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Turkish Treasures Private Tour 15 Days

Gain a full appreciation of Turkey’s rich history and natural beauty in this 15 day tour which starts in Istanbul, takes you to incredible Cappadocia with its lunar-like landscape, along the Mediterranean Coast, then inland to the natural phenomenon of Pamukkale before heading up to Gallipoli via the magnificent ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum.

Description

Day 1 – Istanbul

Your Turkey private tour begins when you are met on arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and transferred to your hotel. You will fall in love with this vibrant city with its mass of colours and incredible architecture. Free afternoon before meeting your tour guide this evening.
Overnight Istanbul

Day 2 – Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul ‘s magical old city – Highlights will include the Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sophia, the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.
Overnight Istanbul (B)

Day 3 – Cappadocia

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Cappadocia, known for its incredible, lunar-like landscape.
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon.
Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

Day 4 – Cappadocia

Optional sunrise hot air balloon flight. Highlights today include the Goreme open-air museum and Kaymaklı Underground City, built by early Christians fleeing persecution. We will finish the day with a visit to the Citadel of Uçhisar, Paşabağ Valley (Monk’s Valley) and the town of Avanos.
Overnight Cappadocia (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Konya

After breakfast we set off for Konya, stopping to visit Sultanhani Caravansary, an important stop for traders on the Old Silk Road. Lunch and a visit to the Mevlana Museum in Konya. We then continue to the coast, to Antalya.
Overnight Antalya (B, D)

Day 6 — Antalya

Antalya’s lush green countryside is home to Duden Waterfall. The cool, lush surrounds provide a great chance to relax and enjoy nature. We will then visit ancient Aspendos, which has one of the most impressive theatres of ancient times, and is still used today for concerts, ballet and opera performances.
Overnight Antalya (B, D)

Day 7 – Kas

After breakfast we set off for the charming seaside town of Kas, stopping to explore the ancient Lycian city of Phaselis along the way. Kas has ambience aplenty, and is sure to charm you.
Overnight Kas (B, L)

Day 8 —Kekova

Today we will take a boat trip to the sunken city of Kekova, and enjoy a home cooked lunch on board. In the afternoon we will drive to the coastal town of Fethiye, located on a bay full of islands and surrounded by pine forests.
Overnight Fethiye (B)

Day 9 — Fethiye

Free morning to explore the town. You will also have the opportunity of an optional boat trip around the bay.
Overnight Fethiye (B)

Day 10 — Pamukkale

This morning we head inland to the village of Pamukkale, famous for its natural phenomenon of white calcium terraces, formed by deposits of minerals from the thermal waters believed to have therapeutic benefits. Free afternoon.
Overnight Pamukkale (B, D)

Day 11 — Pamukkale, Kusadasi

This morning we will explore the ruins of the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapolis, as well as the famous travertines. Don’t miss the chance to swim over Roman columns in the Cleopatra Antique Pool (entrance extra). After lunch we drive to Kusadasi, located on the Aegean Coast.
Overnight Kusadasi (B, L)

Day 12 – Ephesus, Kusadasi

Transport yourself back to ancient times as you stroll the streets of Ephesus and visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. We will also visit the charming village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wine and olive oil products.
Overnight Kusadasi (B, L)

Day 13 – Canakkale

We head up the coast to Canakkale, stopping to visit Pergamum on the way. Free afternoon and evening.
Overnight Canakkale (B)

Day 14 – Gallipoli , Istanbul

An emotional tour of the Gallipoli Battlefields and a chance to pay tribute to all of those who fought in the Battle of Gallipoli, before we drive back to Istanbul.
Overnight Istanbul (B, L)

Day 15 – Istanbul

Our tour finishes after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. We hope you enjoyed your Turkey private tour and have lots of great memories to take home with you.
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Note:

This tour is also available as a private tour only. The indicated meals are a guideline only. This itinerary can be customised according to your needs and interests.

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