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RAPID TURKEY

8 Days / 7 Nights
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Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus and much more...

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From USD 1,273.53

Guaranteed departures every Friday and Saturday all year round, from Istanbul.

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Istanbul.
  • Tour through inland Turkey with local English-speaking guides & on Half Board basis.
  • 2-night accommodation in Cappadocia in 4* or 5* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Izmir in 4* or 5* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pamukkale in 4* or 5* hotels.
  • Full-day city tour in Istanbul with an official English-speaking guide and lunch.
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  • Domestic air tickets Istanbul-Izmir (15 kg + 8 kg)
  • Domestic air tickets Cappadocia-Istanbul (15 kg + 8 kg)
  • All transfers as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Local taxes.

Not included & Optionals

  • Personal expenses & Gratuities (optional).
  • International air tickets.
  • Ask for extensions to Greece.
  • Add extra nights in Istanbul by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Access our FAQs section for more information on selected hotel categories and properties.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Important: Please note that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed on Sundays.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Rapid Turkey

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
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ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

After your arrival in the city that was once Byzantium (and later Constantinople), your English-speaking assistant will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in one of our private vehicles.  He will help you with the check-in, inform you about all the details of your trip, offer a brief presentation of the city and its day to day life and answer your questions. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and start enjoying this stunning city.

Alternatively, you can join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus with Dinner & Show or enjoy an hour's pampering at the Hamam Cimberlitas.

Greca Tip: You can also head to Ortaköy, the area for upmarket chic, where you will find a strip of stands serving kumpir, Turkey's answer to the jacket potato. Pick your spud and toppings and savor the seaside views while you eat on your feet.

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After your breakfast, at the agreed time, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest pick-up point, to begin a full-day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central city restaurant and a visit to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations: Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Racecourse, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores.

At the end of the visit, you may linger some more in the old city, enjoying the amazing atmosphere, and finally you will make your own way to your hotel.

Greca Tip: Visit Camilca Hill on the Asian side of Istanbul and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL - IZMIR
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ISTANBUL - IZMIR

Breakfast and morning free. In the afternoon and at the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to the city of Izmir, the second most important port in the country and the second most populated city in Turkey. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Izmir.

Greca Tip: Remember to wear comfortable clothes and shoes when traveling in the Inland of Turkey.

IZMIR - EPHESUS - PAMUKKALE
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IZMIR - EPHESUS - PAMUKKALE

After breakfast, you will go to Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor through which Cleopatra, Marc Antony and Apostle Saint Paul once walked in its streets.  Here you will visit the ruins of the Odeon, the Arch of Hercules, the Library of Celsus, the Theater as well as the Agora and the Basilica of Saint John.

After the journey back in time you will continue to Meryamana and visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purportedly the last resting place of the mother of Jesus.  You will have free time for lunch and then head to Pamukkale and the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover the ruins of the Necropolis and the ancient Roman baths attracting visitors since pre-Christian times  due to the area's natural beauty but also because of the properties of the nearby hot springs. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel for dinner and a good night's rest.

Greca Tip: You may use your free time to take a dip in the thermal pool of your hotel.

FROM PAMUKKALE TO CAPPADOCIA
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FROM PAMUKKALE TO CAPPADOCIA

Early in the morning, after a nourishing breakfast, you will leave for Cappadocia. On the way, you will stop at the old palace and medieval fort of Kervansaray. In the past, merchants from the East and West would stop here, along with their camel caravans, to rest, stock up on supplies and socialize.

You will arrive in the enchanting region of Cappadocia, formed by nearby volcanoes through the millennia. Arrival at your hotel, free time, dinner and accommodation.

Greca Tip: Ask your guide about the possibility of going on the famous balloon ride during one of your days in Cappadocia (subject to weather conditions).

CAPPADOCIA - CENTRAL ANATOLIA
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CAPPADOCIA - CENTRAL ANATOLIA

After a filling breakfast, you will dedicate the entire day to this wonderful region and the Turkish cities of Kirsehir, Nigde and Kayseri.

You will start at the town of Uçhisar, its troglodyte villages and the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest underground settlements in the region.  You will continue towards the Göreme Valley with its open-air museum, its churches carved into the rock and the beautiful frescoes on their walls. In the afternoon, you will visit the Pasabag Valley, with its amazing landscape of cave dwellings and famous limestone fairy chimneys and Avanos, a potterers' town with its countless pottery factories that date back to the Hittites. In this town an underground city was revealed only recently and consists of three floors, homes, tunnels and places of worship. In the late afternoon you will return to your hotel for dinner and a good rest.

Greca Tip: Remember that, inside the caves, flash photography is not allowed so as not to damage the wall paintings.

FROM CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL - THE RETURN
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FROM CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL - THE RETURN

After having breakfast and, at the indicated time, you will be transferred to the airport to fly back to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel.

Greca Tip: Say goodbye to the fantastic region of Cappadocia with a traditional Turkish dinner.

SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!
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SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!

You will enjoy your breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will transfer you to Istanbul airport to board your international flight.

From all of us at Greca, we wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again soon to create more wonderful moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

Have a nice trip! Or you may also say: "Iyi yolculuklar!"

Greca Tip: If you think that your stay in Istanbul was too short, you can add additional nights at the time of your booking.

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