The Best of Turkey: Four Cities in One Private Tour
- 12 Days
- Private Tour
- March – September
- First Time Visitors
“Istanbul, Antalya, Kusadasi and Cappadocia ! The Best of Turkey: Four Cities in One Private Tour” is the ultimate vacation package for travelers looking to experience the best that Turkey has to offer. From the bustling metropolis of Istanbul to the beautiful beaches of Antalya and the ancient ruins of Kusadasi and Cappadocia, this tour has something for everyone. With this tour, you’ll get to see all of Turkey’s top attractions, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the Roman harbor and Hadrian’s Gate in Antalya, the Temple of Artemis and the ancient city of Ephesus in Kusadasi, and the unique rock formations and underground cities in Cappadocia. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, outdoor adventure, or just relaxing on the beach, this is for you.
If the walls of our city could speak, they would tell countless stories of mythical deities, fulfilled prophecies, and tales of love, loss, and betrayal that give our city its captivating charm. The Bosphorus, the strait dividing Asia and Europe, is said to have originated from the myth of the mortal Io, who was transformed into a cow by Zeus to conceal their affair from his jealous wife, Hera. However, Hera was not fooled and stung Io with a horsefly, causing her to flee and leave behind the famous strait, also known as the “passage of the cow.”
There is something truly special about watching luxury yachts sail into the harbor at sunset while floating in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. It’s almost as if you have to remind yourself that you’re not dreaming – you’re really here, in Antalya, a world-renowned holiday destination known for its natural beauty, top-notch facilities, stunning bays, and long sandy beaches. During your early morning flight to Antalya, you’ll have the opportunity to see a different side of Turkey, with its colorful villages, ancient ruins, and breathtaking landscapes. But make no mistake – Antalya is all about its beaches, the sea, and all the fun that comes with it. While the summer high season may have passed, the Turquoise Coast remains a great destination all the way through November – minus the crowds.
Kuşadası is a well-known vacation destination and Turkey’s busiest cruise port, serving as the coastal gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. While it may not have the same charm as Bodrum or the eclectic mix of Marmaris, Kuşadası still holds its own as a destination for nightlife on the Aegean coast. The Irish pubs, discos, and multilingual touts give the town a lively and energetic atmosphere. If you’re interested in visiting Ephesus but also want to be close to nightlife and the sea, Kuşadası might be the right choice for you, with a range of good hotels and restaurants to choose from.
Cappadocia, located in central Turkey, is a region where nature and history intersect in a stunning way. The region is known for its unique rock formations, called fairy chimneys, which were shaped by geological forces over time. However, it is also a place where humans have left their mark, carving homes and churches into the earth pillars and decorating them with intricate frescoes. This blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage makes Cappadocia a truly unforgettable destination, where visitors can explore the rich history of ancient civilizations while marveling at the stunning landscapes. Take a chance to ride a hot air balloon in Cappadocia!
Looking for a personalized and intimate vacation experience? Our private tour options offer the perfect solution. Start at affordable prices and our private tours are designed specifically for you and your group, with no other tourists included. You’ll have the flexibility to customize your tour to your specific preferences, with the help of our expert operation team. Plus, you’ll have a dedicated guide or driver to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore your dream destination in the most intimate and personalized way possible. Simply fill out our inquiry form to receive your special offer and start planning your dream vacation today.
The price listed is based on a per-person rate for a minimum of four adults participating in the tour. This indicates that if there are fewer or higher than four adults, the cost may be different. You can fill out the inquiry form to get your customized itinerary and rates.
Day 1Istanbul – Arrival
Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can check in and begin your stay in this beautiful and vibrant city.
Day 2Istanbul – Full Day Tour
Start your day in Istanbul with a delicious breakfast, followed by a guided tour of some of the city’s top landmarks. You’ll visit the Hippodrome, a former chariot racing stadium; the Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years; the iconic Hagia Sophia, a former cathedral and mosque that is now a museum; and the Blue Mosque, a stunning 17th-century mosque known for its blue Iznik tiles. After touring the old city, you’ll be transferred to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets. With over 4,000 stores spread out over 61 covered streets, the Grand Bazaar attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors every day and is considered one of the world’s first shopping malls. After some free time to shop and explore, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3Istanbul – Full Day Bosphorus Tour
Begin your day with a visit to the Spice Bazaar, where you can browse a wide selection of spices, herbs, and other culinary treats. After exploring the market, we’ll embark on a Bosphorus Cruise, which will allow you to take in the stunning beauty of this iconic waterway that divides Europe and Asia. In the afternoon, we’ll cross the Bosphorus Bridge to the Asian side of Istanbul and visit Camlica Hill, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the city. We’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy some of Istanbul’s delicious cuisine. Finally, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
After a filling breakfast, it’s time to check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Antalya. As you prepare to leave Istanbul, be sure to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing sights and experiences you’ve had in this vibrant and culturally rich city.
