnificent city of Istanbul. Explore Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Roman Hippodrome; once home to chariot races, gladiatorial battles and public executions, before trying your hand at a spot of haggling in the Grand Bazaar. Tonight there is an optional Turkish dinner with traditional Turkish entertainment.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3


Istanbul - Cappadocia. Driving to Ankara we visit the mausoleum and museum of Kemal Ataturk, one of Turkey’s most revered leaders, famous for his progressive reform of Turkish society and his incredible strategic command during World War I, thwarting the Allied attempts at invading Turkey. You will then enjoy a picturesque journey through the Lakeland before arriving in Cappadocia.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4


Cappadocia. This morning opt for a hot air balloon ride over the incredible landscape of Cappadocia, before embarking upon a full day sightseeing tour of the region. Discover the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, visit the Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians took refuge from their persecutors and the Open Air Museum in Goreme - where you can view some of the best examples of Byzantine art in the rock cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating back to the 10th century. You will also visit the natural fortress of Uchisar before being given a demonstration of the local handicrafts of hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx and potteries.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5


Cappadocia - Konya. Today we drive onward to Pamukkale via the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai and Konya. In Konya visit the 13th century Mevlana Museum; the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb of Mevlana, a leading philosopher and mystic of Islam, which remains an important place of pilgrimage. Tonight you have the option to watch a Whirling Dervishes performance.
Overnight: Konya  |  Breakfast

Day 6


Konya - antalya. This morning drive to Antalya and visit the ancient city of Perge, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500BC. Perge has an impressive colonnaded street and is the site where most of the statues on display at the Antalya Museum were unearthed. Also visit Aspendos, which is home to one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world.
Overnight: Antalya  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7


Antalya - Pamukkale. After breakfast depart for Pammukale. Remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps try the beautiful thermal baths of your hotel.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8


Pamukkale - Kusadasi. After breakfast visit the incredible white calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis, with its Necropolis graveyard of over 1200 graves. The Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium, dating back to third century BC and the sacred pool are some of the highlights of Hierapolis. The shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. This afternoon, en route to Kusadasi we visit the ruins of the great Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World), which is situated in a marshy basin between Selcuk and Ephesus.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Ancient Ephesus

Kusadasi. This morning you will drive to the ancient and magnificent city of Ephesus, one of the largest and most well preserved ancient city’s in the Mediterranean, with Roman theatres, fountains, buildings, churches and temples. Ephesus was originally built on the north slope of Mount Pion in 1000 BC but was later relocated to its current location in 4th century BC. This afternoon you can visit a Turkish leather manufacturing house where products are available for sale.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10


Kusadasi - Canakkale. This morning, departing early we visit Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamum which remained hidden from the modern world until 1871 when the German engineer Carl Humann rediscovered it when some locals showed him an interesting and strange mosaic that turned out to be the Altar of Zeus. Pergamum, one of Turkey’s oldest civilised settlements, inhabited since pre-historic times through to Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. You will have the chance to visit the ancient acropolis situated on top of a steep hill and the aforementioned Altar of Zeus. We continue to Troy, the ancient city made famous by Homer’s Odyssey and the fable of Helen, Achilles and the Trojan horse. Afterwards drive on to Canakkale.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11


Canakkale - Istanbul. After breakfast cross the Dardanelles to visit the evocative battlefields of Gallipoli. In World War 1 the Allies tried in vain to capture Turkey in order to better supply troops in Europe via access to the Black Sea and also open up better supply routes to Russia. It was on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula where the Allies landed and over 11,000 Anzacs lost their lives. Visit key sites such as Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, The Nek and other Turkish and Allied trenches.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 12


Istanbul. Your tour arrangements end after breakfast. Onward transfer to the airport.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 11, Dinner: 7
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Canakkale
Hot air balloons floating over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia
View of the city and the sea in Antalya
View of Kusadasi from across the water
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
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