12 Day Turkey Tour

If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best tour in Turkey. Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites. Visit Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Trojan Horse of Troy. In Pergamon you will see one of the Seven Churches of St John from the Bible before reaching the ancient city of Ephesus. The white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale. Beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya and Konya Mevlana. Then move on to visit the underground cities of Cappadoccia and the Capital of Turkey Ankara.

12 day Turkey tour showing the Duden waterfall in Antalya

At a Glance
Sat     Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Sun    Full Day Istanbul tour
Mon  Depart for Gallipoli Battle Fields. Overnight in Canakkale
Tue    Visit Troy and Pergamum. Arrive in Kusadasi
Wed  Full Day Ephesus and Turkish Village tour
Thu   Depart for Pamukkale and tour the Calcium terraces
Fri     Depart to Antalya
Sat    Antalya City and Waterfall tour
Sun   Travel to Konya. Short city tour. Continue to Cappadocia
Mon  Underground City and Open Air Museum tour
Tue    Leave for Ankara. Visit the Ataturk Museum. Arrive in Istanbul
Wed  Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of tour

Your best Turkey experience

The 12 Day tour of Turkey combines the convenience of coach travel with the rich traditions of the Middle East. You’ll marvel at Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Grand Bazaar. Cappadocia’s “fairy-chimney” landscape, the ancient Greek sites of Ephesus and Troy, and the azure waters of the Mediterranean. You’ll also experience renowned Turkish hospitality first-hand, from artisans to imams.  Join us for the Best 12 Day Turkey Tour you can possibly experience.

Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys”. Tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.

Pergamon or Pergamum was a rich and powerful ancient Greek city in Aeolis. It is located 26 kilometres from the modern coastline of the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus and northwest of the modern city of Bergama.

Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya’s time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views.


Day 1

Istanbul – Arrival Day – Saturday (Dinner included):
* Meet at the airport for transfer to your hotel.
* You will be given your room key and the remainder of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
* Overnight in Istanbul.
* There are two airports in Istanbul.
* Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
* Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
* Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.

Day 2

– Istanbul City Tour – Sunday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* Pick up at 08:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
* Visit Topkapi Palace; the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal; silver; and Chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families; the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury; miniatures and the Holy Mantle; enshrining the relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
* Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque; across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet; is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
* The Ancient Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races; with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius; the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
* Lunch break at 13:00 pm.
* Afterwards your tour guide will take you to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon; caraway; saffron; mint; thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
* The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.
* Overnight in Istanbul

Day 3

Gallipoli Tour – Monday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* At 07:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields.
* Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes to relax in a restaurant area.
* We arrive in Gallipoli at around 12:00pm and we have lunch break; relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields.
* Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with the Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war started.
* Then go on to Beach Cemetery; Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau.
* After the tour we drive back to your hotel.
* Overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4

Troy Tour – Pergamon – Kusadasi – Tuesday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* We depart at 08:30 and drive for about 30 minutes to Troy.
* Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy; home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.
* After the Troy tour; we have a 3 hour drive to Pergamon.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm and after the lunch we depart for a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that times.
* Pergamon is a famous city for its jewelry; stones and silver. So on the way; we will visit a jewelry center for 30 minutes.
* Arrival to Kusadasi around 18:00pm.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5

Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Turkish Village Sirince – Wednesday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* 08:30 Departure from hotel for a fully guided tour of Ephesus; one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world.
* En – route; visiting the Temple of Artemis; Curetes street; famous Roman baths; Celsus Library; Grand theatre and the House of the Virgin Mary.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm.
* After the lunch; we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre.
* We will also do a Turkish Village Tour; Sirince; whose construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks.
* The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint.
* Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines.
* We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers.
* In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine.
* On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region; where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate.
* On this guided tour; you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6

Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour – Thursday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale.
* We will check in at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30.
* Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis; then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs.
* Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7

