8 days Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus Tour

This The best experience with a professional tour guide in Turkey

If you are planning to stay 8 days in Turkey and see the highlights of this beautiful and interesting country, this is the best option for you. You can arrange accommodation yourself or, if you prefer, we can suggest hotels depending on your budget and preferred hotel standard.

Turkey Itinerary 8 Days

Turkey Itinerary For 8 Days

Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul

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

Day 2: Istanbul Old City

blue mosque

  • Guide will meet you in hotel lobby and take you to the walking tour of Istanbul Old City:
  • 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 Bosphorus Boat Trip

Bosphorus Istanbul boat

  • 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 İstanbul).
  • 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)
  • Spice Market (17 century structure that housed the majority of the city’s spice trade).
  • Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 4 : Fly to Cappadocia and Tour of Cappadocia

private cappadocia tours

  • Driver will meet you in hotel lobby and transfer you to to airport for your Cappadocia flight.
  • After you arrive to Cappadocia, you will be transferred from airport.
  • You will have a tour of Cappadocia: Dervent Valley, Pasabag (some of the most interesting example of fairy chimneys), Avanos (handmade pottery center), Goreme Open-air Museum (ruins of churches carved into volcanic rock);
  • Overnight stay in Cappadocia

Day 5 : Tour of Cappadocia

cappadocia tour

  • Optional hot-air balloon ride early in the morning.
  • Cappadocia tour (Kaymakli Underground City - the most interesting examples among 36 underground cities, Uchisar - the highest point in the region with amazing landscape view, Pigeon Valley, Cavusin – one of the oldest settlements in the area).
  • Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Day 6 : Fly to Izmir

  • Transfer to Kayseri airport to fly to Izmir.
  • Arrival to Izmir, transfer from airport to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi.
  • Overnight stay.

Day 7 : Private Tour of Ephesus

ephesus great theatre

  • Tour of Ephesus(the biggest collections of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean),
  • House of Virgin Mary (it is believed that the Mother of Jesus spent her final years in that house close to Ephesus)
  • Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of ancient world).
  • During this tour you will have lunch in a local home in Sirince village.
  • You will meet a local villager who will prepare you a typical Aegean lunch and welcome you in her home.
  • Overnight stay in Kusadasi / Selcuk

Day 8 : Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Fly to Istanbul

pamukkale private tour

  • Departure from Kusadasi / Selcuk and two and half hour driving to Aphrodisias, ancient city famous for its well preserved stadium.
  • After you visit this ancient city, you will have lunch and then proceed for one hour to Pamukkale. You will have 2-3 hours to visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis (during this tour you can enjoy the wonder of nature that is unique in the world and the ruins of the Roman spa city).
  • After the tour you will be transferred to airport to fly to Istanbul.

The Best Turkey Travel Guide for You!

Our Turkey travel guides are locals who have very good knowledge not only about the sights in the area, but also about the history of Christianity.

They are all fluent in English, and some of them guide also in other languages.

Have the best experience in Turkey with our expert local guides...


  • 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…