Highlights :Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Blue Cruise, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul
What is Included:
- Domestic flights
- Mentioned hotels
- Mentioned meals, B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
- Air-conditioned transport
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- All entrance fees mentioned in the Itinerary
- Mentioned transfers
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
18 Days Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise
Day 1- Istanbul
After arrival at Istanbul Airport,we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel, free time and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2- Istanbul-Half Day Bosphorus Tour ( B )
After having your breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up for a half day morning Bosphorus tour for a memorable day. You will have a chance to see; Spice Market, Golden Horn, City Walls and you will admire the beauty of the Bosphorus shores and its most expensive pavillions and palaces.
End of the tour, transfer to your hotel and free afternoon to discover the charming beauty of old city at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3- Gallipoli Tour ( L )
We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning (06:30 -07:00 am), to depart for Gallipoli.
Today the Gallipoli battlefields are peaceful places, covered in brush and pine forests. But for nearly nine months in 1915 and 1916, Gallipoli witnessed some of World War I’s most intense fighting with around 100,000 killed and 400,000 wounded. The battle pitted untested troops from former British colonies in the Pacific against Turks fighting to protect their homeland from foreign invasion. Nearly a century later, Australians, New Zealanders, and Turks all regard the conflict at Gallipoli as a central event in their modern history. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4-Troy Tour ( B )
After breakfast at the hotel and depart for our daily guided Troy Tour. We will visit the archaeological site of this 5000 years old ancient city. Troy is a legendary city and at the center of the Trojan War with the beautiful Helen of Troy, and Paris, the Trojan Prince, as described in Homer’s Iliad. We see the Megaron houses, a small Roman theatre and Bouletarion, city walls, small site museum and reconstructed wooden horse. After visiting Troy then you will take a bus to Kusadası which will take about six hours by comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned buses. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, overnight in Kusadası.
Day 5- Ephesus Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast at your hotel, our daily guided Ephesus Tour begins by visiting Isa Bey Mosque, the remains of the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Afterwards, we continue to the spectacular main site of Ephesus, undoubtedly the best preserved Greco-Roman city. Unforgettable highlights of the ruins are the Celsius Library, Agora, Theater, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple and Roman Latrines. Following a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed she spent her last days. Some four to six years after the death of Christ, St. John is said to have accompanied the Virgin Mary to Ephesus. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. .
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel and overnight in Kusadası.
Day 6- Pamukkale Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast at your hotel in Kusadası then you will be picked up from the hotel then driven to Pamukkale which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the limestone properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is called “Cotton Castle” in Turkish because of its fluffy white aspect. Visit the travertines and the Ancient City of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis in Anatolia with 1200 gravestones. The sacred pool also is one of the main highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over ancient Roman ruins which lie beneath. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7- Fethiye ( B )
After you have your breakfast at your hotel in Pamukkale, you will take a bus to Fethiye which will take about four hours, arrive in Fethiye and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Fethiye, free time to discover more things in the little town at your leisure. Overnight in Fethiye.
Day 8- Fethiye,Oludeniz ( B / L / D)
Breakfast at your hotel, transfer to your boat in Fethiye Harbour.
Departure from Fethiye Harbour between 11 and 12 a.m. Briefing about the route and the boat. Leave from Fethiye Harbour to Samanlik Bay for swimming and lunch depending on the sea conditions.
Butterfly Valley is swimming and hiking stop. It hosts 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. It is also home to the unique Jersey tiger butterfly, from which it takes its name.
Afterwards we cruise to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon), again sea conditions permitting. Optional paragliding available.
Last stop of the day is St.Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner. Overnight on the boat under the stars.
Day 9- Kalkan, Kas ( B / L / D)
Around sunrise departure to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan for breakfast and swimming stop.
We cruise on to Kas where we stop in the harbour for lunch and visit this charming fishing town, ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known; now only Lycian rock tombs, sarcophagi and the Roman theatre remain.
You can stroll down Uzun Carsı street to see Lycian King Tomb and take a look at the charming wooden balconies of Kas dripping with colourful flowers. We stop in a bay not far from near Kekova for a swim followed by a dreamy dinner under thousands of stars. Overnight on the boat.
Day 10- Simena, Kekova, Gokkaya Bay ( B/ L/ D)
Breakfast on the boat then cruise to the Sunken City of Kekova (Lycian-Roman archaeological site is now protected, so only looking!). On the Lycian coast the remains of Pagan, Roman, Hellenistic, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations and cultures can be seen not just on land, but also under the sea.
