Reception at Istanbul airport for a private transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy the city on your own until your guide comes to pick you up for a short night-out...
Comprehensive old city of Istanbul tour will take you to a journey to the Ottoman and Byzantium times...
Cruise in between Asia and Europe before exploring the oriental Spice Market and proceed to the Jewel of the Ottoman architecture; Suleymaniye mosque...
Drive to Gallipoli to see the most dramatic battlefields of WWI and witness the heroic combat of many nations before checking in to your hotel in Canakkale
Visit Troy ancient city to explore where the Trojan war took place. Continue to Pergamon then for overnight...
Visit Acropolis of Pergamon located on a hill top and continue to Asclepieion then to see a hellenistic hospital...
Walk on the marble streets of Ephesus rivaling Rome in the ancient times and see the rich's lifestyles as you climb the stairs in the Terrace houses...
Visit Aphrodisias which is the best preserved ancient city in Turkey. Continue to Pamukkale then and explore the ancient city of Hierapolis nearby the white travertines...
Drive to Marmaris and check in to your boat awaiting you in the harbor. Catch the rhtyhm of the city before you sail to the Turquoise waters of the Aegean the next day...
Enjoy the clear waters of the Aegean Sea and the food prepared by your crew everyday and only consider when and where to swim...
Continue exploring the Turquoise Coast of Turkey with your gullet and the interesting sites nearby the water...
Leave your boat after breakfast for a private transfer to Antalya city. Explore the attractive city on your own in the afternoon...
Visit the jewels of ancient Pamphylia; Perge ancient city, Aspendos Theater before enjoying a lunch by on of the waterfalls of the region...
Leave Antalya and drive over the Taurus mountains to reach Konya. Visit the Mauseleum of Rumi after lunch overlooking the Rose gardens of the museum...
Visit the biggest Caravanserai of Anatolia Sultanhani before taking a lunch break in the middle of the Ihlara Valley...
Start the day with a "once in a lifetime experience" Hot air balloon flight and explore the poetic landscape of Cappadocia...
Enjoy a peaceful walk before lunch and continue to explore the unbeaten in Cappadocia; the land of beautiful horses...
Depart Cappadocia to Hattusa which was the capital of the Hittites rivaling Egypt in the ancient times...
Witness the struggle of the Turkish people in the Independence War Museum underneath the Mausoleum of Ataturk; founder of Turkish Republic...
Enjoy a relaxing day in Safranbolu which houses the best examples of Ottoman civil architecture and production center of Turkish Saffrone...
Drive to Istanbul to catch your flight back home with unforgettable memories of our country...
- Hagia Sophia
- Topkapi Palace
- Bosphorus Cruise
- Underground Basilica Cistern
- Gallipoli Battlefields
- The Dardanelles
- Troy & Assos
- Ephesus Ancient City
- Library of Celcius
- House of Virgin Mary
- Selcuk Museum
- Terrace Houses
- The Cathedral of St John the Apostle
- Pamukkale Travertines
- 3 Night Blue Cruise on turquoise waters
- Antalya Kaleici
- Aspendos Theatre
- Perge Ancient City
- Duden Waterfall
- Mevlana Museum
- Kaymakli Underground City
- Goreme Open Air Museum
- Red & Rose Valleys
- Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia
- Anatolian Civilization Museum
- Mausoleum of Ataturk - Anitkabir
Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul
Our driver will pick you up from Istanbul Ataturk airport and will drop you to your hotel. Our guide will meet you in the afternoon for a short orientation tour and a night out in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Walking The Old City of Istanbul
Our guide will meet you at your hotel at a desired time. Your first visit will be the majestic Topkapi Palace from where the Ottoman Empire was ruled for 3 centuries. Gates, chambers, mosques, private gardens and the harem apartments are solid proof of the splendor of the Ottoman sultans who ruled an empire once surrounded the Mediterranean Sea. After taking a coffee break at the terraces of the palace with views of the Asian Continent, you will visit the Hagia Sophia which was an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and had been the throne of the Eastern Orthodox Church for more than seven centuries. A visit to an underground cistern of Yerebatan is a must to see just one of the water reservoirs of the Byzantium palaces once existed in the old city of Constantinople. The Blue mosque will be another highlight of the day thanks to the blue tiles decorating the high inner walls of the structure. Your tour of the old city of Istanbul will finish after a stroll around the Columns located in the Sultanahmet square and then, our guide will drop you to your hotel for an overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Bosphorus Cruise
