Turkey’s Turkish Delight Tour

If you are looking for something special and extraordinary in Turkey, then look no further. The best tour in Turkey, including Istanbul – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Antalya, Konya & Cappadocia. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed. To have fun, travel around and meet with new people.

At a GlanceTurkish Delight tour view of hot air baloons flying over Cappadocia
Sun    Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Mon  Full Day Istanbul tour
Tue    Bosphorus cruise and flight to Antalya
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    Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour

This country has a lot to offer. You can loose yourself within a crowd 17 million people in Istanbul. You can then travel to the home of the ancient gods in Ephesus. Walk on the clouds at Pamukkale and enjoy its hot spring waters. After that you can visit moon-like Cappadocia. Miss the sun? then your way goes to Antalya. Full of beautiful beaches, historical and natural treasures.
Turkey, meeting point of east and west, blue and green, history and future, is one of the most popular destinations. History, nature and local culture in Turkey offers a breathtaking variety of choices. Istanbul tour with the history of ancient Byzantine and colorful night life; Cappadocia tour with balloons; history of ancient Ephesus, walking on snow white terraces of Pamukkale. Let us make your dream vacation in Turkey come true!

Istanbul

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Kusadasi

Kuşadası is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes), it’s also a major cruise ship destination. Its seafront promenade, marina, and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale is a town in western Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside. It neighbors Hierapolis, an ancient Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. Ruins there include a well-preserved theater and a necropolis with sarcophagi that stretch for 2km. The Antique Pool is famous for its submerged Roman columns, the result of an earthquake.

Antalya

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.

Konya

Konya is a city south of Ankara in Turkey’s Central Anatolia region. It’s a pilgrimage destination for Sufis, focused on the tomb of the founder of the Mevlana order, Jelaleddin Rumi, in the Mevlana Museum. Sema whirling dervish ceremonies take place at the Mevlana Cultural Center, east of the museum. The 12th-century Alaeddin Mosque is surrounded by the green parks of Alaeddin Hill.

Cappadocia

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.

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Day 1

Istanbul – Arrival Day – Sunday (Dinner included)
* Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel.
* You will be given your room key and the rest 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.
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Day 2

Istanbul City Tour (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* Pick up at 8:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
* Visit St. Sophia; this ancient basilica; built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century; is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
* 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.
* After lunch the tour will then take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar; In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4;000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street; the carpet sellers; Turkish arts and crafts; such as hand-painted ceramic plates; hand-honed copperware; brassware and trays; water ewers; onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
* After the tour; transfer back to your hotel.
* Overnight in Istanbul.
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Day 3

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi – Tuesday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* After breakfast depart for a Bosphorus Cruise tour.
* Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30.
* Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar).
* Bosphorus by Boat; a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
* Lunch break at a Turkish restaurant.
* After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for your domestic flight to Izmir.
* Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi.
* Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
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Day 4

Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Turkish Village Sirince – Wednesday (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* 08:30 Departure from hotel.
* A fully guided tour of Ephesus; one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world 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; visit a carpet weaving centre.
* Continue to Sirince’s; its construction style today belongs to the Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white painted walls.
* 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.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.
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Day 5

Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour – Thursday (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* At 08:30 depart for Pamukkale.
* We will check in at the hotel around 12.00 and lunch break until 13.30.
* Afterwards 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
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Day 6

Pamukkale to Antalya – Friday – (Breakfast and dinner included)
* After breakfast; at 10:00m depart for Antalya.
* After 2 hour stop for a coffee break; and continue to Antalya.
* Overnight in Antalya
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Day 7

Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls – Saturday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)

* After breakfast at 08:30 visit Antalya old City (Kaleiחi) Marina; 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 then depart for Duden waterfalls.
* All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean as they pour down the slopes of the Taurus; sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination; resulting in lovely waterfalls; of which there are more than twenty.
* After tour return to your hotel.
* Enjoy your dinner
* Overnight in Antalya.

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Day 8

Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – Sunday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* After an early breakfast drive to Konya.
* After 2.5 hours coffee break and continue to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm.
* After lunch visit the imposing green – tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana; the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes).
* After the tour travel to Cappadocia.
* Arrive in Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into your hotel.
* If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow; please make contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.
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Day 9

Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum – Monday – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* You will be picked up sround 09:30
* Drive 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 open to visitors.
* then visit the Uchisar Castle; the highest point of Cappadocia.
* After Uchisar; continue to Goreme Open Air Museum; the Heart of Cappadocia.
* Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for its frescoes dating back to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
* Next stop is Cavusin; ian abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.
* After Cavusin take lunch at a restaurant in Avanos .
* After lunch; visit a pottery work shop.
* Travel to Pasabagi where you can see the three – headed fairy chimneys.
* After Pasabagi visit a workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.
* Next stop is Devrent Valley; also called Imagination Valley; where you can see natural rock formations resembling animals.
* Then head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is at the Three Beauties; three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats; which is the symbol of Cappadocia.
* This tour will end approximately 18:00 and return to your hotel.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.
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Day 10

Cappadocia to Istanbul – End of Tour (Breakfast included)
*  After breakfast depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
* Services end at Kayseri Airport.
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* All Airport transfer mentioned in the Itinerary
* Domestic flight Istanbul to Izmir
* Domestic flight Antalya to Cappadocia
* Domestic flight Cappadocia to Istanbul
* 2 nights in Istanbul
* 2 nights in Kusadasi
* 1 night in Pamukkale
* 2 nights in Antalya
* 2 nights in Cappadocia
* 9 buffet breakfasts
* 4 local lunches at restaurants during to tours
* 7 local dinners at the hotels
* Guided Istanbul city tour
* Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
* