Highlights of Anatolia

Highlights of Anatolia

(Anatolia is the old name of Turkey)

Prices from £1,750 per person

If you would like to see the highlights of Turkey’s history, this is the best option to take: combining Cappadocia, truly one of Turkey’s most fascinating and scenic regions, with imperious Istanbul; Ephesus, legendary city of antiquity and the natural wonder of Pamukkale.  Connections between Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus/Pamukkale will be made using internal flights. Connections between Pamukkale and Ephesus will be made by escorted driver.


Day 1: UK to Istanbul

Fly to Istanbul where you will be met by our representative for your private transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 - 3: Istanbul

Choose to explore the city independently or book your private sightseeing tour in advance (please inform us of your plans, would you like to include in  your price ).

Day 4: Istanbul to Cappadocia

Pick up and private transfer from your hotel to  Istanbul airport for your flight to Cappadocia where you will be met by our local representative at Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for private transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys & Göreme Tour

After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up around 9am from your hotel for a full day small group tour which includes a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique ‘fairy chimneys’ and Pashabagi to see the fascinating mushroom shaped Pinnacles. After lunch (included in price) at Avanos visit the ancient rock-cut churches and Christian settlements of the Göreme Open Air Museum before finally heading to see the natural castle of Üçhisar. Drop off at your hotel at approximately 17:00pm.

Day 6: Rose Valley and Kaymakli Underground City Tour

After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 9am. You will enjoy another full day small group tour that includes a visit to the Red Valley to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5km through the Gulludere Valley. Visit Cavusin with its famous houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch (included in price) visit Pigeon Valley and then the underground city of Kaymakli, which was home to the early Christians, and finish the day with a visit to the natural castle of Ortahisar. Drop off at your hotel at approximately 17:00pm.

Day 7: Cappadocia to Izmir airport / Aphrodisias - Pamukkale

Our driver/representative will pick you up from your hotel for your private transfer to the airport to fly directly to Izmir. On arrival you will  be met by our driver and private transfer to Pamukkale. If your flight is in the morning, on the way to Pamukkale you can stop at the ruins of Aphrodisias. These impressive Roman ruins are an archaeological site dedicated to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Although it's not the most famous site in Turkey, it's the biggest and quite spectacular. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 8: Pamukkale & Hierapolis

Explore magical Pamukkale.  Literally translated as ‘Cotton Castle’, this unique natural wonder appears from a distance as a shimmering white fairytale castle, or snow-covered mountain. Its limestone-laden thermal spring waters have created a magical landscape of white rocks and thermal pools. You can explore the nearby World Heritage site of Hierapolis, which is an exceptional example of a Greco-Roman thermal installation established on an extraordinary natural site. The therapeutic virtues of the waters were exploited at the various thermal installations, which included immense hot basins and pools for swimming. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 9 - 10: Ephesus & The Basilica of Saint John

After breakfast your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Ephesus, one of the best preserved and most visited ancient Roman cities. During the 2nd century BC, Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the eastern Roman Empire, famous for its Artemesium, the Library of Celsus and its medical school. It was also here that St Paul preached some of his most famous sermons and where the Virgin Mary spent her final days. After Ephesus you will be driven to House of Mary and The Basilica of Saint John. Overnight in Ephesus.

Day 11: Return to the UK.

Pick up from your hotel for your private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. You may choose to fly directly with a different airline from Izmir, or remain with Turkish Airlines and fly via Istanbul (your luggage will go directly to your final destination, you will be transferred with your hand luggage to another airplane in Istanbul).

Please note, if you would like to relax in a coastal resort at the end of your trip, the nearest one is Kusadasi. Please let us know if you would prefer to stay in Kusadasi instead of Selcuk-Ephesus.

Empire Palace Hotel

Istanbul - 4* - Bed & Breakfast

An authentic and comfortable hotel in a convenient location.

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MDC Cave Hotel

Cappadocia - 4* - Bed & Breakfast

The MDC Cave Hotel is located in a quiet and charming area within walking distance to the city centre and is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty and relaxing nature of the valleys and the unique fairy chimneys - a stunning location which makes the MDC Cave Hotel a special place to stay in Turkey.

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Richmand hotel

Pamukkale - 5* - Bed & Breakfast

Richmond Pamukkale Thermal 315 invites you to renew both spiritually and physically within its health-filled thermal waters, in the confines of its garden and Pine trees.