Lunch. Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. Beneath the clear waters you can see the remains of Simena, a city ravaged by earthquakes around two thousand years ago. Structural movements of the land over the years have caused some of the ancient houses to be totally submerged while remains of the others are scattered along the shore. In Gokkaya Bay optional water sports are available.
Dinner, relax in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn.
Day 11- Pirates Cave, Demre, Olympos ( B / L)
After breakfast we have a look at the Pirates Cave and snorkeling (sea conditions permitting) before cruising to Andriace harbour for lunch.
At the end of the boat tour in Demre, you will take a bus to Antalya that will take about three hours and you will be able to see the Dantella bays of the south coast.
We will meet you at the bus station in Antalya and transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight in Antalya.
Day 12- Antalya – Perge Aspendos Side Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel and your full day guided tour will begin.
Perge, one of the better-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey, with city walls, theatre, agora, Hellenistic Stadium.
Kursunlu Waterfalls, the white, foaming water of the waterfalls flows powerfully over the rocks.
Aspendos, an ancient Lycian city. Aspendos is most renowned for its theatre, the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica.
Side used to be one of the most important trade centers in the antiquity. This pretty resort town is famous for its ancient ruins, beautiful sandy beaches and boutique shops.
End of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 13- Antalya to Konya ( B )
After you have your breakfast at your hotel in Antalya, we will transfer you to the bus station then take a bus to Konya which will take about six hours by passing through the world famous Taurus Mountains; upon arrival in Konya, you will be met at the bus station then transferred to your hotel, then you have free time to explore the city and its historic sights at leisure. Stroll through the old city and discover Mevlana Museum, the historical market area, shop for souvenirs in the beautiful boutiques selling clothes, spices, souvenirs near Aziziye Mosque.
Konya is located right in the middle of Turkey. Once known as Iconium, Konya is historically and religiously significant on several counts: it was one of the missionary destinations of St. Paul, the capital of the Seljuk empire from 1150 to 1300 and was the home of Rumi (Mevlana), the Sufi saint who founded the Whirling Dervishes. The Mevlevi sema is the Sufi worship ceremony in which the Mevlevi dervishes whirl in their quest for mystical union with the Divine. The Mevlana Museum shelters the tomb of Jelaleddin Rumî (1207-1273), known to his followers as Mevlana (or Rumî), a Muslim poet and mystic and one of the great spiritual thinkers and teachers of all time.
You should taste the world famous ‘Etli Ekmek’ (Turkish pizza) and ‘Fırın Kebabı’ (oven-baked kebab). Konya cuisine has made great contributions to Turkish cuisine, try the local specialities.
Overnight in Konya.
Day 14- Konya to Cappadocia ( B )
Breakfast at your hotel in Konya, you can visit Aladdin Mosque, Karatay Museum, Ince Minare Museum at leisure then you will take a bus to Cappadocia in the afternoon which will take just under four hours. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 15- Cappadocia – North Tour (B / L )
*Balloon Flight is highly recommended
Breakfast at your hotel and we will pick you up from your hotel to start a full day guided tour of Northern Cappadocia. We then visit the monastic complex of Goreme Open Air Museum with its stunning rock-hewn architecture and vibrant frescoes; Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest point of the rocky region; the lunar landscape of Devrent Valley; the charming town of Avanos, famous throughout Turkey for its pottery and painted tiles; Pasabag Valley, which has some of the most astonishing fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Cavusin, an old Christian village and Urgup’s fairy chimneys. End of the tour transfer to hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 16- Cappadocia -South Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast at your hotel departure for your full guided day tour of Southern Cappadocia which begins at Pigeon Valley, where you see thousands of dovecots lining the steep cliffs. A visit to one of the extraordinary underground cities at Derinkuyu where Christians hid in fear and faith. At Selime Village you will be astonished by the beautiful churches carved out of the volcanic tufa rock. Visit Ihlara Valley, the most beautiful gorge in Cappadocia. At the end of your tour we transfer you to airport for a flight to Istanbul, after arrival in Istanbul transfer to your hotel.
Day 17: Istanbul – City Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast we pick you up from your hotel and start a full day guided tour of old part of Istanbul , visiting Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and Grand Bazaar. At the end of the tour transfer to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 18- Istanbul ( B )
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and depending on your international flight schedule we transfer you to airport and say ” have a good flight ”.