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Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale Pre/Post Tour – 5 Days / 4 Nights


5 Days / 4 Nights
FIT & Groups
Daily, Year-Round

Basic Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival, Istanbul | Arrival, meet and greet, and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • Day 2: Istanbul | Full day tour of Istanbul. Sites observed: Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar.
  • Day 3: Pamukkale, Hierapolis | Early morning flight to Izmir. Full day tour of Pamukkale. Sites observed: Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Necropolis, Agora, Roman Thermal Bath.
  • Day 4: Kusadasi, Ephesus | Full day Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Tour with flight back to Istanbul in the evening. Sites observed: Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Amphitheater, St. John’s Basilica, House of Virgin Mary.
  • Day 5: Istanbul | Flight back home.

Itinerary Map

Group Options

10+0 Pax From 419 EUR

5 (Gold), 4 (Silver), 3 (Bronze)

  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Private Guide
  • Max 14 People
  • No free passenger

15+1 Pax From 379 EUR

5 (Gold), 4 (Silver), 3 (Bronze)

  • Turkuaz Sultan VIP
  • Private Guide
  • Max 24 People
  • +1 free passenger

25+1 Pax From 339 EUR

5 (Gold), 4 (Silver), 3 (Bronze)

  • Turkuaz Sultan VIP
  • Private Guide
  • Max 14 People
  • +1 free passenger

35+1 Pax From 319 EUR

5 (Gold), 4 (Silver), 3 (Bronze)

  • Tourismo Travego
  • Private Guide
  • Max 45 People
  • +1 free passenger

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul | Welcome

You will be met by your guide either at Istanbul International Airport (for Pre-Cruise) or at the Port of Istanbul (for Post-Cruise) and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. After checking into your hotel, you will have some time to relax. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul | Istanbul Old City Tour

After your breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel at 08:15 and depart for the tour. Tour will start with a visit to the Sultanahmet Square, the heart of the “Old City”, including a tour of the Hippodrome; Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of Byzantine architecture; Blue Mosque, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets; Grand Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world; Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant; Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed and many more artifacts (Harem is not included in the program); Rüstem Pasa Mosque, a typical sample of Islamic architecture, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman the Magnificent. Tour terminates at Grand Bazaar at approximately 17:00. You may choose to be transferred back to your hotel, or explore your surroundings on foot. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Istanbul – Izmir | Flight to Izmir, Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour, Overnight in Kusadasi

Early morning after breakfats and check out at your hotel, we pick you up from your hotel for your flight to Izmir Airport. Upon your arrival, we will greet you at the airport and immediately start our drive towards Pamukkale. Pamukkale which means cotton castle, has been formed over time by the natural hot springs, rich in calcium and carbonate, that flow down the slope. We will also visit the ancient Roman Health Spa of Hierapolis, made most famous for it is thermal springs, theatre, Agora and the Necropolis. End of the tour, we drive back to Kusadasi (3 hours) to the lovely Mediterranean town of Kusadasi. After the tour you will be transfered at your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast & Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Izmir – Istanbul | Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Flight to Istanbul

After breakfast and check out at your hotel, you will be picked up from the hotel at 09.00 for our tour of Ephesus. One of the world’s finest examples of an ancient classical city, Ephesus was once the most important and prominent city in Asia Minor, predating even Constantinople. It housed the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent the latter years of Her life. The tour finishes at approximately 16:00 and we transfer you to Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred back to your hotel in Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 5: Istanbul | Transfer to the Cruise Ship / Return Home

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. You will then be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight back home (for Post-Cruise) or transferred by us to the port of Istanbul to embark on your ship (for Pre-Cruise). (Breakfast)

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • 4 nights of accommodation at the chosen hotel categories (3 in Istanbul, 1 in Kusadasi)
  • Domestic return flights between Istanbul (IST) and Izmir (ADB).
  • A deluxe air-conditioned VIP vehicle with professional driver.
  • All meals mentioned within the program.
  • Entrance fees of all sites and museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Licensed professional tour guide in the preferred language
  • All arrival and departure transfers by private vehicle.
  • VAT on all the services
  • International and domestic flights
  • Any tours labelled as “optional” or otherwise not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks during the meals, use of minibars and other hotel extras
  • Any meals that have not already been mentioned in the program

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