Turkey Express Circle Tour
Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul
Eight days- Seven nights
Departs every Friday and Saturday
The Turkey Express Circle covers the highlights of Turkey in a speedy manner but gives the traveler a good overview of Turkey, and a dab of Christian and Islam history too. You will become familiar with at Turkish Breakfast, apple tea, wonderful tasty food, culture and have ample time for free shopping.
Day 1 : Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive at Ataturk Istanbul Airport, meet by our team and be privately transfered to the hotel for the night in fabulous Istanbul. Arrival times from the USA vary greatly. Free evening.
Day 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour (B)
After breakfast our guide will pick you up from your hotel and our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Slip over to the spice market for cherry tea. Overnight in Istanbul. Evening options include Turkish Night, Bosporus dinner cruise. Your guide will have options available.
Day 3: Istanbul & Full Day / Ephesus Tour (BLD)
Transfer to Istanbul airport to take an early flight to Izmir. Our driver and guide will be ready to meet you at the Izmir airport. Tour start in the morning from Izmir airport. Visit to the Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded), latrines, Hadrian Temple, Agora, Amphitheater. Nearby you will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In the hills you will tour the Virgin Mary’s House and St. John Church. Overnight in Kusadasi where you can stroll among the yachts and gaze a the ships in the harbor. This is the northern terminus of the the yachting area in Turkey.
Day 4: Full Day / Pamukkale Tour (BLD)
Early departure for Pamukkale. visit to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Then drive to Aphrodisias and lunch. Later visit to the ruins and the museum. Overnight in Pamukkale. Options for bathing in the world famous hot springs.
Day 5: Konya Tour / Cappadocia (BLD)
Early departure for Cappadocia. On the way visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, proceed to Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are on display. After lunch 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Full Day / Cappadocia Tour (BLD)
After having breakfast in the hotel visit to the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch in a restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Cappadocia – Istanbul (B)
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport according to your flight time to Istanbul. Arrival at Istanbul airport. Our transfer team will be ready to meet you at the airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul. Free afternoon and evening.
Day 8: Home (B)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home. End of our services.
Package includes ;
– 7 nights accommodations based on bed, breakfast and dinner ( Bed and breakfast just in Istanbul )
– Professional licensed English speaking guide
– 7 breakfast, 4 lunch and 4 dinner
– Domestic flight tickets ( Istanbul to Izmir – Kayseri/Nevsehir to Istanbul )
– All airport transfers by private vehicle and transportation by A/C ´NO SMOKING’ vehicle
– All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
Package excludes ;
– Personal expenses
– Any drinks and the meals not mentioned in including section
Every Fridays and Saturdays (Some tours are run in the reverse due to scheduling conflicts)
$1.349 in 4 star hotels
$1.799 in 5 star hotels
Call for groups, hotel lists.