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Historical Turkish Bath Experience

1. Historical Turkish Bath Experience

Located in the heart of the historical peninsula, at a walking distance from Grand Bazaar and serving since 1584, the historical Çemberlitaş Hamam is waiting for you! If you are searching for the best place for a Turkish bath in Istanbul, this is the best place for you. Going to the Turkish bath and witnessing the Turkish bath experience is one of the essential things to do in Istanbul. Take a break from the Istanbul day tours and all the Istanbul sightseeing places and relax in Cemberlitas Hamam. The Turkish Bath is a traditional type of public bathing which is essentially based on the ancient Roman bathing culture and the principles of the steam bath. Combining this with the traditional Turkish bath massage (“Turkish scrub”), it became an integral part of Turkish culture as well as an important part of social life. After sweating, the person in charge of scrubbing and foaming will scrub all the dead skin from your body. Do not worry, it does not hurt. You will be surprised how much dead skin will come off your body. After foaming, you can relax as long as you want in the Hammam. Your body will begin to breathe in each cell and your blood circulation accelerates. Do not miss this experience! Learn more about the ancient bathing ritual of the Ottoman Sultans while relaxing. 

Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

2. Ephesus and Pamukkale: Day Trip by Plane from Istanbul

Enjoy a full-day package trip that takes you on a guided tour from Istanbul to 2 of Turkey’s most fascinating attractions: the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis. Spend a full day marveling at ancient, multi-cultural architecture and monuments without worrying about any of the details of traveling and organizing. You’ll start your day with pickup from your hotel in Istanbul, bright and early at 5:15 AM for a transfer to the airport for your 7:30 AM flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted and brought to Ephesus to meet with your guide and take your Ancient City Tour. Ephesus is an iconic former-Greek city, built in the 10th century, famed for its temples, monuments, and theaters. Known as the commercial, religious, and social center of antiquity, this is sure to be the highlight to your whole visit to Turkey. Explore the city’s combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine markers of civilization. Visit the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, the Library of Celcius, the Great Theater (with capacity for 24,000 spectators), the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary.   On the second half of your day, you’ll be taken to Pamukkale, known for its natural thermal spring waters. Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish—due to the chemical properties of the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain’s slope, resembling piles of cotton. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of this site will be the Sacred Pool, which you can enter if you choose. There, shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient Roman ruins that lie beneath. You’ll also see its Necropolis, which contains 1200 gravestones, including that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.   After your tour, you’ll be transferred back to Denizli Airport for your 7:00 PM flight to Istanbul, and then taken back to your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

3. From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

Discover the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis on this two-day trip from Istanbul. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus where you can see the Temple of Artemis. Experience the beauty of the natural white terraces created by mineral deposits at the hot springs in Pamukkale. Stay overnight in the town of Selcuk or Kusadasi. Treat yourself to breakfast at the hotel. Try authentic Turkish food with lunch at two local restaurants during your tours. Day 1: Be picked from your accommodation in Istanbul and relax on the drive to the airport. Enjoy a comfortable flight to the city of Izmir. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to the tour provider's office in the town of Selcuk. Take a break with lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the archeological site at Ephesus to start your guided tour. Walk through the ancient streets and see one of the wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis. View the façade of one of the largest libraries from Roman times at the Library of Celsus. Stop at the House of the Virgin Mary where the religious figure is said to have spend her last days. See the remains of an old Roman Amphitheater. Learn about these ruins from your local guide. Drive to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi where you can rest for the evening. Day 2: In the morning, be picked up by your guide from your hotel. Enjoy the scenic Turkish countryside on the drive to Pamukkale. Hear about area and culture from your guide. Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before starting your tour of the ruins of Hierapolis. Stroll to the remains of a massive Roman amphitheater that once held an audience of 15,000. Admire the marble staircase at the Greek Temple of Apollo. Watch as your guide points out all the significant structures in the archeological site of Hierapolis. Take off your shoes and walk along the white terraces of Pamukkale. Dip your feet in the natural hot springs. Swim amid the ruins of a temple in Cleopatra's Pool. Have some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Take it easy on the ride back to the airport where you can catch your flight back to Istanbul. Once you arrive in Istanbul, your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your accommodation in Istanbul.

