Discover Turkey I 19 Days Trip
Travel Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Service Level : Private Package
Travel Destinations : Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Çırali, Kaş, Öludeniz, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Çamakkale.
Arrive in İstanbul airport and transfer to the hotel.You can arrive at any time today as there are no planned activities until dinner at 7 pm.İstanbul is Turkey’s largest city, with an estimated population of around 17 million.You will be blown away by the beauty and history.We will meet at the lobby at 7 pm before we go to the dinner.If there are any changes to this arragement,there will be a sign posted near the hotel lift doors at the reception.
Welcome Dinner & Night in İstanbul
After breakfast we take a 10 minute walk down to the ferry terminal to catch the public ferry for a bosphorous cruise which will take you under two major bridges that connect Europe to Asia.We disembark at the last stop for lunch and walk up a steep hill to see the ruins of castle and enjoy the view of the black sea. Cruise backt to İstanbul late afternoon.We visit spice Bazaar on our way back the the hotel where you wii have time for a quick freshen up before dinner.
Optional Hot air balloon flight at sunrise.
Please do not forget to ask for a wakeup call from reception. You will return to hotel at 08:00-08:30. After breakfast at 09:00 in the morning pick up from your hotel. Today, you will visit Devrent Imagination Valley and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Pasabaglari (the world-famous Fairy Chimneys), the village of Avanos, where you will witness a Pottery-making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques, lunch at a local restaurant, Uchisar Rock-Castle, (the highest point in the region, Esentepe (a panoramic view of Goreme valley) and Goreme Open Air Museum (Rock-cut churches, frescoes, monastery). After tour return to hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Goreme Open Air Museum
Devrent Imagination Valley
Pick up from the hotel and you will be visiting; Derinkuyu Underground City (Biggest underground city in the region, used as a shelter for great lengths of time during invasions), Narli Gol (Volcanic Crater lake) Ihlara Canyon (Enjoy a pleasant and easy 4km hike through this sheer-sided, lush canyon with a beautiful stream running all the way through), Belisirma Village (Authentic unspoiled village life), Lunch in Belisirma Village, Selime (Surreal ancient monastic site, great panoramic view point of Ihlara Valley). Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Derinkuyu Underground City
Early start,depart for Konya to visit the Whirling Dervish Museum and Mevlana Masoleum and lunch,
Konya is the most religious city in Turkey and is best known for its devout followers of the Whirlinh Dervish sect of Islam. The followers perform only once a year, in December during a special festival.
It’s best to dress conservatively in the town. The Dervish museum is filled with religious relics and women will be asked to wear a scarf inside.,Continue on to Eğirdir,situated on an inland lake and
İs a place for contempiation. The drive to and from is throught stunning mountainous areas of freat beauty.
Dinner night in Eğirdir. Total 7 hours drive today.
Depart for Çırali,stopping on for lunch on the way. Çirali is a laid back little village with a beautiful beach backed by mountains. Mt Olympos is particularyly famous fort he Çimera( Burning rock)
Wich are spontaneous flames that burn from the crevices on the rocky slopes.
Dinner and Night in Çırali.
Free Day in Çirali,Olympos. Options include, relaxing on the beach, visit the ruins of Olympos,
Or walk around the village. After dinner we will visit the Çimera(burning rock) Make sure that you wear good walking shoes and take a torch.
Night in Çirali.
Depart for Myra where it is believed the legend of st.Nicholas began. After Myra drive 1½ hours
To embark on a boat cruise (including lunch) to visit the sunken city of Kekova where you puil alongside and look down throught the crystal clear waters at the ruins below.
Kaş where we will be staying the night, is a saeside town and very popular during the summer seasonfor yachting and water activities.
Night in Kaş.
This morning we depart for the coastal towns of Fethiye / Ölüdeniz (the location fot he film Blue Lagoon), visiting stunning Saklıkent Gorge with is built- in waterfalls and spectacular scenery on the way. After lunch in Fethiye,we will visit beatiful Öludeniz beach where you can choose to enter join a boat trip around the bay , relax on the beach , or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can try a tandem paragliding. Free afternoon
Night in Ölüdeniz.
