Gems of Türkiye: Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour

From $1,300 pp

  • Duration

    5 days
  • Bookable From

  • Trip Style

    Privately Guided
  • Country

  • Physical Rating



Discover two of Türkiye's absolute gems with a visit to the legendary Constantinople (now Istanbul), followed by the magical and surreal lands of Cappadocia.

This compact trip allows you to soak in the impressive cities of Istanbul and Capadoccia with all they have to offer in a short time frame. Our experienced guides will waste no time with long bus rides during this tour.

Begin by exploring Istanbul's architectural masterpieces of the last two millenniums, walk its timeless streets full of history and vibrant culture, relish exotic dishes, and stay in the Sultan's neighborhood to connect with Arabian traditions that are still alive today.

Moving on to Cappadocia, this area is renowned for its captivating, startling, and surrealistic landscapes. Its strange and unique scenery includes volcanic chimneys (called Fairy Chimneys). These were excavated for use as houses by early Christians. You'll also see gorges, vineyards, elaborately carved and frescoed rock churches, and entire underground cities!


Istanbul Highlights

  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace
  • Take a Bosphorus cruise through the Golden Horn
  • Experience Beyoğlu nightlife, Taksim Square, street food, art, and shopping

Cappadocia Highlights

  • Enjoy a classic hot-air balloon ride
  • See Fairy Chimneys - the iconic and surrealistic landscape made of unique rock formations
  • Visit underground cities, a cave hotel, and cave churches
  • Try authentic food from the tandoori culture of the region
  • Visit wineries

Seasonal Notes

This trip runs all year round. Türkiye is in a temperate zone and also geologically very diverse. For example, while it snows in the Cappadocia area, it may be spring-like in İstanbul. Both locations promise many things to see and do.

  • Mid-April to June and September-October: This is when Istanbul will have the best weather and is also therefore the ideal time to visit. Capadoccia presents similar moderate conditions.
  • July-August: Summers can be scorchingly hot and flooded with tourists, so we don't recommend traveling during this time if your schedule allows.

We believe beautiful places are beautiful all year round. If your schedule allows, we encourage you to travel outside of July-August for several reasons. It helps reduce the environmental impact of this area, avoids over-tourism, and rewards you with more tranquil site visits. Spring and fall offer the best balance of pleasant weather and fewer crowds.


Day 1 Istanbul [Türkiye] (arrival day)

Arrive to Istanbul Airport where your transfer will take you to your hotel.

Day 2 Istanbul

Discover the magic of Istanbul!

Days 3-4 Cappadocia

Discover the magic of Cappadocia!

Day 5 Istanbul [Türkiye] (departure day)

We transfer guests to Istanbul Airport and our services end - unless you add on another experience. See customization suggestions below.


This trip can be customized to be longer or shorter. It's possible to do this trip in 4 days, though we really suggest 6 or 7 days if you have the time.

Especially as this is a shorter trip, we recommend combining this trip with the Hike & Sail the Turquoise Coast trip, or a similar trip in the nearby Greek Dodecanese Islands.

Please contact us for more information.

Route Map

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • 4 nights' accommodation in charming boutique hotels

  • All meals with a great representation of Turkish Cuisine

  • All land transportation and airport transfers in Türkiye

  • Parking fees

  • Certified professional guide & their expenses

  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites

  • Carbon offset

  • International flights to/from Türkiye

  • Visa

  • Travel Insurance

  • Personal Expenses


Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.

Prices are for double room occupancy unless indicated otherwise.

Contact us for pricing for groups smaller than 10.

  • Deposit per person

    20% of the trip price

  • Group of 10 Travelers - price per person



We are the only active member of ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) from Turkey and we have signed the Travel’s Climate Action Agreement powered by ATTA. We are a signatory of Tourism Declares Climate Emergency and have published a Climate Emergency Plan.

We're proud to say that we're a "carbon neutral" company. We reported our 2020 emissions and will offset them at the end of 2021.

Environmental Initiatives
Our commitment to the environment takes us to implement clear guidelines for reducing Greenhouse gas emissions from transport and selecting the most environmentally friendly transport options.
Sociocultural Initiatives
The activities are carefully chosen to help travelers connect with local products and get to understand the traditions and culture of the destination.
Economic Initiatives
This trip helps provide employment to local people. We work with suppliers that are locally owned or managed, use local and seasonal products and services, and benefit the local community by hiring locally and equitably and by providing fair working conditions.

Health & Safety

Be sure you have traveler's insurance.


What does the Physical Rating of "Easy" mean?

The Physical Rating of "Easy" means that there is only light physical activity required on this trip and it's suitable for those with an average fitness level. No physical preparation is required for this trip.

What are the accommodations like?

We emphasize small family-run guesthouses and "boutique" hotels with character and atmosphere. 90% of the hotels we choose have a form of Global Sustainable Travel Certification.

Do I need a visa?

Please click here to find out the passport, health, and visa conditions for any country.

Why do we write “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey”?

The spelling of “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” is important for several reasons, including accuracy, and respect for the local language and culture. “Türkiye” is the Turkish name for the country, and it is written in the Turkish alphabet. Using the correct spelling shows respect for the local language and culture. Using the correct spelling of “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” is a matter of cultural sensitivity, accuracy, and respect for the country and its people.

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