Highlights of Turkey / 9 days

How much of Turkey can you see in 9 days?

We can say quite a lot! From the diverse lunar landscapes of Cappadocia, to the Mediterranean Coast along the famous Lycian Way, the ancient cities of Ephesus and Troy, along with the World War I monuments of Gallipoli.

All of these sites can be seen at a comfortable pace we designed to allow an extensive insight into our beautiful country.

Early morning pickup from your hotel. Transfer to the airport in Istanbul. Flight to Cappadocia.

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Location:

    Early morning pick up from hotel in İstanbul and transfer to airport for your flight to Cappadocia. 

  • Exclusions
    • Attraction tickets
    • Drinks are not included with meals.
    • Gratitude.
  • Price: Upon request
    • Transportation
    • Accommodation
    • Cruise starts and ends with lunch.
    • Cruise: afternoon tea and snacks, harbor &marina fees, sound system & dock
    • Snorkeling equipment & board games
    • All taxes

The main places that you will get to see:

Day 1 : Istanbul to Cappadocia (L)

Uchisar A photo stop nearby Uchisar Castle and an insightful introduction of the volcanic area. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the fairy chimneys.

Goreme Open Air Museum Home to many frescoes within its cave churches. Each one with different names and stories.

Cavusin This location used to be an old Greek village. Due to boulders falling frequently in the 1960’s, Cacusin had to be deserted. Today it’s a rocky memory preserved as a site for tourism.

Pasabag The best place in the region to see three-headed conical rock formations.

Avanos This famous town is known for its hand-made pottery and painted tiles special to Turkey. You will have a demonstration on how to make handmade pottery with old school kick-wheel techniques.

Devrent Valley Recognized also as “Pink Valley” because of its hue, is especially famous for Cappadocia’s dramatic lunar landscape. Take a photo with one of the many animal shapes naturally formed into the rocks that make up this sculpture zoo.

3 Beauties Hear the legend of these three rock formations that have conical body shapes in Urgüp. They represent a princess, her husband, and their child. The cones are their bodies and the boulder tops their heads.

End of tour, transfer to a cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 2 : Cappadocia (B, L)

Morning pick up from hotel for the South Cappadocia Tour.

Goreme Panorama Stop for a panoramic view of Goreme Valley.

Underground City This underground city is approximately 85m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries).

Red Valley This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock. Here we will hike for 2 hours to see the beauty of the valley with several rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period.

Pigeon Valley Named after the thousands of pigeon houses carved into rocks.

End of tour transfer to bus station and head to Antalya in a comfortable overnight bus.

Day 3 : Antalya to Demre for Embarkation (L, D)

On arrival in the early morning in Antalya Bus Station, you will take another bus going to Demre where our crew will meet you and transfer you to our boat. Dive head first into the rich history and fabulous culture as we set sail along the famous Lycian Way on a traditional Turkish Gulet boat! Now you are ready to swim and relax among the amazing sights starting with;

Kekova Meaning “thyme” in Turkish, the ruins you’ll see are the remains of a sunken city dating back to 14th century BCE inhabited by the Lycian civilization. To this day the name of this sunken city remains unknown. This Ancient Lycian city is filled with ruins above and below water and if you like to snorkel, you can get an extensive insight about this archeological enigma.

Simena The town opposite of Kekova is Simena where there are wonderful views of the bay from the castle. You can also swim amongst more ruins such as a Lycian Tomb that protrudes out of the turquoise waters.

Overnight on board.

Day 4 : Blue Cruise (B,L, D)

Kas You will have time to explore the charming atmosphere of this town. Relax in it’s beaches or have some coffee and a snack in one of the many local cafés and restaurants. Scuba diving is possible but should be arrange in advanced.

Aquarium Bay This bay is named for it’s clear waters and diversity of colorful marine life such as clownfish, octopi, stingrays sponges, and corals. On a calm sunny day you can see up too 12 meters under the water.

