Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 16 Days / 15 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Istanbul Gallipoli -Troy-Ephesus-Pamukkale -Antalya-Cappadocia
Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be greeted at the gate and transfered to your hotel. You will start out with a brief instruction and have the rest of the day to see Istanbul on your own
Day 2 – Istanbul Walking city tour
Pick up at 08:30 from the hotel for the Tour of “Old City” from where the Centre of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. During the tour you will be visiting; Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace; after lunch, the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
8:30 am – You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). The Spice Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Fatih, in the neighborhood of Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.
Fragrances of the mystical East waft through the air. The Spice Bazaar is not only a great place to buy spices, but it’s also where you can pick up dried fruits and nuts, tea, candy and caviar. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions admiring the shorelines of two continents at the same time (Europe and Asia). At the end of your tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 1:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Gallipoli tour
Early in the morning pick up from the hotel to depart for Gallipoli tour. We have full days tour of Dardanelles, Kabatepe War museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. We will cross the Dardanelles and end of the tour transfer to hotel. You have free evening, overnight in Canakkale.
Day 5: Troy tour
After breakfast depart for half days tour of Troy. We will visit the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy where over 10 ancient cities have been discovered. They are built one on top of the other, dating back to 3500 BC. After the tour we will return to Canakkale and transfer you to the bus station to take a bus to Kusadasi. Arrive in Kusadasi and transfer to your hotel, free time and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: Ephesus tour
Breakfast at your hotel. At 09:30am depart for a full days tour of the Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, the Hadrian, Celcius Library and House of the Virgin Mary with lunch on the tour. End of the day transfer back to your hotel, free time
Overnight in Kusadasi
Day 7: Pamukkale Tour
After breakfast you will be picked up for a full days tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale which means cotton castle, has been formed over time by the natural hot springs, rich in calcium and carbonate, that flow down the slope. We will also visit the ancient Roman Health Spa of Hierapolis, made most famous for it is thermal springs, theatre, Agora and the Necropolis.
Day 8: DAY BUS TO ANTALYA
Overnight in Antalya
DAY 9: Antalya – Daily Boat Cruise
(All meals, alcohol and soft drinks included)
You will feel the uniqueness of having the chance to travel by a romantic wood-yacht by the turquoise-coloured south coast. Our trip will start by arrival at Kemer marina. At Kemer marina, you will be being awaited by a wood-yacht, which will guide you to Phaselis, passing through the forest of pine trees and the Taurus Mountains. This coast is probably the most charming coast of the Turkish Riviera. You will have the chance to swim in clear-blue water and dive with snorkels during the trip to Olympos. You will have your lunch at the boat at Olympos bay. The trip will continue through the three-island location. After a swimming break close to these islands, the trip will continue through Kemer yacht port where the buses are awaiting. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy
Overnight in Antalya
DAY 10: Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour
(All meals, alcohol and soft drinks included)
After breakfast depart to Antalya (30 minute drive).
PERGE: Perge was founded by Akhas, Mopsos, and Arnphilokhos who came here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. It is one of the better-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. After the tour of Perge, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. A naval battle was fought off Aspendos in 469 B.C. during which the Persian fleet was defeated by the forces of the Athenian general Cimon. Despite this however we see Aspendos being used as a Persian base in 411 B.C. With Alexander’s defeat of the Persians in 334 B.C., Aspendos was freed of Persian rule. It was ruled by various Hellenistic period kings following the death of Alexander and like most other cities in Asia Minor it came under Roman rule in 133 B.C. Aspendos is most renowned for its theatre, the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica.
Evening Bus to Cappadocia at 21:00pm
Day 11: Morning Arrive at Urgup Bus station
Meet and Transfer to Hotel
Free Day and ovenight in a vey good cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 12: North Cappadocia tour 1
After breakfast, pick up from hotel, and depart for full days tour of North Cappadocia, we will visit the Goreme open air museum, Devrent, Avanos , Pasabag, Uchisar and piegon valley. At the end of the tour, you will be transfered back to your hotel, and the rest of the night is yours free to relax or explore.
Day 13: South Cappadocia tour 2
09:30 am pick up from the hotel and full days tour of Southern Cappadocia. We will visit Underground city, trekking rose valley, Esentepe, Catalkaya, hospital monastry and visit old Cavusin village. At the end of the day we will return to Urgup, overnight in a cave hotel.
Day 14: Cappadocia
After breakfast a free day for you to explore Cappadocia on your own. It is a relaxing day for you. Free time and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 15: Istanbul
After breakfast pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for take a flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival Istanbul transfer to hotel. This is a free day for you to shopping in Grand bazaar or exploring Istanbul again before you leave Turkey. Free time and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 16: Istanbul
After breakfast, there will be transportation to the airport provided according your flight time, unless you decide to extend your time with us, by enjoying another one of our many tours.
What is included
- English speaking professional guide throughout.
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
- All transportation by air-conditioned coach.
- All accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours: