DAY - 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL (choose your own travel dates)
Arrival in Istanbul International Airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 2 BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR (B-L)
08:45 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting, Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Tour ends around 4:00 pm. Return back to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 3 FREE DAY - ISTANBUL (B)
Free day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Circle Istanbul - "See The Real Istanbul" / 9am to 6pm or later.
DAY - 4 FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA / CAPPADOCIA TOUR #1 (B- L)
05:00 am pick up from the reception and transfer to the airport. You will fly into either Kayseri or Nevsehir. Arrival at the airport and depart for the tour. Visiting Devrent Valley, Monk`s valley (Pasabagi) where you will find the world renowned fairy chimneys. After lunch break continue on to the Goreme Open-Air Museum where you will visit the numerous rock carved churches and monasteries. Tour will end with a visit to Uchisar, a natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY - 5 CAPPADOCIA TOUR #2 (B-L)
09:30 am, depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock- cut churches and walk 4-5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Çavusvillage. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride - $150 per person
DAY - 6 FLIGHT TO IZMIR & TRANSFER TO KUSADASI (B)
Flight from Cappadocia to Izmir. Depending on the day of the week, you will either fly directly or via Istanbul. Arrival in Izmir airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY - 7 EPHESUS TOUR (B-L)
09:15 am pick up from th reception and depart for the tour. Visiting the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Following this, we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient word. Visiting Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city`s great wealth many years ago. Our last stop is the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and spent her final days. Return back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY - 8 PAMUKKALE TOUR & TRANSFER TO FETHIYE (B-L)
08:00 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour (2.5 hours drive). Visiting Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/ mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls". After lunch, visiting Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil`s Hole, and the Masterpiece Theater. Swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool`s hot spring mineral waters (but not in the Cascade Pools) is one of your year-round options. Transfer to Fethiye by a private vehicle after the tour (4 hours). Overnight in Fethiye.
DAY – 9 EMBARKING THE BOAT (B-L-D)
(Boats have no A/C) Pick up from your hotel and transffer to the boat. Departure from Fethiye Harbour between 11 and 12 a.m. to Samanlik Bay for swimming & lunch or, depending on the sea conditions, to Butterfly Valley for lunch, a swim & optional visit of this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Afterwards we cruise to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon) again sea conditions permitting. Option for paragliding available. Last stop of the day is St.Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner & 1st night.
DAY – 10 ON THE BOAT (B-L-D)
Around sunrise departure to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan for breakfast & swimming. Cruising to Kas where we stop in the harbour for 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! In a bay near Kekova we stop for swimming, dinner & the 2nd night.
DAY – 11 ON THE BOAT (B-L-D)
Breakfast. Departure to Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is protected, so only looking!). Lunch. 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.
DAY – 12 DISEMBARKING THE BOAT & TRANSFER TO ANTALYA (B)
Disembarking the boat after breakfast in Demre and transfer to Antalya by a private vehicle. Check into the hotel and afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Antalya.
DAY – 13 FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL (B)
Pick up from your hotel 2 hours before your departure and transfer to the airport. Flight back to Istanbul (morning or afternoon). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 14 GOODBYE (B)
Pick up 3 hours before your international flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!
- 13 nights hotel accommodation.
- Services of professionally licensed guides on local tours.
- 23 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunch, 3 dinner.
- All domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking minivan on local tours and transfers.
- English speaking guided tours mentioned in the itinerary.
- Inbound and outbound airport transfers to/from your hotel.
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees, baggage handling. (unless otherwise stated)
- International airfares.
- VISA needed for Turkey.
- Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff etc.
- Harem and Treasure room entrance fees in Topkapi Palace.
- Drinks on the boat.
- Travel Insurance and personal expenses.
- DATES: You can choose your own travel dates. In other words, Day 1 can be any day of your choice. This trip is recommended from Apr to Nov.
- CUSTOMIZE: This package is flexible and can be customized based to your requirements.
- HOTELS: Hotels can be upgraded. You can even choose your own hotels.
- IMPORTANT: If you are planning to take this trip in May and September we highly recommend to book it as soon as possible.