Highlights of Turkey - 12 Days

Duration: 12 days
Destination: Turkiye, Turkiye, Istanbul
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  • 12 days
  • Istanbul
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Overview

Visit > Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Antalya, Cappadocia.
>Internal flight tickets, airport transfers, 4* accommodation, Guiding, lunch at tours provided
Join us to discover the top-visited cities of Turkey with 12 Days package from/to Istanbul. Visit Istanbul; where Asia Meets Europe and was the capital of 3 different empires. Explore the Underground cities of Cappadocia and see rock-cut churches, learn history about early Christians from your local guide, take photos of the fairy chimneys from the best photoshoot points. Walk on the ancient roads of best-preserved greko-city with House of Holy Mary nearby. Swim in Pamukkale's healing thermal springs. Join a full-day boat trip to crystal clear bays of Fethiye. Enjoy the sunset on the Mediterranean from the best panoramic point of Antalya. Walk in the cobblestone paved with colorful flowers streets of the old town and see the clock tower, Hadrian Gate, and Kesik Minare.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul

Stop At: Istanbul Airport, Tayakadın, Terminal Cad No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Upon arrival at Istanbul / SAW Airport, you will be greeted and drives to your hotel. Check-in
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Istanbul (4*)

Day 2: Treasures of Istanbul

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye
Hagia Sophia; was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye
Topkapı Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkiye
Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye
Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, the Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops it is one of the greatest bazaars in the World.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul (4*)

Day 3: Cruising on Bosphorus / Flight to Izmir

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, and leave your luggage in the lobby. According to your pick-up time meet with your guide and start your half-day tour. Visit Spice Bazaar; It was called Egyptian Bazaar during the ottoman period because shopkeepers used to sell herbs and spices brought throughout Egypt and Asia
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye
Cruising on Bosphorus; where you will enjoy a magnificent view. Great history with beautiful nature. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and further along with the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Istanbul Airport, Tayakadın, Terminal Cad No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul, Turkey
After tour drive you back to your hotel. Take your luggage and drive to Airport for your 1hour 15min domestic flight to Izmir.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Dokuz Eylül, 35410 Gaziemir/İzmir, Turkey
Upon arrival you wıll be greeted by your drıver who wıll drıve you safely to your hotel. Check in
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Kusadasi (4*)

Day 4: Ancient Ephesus Tour

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selcuk 35100 Turkiye
House of Virgin Mary; a church was built from the 6C AD to the top of the foundations of a house from 1C AD and it is declared by the church to be the final house where Mary spent her last days.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkiye
Ancient Ephesus; The best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. During the 1C AD, Ephesus was the second-largest city on the planet after Rome with more than 250,000 citizens. Ephesus is also so well preserved that, walking on the ancient streets among the beautiful monuments such as the third largest library of the ancient world or the largest roman theatre on the Asia continent, gives you the feeling of a time traveler.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkiye
Temple of Artemis or Artemision was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was very famous in antiquity and made Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Kusadasi (4*)

Day 5: Pamukkale Tour / Travel to Fethiye

Stop At: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale Turkiye
Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where hot springs were believed to have healing powers so it is considered to be the earliest spa on earth where in history people travelled long distances in order to find a cure. The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Today Pamukkale is declared as a worlds heritage site by UNESCO
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale 20280 Turkiye
ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site. Theır shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fethiye, Fethiye, Mugla Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
At the end of the tour we wıll drive you to your hotel in Fethiye. Check-in.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Fethiye (4*)

Day 6: 12 Island Boat Trip

Stop At: Fethiye, Fethiye, Mugla Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
On a myriad of bays and islands where navies and corsaires sought shelter from tempests all through man’s nautical history, you’ll find yourself in the bosom of the Mediterranean like no other boat trip can compare. Swim in the aquarium clear crystalline waters, disembark and take strolls at various islands and bays, sunbathe and fall asleep in tune with mother nature’s most tranquil lullaby, and have a BBQ lunch on board… You’ll return with unforgettable memories, (remember your camera). With more than enough legroom for our guests, less people, and no loud music on our sailing boat, you’ll find comfort and peace. Clean toilets and shower facilities, bar, sunbeds and shades, tackle and jackets for non-swimmers and beginners for all ages.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Fethiye (4*)

