Turkey Highlights with Konya travel offer. See the country where two continents meet and a favorite destination for holidaymakers. Just imagine that during your tour you will see stunning sceneries (Cappadocia) and historic legacies (Istanbul). And then there are these absolute stunning coastlines in and around Antalya. You will be taken to Pamukkale for a day to experience the white terraces and a chance to swim in one of the Thermal Pools. Stay in Konya, a city associated with the famous philosopher Mevlana and still steeped in tradition. All this is included in our tour.
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Full day Istanbul tour and Flight to Izmir|
|Day 3||Full day Ancient Ephesus tour|
|Day 4||Spend the day in Pamukkale|
|Day 5||Transfer to Antalya|
|Day 6||Antalya Waterfall and Old city tour|
|Day 7||Travel to Konya|
|Day 8||Konya City Tour. Onwards to Cappadocia|
|Day 9||Full day South Cappadocia tour|
|Day 10||Last day in Turkey. Transfer to Cappadocia Airport|
> Domestic flights will take you to Izmir and return to Istanbul
> See Istanbul major sites during a full day guided tour
> Visit the Ancient city of Ephesus including lunch
> Travel to Pamukkale, best known for its mineral-rich thermal waters
> Explore Antalya Old City and its waterfalls
> Spend one night in Konya, the Rumi city
> One spectacular full day Cappadocia tours uncovering all its sites
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
The best view of Antalya is from Mount Tahtali. A cable car ride will take you to the top and just take some time to admire the panoramic views of the coastline
Note that you may not walk on the surface with shoes. Take a plastic bag with you to store your footwear.
If you want to go to the Antique Pool, take a towel with you as they are not provided here
- Welcome to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel
- There are two Airports in Istanbul. Ataturk Airport is 20km away from the city center. Sabiha Gokcen is about 55km outside the city center. Transfers from Ataturk is included in your tour program.
- Contact us for transfer rate if you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen
- Overnight in Istanbul
Istanbul Tour (B-L)
- After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel
- A full day tour is planned to visit Istanbul's Ottoman Relics and Byzantine Sites
- Lunch is included in your tour program
- After the tour, transfer to Istanbul Airport for onward flight to Izmir
- Overnight in Kusadasi
Full day Ephesus (B-L-D)
- Tour starts with pick-up from your hotel around 09:00 am
- The route traveled to the House of the Virgin Mary passes through scenic views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis.
- A long and winding road with wonderful views of the valley is seen en route to the Shrine of St. Mary. This diminutive house, beautifully situated in the Solmissos Mountains, is considered by the Vatican to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
- Your tour continues to ancient Ephesus, where you’ll pass through the arched Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk to the ruins of the Roman provincial capital.
- Your knowledgeable guide will highlight sights such as the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, once used for both political and entertainment purposes, and the beautiful Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two-story Corinthian-style columns.
- The dramatic Great Theater is one of the few structures still used today. It seats twenty-five thousand and, although it was once an arena for gladiators, it is now home to annual spring festivals.
- The Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
- Return to your hotel after the tour
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic flights (Subject to change)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Excursions with 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
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV to 28 FEB 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable for travel between 25DEC 18 and 03 JAN 19
- Contact us for any other date of travel required