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Wonderful Turkey with Incredible Sights on a 11 Days Tour

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Duration: 11 days
Product code: 4856
Overview

Explore some of the best highlights of Turkey and see some of the amazing places of history and stunning landscape that this beautiful country has to offer. Throughout your trip, you’ll visit Istanbul’s highlights, including Hagia Sofia and cruise between two continents on a Bosphorus cruise.

Explore the fairy-tale landscape of mystifying Cappadocia where you can also see the labyrinth of the underground city. You may even have the option to take a hot balloon ride, which is a memory you won't want to forget.

See Antalya on the Turquoise coast with some amazing and beautiful landscape and get to Visit to Perge, Aspendos and Kursunlu waterfalls or Antalya Museum.

You will venture to the UNESCO-listed Ephesus where you will see one of the worlds best-preserved ancient site and see where Virgin Mary spent her final days at the House of the Virgin Mary. Get to experience Temple of Artemis one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Visit the awe-inspiring pure white travertines of Pamukkale and take a dip in the Cleopatras pool where you can see the fallen columns below. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders that you are able to see from various mineral springs in a vast white cliffside. Also, see the ruins of Hierapolis.

 

Highlights
  • Explore Istanbul with its many sights including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar
  • See the mysterious landscape of cappadocia and visit an underground city
  • Explore the Uchisar Rock-Castle, the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and go to a traditional pottery workshop in Avanos
  • Choose to do either a Ihlara Canyon hike or a traditional village tour in Cappadocia
  • Visit Antalya and see Aspendos and Kursunlu waterfalls
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus one of the best-preserved ruins in the world
  • See the pure white travertines at Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis
Know Before You Book
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian
  • Duration Duration: 11 days
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from Istanbul Airport
  • Cancellation Cancellation
    You 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 On Request
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available 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.
Inclusions
  • Domestic flights in the program
  • Transportation by a comfortable AC non smoking Luxurious car/Van with professional driver
  • Professional and experienced licensed guide during the tours
  • All accommodation
  • Entry fees to the sites and museums
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
Exclusions
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Meals that are not stated in the itinerary
  • Drinks
Itinerary
Days

Arrival to Istanbul Airport where our driver/guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel for check-in before having the rest of the day at your leisure.

  • Accommodation : Hotel in Istanbul

Go to the Topkapi Palace, which was once used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and see the magnificent collection of priceless jewels, silver, crystal, and porcelain, robes that were worn by the sultans and the relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Entrance to the Harem is extra).

Visit the Hagia Sophia, which was built by Emperor Justinian and was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years and has intricate mosaics and a huge central dome.

After lunch, we will visit the stunning Blue Mosque that was built for Sultan Ahmet I, and is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles.

Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II and visit the hidden Underground Cistern.

See the Grand Covered Bazaar with its many shops perfect for your holiday souvenirs. 


  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Istanbul

Visit the exotic Egyptian Spice Market located on the Golden Horn before boarding your cruise of the Bosphorus where the waterway separates the two continents Europe and Asia.

Pass by Rumeli fortress which was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, so he could prepare for his conquest of Istanbul.

Cross over the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia where you will visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was once the summer address of the Ottoman Sultans, then on to Camlica Hill for a fantastic view of Istanbul.

Time for lunch in a lovely seaside fish restaurant. Cruise is on a public boat unless other arrangements are made.

 

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Istanbul

Fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia, and upon arrival, you will be met at the airport just outside the arrival’s gate and transfer to Cappadocia. 



Tour the Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the fascinating underground settlements in Cappadocia then drive to Sahinefendi (Sobesos) which is newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses and Archaeological excavation site.

Villages in the valleys are surrounded by the “tabletop” mountains which are spectacular.

Continue to the Keslik Monastery close to Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a thin smoke layer which you can only see by torchlight.

Visit Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; outstanding examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.

Visit Saruhan Caravanserai, a roadside inn where travellers would rest and recover from their day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of information, commerce and people across a network of trade routes of North Africa, Asia, and South-Eastern Europe on the legendary Silk Road and the Spice Road.

Continue with the panorama of the Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations and is in the heart of Cappadocia but still away from the tourist crowd.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Cappadocia
  • Flight : Flight to Cappadocia

Meet at the hotel reception after breakfast, then have your first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with some rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley, walk-in Pasabag near Zelve and wonder at the “fairy chimneys” where the sound of the wind mixes with the “songs of fairies”.

Lunch in Avanos which has been the centre of terra cotta work of art since around 3000 BC and you will get a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop.

In the afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art that are in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century).

Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Cappadocia

OPTION 1: TURKISH VILLAGE LIFE AND CULINARY TOUR
Starting the day with a visit to the local market (only available only on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays) or take a morning walk to the fruit orchards in Ayvali Village.

We will pick and taste fresh fruits from the trees (harvesting between June and October), or you could choose to visit the cave storages for potatoes and lemons.

The tour then continues with a walk through the narrow streets of the village where each door opens as the villagers invite you for a cup of çay (tea) and a plate full of dessert or fruit.

According to the season, join the villagers to learn and help make grape syrup, tomato sauce productions and pumpkin seed collecting. Visit the local meeting point, Kahvehane,(coffeehouse) to learn more about their lifestyle and local games while drinking Turkish coffee and tea. Go to the mosque in the village and learn about religious customs.

