Travel to Turkey's breathtaking places, beautiful landscape, historical sites, charming villages and unique natural areas with independent tours. Take a look at our most popular travel package, you can modify these itineraries according to your interests, budget & time frame.Highlights
Upon arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be met by our staff & accompanied during the transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may take a stroll around the neighbourhood the get acquainted with the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, we begin today's tour with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury & elegant 4 courts it promises to impress the visitor. Nearby, we take a stroll through the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots & political riots. After lunch break, we visit the Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years & a mosque for over 4 centuries, it is considered to be the crown jewel of the Eastern Roman Empire. Later we visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets & a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over merchandise. Overnight in Istanbul.
Pick up from your hotel lobby, with a small group we head to explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin. Next we take a ferry up Istanbul's winding Bosphorus strait. You will see, Ottoman summer mansions & the beautiful Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress, all alongside passing fishing boats, yachts, huge cargo ships & tankers. After lunch break back on shore, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, the residence of the last 6 Ottoman Sultans & their families. Overnight Istanbul.
We travel by ferry to Yalova, then by coach to the city of Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire & one of the greatest treasure houses of Islamic architecture. We will first visit the Green Mosque & the neighbouring Green Mausoleum, both world-renowned for their superb tile decoration, as well as the late 14th century Great Mosque & the Koza Han, which for centuries was the center of Bursa's flourishing silk trade. After enjoying a leisurely cable car ride up the steep slopes of Mount Olympus (Turkish: Uludag), we will return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Meeting with your tour guide & drive to Pergamum, where different healing methods like therapy with music & sound of water were first used. Visit to Asclepion, ancient medical center built in the name of Aesculapis, 'God of Medicine'. Lunch at a local eatery serving traditional cuisine. After lunch continue to Pergamum Acropolis. Visit Athena & Trojan Temples, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Dionysos, Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, Great Theatre & Roman Bath. We drive south to Kusadasi for overnight stay.
Free day at leisure. Optional: Ephesus tour. Overnight Kusadasi.
Pick up from the hotel. Discover the ruins of Priene at a dramatic mountainous setting & with one of the most active Ionian ports in ancient times. See the Temple of Athena, the Stoa, Agora, Market Place, Temenos of Zeus Olympic & more. Then proceed to Miletus, which provided the alphabet to the rest of the classical world. It was a great port & the hometown of several philosophers & sages. After lunch, we stop at Didyma, a sacred place of pagan worship, this was one of the sacred places of antiquity where well known oracles were consulted. Drive to Bodrum for overnight stay.
We begin the tour with the Castle of the Knights in Bodrum. The castle itself also serves as the local museum, with the exhibits of many archaeological objects found in the area & one particular display is noteworthy that is one of the shipwreck (1200 B.C.) from Gelidonya cape. Walking back to the town & through the back streets will bring us to the site of the Mausoleum which is one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. The word 'Mausoleum' comes from this monumental tomb. Overnight in Bodrum.
Free day at leisure. You may soak up the sun or join a boat cruise which will take you to remote coves & bays inaccessible by land. Overnight in Bodrum.
After check-out from hotel, transfer to Marmaris, check in to hotel, remainder of the day free at leisure. Overnight in Marmaris.
After breakfast, an enjoyable 1½ hr cruise takes us to one of the rarest corners on the earth, Dalyan turtle beach, one of the last breeding ground of loggerhead turtles is a long sand bank surrounded by salt water on one side & fresh water on the other. Sailing trough amazing reeds will remind you of the movie "The African Queen". We'll stop over at the magnificent Lycian rock tombs carved high on the cliffs. Finally the youth source; Mud Bath. It is fun, it is rejuvenating & it surely is a great chance for an unusual snapshot. Return to Marmaris for overnight stay..
Free day at leisure. Overnight in Marmaris.
Breakfast at hotel, check-out & transfer to Dalaman Airport for Istanbul flight. Transfer & Check-in to hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast, check out & as per your international flight time, transfer to Istanbul Airport for your homebound flight.