Turkey Express

Turkey Express

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Turkey Express

7 Days Starting and ending in Istanbul

Visiting: İstanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, İzmir, Çanakkale

Tour operator:

ESKAPAS

Tour code:

98606

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

6-80

Special diets catered:

Halal, Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English , French , Spanish
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Tour Overview

Whether you have a love of ancient history, delicious food, exploring new cultures or even just walking amongst some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, you’ll find what you’re looking for on one of our expert-led cultural tours of Turkey. This incredible tour follows Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Izmir, Pergamon, Troy, Canakkale, Anzac Cove, and returns to Istanbul. We have prepared this trip with a mind so you can book at ease. No guesswork with Eskapas to make that happen, leaving you worry-free once it is booked for good. Eskapas guaranteed departures take the guesswork out of planning your adventure and give you the peace of mind to book the tour that suits you. It is time to join us! NB: Please consult us if you want to add a pre/post accommodation (with/without visits) in Istanbul.

Highlights

  • Free Wi-fi on the bus

  • Fully escorted from the beginning to the end

  • Covers all western Turkey: Starts from Istanbul and ends to Istanbul . Includes Ankara (1) Cappadocia (2) Pamukkale (1) Izmir (1), Gallipoli (1)

  • 4**** Hotels with half board meals

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Istanbul - Ankara

Location: İstanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Pick up between 12:00-13:00 from your hotels (city centered) Departure to Ankara (450 km) by our deluxe coach passing through the intercontinental bridge in Istanbul. Arrival in the capital of the country. Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Ankara Meals: Dinner

Day 2 : Ankara - Cappadocia Via Salt Lake

Location: Ankara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the capital of Turkey with the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with an exhibition of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, Phrygian Urartu etc ... remains and the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia (290 km). Along the way, visit the underground city built by Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. The underground city preserves the stables, common rooms, meeting room and small rooms for families. Arrival in the Cappadocia region. Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting this fantastic region with its spectacular fairy chimneys, unique in the world Goreme Valley, with its cave churches, with paintings from the 10th and 11th centuries; stop at the trogloyta village of Uçhisar, visit Avcilar which has a spectacular landscape, the Derbent valley with its curious natural rock formations and time for artisan workshops such as carpets and onyx-stones mounted on silver jewelry. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Cappadocia- Sultanhani - Pamukkale

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast and departure for Pamukkale (610 km). On the way, stop to visit the Sultanhan Caravanserail, Seljuk inn from the medieval era. Continuation to Pamukkale. Free time in Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", unique in the world with its natural pools of limestone hot springs and the petrified travertine waterfalls. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir

Location: İzmir

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Exit for Selçuk-Efeso (200 km). Arrival and visit to the archaeological area of Ephesus, a city dedicated to Artemis. The Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Marble Street and the largest Theater of antiquity. Visit to the House of the Virgin, supposed last dwelling place of the Mother of Jesus. Stop at a leather production center and continue to İzmir- (~ 85 km.), The third largest city in Turkey. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: İzmir Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Çanakkale

Location: Çanakkale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Pergamon, the current Bergama (110 km). Arrival and visit to the ruins of Asclepion, which was the most important hospital in Asia Minor, with its therapeutic center. Continuation to Troy (~ 190 km.). Visit to the famous archaeological city of history that evokes the poetic name of the Iliad saga of Homer. Continuation to Çanakkale (~ 25 km.). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Çankkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast. We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial,The Nek,Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Arrival late (between 08:00 pm and 09:00 pm) to Istanbul transfer to your hotel. End of our services.
Overnight: N/A Drop-off to your hotel Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    6 nights 4****/First class accommodations

  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts - 6 Dinners

  • Fully Guided

  • Local Taxes

  • Entrance Fees

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Free-Wifi on the bus

  • Complimentary Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Cappadocia

What's Not Included

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Tipping and Gratuities

    Tips to the guide and driver ( suggested as 3 euro per person per day for the guide and 2 euro per person per day for the driver )

  • Personal expenses

  • Before/After flights

Optional Extras

  • Fly Over Cappadocia with Hot Air Baloon

    Fly Over Cappadcia (45 minutes) with hot air baloon experience. The price may change (140€ - 260€) we will confirm it during your booking.

