15 Day program covering essential, must-see historic sites of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Kas, Antalya and Cappadocia!

Travel from Istanbul to the rich history and stunning architecture of Ephesus, to the surreal landscapes of Pamukkale, then onto Turkish Mediterranean coastal route to Antalya and finish up with exploring magical Cappadocia.

Including
* Accommodation in a 4-5-star sea-front hotel & deluxe cave hotel in Cappadocia.
* All admissions, transfers, guiding and logistics, all domestic flight tickets included
* Option to customize and return to different city at the end is available.

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Daily Tour Program

Saturday – Traveling to Istanbul
Flight tickets organized by the guests

Sunday – Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you
to your hotel. Unpack and go out for an evening walk and dinner on your own.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Monday – Day 2 – Istanbul – (B/L) – (8-hour program)

09:00 am Meet up with your guide and the driver
In the morning we will greet you at your hotel and take you on a guided tour of the historic old part of Istanbul.
Today’s main sites are:
* Blue Mosque/Sultanahmet Mosque (Camii)
* Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya
* Hippodrome of Constantinople
* Topkapı Palace
* Grand Bazaar and surrounding areas
After the tour, we will provide a transfer to your hotel or we can always leave you at the city center.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Tuesday – Day 3 – Istanbul – (B/L)
09:00 am Meet up with your guide and the driver (4-hour program )
In the morning, we will meet you at your hotel and take you on this enlightening walking tour down to the waterfront near Eminonu.
You’ll see hundreds of interesting shops lined up cozily side-by-side, We will then enjoy a cruise on the Bosporus.
Today’s main sites are:
* Walking tour of Golden horn waterfront area
* Spice Bazaar and surrounding areas
* Scenic cruise on the Bosporus
After the tour, we will provide a transfer to your hotel or we can always leave you at the city center or you can enjoy optional afternoon tours
Overnight in Istanbul.

Wednesday – Day 4 – Gallipoli and the Dardanelles – (L/D)
Early morning departure from Istanbul, our comfortable coach journey takes you to the shores of Gallipoli, where brave soldiers fought during World War I. Pay your respects at the solemn memorials and gain a deep understanding of the sacrifices made in this significant conflict.

Covering: ANZAC Commemorative Sites, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu, Mehmetcik Statue
Lone Pine Australian Memorial Sites, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels)
57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery
The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial

Continue your journey along the strategic Dardanelles, a waterway of historical importance that has witnessed numerous conflicts throughout the ages. Marvel at the strategic significance of this gateway between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Check into your Sea Front Hotel for the night
Enjoy Dinner at the hotel
Overnight in Canakkale City.

Thursday – Day 5 – Traveling to Kusadasi via Troy and Pergamon – (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the guide and venture into the captivating world of ancient Troy.
Explore the archaeological sites and discover the layers of history that have unfolded in this legendary city. Marvel at the reconstructed walls and envision the mythical Trojan War that captivated the imaginations of ancient civilizations.
Troy sites will cover: , Replica of The Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars
The 3700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I, 3000 B.C. – 2500 B.C
The Bouleuterion (Senate Building), The Odeon (Concert Hall)
Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX
Lunch provided
Continue our drive along the Scenic Coastal Route South and visit Pergamon on the way.
Pergamon sites: will include The Acropolis, The Library once held 200.000 books
Temple of Athena, Temple of Trajan, The Gymnasium situated on terraces,The Hellenistic Theater with a seating capacity of 10,000.Temple of Dionysus
If interested option to stop and visit Red Basilica.
Continue our drive, arrive in Kusadasi, check in to our sea side hotel,
Dinner served in the hotel – Dinner served in the hotel 19:30 pm to 21:30 pm
Overnight in Kusadasi.

Friday – Day 6 – Exploring Ephesus / Overnight in Kusadasi – (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel
AM Meet up at the lobby of the hotel and depart for Ephesus, a remarkable ancient city that was once a thriving center of Roman civilization. As you enter the site, step back in time and explore its well-preserved streets, grand monuments, and intricate architecture. Marvel at the intricate mosaics, admire the towering facade of the Library of Celsus, and imagine life in this bustling city.
Visit the Great Theater, the largest ancient theater in Anatolia, where performances and gladiator fights, once entertained the masses. Stand at its center stage, envisioning the crowds that once filled the seats.
Afterwards, make your way to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Learn about the historical and cultural importance of this awe-inspiring sanctuary dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. Admire the remnants of this magnificent structure, which now serve as a testament to the past.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, savoring traditional Turkish cuisine and local flavors.
After lunch, explore the Ephesus Museum, where you can admire a collection of artifacts and sculptures that were discovered in and around Ephesus. Gain a deeper understanding of the society and culture that once thrived in this ancient city.
Finally, return to your hotel in Kusadasi, check in,
Dinner served in the hotel from 19:30 to 21:30 pm
Overnight in Kusadasi.

