Turkish Discovery
Turkish Discovery
Turkish Discovery

Turkish Discovery

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Coach Tour
8 Days Istanbul to Izmir

Departs on Fridays

2024 Departure Dates
Jan 12; Feb 09; Mar 08, 22; Apr 05, 26; May 03, 10, 17, 31; Jun 07, 14, 21, 28; Jul 05;
Aug 02, 09, 16, 30; Sep 06, 13, 20, 27; Oct 04, 11, 18; Nov 01; Dec 20
2025 Departure Dates
Jan 10; Feb 07; Mar 07, 21; Apr 04, 11, 25; May 02, 09, 16, 30; Jun 06, 13, 20; Jul 04, 18; Aug 01, 15, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 03, 10, 17, 31; Dec 19
Experience this fantastic 8-day journey that showcases the highlights of Turkey for those with limited time. Marvel at the vibrant hues of Istanbul, the breathtaking landscapes of Cappadocia, the surreal beauty of Pamukkale, the historic wonders of Selcuk, and the ancient city of Ephesus.


  • Be captivated by Istanbul's exotic charm
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the founder of modern Turkey
  • Discover an underground sanctuary city amidst the surreal landscape of Cappadocia
  • Witness the mesmerizing beauty of the cotton candy white limestone terraces of Pamukkale
  • Explore the historical wonders of Selcuk, with the remarkable temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Explore historical Ephesus with its splendid library, theater, and temples
  • Savour Turkish Gozleme in a nomadic tent in Selcuk
  • Experience the picturesque charm of Sirince, considered one of Turkey's most beautiful villages

Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local agent then transferred to the your hotel where accommodation is reserved for two nights. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 2: Istanbul (B)

Embark on a full day guided tour of some of the best sites of Istanbul, the city where east meets west. Originally founded as Byzantium, then known as Constantinople, after Constantine the Great, Istanbul is home to many fascinating sites. The first stop on your tour is Topkapi Palace, once the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans and now a fascinating museum. Next, view the incredible Hagia Sophia Mosque from the outside - originally built in 537ad, this marvel of engineering is famed for the giant dome, an incredible feat for the time period and considered as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Conclude your tour with a visit to the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world featuring an intricate labyrinth of over 60 streets and 4000 shops. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara – Cappadocia (BD)

This morning depart for Ankara where you will visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, arrive in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Cappadocia (BL)

Optional: Early morning Hot Air Balloon tour (supplement applies).

Embark on a full day excursion in Cappadocia, famous for its distinctive rock formations (referred to as 'fairy chimneys'), amazing caves and historical history. Visit the Underground City, the Open Air Museum in Goreme and the incredible natural fortress in Uchisar. Lunch today in a local restaurant. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx, and potteries. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Optional: Night Tour with a Turkish Show and dinner (supplement applies).

Day 5: Cappadocia - Konya – Pamukkale (BD)

Early departure for Pamukkale. Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, derived its name from the striking natural landscape and is famous for its travertine terraces made from minerals deposited by thermal waters. En-route visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece, Sultanhan Caravanserai - one of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in Turkey and one of the largest medieval caravanserai in the country - built to shelter the caravaneers, their animals and cargo and keep them safe from highwaymen as they travelled along the ancient Silk Route. Proceed to Konya where you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, housing the tomb of Mevlana Rumi the great 13th-century Sufi poet and founder of the Mevlevi (Whirling) Dervish order. Continue to Pamukkale for an overnight stay.

Day 6: Pamukkale - Hierapolis – Izmir (BD)

Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, with its spectacular ruins and magnificent Necropolis, one of the best preserved in Turkey offering an insight into the funerary practices of the Greco-Roman era. Marvel at the spectacular lime terraces cascading down the side of the hill before travelling on to Selcuk to visit the Temple of Artemis ''one of the seven wonders of the ancient world''. Proceed to Izmir for a two night stay.

Day 7: Izmir - Ephesus - Sirince – Izmir (BLD)

Today discover the ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Turkey's most significant ancient cities. Explore its marbled streets, visit the magnificent Library of Celsus, the impressive open air Amphitheatre, and the Temple of Hadrian dating back to the 2nd Century. Lunch today will be in a nomadic tent in Selcuk to taste Turkish Gozleme. Continue to the village of Sirince, where you can experience one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey and take the opportunity to taste their delicious wines, before returning to Izmir. Overnight stay in Izmir.

Day 8: Izmir (B)

After breakfast transfer to Kusadasi Port for the ferry to Samos or Izmir Airport.


  • Arrival Transfer from Istanbul (IST) airport only on Day 1 (supplement applies from Sabiha Gocken (SAW) Airport)
  • Moderate First and First Class hotels (cave style in Cappadocia) with private facilities
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Complimentary 4G Wi-fi internet service onboard the coach
  • Meals and sightseeing as indicated on the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Departure transfer to Kusadasi port or Izmir Airport
  • Turkey Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel


  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above


Please note a double bedded room can be requested but cannot be guaranteed. In Turkey double rooms are very limited.
Airport transfers are included on days of the tour: Arrival transfer ex Istanbul (IST) Airport, Departure transfer to Izmir Airport (or Kusadasi Port). A surcharge will apply for transfers from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport. Private transfers at alternate times will incur a surcharge. Transfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. If arriving or departing on any days other than the arrival or departure days of the tour, transfers are not included.

Porterage for one suitcase is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity, the single bag should not exceed the dimensions of 30”x18”x10” and not weigh more than 50lbs (25kg).

Accommodation based on the following or similar
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.


Avantegarde Levent Hotel


Yusuf Yigitoglu Mansion / MDC Hotel (Cave Hotel)


Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel


Kaya Prestige Hotel

Dress Codes
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

On coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.  

All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.

Optional Tours
Optional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.  

Private Sightseeing tours (if booked)
If a private sightseeing tour is booked it is important that you discuss the days arrangements with the guide as the touring programmes have a degree of flexibility. It is important to discuss with the guide so that any specific requirements can be met or addressed at the time.

For independent / private tours: if included, airport transfers are applied ex Ataturk Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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