Overview

This Turkey travel package covers some of the truly amazing places the country has to offer! Not only do you get to explore some amazing historical sites (in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale) but you also then have the change to relax & swim in the Mediterranean during free time in Fethiye (Oludeniz) & Antalya.

Available year round and fully flexible so you can adjust itinerary to better suit the amount of time you have available and where you would most like to include (for example if you wish to visit Bodrum or Marmaris instead of Fethiye or Antalya) etc.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival to Istanbul:
Meet on arrival to Istanbul Airport and transfer on to the hotel. Remainder of the day/evening is then free for you to relax or begin to explore your surroundings. Overnight in Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 - Sultanahmet Sightseeing Tour:
After breakfast meet in hotel lobby to begin exploring some of the most amazing sights that the historical area has to offer. Guided tour includes the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). Evening free at leisure to stroll around and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included.

DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise, flight to Cappadocia:
This morning enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. The guided tour also includes a visit to the famous Spice Bazaar & Rustempasha Mosque. Then some free time at leisure until transfer to airport for departure on domestic flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Cappadocia Tour with Goreme:
*Optional: very early morning 1 hour hot air balloon ride, amazing views over the valleys
Today emmerse yourself in the beautiful natural setting of Cappadocia. During this full day tour explore Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi) where you find the world famous fairy chimneys; break for lunch in Avanos, a village famous for its pottery; then visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries where carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. Also view Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 05 - Cappadocia Valleys & Underground City:
After breakfast join on another full day tour this time starting with a 4km (medium grade) hike in Red Valley exploring rock-cut churches and colorful fairy chimneys along the way. Visit Cavusin (old Greek village) then time for lunch before heading on to delve down into Kaymakli Underground City. The day also includes panoramic views at Pigeon Valley with its famous dove cotes & Ortahisar. Then a little free time until transfer to bus station for departure on overnight intercity bus to Antalya.
meals: breakfast & lunch included
***If you do not wish to travel by overnight bus we can instead arrange flight, please advise preference
***If you would prefer to visit Derinkuyu Underground City & hike Ihlara Valley please advise preference

DAY 06 - Antalya at leisure:
Arrive early morning (if by overnight bus) and meet for transfer to the hotel. The day is then free at leisure for you to relax, enjoy the seaside, explore the old Kaleici area of the city centre. Overnight in Antalya.
meals: breakfast & dinner included

DAY 07 - Antalya at leisure or add some sightseeing:
There are many optional excursions available in this area, so you can spend the day "free at leisure" or join on one of the following options (other possibilities available on request based on your personal interests):
a) Full day guided tour visiting ruins of Perge, Aspendos theatre & ruins of Side
b) Full day guided tour visiting ruins of Myra plus boat ride over sunken city of Kekova
c) Full day white water rafting for the more adventurous
meals: breakfast & dinner included (lunch if on full day excursion)

DAY 08 - Antalya to Fethiye:
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to bus station for travel by day time intercity bus to Fethiye. Arrival with remainder of the day and evening free at leisure. Overnight in Fethiye
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 09 - Fethiye at leisure:
Today is free at leisure for you to relax on the famous beach of Oludeniz; explore the old Greek village of Karakoy; enjoy a night out in the resort town. Various excursions available on request. Overnight in Fethiye
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 10 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis ruins:
Early morning check-out and depart on local intercity bus to Pamukkale. Arrive and meet up with tour visiting the natural formation of the travertens (cotton cliffs/cotton castle) in Pamukkale along with the ruins of Hierapolis. End of day with arrival to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Note: This is quite a long day as +/- 3hr travel by bus Fethiye to Pamukkale, sightseeing in the area, then +/- 3hr drive from Pamukkale to hotel in Kusadasi. If you wish for a more leisurely trip then we can add another day to the itinerary and do Fethiye to Pamukkale with overnight stay instead

DAY 11 - Ephesus Sightseeing Tour:
Last but definately not least, depart on full day tour visiting the Ancient City of Ephesus. Here you have the chance to walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, just a few of the many buildings and fountains that can be found in this open air museum. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary & remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included
***If you need to head back to Istanbul on this evening that is possible, just note your preferences

DAY 12 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and transfer to Izmir Airport for departure on most suitable 1 hour domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrive and proceed to international departures - end of services.
***Should you have more time available we can arrange travel on to any other area of Turkey you might prefer
***If you are planning to head to Greece we can make alternative arrangements - just let us know

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What's included?

  • Hotel accomodation (BB and/or HB basis)
  • Sightseeing day tours, regular group basis (private on request)
  • Main entrance fees to sights visited
  • Lunches during full day tours, drinks extra
  • Domestic land/air transport between each area
  • Transfers to/from hotels on all arrivals & departures
  • Taxes and handling services

Notes

  • Available year round on daily basis
  • Flexible, can be tailored to suit your requirements
  • Various sightseeing day tours / adventure excursions can be added during the stays in Antalya & Fethiye, let us know your interests and we will suggest options accordingly
  • Suitable for individuals and groups
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to then tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".

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