Highlights of Turkey (15-day tour)

How much can you see in 15 days?

Discover Turkey’s treasures on a 15-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 explore the magical travertines at Pamukkale’s “Cotton Castle” and get a taste of the Roman golden age at Hierapolis. Sail the Mediterranean and explore fisher villages, pirate caves, and ancient ruins from the Hittites, Romans, and Greeks. Finally, explore the highlights of Antalya, with the most well-preserved Roman amphitheater and the Manavgat Waterfall. Give a chance to adventure with activities like the Balloon flight in Cappadocia and Paragliding over the Blue Lagoon in Fethiye.

  • Discover Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula
  • Cruise the waterway that separates Europe and Asia on a cruise through the Bosphorus
  • 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 the Virgin Mary
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient Roman and Greek empires, while visiting Ephesus and Hierapolis
  • Marvel at astounding architecture 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
  • Sail the Mediterranean and discover the beauty of the Butterfly Valley
  • Discover the Pirates Cave and explore traditional fisher-villages of the Mediterranean
  • Overnight in a traditional cave hotel and a sailing boat
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Included:
    • Hotel pick-up and airport transfers
    • Flight and bus tickets
    • Professional tour guide
    • Entry fees
    • Accommodation
    • Meals (as mentioned in the itinerary)
    • All domestic taxes

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

  • Excluded:
    • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
    • Entrance fees on the boat (archaeological sites & Butterfly Valley)
    • Personal expenses

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 – Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce (B, L)

After breakfast, meet your professional tour guide for a full-day excursion, this time on the European side of Istanbul following a cruise along the Bosporus. Explore the rest of Istanbul with the following highlights: Dolmabahce Palace, City Walls, Golden Horn, Bosphorus Cruise, Cable Car, and Piere Loti Hill.

End of day 3:

Having finished today’s tour, return to your hotel and get ready for the next day’s flight to Cappadocia.

Day 4: Istanbul – Cappadocia by flight

North Cappadocia / Red Tour (L): 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 your tour guide. We will visit the following highlights of North Cappadocia; Uchisar, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Cavusin, Pasabag, Avanos, Devrent Valley, and 3 Beauties.

End of day 4:

Having covered all the highlights of north Cappadocia, be driven to your hotel and spend the night in a traditional Cave Hotel.

Day 5 – South Cappadocia / Green Tour (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and meet with your professional tour-guide to continue the tour in South Cappadocia, where the following highlights will be covered; Goreme Panorama, Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Selime Monastery, Pigeon Valley.

End of day 5:

After the tour, be transferred back to your Cave Hotel in Goreme. Last day in Cappadocia – make sure not to miss the balloon flight!

Day 6: Cappadocia – Izmir 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 Izmir. From here we will transfer you to your hotel in Kusadasi where you will settle for the night.

End of day 6:

Take the rest of the day for yourself.

Day 7 – Ephesus (B, L)

After breakfast, meet with your tour guide and begin the full-day tour at Ephesus. In this tour, we will visit the ancient city of Ephesus, Isabey Mosque, Temple of Artemis, and the House of Virgin Mary.

End of day 7:

Having the tour finished, you will be transferred to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi where you can enjoy your free evening.

Day 8: Pamukkale and Hierapolis & Bus to Fethiye (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast, check out, and meet with your professional tour guide to start the full-day tour at Pamukkale, where we will cover the following highlights; Pamukkale’s Travertines, Hierapolis, and Ancient Pool of Cleopatra.

End of day 8:

Having finished the tour at Pamukkale, embark on a bus journey to Fethiye and check-in at your new hotel. Take the rest of the evening for yourself.

Day 9 – Free day to explore Fethiye (B)

Unwind from the journey and take a break to relax and explore Fethiye at your own pace. It’s a perfect time to indulge in alternative activities, and for this, we strongly recommend Paragliding over the Blue Lagoon from the Mt. Babadag at 3000m high.

Day 10 – Start sailing the Mediterranean; Overnight on the Boat (B, L, D)

Depending on the sea conditions, we will depart from Fethiye’s Harbor towards the Butterly Valley, or Samanlik Bay. Here we will stop for lunch and a swim, with an optional visit to the natural reserve. The next stop is Oludeniz, following St. Nicholas Island; explore the Byzantine ruins, swim, and have dinner.

End of day 10:
Overnight on the boat.

Day 11 – Sail to Kalkan and Kas; Overnight on the Boat (B, L, D)

Sunrise departure to Aquarium or Firnaz Bey for breakfast and swimming. Cruise to Kas and lunch-stop at the harbor, following a visit to the charming fisher-village. Discover the ancient ruins of Antiphellos (Kas) and then continue towards Kekova.

End of day 11:

Stop on a nearby bay for swimming, dinner and overnight.

Day 12 – Sunken city of Kekova; Overnight on the Boat (B, L, D)

Departure to the sunken city of Kekova, a Lycian-Roamn ancient city. After lunch we will continue sailing to Simena – a traditional Turkish fisher-village with no car access – following a visit to the castle. The last stop is at the pirates’ haven of Gokkaya Bay where we will stop for dinner and overnight. Water sport activities and night parties available on the local.

Day 13: Pirates Cave and Demre & Bus to Antalya (B, L)

Discover the Pirates Cave west of Demre which can only be accessed by boat. Sail to the Andriace Harbor and complete the tour.

End of day 13:

Having the sailing tour finished, you will be transferred to your hotel in Antalya.

Day 14: Perge, Aspendos, Side ruins and Manavgat & Flight to Istanbul (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and explore the ancient city of Parnphylia on a full-day tour covering the following highlights: Perge, Aspemdos, Side, and the Manavgat Waterfall.

End of day 14:

Having finished today’s tour be transferred to the airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival be welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul.

Day 15 –Back in Istanbul (B)

Tour completed!

Unwind from the journey and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. After checking out, our team will arrange a transfer to the airport.

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

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