Turkey Classical Wonders Private Tour

  • 9 Days
Tour Type
  • Private Guided
Activity Level
  • Medium
  • March – September
Tour Theme
  • Cultural
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  • Archeological
Perfect for
  • First Time Visitors

Tour Description

Discover Turkey’s captivating history and cultural treasures on our exclusive “Classical Wonders Private Tour.” This immersive journey takes you through the iconic cities of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Kusadasi, and Pamukkale, providing a deep dive into the classical wonders of this enchanting country.

Istanbul – A City of Myths and Legends

Istanbul, where East meets West, is a city that resonates with myths and legends. From the legendary tales of the Bosphorus Strait, inspired by the story of the beautiful mortal Io, to the countless narratives of love, betrayal, and fulfilled prophecies unfolding within its ancient walls, Istanbul is a place of endless fascination. As you explore this vibrant metropolis, you’ll delve into the captivating myths and legends that have left an indelible mark on the city. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture and history that defines Istanbul, where each step reveals a new layer of enchantment.

Cappadocia – Nature’s Artistry and Human Heritage

Cappadocia, nestled in the heart of Turkey, is where nature and history converge in breathtaking harmony. The region is famed for its unique rock formations, whimsically known as “fairy chimneys,” sculpted by centuries of geological forces. Yet, Cappadocia is not just a canvas painted by nature; it’s also a testament to human ingenuity. Here, ancient civilizations carved homes and churches into the earth’s pillars, adorning them with intricate frescoes that tell stories of bygone eras. Cappadocia’s blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage makes it an unforgettable destination where you can trace the footsteps of ancient civilizations while marveling at the stunning landscapes.

Kusadasi – Gateway to Ephesus and More

Kuşadası, a vibrant coastal town, serves as your gateway to the awe-inspiring ancient city of Ephesus. This lively destination is renowned for its bustling nightlife and sought-after package-tour experiences, offering the perfect blend of sightseeing, partying, and scenic beachfront views. With its eclectic mix of Irish pubs, discotheques, and multilingual local guides, Kuşadası boasts a spirited atmosphere that sets it apart from other Aegean party hubs. However, it also boasts a range of excellent hotels and restaurants, ensuring a convenient and enjoyable base for exploring this historically rich region.

Pamukkale – The Cotton Castle’s Therapeutic Waters

Pamukkale, aptly named the “Cotton Castle,” awaits you with its natural thermal spring waters, renowned for their curative properties. This enchanting town is home to mesmerizing travertines—cascade-like terraces formed by calcium deposits from thermal waters over millennia. As you explore these surreal terraces, you’ll immerse yourself in a tradition that dates back centuries, where visitors sought rejuvenation amidst these therapeutic waters.

The journey through Pamukkale continues with a visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis, known for its sprawling necropolis featuring over 1200 gravestones. This site offers a window into the diverse cultures and civilizations that have left their mark on this region, making it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Experience Turkey’s Classical Wonders in Style with Our Private Tours:

Are you 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. Please fill out our inquiry form to receive your special offer and plan your dream vacation today.

Please note that the price listed is based on a per-person rate for a minimum of four adults participating in the tour. If your group size is different, the cost may vary. Contact us by filling out the inquiry form for your personalized itinerary and rates. Join us on the “Turkey Classical Wonders Private Tour” and journey through time, culture, and natural beauty that will leave you with lasting memories of this remarkable country.

Tour Details


  • Turkey
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  • Cappadocia
  • ·
  • Istanbul
  • ·
  • Kusadasi
  • ·
  • Pamukkale


Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Topkapi Palace
Grand Bazaar
Spice Bazaar
Bosphorus Cruise
Goreme Open Air Museum
Kaymakli Underground City
Devrent Valley
Pasabag Valley
Pigeon Valley
Uchisar Castle
Pamukkale Travertines
House of Mary

Departure Location

Istanbul Airports


Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Sightseeings in the Tour Program
Professional Official Tour Guidance
Entrance Fees
Transfers on a Private Basis
Local Taxes


Personal Expenses


Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia
Horse Back Riding in Cappadocia
Jeep Safari in Cappadocia
Paragliding in Pamukkale
Scuba Diving Tour in Kusadasi

Tour Program

Day 1Istanbul – Arrival

Begin your adventure in Istanbul, a city steeped in rich historical and cultural significance. As you touch down at the airport, you’ll be greeted by the echoes of empires past, for Istanbul has been the heart of Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations, witnessing centuries of transformation. Your journey begins with a transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2Istanbul – Full Day Tour

Embark on a captivating full-day tour of Istanbul, immersing yourself in the city’s illustrious history and rich cultural heritage that spans millennia. After savoring a delectable breakfast, your adventure begins with a guided exploration of the Hippodrome, where ancient chariot races once enthralled Byzantine crowds and where the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column still stand as silent witnesses to the past.