Day 7: Travel to Antalya

Stop At: Antalya, Antalya, Turkish Mediterranean Coast
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out. According to your public bus departure time, we will drive you to Fethiye bus station for your 4 hours bus journey to Antalya. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your driver who will drive you safely to your hotel. Check-in.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Antalya (Boutique Hotel)

Day 8: Antalya City Tour

Stop At: Tunektepe Teleferik Tesisi, Antalya, Liman, 07130 Konyaaltı/Antalya, Turkey
Today you visit the cable car ride 'from sea to sky'. Enjoy amazing views from the top of Tunektepe which stands 1365 mt above sea level. You will see the beautiful coastline of the Antalya region, gorgeous mountains, pine forests, and the turquoise Mediterranean sea. Great pictures taken during the trip will remind you of this unforgettable experience.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lower Duden Waterfalls, Lara Cd. No:457 Çaglayan Mahallesi, Antalya 07230 Turkiye
Duden waterfalls are the most beautiful and the most visited in the Antalya region. Walk through the beautiful park and listen to the sound of falling water.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Selçuk, Kaleiçi, 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
After lunch at a local restaurant with a beautiful panoramic view you will have 1-1.5 hours of free time to explore the old town (Kaleici). You will see top attractions of the city: Hadrianus Gate, Clock Tower, Kesik Minare (Truncated Minaret) and city walls dated back to the 2d century. Old Town with its narrow stone streets is also a great place to explore numerous boutiques, art galleries, and interesting museums. Do not forget to buy some memorable souvenirs from the authentic shops before leaving Kaleici.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Antalya (Boutique Hotel)

Day 9: Konya&Cappadocia

Stop At: Mevlana Muzesi, Mevlana Cd. No:1, Konya 42030 Turkiye
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, visit the museum of 13th century Philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi. Mevlana was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Sultanhani Kervansarayi, SultanhanI Zafer Mahallesi Sehit Murat Caddesi No 3, Sultanhani 68190 Turkiye
Then visit 700-years-old Caravanserail (ancient traders and travellers on silk road)
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Goreme, Goreme, Cappadocia
After lunch travel to Cappadocia. Check ın.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Cappadocia (Cave Hotel)

Day 10: Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia

Stop At: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Merkez, Muze Cd., Goreme 50180 Turkiye
Goreme Museum; consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colorful frescoes decorating the walls
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Devrent Valley, Devrent Mevkii No:1 Urgup Yolu, 50500 Turkiye
Devrent Valley; famous for its quirky animal-shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. There is even a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Take in the unique lunar landscape of the valley and feel like you're in another World
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pasabag, Urgup Turkiye
Pasabagi which means: the Pacha's vineyard. This site is also called Monks Valley. The hermitage of Simeon monks was here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon), and a hermit's shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. Pasabag valley contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style is unique even for Cappadocia and these fairy chimneys are named mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Avanos, Avanos, Cappadocia
Avanos; where you will enjoy typical Turkish Lunch and experience make Potter with local experts
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Goreme Panorama, Uchisar Yolu uzeri 1.km, Goreme 50180 Turkiye
Goreme Panorama, which has one of the best panoramic view of the Fairy chimneys.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar Turkiye
Uchisar the Naturel highest Rock Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Cappadocia (Cave Hotel)

