11 Days Ancient Turkey from Istanbul

This 11 days tour package includes the most popular destinations Istanbul, Ephesus, Sirince, and Pamukkale, Ankara. Discover the highlights of each place.

What to see during the 11-day Turkey Tour?

What to see during the 11-day Ancient Turkey Tour?

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul

You will be met at the airport by our meet&greet staff and transferred to your hotel in a private car. Stay in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast to visit the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics found in the Sultanahmet area. The tour is on foot as the places of visit are within walking distance of each other. You will visit the Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Harem of the Palace, and Basilica Cistern. The lunch will be served at a local restaurant. The tour ends with the Grand Bazaar tour, the most popular historical shopping center in Istanbul.

Day 3: Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus and Pera Tour

Departure from your hotel after breakfast and start the day by visiting Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of Ottoman Sultans located on the shores of the Bosphorus. It was home to six sultans from 1856, when it was first inhabited, until 1922. The construction of the palace cost five million Ottoman Mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. The design contains eclectic elements from Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. The Museum-Palace has golden gilded ceilings, crystal staircases, and the largest Bohemian and Baccarat Crystal Chandelier collection in the world. After visiting this magnificent palace, you will get on a public boat for your Bosphorus tour of about 2 hours. Bosphorus is a 33 km long strait and is a natural border between Asia and Europe. The boat will go up to the narrowest part where Rumeli and Anatolian Fortresses are. During the cruise, you will see the most impressive sights along the shores of the Bosphorus including Ciragan Palace, Maiden´s Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, and million dollars seaside mansions. The lunch is served at a nice local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit Istiklal Street and Pera District packed with music shops, bookstores, movie theaters, cafes, restaurants, and bars. You will also visit the Galata Tower offering a gorgeous view of the Old City and Pera districts. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Day 4: Golden Horn Tour

Departure from your hotel at around 08:30 and drive to Suleymaniye Mosque, the imperial mosque of the Ottoman Empire constructed by Architect Sinan. The next visit is to Chora Church Museum, a small but impressive building dating to the 11th century and unique with Christian frescoes and mosaics inside. The best spot looking over the Golden Horn is Pierre Loti Hill where there is a tea house today for breaks. The tour will go on with a short boat tour in Golden Horn to see the site from the sea. After lunch, the tour ends with shopping at Spice Bazaar, the most popular place in the city for spices, Turkish delights, and coffee. At the end of the tour, we drive in the direction of Ankara and drop you off at your hotel.

Day 5: Ankara Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you can see the objects discovered mostly in Hitit ancient cities of Anatolia like Hattusas. The lunch will be served at one of the traditional Ankara Houses by the Castle serving as a restaurant today. At the end of the tour, we drive in the direction of Cappadocia and drop you off at your hotel.

Day 6: Northern Cappadocia Tour

The tour starts after breakfast, from your hotel in the morning, you’ll drive to Devrent Valley where the geographical formations remind a place on another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you’ll take a stroll among the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there drive to Avanos to have lunch. Cappadocia is also famous for with traditional pottery predicament where you will also attend a workshop. The next visit is to Goreme Open Air Museum keeping the best-preserved Byzantine cave churches in the area. Then return to the hotel.

Day 7: Southern Cappadocia Tour

Depart from your hotel at 09.30 am and the day starts with a 4km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. The next visit is to Christian&Greek village of Cavusin. We will have lunch in Pigeons Valley unique with small niches carved in the rocks. Cappadocia has several underground cities used by the residents to escape from their enemies and Kaymakli Underground City is among the famous ones on our visiting list. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle offering a beautiful view over the valley. Then return to the hotel.

Day 8: Konya

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Konya. Upon your arrival at the Konya visit, the Empire was founded by Turks and has been the residence of Rumi Dervishes. Mevlana Rumi spent his life in Konya where he wrote his famous books about Sufi and his ideas spread over the world after his death from here. Following the transfer from the bus station to Konya city center, you will take a guided tour of Konya to visit Mevlana Museum and his tomb, Karatay Madrasah, Aladdin Hill, the old bazaar, and the other remnants belonging to Seljuk architecture. At the end of the tour, you will drive in the direction of Pamukkale and be transferred to your hotel.

Day 9: Visit Pamukkale

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pamukkale. You will start visiting Pamukkale after lunch. Pamukkale is famous for white-colored rocks formed by thermal waters containing calcium bicarbonate. The ancient city Hierapolis at the site was a famous healing center and the hotels are site still preferred for thermal water pools in the present day. The Roman Pool at the site is still in use. You will be guested in one of the thermal&spa hotels at night to enjoy the hot water pools.

Day 10: Sirince

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the village of Sirince. In this pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus located on the top of a mountain, anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards and peach trees’ views on his way. Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture. Free time at leisure in the afternoon. You will be hosted in of the traditional Greek village houses at night.

Day 11. Ephesus and Return

You will be transferred to the airport for an early flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to Ephesus ancient city, the most splendid ancient city in Turkey, and requires about 2 hours to visit. The next visit is to the Virgin Mary’s House where it is believed she spent the last years of her life and was buried there. After lunch, you will visit the remaining important places to see in the area: Ephesus Museum where the objects discovered in Ephesus are exhibited, the Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, St. John Castle, and the remains of Church situated at the top of Ayasoluk Hill and Isa Bey Mosque an important structure belonging to Turkish heritage. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the airport to catch your flight to Istanbul. Once arrived you will be transferred to your hotel.

Extra Tour Details

  • Everyday departure (All year round)
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Private/Group

What has been included in this excursion?


  • Accommodation BB 
  • All sightseeing & excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch during the tours
  • Transfer service from Hotels & Airport
  • English Guide


  • Beverage during the tour
  • Tips to the guide&driver(optional)
  • Entrance Cleopatra Pool
  • Not mentioned diners
  • Not mentioned flights
  • Entrance fee for Harem Section in Topkapi Palace.
  • Personal expenses

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11 Days Ancient Turkey from Istanbul

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