From Istanbul: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Trip with Flight

4. From Istanbul: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Trip with Flight

Experience the wonders of Pamukkale on a guided trip from Instanbul, including round-trip flight tickets and lunch. Wander around the ancient city of Hierapolis and take memorable pictures, then take a dip in the revitalizing Cleopatra Pools. This is a must-do trip during anyone’s time in Turkey. In the early morning, get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and brought to the airport for your direct flight to Denizli Airport (included). Upon arrival, meet another driver and head to the meeting point where you will meet your guide who will show you around Pamukkale and Hierapolis for the rest of the day. Pamukkale and Hierapolis are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a natural site and ancient city, famous for the hot springs believed to have healing powers. The travertines are formed by a chemical reaction and subsequent precipitation of various causes and environments. Hierapolis has been a settlement of different cults and cultures throughout history, surrounded by a mix of ideas and believes as to the true history and origins of the site. Hierapolis played an important role in spreading Christianity in Anatolia, and it was the place where Phillip, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, died. For this reason, Hierapolis became an important religious center in the 4th century A.D. The tour in Hierapolis includes the necropolis, the Gate of Domitian, Frontinus Street, the Agora, the North Byzantine Gate, the gymnasium, the Fountain of the Tritons, the Temple of Apollo, the Martyrium of St. Philip, the column church, Pluto's Gate, and more. Spend time exploring Pamukkale for another 1.5 hours, then enjoy free time to look around and take photos. If you bring your swimming clothes, you can also visit the Cleopatra Pools (extra fees apply).  After the tour, take a transfer back to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul.

Istanbul: Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

5. Istanbul: Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

Have a true Turkish experience at a beautiful central Turkish bath, known as a hamam. Experience the full range of treatments including an invigorating body scrub with a special exfoliating glove that removes any dead skin. Enjoy a face mask to open your pores, a luxurious foam peeling massage and an aromatherapy oil massage for relaxation. Relax, breathe, and unwind at this professional hamam.

Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale Tour

6. Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) or SAW airport where the tour representative will meet you with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. Day 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul. Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping and spend the night in Istanbul. Day 3: Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi (Breakfast-Dinner) Start with pickup from hotel and transfer to Istanbul IST or SAW airport for Izmir flight Arrive in Izmir Airport and met by you tour guide with your name sign. Next, drive to Ephesus for 45-minutes. First visit the Artemis Temple, before continuing to Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia. After Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Transfer to the hotel for overnight in Kusadasi. Day 4: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast-Dinner) Drive to Pamukkale to visit the Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. Stay overnight in Pamukkale. Day 5: Pamukkale – Cappadocia Cave Hotel (Breakfast) Drive to Cappadocia. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, and Sultanhani Caravanseria, a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel. Day 6: Cappadocia Tour Cave Hotel (Breakfast) Optional: Hot air ballooning with sunrise. See the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Then, visit Kaymakli Underground City. Visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Spend the night in a traditional Cappadocia cave hotel. Day 7: Full Day Cappadocia Tour-Istanbul (Breakfast) In the morning, admire the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, with rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley. Have lunch in Avanos, the center of terra cotta works of art since 3000 BC, and enjoy a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Kayseri to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Day 8: Home (Breakfast) After breakfast check out from the hotel and enjoy a private transfer to the airport.

From Istanbul: Ephesus and Pamukkale 2-Day Trip

7. From Istanbul: Ephesus and Pamukkale 2-Day Trip

Discover the wonders of Ephesus and Pamukkale on a 2-day trip from Istanbul. Take guided tours and learn interesting facts about Turkey's ancient sites. Stay over night in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Day 1: Flight to Izmir and Ephesus Tour Your trip begins with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Istanbul to catch the flight to Izmır. When you land at Izmir Airport, your driver will take you to Selcuk. Meet your guide and to start exploring Ephesus at the House of Virgin Mary. Tour the shrine and learn about its religious significance before heading to lunch. After lunch visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of antiquity. Have the chance to take pictures of the Church of St. John and TheIsa Bey Mosque. Then head to Sirince, situated on the hills of Selcuk, and have free time to explore its traditional homes and check out local wine production. Take the opportunity to taste the fruit flavored wines. The first day of your trip concludes in the late afternoon when you will be taken to Selcuk or Kusadasi near the seaside. Day 2: Pamukkale and Flight to Istanbul The second day of your trip starts with breakfast at your hotel. Your driver will then pick you up to take you to Pamukkale. Arrive in Pamukkale and see why it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as both a Natural Site and an Ancient City. Famous for hot springs believed to have healing powers and its travertines, tour Pamukkale and learn what created this impressive sight. From Pamukkale head into the ancient city of Hierapolis, a settlement of different cults and cultures throughout history. Learn about the city's long and interesting history where its name comes from. After your tour, you will be taken to Denizli Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. From the airpot you will be taken back to your hotel.