Moving to the Topkapi Palace, you’ll step into the opulent world of Ottoman sultans, wandering through exquisite courtyards and chambers adorned with priceless treasures. The majestic Saint Sophia, a marvel of Byzantine architecture and now a mosque, will reveal its secrets, including the stunning dome that defied its time. Your journey continues to the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, adorned with iconic blue tiles and impressive domes, a masterpiece of Ottoman design and devotion.

Following the tour, you’ll be able to explore the Grand Bazaar, an enchanting labyrinth of history and commerce that has flourished for centuries. With over 4,000 shops, this bustling marketplace offers an array of exotic goods, from vibrant textiles to intricate jewelry, providing a glimpse into Istanbul’s enduring mercantile spirit. Take your time to wander through its bustling alleys, haggle with friendly shopkeepers, and uncover unique treasures to cherish as mementos of your visit. A

s the day draws to a close, you’ll return to your hotel with newfound knowledge and unforgettable experiences for a comfortable overnight stay in Istanbul. Please note that this comprehensive tour will take approximately 7-8 hours, ensuring a deep and immersive exploration of this remarkable city’s cultural tapestry.

Day 3Istanbul – Full Day Bosphorus Tour

Embark on a day of sensory delights and panoramic vistas as you delve into Istanbul’s cultural tapestry. Your journey commences with a visit to the Spice Bazaar, a fragrant haven where the whispers of ancient trade routes linger. Here, the vibrant hues and heady scents of exotic spices, herbs, and goods transport you back to the days when Istanbul was a vital crossroads of the Silk Road. As you peruse the market, you’ll uncover the historical significance of these aromatic treasures, which once fueled empires and kindled culinary innovation.

Following the Spice Bazaar, you’ll embark on a serene Bosphorus Cruise, tracing the meandering waterway that gracefully divides Europe from Asia. This journey provides a captivating perspective of Istanbul’s skyline, adorned with architectural gems, and connects you with the city’s strategic position, bridging two continents. The Bosphorus has long been a vital conduit for trade and culture, shaping the identity of Istanbul.

In the afternoon, you’ll venture to the Asian side of Istanbul, a less-explored yet equally enchanting part of the city. Camlica Hill beckons, offering a panoramic tableau of Istanbul’s sprawling beauty. Here, you’ll gain insight into Istanbul’s geographical duality, where East meets West, and history unfurls in every direction. A sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant will introduce you to Istanbul’s culinary diversity, reflecting its rich tapestry of flavors influenced by many cultures.

As the day draws to a close, we’ll transfer you back to your hotel, a content traveler enriched by this captivating city’s history, culture, and gastronomy. This comprehensive tour will take approximately 7-8 hours, ensuring a deep and immersive exploration of Istanbul’s multifaceted charm.

Day 4Cappadocia – Kaymakli Underground City

As you bid farewell to Istanbul and embark on your journey to Cappadocia, you’ll delve into this unique region’s intriguing history and geological wonders. Your adventure commences with a flight to either Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport, where you’ll be transported into the heart of Cappadocia, a land sculpted by the forces of nature and time. Your first stop takes you to Kaymakli Underground City, a subterranean marvel carved out of soft volcanic rock by early Christian communities as a refuge from persecution. Here, you’ll step into the depths of history, exploring the intricate tunnels, chambers, and hidden chambers that tell tales of ancient civilizations.

Continuing your journey, you’ll arrive in Avanos, a town known for its pottery craftsmanship, a tradition rooted in the region’s clay-rich soil. You’ll witness the artistry firsthand as skilled artisans mold clay into exquisite vessels and ceramics, a practice that has endured for generations. The Pigeon Valley, with its dramatic landscape of cone-shaped rock formations and ancient cave dwellings, will reveal the geological wonders that make Cappadocia a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amidst your explorations, you’ll have the opportunity to visit an onyx and pottery shop, where you can acquire unique souvenirs, each imbued with Cappadocia’s cultural heritage and artistic prowess. A delectable lunch at a local restaurant will introduce you to the region’s culinary delights, reflecting its blend of Anatolian flavors and traditional recipes.