Day 5Antalya – Full Day Tour
Start your day in Antalya with a hearty breakfast, then set out to explore the city’s top sights. You’ll visit the Old City, the Old Roman Harbor, Hadrian’s Gate, and the Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall (also known as the Duden Waterfall), where you can take a photo break at Konyaalti Beach. Next, you’ll head to Tunektepe for a cable car ride with breathtaking views. After a full day of sightseeing, you’ll return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay in Antalya.
Day 6Perge – Aspendos – Side – Manavgat
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast, then set out on a guided tour from Antalya to discover the history and beauty of Perge, Aspendos, and the Manavgat Waterfalls. You’ll have the opportunity to explore an archaeological paradise in Perge and learn about the famous statues that were once buried there. In Aspendos, you’ll visit one of Anatolia’s best-preserved Roman theaters. After visiting the stunning Manavgat Waterfalls, you’ll have the chance to explore more historic ruins, archaeological attractions, and sandy beaches in Side. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Antalya for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 7Antalya – Free Day
Day 8Pamukkale – Hierapolis Ancient City
Start your day with breakfast, then check out of your hotel in Antalya and embark on a journey to Pamukkale, a town known for its natural thermal spring waters with therapeutic properties. During your visit, you’ll see the travertines (terraced mineral formations) and the ancient city of Hierapolis, which boasts the largest Necropolis (ancient cemetery) in Anatolia, with over 1,200 gravestones. After your tour of these fascinating sites, you’ll drive to Kusadasi for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 9Ephesus – House of Virgin Mary
Begin your day with breakfast, then set out on a full-day tour of Ephesus, one of the most important cultural and historical sites in Turkey. You’ll visit the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and explore the ancient city of Ephesus, which was cited as one of the seven churches of Asia in the Book of Revelation and is believed to be the site where the Gospel of John was written. You’ll also visit a large gladiator graveyard. Later in the day, you’ll drive to Bulbul Mountain to see the final resting place of the Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her last years. After your tours, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi for an overnight stay.
Day 10Cappadocia – Kaymakli Underground City
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to check out of your hotel in Kusadasi and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon arriving in Cappadocia, you’ll head to one of the region’s most fascinating sites: the Kaymakli Underground City. This underground network of tunnels and chambers was used by Christians as a place of refuge from the Roman army and hostile tribes, and it was designed to be self-sufficient, with rooms for storing crops, barns, kitchens, and ventilation channels. During the second part of your Cappadocia tour, you’ll visit Uchisar Castle, Avcilar, and Pigeon Valley. After the tour, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 11Cappadocia – Full Day Tour
Start your day with breakfast, then set out on a tour of Cappadocia that includes stops at the Goreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, and Pasabag Valley. After a lunch break, you’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and learn about the ancient arts of Turkey, such as carpet weaving, leather manufacturing, and jewelry making. This guided tour will allow you to avoid being hassled and enjoy the shopping experience while gaining knowledge about ancient craftsmen. After the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Cappadocia, where you’ll have a free evening to relax and unwind. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 12Cappadocia – Jeep Safari – Departure
Begin your day with breakfast, then set out on a thrilling Jeep Safari tour of Cappadocia. Off-road vehicles offer the best way to explore the region’s unique landscape and cultural highlights, and the open-top jeeps provide unobstructed views of the valleys. The tour will take you to some of the most hard-to-reach and off-the-beaten-path locations, away from the crowds, for unparalleled views and the excitement of traveling off-road. After the tour, you’ll have the rest of the day free to relax or explore on your own until it’s time to transfer to the airport for your departure to your next destination.
How can I change the tour itinerary?
Customizable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort. The tour program listed is representative and may completely change to suit your wishes. Feel free to say hello to us!
What are the hotel options?
Hotels options are 4*, 5*, and 5*+. Only hotels with guest ratings of 4.5+/5 are used in our tours, and your accommodation satisfaction is our priority. You can also book your own hotel. Feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.
I have already booked my hotel or don’t want accommodation.
You can stay in any hotel you want. If you let us know the hotel you want, we can create a package with accommodation in that hotel. But also, we can provide you with the package only for airport transfers and tours. Feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.
What is the difference between Private and Regular SIC Tours?
Private tours only include your group, your guide, and your driver. We offer the most personalized and intimate experience for you and your friends/family in a private tour! Regular SIC tours stand for Seat-in-Coach Basis Tours, which means you will share an air-conditioned coach or van with other tourists and you will have an English-speaking tour guide to take you to all the scenic spots listed in the itinerary that day. While the prices of private tours may vary according to the number of people, the prices of regular tours are fixed.
What languages are available for tours?
Our private tours are operated in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese. Feel free to contact us for any other languages.