Saturday – Day 7 – Traveling to Pamukkale – (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel (Served from 07-09 am )
Begin your day with a convenient pickup from your hotel & Depart for Pamukkale, known as the “Cotton Castle” due to its dazzling white terraces formed by mineral-rich water cascading down the mountainside. Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Turkish countryside, capturing stunning views along the way.
Upon arrival, explore the unique natural wonders of Pamukkale. Take off your shoes and stroll barefoot on the calcium terraces, experiencing the warm healing waters. Marvel at the surreal landscape of terraces and travertine formations, which have been shaped over thousands of years.
Next, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, located on top of Pamukkale.
Discover the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you explore its well-preserved ruins. Visit the Roman amphitheater, the Temple of Apollo, and the Necropolis, with its impressive collection of sarcophagi.
After lunch, you’ll have free time to relax and leisurely explore Pamukkale further.
You can take a dip in the thermal pools or visit the Hierapolis Archaeology Museum to gain a deeper understanding of the ancient city’s rich history.
Finally, return to your hotel in Pamukkale, check in,
Dinner at the hotel – 19:00 to 22:00 pm —- Overnight in Pamukkale

Sunday – Day 8 – Pamukkale to Kas – (B/L)

Breakfast between 07:00 to 09:00
09:30 am Meet up with your guide and the driver
Depart from Pamukkale on a Scenic Drive, cutting across the Taurus Mountains to Kas
Short Stop at the Leblebi (AKA Chickpea) town
(sample local chickpeas with different flavors, sweet and salty …. )
Lunch on the way, in a traditional Nomadic Restaurant on the Taurus mountain.
Afternoon arrival in Kas, check into your hotel, enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Kas. (Beach Hotel)

Monday – Day 9 – Kas – Kekova – Simena – Kas – (B/L)
Breakfast between 07:00 to 09:00
09:30 am Meet up with your guide, walk down to the harbor,
Board the Traditional Gulet – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulet
Enjoy a full day flexible Sail and cruise excursion to Kekova – Simena
Kekova (“The Sunken City”): has a surface area of 5.7sq km and while the majority of its ruins are submerged underwater, they are still visible. Kekova was an ancient town destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Rebuilt during the Byzantine Empire period, it was finally abandoned because of Arab incursions. Tersane Bay (meaning “dockyard”) was the site of the ancient city of Xera – which features ruins of a Byzantine church) is also on this island.
Kalekoy is a Lycian site on the Turkish coast. It is a small village which features the partly-sunken ruins of Aperlae as well as a castle; access to the village is possible only by sea.
After explore return to Kas Harbor
Dinner Provided at the hotel
Overnight in Kas. (Beach Hotel)
Tuesday – Day 10 – Kas – (B/L)
Breakfast provided
Free day at leisure.
Swimming, Snorkeling, Sunbathing Relaxing
Dinner Provided at the hotel
Overnight in Kas (Beach Hotel)
Wednesday – Day 11 – Kas to Antalya – (B)
Breakfast between 07:00 to 09:00
08:00 am Meet up with your guide, depart from Demre Harbor on a scenic drive along the coastal route to Antalya.
on the way, will make photo stops at Olympos, Chimera: is a geographical feature near the Olympos valley and national park It is the site of dozens of small fires which burn constantly from vents in the rocks on the side of the mountain. Directly below the fires are the ruins of the temple of Hephaistos, the Greek god who was associated with fire through his role as the blacksmith to the gods. To see the fires and the ruins, visitors must first go to the entrance at the foot of the mountain. The site is at the top of an easy one-kilometre climb.
In ancient times sailors could navigate by the flames, but today they are more often used to brew tea.
Then will continue our drive, and if you are interested and feel like it, then stop at the ancient site of Phaselis.
Noontime arrival in Antalya, check into your hotel.
Free time for rest and refreshing.
Afternoon, meet up with the guide for a couple of hours of introductory walking tour of Antalya’s old town. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Antalya.

Thursday – Day 12 – Antalya to Cappadocia – (B)
Breakfast between 07:00 to 10:00
Transfer to Antalya Airport
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Flight to Cappadocia. Flight information will be added —
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Arrive in Cappadocia, transfer to your hotel.
Check-in & Overnight stay.

Friday – Day 13 – Cappadocia – (L)
If you booked the optional Hot Air Balloon tour — 05:00 AM Meet up at the lobby of the hotel and transfer go to the balloon launch site.
Enjoy a stunning experience, going over Cappadocia on a hot air balloon ride.
After the trip has concluded, we’ll come back to the hotel for breakfast and have a rest before setting out later in the morning to see the rest of the sites listed below.)
09:30 am Meet up with your guide and the driver
Sites you’ll see today:
* Goreme Open-Air Museum
* Fairy Chimneys
* Devrent Valley
* Uchisar Castle,
We’ll also visit local craftspeople and learn the special art of making dolls and traditional pottery.
17:00 pm Return to hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Saturday – Day 14 – Cappadocia – (B/L)
09:30 am Meet up with your guide and the driver
Today, we’ll stroll through an amazing subterranean city where ancient Christians once hid from Arab invaders; we’ll then wander through the Ihlara Gorge and spend time in a classic Anatolian village.
Sites we will cover:
* The Underground Cities
* Ihlara Gorge
* Traditional Anatolian villages.
After the tour will return to the hotel.
Transfer to Cappadocia Airport and put you on a short domestic flight back to Istanbul.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure in Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Sunday – Day 15 – Departure from Istanbul
Meeting time to be determined
4 hours before your international flight departure time.
Gule, Gule! It is time to head home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Turkey in your heart.

Note: This itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences and interests.
You may choose to add additional stops or extend your time at any particular site.

Program ends

From $….. US Dollars per person
To obtain pricing details, we kindly request you to contact us with the specific dates of your travel and the number of guests, once received, we will get back to you with price and payment information

Includes
* Centrally located superior and 4 star hotels
* All land transfers with comfortable vehicles
* All of the meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* All the tours and excursions mentioned on the itinerary
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides during the tours
* Admissions to Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya and Cappadocia sites
* Blue Cruise to Kekova Sunken Cities.
* Domestic flight tickets from Antalya to Cappadocia
* Domestic flight tickets from Cappadocia to Istanbul
* All the fuel, toll roads, parking fees during all the transfers
* All taxes and service charges

Excludes
* International flight tickets to and from Istanbul
* Hot Air Balloon tour on Cappadocia
* Optional Turkish night show, featuring traditional music, dancing, and entertainment
* Drinks with meals
* Travel Insurance

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