  • Pre/Post Accommodation Package 3 Nights in dbl room

    This package includes 2 nights before the tour and 1 night after the tour. With arrival and departure transfer to the airport , 1 day guided visit of Istanbul. Excellent pre /post package

  • Fly Over Cappadocia with Hot Air Baloon

    Fly Over Cappadcia (45 minutes) with hot air baloon experience. The price may change (140€ - 260€) we will confirm it during your booking.

  • Pre/Post Accommodation Package 3 Nights in single room

    This package includes 2 nights before the tour and 1 night after the tour. With arrival and departure transfer to the airport , 1 day guided visit of Istanbul. Excellent pre /post package

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    It depends on countries. Mostly you will need a visa which is obtained very easily via internet

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    All our departures are guaranteed departure tours.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    At Eskapas we have a flexible policy. You must change it until 30 days prior to your departure otherwise any changes mean "cancellation".

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Solo travelers must pay single supplement to have a private room due to hygien reasons.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Eskapas has been established in 2000 in Istanbul

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All hotels used to accommodate our customers are certified by “Hotel Association of Turkey”; they all are committed to use maximum 50 % capacity

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    COVID-19 RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RULES Eskapas is committed to fulfill the following regulations to protect its customers from the risk of Covid-19 : 1 – Eskapas will fulfill all safety rules mentioned in the “Safe Tourism Certification” prepared by Turkish Ministry of Tourism; that plan covers all aspects of the journey from the aircraft to the airport, transfers, touring and hotels (tga.gov.tr/abou

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your timetable - voucher that will show your itinerary with timing and hotels (30 days before prior to your arrival date)

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Helen M  

Very well organised

18-Jul-2019

The trip exceeded out expectations, our guide was well organised informative and spoke very good english, we say so many interesting sites , and our accommodation was excellent, overall it was very enjoyable and excellent value. Would have no hesitation in recommending this trip.

Robert L P  

My wife and I are not big fans of escorted tours but

24-Nov-2019

My wife and I are not big fans of organized tours but the 7 day Turkey Express tour was a fantastic experience that we would highly recommend to other travelers. Our guide, Ahmet, was funny, knowledgeable, and truly cared that we had the best experience possible. The coach, the hotels and the food were all top notch. We felt completely safe and comfortable on this tour.

Heather R  

incredible trip

17-Dec-2019

This trip was absolutely incredible. My husband and I had such a nice time seeing Turkey with our guide, Ahmet who was very knowledgeable and always had an answer for every question The hotels were great, I especially loved staying in Kusadasi and Cappadocia. Kusadasi is on the coast line with lots of cafes and things to do. In Cappadocia we stayed in a 4**** hotel, it was beautiful. I wish I would stay in a cave hotel. I really enjoyed visiting all the Roman ruin sites and especially loved seeing the calcium travertines in Pamukkale. The breakfasts and dinners were great, i really enjoyed all the food - i am definitely going to miss the big breakfasts with olives, cheese, yogurt, jam, turkish coffee, etc. I highly recommend this tour, it was an experience that I will never forget.

Mary Ann L  

I have gained friends in this trip

25-Oct-2019

I highly recommend this tour. I enjoyed it so much that I can't stop talking about this tour. The local tour agency that handled this wonderful great experience of Turkey. Hakan our tour guide is a jewel of this trip and for the company. He is an intelligent, loving, caring and knowledgeable and who truly loves his country. Our group are so lucky to have toured with him in explaining the history, the people of Turkey. Of course Gokhan our captain driver of the entire 7 day journey kept us very safe and on time schedule. He is as nice as Hakan. I would encourage everyone to join this tour when in Turkey to truly see the beauty of Turkey. I will definitely go back cause we were not able to do the hot air balloon ride due to strong wind situation. I have gained friends in this trip.

