The Legendary Turkey Tour is for you. Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites. See Istanbul and the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale. Experience beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya and back to Istanbul by domestic flight from Kusadasi. Meeting place of the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey has always been a land of contrasts.
Cosmopolitan Istanbul stood at the head of the Byzantine Empire for a thousand years. Its Islamic successors, the Ottomans, ruled the Mediterranean and beyond for six centuries more.
This long Christian and Islamic history has left a legacy of historical sites. While Turkey's Mediterranean coastline has long been famous for its beaches and nightlife. Travel east into the interior, however, and a more traditional land unfolds where life moves slowly and the legendary Turkish hospitality lives on.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full Day Istanbul Tour|
|Day 3||Bosphorus Cruise and flight to Cappadocia|
|Day 4||Full day North Cappadocia Tour|
|Day 5||Flight to Antalya|
|Day 6||Antalya Waterfalls and City tour|
|Day 7||Travel to Pamukkale and Thermal tour|
|Day 8||Visit Ephesus|
|Day 9||Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour|
> Explore the Sultanahmet area with an experienced Guide
> Shop at the Grand Bazaar and cruise the Bosphorus
> Visit famous sites in Cappadocia such as Fairy Chimneys, Goreme Open Air Museum and so much more
> See the splendid Duden Waterfalls in Antalya and send a few hours in the Old City
> The the gorgeous hot springs in Pamukkale
> Walk through Ephesus, an ancient city filled with Roman Ruins. The Celsus Library will be the highlight of the tour
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 loaves of bread, 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
Classical ruins, Bazaars, Cuisine and more...
Turkey's teeming cityscapes, magnificent classical ruins, chaotic bazaars, and rich, complex cuisine testify to the country's unique position at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Istanbul, astride the strategic Bosphorus Strait, has been the capital of three empires—Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman—and has the tile mosaics and dome-and-minaret skyline to prove it.
Ruins of legendary towns dotting Turkey's long Mediterranean coast—Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Bodrum, and Troy—preserve in stone the secrets of ancient civilizations. In sprawling bazaars, carpets, spices, silks and other exotic goods for sale reflect millennia-old trade routes still traversing the country.
Inland, even geologic wonders have cultural depth. The cascading mineral pools of Pamukkale once fed royal baths. And Turkey's food is revered as one of the world's great cuisines: chicken with apricots and almonds, slow-roasted eggplant with garlic and lemon, lamb shish kebab, honey pastries and lots of yogurts.
Istanbul Arrival Day (D)
- Meet at the airport for transfer to your hotel.
- You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore 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 Sabata Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Istanbul City tour (B-L)
- Pick up at 08:00 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
- In the Sultanahmet area, you will visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome of Constantinople and Blue Mosque
- Next stop is made at the Grand Bazaar
- Stop for lunch in a local restaurant
- In the afternoon visit Topkapi Palace and Little Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul oldest Church turned into a Mosque
- Return to your hotel after the tour
Bosphorus Cruise - Flight to Cappadocia (B-D)
- Pick-up from your hotel at 08:00 am. First stop is made at the Spice Bazaar, one of the city's most colorful and bustling attractions, in operation since the 17th century
- The tour guide will give us tips on the best stalls and kiosks to visit
- Next, head to the shores of the Bosphorus Strait for a cruise, learning more about this important, strategic waterway that straddles the Asian and European continents.
- On our voyage, see impressive sites showcasing many historical buildings: Such as the decadent façade of Dolmabahce Palace; 15th-century fortress Rumelihisari; the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer home of Ottoman sultans; and many more.
- After the tour, you are transferred to the airport to catch our flight to Cappadocia. Arrive & transfer to hotel.
- 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 conditions)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International 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 01 NOV 18 and 28 FEB 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable for travel between 25 DEC 18 and 03 JAN 19