4 Day Istanbul & West Highlights tour

  • Istanbul & Western Highlights 4 Day Tour
  • Istanbul & Western Highlights 4 Day Tour
  • Istanbul & Western Highlights 4 Day Tour

Istanbul & Western Highlights 4 Day Tour

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Take time to explore Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, and its fascinating and beautiful old city. Head south flying over the stunning mountainous landscape to visit the ancient city of Ephesus, and visit the Humble Home of the Virgin Mary and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. Visit the natural white stepped pools of Pamukkale and the ancient city Hierapolis. Return to Istanbul to allow for your Western Turkey tour journey to continue. Enjoy Istanbul & Western Highlights travel tour.

Welcome to Turkey

You will be transferred to your accommodation in Istanbul.

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Today you will explore the old city of Istanbul.

Begin your day with a tour of the Blue Mosque, this stunning mosque is a marvel of Ottoman architecture. Six Minarets stand tall above the domes and semi-domes, a spacious courtyard welcomes guests before they enter the building. In the open park that surrounds the mosque, you will find an Obelisk that marks the ancient Hippodrome that resided here, once a major part of life for those who lived to view sports and competitions today only this unique obelisk is left.

Making your way to the Hagia Sophia you will be exploring this special building. Now a museum that shows the history of the area, however the building itself is was once the focal point during the Byzantine ear as a church. It was later converted into a mosque following the control by the Ottoman Empire, to preserve the history the modern government protected in by turning it into the stunning museum it is today.

The Grand Bazaar, an icon of Istanbul, this covered shopping centre offers a different way to explore for gifts, personal items or simply browse. The 4399 shops, 2195 workshops and 497 stalls offer a wide range of items for sale.

Topkapi Palace holds a special place in the history of Turkey and the previous Ottoman Empire. During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, it functioned as an icon as well as the administrative centre for over 400 years. It also was the home to female members of the royal family, ranging from wife, sister, mother to the royal concubines.

Overnight in Istanbul


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Today you will begin your day by taking a flight from Istanbul to the Ephesus region.

When you arrive, you will begin your day with a tour of Ephesus. Entering the city there are many ruined buildings, however, at the entrance point one stands out the harbour. Today the harbour no longer has any water dues to the coastline having moved, when the city was at its most prosperous the harbour would have been a busy place full or goods coming and going and the sounds of trade. Inside the city, a wide ‘Marble Street’ offers a way to wander through and see the different buildings including the Library of Celsus. The library once held thousands of scrolls and books, today the building only has the facade which was built during the first excavations.

Heading on to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world its grandeur was once breathtaking and described as second only to Mount Olympos in beauty. Today only the foundations remain where it was built, natural disaster and armies brought the temple to ruin.

After the grand temple to the gods, you will head to the Humble Home of the Virgin Mary. This cottage is found in the hills, in a quiet place. The building has almost no extravagance with a food preparation room, a living and sleepy area and a small altar for prayer. The one luxury the home had was its own well close by for water.

Isa Bey Mosque is a stunning ancient mosque, designed and built in the Selcuk era. The mosque was designed for a local leader by the master builder Ali. The scripture above the crown style doors open the mosque up to the rest where Ottoman influences are found.

Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi.


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Today you will be exploring the natural wonder of Pamukkale and visit the ancient Hierapolis.

You will begin your day with travel to Pamukkale. This journey will take approximately 3hours where you will travel through the varied countryside. When you arrive you will enjoy a Turkish buffet lunch.

Pamukkale is a beautiful natural rock formation that was created as mineral-rich spring water gently flows out of the ground, as the water makes it was down the rock it leaves behind a travertine residue which builds up over the generations. Today the white travertine rock pools are said to look like fluffy cotton which is how the area gained its name Pamukkale or 'Cotton Castle’.

Ancient Hierapolis is a ruined city that is found close to the Pamukkale stepped pools. This city was popular across the region for scholarly and medical pursuits. The library here was said to have help thousands of scrolls, books and other types of literature. The city was popular with visitors who were suffering from illnesses, this is due to the closeness of the Pamukkale as the waters were considered to be healing. While some would have healed by the cleanliness and rest some were not able to be cured as easily. The necropolis outside the main city was the place for those who died to be buried, with simple graves for the common people but ornate sarcophagi or mausoleums.

Today you will take a return flight to the Istanbul to allow you to travel on from there. If you have any further queries about travel in Turkey we would be happy to help.

Tour Prices

HOW TO MAKE AN ENQUIRY OR BOOK
-Rates are per total person, in a double/twin/triple private room

1. Please press BOOK NOW above to submit an enquiry or book this package tour which will be based on standard range accommodation. 
2. Once your online enquiry/booking is completed, please email us if you wish to upgrade to following packages: 
-Upgrades to 'Top End' and 'Premium' accommodations
-Single private room
-Dorm rooms are available for budget travelers

To see list of accommodation options included on your range, please go to 'Accommodation Options' tab above. 


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INCLUSIONS
  • Domestic Flights
  • Accommodations
  • Hotel transfers
  • Entrance tickets
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  • Drinks-Beverages
  • Tips
  • Guided tours
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MEALS INCLUDED
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2 star equivalent.
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.

TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.

PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.



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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    4 Days
  • Departing Cities
    Istanbul
  • Returning Options
    Istanbul
  • Departure days
    Every day
Essential Info
  • Pick-up Time
    To be confirmed
  • Tour Type(s)
    Tailormade Package Tour
  • Group Size
    16
  • Language(s)
    English
  • Tour Range(s)
    Standard, Top End, Premium
Transport
  • Tour bus, Shuttle transfer, Domestic Flight
Overnight Stays