After a day filled with history, art, and natural beauty, you’ll retire to your accommodations in Cappadocia, knowing that you’ve embarked on a journey through a land where time, culture, and nature have conspired to create something extraordinary. Please note that this immersive tour will span approximately 8-9 hours, allowing you to savor the essence of Cappadocia’s enchantment.

Day 5Cappadocia – Full Day Tour

Embark on a captivating full-day journey through Cappadocia, a region steeped in history and renowned for its otherworldly landscapes. Following a hearty breakfast, your adventure commences with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that unveils the rock-cut churches and monasteries hewn into the soft tuff rock by early Christian communities during the Byzantine era. These intricate frescoes and architectural marvels offer a glimpse into the religious and artistic heritage of the region, where faith and creativity converged.

Continuing your exploration, you’ll venture into the Dervent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, where the whimsical rock formations carved by wind and water take on shapes that ignite the imagination. Here, the cultural context intertwines with the natural wonders as local legends and folklore breathe life into these surreal sculptures.

Pasabag Valley, your next stop, presents an opportunity to witness the remarkable “fairy chimneys,” conical rock formations that have captivated travelers for centuries. These geological marvels served as homes and hermitages for monks in ancient times, offering a glimpse into the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature in Cappadocia.

After a lunch break, you’ll delve into the artistry and craftsmanship of Turkey, visiting local workshops specializing in carpet weaving, leather manufacturing, and jewelry making. Guided by experts, you’ll gain insight into the intricate techniques and traditions passed down through generations, providing a deeper appreciation for the enduring legacy of Turkish craftsmanship.

As the day draws to a close, you’ll return to your hotel, enriched by Cappadocia’s cultural and artistic tapestry. This comprehensive tour will take approximately 6-7 hours, ensuring a deep and immersive exploration of this captivating region’s heritage and natural wonders. Enjoy a free evening to reflect on your enriching experiences before a comfortable overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Day 6Kusadasi

As you bid farewell to your accommodation and embark on your journey from Cappadocia to Kusadasi via Izmir, you’ll traverse through regions steeped in historical and cultural significance. Your day begins with a hearty breakfast, marking the transition from Cappadocia’s unique landscapes to the coastal charm of Kusadasi. Your first leg takes you to Kayseri airport, where you’ll board a flight to Izmir, a city that bears witness to a millennia-spanning tapestry of civilizations. Izmir, once known as Smyrna, has been a thriving port city since antiquity, playing a pivotal role in the trade networks of the Mediterranean.

Upon arrival in Izmir, you’ll continue your journey to Kusadasi, a picturesque coastal town renowned for its stunning vistas of the Aegean Sea and its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus. Kusadasi’s name translates to “Bird Island,” a nod to the small island that once graced its harbor and provided shelter to migrating birds. The town boasts a rich maritime history, with traces of ancient Greek and Roman influence still evident in its architecture and culture.

The remainder of the day is yours to savor the serenity of Kusadasi, relax by the azure waters, or explore its vibrant marketplaces and culinary delights. As the sun sets over this charming coastal haven, you’ll settle into your hotel, eagerly anticipating the adventures in Kusadasi and the surrounding regions. Please note that this transfer and arrival day allows you to transition from one facet of Turkey’s cultural tapestry to another, setting the stage for the historical treasures and scenic wonders you’ll encounter in the days to come.

Day 7Ephesus – House of Virgin Mary

Embark on a captivating full-day journey through Ephesus‘s historical and spiritual tapestry, a city that whispers the stories of empires, saints, and gladiators. Following a nourishing breakfast, your adventure commences with a visit to the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, testifying to the grandeur and reverence of the ancient Greeks. Ephesus, your next destination, is a testament to centuries of human endeavor and faith. Mentioned in the Book of Revelation and believed to be the site where the Gospel of John was written, Ephesus immerses you in this ancient city’s spiritual and historical depth.

As you explore the well-preserved ruins, you’ll trace the footsteps of past civilizations, from the grandeur of Roman architecture in the Library of Celsus to the intricate craftsmanship of the Terrace Houses, which provide insights into daily life during the Roman period. The gladiator graveyard, a unique and poignant part of Ephesus’ history, reveals the stark contrast between the glory of the arena and the mortality of its combatants.

