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11 Days
İstanbul
Max People : 25
Tour Details

Embark on an extraordinary journey that will take you through the captivating history and cultural wonders of Türkiye. This carefully curated 11-day itinerary ensures that you experience the most iconic historical sites and breathtaking landscapes. Let us guide you through this remarkable tour.

Arrive

Istanbul Airport (IST) / Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich history and diverse culture of Türkiye with our meticulously crafted 11-day itinerary. This extraordinary tour will take you on a captivating journey through iconic cities, ancient ruins, and breathtaking landscapes.

Begin your adventure in İstanbul, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore world-renowned historical sites such as the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapı Palace.

Travel to Çanakkale to unravel the mysteries of ancient Troy, where legendary tales of love and war come to life amidst the ruins, discover the awe-inspiring ancient city of Ephesus, embark on a memorable excursion to the enchanting Greek island of Rhodes.

Witness the otherworldly beauty of Pamukkale, with its stunning travertine terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Explore the spiritual city of Konya, home to the Mevlana Museum and the captivating Whirling Dervishes ceremony.

Uncover the hidden wonders of Cappadocia, where the unique rock formations, underground cities, and open-air museums will leave you in awe. Indulge in the vibrant culture of Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its charming historical architecture and special ambiance.

And, conclude your journey in İstanbul, where you have started! Throughout this tailor-made tour, our expert guides will provide fascinating insights into Türkiye’s history, culture, and traditions. From the bustling streets of İstanbul to the tranquil landscapes of Cappadocia, this itinerary promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return and explore more of this remarkable country.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Istanbul

  • Upon arrival in İstanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • Enjoy some leisure time to relax and settle in.
  • In the evening, indulge in a welcome dinner at a Terrace Restaurant, where you will be accompanied by your tour guide.

Day 2Istanbul

  • Take on a fascinating city tour of İstanbul, starting with the Hippodrome of Constantine and the ancient Obelisk of Theodosius.
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia Mosque and the magnificent Blue Mosque.
  • Continue your journey through history with a visit to the majestic Topkapı Palace, showcasing the grandeur of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
  • Conclude the day with a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, offering enchanting views of the city.

Day 3Çanakkale

  • Travel from İstanbul to Çanakkale, a gateway to ancient Troy.
  • Explore the ruins and visit the Troy Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the remnants of one of history’s most famous love stories and epic wars. Learn about the Trojan Horse and the fascinating mythology surrounding this ancient city.
  • Journey along the Marmara and Aegean Seas, and savor a delicious Turkish meze dinner in İzmir

Day 4Ephesus, Virgin Mary House

  • Start your day with a leisurely walk along the picturesque Aegean Sea waterfront.
  • Visit Ephesus, Türkiye’s most popular and well-preserved ancient city, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover its magnificent ruins, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre.
  • Continue to the nearby Virgin Mary House, an important Christian pilgrimage site.
  • Travel to the vibrant tourist destination of Marmaris, where you can explore the castle and marina before enjoying a delightful Aegean fish dinner (optional dinner).

Day 5Marmaris

  • In Marmaris, seize the opportunity to embark on an optional excursion to the famous Greek island of Rhodes. Experience the charm of its medieval old town, including the Grand Master’s Palace, the Archaeological Museum, and Rhodes Castle, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a free day to relax and explore Marmaris at your own pace.

Day 6Pamukkale

  • Indulge in a delightful local breakfast hosted by the villagers of Marmaris. Depending on the honey season, learn about the world-famous pine honey production.
  • Embark on a mesmerizing tour of Pamukkale, known as the Cotton Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Marvel at the extraordinary travertine terraces and explore the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient city with a fascinating history.

Day 7Konya

  • Embark on a scenic journey to Konya, once the capital of the Seljuk Empire.
  • Explore the Mevlana Museum, where you’ll learn about Sufi and Mevlevi beliefs and lifestyles.
  • Continue your travels to Cappadocia, arriving in the evening. If time permits, catch a breathtaking sunset at Uçhisar Castle.

Day 8Cappadocia

  • Discover the enchanting landscape of Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a hot air balloon tour (optional).
  • Visit the underground city, marvel at the Göreme Open Air Museum’s rock-cut churches, and witness the unique fairy chimneys and captivating valleys.
  • End the day with a traditional Turkish dance show at a cave restaurant (optional).

Day 9Ankara & Safranbolu

  • Journey to Ankara, the capital of Türkiye, and visit Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the nation’s founder.
  • Explore the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, housing valuable artifacts from the Paleolithic age to the Classical Period.
  • In the evening, arrive in Safranbolu, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll stay in a charming historical hotel.

Day 10Safranbolu & İstanbul

  • Enjoy the morning exploring the picturesque town of Safranbolu. Visit saffron fields and farm.
  • Later, return to İstanbul, where you have a free half-day. For ultimate relaxation, consider an optional visit to a traditional Hammam (Turkish Bath). In the evening, you can choose to attend an optional Whirling Dervishes ritual ceremony.

Day 11Return

  • Farewell to Türkiye as your guide transfers you to İstanbul Airport. We are confident that this tailor-made tour, designed exclusively for you, will leave a lasting impression. We look forward to welcoming you back to explore the remaining wonders of Türkiye. Gule gule—goodbye for now!
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Price Includes & Options

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
  • Transfers from/to airports
  • Transportation on a comfortable vehicle during tour with wi-fi equipment
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Professional guiding service
  • Entrance fees for the museums & ruins

Optional Tours & Activities

  • Bosphorus evening tour on boat (day 2)
  • Dinner in Marmaris (day 4)
  • Rhodes island tour (day 5)
  • Hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia (day 8)
  • Turkish night (day 8)
  • Turkish hammam (day 10)
  • Whirling dervishes ceremony (day 10)
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