Butterfly Valley This is an iconic place of the Turkish Mediterranean Coast known for it’s perfect conditions for the butterflies that inhabit the area. There are bungalows on the coast and areas for hiking and waterfalls allowing an atmosphere to have the perfect harmony with nature.

Overnight on board.

Day 5 : Blue Cruise (B,L, D)

Oludeniz This city is famous for it’s beaches and it a more modern atmosphere than other sites visited during your cruise. Enjoy the resort town atmosphere with a small town feel as you explore the shops, restaurants and cafes of the area. The beach is also a great place as there are many places to tan in the abundance of sandy beach on the coast. If you really want to experience Oludeniz, then we recommend to paraglide above it to see this paradise from almost 2km above sea level! Paragliding must be arranged with us in advance.

St. Nicholas Island The origins of Santa Claus will finally be explained when you arrive at the resting place of St Nicholas. You will visit the church ruins and have a chance to hike around the island on your own. If you’re lucky, there are boats serving the traditional Turkish Gozleme (Turkish Pancake) that will hand this delicious treat to you on your Gulet.

Overnight on board.

Day 6 : Fethiye to Pamukkale (B, L)

Take a last jump into Turquoise Mediterranean before we make our last stop at the Fethiye Harbor. Then we will transfer you to Pamukkale by bus.

Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 7 : Pamukkale (B, L)

Pamukkale The beautiful, cascading, snow-white terraced springs and waterfalls famous for healing properties from bathing in it’s thermal mineral waters.

Hierapolis An ancient Hellenic and Roman city. See the magnificently preserved and vast Necropolis of the ancient Hellenistic world; You will explore the Roman Basilica Baths, Domitian Gate, latrines, Agora, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine Gate, Roman fountains, it’s Grand Theater as well as other monuments on site.

End of tour transfer to hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi.

Day 8 : Ephesus (B, L)

Ephesus Tour starts at upper entrance gate. Visit the baths of Varius, Odeon, Prytaneion, the Fountain of Polio, Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Domitian, Library of Celcus. Other sites visited will be the Great Theatre and the Harbor Street with the Necropolis.

The Temple of Artemis One of the Seven Wonders of ancient world built in 6th Century BCE, this temple was a famous place of pilgrimage for centuries.

House of Virgin Mary Discovered in a vision by a bedridden German nun in 1812, this stone building is believed by many Catholics and Muslims to be where the Virgin Mary lived her last years. There is also a healing fountain.

End of tour transfer to bus station for a comfortable overnight journey to Troy.

Day 9 : Troy & Gallipoli (B, L)

Troy The archaeological site of this 5000 year old legendary city was the setting of the Trojan War described in lliad by the poet Homer.

Gallipoli “Lest we forget” you will learn the history of this World War I site as we visit;

  • Kabatepe War Museum Located in the Gallipoli Historic National Park there is an exhibition of photographs of soldiers, their uniforms, weapons, and other findings from the battlefields.
  • Brighton Beach Sharing the same name with the south beach of Melbourne, is running southward from Hell Spit to Gaba Tepe and is located in the southern Anzac part.
  • Beach Cemetery The location of John Simpson’s Grave.

Gallipoli Lest we forget

  • Anzac Cove This small cove was the landing site and the main base of Anzacs’ during the war.
  • Arı Burnu & Cemetery The first Anzac landing place.
  • Anzac Commemoration site 10 Pictorial panels that tell the story of Gallipoli
  • Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial This site took its name from the only pine tree that they saw growing up when Anzac soldiers arrive here on April 25, 1915. From that day until August, there have been heavy collisions at Lone Pine. The back of the graveyard locates the Anzac lines.
  • Johnston’s Jolly Walk in the Anzac trenched to see the shrapnel valley.
  • The Nek and Walkers Ridge These cemeteries were named after the two Anzac soldiers.
  • Chunuk Bair One of the three high points of the Sari Bair range and the location of the New Zealand Memorial site.

End of tour: transfer with bus to your hotel in Istanbul.

Important notice:

  • Drinks are not included with meals.
  • The cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather and mooring conditions.
  • The cruise can also be done the other way around.

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