5 Day Turkey Tour Of Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale

Tour with local guides in Istanbul to Ephesus and Pamukkale. 5 Day Turkey Tour is a perfect  option for guests who would like to see the best ancient sites of  Turkey, meet the locals and taste the local cuisine.

You can arrange the accommodation yourself or we can suggest some hotel options, depending on your budget and preferred hotel standard.

5 Day Turkey Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul

  • After you meet your driver, you will be transferred from airport to your hotel in Istanbul.
  • Overnight stay.

Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour

blue mosque

  • Guide will meet you in hotel lobby and take you to the walking tour of the Old City (Sultanahmet area):
  • Byzantine Hippodrome (used for public entertainments organised by emperors)
  • Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque, famous for its tiles)
  • Topkapi Palace (imperial residence of ottoman sultans)
  • Hagia Sophia (Church of Holy Wisdom, museum that used the be the biggest Orthodox church in the World)
  • Grand Bazaar (the oldest and the largest covered market in the world).
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul Tour and Boat Trip

istanbul private tour

  • Guide will meet you in hotel lobby and take you to another walking tour in Istanbul:
  • Archaeology Museum
  • Basilica Cistern (the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul)
  • Bosphorus boat trip (during this tour you will see the bridges of Istanbul, Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Anadolu and Rumeli fortresses and beautiful houses around the strait) and Spice Market (17 century structure that housed the majority of the city’s spice trade).
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 4: Fly to Izmir and Ephesus

ephesus great theatre

  • Transfer to airport to fly to Izmir.
  • Arrival to Izmir. Guide will meet you at the airport.
  • Transfer from airport to Ephesus and tour: Ephesus, Virgin Mary`s House and Temple of Artemis.
  • During this tour you will have lunch in a local house in Sirince village.
  • You will meet a local villager who will prepare you a typical Aegean lunch and welcome you in her home.
  • After the tour transfer to Kusadasi and overnight stay.

Day 5: Aphrodisias, Pamukkale and Hierapolis


  • Your guide will meet you in hotel lobby.
  • After two and half hour driving you will first visit the ancient site of Aphrodisias, famous for its well preserved stadium.
  • Afterwards you will have lunch and then proceed for 1 hour to Pamukkale.
  • You will have 2-3 hours to visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis, a beautiful combination of Roman ruins and wonder of nature.
  • After the tour you will be transferred to airport to fly to Istanbul.

Further Details About Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale Tour

Some Questions

How can I spend 5 days in Turkey?

If you are planning to spend 5 days in Turkey, you can easily visit 2 of the highlight areas. You can combine Istanbul with Cappadocia, and Istanbul with the top attractions in the Aegean region (the ancient city of Ephesus, Pamukkale and Hierapolis, Pergamon and Asklepion)... You may prefer to spend 5 days in Istanbul, which would be a perfect city break, and you would have more than enough time to see how much this big city has to offer...

What is the best time of year to visit Turkey?

Most tourists visit Turkey between April and November, as in winter it can get very cold and rainy. Summer is also very hot in some areas, so maybe you should avoid Mediterranean and Aegean part in July and August, unless you are planning to enjoy nice sea and beaches in these regions...

How much money would I need for 5 days in Turkey?

The budget you would need depends on the time of year, your sightseeing plans etc. Prices in Turkey are generally lower than in Wester countries. Domestic flights are very affordable and hotel room rates are reasonable. Turkish cuisine is very rich and affordable.


  • My family and I visited turkey at the end of 2010..we were very impressed with our tour guides Mr Nizam Adsiz as as well as Mrs Aylin Sekban.. Both spoke good english and we managed to develop a friendship with both of them which made the tours more enjoyable. Will definitely be going back to Turkey.
  • We have just arrived from Turkey, we had an splendid adventure from Efesus to Capadoccia, visiting wonderful cities and archeological sites. Pamukkale, Afrodisias, Sagalassos….Konya, everything was wonderful Ertunga, Blüent and Mustafa made our journey fantastic.
    Maria Graciela G-Mexico City, Meksika
  • Ertunga is a great guide, super friendly, very big knowledge of the area and very pleasant to be around. He arrived with a driver and a Mercedes van, good space for the 3 of us. He made the tour as we went along, so we did see exactly what we wanted, and as our son is only 4 years old, we did have to speed up some places. All made possible by Ertunga, though I am sure he could tell much more in each place, since his knowledge seems extreme. Be sure to book with Ertunga.
  • Amazing guide with a lot of patience and a wealth of information about every sight we visited. Would definately recommend him highly for a smaller or a larger group.
    Aslam K
  • Turkey wouldn’t be the same without Ertunga…he treated us just like family and was the best private tour I could ever have !!!

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FAQ About Our Turkey Tours

Most of our Turkey tours are private. We do not have definite departure dates for any of our tours, as we usually customize tours depending on your requests in the inquiries. Of course, if you have a group – we can always arrange your tour in Turkey.

Depending on your itinerary, available time and distances between sights it can be ground transportations only, or combination of ground transportation and domestic flights.

Depending on the size of your group, we can use Mercedes Vito or Mercedes Sprinter. All our vehicles are new (model 2016 or newer), comfortable and air-conditioned. You can see our vehicles

It depends on your itinerary… If you plan to fly between areas, in each one you will have a local guide; in that way you can get the best experience in each area and also avoid some extra costs (hotel accommodation and domestic flights for guide). If you plan to have a ground transportation, you will have a same guide during entire trip (in some small places it is not possible to find a local guide) and that is something that some of our guests prefer…

Prices depend on the size of your group and services that are included. For example, some guests prefer to arrange accommodation on their own. The itineraries listed on our site are there just to give you idea about how much you can see during your trip. Depending on your specific ideas and thoughts, we customise your trip and send you price offer…

Once we receive an inquiry, we can send you itinerary option with price in 24 hours, as latest. Afterwards, depending on your ideas and suggestions we can change some details until we have the options that you want to book.

You can pay via bank transfer, credit card or cash. We also accept PayPal / Payoneer deposit payments. You should pay 20% deposit when you decide to book; balance can be paid during your stay in Turkey.

Once you decide to book a tour with us, you should pay 20% deposit and it is refundable for 30 days from the date it is received. If you decide to cancel the trip afterwards, we will not be able to refund your deposit.

Please visit www.evisa.gov.tr to get all information and obtain electronic visa if necessary.

During your tour you will eat like a local. Local beer and wine are optional and at your own expense. We can arrange vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals if requested.

Normally it is 15 kg checked laggage and 8 kg in cabin, but for our guests we arrange eco flexible tickets so your baggage allowance would be 20 kg + 8 kg in cabin.

You are strongly advised to buy travel insurance before you arrive to Turkey. Our vehiches have full traffic insurance, but we can’t arrange your travel insurance. You can choose one of many travel insurance policies in your country…