Day 11: Underground Cities of Cappadocia / Flight to Istanbul

Stop At: Rose Valley, Goreme 50180 Turkiye
Rose and Red Valley; is an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink especially during sunset! the minerals in the sandstone have a pink tinge. This pink becomes more and more evident throughout the day, peaking at sunset when the sun glows directly onto the Rose Valley giving it that fine shade of pink so many people come to see.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cavusin, Cavusin, Cappadocia
Cavusin; is surrounded by a valley, which becomes gradually wider, called Red Valley. The houses of the village were cut into massive rock formations. The village is famous for its rock-churches
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pigeon Valley, Uchisar KasabasI Nevşehir Kapadokya, Goreme 50240 Turkiye
Pigeon Valley; earned its name from the countless man-made dovecotes (Pigeon Houses) that have been carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Pigeon Valley is one of the best spots for walking in the marvelous Cappadocia region
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Turkiye
Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 christians. These settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity as they provided shelter and worship and were in use until the end of 7C AD. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight-story city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ortahisar, Ortahisar, Cappadocia
Ortahisar; famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kayseri Airport Rent a Car, Yeşil, Kayseri Havalimanı, 38000 Kocasinan/Kayseri, Turkey
At the end of the tour drive you to Kayseri Airport for your 1hour 30min domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you wıll be greeted by your driver who wıll drıve you safely to your hotel. Check-in.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:


Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Istanbul (4*)

Day 12: Departure Day

Stop At: Istanbul Airport, Tayakadın, Terminal Cad No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out and according to your flight time drive you to Istanbul Airport. End of our service.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • 11x Breakfast
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • 3 night accommodation in Istanbul
  • 2 night accommodation in Kusadasi
  • 2 night accommodation in Cappadocia
  • 2 night accommodation in Antalya
  • 2 night accommodation in Fethiye
  • Economic class domestic flight tickets
  • Meal plan as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer services from/to Airports
  • Land transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Istanbul Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Kayseri Airport Rent a Car

Exclusions
  • Beverage with Meals
  • Personal Expenses
  • Entry fees to historical sites
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Thermal Pools
  • Entry/Admission - Tunektepe Teleferik Tesisi
  • Entry/Admission - Goreme Open-Air Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Pasabag
  • Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up provided from IST/SAW Airport and centrally located Istanbul Hotels

Airports

  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkiye
  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey


Departure Time


Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Highlights of Turkey - 12 Days
11/1/2022 - 1/29/2024

Monday - Sunday : 06:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

12 days

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

bend0u

09 Aug, 2022

We did the 14 day turkey budget friendly tour , and it was wonderful from beginning to end . Kerem handled all our booking , plane tickets , and optional excursions , and he answers all my questions quickly , since at first I was apprehensive to get a tour company form Turkey . When we got to Turkey , Seda was my go to person . She will what’s app me the day before a tour or trip to another city to remind me the pick up and to send us plane tickets / bus tickets . It was very systematic , and organized . During tours , we met people from different countries and it was what make it interesting .The tour guides we’re all great - Hattice, Sukran in Cappadocia , Matie in Pamukkale and Ephesus were the best . They all make the tour informal , fun , and easy going . The hotels were all excellent - the best is the Fresco cave in Cappadocia , excellent service , excellent place . All the hotels were centrally located and lots of restaurants to eat and short walking distance to old town . The least hotel I did not like was the Best Western Plus Khan Hotel - receptionist are not that welcoming and friendly , and if you ask for assistance they are not that receptive . The problem I encounter with the tour , the picked up van from Antalya Airport was very hot inside , so the 25 minute trip was like we were inside the oven . Our pick up person we’re very busy talking on the phone that she did not notice at all that it was so hot . We all got a headache after that transfer . I did told Seda about it and she act on it right away . The public bus ride were okay . We like the Pamukkale bus better , the Kamikloc bus was dirty ( Bodrum to Pamukkale ) . Hotels - Celal Sultan ( Istanbul) old charming hotel , good customer service , good breakfast , small cramped rooms Woyn Point Hotel ( Fethiye ) - new hotel , close to wharf , good customer service , have Netflix 👍 El Vino Hotel ( Bodrum ) - charming hotel , on the hill , overlooking the sea . Pretty . We nicknamed it Bougainvilla hotel Colossal Thermal Hotel ( Pamukkale ) - only stayed overnight since we got here late and left early the next day . It is a big resort hotel full of young families with young kids . Efe Boutique ( Kusadasi ) - average boutique hotel with coffee shop and restaurant downstairs , but it is across the sea and balcony is to die for ….. just do people watching and watching the sunset , and walked to the town. We love Kusadasi . Love the atmosphere and the people . Overall - excellent tour company . We felt like we were on a guided tour but at the same time we were also on our own since there were enough time at night that you can still go around the old town because your pick up the next day is still at 0900 , unlike bus tours you have to leave by 0700. We would definitely use them again coming back to Turkey . It is a safe country to visit , too many things to see , and very friendly people.

