10 Days itinerary in Turkey.

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Turkey is a very unique country whereby it is officially the Republic of Turkey, and its largely located in Western Asia, with a smaller portion of Eastern Thrace in Southern Europe. The Republic of Turkey, is also bordered by eight countries, which are Syria and Iraq to the south; Iran, Armenia, and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Bulgaria to the northwest; and Greece to the west. Well many might get this wrong, the capital of Turkey is actually Ankara, but not Istanbul.

On this post, I am going to share about our 10 days itinerary around Turkey, its such a beautiful country that I had a real great time enjoying myself. It's sad looking at the terror bombing news happening in Turkey recently!

Planning a trip has never been easy, we managed to get ourselves a very good deal of flight ticket as well as a local tour arrangement. Whenever we mention about travel, what cost the most will always be the flight and accommodation. However, with so many airlines and hotels competing with each other, it benefits not only them, but the most to their customers - US :)

Flight - Qatar Airways ---> RM 2901 multiple destination ( Fly in Istanbul, Fly out Athens )
Turkey 10 days tour ---> EURO 595 ( Inclusive of hotels & transport )

Our whole trip was 16 days, Turkey 10 days + Greece 6 days.

Yukitour has done an excellent arrangement for us, needless to say, we were all well-taken care.

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be greeted at the gate and transferred to hotel and have the rest of the day to see Istanbul on your own.

Day 2 Bosphorus Boat Cruise ( Istanbul )

You will be picked up from the hotel and begin with a half day tour, starting Bosphorus cruise, end of the tour transfer back to hotel or Sultanahmet area. Free afternoon and overnight in Istanbul. ( Breakfast )

Day 3 - Istanbul to Gallipoli ( Canakkale )

Early morning pick up from the hotel, depart for Gallipoli. Full day tour of Dardanelles, Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, At the end of the day, we will cross the dardanelles and be transferred to hotel in Canakkale. The rest of the evening is yours, and will stay in Canakkale for the night. ( Breakfast & Lunch )

Day 4 - Troy ( Canakkale ) to Selcuk ( Kusadasi )
Depart for half day tour of Troy. We will visit the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, where over 10 ancient cities have been discovered, built one on top of the other, dating back to 3500BC. After the tour we will return to Canakkale and transfer you to the bus station to go to Selcuk. Once you arrive in Selcuk, you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the night is yours. ( Breakfast )

Day 5 - Ephesus Tour ( Selcuk )

9.30AM we will depart for a full days tour of the Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, the Hadrian, Celcius Library and House of the Virgin Mary. We will have lunch on the tour, and end the day with transfer to the hotel, free time and overnight in Selcuk. ( Breakfast & Lunch )

Day 6 - Selcuk --> Pamukkale --> Cappadocia

You will be picked up for a full days tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale which means cotton castle, has been formed over time by the natural hot springs, rich in calcium and carbonate, that flow down the slope. We will also visit the ancient Roman Health Spa of Hierapolis, made most famous for it is thermal springs, theatre, Agora and the Necropolis. After tour free time to get overnight bus to Cappadocia. ( Breakfast & Lunch )

Day 7 - North Cappadocia tour

After arrive in Goreme, pick you up from bus station and transfer to hotel than at 9.30AM depart for a full days tour of Northern Cappadocia, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley, Avanos, Pasabag, Cavusin village. End of the tour transfer back to hotel and stay at Cave hotel in Cappadocia. ( Breakfast & Lunch )

Day 8 - South Cappadocia tour --> Istanbul ( Add on Hot Air Balloons Euro 130/pax )

9.30AM pick up from the hotel and full days tour of Southern Cappadocia. We will visit Pigeon Valley, Underground city ( Kaymakli or Derinkuyu ) and walking Rose Valley to explore Cappadocia and nature. End of the tour back to hotel and take your luggage for transfer to bus station. Take an overnight bus to Istanbul. ( Breakfast & Lunch )

Day 9 - Istanbul

When arrive in Istanbul bus station please ask a shuttle bus to Sultanahmet. The day is for you to explore old city of Istanbul and you can enjoy at Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque or Topkapi Palace. Shopping is also another interesting option.

Day 10 - Istanbul to Athens

According to your flight, we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the airport. ( Breakfast )

What is included :

~ All the transfer from Airport to hotel and back
~ All tickets for overnight buses
~ Museum entrance fees and all tours
~ Accommodation as specified in itinerary
~ Lunches, Dinners & Breakfast as specified
~ Professional English speaking guide
~ Transportation by air-conditioned, nonsmoking vehicle.

What is NOT included :

Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours.
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
~ Hot Air Balloon Ride at EURO 130/pax
~ Whirling Dervishes Show at EURO 40/pax
~ Turkish Night at EURO 60/pax ( Traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel )
~ Turkish Baths at EURO 40/pax
~ Horseriding at EURO 30/pax ( 1 hour )

CONTINUE with 6 days in Greece, I've previously blog more details about it.

3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS ----> Santorini Island

3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS -----> Athens & Kalambaka

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  1. wow.. is beautiful. Looking at it feel like booking the air flight ticket now

  2. Wow! What a great chance you got to visit these beautiful places !!

  3. omg the cotton castle looks so beautiful and dreamy!! :D im so gonna love this place

  4. wow Turkey and Greece are such interesting places full of historic sites. would love to visit them soon, especially after reading your post. thanks for sharing these amazing places.