18 Days Turkey Tour with Blue Cruise - Istanbul - Gallipoli - Troy - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Blue Cruise 3 Nights 4 Days from Fethiye to Olympos - Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia - Istanbul
Upon Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, you will be met at the airport holding your name card and transfered to your hotel in Istanbul. You will start with a brief instruction and have the rest of the day to explore Istanbul on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul Classical Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast pick up from your hotel and start a full day guided tour of old part of Istanbul , visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and Grand Bazaar. After tour free afternoon and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul - Bosphorus Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast pick up from hotel and a full day guided Bosphorus tour will start with a short visit to 17th century Spice Market one of the most colourful bazaars with different smells of various spices. Next we take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, with wonderful surroundings, palaces, mansions and imposing fortresses.
Rumeli Fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror just in a very short time to protect and control the Bosphorus.
Bosphorus Bridge is a unique chance to step from one continent (Europa) to another (Asia ). During our Bosphorus cruise, from the deck of our boat take in sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, that is lined with ancient villages, mansions, wonderful fishing piers, embroidaried bays and Beylerbeyi Palace, was used as a summer residence of Ottoman sultans with its original furnitures , magnificent gardends with the Harem on the Asian Side .
CamlÄ±ca Hill , the highest point of Istanbul. At the top of the hill you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and Bosphorus from beautiful gardens. You can have a cup of Turkish Coffee in here then you never forget the flavour of the coffee .
End of the tour you will be transfered to your hotel .
Day 4: Istanbul to Gallipoli (L)
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning at 06:30 am and drive to Gallipoli along the northern shores of the Marmara Sea, and as soon as we arrive we will have a break for lunch.
Gallipoli and The Dardanelles after our lunch we will stop to visit Gallipoli, a place of fierce WWI fighting between Allied forces and the Turks. At ANZAC Cove thousands lost their lives in one fateful dawn morning. We will also see other famous battle sites of World War1 in this area, such as Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. From here we will take a ferry to cross the Dardanelles.
Canakkale is our final destination for today and we will spend the evening. After dinner, you might want to stroll the harbour walk and experience the local culture.
Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 5: Troy ( B / L)
After you have your breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up for our guided Troy Tour, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Troy is the ancient site written about by Homer in the Iliad. It dates back as far as 3000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has existed. As you enter the site a large wooden Trojan horse dominates your view. You will definitely want to climb up and get your picture taken.
At the end of the tour you will take a bus to KusadasÄ±. Overnight in KusadasÄ±.
Day 6: Ephesus ( B / L)
After breakfast at your hotel in KusadasÄ± you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day guided tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary. First you will visit The Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, it is one of the best preserved examples of the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit The House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days of her live. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. After the tour transfer to your hotel .Overnight in KusadasÄ±.
Day 7: Pamukkale (B / L)
After you have your breakfast at your hotel in KusadasÄ± we will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Pamukkale .
Pamukkale, means 'Cotton Castle' , is a natural , historical site and attraction center both for locals and foreigners. Pamukkale is also the home for the UNESCO World Heritage - listed ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis as well as the world famous white travertines ,calcium terraces . It is also known as a major mineral - bath spa because of its natural pools and white travertine shaped pools , healing power of God , filled by hot calcium water springs from the ground which cascade over the travertines . It is also known as a great treatment center for different diseases , healing power of God .
Hierapolis , an ancient Hellenic and Roman city , magnificently preserved up today.Hierapolis includes a large theatre , the temple of Apollo and the Necropolis ,one of the best preserved samples in Turkey with 1200 tombs including Roman Sarcophagi , burial chambers, temples to the dead and complete burial grounds from early Christian times .
At the and of the tour back to your hotel , Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 8: Fethiye ( B )
After you have your breakfast at your hotel in Pamukkale , you will take a bus to Fethiye, arrive in Fethiye and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Fethiye, discover more things in the little town on your own.
Overnight in Fethiye.
Day 9:Fethiye,Oludeniz ( B / L / D)
Breakfast at your hotel, transfer to boat in Fethiye Harbour.
Departure from Fethiye Harbour between 11 and 12 a.m. Brief info 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.
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 10:Kalkan,Kas ( B / L / D)
Around sunrise departure to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan for breakfast and swimming.
Cruising to Kas where we stop in the harbour for lunch and visit this charming fishing town, ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known, only Lycian rock tombs, sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left.
You may walk in Uzun CarsÄ± street to see Lycian King Tomb and look at the wooden balconies with flowers of Kas. These are the charm of the town remains! We stop in a bay near Kekova for swimming and dinner under thousands of stars. Overnight on boat.
Day 11:Simena, Kekova, Gokkaya Bay ( B/ L/ D)
Breakfast on the boat.
Cruise 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:Pirates Cave, Demre, Myra ( B / L)
After breakfast we have a look at the Pirates Cave and snorkeling (sea conditions permitting) before cruising to Andriace harbour for lunch.
Bus transfer to the archaeological site of Myra, and to Demre for the St.Nicholas Church, shopping and banking when requested by your group.
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 dantella bays of south coasts.
We will meet you at the bus station in Antalya, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Antalya.
Day 13: Antalya to Konya ( B )
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to bus station in Antalya, take a bus to Konya that will take about six hours and you will be able to see world famous Taurus Mountains and beautiful lanscape, arrive in Konya, transfer to your hotel. Free time for you to see more things about this ancient historical and mystic Anatolian city. You should visit Mevlana Museum and have a cup of coffee in Alaeddin Hill and please do not forget to taste FÄ±rÄ±n KebabÄ± or Etliekmek in Konya.
Overnight in Konya.
Day 14: Konya to Cappadocia ( B )
After Breakfast you will be transfered to bus Station in Konya, take a bus to Cappadocia which will take about four hours by comfortable busses. Arrive in Cappadocia and the fairy chimneys welcomes you.Transfer to your hotel. Possibly it will be first time that you will sleep in a cave hotel. Free time for you. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 15: North Cappadocia ( B / L)
After breakfast at about 9.30am, we will pick you up for our full day guided Northern Cappadocia Tour.
We will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley, Avanos , Pasabag, and the old village of Cavusin. At the end of the tour, you will be transfered back to your hotel, overnight in Goreme.
Day 16: South Cappadocia ( B / L )
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel for our full day guided tour of Southern Cappadocia. We will visit Piegon valley, Underground city, Ihlara Canyon, Selime village, Caravansari and Yaprakhisar. At the end of the day we will return to Goreme and transfer to bus station to take a night bus to Istanbul .
Day 17: Istanbul ( B )
Arrive in Istanbul, take a shuttle bus from the bus station to Sultanahmet area and to your hotel. It is your free day in Istanbul to do some more research in Istanbul, you may go to Grand Bazaar or Spice Market for some shopping, and enjoy your day.
Overnight in Istanbul
Day 18: Istanbul ( B )
Breakfast at your hotel, free time for you till your international flight time, we will transfer you to the airport regarded to your flight.
Our tour concludes in here and we say hope to see you in our next trip.
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