Turkey Highlights with Turquoise Coast Tour
15 Days Istanbul - Cappadocia - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Istanbul Tour - From : € 1380 Euros
This package tour includes 15 days of a package holiday in Turkey mainly focused on the major highlights and the coastal beauty of Turkey. The tour is operated by combinations of local operators, domestic busses and flight which makes travelling Turkey exrtemely easy for all indivual travelers. Your tours in Istanbul will be a private tour and the rest of guided tours will be a small group tours. Please also note that the domestic flight ticket fare is not included to the tour as the prices are due to change according to the availibility.
Tour Itinerary :
Day 1 : Istanbul
We are going to meet you at the Istanbul airport and drive you to your accommodation in Istanbul the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 : Private Classical Istanbul Tour (B)
Your guide will meet you at the hotel and together you will walk to the old city center.This is a full day walking tour, as all the places are less than 5 minutes walking distance from each other.
The tour starts at the Hippodrome, a center for sport activities and ceremonies and it is also famous for the chariot races during the Roman and the Byzantine era.
After the Hippodrome we will visit Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and it was built during the Ottoman Period. It is known for its blue Iznik tiles and being the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets.
Then we will visit Topkapi Palace, which was the main palace of the Ottoman Sultans until 1856. Many famous exhibitions are housed in the palace. The Imperial Treasury is another part of the palace and it has an 86 carat diamond on display. We will have a splendid view of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn from the palace.
After here we will have a lunch break and continue to Hagia Sophia, one of the most important buildings in the history of world architecture. Built as a church by the Byzantines and decorated with mosaic tile icons, it then served as a mosque during the Ottoman era. You will definitely be impressed by being in a 1500 years old museum.
The tour ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. It is the largest bazaar in the world with its 52 small streets and more than 4000 shops.
Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 3 : Istanbul Food Tour (B)
The tour will start when you are picked up from your hotel and begin with a walk around the Spice market. Where you will have a chance to see where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. We will then walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy where we have our Turkish breakfast which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak and honey. Then we will catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street. We will make a tea stop and you will have the chance to learn how to play backgammon. In the afternoon we will catch a ferry to from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side to Kadikoy where you are going to taste Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe be have liver wrap. We will continue to the fish market where you can sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Turkish people love their pickles and we will visit a shop that only sells pickles. After the tour you will transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Kayseri. On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel in Goreme, in the heart of Cappadocia.
Accomodation in Cappadocia.
Day 4 : Cappadocia Tour (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, you depart on a scheduled tour of the region, joining others for this excursion or private tour. Tour Start from Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley), spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful land scapes. After Devrent valley, we will visit Pasabag (known as monk valley ) where double and triple headed rock formation. Lunch at Avanos, famous for pottery and Red river (Kızılırmak). After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which heart of Cappadocia. Goreme open air museum famous for wall painting, dates back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The last stop will be Uchisar castle, natural and one of the biggest mass fairychimney of the region.
Accomodation in Cappadocia
Day 5 Cappadocia Tour (B,L)
Today you depart on a scheduled tour of the region. You head first to the marvellous underground city at Kaymakli. There are 36 such cities in Cappadocia and Kaymakli is one of the largest. It is estimated that it may have accommodated up to 3500 people and parts of it are extremely old. On the first floor is a stable, church and living area. The second floor contains another church with a nave and two apses. Located in front of the apse is a baptismal font, and on the sides along the walls are seating platforms. The church level also contains some living spaces. The third floor contains the most important areas of the underground compound: storage places, wine or oil presses, and kitchens. After lunch in a local restaurant you drive to Rose Valley, where you enjoy a two-hour walk visiting churches along the way and seeing some classic fairy chimneys. Your final stop is at the picturesque Christan village of Cavusin, one of the oldest settlements in the area. You return to your hotel for the night.
Accommodation in Cappadocia.
Day 6 : Cappadocia - Ephesus (B)
After breakfast your time is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Izmir. On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Accommodation in Kusadasi.
Day 7 : Ephesus Tour (B,L)
After breakfast, Your private guide will come to your hotel some time after 08.30 and later you set off to visit Ephesus. This was one of the great cities of antiquity and you begin at the remains of the fabled Temple of Artemis. You continue to the Odeon, before walking along the Curetes Way to Hadrian’s Temple and the splendid Library of Celsus. As you walk along the Sacred Way to the Agora, you pass baths and the Great Theatre. You then head to nearby Seljuk for lunch and in the afternoon you drive up to House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her final year.
Accommodation in Kusadasi
Day 8 : Pamukkale Tour (B,L)
You leave Kusadasi this morning and take the local bus to Pamukkale. The journey takes about three hours and there are opportunities to stop for a rest, or a cup of coffee, along the way. On arrival you are taken to your hotel in the centre of town and after time for lunch you visit the celebrated hot springs and travertine waterfalls. We will also visit the Hieropolis Ancient city with its beautiful Theatre , Necropolis and Agora. After your visit head back to your hotel for the night.
Accommodation in Pamukkale
Day 9 : Pamukkale - Antalya (B)
You are taken to the bus station for the journey to Antalya. The trip takes about 5-6 hours and you should arrive in the early afternoon. There are regular stops along the way for drinks and food. The exact time of your bus will be confirmed to you when you arrive in Istanbul. Once in Antalya you are met and taken to your hotel.
Accommodation in Antalya
Day 10 : Perge - Aspendos - Side Tour ( B,L)
You will be collected from your hotel between 0800-0830 for a full day scheduled tour to Perge, Aspendos and Side. At Perge see the old Roman baths, the Agora and Colonnaded Street and then drive east to Aspendos, noted for its splendid Roman Amphitheatre. You stop here for lunch at a restaurant on the river and then continue your tour, reaching the old port town of Side (see-day), where you have an hour or so to explore on your own. You can see remnants of the old town, including the great Vespasian Gate, the temples of Apollo and Athena and the small Side Museum. At around 1800 you arrive back in Antalya, with the evening at leisure.
Day 11 : Antalya - Kas ( B)
You will be taken from your htoel and drive to the bus station to catch a bus down to Kas. Kas is one of the nicest and less touristy little town of the Medditerranean coast.
Accommodation in Kas.
Day 12 : Kas (B)
Day at leisure in Kas.
Day 13 : Kas - Fethiye (B)
You are taken to the bus station for the journey to Fethiye. Upon arrival you will be met & transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation in Fethiye.
Day 14 : Fethiye (B)
Another full day to enjoy the fabulous beaches and the coast of Fethiye.
Day 15 : Fethiye - Istanbul (B)
Bus to Dalaman airport for your afternoon flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul airport you are met & transfer to your hotel.
End of the Package
What is Included :
14 nights B&B hotel accommodations
2 days private guided Istanbul tours
2 days Cappadocia group tour
1 day Ephesus group tour
1 day Pamukkale group tour
1 day Antalya group tour
All airport transfer services
All domestic bus transportation
English speaking guidance
Meals listed on program
What is not Included :
Lunches in Istanbul
International air fares
Visas,travel insurances,tips and drinks
All the hotels we will be using going to be either 4 star hotels in Istanbul - Cappadocia - Kusadasi - Pamukkale or smilar class boutique hotels.
Optional tours :
Hot air Ballloning in Cappadocia 135 € Euros p.p
Whirling Dervish Show Istanbul 20 € Euros p.p