Discover Turkey on this 15 Days Western Discovery Tour
This small group Grand Tour is conducted by a comfortable non-smoking minivan with air conditioning and separates professional driver and guide, and we allow a maximum of 14 passengers.
This is a full-service escorted tour with entry fees to the sights as mentioned included with no expensive hidden extras. Hotels are a mix of nice quality hotels, all with private ensuite facilities.
We think you will be enchanted with the varied sights, tastes and culture of Turkey and you will appreciate the nicely paced journey that allows you to discover and enjoy the best of Turkey.
Some of the sights you will visit while on this fantastic Turkey Tour are the main sights in Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and a Bosphorus cruise which connects Europe with Asia.
You will be mesmerised by the stunning landscape of Cappadocia, the pure white travertines in Pamukkale and one of the best preserved ancient sites in existence at Ephesus.
Explore the Turkish Mediterranean including the Duden Waterfalls in Antalya, the Santa Claus Museum in Demre and the Island of Kekova where you will take a cruise and swim in the many bays along the way.
These are just some of the sights you will see on this Turkey adventure with an opportunity to see all the famous sites of this beautiful country all in one trip.
- See all the amazing sights in Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and take a Bosphorus Cruise
- Be in awe at all the site at Cappadocia including the Fairy Chimneys and Love Valley at Goreme
- See the Whirling Dervishes of Konya and and visit the neolitic age open air museum at Çatalhöyük
- Explore the Turkish Mediterranean including Antalya, Demre and the island of Kokova
- Visit the pure white travertines at Pamukkale and the Greco Roman site at Aphrodisias
- wander along the 2,000 year old marble streets of Ephesus
- Explore the fabulous sights of Bursa including the Great Mosque
- Scheduling: Private
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English
- Duration: 15 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Itinerary and availability are subject to change
- We do not recommend this tour for pregnant woman or anyone with a serious medical issue
- Pick-up servicePick up from Istanbul Airport
- CancellationYou can cancel your tour 7 days prior to the travel date with a full refund except for the domestic flights which are non-refundable.
- On Request
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Professional guide
- Istanbul to Cappadocia domestic flight
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- All fees and taxes
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- Other services not mentioned
- Any drink and meals that are not stated in the itinerary
- Visas to enter Turkey
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities (optional)
Our guide will meet you at Istanbul Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul where you will have the rest of the day to relax.
Your guide will collect you have enjoyed breakfast from your hotel in Istanbul and start the tour at Topkapi Palace, which was an abode for the Ottoman Sultans in the 15th to 19th centuries. You will also get to see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain and the robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed.
Next, it is on to the beautiful Blue Mosque that was built for Sultan Ahmet I. This structure is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 decorative blue Iznik tiles.
Then it will be on to the Hippodrome (At Meydani), with an Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. this also the place where the chariot races took place.
At the end of the afternoon, we will visit the Grand Bazaar with its 4000 shops full of treasures and where you will find the perfect memory to take back home.
Enjoy breakfast before your guide will pick you up to start the day at Hagia Sophia Museum, which was built by the Emperor Justinian and was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years.
Then visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) to discover the flavours and the aromas of Istanbul with every herb and spice you can possibly think of available to purchase.
Cruise the Bosphorus Strait that connects Europe to Asia with some amazing views along the way.
You will then be transferred to Istanbul airport for a flight to Kayseri and then a transfer to Ürgüp to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Today you will have your breakfast before visiting Goreme National Park, where you will have an entire day to enjoy the natural beauty cultural depth and stunning landscape of this unique region.
You will get to explore the frescoed interiors of Goreme's cave churches, which dates back to the 8th century before going to see the mesmerising landscape of the Fairy Chimneys.
Once you have enjoyed breakfast your guide will begin today's tour with a Visit to Özkonak or similar underground city which is a maze of different levels and rooms.
Then you will stop at the Hanging Bridge of Avanos town before visiting the Red Valley famous for the red-rose colour of the rocks and is one of the most stunning of the many valleys in the Cappadocia region. On this part of the tour, there will be about 6 km of walking.
The final stops of the day will be a visit of Çavuşin Town where you will get a chance to witness some pottery be made and maybe you could give it a try. Then on to Love Valley made up of wide valleys with unique rock formations spiking out of the sparse terrain.
