Highlights: Istanbul,Antalya,Fethiye,Bodrum,Aphrodisias, Pamukkale,Ephesus,Cappadocia
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Turkey is a magnificent country with unique places to visit. It is a perfect choice for people who want to know more about Turkey. This itinerary includes top sites in Western and Central Turkey. So to get the most from your visit to Turkey , look no further than this tour.It is a private guided tour in each location and operated all year around.
DAY 1 Istanbul
After your arrival to Istanbul, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport with a sign on which your name is written.Transfer with a private van and check in your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 2- Istanbul Old City Tour Breakfast (B) Lunch (L)
We start strolling to the great square which was once The Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great parklike area surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and The Underground Cistern, commonly called the Basilica Cistern.Lunch break,then we proceed for Topkapi Palace. It was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. Harem Section in the palace is optional and extra.Grand Bazaar is the last stop. It is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. At Grand Bazaar have free time and turn back your hotel by yourself.For your hotel location,you will be informed by your guide.
Topkapi Palace on Tuesdays , Grand Bazaar on Sundays.
DAY 3 – Bosphorus Cruise / Dolmabahce Palace. (B,L)
We start the day with Dolmabahce Palace.Out of all the sites to see in Istanbul , Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most impressive and intriguing one. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments.In the afternoon, you will be in the hearth of Istanbul. Istiklal Street is the most active street of Istanbul and there are numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, book shops on Istiklal Avenue. Lunch in Istiklal Avenue.Free time and end of the tour ,on your own , you come back to hotel by a public transport.Overnight Istanbul.
Dolmabahce Palace on Mondays and Thursdays
DAY 4 -Pıerre Loti / Spice Bazaar (B,L)
After check out from the hotel , continue for Suleymaniye Mosque built on the order of Sultan Suleiman in 1558.Next is Chora Museum .It contains one of the best-preserved collections of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes that represent fascinating wall paintings which tell the life of Christ in an historical order.One of the best spot overlooking Golden Horn is Pierre Loti.Tea break at Pierre Loti.Before visiting Egyptian Bazaar, You have a lunch. The Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar) is one of Istanbul’s oldest markets, and a time-honored symbol of the city. End of the tour and transfer to airport for Antalya flight.When you arrive, you will be greeted and transferred to hotel. Overnight Antalya.
DAY 5 – Perge/ Aspendos / Side Ancient City Tour (B,L, )
After a leisure breakfast , drive to Perge.It is an ancient city and once the capital of the region Pamphylia.Besides the historical facts ,Perge enables the visitors visual journey. Then lead to Aspendos.Aspendos is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient amphitheatre.Ancient city is located 48 km away from Antalya city center. Its spectacularly well-preserved theatre is one of the best example of Roman constructions in the world. Later on , we visit Side. Its location is next to the sea on a peninsula . The ruins of ancient Side are among of the most spectacular that remain in the modern world and exhibit hundreds of years of Greek life in the Roman Empire.Its coastal location made Side a desirable trading port. And with ancient ruins, Side is well worth a visit to those seeking ancient exploration.
DAY 6 – Phaselis / Duden Waterfall / Antalya Museum (B,L )
Today, drive first to Phaselis. Phaselis is a very attractive ancient site near Antalya, situated between Lycia and Pamphilia.The ruins of Phaselis,largely covered by rich vegetation,may be considered among the most picturesque ancient remains of Turkey. When it was founded by the Rhodians. Its harbour location made it an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt.Then have a visit to Antalya Museum. Its unuqie collection of artefacts shedding light on the entire history of the region renders the Antalya Museum one of the leading museums of the world.Your visit to Antalya’s magnificent landscape must include a trip to one of its resplendent waterfalls. Upper Duden Waterfall 10 km North of the city centre , is almost a part of heaven.Overnight Antalya.
DAY 7 - Ghost Town (Kayakoy) / Oludeniz / Rock Tombs. (B,L)
After your pleasant breakfast , lead to Fethiye. First place to see is Ghost Town. Drive through the pine forests, panoramic view of Greek Village meets us with it's authentic style. This is an old Greek village with more than 3000 houses. After foundation of Turkish Repuplic , there was an agreement to exchange population with Greece.The old village called Levissi or Karmylassos in ancient times with two churches and 14 chapels.Next is Oludeniz. It is one of the natural wonders of the world and meets you with its excellent blue heaven and entertainment beyond belief. Oludeniz is the best site for paragliding.The rock tombs , which are accepted as the symbol of the city , are located on a strategic hill with the best Fethiye view .Rock tombs are belived to have been constructed in memory of King Amnytas who was the ruler of Telmessos(Fethiye). Overnight Fethiye.