Continuing your journey, you’ll drive to Bulbul Mountain, where the final abode of the Virgin Mary awaits. Mary’s House, nestled amidst serene natural beauty, is believed to be where the Virgin Mary spent her last years in seclusion. Pilgrims from around the world come to pay homage to this revered figure, reflecting the enduring spiritual significance of the region.

As the day concludes, you’ll return to your hotel in Kusadasi, echoing Ephesus’ rich history and spiritual resonance. Please note that this comprehensive tour will take approximately 6-7 hours, allowing you to delve deep into Ephesus’s cultural, historical, and spiritual layers and surroundings, ensuring a profound and enriching experience in this timeless corner of Turkey.

Day 8Pamukkale – Hierapolis

Embark on a day of exploration that takes you from the coastal charm of Kusadasi to the ethereal wonders of Pamukkale, a journey rich in natural beauty and historical significance. Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a three-hour drive to Pamukkale. This name translates to “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, aptly describing the surreal, terraced travertines that await you. These stunning mineral-rich terraces, formed by calcium deposits from the thermal waters, have fascinated and rejuvenated for millennia, drawing visitors from far and wide.

Upon arrival, you’ll first explore the travertines, where cascading terraces of brilliant white create a visual spectacle unlike any other. As you traverse these terraces, you’ll immerse yourself in the age-old practice of rejuvenation, a tradition deeply ingrained in the culture of this region, as people have sought the therapeutic benefits of these thermal springs for centuries.

Adjacent to the travertines lies the ancient city of Hierapolis, where history and nature seamlessly converge. This once-thriving Roman and Byzantine city was renowned for its healing waters and impressive necropolis, boasting over 1200 gravestones that bear witness to the diverse cultures and civilizations that once called this region home.

As your comprehensive tour of Pamukkale draws to a close, you’ll return to your hotel in Kusadasi, reflecting on this remarkable region’s profound natural beauty and historical depth. Please note that this immersive journey will take approximately 10-12 hours, allowing you to savor the therapeutic waters, geological wonders, and ancient heritage Pamukkale offers, ensuring a day filled with exploration, relaxation, and cultural enrichment.

Day 9Kusadasi – Departure

Following breakfast, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax and do as you wish until it’s time to depart for your airport transfer to your next stop.

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Tour FAQ

How can I book the Turkey Classical Wonders Private Tour?

Booking is easy. Simply fill out our inquiry form with your travel preferences and group size, and our team will get in touch with you to provide a personalized itinerary and pricing.

Can I customize the itinerary to suit my preferences?

Absolutely! Our private tours are designed with flexibility in mind. You can customize your itinerary to include the cities and attractions that interest you the most. Our expert operation team will work with you to create a personalized experience.

Is the Turkey Classical Wonders Private Tour available year-round?

Yes, the Turkey Classical Wonders Private Tour is available throughout the year. Turkey offers a diverse range of experiences in every season, from the vibrant colors of spring to the warm Mediterranean summers, the crisp beauty of autumn, and even the potential for winter adventures in certain regions. We can customize your tour to match your preferred travel dates and the seasonal experiences you desire. Please let us know your preferred travel dates, and we’ll plan your tour accordingly.

Is this tour suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families?

Yes, the Turkey Classical Wonders Private Tour is suitable for all types of travelers. Whether you’re traveling alone, with a partner, or as a family, we can tailor the tour to meet your needs and interests.

What should I pack for the tour?

We recommend packing comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for exploring historical sites and natural wonders. Depending on the season, you may also want to bring sunscreen, a hat, and layers for varying weather conditions.

What type of accommodations can I expect during the tour?

We offer a range of accommodation options, from comfortable hotels to boutique properties, depending on your budget and preferences. Rest assured that we prioritize your comfort and convenience.

Are entrance fees to attractions included in the tour price?

The tour price typically includes entrance fees to many attractions listed in the itinerary. However, checking the specific inclusions for your customized tour with our team is essential.

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.

Are meals included in the tour package?

Most of our tour packages include breakfast, but additional meals may vary depending on your preferences and itinerary. We can provide recommendations for local restaurants and dining options.

Is transportation between cities included in the tour package?

Our tour packages often include transportation between cities, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience. You’ll travel in comfort with our professional drivers or guides.

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.

What is the cancellation policy for the tour?

Our cancellation policy varies depending on the specific tour package and booking terms. Please refer to the terms and conditions provided when booking your tour.

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.

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