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
North Cappadocia Tour (B-L-D)
- Your impressive day will start with a visit to the Dervent valley.
- See the Pasabag “fairy chimneys”, where you can feel the mystic of Cappadocia.
- Stop at the Avanos center of terracotta art and see ceramic dating back to 3000 BC followed with a visit to ceramic and tile workshop
- After lunch, travel to the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Icons in Cappadocia.
- Visit a carpet weaving cooperation to see how the Turkish carpet made by hand.
- We end the day by taking a look into the Goreme Valley from the Uchisar Rock-Castle.
Cappadocia - Antalya (B-D)
- Leave Cappadocia and board your flight to Antalya
- On arrival, check in at your hotel
- After a leisurely breakfast leave your hotel around 09:30 and travel to the Antalya Waterfalls.
- See the falls drop off a rocky cliff into the Mediterranean Sea
- After lunch, leave for the Old city center where you will have a few hours to explore the area
- Check out the smalls streets of Kaleici (Old City) filled with little shops or take a tea/coffee break
- 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 15 MAR to 31 OCT 2019
- Contact us for alternative travel dates
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.