TOUR DETAILS

DETAILS

Day 1—Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Our representative will meet you at your port of entry and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours for exploration. In the evening, you will meet your guide and the rest of the group.

Overnight Istanbul

 

Day 2—Istanbul, Trabzon

After breakfast, we embark on a fully-guided tour of the only city in the world that spans two continents. We visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern, and the Hippodrome. In the evening, we fly to Trabzon.

Overnight Trabzon

 

Day 3—Sumela, Erzurum

We begin the day by driving to the Sumela Monastery. Afterwards, we continue to Erzurum. After check-in at our hotel, we have a fully-guided tour of the city.

Overnight Erzurum

 

Day 4—Kars, Ani

Today we move onwards to Kars, a city dotted with Russian, Ottoman, and Selcuk monuments.. After check-in at our hotel, we will drive a short distance to visit the ruins of Ani, the medieval capital of Armenia.

Overnight Kars

 

Day 5—Ishak Pasha Palace, Van

Today we drive to Van. On the way we visit Ishak Pasha Palace, a rare example of a mixture of Ottoman and Middle-Eastern architectural styles. After check-in at our hotel, we take a boat out onto Lake Van, visiting Akdamar Island and its 10th-century Armenian Holy Cross Church.

Overnight Van

 

Day 6—Hasankeyf, Mardin

As we make our way to Mardin, we visit Hasankeyf, an ancient settlement and current natural conservation area with rich archeological sites dating from the 12th century AD.

Overnight Mardin

 

Day 7—Mardin

Today we explore the ancient town on Mardin, known for its intricate and fascinating limestone architecture. Sites include the Mor Hananyo Monastery, as well as a couple of small churches and mosques.

Overnight Mardin

 

Day 8—Urfa, Kahta

We drive to Kahta today. On the way, we stop to visit Urfa, known as the Prophets’ City due to the legend telling that it was Abraham’s hometown.

Overnight Kahta

 

Day 9—Cappadocia

This morning you have the opportunity to watch the sunrise from the tomb sanctuary at Mount Nemrut. After the breakfast, we drive to Cappadocia. In the evening, there is the option to watch a Whirling Dervish ritual.

Overnight Cappadocia

 

Day 10—Cappadocia

Early in the morning you have chance to go for a hot air balloon ride. After breakfast, we visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, Uçhisar Castle, Pasabag (the Valley of the Monks), and trek through this magical landscape.

Overnight Cappadocia

 

Day 11—Cappadocia, Konya

Today we head to a local village just outside of Konya where we will spend the night with a family. On the way, we stop at the Kaymakli Underground City and Sultan Han (Sultanhani Caravanserai), the largest caravanserai in Anatolia. Upon arrival in Konya, we tour the mausoleum and accompanying museum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. As part of our homestay, we enjoy the famous Turkish hospitality and some of the most delicious home-cooked food. There is a chance to explore the surrounding areas, perhaps visiting the co-operative that sells hand-made items or sitting and relaxing in the tea garden to watch village life pass.

Overnight Konya (homestay)

 

Day 12—Antalya

Today we head towards Antalya, stopping along the way at Aspendos, whose Roman theatre is one of the preserved in the world. Upon arrival in Antalya, we have a walking tour of the Old City, notable for its Castle Gate, Grooved Minaret, and Ottoman-style buildings.

Overnight Antalya

 

Day 13—Fethiye

We drive to Fethiye today. In the afternoon, we head to nearby Oludeniz, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Overnight Fethiye

 

Day 14—Fethiye

By boat, we tour the Island of Kekova where you see the remains of a sunken ancient town. We explore the archeological site of Simena Castle and the surrounding Lycian tombs on this beautiful windswept stretch of the Turkish Mediterranean coast

Overnight Fethiye

 

Day 15—Pamukkale, Selçuk

Today we continue to Pamukkale, first visiting the ancient city of Hierapolis, whose impressive sites include the Frontinus and North Byzantine Gates, the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, and the Necropolis. Nearby are the magnificent white calcium terraces (travertines) of Pamukkale. In the afternoon, we continue to Selçuk.

Overnight Selçuk

 

Day 16—Selçuk

Absorb yourself in more history with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Traversing the marble streets of Ephesus, notable sites we will see include the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the 25,000-seat amphitheatre. Afterwards, we drive to the house of the Virgin Mary. We will stop at Sirince Village for lunch. After exploring this village, we will head to the St. John Basilica.

Overnight Selçuk

 

Day 17—Pergamon, Troy, Canakkale

Today we drive to Canakkale, stopping in Pergamon and Troy on the way. In Pergamon, we will tour of the magnificent Acropolis, whose impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political center of its time. Afterwards, we will visit the ancient walls of Troy.

Overnight Canakkale

 

Day 18—Canakkale, Istanbul

Today we travel to one of the most emotionally-touching places in Turkey—Gallipoli—where we will tour the WWI battlefields. Sites include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly Cemetery, the original trenches and tunnels, as well as the Nek. In the afternoon, we will make our way back to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul

 

Day 19—Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes, and we say goodbye to our new friends. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

 

 

INCLUSIVE

 

All our itineraries are for private tours, which includes domestic flights, airport transfers, taxes, entrance fees, professional guide, ground transportation via a private, air-conditioned vehicle, and breakfast for days 2-19. The optional Whirling Dervish ritual (Day 9) is €30 per person.

Lunches, dinners, and tips are excluded.

 

NOTES

 

We operate tours 365 days a year, which means that all our tours are available to begin and end any day of the year to suit your schedule. You easily can check our package or day tours on our web page; you can also send us a list of the places you want to visit, and we will create a tour for you. Please use the tailor made form for a custom private tour.

INCLUSIVE

All our itineraries are for private tours  which includes airport transfers, domestic flights, hotels, breakfasts, taxes,entrance fees, professional guiding/guide, ground transportation via private air-conditioned vehicle + gas & parking.
Only your lunches, dinners and tips are excluded.

NOTES

We operate tours 365 days a year, meaning all our tours are available to begin and end any day of the year to suit your schedule.  You easily can check our package or day tours from the web page or send us  the list of the places you want to visit and we can tailor a tour for you. Please use  the tailor made form for a custom private tour.