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel at a desired time this time to take you to a journey in time. Your first stop will be the Spice Market where the Eastern merchants traded with their western colleagues. You will take a public ferry then, to sail in between 2 continents which is an experience to take only in Istanbul. The Bosphorus strait divides Istanbul into 2 parts and as you sail in between, you will see the best examples of the mansions and palaces built for the rich living in Istanbul. You will return to Eminonu again just to visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Blue Mosque envy this one because of the blue tiles used in the decoration of the mosque. Suleymaniye mosque awaits you on a hill top with the 53 meters of dome which is the tallest in Istanbul. Suleymaniye was built by the Grand Architect Sinan to the legendary emperor of the Ottomans; Soliman the Magnificent. The whole complex houses a hospital, soup kitchen, a school and a library which are still used by various foundations today. Grand Bazaar is just a stone throw away from the mosque and is a must while in Istanbul. After exploring the hundreds of streets of the Grand Bazaar, you will be dropped back to your hotel for an Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Gallipoli
Gallipoli is located 4 hours away from Istanbul and it worth every minute spent on the road. The battlefields of the WWI are now located in a National Park and a protected area by the Government of Turkey and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. You are able to walk over the land where thousands lost their lives and see personally how terrible war is. After visiting the Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and the trenches located on a hill top, you will drive to Eceabat town to take a ferry across the Dardanelles. After check in to your hotel, it is recommended to take an afternoon walk in the attractive promenade of Canakkale to see the Trojan Horse and watch the sun go down over the Aegean Sea. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 5 - Troy
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Canakkale town to take you to the legendary Troy. It is located just an hour away from Canakkale and among the most important historical sites in the world. According to Homer, The Trojan war took place here and you may hear the voices of the heroes fought for the city and the most beautiful woman alive at those times; Helen. The ancient city has 12 archeological sites and teaches us the development of trade in between the Anatolians and the people of the Aegean Sea. After exploring Troy, you will continue to Assos where Aristotle established his first known school. Aristotle and his students studied zoology and biology here and he was also the head of a group of philosophers. When the Persians took the city, Aristotle fled to Macedonia to shelter by his close friend Philip II and tutored his son; Alexander the Great. You will drive down to the coast to a small fishing and resort town to take a lunch break by the clear water of the Aegan Sea you will drive approximately 3 hours for Pergamon. Overnight in Bergama.
Day 6 - Pergamon
You will leave your hotel in Bergama to explore the latest sites registered by UNESCO. Your first stop will be the Acropolis of Pergamon which basically means the city on the hill. The city is cited in the New Testament as well and most of the relics found from the excavations are in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin today. The ancient city has the steepest theater of Anatolia and people of Pergamon are the inventers of the parchment paper because the Egyptians were jealous of the size of the Pergamon Library and stopped trading papyrus. After a walk in Acropolis, you will continue to the slopes of the city where the Red Hall is standing. It is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation but was built to honor the Serapis; a Greco-Egyptian god. There are two towers located on the each side of the temple and one of them is still used as a mosque by the locals of modern Bergama. After lunch in one of the small local restaurants of the city, you will drive to the outskirts of Bergama to visit one of the most important hospitals of the Hellenistic world; Asclepeion. The hospital was so ostentatious in the past that they did not welcome death in. It is considered the first place on earth where music and psychotherapy was used during the treatments. After exploring this hospital, you will drive around 3 hours to the south for and Overnight in Sirince.
Day 7 - Ephesus
After a nice breakfast in the garden of your Sirince hotel, our guide will pick you up for a whirlwind Ephesus tour. You will first visit the House of the Virgin Mary which is an important place for both Muslim and Christian people. The mother of Jesus spent her last days here and starting with Pope Leo, Pope Jean Paul and Pope Benedict has visited the shrine. After a tea break by the woods, you will drive to the Ancient city of Ephesus which was the biggest city once in the Hellenistic times. While strolling in the marble streets of Ephesus, masterpieces of civil and official architecture will amaze you. The Odeon, Temple of Domitian, Gate of Hercules are located before you descend to the most prominent structures of Ephesus such as the Terrace Houses and the Library of Celsus. The big theater of Ephesus shows you the splendor of the city when it was located by the ocean. You will leave Ephesus behind to see the Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A lonely column greets you when you arrive there but still it is able to show you how big the structure was in the Hellenistic times. After lunch, you will explore the Selcuk Museum to see the relics found from the 140 year long excavations of the Ephesus ancient city. Our guide will drop you to Sirince Village to rest in the small cafes and restaurants for your next day. Overnight in Sirince.
