7 days in Turkey/ 1 week in Turkey
An old Turkish saying goes: ‘A cup of coffee commits one to 40 years of friendship.’ Well, Turkey is indeed one such land of long standing friendship coupled with memories of a lifetime. One of the greatest civilizations of the human history flourished here, while you will find an eclectic mix of the great faiths in the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, or while exploring the colorful Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the sights of the ancient Hierapolis or take a hot air balloon ride over the famed Cappadocia landscape. Also, you can witness the outdoors on a scenic boat trip from Kusadasi to the nearest bays, and stroll through the delights of the classical metropolis i.e. Kusadasi during your 7 days tour of Turkey.
One week in Turkey isn’t really enough time for the first time traveler to Turkey to explore the major attractions of the country. So unravel and revel in the Best of Turkey in 7 Days through our recommendations!
1 Week Turkey Itinerary
Day 1: Istanbul Sojourn – the Magical Confluence of the East and the West
Start your tour of Turkey with a sojourn to Istanbul, the classical city spread across the two continents of Asia and Europe. Istanbul played a key role in the history of the region and used to be a major centre for trade, learning and culture during the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Galata Tower, which has the best vantage point in Istanbul. You can also visit Istanbul’s Old City – Sultanahmet and take a walking tour of Old Town Istanbul. Also visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, the fortress filled with affluent pavilions, jewel-filled treasury and sprawling harems alongwith massive courtyards. Don’t forget to take a traditional Turkish bath or hamam, a real Turkish delight to end your tour.
Day 2: Istanbul – The City of History, Culture and Good Humour
If you are looking for something unique, then spend 24 hours in Istanbul exploring the vagaries of the city. Watch the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia to soak up in the magnificence of the Islamic architecture. You can also enjoy shopping in Grand Bazaar which is at a walking distance from the Blue Mosque. In the evening, you can also enjoy nightlife of Istanbul or watch belly dancing – a traditional Turkish delightful dance.
Day 3: Ephesus (Efes) – Europe’s most complete classical metropolis
Visit the remains of the Artemis Temple, on this one day Ephesus tour. This temple was once, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Proceed to the major attractions of Ephesus, Greco-Roman city, undoubtedly the best preserved example in the world. You can spend some time relaxing before exploring some of the impressive sites of the city such as the House of Virgin Mary, a holy place for both Muslims and Christians. Afterwards, you can visit the Agora, Theater, Trajan Fountain, Celsius Library, Domitianus Temple, Odeon and Roman Latrines among other attractions of the city.
Day 4: Pamukkale – The Land of the Cotton Castle
Enjoy a day trip excursion from Ephesus to Pamukkale. Discover the signature attractions of Pamukkale and Hierapolis region on the fourth day of your sojourn in Turkey. Make your way to the Red Spring Waters – the ancient spa town of Hierapolis. The major attractions of Hierapolis are Necropolis, Triton Fountain, Frontinious Street, Byzantium Gate, and Apollon Temple among others. You can also explore the natural beauty of Pamukkale by taking a plunge into the antique pools.
Day 5: Kusadasi – Turkey’s busiest cruise port
A full day tour of Kusadasi would not be complete without going on a boat trip to explore the nearby areas of Kusadasi. You can take boat trips from Kusadasi marina to the turquoise waters of Aegean. This boat trip will take you to the three different bays. Kusadasi shore excursion also gives an opportunity of joyous shopping and indulging in adventure activities on spectacular beaches.
Day 6: South Cappadocia Tour – The Land of the hot air balloon rides
Begin your full day tour of South Cappadocia with a visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike to the Rose Valley. You can also explore Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery or Nar Lake here. Also visit the Çavusin village, famous for its churches and houses. Try some authentic dishes here and then you can drive to the Pigeon Valley. Also visit the Derinkuyu Underground City – the deepest underground city in Cappadocia.
Day 7: North Cappadocia Tour – A whimsical fairy tale Turkish land
Explore north Cappadocia by visiting the Devrent Valley to see the unique and fairy-tale like rock formations. To see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles, visit the Pasabag Monk’s Valley. You should also visit the beautiful Goreme Open Air Museum, The Castle, and the Valley of Pasabagi among other delightful attractions. You can call it an end to your Turkish sojourn here. Rest assured, these 7 days in Turkey will stay with you for a lifetime.