Turkey

6 - 9 Days
TYPOLOGIES

AUTO

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

23 Years

800

Turkey Explorer | 9 Day Self Drive Tour

Start in Istanbul and end in Izmir! With the In-depth Cultural tour Turkey Explorer | 9 Day Self Drive Tour, you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey and 6 other destinations in Turkey. Turkey Explorer | 9 Day Self Drive Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport.

This 9 day self-drive package is a combination of unique travel destinations, each one adding a different flavor to the trip. Explore Turkey at your own travel pace, with flexibility and time to enjoy the sites and relax at the selected 4**** hotels.

You start with a visit to the historical city of Istanbul, where you can be strolling down the busy downtown streets filled with restaurants, bazaars and out of the blue see ancient ruins standing before you.  After staying 2 nights in Istanbul, you will be taking your car to head to Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus. This fascinating road trip concludes in Izmir International Airport

What's Included

8 night 4**** hotel accommodation

8 Breakfasts and 3 hotel dinners

Arrival transfer in Istanbul

Car rental as per itinerary (with multinational car rental companies) automatic gear, economic Renault Clio or similar

CDW insurance

Unlimited kilometres

24-hour Roadside Assistance

NOT included

Flights not included

Day by day

Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: N/A

Start point: Pick-up from Istanbul Airports (Any), İstanbul Havalimanı (IST), Tayakadın Mah. Terminal Cad. No:1, Arnavutköy, Istanbul, Turkey

Free day at leisure . Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast

Recommended Visits in Istanbul : Stroll through Sogukcesme Street with typical wooden house which are now landmark buildings of ottoman architecture. Arrive to Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans used to live; admire the gardens, kitchens, the treasury section as well as  terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.  Photo stop at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet the 3rd  and explore Saint Sophia, the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture dating back to the VIth century. After lunch, visit the Blue Mosque covered by more than 20.000 Iznik tiles and continue with the Roman Hippodrome where the char races used to take place.

After breakfast half day free of leisure.

Recommended Visits in Istanbul :  Discover the handcrafts of Anatolia and shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. Visit also Spice Market

Delivery of your rental car (economy class) at your hotel at 12:00. Self-drive to Ankara. Overnight.

Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast Mileage: 440 km (Highway)

Breakfast and self-guided visit of Ankara:

Recommended visits in Ankara: Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you will see the Neolithic & Paleolithic  ruins from Urartu , Hatti, Hittite, Phrygia  civilizations, then proceed to Mausoleum of Ataturk , the founder of Turkish Republic.

In the afternoon you may drive to Cappadocia  via Salt Lake. You may visit Serhatli Underground City before arriving to your hotel in Ürgüp.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Mileage: 300 km

Breakfast at the hotel.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Mileage: 120 km

Recommended Visits in Cappadocia : Visit Göreme Open Air Museum  - a UNESCO Heritage site , a fantastic region  with it’s cave churches located on the valley. Then proceed to Uchisar Village and then the  spectacular fairy chimneys. Visit  Derbent Valley with and explore the natural rock formations. Visit Çavuşin and Avanos

Optional Tour | HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR 

In the early morning departure from your hotel .  a chance to live this unique experience, an overlooking to Cappadocia from the sky , see the beauty of the region  the rock formations, fairy chimneys, natural formations, lunar landscapes ..

Breakfast at the hotel

Recommended Visits : 

Short stop at Sultanhani Caravanserai dating back to XIIIth centure and continue to Konya to visit Muasoleum of Mevlana, the father of Whirling Dervishes.  Visit of Karatay Tile Museum.

Overnight: Konya  Meals: Breakfast Mileage: 250 km

Breakfast and drive to Pamukkale

Recommended Visit: Pamukkale and Hierapolis  Visit Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing  thermal water.

Overnight: Pamukkale  Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Mileage: 400 km

Breakfast and drive to Selcuk

Recommended Visits : Ancient City of Ephesus:  the city that was dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora . Then proceed for Virgin Mary House  -  has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus

Overnight: İzmir  Meals: Breakfast Mileage: 255 km

Breakfast and deliver back your rental car at the Izmir Airport until noon. End of or services.
End point: Drop-off to Izmir International Airport, İzmir Adnan Menderes Havalimanı (ADB), Dokuz Eylül Mh., Gaziemir, Izmir, Turkey