Day 8 - Pamukkale & Aphrodisias
Our guide will pick you up earlier than yesterday since 5 hours are spent on the wheel today. You will first arrive to Aphrodisias after 2,5 hours of drive but the ancient city, the museum located in the inside full of sculptures, tetrapylon and the stadium of Aphrodisias are worth the drive. The Sebasteion of the city is just a small clue how skilled the sculptures of the ancient city were. The houses built in the heart of the ancient city will surprise as you walk around the site. After lunch nearby the ancient city, you will continue to Hierapolis which means ‘holy city’ in Greek. The thermal waters of the area were used for healing purposes by the people who lived there since the 3rd Century BC and the ancient pools of the city were hosting Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius in the past. Being allies with the Romans, the city rapidly developed and gigantic monuments were built such as Baths, Theater, Agoras and thermal pools. Today the Roman Baths are used as a small museum exhibiting the beautiful sculptures and sarcophagus built for the rich once lived in the ancient city of Hierapolis. After a short break by the pool of Cleopatra, our guide will take you to the world famous UNESCO registered natural beauty called Pamukkale. The calcium in the thermal waters created white ponds and today a walk over the travertines is an experience itself. After the walk, you will meet your driver and check in to your hotel for an Overnight in Pamukkale town.
Day 9 - Pamukkale to Marmaris
3 Hour drive will take you to the bustling port city of Marmaris for your 3 night 4 day mini gullet cruise along the world famous Turquoise Coast of Turkey. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Pamukkale after breakfast and will drop you to the port of Marmaris where you will meet your boat, crew and your captain. Boarding starts after 15:30 and you will spend the first night in the harbor where you can indulge yourself into the attractive nightlife of Marmaris city. Overnight on board.
Day 10 – Cruise the Turquoise Coast
Wake up to a beautiful day in Marmaris and have your breakfast with the other participants of the boat. You will get a small briefing about your short cruise and sail to the Aegean waters. You will first stop at the gulf of Ekincik and can visit the Turtle beach where Caretta-Carettas lay their eggs. Take an optional boat trip along the marshes of Dalyan where you can experience the mud baths to get younger. You will get back to your boat for dinner and Overnight on board.
Day 11 – Cruise the Turquoise Coast
Your boat will leave Ekincik eary today because of the unsettled waters you have to cross. Once in Oludeniz, you will see a small dead sea and will have an opportunity to swim in the world famous bay of Oludeniz. After lunch, you will sail to Gemiler island and we highly recommend an afternoon walk over the island to explore the Church of St. Nicholas which is located on the top of the island. Overnight on board.
Day 12 - Disembark and Transfer to Antalya
On your last day on board, you will sail to Turunc Pinari for lunch and a swimming break before you arrive to Fethiye. After check out, our driver will pick you up from the crew of your boat and will take you to Antalya which will take around 3 hours. You will stay in Kaleici which is the old city of Antalya and very attractive not only among the tourists but the city dwellers as well. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 13 - Antalya
Our guide and driver will meet your at your hotel in Kaleici and will take you to Perge ancient city which has been a capital to the Pamphylia region during the Hellenistic era. Thanks to the visitation of Saint Paul, Perge is among the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey. The state agora, colonnaded street and the Nymphaeum of the city is still outstanding. Your visit to Perge will be followed by Aspendos which is the best preserved ancient theater in Anatolia. Built in 155. Aspendos Theater was used as a caravanserai and a palace by the Seljuks in the 13th Century which contributed to its conservation. After enjoying a Gladiator fight demonstration in the theater, we will have lunch nearby and drive back to our hotel for a leisure day in the old city of Antalya for a half day at leisure in Kaleici. Overnight in Antalya
Day 14 - Antalya to Konya
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Kaleici, Antalya and you will drive to Konya city. The Ancient city of Side will be visited with a unique Roman theater and the Temple of Apollo by the Mediterranean waters. 3 hour drive will take you to Konya then which has been a capital to the Seljuk's for many years. You will first visit the Dervish Lodge of Mevlana Celaleddin-I Rumi. Rumi’s father was invited to Konya by Alaeddin Keykubad I to establish a theological school for Konya city since Alaeddin wanted to create an education center in the middle of Anatolia. Upon his death, Rumi was asked to be in charge of his father’s school. He has many works but Mesnevi is the most famous one among them. He is the founder of the Mevlana Dervish Lodge and the father of the Whirling Dervishes. After visiting this spiritual museum where Rumi, his family and his important followers rest today, you will have lunch overlooking the garden of the museum. Lunch will be followed by a visit to Karatay Madrasa which was built in 1251 by the Seljukian governor Celaleddin Karatay. This structure was used for religious searches especially for the interpretation of the holy book the Quran. Today it houses beautiful Seljuk tile relics which makes it an important museum for handcraft passionates. After a walk in the attractive Alaeddin Park of Konya, we will check in our hotel and overnight in Konya.
