View of Istanbul and Hagia Sophia Church in Turkey

Cultural Triangle Tour of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Ephesus

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Kusadasi

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Turkey is a collection of sights and sounds, cultures and history. On this 8-day tour you will find the mixture of natural majesty and classic cities that will create an ineffable experience. Cruise on the Bosphorus and soar above tabletop mountains. Witness mythological architecture and be inspired by the rainbow colors of aromatic spices. Venture through local neighborhoods to enjoy the flavors of Istanbul or dip your toes into the warm sand along the Aegean Sea. Turkey will show you its beauty...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the tremendous opulence of the Ottoman Empire with a tour through Topkapi Palace
  • Explore the iconic architecture of the Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Visit the exceptional rock carved churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Venture underground to see the largest underground city in Cappadocia at Kaymakli
  • Experience the sensational preserved classic architecture of Ephesus
  • Indulge in the culture of Istanbul with time to enjoy the city’s traditional neighborhoods

Detailed Description

The famous azure tiles of the Blue Mosque capture the sunlight and shine in the Istanbul skyline. Marble columns line the ancient walkway of Ephesus. Rocks twist and unfold as they extend from the ground like a lush plain. On this custom tailored tour you will discover the iconic sites of Turkey. From the rock carved churches in Cappadocia to the stellar dome of the Hagia Sophia, indulge in the culture and experience the history that has developed from collecting the East and the West for millennia.

Your Turkish discovery begins with your arrival in Istanbul. The marvelous city has brought together the cultures of Europe and Asia throughout history. Settle into your hotel along the Bosphorus where you can see the lavish walls of Topkapi Palace. Spend a full day exploring the city’s majesty. Your guide will take you to the Basilica Cistern and the historic Hippodrome, the Pera district and Suleymaniye Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey. The following day you will fly to Cappadocia and visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. The churches were carved into the caves during the Byzantine Empire and continue to awe and inspire.

In the morning you have the option of enjoying the sunrise on a hot air balloon excursion; the unique landscape of Cappadocia is best viewed from the sky. Later you will wander through the underground city of Kayamkli, the largest troglodyte city in the region. Transfer to Izmir and settle into your comfortable hotel on the Aegean coast. Travel to Ephesus and be guided through the best-preserved classical city in Europe, experiencing all it has to offer, from the marble architecture to the chiseled reliefs. In the morning you will return to Istanbul and have the day at your leisure to enjoy the local culture and charm. The following day you will have a private transfer to the airport where you will begin your journey home.

Zicasso offers a variety of tours of Turkey. For ideas on how to extend this trip, read the reviews for Turkey tour operators.

Starting Price

$2,699 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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