Join us on a 14-day Magical Turkey tour where you are taken to irresistible destinations. Turkey is a land of classic wonders. Travel to Bursa, the Green City and visit Yalova, famous its hot springs. Be amazed by the architecture of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the well-preserved Greek structures in Ephesus. Visit Pamukkale with its pristine white terraces and the perfect place for a thermal bath to revitalize the body and soul. Make your way to the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya. The city has built up a splendid holiday reputation and is known as the Turkish Riviera. Blessed with long sunny beaches, historical sites, and its beautiful Old City Kaleiçi. Your journey will take you northwards via Konya, a popular pilgrimage destination for Sufis and home to the whirling dervishes. Spend your last two days in Cappadocia, created over millennia of years. Explore the rock valleys and moon-like landscapes, underground cities, and caves
At a glance
|Day 1||Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Full-day Istanbul tour visiting the Ottoman and Byzantine Relics|
|Day 3||Half-day Bosphorus cruise|
|Day 4||Travel to Bursa followed by city tour. Overnight in Bursa|
|Day 5||Full-day tour to Yalova|
|Day 6||Return to Istanbul. Flight to Izmir|
|Day 7||Full-day Ephesus tour|
|Day 8||Full-day Pamukkale tour|
|Day 9||Onwards to Antalya|
|Day 10||Waterfall and city tour|
|Day 11||Depart for Konya|
|Day 12||Konya morning tour and travel to Cappadocia|
|Day 13||Full-day South Cappadocia tour|
|Day 14||Transfer to the Airport. End of services|
Istanbul: 3 Nights including 1 full-day city tour and Bosphorus cruise
Bursa: 2 Nights including city and Yalova tour
Kusadasi: 3 Nights and 2 full day tours (Ephesus and Pamukkale)
Antalya: 2 Nights with City and Waterfall tour
Konya: 1 Night with city tour
Cappadocia: 2 Nights and full day South Cappadocia tour
- Welcome to Istanbul and your holiday has officially started
- You will be met in the arrival hall by our representative for transfer to your hotel
- The remainder of the day is free for you to explore your immediate surrounding
Istanbul City Tour (B/L)
- Depart from your hotel around 08:00 am on a full-day Ottoman and Byzantium Relics tour. Start at the Sultanahmet district, the oldest, most historic part of the city. Your first stop is at the Hagia Sophia. Your tour guide will explain the significance of this massive building that was once a Christian church, then a mosque, and now a museum. Continue to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where you will see the impressive obelisk> Continue to the Blue Mosque
- Next on the itinerary is the Grand Bazaar, a massive, bustling complex and perfect to buy clothing, decorative furnishings, food, and more. On the way to the bazaar, you will see other historical monuments such as the Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I, the Firuz Aga Mosque, and the exterior of the Tomb of Mehmed II.
- After our visit to the Grand Bazaar, a brief stop is made for lunch.
- During the afternoon you will visit Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years and Little Hagia Sophia.
- Return to your hotel after the tour
St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
Bosphorus Cruise (B)
- Morning pick-up (time to be confirmed) from your hotel. First visit the Spice Bazaar, one of the city’s most colorful and bustling attractions, in operation since the 17th century and a very popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. The tour guide will give us tips on the best stalls and kiosks to visit ( you will have roughly 45 minutes of free time to explore and shop)
Next, head to the shores of the Bosphorus Strait and board the cruise liner. You will learn about this important, strategic waterway that straddles the Asian and European continents. During your voyage, see an impressive showcase of many historic Istanbul buildings: the façade of Dolmabahce Palace; 15th-century fortress Rumelihisari; the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer home of Ottoman sultans; and many more.
- The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure
Note: The Spice Bazaar is closed on Sunday, and will be replaced with the Pierre Loti Cafe.
- Arrival transfer at Istanbul to your hotel by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic airfares (subject to change & 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 DEC 21 to 15 MAR 22
Contact us for alternative dates of travel
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: the 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 pieces 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 a common form of greetings. Hospitability is a top priority. Pointing fingers at a person considered rude. Declining an offer is done by putting your hand over your heart. Observe the 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 you're expected, a tip of between 20 and 30 Tl will be greatly appreciated
TURKEY HOLIDAY TIPS
Always haggle if you are shopping at Kapalicarsi (Covered or Grand Bazaar ) or the Misir Carsisi (Egyptian Bazaar ).
If you need cheap transportation, use the ferries, which also offer stunning views.
As Istanbul is large, do your research on the places that you would like to visit and book a hotel close to these places. Due to the distance and the traffic, you might lose half a day only traveling from your hotel to the touristic areas.
Before going into a restaurant, you might want to check the menu for prices. Istanbul has restaurants more expensive than in London and New York.