Day 15 - Konya to Cappadocia
After breakfast, you will start driving on the fertile plains of Central Anatolia which is considered the bread basket of Turkey with our guide. You will take a break by the biggest Caravanserai of Anatolia; Sultanhan. This huge complex was built to host the traders during the Seljukian and Ottoman Era and was built in the 13th Century. Our break will be followed by a drive to Ihlara Valley for a lunch break by the Peristrema stream which is responsible for this natural beauty. Ihlara valley is a 12 km gorge housing hundreds of churches and troglodyte houses which were used as monasteries by the Greeks. After a little walk in the valley, our guide will take you to one of the underground cities on the way to Cappadocia where you will be able to explore the hidden caves carved into the ground by the Cappadocians who were trying to protect their valuables from the enemies. After a short drive, you can enjoy the sunset over the phenomenal landscape of Cappadocia and check in to your cave hotel for an Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 16 - Hot Air Balloon Flight & Cappadocia Tour
You will start the day with a hot air balloon flight over the poetic landscape of Cappadocia. Best opportunity to picture Cappadocia and watch the sunset in Turkey. This once-in-a-life-time experience will be celebrated with a bottle of champagne after landing and you will be driven back to hotel for breakfast.
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and you will start your Cappadocai tour rightaway. Your first stop will be the Imagination Valley, locally called as 'Devrent' to see the most interesting geological formations of the region. Next stop is the Monks Valley that is called Pasabag in Turkish where amazing formations of fairy chimneys will make you think that you are in a different planet. Before lunch, you will be visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO heritage site housing late Byzantine churches carved into the volcanic rock cliffs and decorated with frescoes painted by Christian monks in the late 10th century. After lunch in the world famous Goreme village, you can enjoy a rest and a hot cup of Turkish coffee while overlooking the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia from a major view point. Uchisar castle will be the highlight of the day thanks to the exceptional views of the region from an elevation of 1350 meters. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 17 - Off the beaten Cappadocia
Our guide will meet you after breakfast at your hotel and will take you to a walk in the beautiful Red Valley to explore the hidden churches of Cappadocia. 4 hour walk will end up in a small village called Cavusin and lunch will be served in a small restaurant across the old Cavusin village. You will visit the Church of Nicephorus Phocas which is named after the Eastern Roman emperor who reigned in the 10th Century. Since the church had an imperial support, it is housing spectacular frescoes today. We will drive to Avanos town afterwards to enjoy a tea or coffee break by the Red River which is the longest river flowing in Anatolia. Continue to Gulsehir city afterwards to visit the Church of Saint John which is locally called Karsi Kilise. This 13th Century church houses the best preserved frescoes of Cappadocia region. You will drive back to your hotel and Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 18 - Hattusa
After breakfast, we will drive to the land of the Hittites and visit their capital: Hattusa. The first settlers in this area, Hattians or native Anatolians, called their city 'Hattusa' which was maintained during the reign of the Hittites. The old city covered roughly a square kilometer before the Hittites came. At its peak, the city covered 1.8 km² and comprised an inner and outer portion, both surrounded by a massive and still visible course of walls erected in the 14th Century BC. The inner city covered an area of some 0.8 km² and was occupied by a citadel with large administrative buildings and temples. The royal residence, or acropolis, was built on a high ridge now known as 'The Great Fortress'. After lunch, we will drive to the Yazilikaya which was a shrine to the communities that once lived around Hattusa. On the rock-cut reliefs of Chambers A and B the gods of the Hittite pantheon are portrayed. One of the uses of the sanctuary may have involved the New Year’s Eve celebrations ceremonies. A 45 minute drive will take us to Alacahoyuk, which is a Neolithic excavation site and has been a small city during the Hittite era. We will drive to Ankara afterwards and check in to our hotel. Overnight in Ankara.
Day 19 - Ankara & Safranbolu
Our breakfast will be followed by a tour of Ankara which is the capital of Turkey and the second largest city after Istanbul. Our first stop in this city will be The Anatolian Civilization Museum; the perfect introduction to Turkey’s ancient past. The exhibits are chronologically arranged, starting with the Paleolithic and Neolithic displays and gives us unique examples of Hittite art. After having lunch at a restaurant, next visit will be to Rahmi Koc Museum to see the examples of agricultural machinery and pharmaceutical exhibits. The museum also houses sections which focus on Mustafa Kemal Ataturk that gives you some details before we visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk. After visiting TheMausoleum of Ataturk; the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and the first President of the Republic of Turkey we will drive to Safranbolu town. Overnight in Safranbolu
Day 20 - Safranbolu to Istanbul
After breakfast we will have the opportunity to explore Safranbolu whose name is derived from 'saffron' and the Greek word 'polis' (city), since Safranbolu was a trading place and a center for growing saffron. Today saffron is still grown at the village of Davutobası which is 22 km east of Safranbolu and probably one of the best quality saffrons in the world. Safranbolu was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1994 due to its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture. After lunch and tasting the saffron cookies, delights and candies of Safranbolu, we will drive to Istanbul for our last night in Turkey. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 21 - Departure
Private Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight back home...
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