Visit Turkey on an independent holiday with Holidaysmith or combine it conveniently with our other Europe holidays. Spend entertaining days exploring Istanbul and its world-class monuments, history and culture. From this great city, it's also easy to connect to several other European destinations. Check out our showcase luxury Greece & Turkey holiday for a sense of the amazing possibilities!

Also experience some of the really surreal and unique landscapes of Turkey such as Pammukale and Cappadocia in style, staying in Cappadocia in exclusive cave hotels. What's more, let us know and we'll add hidden gems like Oludeniz and the Butterfly Valley dotting the balmy coastline in the south.


Day 1: Istanbul
Start your journey from Istanbul, Turkey’s beautiful, historic capital city. Stay in a hotel in Istanbul located in the heart of the old city and benefit from the ease with which you can head out later and stroll around the historic centre on your own. Overnight at Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul
Istanbul is home to some truly iconic sights, some of which even rank amongst the wonders of the world. Take a guided tour so that you can most conveniently visit these stunning places such as the magnificent Hagia Sophia, the beautifully located Topkapi Palace, the stunning Blue Mosque and the charming Grand Bazaar. Overnight at Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul – Izmir – Kusadasi
Head today to Kusdadasi, which is a picturesque resort on the Turkish Coast. The resort has the added advantage of being close to must-visit places like Ephesus and Pamukkale. On the first day here, go for the Ephesus Half day tour, one of the most ancient and important archaeological sites in all of Europe. Overnight at Kusadasi.

Day 4: Kusadasi
Today, embark on a day tour to Pamukkale. Admire the views from its extraordinary, blazing white, calcified rock terraces which cascade down from the crumbling city of Hierapolis. Overnight at Kusadasi.

Day 5: Kusadasi – Cappadocia
Fly to Cappadocia today, a major highlight of your Turkey Holiday. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in the comforts of one of the distinctively unique cave hotels of Cappadocia. Overnight at Cappadocia.

Day 6: Cappadocia
In the early morning, you can opt for the quintessential hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia’s stunning moonscape . Later, proceed for a full day tour to witness the unique landscapes of Özkonak Underground City, Monks Valley and other mesmerising places in Cappadocia. Overnight at Cappadocia.

Day 7: Cappadocia – Istanbul
Fly back to Istanbul and spend the day at leisure. Go for a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus river or catch up on last minute shopping. Overnight at Istanbul.

Day 8: Istanbul – India

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Best Months
April, May, June, September, October

Best For
Historic Places, Beautiful Coasts,

Unique landscapes

Travelling within
Domestic flights

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Customize it your way!

Everything in the above itinerary can be fully customized. Just let us know what you wish to add/subtract, it's that simple!

Add-on Destinations

  • Oludeniz: One of the best seaside resorts in Turkey. Indulge in
    boat trips to the breath-taking Butterfly Valley, paragliding from
    the 1960m Baba Dag or just lounge around at the great beaches

Easy rail/flight connections

  • Greece: Istanbul to Athens (flight). Greece is an ideal combination
    with Turkey due its proximity and similar climate.
  • Due to convenient international flights via Istanbul to the rest of
    Europe, it’s also easy to add a few days of stopover in Turkey
    without materially altering the flight cost.
  • Flights to other European destinations

Customize not just the places, but also your travel style!

  • I want more leisure time
  • Give me self-drive wherever possible
  • It's our honeymoon
  • Add adrenalin: A dash or full throttle
  • I am a nature person / I am a city person