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The Best of Turkey

6 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $2692+

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the majestic land of Cappadocia, see the fairy-chimneys and mushroom shaped pinnacles.
  • Haggle over the price of Turkish jewelry, carpets, ceramics, and other goods in the famous Grand Bazaar.
  • Wander through Sultanahmet Square, where both the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are located. This section is enriched with so much history and beauty.
  • Hike through the Rose Valley in Cappadocia and see the remnants of underground cities.
  • Visit one of the world's largest archaeological sites, the ancient city of Ephesus. See ruins of a city that date back to 10th century BC.
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Tour Details

See the best of Turkey, hitting the top three sites, Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ephesus. The country of Turkey has served as a crossroads of civilization for centuries, leaving behind a rich history to discover. Many civilizations can be traced back to this country including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. There is a special blend of eastern and western culture to be discovered.

In Istanbul, tour the historic area of Sultanahmet, home to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. Marvel over the Blue Mosque, still a functioning mosque and one of Istanbul biggest attractions. Walk through the Roman Hippodrome that was once used for chariot races. Visit to the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of Ottoman Sultans. Finish the day wandering through the seemingly never-ending Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is filled with many small shops offering the best in Turkish goods including jewelry, carpets, and ceramics.

Relax on the beach or take part in the fun nightlife in Kusadari. Visit a Turkish bath house or enjoy time by the water. Take an excursion to explore the great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus with its temples, library, market and spectacular theater. See the Virgin Mary’s cottage and the Temple of Diana.

Experience the majestic landscape of Cappadocia. Visit the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Go to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Explore the Open Air Museum in Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Hike through the Rose Valley and visit the churches. Wander through the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop in Pigeons Valley and see the Kaymakli Underground City. Visit the Ortahisar natural rock castle.

Country Notes:

Turkey:

A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses.

You need a visa to travel to Turkey for tourism or commerce. The visa is valid for up to 90 days within a 180 day period. To obtain a Turkish visa you can apply via the e-Visa application system prior to arrival. You can also apply for a tourism visa upon arrival in Turkey. Please verify this information with your local consulate.

For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Turkey please visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.

U.S. citizens are warned of increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey and are urged to avoid travel to southeast Turkey due to the persistent threat of terrorism. For the most up to date information please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.


Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double £$2692 £$2975 £$3096 £$3658
Single £$3967 £$4455 £$4738 £$5935

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability.

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All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive in Istanbul

Upon arrival into Istanbul, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

Upon arrival into Istanbul, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

Day
2

Historic Istanbul

Go on a guided tour exploring the ancient city of Istanbul. The tour includes a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of Ottoman Sultans. See the Saint Sophia Basilica, an ancient seat of the Byzantine Church. Marvel over the Blue Mosque, still a functioning mosque and one of Istanbul biggest attractions. Walk through the Roman Hippodrome that was once used for chariot races. Finish the day wandering through the seemingly never-ending Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is filled with many small shops read more...

Go on a guided tour exploring the ancient city of Istanbul. The tour includes a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of Ottoman Sultans. See the Saint Sophia Basilica, an ancient seat of the Byzantine Church. Marvel over the Blue Mosque, still a functioning mosque and one of Istanbul biggest attractions. Walk through the Roman Hippodrome that was once used for chariot races. Finish the day wandering through the seemingly never-ending Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is filled with many small shops offering the best in Turkish goods including jewelry, carpets, and ceramics. ...read less

Blue Mosque-Istanbul
Day
3

Transfer to Cappadocia and Cappadocia Tour

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Istanbul airport for departing flight.

Take a morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Kayseri). Upon arrival into Cappadocia, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

Depart from the hotel and visit the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon visit Open Air Museum in Goreme read more...

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Istanbul airport for departing flight.

Take a morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Kayseri). Upon arrival into Cappadocia, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

Depart from the hotel and visit the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon visit Open Air Museum in Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years.

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Day
4

Cappadocia Valleys and Underground Cities

Hike through the Rose Valley and visit the churches. Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch near Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the Kaymakli Underground City. Visit the Ortahisar natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotel.

Hike through the Rose Valley and visit the churches. Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch near Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the Kaymakli Underground City. Visit the Ortahisar natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day
5

Transfer to Kusadasi

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Cappadocia airport for departing flight.

