Best of Turkey, 7 Days

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All about the Best of Turkey, 7 Days.

For those who want to get a taste of Turkey in a limited time, we’ve got you covered. Best of Turkey, 7 Days lets you experience the country’s highlights without confining you to one region. With your domestic flights included, we save time on the road, allowing you to walk the bustling Istanbul and visit its landmarks, hike through the valleys of Cappadocia awash with the mesmerising fairy chimneys, and relax on the Aegean coast with visits to a Greek village and to the wondrous Ephesus.

  • We can tailor this private round trip for you considering your dates, interests , arrival and departure city of turkey.You also can book this tour with ”pay on tour” option , paying only %20 life time deposit.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

All our itineraries are for private tours. Our prices include;

  • Domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Ground transportation via a private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast for days 2-7.

 

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips
  1. Day 1 Istanbul

    Welcome to Istanbul! Our representative will meet you at your port of entry and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours for exploration.

    Depending on your arrival time, we can arrange for a daytime Bosphorus tour or an evening dinner cruise.

    Overnight Istanbul

  2. Day 2 Istanbul

    We begin this busy day with a tour of the ancient heart of Istanbul, Sultanahmet. Sites include the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, and the Basilica Cistern. We will then explore the world famous Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi).

    Overnight Istanbul

  3. Day 3 Cappadocia

    This morning you fly to Cappadocia; our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, you will have time to freshen up before meeting your guide for the first tour in the region. Today, we will drive to the Zelve Open Air Museum (Zelve Monastery), a cave village and early Christian settlement. Afterward, we will travel to nearby Pasabag to see the incredible fairy chimneys (peribacası) and to Devrent, which also contains many fascinating rock formations. Afterward, we head back to the hotel. In the evening, you have the option to try the Turkish baths and/or take in the mysterious rituals of the whirling dervishes.

    Overnight Cappadocia

  4. Day 4 Cappadocia

    Note: This morning you have the option to take a hot air balloon ride. Ballooning in Cappadocia is incomparable—the unique terrain allows experienced pilots to navigate through small valleys and ascend to dizzying heights. To experience hot air ballooning in this wondrous and challenging environment, we set off well before sunrise. As it is all about the wind and weather conditions, our experienced pilots and ground crew decide where (or even IF) we take off. Once you arrive at the launch site, it’s all hands-on; you can get involved in actually getting these huge balloons unfurled and inflated. It is an unforgettable experience for all those that participate. After the flight, we bring you back to your hotel where you will have breakfast and a chance to freshen up for the day ahead.

    After breakfast, your guide will meet you for an unforgettable day of adventure. First, we do some light walking through one of the valleys of Cappadocia. Then we drive to the Göreme Open Air Museum where you will see beautiful Byzantine frescoes dating from the post-iconoclastic period.

    Afterward, we visit the Kaymakli Underground City. So far they have discovered more than 36 underground cities in the region, and this is one of the largest, with 9 levels cleared and open to adventurous travelers. Legend has it that these underground cities stretch all the way across Cappadocia to Kayseri. Initially used as storage for animals and crops during the winter, they later became shelters during times of war and persecution.

    Then we journey onwards to the Uçhisar Castle, a huge natural outcrop that has been used as a refuge and citadel from early times. Its peaks provide amazing views; we make several stops to see the region from different panoramic angles. Afterward, we head back to the hotel. You will have some time to rest before being picked up again for a Turkish folklore show. This event showcases some amazing cultural examples of dance, song, food, and wine. (There is no limit on food, local wine, spirits, and beer!) After the show, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

    Overnight Cappadocia

  5. Day 5 Selçuk, Sirince

    Today you fly to İzmir; our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Selçuk. After check-in, your guide will meet you and we will drive to Sirince. This village was settled by the Greeks in the 15th century, but after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in the 1920s, its inhabitants are now Turkish. The village is famous for its beautiful white Greek houses, fruit wine, and Turkish pancakes. Wander the alleyways of the village and enjoy a pleasant dinner. We then head back to the hotel; the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Selçuk’s local cafes and nightlife.