After breakfast , we take a boat trip along the river in Dalyan,visiting turtle beach where the turtles come every year to lay their eggs,and some mud baths where you can relax in the warm mud and refresh your skin. We will also see the ruins of the Kaunos (tombs) on the Mediterranean coast.
Night in Ölüdeniz.
This morning we drive to Afrodisias
Dinner and night in Pamukkale
Today we visit Pamukkale’s Travertines and ruins of Hierapolis. The World Heritage listed White travertines stand as a monument to nature’s wonder. Set within a farming landscape,the pools appear as if by magic and invite you to walk its paths. Hierapolis has a very large amphitheatre to wander throught and the Cleopatra thermal pool allegedly cures almost evert ailment known to mankind. After lunch visit the local city of Denizli,famous for its cotton products.
We will visit the local covered market. Dinner And Night in Pamukkale
After breakfast we embark on a 3 hour drive to Selçuk to visit the home of virgin mary where it is said she spent her last days. Enjoy lunch and then a visit to St.Jhon’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque.
This afternoon we will also işit one of Turkey’s largest leather manufacturers. A 15 minute drive will take us to the port down of Kuşadası,wich is famous as a stopover port fort he many cruise ships travelling the Aegean Sea.
Night in Kuşadasi.
After breakfast we have a full day tour of the ruins of Ephesus and a visit to Selçuk museum which is filled with relics from the Roman days and pieces found during excavation.
Ephesus is the most visited ruins site in Turkey. The facade of the library alone is worth the trip.
Walking throught the huge amphitheatre here will make you want to try out your singing skills.
It is still used every year for live concerts and has a definite aura surrounding it. Night inKuşadasi.
Early start to Bergama , anclent Pergamum, which was ruled by one of Alexander the Great’s generals and then by the romans. The road up to the Acropolis winds 5km up around a hill that takes your breath awat. There is also a Temple & Library and a vertigo inducing theatre which must have been very impressive in it’s time. Lunch then continue to Assos. Go back in time in this village of hand-built houses. All the houses are made from rocks of the mountain. A gorgeous harbour setting sees you eating your evening meals in front of spectacular sunsets.
Dinner night in Assos.
Travel to Eceabat, this is the closest town to the Gallipoli battlefielfs. On the way youWll visit the city ruins of Troy made known from homer’s sale of the war of Troy.Climb inside the replica wooden Trojan horse and wander throught the city walls, Lunch in Çanakkale , cross the Dardanalles.
We enjoy dinner overlooking the Dardanelles Night in Eceabat.
A tour over the ANZAC battlefield area of Gallipoli will leave you feeling veri emotional.This is a half day tour with lunch pack. In afternoon a 5 hour drive to Istanbul.
Dınner and Night in İstanbul….
Visit Topkapı Palace which was the residance of the Ottoman Sultans for almost four centuries and is İstanbul’s premier mus-see attraction. Enjoy a free afternoon of shoping in the Grand bazaar. The World famous 15th century Grand Bazaar has 4500 shops guaranteed to suprıse and amaze.
Historicial tour of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia,Basilica Cistern,the Hippodrome and more. Farewall dinner.
Night İn İstanbul
Free Morning for shopping,bus transfer to airport. Fly home.
- 18 Nights in comfortable hotel
- All entrance fee
- 18 breakfast
- 13 lunches
- 12 dinners
- 3 boat tour ( Bosphorous Cruise,Dalyan River & Sunken city of Kekova)
- 1 Domestic Flight to Cappadocia
- Arrival and Departure Airport Transfer if you arrive & depart on the tour start and finish days.
- (Transfer on other days will be subject to an additional charge)
- Full transport in air-conditioned,non smoking bus
- Turkish registered Professional English speaking tour guide
- Turkish Cultural Night in including drinks.
OPTİONALS ACTIVITIES :
- Balloon Flight in Cappadocia
- Balloon Flight in Pamukkale
- Tandem Paragliding in Fethiye
- Tandem Paragliding in Pamukkale
- Ölüdeniz Bay Boat Cruse
- Swimming in the Cleopatra Antique pool in Pamukkale.