ramlahf

18 Jun, 2022

Amazing organisation, communication, service and flexibility. Only communication via WhatsApp but don't be deterred, they are excellent company. Highly recommended..

drjess2019

05 Oct, 2021

Overall the Trip was carefully planned with all details ( greeters, drivers, domestic flights, etc). Turkey was amazing and we really did enjoy visiting many places. My strongest recommendation is that Trip Ways allows for days of rest and for customers/travelers to have time in-between tour days to either relax and enjoy themselves. The schedule was so packed that it can be very overwhelming when everything is non-stop. Also, at the end of some of the tours we visited some of the same places such as carpet stores, leather stores, etc. I would recommend adding a variety of places to visit at the end of tour or letting customers explore on their own. Overall, it was organized well and moving forward add time to do off-site tour activities.

Roxxy89990

22 Mar, 2021

This will be a pretty comprehensive review. Context: I’m a 24 year old solo female traveler from the US that has never done a tour before. I have been to many countries, but always as a backpacker. Consider this while reading my opinion. Guides: Some guides are really excellent. It’s like with everything, hit or miss. Because this is a small group tour, I was with a different group and guide for every location I visited. Due to the pandemic and it being low season, sometimes I was by myself and sometimes I was with 2-4 other people. I would say half of the guides were excellent - giving me great advice, being flexible, and were clearly happy to be working. Other guides were on their phones, clearly not engaged, and even skipped or rushed through part of the itinerary. Food: All the meals you have on your tour days will be mediocre or worse. The tour guides always take you to these horrible, buffet style halls that only serve tourist buses. I know there are reasons for this, but why can’t they pick a more local restaurant in each one? Luckily, I don’t prioritize food too much and I was happy with the food when I went on my own to find local restaurants. The hotel breakfasts are nearly always really good and enough to get you going! Hotel breakfast is one of the perks. Itinerary: Coming to Turkey for the first time, there are the typical sites and famous historical places that you almost HAVE to see, so the itinerary is good and to be expected to hit the major points. I was quite happy with the amount of time allocated in each place. The only thing I did not like - and everyone on the tour will agree - is that each tour day includes a visit to a local shop. It is interesting to see the craft, but it’s really awkward because you’re expected to buy something. I would have been happy visiting 1-2 of these, but I ended up repeating experiences and going to 2 ceramic shops and 2 rug shops. Unnecessary. Tour agency: The absolute best part of this tour was working with Kerem. He is fantastic. He was so communicative always, no matter when I texted him or what I needed. He was available to make changes and to answer questions. He is really wonderful. Overall: I really enjoyed this tour, but it all depends on your attitude. I’m a happy person and I’m low maintenance, so I chose to have a good time and I did. But I would have preferred a more authentic experience. I know that is hard to find, but that would set a tour agency apart. If a tour company could actually offer a homestay, or local restaurants, or staying in a village and not in the major huge city - that would completely change the experience and they would receive SO MUCH business. My major recommendation: This is a fantastic agency, but take control of your experience! I added 2 days to this tour to visit places I wanted to see. I added activities like scuba diving and even picked a different hotel at one point. I didn’t take full advantage of this at the time, but you can totally make suggestions and ask for changes. Kerem makes it easy and is so willing to work with you to make your trip a great experience. **travel, whether backpacking or in a tour will ALWAYS come with inconveniences, delays, unexpected annoyances, but this is part of what it is to travel. They cannot be blamed on the agency or the guide. Thank you for making my first experience of Turkey a fun one!

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