Pamukkale to Antalya – Friday – (Breakfast and dinner included):
* After breakfast; at 10:00am we depart for Antalya.
* After 2 hours we will have coffee break; After the coffee break we continue to Antalya.
* Your hotel in Antalya will be All inclusive concept which means that you can take soft drinks and alcoholic drinks during your meals.
* Overnight in Antalya

Day 8

Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls – Saturday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* After breakfast at 08:30 am we drive to Antalya old City ( Kaleiחi ) Marina; the Clock Tower; Hadrian’s Gate; Broken Minaret; Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalya’s modern city; also known as the Old City of Antalya.
* In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town; then the Byzantine Empire; then Seljuks; and finally the Ottoman Turkish town.
* The Hadrian’s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate or The Three Gates) is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian.
* Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque; which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD; and thus did not have a minaret at all.
* Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya; Turkey; where Kaleiחi meets Karaalioglu Park.
* It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past.
* We have lunch than depart for Duden waterfalls.
* All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus; sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination; result in lovely waterfalls; of which there are more than twenty.
* After the tour come back to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours.
* Enjoy your dinner with all inclusive drinks at the hotel.
* Overnight in Antalya.

Day 9

Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – Sunday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 we drive to Konya; 2.5 hours later we have break for coffee and after some rest continue on to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm
* After lunch we visit the imposing green – tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana; the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes).
* After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia.
* Arrival in Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into your hotel.
* If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow; please contact your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 10

Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum – Monday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* You will be picked up approximatley 09:30.
* We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city; one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia.
* Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels are open to visitors.
* We then visit The Uchisar Castle; the highest point of Cappadocia.
* After Uchisar; you visit Goreme Open Air Museum; the Heart of Cappadocia.
* Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for its frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
* Next stop is Cavusin; which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.
* After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch.
* After lunch; you visit a pottery work shop; to see how to make potteries.
* Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three – headed fairy chimneys.
* After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kiims.
* Next stop is Devrent Valley; which is also called Imagination Valley; where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals.
* Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting.
* Last stop is Three Beauties; three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats; which is the symbol of Cappadocia.
* This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 11

Cappadocia to Ankara City Tour – Istanbul – Tuesday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* We depart at 8:00am for Ankara (4 hours distance).
* On the way; we will stop at Salt Lake; which it is a natural salt lake and the second biggest lake in Turkey.
* Arrival in Ankara around 12:30 and we have lunch break.
* After the lunch; Visit Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum. (Ataturk is the founder of the modern Turkey).
* Then depart for Istanbul and after 2.5 hour we will have coffee break in a restaurant area.
* After the break; 2; 5 hour drive to Istanbul.
* Arrival to Istanbul around 19:00pm.
* Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 12

Istanbul – End of the Tour – Wednesday – (Breakfast included):
* After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer back to Istanbul Ataturk airport.
* Services end at Ataturk Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Turkey experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
* 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
* 1 night hotel in Canakkale
* 2 nights in Kusadasi
* 1 night in Pamukkale
* 2 nights in Antalya with All inclusive concept
* 2 nights in Cappadocia
* 11 open buffet breakfasts
* 10 lunches
* 11 dinners
* Guided Istanbul city tour
* Guided Gallipoli tour
* Guided Troy tour
* Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour
* Guided Ephesus tour
* Guided Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour
* Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
* Guided Konya tour
* Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
* Guided Ankara tour
* Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
* Professional English – speaking tour guides
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Return airport transfer

* International flights
* Insurance: All types
* Turkey entry visa
* Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

* Rates are LAND ONLY, and Exclude International flights; departure & Fuel taxes
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 1st October 2016 to the 15th April 2017.

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Turkey Istanbul Bosphorus river
Turkey Istanbul St. Sophia
Turkey spice bazaar
Turkey Gallipoli battle field
Turkey Troy with Trojan Horse
Turkey Temple of Artemis
Turkey Calcium terraces of Pamukkale
Turkey Antalya
Turkey Perge ruins
Turkey Cappadocia with goreme
Turkey Uchisar Castle
Turkey Kayseri Airport exterior of building