This is our most comprehensive Boutique Turkey Tour, and it’s an ideal combination of the country’s most rewarding experiences: fascinating cultural sites, exciting cities, stunning landscapes, relaxing resorts, beautiful beaches and compelling attractions off the beaten path.
DURATION: 15 Days – 14 Nights
TOUR PACE: One 3 night stopover, three 2 night stopover. As far as tours go, Easy Pace Turkey Tour is a very relaxed pace tour with an amazing amount included as well as plenty of free-time to shop, explore, dine or simply relax in each destination
PLACES TO GO: Istanbul (3 nights), Ankara (1 night), Cappadocia (2 nights), Konya (1 night), Antalya (2 nights), Pamukkale (1 night), Kusadasi (2 nights), Canakkale (Gallipoli) (1 night), Istanbul (1 night)
DAY 1 – ISTANBUL (Sunday) WELCOME TO ISTANBUL
After being transferred to our tour hotel and checking in, you have time to relax. Later this afternoon we enjoy a Welcome Drink and tour briefing at our hotel.
DAY 2 – ISTANBUL (Monday)
This morning first we visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. We also visit Underground Cistern, an underground cistern built by the late Roman or early Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great in Constantinople during the 6th century. The afternoon is dedicated to the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Next visit is to Grand Bazaar. Now it’s time to test your haggling skills in the Grand Bazaar. This evening, you may wish to join our Welcome Dinner.
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DAY 3 – ISTANBUL (Tuesday)
We start our day with beautiful Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait which links the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. Cruise beneath the spectacular modern suspension bridges, past elegant palaces (built in the 18th and 19th centuries by Turkish nobility) and picturesque fishing villages where life seems unchanged since ancient times. Next we visit Spice Market, the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The Spice Market has a total of 85 shops selling spices, jewellery, souvenir, dried fruits-nuts and sweets. After Spice Market we visit Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik Tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs. Our last place to visit is World Famous Hagia Sophia from 6th century, former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture.
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DAY 4 – ISTANBUL – ANKARA (Wednesday)
Today We drive to Ankara, capital of Turkey. Sightseeing includes a visit to Anatolian Civilisation Museum, The Museum of the year in Europe in 1997, portraying the fascinating history of Asia Minor from its earliest times. The Anatolian Civilizations Museum, being among exceptional museums with its unique collection, has Anatolian archaeological artefacts and artefacts from the Palaeolithic Age to the present. Our next visit is to AnitKabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk (Turkey’s greatest leader in modern times). Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers lists Anıtkabir as one of the fifty civil engineering feats in Turkey, a list of remarkable engineering projects realized in the first 50 years of the chamber.
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DAY 5 – ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA (Thursday)
After our breakfast, we drive to Cappadocia, nature, history, art and life itself meet nowhere else in such harmony and unity. Once this magnificent sight was likened to the ” surface of the moon “. Afternoon we visit the underground city that could accommodate thousands of people and had all the usual amenities, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. Our last visit is to Uchisar to see the cone of Uchisar and Pigeon Valley. This evening you may wish to join Whirling Dervish Ceremony
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DAY 6 – CAPPADOCIA (Friday)
Today we visit Göreme’s rock-carved churches and see ancient frescoes in the Goreme Open-air Museum then visit the volcanic landscapes and mushroom shaped ‘fairy-chimneys’ of the Pasabag Valley. Next visit is to Avanos.The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kizilirmak has always been used. It is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river.
Tonight, our dinner is followed by a folklore show in a cave setting, featuring dances from different regions.
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DAY 7 – CAPPADOCIA – KONYA (Saturday)
Today, on our drive to Konya, first we visit 13th century Caravanserai, Sultanhan, a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and southeastern Europe, especially along the Silk Road. Afterwards we head to Konya, Turkey’s most religious city , once the home of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes and the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Visit the Mevlana Museum, the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes. Afterwards we see the Karatay Medrese.
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DAY 8 – KONYA – ANTALYA (Sunday)
This morning we take a magnificent drive through Taurus Mountains, a mountain complex in southern Turkey, dividing the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the central Anatolian Plateau and get to Aspendos, known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. With a diameter of 96 metres (315 ft), the theatre provided seating for 7,000. The theatre was built in 155 by the Greek architect Zenon, a native of the city. It was periodically repaired by the Seljuks, who used it as a caravanserai, and in the 13th century the stage building was converted into a palace by the Seljuks of Rum.