DAY 8 Fethiye / Bodrum City Tour (B,L)
Check out from hotel , Drive to Bodrum. Have a visit the Castle of St. Peter, the symbol of Bodrum. The Crusader castle was built by the Knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409.The castle also houses the largest Underwater Archeological Museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world.Next step for The Mausoleum. The Mausoleum was classified as a wonder because of its beauty and great value. The decorations and the sculptures were really magnificent .It is identified as one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Finally we stop for The Ancient Theatre which is located on the hillside overlooking Bodrum. Built in the time of Mausolus, it is one of the very few surviving pre-Hellenistic theaters in Asia Minor and thus one of the oldest.
DAY 9 - Bodrum / Aphrodisias (B,L ,D)
After check out , on the way to Pamukkale, we are going to visit Aphrodisias Ancient Site. Turkey has hundreds of ancient city.But this site can be one of your favourite place because of its great condition.The sheer size of Aphrodisias is astonishing. Many of the structures at Aphrodisias have now been excavated and are in a perfect condition, which helps create a full picture of what the city looked like in its golden ages.You can see Tetrapylon, the most impressive structure of Aphrodisias The Stadium,Ancient Theatre ,Sebastion and its museum.Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 10 -Pamukkale / Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Today before we leave for Kusadasi, Nature wonder Pamukkale and Hierapolis our destinations. The sacred Hierapolis of Phrgia is the first.It is one of the antique cities of the Agean and was placed together with Pamukkale, on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1988.Shaped by the hand of nature and extant since the ancient times, Pamukkale is one of the world’s most outstanding legacies. Welcoming thousands of visitors for its ancient monuments and natural wonders every year, Pamukkale is waiting to welcome you as well! Drive and overnight Kusadasi.
DAY 11- Ephesus / Flight to Cappadocia (B,L,)
Check out hotel and proceed to Virgin Mary House. It is a world-famous place of pilgrimage and believed to be last home of the Virgin Mary. A principal city of science ,culture and art of its era ,Ephesus had been a residential area starting from the pre-historic era and through the Hellenistic ,Roman,Eastern Roman periods. Have lunch break.Temple of Artemis is known as one of the seven wonders of ancient world.We finish the tour with St John Church. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist and prophet.Drive to Izmir airport. Fly to Cappadocia.You will be greeted and transfer to hotel.Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 12 –Red Tour Cappadocia (B,L)
Start the day with a walk in Red Valley, famous for its rocks capes, local culture and historical sites. At the end of your walk you will reach Cavusin Village. Here a spectacular rock castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you.Pasabagi is another stop, also called the Monks Valley. it’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot.Lunch in a local restaurant in Goreme town. Goreme Open Air Museum,the world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Panoramic view point Esentepe,where is the spectacular view over Goreme. Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 13 – Blue Tour Cappadocia (B,L)
Pick up from your hotel and first have visit to Mustafapasa,an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses.Keslik Monastery consists of a small church, cells and a frater, the dining room for the monks and a garden outside. Soganli Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Lunch and visit to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved and most visited underground cities in Cappadocia. End of the tour, Overnight Cappadocia
DAY 14 –Cappadocia / Flight to Home (B)
Transfer to Cappadocia Airport to board with an early flight to Istanbul for your onward flight and say goodbye to our dear guests.If you would like,up to your wish, extra day(s) in Istanbul or Cappadocia, you can spend .Today only breakfast is included.
The tour includes ;
Transfers from / to airports with a private van.
Enterance fees to sights as described in the itinerary
Transportation with a private A/C luxury minivan or minibus.
Lunches and dinners as described in the itinerary ( vegetarian meals available - drinks extra)
13 Nights Accommodation with breakfast at 4 or 5 star hotels.
Private tour at all sites with a private licensed tour guide.
Domestic flight tickets as described in the itinerary.If avaible upon request business class flight you can get.
The tour excludes ;
All kinds of drinks.
Non-mandatory but customary tips.
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