West To East / 19 days Only For Private Groups
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
We drive to Fethiye today. In the afternoon, we head to nearby Oludeniz, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast our tour concludes, and we say goodbye to our new friends. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.