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Golden Triangle of Turkey Tour: Discover the Highlights

(6 Reviews)
  • 7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Private Tour
  • All Year Round
  • Easy
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Family, Couple, Friends

Highlights of the Itinerary

Ready for a mind-boggling itinerary full of history, culture, delicious food, unique landscapes, and many more experiences? This eight days Golden Triangle of Turkey tour is absolutely a fantastic match for you then!

  • Immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul
  • Enjoy the surreal landscape of Cappadocia
  • Stroll the ancient streets of Ephesus
  • Take a dip in the ancient pool in Pamukkale

Departure & Return Location


Approx. Pick-up Time


Accommodation Type

Small Boutique


Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale

Price Includes

  • Boutique Style Accommodation
  • All Private Transfers
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Local (Non-Touristy) Lunches
  • Private Bosphorus CruiseLuxury motor-yacht / 2 hours
  • Hot-air balloon rideStandard +/- 1 hour flight
  • Entrance Tickets/Fees

Price Excludes

  • Gratitudes
  • Dinners


  • Flight Tickets
  • Room Upgrade
  • Turkish Bath (Hamam) Experience
What to Expect

Discover the highlights of Turkey, starting with Istanbul to immerse yourself in the history of masterpieces. The gates of the most spectacular landmarks are wide open with this Golden Triangle tour covering the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, The Basilica (Underground) Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Bosphorus, Chora Church, and Spice Market.

The next destination is Cappadocia, where you will be witnessing the miracles of Mother Earth. The highlights will cover Goreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys, Avanos, Uchisar, Red Valley and Hot-air Ballooning.

Finally, arrive at the Aegean to discover the treasures of the west; Ephesus, Ruins of the Temple of Artemis (Artemision), Pamukkale (Hierapolis), ending the trip with a quick dip into the beauty secret of Cleopatra.

Itinerary Details

Day 1Arrival to Istanbul

Welcome at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, our guide might meet you at the hotel to say welcome and brief you about the tour.

Overnight in Istanbul | Meals excluded

Day 2Highlights of Old City

After your very first Turkish breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and enjoy the enthralling tour through the old city of Istanbul to cover all the astonishing masterpieces of both the Byzantine & Ottoman Empires.

First visit to Hippodrome, which was the hub of Constantinople’s sport & political life while the Ottoman Empire used the area for over 500 years for games and riots. The area was the largest in its history, and the design was inspired by Circus Maximus in Rome.

Proceed to Hagia Sophia, the architectural masterpiece of all, built during the reign of Emperor Justinian in 537. Also named as the church of the Divine Wisdom, you will not be able to take your eyes off the outstanding mosaics.

From here, a short walk will take you to the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), which was built in 1616 in honor of Sultan Ahmet I. The name “blue” is derived from its exquisite Iznik Tiles covering the walls, and thanks to its 260 colorful windows, the mosque’s interior is remarkably bright.

Enjoying a nice local lunch, we continue our tour by visiting the majestic Topkapi Palace, the Ottoman sultans’ main residence in the 15th century and accommodated around 4000 people.

The final visit to the sea of columns, the Basilica Cistern was built in 532 by Justinian to supply water for the Great Palace with a capacity of 80,000m3. End the day after this visit or with Grand Bazaar, enjoying a great stroll around the beautiful streets of the bazaar hosting around 4000 shops.

Overnight in Istanbul | Meals: B, L

Day 3Private Bosphorus Cruise Tour

Meet your guide at your hotel and drive to Kabatas to embark on your private motor-yacht. A pleasant ride along Bosphorus will give you a great view of beautiful palaces, Ottoman villas (yali: waterside mansions), fortresses and more. Upon disembarking your cruise, you will head to St. Savior in Chora church with elegant mosaics dated back to the 11th century.

Having some lunch in Karakoy or anything else available en route, visit Suleymaniye Mosque, a great masterpiece of Mimar (Architect) Sinan dedicated to Suleiman the Magnificent.

The final visit to Spice Market, aka Egyptian Bazaar (built in the 1660s), will present the fragrance of all the herbs, spices, dried goods, and Turkish delights.

Overnight in Istanbul | Meals: B, L

Day 4Istanbul - Cappadocia

After breakfast, get picked and transfer to Istanbul Airport. A direct flight of 1 h. 30 min. will take you to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport.

Upon arrival, meet your guide & driver and enjoy an introduction tour of Cappadocia to cover one of the underground cities; a nice local lunch of Anatolian dishes, and some photo stops such as Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley.

Overnight in Cappadocia | Meals: B, L

Day 5Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Half-day Tour

Up, up and away. Get an early wake-up call and get transferred to the balloon office, where you will be served a light breakfast before getting to the take-off area.

