Private Tour Details
Turkey in 11 Days
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Cappadocia
Travel Style: Cultural, Family, Nature, History
Places You’ll See
Hippodrome of Constantinople
The Blue Mosque
The Spice Market
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Troy Ancient City
Library of Celsus - Ephesus
House of Virgin Mary
Terrace Houses - Ephesus
Uchisar Castle from Pigeon Valley
Goreme Open Air Museum
Derinkuyu Underground City
Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul
You will be taken to your hotel after you arrive at Istanbul airport. Your guide will meet you in the afternoon for an orientation and a night-out tour of the bustling Istanbul city. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Walking the Old City of Istanbul
After meeting with your guide at the hotel at the desired time, you will first walk to the old city of Istanbul called Sultanahmet today. After strolling around the Obelisk of Thutmose III, the walled Obelisk, and the Serpent Column, you will visit the Blue Mosque full of world-famous blue tiles of the Iznik. The next stop is the Hagia Sophia, which was the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople for more than 7 centuries and was used as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral. Yerebatan cistern is located nearby the Hagia Sophia that will be visited before lunch. Topkapi Palace will be visited at the end of the day, which will take you to the wealthy Ottoman ages, reflecting this huge empire's splendor. You will be dropped at your hotel at the end of the tour for an overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Cruise the Bosporus and the Oriental Bazaars
You will meet your guide at your hotel at the desired time again and will take a walk to Eminonu to explore the Spice Market, which was the final destination of the Spice and the Silk Road for many centuries. A public ferry will then take you on a cruise between Asia and Europe in the Bosphorus of Istanbul. The strait is jeweled by beautiful mansions and palaces, which is a great way to take memorable Istanbul photos. Rustem Pasha's mosque awaits you by the port right after you leave your boat full of Iznik tiles making the Blue Mosque jealous. You will continue up to Suleymaniye Mosque than to see one of the best examples of the grand architect of the Ottomans, Sinan. Finish the day in the Grand Bazaar before getting back to your hotel for an overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Gallipoli
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and driver for your 4-hour drive to Gallipoli. Gallipoli is the most dramatic battlefield of the First World War, and more than 250,000 soldiers perished during the sea and land wars between the Allied forces and the Ottoman Empire. The courageous defense of the Ottoman soldiers, who were led by Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, changed the First World War outcome. The battlefields are significant for Turkish, Australian, and New Zealand soldiers because of the incredible number of young soldiers these three nations lost in the Dardanelles. After visiting the memorials of the Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers, you will visit the Turkish Memorial and hear the tearful stories of World War I. You will pass from Europe to Asia via a ferry journey and stay overnight in the attractive Canakkale city.
Day 5 - Troy
After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart with your guide and driver to the ancient city of Troy, where the legendary Trojan War took place, according to the Ancient Greek epic poem "The Iliad" by Homer. You may be able to hear the voices of Hector and Achilles daring each other as you wander the 12 archaeological levels of this ancient site. A one-hour drive will then take you to Assos, located on top of a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, Lesvos Island, and the Dardanelles Strait. From the top of Assos's ancient site, amazing views can be obtained from the Temple of Athena. This city has been significant since Aristotle opened his first school here. Aristotle became head of a group of philosophers, and together they made innovative observations on zoology and biology. When the Persians attacked Assos, King Hermias was caught and put to death. Aristotle fled to Macedonia, which was ruled by his friend King Philip II of Macedon. There, he tutored Philip's son, Alexander the Great. There is a modern statue of Aristotle at the town entrance. After lunch in Behramkale village by the ancient city, you will be driven to Pergamon, which will take approximately 3 hours. Overnight in Pergamon.