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DAY 9 – ANTALYA (Monday)
Today We drive to the harbor to make a fantastic travel with a wooden yacht and to enjoy the turquoise coast and bays of the south coasts of Turkey. During the yacht tour we will have opportunity to see the waterfalls and swim at the beautiful Mediterranean waters. Also on board you can take pictures of interesting landscapes of Antalya. After our free time in city center, we head to our hotel.
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DAY 10 – ANTALYA – PAMUKKALE (Tuesday)
Today we pass pine forests and cross the Taurus Mountains on our way to Hierapolis, ancient city located on hot springs in classical Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to modern Pamukkale in Turkey and currently comprise an archaeological museum designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC, with many patrons retiring or dying there famed for its thermal hot springs. Next to the ruins you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale.
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DAY 11 – PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI (Wednesday)
Today we visit the city of Aphrodisias , named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, who had here her unique cult image, the Aphrodite of Aphrodisias. Today we see Temple of Aphrodite , Amazing Roman Stadium, Magnificent Tetrapylon, and Council House. Then follow the Maeander River valley, (so full of twists and turns gives us the word ‘meander’) to your beautiful beach front hotel in the lively coastal town of Kusadasi.
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DAY 12 – KUSADASI (Thursday)
Today we tour one of the world’s finest archeological sites, Ephesus, one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils ( Council of Ephesus ). It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates, Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas. Today we see the splendid facade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre. After our visit to Ephesus, we continue to the Ephesus Archeological Museum, where many artefacts from Ephesus are displayed.
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DAY 13 – KUSADASI – CANAKKALE (Friday)
Today we drive to Canakkale over Mount Ida, after our visit to Troy, located south of the southwest end of the Dardanelles/Hellespont and northwest of Mount Ida at Hisarlık. It is the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. in Troy we see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and an enormous reconstruction of the famous wooden horse
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DAY 14 – CANAKKALE – ISTANBUL (Saturday)
Today we cross the Dardanelles Straits by ferry and continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula, scene of fierce fighting in World War I. Today we visit the battlefields where for nine disastrous months Anzac Troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Straits, with the loss of over half a million lives. Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and visit the emotive Lone Pine Cemetery, Turkish Memorial, Chunuk Bair and Kabatepe Museum.
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DAY 15 – ISTANBUL (Sunday)
Our memorable tour sadly comes to an end after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport or continue your time in Istanbul at your own pace
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- Enjoy 2 Full days in Istanbul, discover all secrets of this fascinating city
- Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus past Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses
- Visit Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum and Spice Market
- Gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman sultans at the fabulous Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
- Explore underground cities, rock cut-churches and fairy-tale chimneys of Göreme and the Pasabag Valley in Cappadocia
- Watch the Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Cappadocia
- Visit the beautiful Mevlana Museum for an insight into the mystic Whirling Dervishes of Konya
- Visit the world’s best preserved Roman Theatre in Aspendos
- Enjoy the Boat Ride in Antalya, swim near Duden Waterfall
- Visit Pamukkale’s Hierapolis ruins and cascading ‘Cotton Castle’ of milky white travertine pools
- Visit Aphrodisias to see the Temple of Aphrodite and one of the largest Roman Stadiums in the World
- Tour Ephesus, one of the world’s finest ancient sites
- Spend a day in Gallipoli Peninsula and pay your respects at Anzac Cove & Lone Pine Cemetery
- Accommodation in special category boutique style establishments and five-star hotels
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) including a special ‘Welcome’ dinner on Day 2 and a ‘Farewell’ dinner on Day 14
- Arrival transfers on Day 1 and departure transfers on Day 15
- Modern air-conditioned coach with plenty spare seats
- Two cruises by private motor boat (Bosphorus in Istanbul and Antalya )
- Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Cappadocia
- Folklore Show in Cappadocia
- All entrance fees, all gratuities to porters, receptions and restaurants
- Services of professional, English speaking tour guide
- Drinking water on the coach and with meals
At DiscoverTurkey our philosophy is to provide as much included already as possible in your tour. That is why DiscoverTurkey Tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing.
There is still an exciting optional experience which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime!
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia.
This highlight optional excursion is entirely up to you and can be booked through your Tour Director at the start of your tour or at the time of booking your holiday.
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