Enjoy Turkey in 14 days with some nights on a Gullet: You will visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Olympos, Fethiye, Pamukkale and Ephesus
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul: Upon your arrival at Ataturk Airport, you will be greeted by our colleagues with a sign of Efendi Travel. He/she will accompany you to our vehicle and you will be transferred directly to your hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:30 for the Old City Walking Tour. You will visit: Topkapi Palace, Caferaga Madrasah and Roman Hippodrome. You may also visit the Harem in the palace which is optional for 15 TL per person extra. Lunch break. The afternoon part starts at around 13:30. You will see: St. Sophia Museum (Hagia Sophia), Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), Million Stone, Tomb of Sultan Mahmoud and ancient Ottoman cemetery and Cemberlitas (Burnt Column). The tour ends at around 16:30 with free time at Grand Bazaar. You will be advised by your guide for getting back to your hotel on your own. Accommodation in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Please note that Hagia Sophia is opened everyday until 31st of October 2017 , Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Flight to Cappadocia: (check out from hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:30, and the tour starts with Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). This area is one of the most crowded sites of Eminonu since there are many shops selling cheese, olives, eggs, meat products, dried fruits and peddlers everywhere. You can have a short stop on your way to drink a glass of “Tursu Suyu – Pickle Juice”. There is Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the famous Turkish coffee store at the end of the street. This is an excellent place to buy Turkish coffee in the city. Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) is one of the most colorful sites in the city. Once, the Bazaar was the last stop of the Silk Road from where all the commodities carried on camels from India and Far East was delivered to Europe with ships. Today, it is still very popular among the locals who want to buy spices, sweets, cheese and dried fruits. There are also shops selling souvenirs and jewellery. When you come out of the Spice Market, you will see Yeni Cami (also called The New Mosque or the actual name Valide Sultan Mosque) constructed in 1665. There are bird seeders in front of Mosque and the people sitting on the marble stairs viewing the Golden Horn bridge. Later, you will embark the boat for Bosporus Tour. This a large, safe and comfortable public boat with open and covered areas convenient for any weather conditions. You may buy snacks and drinks in the boat. The cruise takes about 1,5 hours and you will see Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosporus Bridges, Maiden’s Tower and fabulous Ottoman Yalis (sea-side Mansions) during your tour. Your guide will be with you on the boat to give you information about the places you see on the tour. The tour ends at around 12:30 and dropped to your hotel. You will be picked up from your hotel at around 14:40 to be transferred to Ataturk Airport to take an afternoon flight to Kayseri. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Accommodation in Cappadocia. (breakfast at hotel)
Day 4: First Day in Cappadocia: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00, then you will drive to Devrent Valley where the geographical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you will take a stroll between the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there driving to Avanos to have lunch. After having the lunch you leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where you will have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel at around 17:00. Accommodation in Cappadocia. (breakfast at the hotel and lunch on the tour)
Day 5: Second Day in Cappadocia: (check out from hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 for a tour on a 4km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch in Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the marvel of construction that is the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle. After the tour, you will be transferred to the bus station to take an evening bus to Konya, which takes around 4 hours. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Konya. (breakfast at the hotel and lunch on the tour)
Day 6: Konya Tour and Depart to Antalya: (check out from hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:30 for Konya city tour. Konya was the capital city of Seljuk Empire founded by Turks and has been the residence of Rumi Dervishes. Mevlana Rumi spent his life in Konya where he wrote his famous books about Sufi and his ideas spread over the world after his death from here. Following transfer from the bus station to Konya city center, you will make a guided tour in Konya to visit Mevlana Museum and his tomb, Karatay Madrasah, Alaeddin Hill, the old bazaar and the other remnants belonging to Seljuk architecture. After the tour, you will be transferred to the bus station to take 16:00 bus to Antalya. Upon your arrival at around 21:00, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Antalya Old City. Accommodation in Antalya. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Day 7: Antalya Tour and Accommodation in Olympos: (check out from hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:00 for the tour of Perge, Aspendos and Side. You will be visiting Perge antique site in detail; Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic gate, Colonnaded Main Street and the Agora. Lunch on the Koprupazari stream near the Aspendos Theater. Visiting Aspendos Theater and the Historical Aqueducts. Shopping Break where also the Turkish handcrafts are introduced. Introduction of Side and an hour and a half free time. After the tour, you will be transferred to the bus station to take an evening bus to Olympos town entrance. Upon your arrival at Olympos town, you will make your own way to your accommodation. Accommodation in Olympos. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Day 8: Blue Cruise on Med: Pick-up from the tree houses in Olympos between 10:00-10:30. Bus transfer to the archaeological site of Myra, and to Demre for the St-Nicholas Church when requested, shopping, banking and lunch. Boat departure from the harbour of Demre between 1 and 2 p.m. Pirates Cave (sea conditions permitting), Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is protected, so only looking!). Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay optional water sports are available. Dinner, relax in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn - First night on board.
Day 9: Blue Cruise on Med: Breakfast. Departure to Kas. A swim stop in a nice and quiet bay in front of the little town. Lunch. Visit of this charming fishing village. Of ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known, only Lycian rock tombs & sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left. But the charm of the town remains! Near Kalkan we stop in Aquarium or Firnaz Bay - Second night on board.
Day 10: Blue Cruise on Med: Around sunrise we depart for Butterfly Valley where we stop (sea conditions permitting!) for breakfast, swimming and to visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon) is our next stop, again sea conditions permitting! Option for paragliding available. Lunch. Last stop of the day is St-Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner - Third night on board.
Day 11: Blue Cruise on Med: Breakfast. Departure for Samanlik Bay (swim & lunch). Finally we sail to Fethiye Harbour where we arrive between 3 and 4 PM. Accommodation in Fethiye
Day 12: Bus to Pamukkale: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 to be transferred to the bus station to take 10:00 bus to Pamukkale, which takes around 5 hours. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Pamukkale. (breakfast at hotel).
Day 13: Pamukkale Travertenies and Bus to Kusadasi: (check out from hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotle at around 09:00 for the tour of Pamukkale, which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site (entrance 35 TL pp extra). There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour you will be transferred to the bus station to take an evening bus to Kusadasi. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Day 14: Ephesus Tour and Flight to Istanbul: (check out from hotel in the morning) You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 for the Tour of Ephesus Ancient City. You will visit Ephesus which is known to be the Commercial, the Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the Highlights of any Visit in Turkey. After the lunch, you will drive to Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country. After the tour, you will be transferred to Izmir Airport to take 19:30 flight to Istanbul. You will arrive at Ataturk Airport at around 20:30. You tour ends with arrival to Istanbul airport.
This programme operates only between Mid May-Mid November
We can make you further arrangements upon your request in Istanbul for accommodation and airport transfers. Please let us know if you need.
1490 EUR per person in double/twin room. If you are a single traveler, there will be 25% single supplement surcharge.
We offer 5% discount for cash payments.
Tour Price Include
- Accommodation in 3* hotels or similar boutique hotels
- Breakfasts in all hotels
- Overland transportation by A/C vehicles
- Domestic flight tickets
- 3 night 4 days gullet with a private double/twin room cabin with breakfast, lunch and dinner (drinks are extra)
- Professional licensed guiding services
- Entrance fees to the museums during guided tours
Tour Price Excludes
- Personal expenses
Whirling Dervish Show: 20 Eur per person extra
Rhythm of the Dance Show: 25 Eur per person extra
Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus: 60 Eur per person extra
Turkish Night, Dinner & Belly Dance Show: 70 Eur per person extra
Standard Hot-air Balloon Ride: 160 Eur per person extra