Turkey in 12 Days. A comfortable coach tour filled with interesting cities, sites and rich Turkish traditions. You'll marvel at Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Grand Bazaar. Cappadocia's "fairy-chimney" landscape, the ancient Greek sites of Ephesus and Troy, and the azure waters of the Mediterranean. You'll also taste renowned Turkish hospitality first-hand, from artisans to porters, waiters and friendly tour guides
Join us for the best elaborate Turkey Tour you can possibly experience.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full Day Istanbul tour|
|Day 3||Depart for Gallipoli Battle Fields. Overnight in Canakkale|
|Day 4||Visit Troy and onwards to Kusadasi|
|Day 5||Full Day Ephesus and Turkish Village tour|
|Day 6||Depart for Pamukkale and tour the Calcium terraces|
|Day 7||Leave for Antalya|
|Day 8||Antalya City and Waterfall tour|
|Day 9||Travel to Konya. Short city tour. Continue to Cappadocia|
|Day 10||Underground City and Open Air Museum tour|
|Day 11||Leave for Ankara. Visit the Ataturk Museum. Arrive in Istanbul|
|Day 12||Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of tour|
> A leisurely comfortable coach tour through Turkey
> See collections of crystal and silver at the Topkapi Palace
> Walk over the blue Iznik tiles at the Blue Mosque
> Ponder over war battles fought in Gallipoli during the first World War
> Visit the famous mythological Troyan horse
> Soak in the thermal waters at Pamukkale
> Stay in Antalya, one of Turkeys most renowned seaside resort
> On the way to Cappadocia, stop in Konya a pilgrimage destination for Sufis
> Spend two days discovering the wonders of Cappadocia
Best time to go
The best times to visit Turkey’s archaeological sites and cities are in spring (Apr-May) and autumn (Sep-Oct) as the temperature is warm, but not too hot.
High summer (Jun-Aug) can be hot: best time for beach holidays. Winters can be cold and many hotels though city breaks are still an option. Turkey does offer ski options during the winter months
Turkey food & drink
Turkish food is varied and delicious. It’s often meze style – lots of small dishes to sample, including aubergine dips, calamari, borek (stuffed pastries), mashed broad beans and stuffed vine leaves – plenty of options for vegetarians, too. Local food involves a lot of meat, often in kebab form – the smell of charcoal-grilled beef, lamb and chicken permeates Turkey.
A Turkish menu includes wonderful breads, super-sweet baklava (pistachio and syrup pastry) and salty white cheeses. Despite being a Muslim country, alcohol is easy to find in Turkey, especially in the touristy coastal regions. Efes is the Turkish beer of choice. Raki, grape spirit, is potent.
Turkish coffee is pitch black, very strong and often sweet. Tea is widely drunk and served black
Culture and Language
Turkish is the official language, however, English, French and German are widely spoken in all major cities and tourist areas. Shaking hands is the common form of greetings. Hospitability is a top priority. Pointing fingers at a person a considered rude. Declining an offer is done by putting your hand over your heart. Observe dress code when visiting Islamic sites
Train travel is a very popular mode of transport between the major cities. It may be slow but can sometimes offer you some inspiring scenic moments. Coach travel is the most used way of getting around Turkey. Bus routes are relatively cheap and are most comfortable. Just about any city is connected by coach. On certain upmarket coaches, extra legroom and Wi-Fi is offered. If your journey is more than 5 hrs, a 30-minute stop is made about every three hours. Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient way of travel in major cities, but not always the quickest way. Taxis can easily be hailed on the street. Important: only take the official bright yellow taxis. If they do not have a meter, then it is a no go
The basic rule is: tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafes and bars. Hotel staff does, however, expect a tip between 5 and 20 Turkish Lira. Do not tip taxi drivers but round up the fare. Tour Guides do not depend on tips, however, if a tour has really gone beyond what your expected, a tip of between 20 and 30 Tl will be greatly appreciated
Your Turkey experience
Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys”. Tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
Pergamon or Pergamum was a rich and powerful ancient Greek city in Aeolis. It is located 26 kilometers from the modern coastline of the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus and northwest of the modern city of Bergama.
Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It's a gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya's time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views.
Istanbul - Arrival Day (D)
- Meet at the airport for transfer to your hotel.
- You will be given your room key and the remainder of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
- There are two airports in Istanbul.
- Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
- Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
- Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Istanbul City Tour (B-L-D)
- Pick up at 08:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
- Visit Topkapi Palace; the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal; silver; and Chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families; the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury; miniatures and the Holy Mantle; enshrining the relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
- Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque; across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet; is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
- The Ancient Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races; with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius; the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
- Lunch break at 13:00 pm.
- Afterward, your tour guide will take you to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon; caraway; saffron; mint; thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
- The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
Gallipoli Tour (B-L-D)
- At 07:30 am we depart for Gallipoli, the famous WWI battlefields
- On our journey to Gallipoli, a stop is made to relax in a restaurant area.
- Arrive in Gallipoli at around 12:00 pm for lunch break
- Visit Gabatepe Museum, the fields with the Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove
- Continue to Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley, and Plugge's Plateau.
- After the tour, travel to your hotel Canakkale
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic airfares (subject to change)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Turkey visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 15 APR and 15 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable