Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Day 1: Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk airport, you will be greeted at the gate and transfer 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 AT 08:30am
After breakfast pick up from hotel and depart for the full day tour of old city part, visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. After tour free time and overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 3: Gallipoli Tour
Pick up from the hotel in the morning (06:30 -07:00 am), to depart for Gallipoli. Full days tour of Dardanelles, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnstons Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. End of the tour check in hotel and night in Canakkale. (Lunch)
Day 4: Troy Tour
Pick up from hotel 08:30 am and staring with Troy tour; we will visit the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy where over 10 ancient cities have been discovered and built one on top of the other, dating back to 3500 BC. Noon Bus to Kusadası vıa Izmır as connected bus
Overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 5: Ephesus tour at 09:00am
At 09:00 am we will depart for a full days tour of the Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, the Hadrian, Celsius library and house of the Virgin Mary. We will have lunch on the tour, and end the day with transfer to the hotel, free time and overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 6: Pamukkale & Hierapolis tour at 08.15am
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 7:Mornıng Bus to Fethıye
Day 8: Blue Cruise
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to harbor in Fethiye at 11:00-12:00 to Samanlik Bay for swimming & lunch. Butterfly Valley (sea conditions permitting) is our next stop for a swim & to visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Afterwards we cruise to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon) again sea conditions permitting. Option for paragliding available. Last stop of the day is St-Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, diner & 1st night.. (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)
Day 9: Blue Cruise
Around sunrise departure to Firnaz Bay near Kalkan for breakfast & swimming. Cruising to Kas where we stop in the harbour for lunch &visit of this charming fishing village. Of ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known, only Lycian rock tombs & sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left. But the charm of the town remains! In a bay near Kekova we stop for swimming,dinner & the 2nd night. (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)
Day 10: Blue Cruise
After breakfast departure to Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian –Roman archaeological site is protected,so only looking!). Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine /Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay optional water sports are available. Dinner, relax in this pirates haven. (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner)
Day 11: Blue Cruise
After breakfast we have a look at the Pirates Cave before cruising to Andriace harbor. Disembarkation before lunch. Bus transfer to the Demre with a stop for banking and shopping when requested. We arrive 13:00-15:00. End of the tour check out from boat and transfer to bus station and take a bus to Antalya, after arrive in Antalya bus station, transfer to hotel and overnight stay in Antalya. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 12: Aspendos Perge and Waterfall tour
After breakfast pick up from hotel (08:00am) and join for full day tour of Aspendos theatre, Perge ancient city and waterfall of Antalya, after tour back to hotel and night in Antalya. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 13: Antalya to Cappadocia via Istanbul by plane
After breakfast transfer to airport and take a flight to Cappadocia via Istanbul. After arrive in Cappadocia transfer to hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia. (Breakfast)
Day 14: Fairy Chimneys Tour at 09:30am
In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
LOVE VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 15:Rose Valley & Mazıkoy Underground City Tour at 09:30am
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away
MAZIKOY: One of largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
Transfer to airport, take a flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 16: Istanbul
After breakfast free day for you to enjoy Istanbul on your own, night in Istanbul. (Breakfast)
Day 17: Istanbul
According your flight transfer to the airport, this is end of our service. (Breakfast)
What is included
- All the transfers from Airport to hotel and back
- All tickets for overnight buses
- Museum entrance fees and all tours
- Accommodation as specified in itineray
- Lunches, Dinners & Breakfasts as specified
- Professional English speaking guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned, nonsmoking vehicle.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 40 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.