For lunch, we are invited to a real village house to join a Turkish family where we will collect the ingredients from their garden and participate in cooking a delicious Turkish meal.

After lunch, we will take a walk through a beautiful hidden valley near the village then drive to a cave wine house to see the process of making the tasty and famous Cappadocia wine.

Before heading back to the hotel, there may be an optional stop to see an art and handicraft centre of Cappadocia.

OPTION 2: IHLARA CANYON HIKING
Drive to Ihlara and on the way walk in the Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River.

Rock-cut churches spread across a wild plantation that will surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible.

Have lunch in Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river and stop at Selime, a village with cave houses and a “star wars” like landscape.

At the end of the day, transfer to the airport for a direct flight to Antalya ( or via Istanbul ). Arrival and meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Antalya,

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Antalya
  • Flight : Flight to Antalya

We will see Perge, which was initially settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. Visit the impressive collonaded street, baths, nymphaeum, and agora and the fountain of the River God, where waters once poured down the centre of the city.

Visit Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world.

We will then visit the beautiful Kursunlu waterfalls or Antalya Museum.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Antalya

Take a morning flight from Antalya to Izmir (direct). Arrive and meet at the airport and visit the ancient city of Ephesus.

Visit the ancient city of Ephesus and spend a few hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Apostles Paul, Caesar, Cicero, and John and many other well-known historical names.

The recently opened Terrace Houses (entry included) which is where the wealthiest Romans lived and are a great example of sensitive excavation and presentation and the mosaics and frescos are stunning.

Tradition has it that St John brought Virgin Mary hereafter the Crucifixion and lived her last years close to the city of Ephesus on a secluded mountaintop. A lovely chapel was constructed on the site and tended by Franciscans and open to visitors and has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope.

We will continue with Saint John Church where Apostle John spent his final years and was buried and visit the temple of Artemis to see the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Kusadasi
  • Flight : Flight to Izmir

Drive to Pamukkale and on the way visit Laodicea (present name Denizli) and one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor.

Excavations are still active, and an ancient city as beautiful as Ephesus will soon be uncovered.

We will see the ancient theatres, the remains of the basilica which were recently uncovered, ancient stone water pipes, Temple A, agora and the monumental fountain.

After Laodicea, discover the pure white travertine terraces and the ruins of Hierapolis.

The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are definitely one of the most spectacular natural wonders that you will be able to see from several mineral springs in a substantial white cliffside.

About 200 m overlooking the plain you can see how the calcite-laden waters have dripped over a number of terraced levels and created a fairyland of unusual solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins and look like creations made from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle).

Moreover, the water in the basins changes its colour according to how the light enters.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Pamukkale

Transfer to Denizli airport and take a morning flight from Denizli to Istanbul Airport.

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Free afternoon for the last chance to complete your visits.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Istanbul
  • Flight : Flight to Istanbul

Transfer to Istanbul Airport to connect to your international flight.

  • Breakfast
Meeting Point
Pick up from Istanbul Airport. Times will be confirmed once the booking has been made

Additional Info
  • Please check if you need a visa to enter Turkey
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance before you travel
  • Flights tickets are e-tickets. Calculation is based on promotional class and rates are subject to change until ticketed. You will receive references to flight tickets after booking.
  • This itinerary is subject to change and may be reversed without prior notice according to weather, museum closing days, daily events or other unforeseen circumstances
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Reviewed by Grant H GB   July 14, 2019
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Me and my wife decided that we would do this tour for our honeymoon and we loved every second of it with the lovely culture and interesting historical sights highly recommend this tour. Our favourite part of the tour was Cappadocia it was simply magical like something straight from a fairytale. The fairy chimneys are breathtaking we love the underground city of Kaymakli it was very interesting. We also found Istanbul fascinating with all of the amazing sights to see Topkapi Castel, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and lots more. We enjoyed the Bosphorus cruise as well ,overall it was a great experience.
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Yazmine GB   July 15, 2019

Hello Grant, Thank you for your review. Happy to head you enjoyed this tour. Kind regards Yazmine.

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Reviewed by Katharina S CA   June 01, 2019
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Loved Turkey and I highly recommend this trip. The history you’ll find in the Best Of Turkey will blow you away - it exceeded expectations. There’s so much to see at every stop - churches, mosques, nature, well-preserved ruins, a little adventure, and a pottery workshop. So much was included and we took advantage of the extras as well. You’ll find Turkey is very safe and friendly to all.
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Maria GB   June 02, 2019

Hello Katharina.Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for sharing your feelings about Turkey. And also for recommending this trip. It is very appreciated. Kind regards, Maria.

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Reviewed by Samantha F US   March 30, 2016
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This trip was exceptional! Our tour guide, helped make this trip the very best holiday anyone could as for. Turkey is a must-see! The itinerary has a perfect balance of inclusions and free time.
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Patricia US   March 30, 2019

Thank you for your review, saying that this trip exceptional because of the guide. I pass your words on to our guide team. Thanks, Patricia.

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Reviewed by Belinda D L NL   November 30, -0001
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This tour has exceeded all my expectations and I have fallen in love with Turkey. The history in this country is incredible and around every corner.
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Louise GB   November 30, 2019

Thank you for sharing your feelings in a review.Louise.

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