Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 20 Days / 19 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Istanbul – Gallipoli – Troy – Pergamum – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Fethiye – Blue cruise – Antalya and Cappadocia
Day 1: 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
After breakfast pick up from hotel and do the full day tour of old city part, visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. After tour free afternoon and overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 3: Istanbul
After breakfast, you have free day to explore Istanbul on your own. You can visit Cistern enjoy at Grand Bazaar. Free afternoon and overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Gallipoli Tour at 06:30-07:00am
Pick up from the hotel in the morning (06:00 -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. Lunch will be served on the tour, and at the end of the day drive back to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. (Lunch)
Day 5: Troy Tour at 08:30am
Pick up from hotel at 08:30 am, 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. Then drive to Kusadasi to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 6: Ephesus tour at 09:00am
Breakfast at your hotel. At 09:30am depart for a full days tour of the Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, the Hadrian, Celsius Library and House of the Virgin Mary with lunch on the tour. End of the day transfer back to your hotel, free time and overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 7: Free day in Kusadasi
After breakfast, it is a free day for you to explore Kusadasi town on your own, may be good to visit Sirince village or enjoying one of the beach around Kusadasi. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour at 08:15am
08:00 am, pick 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. At the end of the day transfer to the bus station to go to Fethiye. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the evening is yours. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 9: Fethiye
The day is your to relax and enjoy the day away at one of the best beaches of Turkey, “The Blue Lagoon”, or explore the city. We will remain in Fethiye for the evening. (Breakfast)
Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Blue Cruise
After breakfast we have a look at the Pirates Cave before cruising to Andriace harbor. Disembarkation before lunch. We arrive 13:00-15:00 and you will transfer to bus station, take a bus to Antalya, after arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay. (Breakfast)
Day 14: Antalya
Breakfast at the hotel and free day for you to explore old city part of Antalya. We organize your hotel in old city part as well (Inside of the Castle) Free time and overnight in Antalya. (Breakfast)
Day 15: Antalya to Cappadocia by plane via Istanbul
After breakfast transfer to airport and take a flight to Cappadocia via Istanbul. After arrive in Cappadocia transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in a Cave hotel at Cappadocia. (Breakfast)
Day 16: 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.
overnight in a cave hotel.
Day 17: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.
overnight in a cave hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 18: 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. (Breakfast)
Day 19: 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. (Breakfast)
Day 20: 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. (Breakfast)
What is included
Internal Flıght Tıckets Antalya to Cappadocıa and Cappadocıa to Istanbul
- All the transfers from Airport to hotel and back
- All tickets for overnight buses
- Museum entrance fees and all tours
- Accommodation as specified in itinerary
- 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 Flight in Cappadocia: 175 Euros per adult cash payment (no child reduction)
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.