Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya Tour Package
Situated in central Anatolia, Cappadocia holds tremendous historical significance, with a notable presence in Christian sources throughout the ages. The Cappadocians once inhabited a vast expanse spanning from Mount Taurus to The Black Sea in ancient times, as chronicled by Herodotus. This region’s highlights encompass extraordinary Fairy Chimneys and subterranean cities, complemented by natural marvels like lakes and canyons.
In the western reaches of Turkey lies the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, tracing its origins back to the 10th century BC. As one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era, Ephesus gained even greater prominence under Roman rule, becoming the third-largest Roman city in Asia Minor. Furthermore, it holds a significant place among the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Visitors to Ephesus have the opportunity to explore remarkable sites such as The Library of Celsus, The Gate of Augustus, Basilica of St. John, and The Temple of Artemis.
Pamukkale, aptly named “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, emerges as a captivating natural destination, boasting resplendent white terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Fed by 17 thermal springs, these terraces form captivating travertine formations. For countless years, Pamukkale served as a renowned health center, and the ancient city of Hierapolis housed both Greek and Roman communities. Visitors can delight in a multitude of natural and historical wonders, including the Travertines, Cleopatra Pool, The Amphitheater, Martyrium of Apostle Philip, Domitian Gate, Necropolis, and The Temple of Apollo.
Antalya, Turkey’s largest international seaside resort and the third most visited city globally, traces its origins to Greek settlers around 150 BC and takes its name from Pergamon King Attalos II (Attaleia). During the Byzantine Empire, Antalya emerged as a prominent city, and its well-preserved old center, Kaleici, stands testament to its storied past. Antalya is surrounded by ancient cities like Perge, Side, and Aspendos, each boasting a rich historical heritage that captivates history enthusiasts. Furthermore, Antalya is renowned for its breathtaking waterfalls, canyons, caves, and other natural marvels that entice visitors from around the globe.
8 Days Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Antalya Tour Program
Day 1: Northern Cappadocia Discovery
Early in the morning, you will be collected from your Istanbul hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, you will be transported to a unique cave hotel to drop off your belongings before embarking on a small-group guided tour of Northern Cappadocia. Your first destination is Goreme National Park, where you can explore fascinating rock formations and sanctuaries. Next, you will visit Devrent Valley, known for its striking red-colored lunar landscape, followed by Kizilirmak (Red River) and the ancient city of Avanos. You will also witness the distinctive mushroom-shaped Fairy Chimneys in the Monk’s Valley of Pasabag, as well as the cut-rock houses and churches in Cavusin Village. After the tour, you will have free time to independently explore Cappadocia before spending the night at your hotel.
Day 2: Southern Cappadocia Expedition (Breakfast )
Following breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for a guided tour of Southern Cappadocia. Your first stop will be Pigeon Valley (Guvercinlik), renowned for its handcrafted caves. From there, you will proceed to the vast underground cities of Derinkuyu (Kaymakli), admire the rose-colored rocks of Rose Valley (which change hues throughout the day), and explore the cave tunnels, houses, and churches. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to spend the night.
Day 3: Transfer from Cappadocia to Kusadasi (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you will be transported to your hotel in Kusadasi, where you will have the remainder of the day to leisurely explore.
Day 4: Ephesus Exploration (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full-day guided tour of Ephesus. Accompanied by an informative guide, you will visit significant locations in this historic Greek city, including the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, the Theater, and the Baths. The tour will also include a visit to the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary spent her final days. At the end of the day, you will be transported back to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Pamukkale Excursion (Breakfast)
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Pamukkale, which will take approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before commencing your guided tour. The tour encompasses numerous breathtaking natural and historical sites, including the travertine terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Within Hierapolis, you will have the opportunity to explore The Amphitheater, The Temple of Apollo, Martyrium of St. Philip, Cleopatra Pool, and the Necropolis. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be driven to Antalya. Check-in at your hotel and spend the night in Antalya.
Day 6: Side, Perge, and Aspendos Discovery (Breakfast)
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a tour of Antalya. Your first stop will be Perge, an expansive ancient city in the Pamphylia region that once served as the capital of Pamphylia. While there, you will have the opportunity to explore the Roman Baths, Agora,Colonaded Street, Nympharium, and The Stadium. Your exploration of Perge will offer a glimpse into its rich history.
Next, you will visit the Ancient Theater of Aspendos, a well-preserved structure dating back to the 2nd century A.D. This remarkable theater is still used for festivals and concerts today, showcasing its enduring grandeur. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, you will proceed to the ancient port of Side (pronounced Seeda), where you can marvel at the Theater, Roman Baths, and The Temple of Apollo.
Following some free time to explore Side at your own pace, you will return to Antalya with a stop at the stunning Kursunlu Waterfalls, a natural wonder that will captivate you with its beauty. You will spend the night back at your hotel in Antalya.
Day 7: Leisure Day in Antalya (Breakfast)
This day is free for you to indulge in the charms of Antalya at your leisure. You can unwind on the sandy beaches, explore local shops for unique souvenirs, or engage in any other activities that pique your interest. Spend the night in Antalya.
Day 8: Transfer from Antalya to Istanbul (Breakfast)
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel and checking out, you will be transferred to Antalya Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, our team will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel, marking the end of the tour. If you have any further inquiries or would like to customize your tour program, please feel free to reach out to us.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Entrance fees to sites and museums
- Domestic flight tickets
- Transfers with air conditioned vehicles
- Professional tour guides
What’s Not Included?
- Personal expenses and tips
- Dinner and lunch
- Entrance fee for Cleopatra’s Pool in Pamukkale and Terrace Houses in Ephesus.