Our Travel in Turkey tour of Ancient Turkey will take you through the wonders of the many civilisations that have existed through time in these ancient lands; from the Christian underground churches of Cappadocia, to the ancient carved gods of Mt. Nemrut, to the Roman city of Ephesus. Enjoy the diverse landscapes made up of fairy tale chimneys, mountain ranges, arid zones and lush valleys. Immerse yourself in our remarkable Turkish history.
The journey (By Bus) : Istanbul -> Cappadocia -> Nemrut(3days 2nights) -> Pamukkale -> Ephesus -> Istanbul
Please make your own way to our Istanbul office by 18.30 to board a shuttle transfer to the bus station. From there, an overnight luxury coach will depart at 20.30 to for the journey to Cappadocia, which takes approx. 10 hours.
You will arrive at about 07.30 at the main bus station of Nevşehir (of Cappadocia). Please board the free shuttle bus to Göreme, where our guide, holding a sign with your name, will be waiting for you. He will organise the transfer to our main office in Göreme. Here you can leave your luggage securely for the day. At 09.30 you will join our Travel in Turkey small group tour of Northern Cappadocia (minibus, max. 16 persons). You will spend the day visiting Göreme Open Air Museum, the old city of Avanos and the Red River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to a Boutique Cave Hotel, where a warm welcome will awaits you and will be your accommodation for the night. You will also have time to discover the town and local restaurants.
Don’t forget that while in Cappadocia, you will have the opportunity to take an unforgettable Hot-Air Balloon tour. You will have to make a very early start, but it could be one of the most memorable parts of your holiday in Turkey.
You will meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby at 08:00am for departure from Göreme. We will start our journey traveling along part of the Old Silk trading road through the Seljuk city of Kayseri before stopping at the Karatayhan Caravanserai, one of the best preserved caravanserai in Anatolia. Then we head through the spectacular Taurus Mountains enjoying the views and glimpses of traditional rural life. After lunch we drive to Kahramanmaras which is renowned for making the best ice-cream in Turkey, and definitely we will stop for a tasting. We will stay in the town of Kahta overnight.
We will have an early checkout from our hotel to get to Mount Nemrut in time to watch the sun rise over the extraordinary giant statues of gods and kings, one of the eight natural wonders of the world (Note: 25 minute walk from the road to the summit). We will head to Sanlifure for our overnight stay via the the ruins of the Commagene summer capital, Arsemia and the Cendere Bridge. We will check-in to our hotel for a lunch break and refreshments. Then we will go to the archeological site of Gobeklitepe which is considered to be one of the first temples in the world pre-dating Stonehenge and approximately 11,500 years old. Our last activity for the day will be a drive to the village of Harran, famous for the adobe brick "beehive" houses. It is believed that Abraham spent his final years here as mentioned in the Book of Genesis.
After breakfast we will visit Birecik, a bird breeding sanctuary for the endangered bald-ibis (Kelaynak) birds. After lunch, we head back over the Taurus Mountains and return back to Göreme at around 18.30. You will free time for dinner and relaxing till before taking the 18.30 bus to Denizili (10 hours).
You will arrive in the main bus station, Denizli, at around 06.30. Our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name and organise the transfer to our hotel. Here you will be able to use our day room for a shower then enjoy a complimentary breakfast before joining our half day Pammukale Tour. You will have an unforgettable day wandering ancient Roman ruins and bathing in the natural heated mineral springs. Free entry to Cleopatra’s Pool is included, a once in a lifetime opportunity to bathe in the same waters that Cleopatra swam in on her honeymoon. In the afternoon we will transfer you by minibus (3 hours) to Selcuk, your overnight stop.
After breakfast at your hotel you will depart at 09.30 for a full day Ephesus tour. The tour includes the iconic remains of Ephesus with its famous library and amphitheater and a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, reputedly her final home. The tour will end at around 16.30 and you will have free time till 21.00. At 21.00 we will transfer you from our office to the bus station for the trip back to Istanbul (approx. 10 hours).
The bus will arrive at approximately 07.30 at Istanbul’s main bus terminus. TOUR ENDS. You will be able to connect to the Metro system or take a taxi to the center.
B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
Notes on bus travel in Turkey
Travelling by bus is an affordable but comfortable option in Turkey. All buses are fully air-conditioned and include on-board entertainment and WIFI. Water, coffee, tea, cools drinks and complimentary snacks are provided at regular intervals. Buses stop on average every three hours at roadhouses for meal and toilet breaks. Roadhouses also sell snacks, small goods and other general items. Breaks will be between 15-30 minutes. Please note buses depart promptly. Toilets cost 3TL.
Hotels in Cappadocia;
Melek Cave Hotel, Castle Cave Hotel, Roma Cave Suites, Göreme Village House Hotel
Hotels in Pamukkale;
Artemis Yörük Hotel, 4 Mevsim Hotel, Tripolis Hotel, Pam Thermal Hotel.
Hotels in Selçuk(Ephesus);
Rebetika Hotel, Artemis Hotel, Selena Hotel,
Tours for Max 16 pax