10-Day Turkey Classic Tours
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Appreciate unique collections inside the Topkapi Palace
- Stay in a cave hotel when touring Cappadocia
- Enjoy the stunning ocean views from the Castle in Bodrum
- Marvel at the magnificent architecture in the ruins of Ephesus
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- Day 1
Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arriving at the airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to relax or go out for a short exploration on your own.
- Day 2
After breakfast, your private guide will transfer you to enjoy a one-hour scenic cruise sailing along the Bosphorus Strait. It will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the scenery of the busy waterways, and buildings on the steep-sided banks.
After the cruise, continue to visit the Rumeli Fortress. You could climb up to its ramparts, down to the dungeon, or just enjoy leisure walking around this area. Later, you will head to the Spice Market for a glimpse of local life.
- Day 3
Today, you will continue your city tour of Istanbul. Start with a visit to the Topkapi Palace. You could imagine the life of sultans from precious collections, the gorgeous decoration, and beautiful buildings especially the Imperial Harem.
Next, you will explore the Hagia Sophia, a lovely museum that you might be fascinated by the arts and history behind it. Followed by is the Blue Mosque. Step into this mosque to experience the breathtaking architecture with stained glass windows. After that, visit the Basilica Cistern, and learn about its function in ancient times. Finally, visit the ancient Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, and Serpent Column before returning to your hotel.
Optional: If you are interested in Troy, we can arrange a full-day side trip for you.
- Day 4
Fly to Kayseri in the early morning. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Cappadocia with a private vehicle to discover some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet.
The tour starts with Devrent Valley and Pasabag Valley, where you could see some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Later, drive to Avanos to take a chance to make your own pottery in a workshop. Afterward, admire some finest cave churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to the Uchisar Castle to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view over this region. Finally, finish today’s journey with a visit to the Pigeon Valley. After the tour, you will check into a cave hotel, which would give you a unique experience.
- Day 5
Today, you will visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks with raw beauty and historical feature. Descend into the Kaymakli Underground City, which was built in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution. Continue to Cavusin Valley to find the troglodyte settlement. You could even find a breathtaking rock-cut church with beautiful frescoes at the Cavusin Kilise.
After a lunch break, drop by the Red Valley and the Wine House inside. It’s renowned for its fertile vineyards, which have benefited from the mineral-laden volcanic soil in this region.
- Day 6
This morning, you will be escorted to the airport in Kayseri for your flight to Bodrum, with a stopover in Istanbul. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is yours to wander around this glamorous town, appreciate its glittering marina, or relax at one of its flower-dotted cafes.
- Day 7
Today’s excursion begins with a visit to the St. Peter's Castle, a beautiful castle built by the crusaders. Afterward, you will go to the remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Later, proceed to see the windmills that are regarded as the symbol of this region. Here you could also get a nice view of Bodrum. After visiting the ancient Amphitheatre, return to the hotel for overnight.
- Day 8
Today, you will drive onward to Ephesus from Bodrum (about 3.5 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy a half-day tour in Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celsus Library.
After the tour, you will be escorted to Kusadasi, a peaceful town sitting on Turkey's Aegean coast, where you will stay for the following two nights.
- Day 9
After breakfast, you will be escorted to Izmir and enjoy a full-day tour there. First, visit the Agora Open Air Museum, a marketplace that the Roman merchantmen exchange at lot stuff. Later, drop by the Kizlaragasi Hani, originally an inn for trade caravan from the East carrying silk and spices. After the tour, drive back to Kusadasi for overnight.
- Day 10
Relax at leisure, until your guide escorts you to the airport in Izmir for your flight to next destination.
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