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 & clearing customs, you will be met by one of our staff at the exit gate of arrivals hall & accompanied during your transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, then meeting your guide at hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Soon after, we embark on a public ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After lunch, in the afternoon we will complete this historical day by visiting Topkapi Palace, the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum with its jewel encrusted treasury & elegant four courts. Free time at the Grand Bazaar where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over souvenirs.
After breakfast meeting your tour guide at hotel lobby to begin the day with a stroll around the Ancient Hippodrome, the former heart of Constantinople's political & sporting life adorned with ancient monuments. Next visit the Blue Mosque with its six minarets, a great cascade of domes & a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Continue with the Hagia Sophia which is considered the jewel of Byzantine architecture & once the largest church in the world for 1000 years. After lunch break, we drive across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill offering 360° panoramic views of Istanbul. We then visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans.
After breakfast early check out & transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for Cappadocia flight (1.2hr). We start our day with a gentle hike through orchards, unusual volcanic rock formations, rock-cut houses at Red Valley & Pasabagi where you will find the world known fairy chimneys. Visit the old Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch break & then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. Then continue on to Goreme Open-Air Museum where you will visit the numerous rock carved churches, monasteries decorated with striking frescoes from early Christianity. Our last stop for today will be the panoramic view point offering spectacular views of the landscape from the natural rock castle at Uchisar.
Free day at leisure. Overnight Cappadocia.
After breakfast we will depart from Goreme to Konya. Upon arrival & check-in to your hotel, we will visit the Karatay Medrese which houses an outstanding collection of ceramics & tiles. The 800 year old building was once a Selcuk Islamic theological seminary. The old city of Konya, having been the capital of the Seljuk Empire, is full of the numerous most interesting examples of the early time of the Turk-Islamic architecture. After lunch we head to the Museum of Mevlana, this small museum constructed in the 16th century was attributed to Mevlana, the great Turkish & founding mystic of the famous convent of 'whirling dervishes'. Overnight stay in Konya.
After breakfast, check out from hotel & transfer to Otogar for Antalya coach. Check in to hotel upon arrival. Free time in Antalya & overnight.
Depart in the morning to visit Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylia. St. Paul visited Perge on his first missionary journey. The theatre stage has finely carved marble relief's & other carvings from around the city are displayed in the stadium. Then proceed to Aspendos, which bears one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Asia Minor. After lunch by the river, we visit Manavgat Waterfalls before continuing to Side. Side is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It was an ancient harbour, today Side is a pretty resort town with its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches & numerous tiny souvenir shops. The magnificent theatre of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Overnight in Antalya..
Depending on the flight schedule, free time in Antalya before the transfer to Antalya Airport. Flight to Istanbul, transfer & check in to hotel your upon arrival. Free day at leisure. Overnight Istanbul.
Depending on your flight time, check-out (12:00) from hotel & remainder of day will be at leisure till your transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your homebound flight.