8 Days / 7 Nights Luxury Tour of Western Turkey: Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the hot springs of Pamukkale and beautiful views of the Aegean coast in Bodrum.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (There are two airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Atatuk Airport is 20 km away from city centre and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city centre. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please note there is an extra charge).
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (Breakfast included)
After breakfast we depart at 8:30am for your guided Istanbul city tour visiting the major sites in the historic Sultanahmet area of the city, including the fabulous Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for centuries, the Blue Mosque dating from the early 17th century, the Hippodrome which marks the area of an old chariot race track and finishing with a trip to the spice or Egyptian Bazaar, full of aromatic aromas and a great place to buy herbs and spices to take back home. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir by Flight – Kusadasi (Breakfast and Local dinner included)
After breakfast and check-out, at 08:30am depart for a Bosphorus Cruise tour on a luxury private boat. Enjoy the array of sites you can see along this important waterway which separates the two continents of Asia and Europe. Around mid-day we depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince (Breakfast, Local Lunch and Local dinner included)
A fully guided Ephesus Tour starts at 08:30am to one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial center of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The tour of the ruins includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsius and the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Lunch is approx. 1pm followed by a visit to a carpet weaving centre before reaching the picturesque hilltop village of Sirince. Known for producing fruit wines, the tour visits a vineyard. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi to Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast, Local lunch and Local dinner included)
At 08am we depart for Pamukkale (approx. 3 hour drive) and on arrival check into the hotel and have a lunch break. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (meaning ‘cotton castle’) and the ruins of Hierapolis and walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs (extra charge). Tour ends approx. 5pm. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 - Pamukkale to Bodrum (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we will drive to Bodrum, stopping on the way for a coffee break (5 hour drive). Dinner in hotel and overnight in Bodrum.
Day 7 – Bodrum Free Day (Breakfast and dinner included)
Today is free to enjoy the sunshine and explore this popular, cosmopolitan resort. There are narrow shopping streets with an abundance of great things to buy, lovely street side cafes to sit and watch the world passing by and the magnificent Crusader Castle of St Peter’s nestling in Bodrum Bay. Dinner in hotel and overnight in Bodrum. Day 8 – Bodrum to Istanbul - End of Tour (Breakfast included)
After breakfast we depart for Bodrum airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul Ataturk airport (approx. 1hr10mins flight) and the end of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from Istanbul Ataturk airport.
Duration: 8 days.
Start/opening time: According to the customer's flight time.
End/closing time: According to the customer's flight time.
Languages: English. For private tours, other languages are available such as: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.
Others: Included: arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport, domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir, domestic flight from Bodrum to Istanbul, 2 nights in luxury hotel in Istanbul, 2 nights in 5* hotel in Kusadasi, 1 night in 5* hotel in Pamukkale, 2 nights in luxury hotel in Bodrum, 7 open buffet breakfasts, 2 local lunches during the tours, 5 local dinners at hotels, all entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary, return airport transfer.
Please Note: Hagia Sofia is closed on Monday, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, and Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Bazaar you will visit Spice Bazaar. Not included: International flights; all other types of insurance; Turkey entry visa; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry; any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section.