Take a morning flight from Cappadocia (Kayseri) to Izmir. Upon arrival into Izmir, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the Kusadasi hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Visit a Turkish bath house or enjoy time by the water.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Cappadocia airport for departing flight.

Take a morning flight from Cappadocia (Kayseri) to Izmir. Upon arrival into Izmir, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the Kusadasi hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Visit a Turkish bath house or enjoy time by the water.

Kusadasi-Turkey
Day
6

Ephesus Tour and Depart Turkey

Start the day visiting the great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus with its temples, library, market and spectacular theater continue to the Virgin Mary's cottage and the Temple of Diana. Transfer back to the hotel.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Izmir airport for departing flight.

Start the day visiting the great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus with its temples, library, market and spectacular theater continue to the Virgin Mary's cottage and the Temple of Diana. Transfer back to the hotel.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Izmir airport for departing flight.

Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey

Cappadocia, Nevşehir, Turkey

Izmir, İzmir, Turkey

Kusadasi, Kuşadası/Aydın Province, Turkey

Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey

Places You'll See

  • Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia-Istanbul

    Istanbul

    Visit the city that has a long, rich history. First known as Byzantium in 660 BC, this city has been home to many different civilizations. Beginning in 330 AD, the city was renamed to Constantinople during the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires. After the country’s establishment in 1923, the city was renamed again to Istanbul. The city served a hub for the growth of Christianity until the Ottomans conquered, whose religion was Islam. The city has so many different layers of history, making it an exciting place to explore! The city itself is split by the waters of the Bosphorus strait, onto two different continents, Europe and Asia. This makes it easy to hop from one continent to another without even leaving the city! Istanbul is well known for its landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazzar, and the popular Turkish hammams(Turkish bath houses). This city has so much to offer!

  • Cappadocia featured-Turkey

    Cappadocia

    Visiting Cappadocia is like stepping into another land. The region of Cappadocia is filled with majestic landscape. The land is moon-like and fairy-esque. This spectacular land was formed by the remnants and erosion of lava covered land from the once active volcanic mountains. There are unique rock formations, breathtaking valleys, underground cities, and caves to explore.

  • Kusdarsi-Turkey

    Kusadasi

    The coastal city of Kusadasi is known for its beautiful location on the Aegean Sea and its fun, exciting nightlife. This makes Kusadasi a great city to stay in for travelers wanting plenty of restaurants and nighttime activities to choose from while visiting the ancient sites of Ephesis, Pamukkale, Pergamum, Asklepion, Priene, Miletus, and Didym.

  • Ephesus-Turkey

    Ephesus

    Ephesus is one of Turkey’s major attractions. This city is one of the world’s largest archaeological sites. Once home to an ancient Greek then Roman city, Ephesus was thought to have over 250,000 citizens. The site is considered one of the largest and best preserved ancient cities, although only a small percent of it has been unearthed by archaeologists. The ancient city’s main attraction is the Library, thought to be one of the world’s first known libraries.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Istanbul : Hotel Olimpiyat Istanbul

Istanbul : Erbil Hotel

Istanbul : Golden Crown Hotel

Istanbul : Hotel Nena

Istanbul : Hotel Perula

Istanbul : Orient Express Hotel

Cappadocia : Burcu Kaya Hotel

Cappadocia : Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi

Kusadasi : Marina Hotel and Suites

4 Star Properties

Istanbul : Alzer Hotel

Istanbul : Arena Hotel

Istanbul : Best Western Plus The President Hotel

Istanbul : Hotel Mina

Istanbul : Klas Hotel

Istanbul : Konak Hotel

Istanbul : Ramada Old City

Istanbul : Sirkeci Mansion

Cappadocia : Cappadocia Cave Suites

Cappadocia : Kapadokya Lodge

Cappadocia : Yuank Evieri

Kusadasi : Efe Boutique Hotel

5 Star Properties

Istanbul : Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet

Istanbul : Novotel Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Cappadocia : Tafoni Hotel

Kusadasi : Charisma Deluxe Hotel

Luxury Properties

Istanbul : Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Istanbul : Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Istanbul : Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Istanbul : Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera

Istanbul : Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Sisli

Istanbul : Pera Palace

Istanbul : Shangri-La Bosphorus

Istanbul : Swissotel The Bosphorus

Cappadocia : Cappadocia Cave Resort

Kusadasi : LaVista Hotel

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