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7 days
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 6
Max People : 24

Discover Turkey

Absolutely Turkey – Whether you have a love of ancient history, delicious food, exploring new cultures or even just walking amongst some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, you’ll find what you’re looking for on one of our expert-led cultural tours of Turkey. This incredible tour follows Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, İzmir,  Pergamon, Troy, Canakkale,  Anzac Cove, and returns to Istanbul. We have prepared this trip with a mind so you can book at ease. No guesswork with Eskapas  to make that happen, leaving you worry-free once it is booked for good. Eskapas guaranteed departures take the guesswork out of planning your adventure and give you the peace of mind to book the tour that suits you.  It is time to join us!
NB: Please contact us if you want to add a pre/post accommodation  in Istanbul.  Thia tour is bilingual 
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul

Departure Time

Pick up between 12:00-13:00 from your hotels (city centered) 

Price Includes

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  • 6 Nights First Class Accommodation 
  • English/French or English/German speaking bilingual guide during visits
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts – 6 Dinners 
  • Transport: All  transfer per itinerary and A/C deluxe transport during visits & excursions ,
  • 1 bottle of water 0,5 lt on the coach
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia
  • Entrance fees and tickets to the mentioned sites

Price Excludes

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  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to the guide and driver 
  • Visa fees

Hygiene protocol

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COVID-19 RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RULES
Eskapas is committed to fulfill the following regulations to protect its customers from the risk of Covid-19 :
1 – Eskapas will fulfill all safety rules mentioned in the “Safe Tourism Certification” prepared by Turkish Ministry of Tourism; that plan covers all aspects of the journey from the aircraft to the airport, transfers, touring and hotels (tga.gov.tr/about-safe-tourism-program/ )
2 – Eskapas staff is trained to follow all hygiene rules when in service of our customers; they will respect the social distance
3 –Vehicles will be sanitized regularly as imposed and controlled by Turkish Ministry of Health, 
4 – All hotels used to accommodate our customers are certified by “Hotel Association of Turkey”; they all are committed to use maximum 50 % capacity
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Itinerary
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Day 1Istanbul - Ankara

 
Pick up between 12:00-13:00 from your hotels (city centered) Departure to Ankara (450 km) by our deluxe coach passing through the intercontinental bridge in Istanbul. Arrival in the capital of the country. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight: Ankara Meals: Dinner

Day 2Ankara - Cappadocia via Salt Lake

Ankara Anitkabir

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the capital of Turkey with the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with an exhibition of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, Phrygian Urartu etc … remains and the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia (290 km). Along the way, visit the underground city built by Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. The underground city preserves the stables, common rooms, meeting room and small rooms for families. Arrival in the Cappadocia region.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting this fantastic region with its spectacular fairy chimneys, unique in the world Goreme Valley, with its cave churches, with paintings from the 10th and 11th centuries; stop at the trogloyta village of Uçhisar, visit Avcilar which has a spectacular landscape, the Derbent valley with its curious natural rock formations and time for artisan workshops such as carpets and onyx-stones mounted on silver jewelry. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4Cappadocia- Sultanhani - Pamukkale

 
Breakfast and departure for Pamukkale (610 km). On the way, stop to visit the Sultanhan Caravanserail, Seljuk inn from the medieval era. Continuation to Pamukkale. Free time in Pamukkale “Cotton Castle”, unique in the world with its natural pools of limestone hot springs and the petrified travertine waterfalls. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5Pamukkale – Ephesus – İzmir

Ephesus
Breakfast at the hotel. Exit for Selçuk-Efeso (200 km). Arrival and visit to the archaeological area of Ephesus, a city dedicated to Artemis. The Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Marble Street and the largest Theater of antiquity. Visit to the House of the Virgin, supposed last dwelling place of the Mother of Jesus. Stop at a leather production center and continue to İzmir- (~ 85 km.), The third largest city in Turkey. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: İzmir Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6İzmir - Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Pergamon, the current Bergama (110 km). Arrival and visit to the ruins of Asclepion, which was the most important hospital in Asia Minor, with its therapeutic center. Continuation to Troy (~ 190 km.). Visit to the famous archaeological city of history that evokes the poetic name of the Iliad saga of Homer. Continuation to Çanakkale (~ 25 km.). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Anzac Cove – Istanbul