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

8. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

Visit the ruins of Ephesus and the pools of Pamukkale on this 2-day tour from Istanbul. Fly from Istanbul and stay overnight in Kusadasi as you travel to Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Day 1 Begin your travels with a pickup from your hotel in Istanbul. Your driver will take you to the airport so you can board your 1.5-hour flight to Izmir. At your arrival, you wıll be greeted by your driver and safely taken to Selcuk to meet with your group participants and start your full-day tour. During the course of your day break for lunch. Head to the House of Virgin Mary, a church built on the top of the foundations of a structure thought to be the house where the Assumption happened and Mary spent her last days. Continue on to Ephesus, an archeological treasure and well-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, and walk along ancient streets before you concluding your day with a drive to your hotel for a 1-night stay. Day 2 Enjoy your hotel breakfast and check out in the morning to start your full-day tour. Go to Pamukkale, also know as the Pools of Heaven on Earth. See why Pamukkale was a popular settlement and be mesmerized by its hot springs. Head to the ancient city of Hierapolis, home to the biggest necropolis in Anatolia, and see the Sacred Pool, a stunning site of thermal waters rippling over scattered ancient ruins. After your day tour, you will be driven to Cardak Airport for your return flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival ın Istanbul you will be greeted by your driver and transferred safely back to your hotel.

Traditional Turkish Bath Experience in Istanbul

9. Traditional Turkish Bath Experience in Istanbul

The hamam is an atmospheric world all its own in the midst of cosmopolitan Istanbul. If you are stressed-out, tired, or just want to visit a place where time seems to have stood still for centuries, step inside for an authentic Turkish bath experience. Immerse yourself in the long-established hamam experience at a luxurious hamam carved out of a cave, granting the best of both worlds: old-world tradition in a modern, luxurious setting. To help you relax after your daily tours of Istanbul, the professional masseurs offer a variety of services in addition to the traditional hamam ritual. After changing, you will be taken to the Hot Room where your muscles will loosen up. You will proceed to the Warm Room of the bath,where the staff (tellak for men and natir for women) will scrub you down using Turkish soap and a special cloth. Once you have finished there, you will be taken to the Cold Room and given towels to wrap yourself in. Here you may choose to enhance your experience with a massage, or simply relax with tea or other drinks. After you get dressed, you will feel your skin renewed from the magic of the Turkish bath.

Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Istanbul

10. Private Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Istanbul

Board an early morning flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale, where this day tour begins. Pamukkale, which means cotton castle, comprises a series of limestone terraces formed by the action of the hot springs that create a waterfall. The water contains a high concentration of carbonic acid and lime, and flows downhill to form stalactites, waterfalls and basins. Nearby are the ruins of Hierapolis, where the Roman baths were converted into a church during the Byzantine period. See the Roman theater and well-preserved ancient thermal baths. Bathe in the waters and visit the pool of Cleopatra (admission not included). After the tour, board a flight to return to Istanbul.

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Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Fantastic tour. No more to say. The weather was really good. The places we visited was an observatory where you can see all the scenery of city (actual city) and far away you can see the Pamukkale. We did not expected to much but the place was really good and refreshing. The city of Pamukkale was a ancient museum itself with the best scenery you could put it in your eyes. Everyplace we walked through showed beautiful landscape. Cleopatra pool was also good. After long walk, my family could take a rest and with additional charge for the pool, you can actually swim in the pool. There's a locker where you can change and take a shower (shower is open space so, it's only washing with a cold water..) Pamukkale itself was breathtaking. There's no way I can describe the experience. It's not that deep. starting from the top you can take so many good pictures.

The organisation of the trip was excellent. We were picked up on time and it was very easy to locate our driver. I was a bit worried, because travelling in one day from Istanbul to Pamukkale and back is quite a logistic undertaking, but everything went smooth. We visited not only Hierapolis and white travertine pools, but also another source of mineral water and a place where we learnt about onyx and Sultan stone - it was short and sweet, but very interesting. Our guide and drivers were extremely kind and attentive. The lunch was in a form of buffet, so everyone can find something for themselves. Thank you again for this amazing trip, me and my husband really enjoyed it!

It was an amazing experience. The whole experience feels quite authentic. It doesn't have the luxuries of a new hotel affiliated spa but is exactly what they promise it to be. I did not feel rushed at all. Loved the building, it feels like you are stepping back in time. So peaceful. I did not book an oil massage, but next time... If I lived in Turkey I would go once a week. If I knew it would be so amazing I would have done it once after the long flight and again at the end of the holiday. It feels so cleansing.

Everything was perfect but not 1.5 hours promised, everything went very quickly in the hammam we were the shortest. Security could be better guaranteed. My girlfriend almost slipped because she was foamed and asked to get up. Pity!!

The treatment was very pleasant and a must for the holidays in Istanbul.