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Kalehan hotel

Ephesus - 4* - Bed & Breakfast

Kalehan Hotel is a long-established family hotel built in the 1980’s, having a well-earned reputation for a unique quality and ambience.

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Istanbul

Istanbul is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the Orient and the Occident, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. For the perfect Two-centre holiday, combine a stay in Istanbul with a Turkish coastal resort or Cappadocia or just the city break alone.

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia’s landscape was formed around 30 million years ago when volcanic activity left the region blanketed with ash. The ash solidified into what is known as ‘volcanic tuff’, this is an easily eroded material and as it wore away over many years, it left the distinctive rock formations seen in Cappadocia today.

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Pamukkale

Literally translated as ‘Cotton Castle’, this unique natural wonder appears from a distance as a shimmering white fairytale castle. Its limestone-laden thermal spring waters have created a magical landscape of white rocks and warm shallow pools, which are said to cure all types of ailments.

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Ephesus

Drive to Ephesus to visit this ancient Roman city, one of the best preserved and most visited in the world, with its grand marble streets and imposing library. Once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was also here that St Paul preached some of his most famous sermons, and where the Virgin Mary spent her last days.

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Istanbul Daily Tours

Day 1 - Istanbul Classic Tour
Duration: 9 am to 4 pm.
Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul in one full day tour.
St Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.

Day 2 - Istanbul Two Continents Tour
Duration: 9 am to 4 pm
One of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus, is the strait separating two continents Europe and Asia. This tour includes a Bosphorus Cruise and visits the Spice Bazaar, Rustempasa Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorous Bridge and Camlica Hill

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Hot-air Balloon Tours

Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot-air balloons. The spectacular surrealistic landscape, combined with excellent flying conditions, allows the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys and pigeon houses hewn from the unique rock formations, through beautiful orchards and vineyards and impressive valleys with distinctive rock formations and features – and then float up over rippled ravines for breath-taking views across the region.

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Highlights of Anatolia - 3 nights in Istanbul + 3 nights in Cappadocia + 2 nights in Pamukkale + 2 nights in Ephesus 
 
£1,750£1,998£2,198

Price Includes:

  • Return Turkish airlines (or British Airways where available ) flight to Istanbul from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester,  Birmingham , Edinburgh and Dublin
  • Private return transfer in Istanbul
  • 3 nights BB in Istanbul
  • Private return transfer in Cappadocia
  • 3 nights BB in Istanbul
  • 2 Days regular tours in Cappadocia
  • Internal flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Cappadocia to Resort  
  • 4 nights private escorted tour to Pamukkale & Ephesus by guide 

  • Private return transfer 
  • Please note prices are guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and departure airports and timings. 

Flights info: 
Return Flights are included in above prices with Turkish airlines (or British Airways where available) flight to Istanbul from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester,  Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin. However prices are subject to change depending on flight departure airports and flight timings. We can book any flight from any airport on request. Once you book flights with us, we will issue ATOL certificate for all packages including flights and you will be protected financially for any airline failures.  

Early booking discounts & loyalty discounts

"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty. We were a little confused on our first day in Istanbul as the tour details implied a bus tour, but all become clear when we realised how close all the sights were to our hotel. We had a memorable holiday. Thank you Akin."

Mr David Hyam, 19.5.2019

"Dear Mr. Koc,I've been meaning to write to you for some time, to say thank you for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us. We had 4 nights B&B at the Empire Palace Hotel in Istanbul, which was wonderfully central - with friendly, helpful staff - and then flew to Cappadocia, staying at the MDC Cave Hotel in Urgup, which was delightful. The location was outstanding and the hotel quite unique. We have travelled all over the world and I can safely say that this holiday was one of the best - full of new experiences including a trip in a hot-air balloon, visiting underground cities, ancient cave dwellings with amazing frescoes and fabulous landscapes. It was fun and exciting. For the first two days of tours in Cappadocia we went with the local representatives, who were excellent and our guide, Mustafa Sahin was outstanding. Thank you again for a brilliant trip and we will recommend your company. We may be interested in Croatia next year. Yours sincerely,"

Barbara Lewis , 30.7.2018

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"Sadly like many people our holiday for five people was cancelled due to Covid-19. The date of our holiday meant it was on, then off, then on and finally off again. Throughout all this I can't fault how Akin and his team dealt with all the hassle at a most difficult time for his company.  The refund was dealt with swiftly and our party can only thank everyone for all their help."  Mr Brian Chappell - 2 Jun 2020

"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty."  Mr David Hyam

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