Day 6 - Pergamon
After breakfast at the hotel and a short drive, the bus will park, and we will catch the cable car to the Acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamon, which means "the city on top of the hill." The palaces, important temples, theatre, arsenal, and library are standing on the hilltop, overlooking the modern-day city of Bergama and the fertile plains that stretch beyond the Aegean Sea waters. The Temple of Zeus, which once stood in this magnificent city, is cited in the Bible as "the throne of Satan." However, the city houses one of Revelation churches, which will be visited after strolling in the magical Acropolis. Serapis temple was built for the Egyptian water god, but it was converted to a church in early Christianity. The residents of Bergama city still use one tower of this complex as a mosque, and you may have the opportunity to visit it unless the prayers occupy it. After lunch in the old town of Bergama city, you will be driven to the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of healing. This ancient hospital is the first place on earth where music and psychotherapy were used as alternative medicine treatments. After this tour, a 3-hour drive will take you to Denizli City for the Overnight.
Day 7 - Pamukkale & Aphrodisias
After a nice breakfast in your hotel in Denizli, you will drive 30 minutes to another UNESCO World Heritage site of Turkey: Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale's white travertines are visible even from miles away, which amazes you before you enter the ancient city of Hierapolis. The city was built for the wife of Telephus, Hiera, and was used as a thermal healing center by many civilizations that ruled the area. Cleopatra, located in the ancient site, is named after Cleopatra, who was the lover of the Roman Emperor Marcus Antonius. After visiting the Roman Baths, a walk over the white carbonate natural thermal pools will be the highlight of the day. You will have your lunch across the Pamukkale travertines and rest on the way to the Ancient City of Aphrodisias, located 1,5 hours away from Pamukkale. This ancient city has been the biggest and most important cult of the Goddess of Beauty of the Greeks that we can understand from the Temple of Aphrodite's gigantic columns. The Tetrapylon, located nearby, is the best rebuilt ancient relic of the Greek world in Anatolia. The Sebasteion and the Museum of Aphrodisias are proofs of the level of the people's sculpture art in Aphrodisias. After a coffee break underneath the huge trees of the Aphrodisias Museum, you will drive 2,5 hours to get to your hotel in Sirince. Overnight in the charming old Greek town of Sirince.
Day 8 - Ephesus
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel at the desired time and drive from your hotel in Sirince to one of Anatolia's most important shrines, The House of Virgin Mary. She is believed to have spent her last days here surrounded by woods. After visiting the shrine, you will continue your journey with the Ancient City of Ephesus. The city was so big that city walls can be seen on the way down from the House of Jesus’ Mother. While walking from the city agora to the harbor agora, you will see Hellenistic architecture's best examples. Before finishing the trip by the Library of Celsus and Ephesus' mighty theater, the Terrace Houses are a must. Artemis temple awaits you in the marshes, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After visiting the Museum of Selcuk, you will see most artifacts found from the temple of Artemis and the Ancient City of Ephesus. You will have your late lunch on the way to Sirince Village and be dropped there to relax after a long and tiring day underneath the warm Anatolian sun. Overnight in Sirince.
Day 9 - Fly to Cappadocia
Your driver will take you to Izmir airport for a flight to Cappadocia. You will be picked up from the airport and drive for an hour to see the Cappadocia region's phenomenal landscape. The viewpoints of Goreme, Uchisar, and Ortahisar are waiting for you to offer the best views of the region before checking in to your hotel. You will climb the top of the Uchisar castle to comprehend how the lunar landscape of Cappadocia was created by natural forces and feel like the pigeons flying free the Natural Park. Your guide and driver will drop you at your hotel then for a rest. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 10 - Cappadocia
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and driver for a comprehensive Cappadocia tour. After stopping by the Imagination (Devrent) Valley and a walk among the beautiful fairy chimneys of the Monks (Pasabag) Valley, you will visit the Underground city of Ozkonak to see how the Cappadocians sheltered when their enemies were around. You will drive to Avanos town afterward for lunch and experience the ancient kick wheel pottery making in one of the workshops of Avanos town. You will visit the Open Air Museum of Goreme to see the late Byzantine era's best-preserved frescoes. Chapels, churches, refectories, and stables are carved all over the Goreme village's valleys, creating a huge monastic settlement. You will finish the day with a Turkish Coffee to remove the day's exhaustion while overlooking the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 11 - Fly Back Home
Private transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri airports for a flight back home or for your next destination.
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