This is a great choice for those who want to experience the best of Turkey in a short time. Wander through Safranbolu, admiring its well preserved Ottoman wooden houses, eat fresh fish by the Black Sea in Amsra, be amazed by the fairy tale landscape of Cappadocia, stay in the historic Roman town of Kaleci, Antalya, and be awe struck by the Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pammakale. This tour allows lots of free time to explore the region by yourself - Sun, seaside and history mixed with the natural beauty of Turkey.
Istanbul, Safranbolu, Amasra, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul (By Bus)
Make your own way to our office by 21.30 for shuttle transfer to bus station for 23.30 overnight bus to Safranbolu. The bus journey will take approximately 7 hours.
You will arrive in the main bus station in Safranbolu at around 07.00. Our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name and organise the transfer to your hotel in the old town of Safranbolu. You will have a free day to discover its unique architecture and wander the UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
A free day to explore the area. We recommend you take the bus to the laid back fishing town of Amasra on the coast for lunch at one of its many seaside fish restaurants. Buses leave regularly from the centre and take about 1.5 hrs travelling over the mountains through delightful villages.
After breakfast at your hotel we will transfer you to the bust station for the 09.30 bus to Ankara. The bus takes about 3.5 hours and you will have about an hours break before boarding the 13.30 bus to Goreme (4.5 hours). Our guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name and organise the transfer to your hotel in Goreme.
At 09.30 you will join our North Cappadocian small group tour (minibus, max. 16 persons) for the day visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, the old city of Avanos, Red River. We will transfer you to your Boutique Cave Hotel for the night. You will have free time to discover the town and local restaurants.
After your complimentary breakfast, and check out, you will meet your guide at the hotel and depart for the South Cappadocian Tour at 09.30. The tour includes the fascinating underground city of Derinkuyu and a walk through Rose Valley to enjoy the captivating Cappadocian landscape. Tour will end at around 18.30 and after a break for dinner we will transfer you from our office to Nevsehir bus terminal for the 20.30 overnight bus to Antalya (approx.10 hours).
Enjoy the romantic old Roman town of Kaleiçi exploring the old port and the stunning coastline. Alternatively we can arrange for you to stay in the beach area in a 5 star hotel (surcharge applies). We strongly recommend you pay a visit to the museum, one of Turkey’s largest, filled with historic treasures.
Free day – Antalya. Spend it on the beach or continue exploring this charming town.
The morning is free time. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 12.00 for your bus to Pammakale (4.5 hours). We will transfer you to your boutique hotel at around 17.30 and you will be able to explore the town.
You will join our full 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. You may wish to take a taxi to Sirence (2 hours return) to look at its famous wooden houses. 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 1TL
Hotels in Cappadocia;
Mystic 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