Tour Style : Private Luxury
Duration : 14 Days – 13 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Welcome to Turkey , arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish Food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night.
2nd Day Istanbul
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. The visit begins will the ancient HIPPODROME, which was the scene of chariot races and the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue to the SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Then arrive at our last stop which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience The BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the Bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is yours to discover Istanbul by night.
3rd Day Gallipoli
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and we depart for Canakkale. We arrive in Eceabat at noon and begin the fully guided Gallipoli tour. Visiting Kabatepe Museum , ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine the Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair the New Zealand memorial. During the tour there will be a lunch break. Late in the afternoon we will arrive in Canakkale
Day 4 – Troy
After breakfast we depart for the ancient city of Troy . Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archeological diggings since its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870’s. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to 3500 B.C. After Troy we will depart for Kusadasi. Late arrival in Kusadasi.
Day 5 – Kusadasi
We depart at 10:00 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world : Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.
Day 6 – Pamukkale –
Day trip to Pamukkale and we depart at 09:30 we depart on our tour of Pamukkale travertine’s and the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Lunch, Pamukkale Museum, and The Travertine’s of Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 7 – Pamukkale – Köycegiz (Mud Bath) – Fethiye (Ölüdeniz)
A At 08:30 we depart for Köycegiz. There we board a boat and cruise across Lake Köycegiz where we will have numerous opportunities to swim. We head for Turtle Beach, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet and have a traditional Turkish lunch. On our return journey back to Köycegiz we visit the Mud-bath to cover ourselves in mud, before jumping in the natural thermal springs. After the cruise we take a short bus trip to our night stop in Ölüdeniz.
Day 8 – Fethiye (Ölüdeniz)
The day is yours you don’t have to wake up early. Oludeniz is famous throughout the world for its natural magnificent beach, crystal clear sea and paragliding activities. If you want to have a good fun, you can choose one of our optional activities like jeep safari and paragliding.
Day 9 – Olympos
We depart for Olympos at 10:00. On the way we shall see one of the best panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. We will be passing from ancient Likya and you will have the chance to take photos of breath taking scenes. Don’t forget you’re swimming suits because we can stop for a swim in the turquoise waters on the way. When we arrive at Olympos, you can have the choice of staying either in famous tree houses or in bungalows. We will then relax and enjoy a barbeque party.
Day 10 – Olympos – Cappadocia
Early morning we have a long drive to Cappadocia. After having some rest and then dinner, you will have the chance to go to the famous traditional Turkish Night, you will enjoy Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing & Traditional Turkish Folklore. We recommend it should not be missed.
Day 11 – Cappadocia
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country “Katpatuka,” (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Our guided tour will start at 09:30 and cover Avcilar, Pigeon valley , Göreme Open Air Museum , Devrent Valley , Uçhisar Castle and the pottery village of Avanos. If you want to join our optional activity of Ballooning (see Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia, please contact with your guide and book because it will take place early the next morning.
Day 12 – Cappadocia – Istanbul
We depart at 09:30 for one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia : Derinkuyu Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. This afternoon we will depart for Istanbul on the way we will stop for lunch.
Day 13 – Istanbul
Today you don’t have to wake up early. At 10:30 we will start a different city tour of Istanbul. We will visit the Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar, TaksimDistrict, which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, café, cinemas a street in which is the centre of the Turkish Film Industry.
Day 14 – End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Yukitour tour.
What is included
- 13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 10 Dinners
- English speaking professional guide throughout.
- All transportation by private a/c tour coach
- 4 nights, 4 star hotel hotel in Istanbul ,
- 1 night 4, star hotel accommodation nearby Çanakkale.
- 2 nights, 5 star hotel hotel in Kusadasi
- 1 night, 4 star thermal hotel hotel in Pamukkale
- 2 nights 4 star hotel hotel in Ölüdeniz
- 1 night in the famous Olympos Tree Houses & Bungalows
- 2 nights, boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia.
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
- Free Airport transfer
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Ride: 150 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.