    Overnight Selçuk

  6. Day 6 Selçuk, Ephesus

    Today we visit one of the best preserved-Hellenistic Roman cities—Ephesus. We walk the marble streets, visit the bordello, and experience the acoustically impressive 25,000 seat amphitheatre. We will also pay a short visit to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    Overnight Selçuk

  7. Day 7 Istanbul

    After breakfast, you will be transfered to the Izmir Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Depending on your post-tour plans, you may still have time for some final shopping and exploring—ask us for recommendations!

     

Cappadocia

My Turkey Adventure works with a select number of boutique hotels all around Turkey. Over the years, our guides and team members have combined passenger feedback with their own experiences to create a list of reliable accommodations. We have built professional relationships with the owners and staff at these establishments, and their pride, helpfulness, and enthusiasm reflects in the hotel’s quality and service.

We try to steer clear of the “luxury” 4- and 5-star resorts. By catering to large tour groups, these hotels usually have mediocre service, poorer-quality rooms, and offer buffet-style meals that are picked-at by dozens of travelers each day. The hotels we work with, albeit smaller/boutique, have earned our trust due to their consistent quality, safe and central locations, authenticity, and friendly service. All of our accommodations have free wifi and offer fresh breakfasts with a variety of options.

See the hotels we use for this itinerary :

ISTANBUL : Centrum hotel or smilar

CAPPADOCIA : Sofa hotel avanos or smilar

SELCUK : St. john hotel or smilar

 

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Eski Masal HotelAntalya / Old Town

Sofa HotelCappadocia / Avanos

Booking

All of our tours are instantly confirmed via email upon booking. Day tours can be booked up until 24 hours before the start of the tour. Multi-day or group tours can be booked up until 7 days before the start of the tour.

Arrival Day

Welcome to Turkey and to a new adventure! Unless we have arranged an alternate meeting point for you, please make your way to your starting-city hotel. Your guide will meet you at 6:00pm in the hotel lobby for introductions and tour preliminaries. If you arrive early, you can opt to store your luggage at the hotel and go exploring or ask us about some pre-tour activity recommendations.

Airport Transfer

If you have booked an airport transfer with us, we will arrange for a driver to take you to your hotel. He/she will meet you outside the airport terminal with a sign bearing your name. The arrival waiting area can get quite busy, so please look carefully for your name.

Joining the Hotel

If you have booked a multi-day and/or group tour or you are already in the starting-city, you will meet your guide at the hotel. Hotel check-in times usually begin from 2:00-3:00pm. For multi-day and/or group tours, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm for introductions and tour preliminaries.

Payment

Payments can be made by credit card on our website or by wire transfer. If paying by credit card, you will be charged in full at the time of booking. If paying by wire transfer, you can pay a 20% deposit via transfer and pay the remaining 80% at the start of your tour. We accept payments in Turkish Lira, Euro, and U.S. Dollar.

Cancellations and Refund Policy

Multi-day tours can be cancelled within 15 days. If you cancel before the 15-day window, we will refund 80% of the tour price. The remaining 20% will be kept as a life-time deposit. You, your family, or your friends can apply this 20% to any future bookings.

If you cancel within 15 days, you will be refunded 80% of the tour cost, but will not be eligible for the remaining 20% life-time deposit.

Day tours can be cancelled within 7 days. If you cancel before the 7-day window, we will refund 80% of the tour price. The remaining 20% will be kept as a life-time deposit. You, your family, or your friends can apply this 20% to any future bookings.

If you cancel within 7 days, you will be refunded 80% of the tour cost, but will not be eligible for the remaining 20% life-time deposit.

If you have a 20% lifetime deposit with us, please email us when booking so we can adjust the pricing.

Tour Confirmation

All of our tours are instantly confirmed via email upon booking. Day tours can be booked up until 24 hours before the start of the tour. Multi-day or group tours can be booked up until 7 days before the start of the tour.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While we rarely have to deviate from our itineraries, travel can be unpredictable. We reserve the right to make alterations to our itineraries in cases of unforeseen circumstances (i.e., bad weather or local circumstances).