Kimberley H  

Fantastic tour covering the highlights of Turkey

19-Jul-2019

Fantastic tour covering the highlights of Turkey. Amazingly knowledable guide (Sennur) and OMG the FOOD!!! Included meals were great and varied and our guide took us to great (cheap and varied) places for lunches. Accommodation was generally good. Overall unbeatable value for money.

Shiva T  

I just returned from this amazing trip

03-Dec-2019

I just returned from this amazing trip which was organized by Eskapas. I thought that the company would cheap out on the hotels and food, given the unbelievably low rate, but I was pleasantly surprised. All the hotels were 4 stars and were very centrally located. We stayed at water front properties at Canakale and Kusadasi with amazing views. The resort at Pammukale had a thermal pool and mud bath, all complimentary. The breakfasts and dinners were literally lavish buffets! The tour guides were good. Nonetheless, I had a blast. It was the perfect time to go as i didn't experience any crowds, long lines, and the weather was beautiful! It turned out to be one of the most memorable trips ever. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour. The value for money is too good to be true! You can't pull this kind of a tour on your own, that too in this kind of budget. Stop thinking, start booking!

Jogn G  

This tour exceeded our expectations

18-Nov-2019

This tour exceeded our expectations in both content and value for money. A large modern and comfortable bus was provided for our transportation and it was driven safely and gently at all times by our driver Gorkan. Our guide Ahmet demonstrated a rare ability to communicate freely in English and, at the same time, convey the passion and pride that he felt for his country as a Turk. His enthusiasm led us into areas we never expected to as he conveyed the history of Turkey to us. It was always appropriate to the location and particularly interesting. We were fortunate to have a small group of travellers who bonded well and communicated freely throughout the seven days. The Australians in particular were quite moved during the visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Each of the other sites were fantastic in both historic content and visual impact. The contrast between the ancient history of Troy, the natural beauty of Pamukkale and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia was truly amazing. The accomodation provided was four-star but each location was different in theme and more than adequate for any traveller's needs. Despite the current spectre of security in Turkey, at no time did we feel unsafe or threatened. Overall, an excellent tour managed by a most capable and entertaining guide. John

Paul C.  

Overall is good

23-Oct-2019

Good tour that sees a lot of Turkey. Lots of driving so avoid if you don't like long road trips but the bus is comfortable and there are regular stops The guide was a bit hit and miss. Very knowledgable but not very friendly.

Sing Chow  

Good value for your money

13-Oct-2019

Generally speaking, this tour is a good one and the areas covered are rather extensive for a regular tourist. I am a little bit upset as I could't fly with hot air balloon in Cappadocia. But i will retrun back. Good value for your money.

Susan P  

Good value

07-Nov-2018

The tour was operated by a reputable Turkish Tour company Eskapas. Our guide Sevgi was excellent, her knowledge and enthusiasm was outstanding, she had so much information on every site we visited that it saved me hours and hours of research. The driver was also excellent, very safe and polite. The sites were all the big sites I wanted to see, we were delivered to the doorstop, tickets were pre-purchased, no waiting. The accommodation varied from good to terrible. The Akol was adequate, the Neopol in Kusadasi was good, the Tripolis in Pamukkale was old and tired and too far out of town and the Dinler in Cappadocia was not a bad hotel but I got the worst rooms there. The buffet breakfasts and dinners were adequate. Overall the tour was enjoyable and informative, as a single woman travelling on my own it was fantastic and safe. I would highly recommend the tour and thought it was good value.

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  • Free Date Changes

    ESKAPAS allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 61 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    ESKAPAS allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform eskapas, 61 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    ESKAPAS requires a minimum deposit of 20% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 61 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of eskapas charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 25% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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