11 days

Classics of Turkey

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Tour Overview

11 day Deluxe quality tour


Visiting - Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Gallipoli

Activities - Culture, History, Archaeology

Tour Highlights

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar, world's largest and oldest covered market
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
  • Saratli, a secret underground city
  • Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hiking through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
  • Mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Mevlana
  • Pamukkale the Cotton Castle
  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
  • Ancient city of Troy
  • Anzac Cove at Gallipoli
  • NEW Lunch with locals
  • NEW Special dinners at restaurants
Classics of Turkey map


Day 1

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.


Day 2

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453-1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Topkapi Palace Entrance - Istanbul - Escorted Tour

Istanbul, Ankara

Day 3
breakfast & dinner

This morning depart on an optional tour of St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Also, choose to embark on a half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Depart for the capital city of Ankara for overnight.

Ankara, Cappadocia

Day 4
breakfast & dinner

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravanserai en route. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Limestone travertines - Pamukkale - Escorted Tour


Day 5
breakfast & dinner

Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.

Cappadocia, Pamukkale

Day 6
breakfast & dinner

Drive to Pamukkale. En route visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher, Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Roman Baths - Hierapolis - Escorted Tour

Pamukkale, Kusadasi

Day 7
breakfast & dinner

Visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Proceed to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Ephesus & St. Mary’s House, Kusadasi

Day 8
breakfast & dinner

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional afternoon tour of Sirince.

Celsus Library - Ephesus - Escorted Tour

Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale

Day 9
breakfast, lunch & dinner

Vist the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and continue to a traditional local village for lunch with locals. Then Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale for overnight.

Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Istanbul

Day 10
breakfast & dinner

In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, and then drive to Istanbul. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.

Ancient Pergamum - Pergamum - Escorted Tour

Istanbul, Return

Day 11

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

What's included

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days. Pre or post stay transfers are not included


  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers

Overnight Accommodation

Overnight StaysAccommodationComfort
CanakkaleKolin Hotel4 star
IstanbulRenaissance Bosphorus5 star
CappadociaLykia Lodge4 star
KusadasiCharisma Hotel5 star
PamukkaleColossae Thermal & Spa5 star
AnkaraCrowne Plaza5 star

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