Upon arrival to your balloon, you will be helped to get in the basket and take-off for your balloon adventure after brief info by your pilot. Upon landing, enjoy a quick celebration and get transferred to your hotel.

Meet your guide at the desired time and cover the remaining highlights of Cappadocia, including the Goreme Open Air Museum, housing the best-preserved churches, and Pasabaglari (Hermits’ Valley) to see the conical rock formations of millions of years old.

Enjoying a nice local lunch; visit the town of Avanos, where you will get a lecture about the art of pottery making and maybe enjoy making your own on the ancient kick-wheel technique of Hittites.

Overnight in Cappadocia | Meals: B, L

Day 6Cappadocia - Izmir

Leaving Cappadocia with great memories, enjoy your direct domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver and drive straight to Selcuk, where you will take a break for an introduction to the day tour.

The first visit to Ephesus, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of the gems of Western Turkey. Its Odeon Theater, Hadrian Gate, Terrace Houses and Library of Celsus will amaze you! Drive to Artemision (Temple of Artemis) listed as one of the ancient wonders of the world.

After a nice local lunch, continue with Selcuk Museum, which was recently renovated, and it is now even more stunning. The final visit to the Virgin Mary’s House where Mary is said to spend the last days of her life.

Overnight in Sirince | Meals: B, L

Day 7Pamukkale (Hierapolis) Tour

Enjoy driving to Pamukkale (Hierapolis), known for its thermal pools rich with calcium. Touristically known as “Cotton Castle” as well; the ancient health center will amaze you with its theater, Necropolis, Cleopatra’s Pool and many more… Splash your final day of your Golden Triangle of Turkey tour and depending on your flight time or domestic flight availability; we will either drive back to your hotel in Sirince or stay overnight at a thermal hotel here.

Overnight in Sirince | Meals: B, L

Day 8Private Airport Transfer

Private transfer to the airport for your flight back home with great memories of your trip.

Meals: B



I'm a solo traveler, is there a single supplement?

Yes, you can book the Golden Triangle of Turkey tour as a solo traveler as well. Please go ahead and complete the inquiry form, and then we will update the total cost with a special discount we offer for solo travelers.

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

All our itineraries are created to serve the most requested routes, and they are all flexible. You can definitely request pre/post tours, accommodation, and other travel services to make the planning even better.

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Melissa C.

Family Traveller

Excellent experience. Very knowledgeable guide, organized, flexible, food ordered was varied allowing us to try almost everything from mezas to desserts, super easy to work with. Felt more like family than a tour company. Would highly recommend and Definitely use to see the other half of Turkey!!

November 27, 2022

Elaine G.

Family Traveller

Ismail worked diligently and patiently with me in planning this tour. He made the process of traveling to Turkey as a first timer a seamless experience and provided excellent recommendations. The trip was excellent and my family and I were able to experience beautiful locations in Turkey. I highly recommend Made in Turkey tours when planning your next trip to Turkey!

October 14, 2022

Richard H.

Family Traveller

We had an amazing family tour of Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Kusadasi/Ephesus) in April 2022 with Made in Turkey. The trip was unforgettable for all of us, especially for the kids (18, 16, and 10), and very well coordinated and organized. The tour guides were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and patient- answering all questions and showing us hidden treasures. Ismail was always available and very helpful throughout the booking and tour and took great care of us. I would highly recommend booking with Made in Turkey! We are already thinking about coming back!

April 25, 2022

Nika P.

Couple Traveller

Made in Turkey Tours fulfilled all of our dreams when it comes to luxurious but at the same time casual travels, at a very reasonable price.

We traveled from west to east of the country wrapping up our journey with a private luxurious Vila and heated pool in beautiful Izmir.
From Istanbul, to magnificent Cappadocia to Izmir we had the best three tour guides one can only hope for, Muhittin, Bünjamin and our lovely Arzu, who aside from vast knowledge of the country and its history had incredible charm and sense of humor. We felt as if we have made lasting friendships ever in such a short time.

From the hot air balloon ride, to the most professional private chauffeurs and luxurious cars we were able to immerse fully into the every day Turkish life, experiencing both its high end and mundane, charming side.

As experienced travelers we can happily say this travel service has by far outdone any former experience we have had and we are planning and hoping to return soon, to discover the rest of magical Turkey.

Last, but not least, the entire tour was organized by Ismail who made it so professional and exquisite as if we were his long time friends.

March 7, 2022

Yvette W.

Family Traveller

The tour was very enriching and provided a true bonafide experience of the culture and life in Turkey! It is extremely well-arranged and organized, with enthusiastic tour guides who professionally regale the tourists with fascinating information about Turkey’s highlights. Overall, highly recommended!

January 15, 2022