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Golden Triangle of Turkey Tour: Discover the Highlights

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  • 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

Istanbul

Approx. Pick-up Time

09:00

Accommodation Type

Small Boutique

Destinations

Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale

Price Includes

  • Boutique Style Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • All Private Transfers
  • Local (Non-Touristy) Lunches
  • Entrance Tickets/Fees

Price Excludes

  • Gratitudes
  • Extra Admissions
  • Dinners

Add-ons

  • Room Upgrade
  • Hot-air Balloon Flight
  • Turkish Bath (Hamam) in Istanbul
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.

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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 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 as well. 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, which was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian in 537 A.D. 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 the 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 interior of the mosque is remarkably bright.

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

The final visit to the sea of columns; the Basilica Cistern built-in 532 A.D. 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 of 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 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. 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 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 of the day tour.

First visit to Ephesus; a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site considered as one 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 flight back home with great memories of your trip.

Meals: B

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FAQs

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 book it for the minimum paying customer and then we will update the price on your dashboard upon confirmation before payment.

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 for pre/post tours, accommodation, and any other travel services to make the planning even better.