You will have an early breakfast before checking out of your hotel and driving to Konya where on the way you will visit Obruk Han Caravanserail and its lake.
Once in Konya which was known as Iconium in the Roman times and was the capital of the Seljuk Turks from the 12th to 13th centuries. You will visit Mevlana Muzesi (museum), Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi founded a Sufi order known as the Whirling Dervishes.
Today after breakfast, we will visit one of the most surprising neolithic age open-air museum of Çatalhöyük that rises 20m above the flatlands. The East Mound found at Çatalhöyük is left over from one of the most prominent Neolithic settlements on Earth and about 9500 years ago, up to 8000 people lived here, and the mound comprises of 13 levels of buildings, each containing around 1000 structures. Little now remains of the ancient centre other than the excavation areas, which draws archaeologists from all over the world.
After here we will make our way to Antalya.
Today we will have a tour of Antalya on the Turkish Mediterranean Coast starting with a visit to Antalya's Old Town with its charming marina, Hadrians Gate, coffee and tea shops.
After walking and the guide explaining about the city, your guide will give you some necessary free time where you can explore this beautiful city and is an excellent chance to purchase some holiday souvenirs.
You will then stop at Hadrian's Gate before visiting Düden Waterfalls, a famous waterfall of Karpuzkaldıran in Antalya.
Today you will visit the Santa Claus Museum in Demre and see the Church of St. Nicholas where you will learn the legend of Santa Claus and how he originated in Turkey, and the church is now a pilgrimage site.
Next, is the Island of Kekova, where you will take a boat and cruise to the ancient harbour and view Andriake with the Granary of Hadrian and shops at the edge of the water bordering on Bird Paradise.
According to weather and the wishes of the group you may want to take a dip in the cold curative waters of the Burguc Spring or a swim on one of the unspoiled bays nearby.
After this relaxing day, you will then make your way to Fethiye.
Drive to Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle by crossing the magnificent Taurus Mountains again.
Arrival to Pamukkale where you will see immense tiers of white limestone cascading down a barren hillside making it a mesmerising landscape.
Next, visit Hierapolis, with the Temple of Apollo and extensive Necropolis the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater.
Today, after breakfast, we will drive through the valley following the Meander River, which gave us the word “Meandering. We will then spend some time at the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, which is still being excavated and features the Temple of Aphrodite, two agoras, a huge intact stadium, baths of Hadrian and theatre, and was the site of a famous sculptural school.
After looking around at the site of Aphrodisias we will then make our way to Kusadasi
Once you have had breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Ephesus an ancient city about 30 minutes from Kuşadası where you will explore the ancient city by wandering along its 2,000-year-old marble streets to such famous sites such as the theatre and the Celsus Library.
Then you will visit The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world although today only a column remains to indicate where one of the Seven Wonders of the World was.
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel in Kusadasi and continue to Bursa and surrounds the mosques, mausoleums and other sites from its incarnation as the first Ottoman capital.
Despite being built-up and somewhat chaotic but its strong Ottoman core and plenty of parks that keep it extremely placid in places. For some fresh air after walking around the markets, the soaring peaks of Mt Uludağ (Turkey's premier ski resort) are nearby, with Çekirge's thermal Hamams en route.
Bursa was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2014 for being the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire, and the city's historic contributions to Islamic development have given it an austere reputation.
While in Bursa we will visit the Grand Mosque, Silk Bazaar and Green Mausoleum of Bursa before stopping at Koza Hani, and the Silk Bazaar.
Once you have had breakfast, you will depart to Istanbul, and upon arrival, you will visit the Karaköy Pera district by walking and see the ever-bustling Istiklal Avenue that goes from Taksim Square just about all the way to the famous landmark of Galata Tower. Istiklal Avenue is the beating heart of the city, and three million people pass it every day. Although High Street chains and fast food joints are starting to edge out the more old fashioned shops, there’s still traces of old Istanbul here. Also if you get the chance ride the tram which goes the middle of the street.
After you have had breakfast, you will have some free time until it is time for our guide to take you to the airport for your departure flight or maybe you could extend your holiday.
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as walking is involved
- Please make sure you dress appropriately when entering any religious sites
- Please make sure you name matches exactly as it appears on the passport
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