Highlights of Turkey (12-day tour)

How much can you see in 12 days?

Discover Turkey’s treasures on a 12-day tour by flight, bus, and boat.

Be guided by our best-licensed tour guides in this tailor-made tour and uncover Turkey’s best highlights. Step onto the origins of one of the most adored epicenters of the world; fly from Istanbul and get an insider’s view of Cappadocia – the land of fairy chimneys. In this small-group tour, we will also visit the magical travertines at Pamukkale’s “Cotton Castle” and get a taste of the Roman golden age at Hierapolis. Discover Fethiye’s Islands on a full-day tour by boat. Finally, explore the highlights of Antalya, with the most well-preserved Roman amphitheater and the Manavgat Waterfall.

  • Discover Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula
  • Discover the beauty of Pamukkale’s travertines and swim in the ancient Pool of Cleopatra
  • Dive into the early years of Christianity; visit the cave churches, underground cities and the House of Virgin Mary
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient Roman and Greek empires, while visiting Ephesus and Hierapolis
  • Marvel at astounding architecture all the way from Istanbul, to Cappadocia and the Mediterranean
  • Explore Cappadocia, the land of fairy chimneys with the Goreme Open-Air Museum, and wonder at the magical scenario of the flying balloons
  • Discover the 12 islands and swim in various bays on a full-day tour by boat in Fethiye
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Included:
    • Hotel pick-up and airport transfers
    • Flight and bus tickets
    • Professional tour guide
    • Entry fees
    • Accommodation
    • All domestic taxes

    Check for included meals: B – breakfast L – lunch D – dinner

  • Excluded:
    • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
    • Entry fee for the Terrace Houses in Ephesus.

The main places that you will get to see:

Day 1 – Arrival – Welcome to Istanbul

Upon arrival at the airport, our driver will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Have a short briefing with our representative about the tour and take the rest of the day for yourself.

Day 2: Istanbul Highlights / Old City Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at the hotel and, from there continue to the tour starting point. Explore the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul with the following highlights; Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace.

End of day 1:

Having covered the highlights of Istanbul, you will be transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3: Istanbul – Cappadocia by flight (L)

North Cappadocia / Red Tour: Get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and catch a domestic flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. At the airport, our driver will meet you and take you to the tour’s starting point where you will meet with your tour-guide. We will visit the following highlights of North Cappadocia; Uchisar, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Cavusin, Pasabag, Avanos, Devrent Valley, 3 Beauties.

End of day 3:

Having covered all the highlights of north Cappadocia, be transferred to one of our traditional cave hotels where you will settle for 2 nights.

Day 4: South Cappadocia / Green Tour (B, L)

Don’t miss your chance for the balloon flight: meet the rising sun from above and get a bird’s eye view of Cappadocia.

After breakfast meet with your professional tour guide to continue the tour in the Southern region, where the following highlights will be covered; Goreme Panorama, Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery, and Pigeon Valley.

End of day 4:

After the tour, be transferred back to your Cave Hotel in Goreme. Last day in Cappadocia.

Day 5: Cappadocia – Antalya by flight (B)

After breakfast, enjoy your last moments in the beautiful Goreme before getting transferred to the airport. Catch a domestic flight, and be welcomed by our team at the airport in Antalya. From here we will transfer you to your hotel where you will settle for the night.

End of day 5:

Take the rest of the day to explore Antalya by yourself.

Day 6: Perge, Aspendos, Side ruins and Manavgat Waterfall (B, L)

After breakfasts at your hotel, be transferred to the meeting point and start exploring the ancient city of Parnphylia on a full-day tour covering; Perge, which was visited by St. Paul, Aspendos, has the best-preserved Roman amphitheater of Anatolia, Side Ruins and the Manavgat Waterfall, one of the best in the region.

End of day 6:

At the end of the tour, be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 7: Bus to Fethiye (B)

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, check-out and be transferred to Antalya bus station. Embark on a journey to Fethiye (4 hours). Our representative will be waiting to greet you and take you to your hotel in Fethiye.

End of day 7:

Take the rest of the day to rest or explore on your own.

Don’t miss the chance to paraglide from the best paragliding place of Turkey over the Blue Lagoon.

Day 8: 12 Islands Boat Tour (B, L)

Be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and continue to the Fethiye Marina, where the tour will start. This tour is the most popular both among domestic and international guests, being the best way to enjoy and explore Fethiye. Travel to several bays, stop for a swim, and enjoy lunch on the boat. Be watchful and you might spot the dolphins, flying fish, and even sea turtles.

End of day 8:

Having the day-tour finished return to your hotel and overnight in Fethiye.

Day 9: Bus to Pamukkale (B)

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, check out and be transferred to the bus station in Fethiye. Embark on a journey to Denizli (4 hours). Meet with our representative upon arrival and be transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale.

End of day 9:

Take the rest of the day for yourself.

Day 10: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, check out and meet with your professional tour-guide to start the full-day tour at Pamukkale. Explore the Hierapolis ancient city, bath in the Ancient Pool of Cleopatra and soak in the magical panorama of Pamukkale’s Travertines.

End of day 10:
Having finished the tour at Pamukkale, embark on a bus journey with stops and beautiful landscapes to the resort town of Kusadasi, where you will spend the night.

Day 11: Ephesus Tour & Flight to Istanbul (B, L)

Check out after breakfast and meet with your tour guide to begin the full-day tour at Ephesus. Discover one of the 7 Wonders of The Ancient World – Temple of Artemis; visit the Ancient city of Ephesus, Isabey Mosque, and the House of Virgin Mary.

End of day 11:

Having the tour finished, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Unwind from the journey and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 12: Back in Istanbul (B)

Tour completed!

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and, after checking out, our team will arrange your transfer to the airport.

Important notice: This tour can be customized according to your requests.

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