As Istanbul Local Guides Team we will be quite happy to host you in our beautiful country. Turkey itself is a very rich country in terms of culture,history and natural beauties. We recently tailored an itinerary for you to enjoy Turkey from beginning till the end. You will experience Turkey through the eyes of a local. Apart from main tourist attractions you will experience the hidden gems of our stunning country. You will start your trip by visiting a Roman Capital ,Constantinople, and other days you will find yourself exploring the beauties of the natural rock formations of Cappadocia. During this trip you will also visit a temple commissioned by Alexander the Great or another day you will find yourself enjoying the hot springs of Hierapolis to which Cleopatra owed her beauty along with many other great places. Let us be your companion in this memorable trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! Our driver will pick you up from Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel . The rest of day is at leisure for you to rest,relax and acclimate to your new time zone. We will have a complimentary dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Highlights of Istanbul
Your guide will greet you at your hotel at 0900 to begin your walking tour in the capital of three great empires. Your tour begins at the Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is famous for its collections of treasury of the Ottoman Royal Family. You will chase the memories of the sultans and the Ottoman Empire through 400 years of the most glorious victories, happiest moments, and mournful days.
From Topkapi Palace you walk to Hagia Sophia via a cobblestone road filled with old Ottoman houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, welcomes you with its legends and mosaics. You will have a chance to touch the history of this church, a main attraction of the city since its construction. (The Harem is not include the itinerary since it is under restoration)
After lunch in a local restaurant you will visit the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahment Mosque. One of the biggest mosques and principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline, the Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century. Once inside the mosque, blue Iznik tiles and stained glass will surround you.The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
The final stop will be the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will provide the history of the Bazaar as well as some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4000 shops. Your tour will end between 16:00-1700. Overnight in Istanbul in a boutique hotel.
Day 3: Istanbul-One day Two Continents
This is the day we are exploring to different sides of Istanbul, Europe and Asia, in one day. Our tour guide will meet you at the hotel at 9:00am. Our first stop will be Spice Market with vendors selling spices, dried fruits, cheeses, sausages, jams, nuts, seeds, lokum (Turkish Delight) and other edibles. After the Market we will take a boat for the Bosphorus Cruise to see beautiful Asian and European coastlines of Istanbul. Bosphorus is a unique natural water strait both sides of which filled in Palaces, Yalis ( old Ottoman Houses), historical mosques and many other buildings and many neighbourhoods with their own unique cultures. After the cruise we visit Camlıca hill, the highest spot of Istanbul, offering one of the best panoramic views of Istanbul and Bosphorus. After having luch in a local restaurant we will cross the Bosphorus Bridge , unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) you will see a sign which says '' Welcome to Europe’’. Then we will visit one of the most beautiful districts of the city,Ortakoy, where you can take beautiful pictures and taste turkish coffe with the view of amazing Bosphorus. Now it`s time to walk around Istiklal Street where locals hang out. While you are walking (1.2 km) your guide will explain the buildings around. The tour will end between 16:00-17:00 at your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul in a boutique hotel.
Day 4: Istanbul- Cappadocia
Take the morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Arrival and meeting at the airport just outside the arrival gate with a sign bearing your name and transfer to Cappadocia to meet one of our local guides and start the tour. Amongst the places we are visiting today there is Catalkaya also known as three beauties with the symbolic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Rose Valley and Red valley with hiking with your local tour guide to enjoy wonderful rock formations, pigeon houses, natural tunnels and churches. Next stop will be Cavusin village to see caves and stone houses which were abandoned in 1952. Lunch in a local restaurant .In the afternoon we are visiting Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground cities in Cappadocia. This underground city consists of eight floors out of which only four of them open to visitors. We will continue with Pigeon valley with pigeon houses and colorful rock formations. During the tour you will have a chance to see demonstrations of some handicrafts. After the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in a boutique cave hotel.
Day 5: Cappadocia
Optional! Hot Air balloon with sunrise (extra)
Your local guide meets you at 09:00am in the hotel. Another day with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia while visiting rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; walking in Pasabag near Zelve; "fairy chimneys" where the voice of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies". Lunch in Avanos in a local restaurant. Zelve is also the centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC where you will see a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon we are visiting the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in the region in rock-cut churches with frescoes (10th to 13th century). We continue with Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in a boutique cave hotel.
Day 6: Izmir-Ephesus
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and transfer to the airport for the flight to Izmir. You will be greeted with a sign bearing your name on it at the airport and then transfer to Ephesus to meet your local guide to start the tour. We will visit EPHESUS which is known to be the Commercial, Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the highlights of any visit in Turkey. Ephesus is a very wellpreserved ancient city witnessed all of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilisations. This is where we are visiting the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, the Library of Celcius, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with a capacity of 24.000 spectators along with many other remnants. After the lunch in a local restaurant, we are driving to Temple of Artemis (Diana), then drive to the House of the Virgin Mary which was also declared as a pilgrimage place by Vatican. Now we are visiting a small nice village called Sirince with beautiful houses and wineries which was once inhabited by the Greek minorities. The tour ends about 17.00. Overnight in a boutique hotel in Kusadası.
Day 7: Pamukkale
After meeting with the local guide we are driving to Pamukkale also known as "Cotton Castle." Pamukkale, once known as Hierapolis, is famous for its healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls." You will visit the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main street and gates, the thermal baths, the Devil's Hole, and the ancient theatre. Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. This ancient city also houses so famous Cleopatra antique pool where you can swim amongst the columns of temples (entry is extra). After the tour you will be transferred to Denizli airport for your flight to Istanbul. In Istanbul you will be greeted with a sign bearing your name on it at the airport and then transfer to your hotel. Overnight in a boutique hotel in Istanbul.
Day 8: Good Bye
We say goodbye to our new friends, our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
Note: This tour is customizable according to your interest and flight schedule.
Note : The price of this tour covers accommodations in hotels as mentioned above or in similar quality hotels.
Note: These prices are valid on for early bookings. (3 months in advance)
Why book this tour with us ?
Turkey is the most beautiful and fascinating country in the world. Our company is dedicated to sharing our passion and knowledge about the art, architecture, and history of this amazing country. Our experienced licensed local guides offer tours of the highest quality which are not only informative but entertaining as well. They know their country in depth and will make you discover the secrets and treasures of this amazing country.
We offer custom made boutique private tours. Everything that we do custom made to the specific needs and preferences of our guests. We are a small family business and we take huge pride in our work to ensure that our guests’ expectations of service delivery and value for money are exceeded. We work only with experienced licensed local guides. We aim to provide best attractions, local restaurants and places for shopping.
From the time of making your first enquiry through to the end of your visit, you can expect a service which will be efficient, friendly and individual to your requirements.