Meeting with your Guide

For both private and group multi-day tours, you will meet in your starting-city’s hotel lobby at 6:00pm for introductions and tour preliminaries.

For day tours, your meeting time is 9:00 am unless otherwise specified.

Emergency Numbers

We can be reached at the following numbers:

+90 544 291 07 89

+90 242 242 07 89

In-country emergency numbers:

Police: 155

Ambulance/Medical: 112

Insurance

We strongly recommend that our passengers select a travel insurance policy to cover the duration of their tour. This should, importantly, cover any medical expenses incurred, but we also recommend insurance for personal liability, cancellation, and loss of luggage.

Finishing Point

We are happy to help with your post-tour plans! Let us know if you would like us to arrange a hotel reservation, airport transfer, or activity.

What to Bring

We recommend packing as lightly as possible. Hotels and buildings in Turkey often lack entry ramps, and public transport can get quite crowded (limiting the space for luggage). For daily activities, a day pack or large purse will suffice.

Make sure to bring all necessary documentation, including passport, visa (if needed), itinerary, flight information, and any travel insurance papers.

As for clothing, the weather in Turkey will vary depending on where your tour takes you and the time of year during which you travel. Please check the weather statistics for an idea about seasonal items. For tours traveling to more conservative areas, we recommend bringing a few modest-clothing items (long-sleeved shirt/sweater and pants/long skirt). Women may want to bring a scarf for mosque visits.

Money

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). My Turkey Adventure accepts tour payments in Turkish Lira, Euros, or US dollars. While most restaurants, bars, and shops in urban areas will accept credit and debit cards, you will need to have TL on hand to use for smaller items, local shops, and tipping. Every traveler is different when it comes to spending habits, therefore it’s entirely up to you when deciding how much money to bring.

Your guide will point out exchange offices and/or banks for you to change or withdraw cash. If you need to change money at the airport, keep the amount low as the rates will be poorer than those in the city center.

We recommend keeping some extra cash (around 100EUR) to use in case of emergency or unforeseen circumstances.

Tipping

At restaurants, it is customary to leave a 5-10% tip if you are satisfied with the service.

For taxis, just round up your fare (for example, if your trip is 15.25TL, give 16TL).

At hotels, we recommend tipping 1EUR per person per day.

If you are happy with your tour and would like to show your appreciation, tips for your guide and/or driver can be given at the end of your tour. While the amount is solely at your discretion, we recommend tipping around 2EUR per person per day to your driver and 4-5EUR per person per day to your guide.

Optional Activities

We offer a variety of optional activities to supplement our itineraries. These can be found on our website, or you can ask us for recommendations.

 

Safety and Security

A basic awareness of your surroundings will go a long way in keeping you and your belongings safe. We recommend keeping your passports, extra cash, and important documents in your hotel room’s safe or, if unavailable, with the hotel front-desk staff. Try not to carry large amounts of cash. Pickpocketing is a problem in urban areas, particularly in Istanbul’s large crowds. Keep your personal effects close—a bag or purse that can be zipped or a money belt are recommended. You may also want to bring a luggage lock for added security during air transit.

While Turkey is a relatively safe country to visit, please trust your guide’s judgement and experience if he or she tells you to avoid certain neighbourhoods or activities.

When exploring on your own, please be aware of the “Let’s get a drink” scam, which has targeted tourists in recent years. A stranger (someone telling you they are a guide or fellow traveler, for example) will invite you to a bar or restaurant for drink/food. These people work with the bar/restaurant, and your bill will be horribly high (we have heard of people being forced to pay 3000TL for a bottle of raki or wine). It can become precarious if the tourist refuses to pay. While this scam tends to target single-travelers (particularly men), small groups of 2-3 people can also be targeted.

There are some touristy restaurants that do not list prices on their menus, or they will attempt to inflate your bill by serving you extra portions without you having ordered them. Keep a menu at the table to double-check your bill and make sure to clearly state how many portions you want when ordering. Your guide will be happy to give you recommendations for high-quality, honest places to eat during your free time, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Protests and demonstrations, however well-intentioned, can turn rowdy or violent. If you encounter a protest, leave the area immediately.

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