Highlights of Turkey
Duration: 14 Days
Flight, bus, boat
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport & clearing customs, you will be met by one of our staff at the exit gate of the arrivals hall & accompanied to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Head to a ferry ride for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait That divides Europe from Asia. After lunch, you will be visiting the Topkapi Palace. Free time at the Grand Bazaar Where you can shop unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry. Feel free to tour around the area, as the Hotel is nearby and you can walk back at any time.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby to begin the day with a stroll to the Hippodrome. Next, visit the Blue Mosque with six minarets and its mesmerizing blue tiles. Continue with the Hagia Sophia, after the lunch break, drive across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Crossing back continents over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace. Transfer back to your hotel.
Istanbul / Cappadocia
After early breakfast check out & transfer to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Start your day with a gentle hike through orchards, unusual volcanic rock formations, rock-cut houses at the Red Valley & Pasabagi Where You Will Find the world-known fairy chimneys. Visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin Followed by a lunch break & then enjoy your hike to the Pigeon Valley. Then continue to Goreme Open-Air Museum where you will visit the Numerous rock-carved churches, monasteries decorated with striking frescoes from early Christianity. Our last stop for the day will be the panoramic viewpoint Offering spectacular views of the landscape from the natural rock castle at Uchisar.
Cappadocia / Antalya
After breakfast, enjoy another full-day tour in the Derinkuyu Underground City, stroll through the underground city of Derinkuyu or Kaymakli. After a short hike through the Green Ihlara Valley along the stream, you will head to Belisirma and stop in town for a lunch break and then continue to Selime for a panoramic view. Our last stop ｗill be at the Agzikarahan Caravanserai built by the Seljuk Turks to Accommodate travelers on the ancient Silk Road. flight to Antalya at midnight.Free time in Goreme up to your departure. Transfer to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Antalya.
After breakfast, a departure from your hotel for a half-day city sightseeing tour is a perfect introduction to Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea, an area known as the Turquoise Coast. The highlights on this four-hour tour include Hadrianus Gate from the time of Roman Emperor Hadrian, Clock Tower, Palm Street, Old Town with Marina, Republican Square & finally the Antalya Archaeological Museum. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay, or if you are feeling more active, enjoy a short walk from your hotel towards the bay where you will find various restaurants and bars. Overnight in Antalya
Side Perge & Aspendos / Antalya
Depart in the morning to visit Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylia. Then proceed to Aspendos, All which bears one of the best-preserved Roman theaters in Asia Minor. After relishing your lunch by the river, visit the Manavgat Waterfalls before continuing to Side; the ancient harbor. Other monuments include the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, Huadu and Necropolis.
Demre Myra & Kekova / Kas
After breakfast check out you will drive an hour west to visit Debre to see the Church of St. Nicholas. A brief stop to see the ruins of Myra city & rock tombs. After lunch you leave & continue to Kekova Demre, known for its crystal clear sea waters ideal for swimming, castles, the ancient ruins on land & in the sea, and countless other beauties. You will take a glass-bottom boat to Kekova Island which gives you a chance to see the ruins of a sunken city. Visit the Simena castle & then we drive along the famous Turquoise Coast to the small fishing village of Kas for an overnight stay.
Kas / Fethiye
Check out from the hotel & transfer to Fethiye. You can choose to spend the rest of your day in either Kas or Fethiye (Oludeniz) as the drive is just an hour.
Free day at leisure. Overnight Fethiye. Optional: Pick up from the hotel & transfer to the boat. A lazy day boat cruise leaving from Oludeniz Beach. Swim in the Blue Cave before stepping ashore at the Butterfly Valley. Experience a climb up to the Waterfall where you might see a rare Tiger Butterfly. Lunch is served on the boat before we stop at St Nicholas Island Where amongst the ruins you can climb to the top of the Island for magnificent views or you may swim at 'Cold Spring Bay' where freshwater flows into the sea & is very refreshing. In the evening sail back to Oludeniz Beach & transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Fethiye / Dalyan & Iztuzu / Kusadasi
Check out from the hotel for the Dalyan Caunos round before heading to Kusadasi. Here, a covered boat will take you down the meandering Dalyan river, twisting & turning through thick vegetation All of which is overlooked by the 4th century BC Lycian rock-cut tombs. You will get off to visit the ancient city of Caunos which stands midway along the channel facing Dalyan. After reaching Iztuzu beach by boat have free time on the beach. Then the boat will bring you back to a riverside restaurant for lunch. Continue to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.
After breakfast you will visit the Ancient City of Ephesus which is one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world enabling one to genuinely 'soak in' the atmosphere of Roman times. Enter through the Magnesia Gate & begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. After lunch, depart to visit the House of Virgin Mary Where She is said to be Brought here by St. John & have spent the last of her days. The tower includes an également visit to the remains of Artemis Temple which is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World & finally (Allowing time) you will visit Sirince, an old Greek Orthodox Village Most Famous for its local wine, olive oil & well preserved19th century architecture houses.
Kusadasi / Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel, free day at leisure. You may choose to spend the rest of your day in Kusadasi or Istanbul as there are frequent flights. Transfer to Izmir Airport DEPENDING on your preferred flight time. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Overnight inIstanbul.
DEPENDING on your flight time, check-out at (12:00) from hotel & remainder of the day will be at a free time till your transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your departure.