Private Turkey Tour: From Ephesus to Cappadocia (6 Days)

You will discover Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia on this private tour.
You want the freedom and comfort of touring Turkey in a private car driven by a professional driver, guided by a professional tour guide. We discover the ancient wonders of Turkey on this Archaeology tour. We explore the best-preserved ancient sites, visit local villages, and learn about rich Turkish culture. We follow off-the-beaten paths, eat traditional lunch and dinners. Access more intimate, out of the way spots that have never seen on a bus tour. See as much as you can or slow things to a saunter. The Highlights of Turkey tour focuses on the classics of Turkey such as Ephesus and Pamukkale. It also features unusual and picturesque sights such as Cappadocia and makes a full visit of Konya – the city of the Whirling Dervishes. This is a full-service private tour guided by local Archaeologist. There are no expensive hidden extras.

per adult from

$3,269

NZD

Duration

6 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • English speaking driverguide
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Museum entry fees
    What's excluded :
    • Flights
    • Personal expenses, minibar, insurance.
    • Accommodation
    • Meals and Drinks
    • Visa and insurance
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
    • Entry/Admission - Ephesus Museum
    • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
    • Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Thermal Pools
    • Entry/Admission - Saratli Kirkgoz
    • Entry/Admission - Goreme National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Pasabag

  • Day 1: Meet your guide at Izmir Airport or your hotel in Izmir. .

    Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
    You will meet your driver-guide at the Izmir and drive to Ephesus. You will visit Ephesus Ancient city with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater (Terrace Houses are extra and optional). Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Selçuk. Selena Hotel or similar

    Day 2: EPHESUS - PAMUKKALE

    Stop At: Ephesus Museum, Selcuk Turkey
    After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit nearby Ephesus Museum, a beautiful repository of marble and bronze statues and many artifacts thought to have come from the Temple of Artemis.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
    You will visit the impressive ruins of the Byzantine Church of St John mark the spot where St John the Evangelist was buried. St John is believed to have spent the last years of his life in Ephesus writing his version of the Gospel. Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD) believed that a tomb dating from the 300s was John’s, so he built a great church above it in the 500s. Afternoon, we drive to Pamukkale. (3 hour 30 minute drive)
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Pamukkale. Melrose viewpoint Hotel or similar

    Day 3: PAMUKKALE - KONYA

    Stop At: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale Turkey
    Today we will visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale is Turkey’s foremost mineral-bath spa because of its natural beauty: hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. As they cool they form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium that form pools. Named the Cotton Fortress in Turkish, it has been a spa since the Romans built the spa city of Hierapolis around a sacred warm-water spring. The Antique Pool is still there, littered with marble columns from the Roman Temple of Apollo. You can swim in it for a fee. Afternoon, we continue to Konya, known as Iconium in Roman times, which was the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Mevlana (Celaleddin Rumi) founded a Sufi order known as the Whirling Dervishes here. Overnight in Konya.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Konya. Mesnevi Hotel or similar

    Day 4: KONYA - SILK ROAD - CAPPADOCIA

    Stop At: Mevlana Muzesi, Mevlana Cd. No:1, Konya 42030 Turkey
    We will visit the Mevlana Museum. At the very heart of Konya, in more ways than one, is the Mevlâna Müzesi (Mevlana Museum), the former tekke (dervish hall) that now holds the tomb of Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî, founder of the Mevlevi order of dervishes, commonly called the Whirling Dervishes. Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî (1207-1273) is among Islam‘s greatest poets and mystic philosophers.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Saratli Kirkgoz, Ataturk Bulvari, Aksaray Turkey
    We will descend deep into the earth through the passages and tunnels of Underground City. See the ingenious "millstone" defense doors, wineries and rooms carved from the living rock.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Akman Boutique Hotel or similar

    Day 5: CAPPADOCIA - CAVE CHURCHES - FAIRY CHIMNEYS

    Stop At: Goreme National Park, Goreme 50180 Turkey
    You will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a Byzantine monastery. See the finest examples of religious frescoes in rock-cut churches from the 10th to the 13th centuries. The Göreme Valley holds the region’s best collection of painted cave-churches. Medieval orthodox Christian monks (1000-1200 AD) carved the caves from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with elaborate Byzantine frescoes.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Pasabag, Urgup Turkey
    You will enjoy Paşabağı Valley. Pasabagi Valley, while walking through vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" volcanic rock formations.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Avanos, Avanos, Cappadocia
    You will walk in Avanos Town (population 12,000), on the banks of the Kızılırmak River in Cappadocia, which is all about pottery-making. The red clay from the riverbanks is excellent for traditional household pottery as well as industrial uses such as building blocks and roof tiles. You can see pottery being made, and even take a pottery-making class and make some yourself.
    Overnight in Cappadocia.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Akman Boutique Hotel or similar

    Day 6: CAPPADOCIA - FAIRY CHIMNEYS - UÇHISAR

    Stop At: Uchisar, Uchisar, Cappadocia
    Uçhisar is a small town with different volcanic rock formations. The natural rock citadel of Uçhisar is the tallest point in Cappadocia, visible for a great distance from the region’s other towns. The natural fortress of Uçhisar, riddled with man-made dwellings and dovecotes, dominates the skyline of Cappadocia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Devrent Valley, Devrent Mevkii No:1 Urgup Yolu, 50500 Turkey
    Look at the rock shapes here: pinnacles, bulbs, sensuous shapes, one that reminds you of a camel—Devrent has some of the most fantastic natural rock sculptures in Cappadocia.

    We return to the hotel. The end of our services.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Dokuz Eylül, 35410 Gaziemir/İzmir, Turkey
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up location is Izmir Airport or your hotel in Izmir only. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in İzmir or Izmir Airport. Travelers should provide their flight arrival info or hotel name in Izmir. Airports
    • Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir Turkey
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 12/30/2019 - 10/22/2021
    Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Cappadocia, Turkey
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

4

Organised by Turkey Tours with Archaeologist Aykut

Activity ID: V-107838P7

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