Express Turkey

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  • 9 Days 8 Nights
  • Max Guests : 14
  • Comfort
  • Year-round

Overview

Discover the beauty and cultural richness of Turkey with the Express Turkey Tour by True Blue Tour. This carefully curated itinerary is designed for those seeking an immersive and efficient travel experience, showcasing the country’s highlights in a compact timeframe.

Price Includes

  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • 8 Nights 4/5* Accommodation
  • Professional licensed local tour guides throughout the tour
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 3 Domestic Flights
  • All airport transfers
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Any activity mentioned as optional

What to Expect

This carefully curated itinerary is designed for those seeking an immersive and efficient travel experience, showcasing Cappadocia’s highlights in a compact timeframe.

  • Vibrant local culture
  • Comfortable stays in handpicked accommodations
  • Lasting memories with unique and unforgettable experiences.
  • Authentic culinary experiences

Itinerary

Day 1 - Istanbul

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours.

*Please advise your flight arrival details, including which airport, at least 14 days prior to your departure.

Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2 - Istanbul

Start your adventure in the historic Hippodrome, a former chariot-racing arena that witnessed countless events in its storied past. Here, you’ll discover the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Serpent Column, both cherished remnants of Byzantine history. Stand in awe of the stunning Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its impressive domes, intricate tilework, and towering minarets create a truly mesmerizing sight that defines Istanbul’s skyline.

Savour the flavours of authentic Turkish cuisine at a carefully selected restaurant. Our lunch stop provides a delightful opportunity to sample regional dishes and recharge for the rest of your adventure.

Next, venture into the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia built in the 6th century, a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity and a symbol of Istanbul’s enduring legacy. Marvel at its intricate mosaics, soaring dome, and the palpable sense of history within its walls. Then, descend into the subterranean world of the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground reservoir. Delve into the mysterious atmosphere as you stroll among the submerged columns and illuminated pathways, feeling as though you’ve stepped back in time.

Overnight: Istanbul

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Istanbul

Start your day with a unique experience, riding the historic Tünel – one of the world’s oldest metro lines to reach the charming Galata Hill. Your journey begins at a historical fish market, where the vibrant atmosphere blends with the enticing aroma of spices. Immerse yourself in the culture as you explore spice shops and stroll along one of Istanbul’s renowned restaurant streets, treating your taste buds to local street food delights.

Embark on a leisurely walk along Istiklal Avenue, a bustling thoroughfare adorned with shops, restaurants, art galleries, and historic landmarks. The journey takes you through Beyoğlu district, leading to the enchanting neighbourhood of Galata. As you approach the Galata Tower, wander through a cobblestone street resonating with the melodies of music shops. Behold the majestic Galata Tower, an iconic symbol of Istanbul. Your guide will unveil the tower’s captivating story and share the legends that shroud this historic monument. 

After lunch, set sail on the legendary Bosphorus Strait, a waterway that has shaped Istanbul’s identity for centuries. As you glide between two continents, Europe and Asia, immerse yourself in the captivating scenery of iconic palaces, historic fortresses, and quaint fishing villages. End your adventure today at the Egyptian Bazaar. The scents of exotic spices and the vibrant colours of local delicacies beckon you to the Spice Market. Immerse yourself in the bustling bazaar atmosphere, where you can sample and purchase an array of aromatic spices, teas, and delectable treats.

Overnight:  Istanbul

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4 - Cappadocia

Today, take a domestic flight from Istanbul to Kayseri and transfer to hotel. Upon arrival, marvel at the fascinating rock formations of Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley. These whimsical fairy chimneys and unusual geological wonders create an otherworldly atmosphere that’s perfect for exploration and photography. Traverse the captivating Dervent Valley, often referred to as “Imagination Valley” for its bizarre rock formations that resemble animals and other whimsical shapes. Let your imagination run wild as you wander through this natural wonderland.

After lunch, gaze upon the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, a surreal mosaic of fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, and rolling hills. Delve into the rich history of Cappadocia at the Goreme Open Air Museum. Explore the ancient cave churches adorned with intricate frescoes, providing a glimpse into the spiritual life of early Christian communities.