Breakfast. We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial,The Nek,Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Arrival late (between 08:00 pm and 09:00 pm) to Istanbul transfer to your hotel. End of our services.
Overnight: N/A Drop-off to your hotel Meals: Breakfast
Hotels

Ankara Hotels

Point Hotel or  Latanya Hotel or  Anadolu Downtown or  Holiday Inn Çukurambar or similar 5***** hotel.

Cappadocia Hotels

Dinler Hotel Ürgüp, Perissia Hotel Ürgüp or similar 4**** Hotel. Possibility to upgrade to Cave Hotels

Izmir Hotels

Hotel Blanca or Hotel Kaya Prestige or similar 4**** Hotel

Çanakkale Hotels

Hotel İris or Hotel Akol or similar 4**** hotel

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Bianca Xerri

Couple Traveller

An excellent way to see the highlights of Turkey for those short on time. You’ll see many cultural and historical sites as well as get all those Instagram shots (if that’s your thing). Enquire about upgrading to the cave hotel in Cappadocia – it’s an absolutely must-have experience. Breakfast and dinners are included however I would recommend getting out of the hotel in Capadoccia making your way into Urgup and the waterfront in Izmir where there are an abundance of small eateries (Sofra was amazing) to try authentic local cuisine. Our guide Nadir made this trip – there wasn’t a single question he couldn’t answer (and we tried!). He genuinely cares about his guests and goes out of his way to make the trip perfect – when our hot air balloon ride was cancelled on the first day, he woke up early to accompany us on the second day and would probably have blown the balloon up himself to get us the experience we were there for. Our driver Dursun was lovely and took so much pride in providing a safe and clean journey. The days are long because there is so much ground to cover, but I would highly recommend the trip to anyone looking for a fuss-free way to see the highlights of this beautiful country. Pack a few extra lira for taxis to get out and about during free time if you want to see a bit more of the overnight towns.

April 11, 2022

Clinton Newberry

Solo Traveller

I am just ending this tour, and I had a great time. This was a fantastic introduction to Turkey and it’s rich history. We were a small group of 4, which made it even better. Our guide Nadir was just the best. His depth of knowledge was at time staggering. There was nothing that he could not speak at length about, and his willingness to share personal stories of his life, brought special meanings to many of the sites we visited. He clearly loves his country, and sharing it with the world. The unsung hero of the story was our driver Dursun. This man was a legend. His driving shills were second to none, and kept the bus incredibly clean. Early mornings I would get up to walk the streets, and he would be out getting the bus ready. He was the first one up and the last to bed every day without complaints. Impeccably dressed, and a true gentleman. Ismail was very attentive to my questions and last minute changes. Communication was quick and productive. I would encourage you to be proactive about your needs and what you would like to do, as there are some additional adventures, hotel upgrade that are well worth doing. I would recommend this adventure.

March 14, 2022

Sam Allison

Solo Traveller

+ excellent quality price performance + Cautious driver with comfortable bus + Wifi during tour +Well balanced program + Excellent guide + Good hotels – poor hotel meals – long drives sometimes (well Turkey is big) Cappadocia Pamukkale day was long l recommend

January 9, 2022

James Steele

Couple Traveller

Completed this tour from Dec 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022. It was fantastic. The itinerary went exactly as outlined in the plan, which is something to really appreciate when taking a tour. I was joined by a family for the first 3 days of the tour, and was solo for the last 4 days of the tour. Mustafa the driver was very safe and friendly. Nadir the tour guide was fantastic, he clearly knew his stuff. He was very attentive and kind. I would highly recommend this tour. Great use to time to get the bang for your buck in Western Turkey! 5/5

January 7, 2022

Van Z. Ballston

Couple Traveller

The trip to Turkey was awesome. Really enjoyed and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we were all taken care of. Would definitely recommend this trip.

August 8, 2021
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