Overnight: Cappadocia

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Cappadocia

Today morning, embark on a subterranean adventure as you descend into the depths of the Kaymakli Underground City. This remarkable archaeological wonder was once a refuge for ancient civilizations, featuring a labyrinthine network of tunnels, chambers, and passageways. Discover the ingenuity of these underground communities and gain insight into their history.

Immerse yourself in the artistry of Avanos, a town known for its pottery craftsmanship. Visit a local pottery workshop and witness skilled artisans at work, creating exquisite ceramics using techniques passed down through generations. Marvel at the “Three Beauties,” a trio of prominent fairy chimneys that have become an iconic symbol of Cappadocia’s natural wonders.

 

Overnight:  Cappadocia

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 6 - Kusadasi

Today say goodbye to Cappadocia, magical lands and take a domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure. 

Overnight: Kusadasi

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7 - Kusadasi

Today morning, visit the awe-inspiring Ephesus Ancient City, where history comes to life in every stone and column. Wander through the meticulously preserved streets of this once-great metropolis, once home to philosophers, scholars, and artisans. Discover the grandeur of the Celsus Library, the impressive Great Theatre, and the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Though mostly in ruins today, the temple’s legendary grandeur and historical significance shine through. As you explore this archaeological marvel, let your imagination transport you back to the days of the Roman Empire.

After lunch, visit the visit the sacred House of Mother Mary, a tranquil site believed to be the final dwelling place of the Virgin Mary. Experience the serene ambiance of this historical and spiritual location, which has drawn pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Explore local boutiques offering handicrafts, textiles, and leather products. 

Overnight: Kusadasi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 8 - Pamukkale - flight to Istanbul

Your day begins with a comfortable 3-hours journey through the picturesque Turkish countryside. As you leave Antalya behind, you’ll be greeted by rolling hills, charming villages, and lush landscapes. Upon arrival, explore the captivating ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman city dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Your guide will transport you back in time as you stroll through well-preserved theatres, temples, baths, and necropolises. Gain insights into the daily life and culture of this once-thriving city as you marvel at its intricate architecture and archaeological wonders.

Next, prepare to be dazzled by the awe-inspiring Pamukkale travertines, also known as Cotton Castle, often referred to as the “Cotton Castle.” These stunning terraces are formed by the flow of mineral-rich waters from natural hot springs. The dazzling white terraces resemble a cascading waterfall frozen in time, creating an otherworldly landscape that is perfect for photography. Don’t forget your swimwear, as you’ll have the chance to soak in the soothing hot springs and rejuvenate your body in this unique geological wonder.

After the full day tour, take a domestic flight back to Istanbul where the journey started. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Overnight: Istanbul

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 9: Departure

There are no activities planned for today. You’ll be transferred to airport for your return flight.

Please advise your flight departure details, including which airport, at least 14 days prior to your departure.

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FAQ

Can I get the refund?

You can cancel at any time, cancellation fees apply as in Terms&Conditions. The cancellation will be effective as at the time that we receive a written request from you

Can I change the travel date?

Yes, you have the flexibility to change their travel date. To do so, we kindly ask you to reach out to your dedicated sales consultant. Please note that there may be additional fees associated with changing your travel date, and your consultant will provide you with all the necessary details. We strive to accommodate your needs and ensure a smooth adjustment to your travel plans. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support team for assistance.

How many days in advance do I need to pay?

To confirm your booking and secure our services, we require a 30% non-refundable package deposit. This payment is typically due at the time of booking. As for the balance payment, we offer flexibility, and you have the option to settle it upon arrival at our office. This allows you to manage your payments more conveniently.

Do I need to apply visa?

Visa requirements can vary based on factors such as your nationality and the purpose and duration of your visit. The embassy’s website will provide detailed and specific information about whether you need a visa, the application process, and any associated fees or documentation requirements.

Do you have insurance covered?

For international travel, it is mandatory to have travel insurance on all our trips. At a minimum, your insurance coverage should include medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. Residents within the European Union, Switzerland, or the USA are exempt from the compulsory nature of this requirement. However, we strongly recommend that even for those residing in these regions, the purchase of travel insurance is highly advisable. Ensuring adequate coverage enhances your overall travel experience and provides essential protection in unforeseen circumstances.

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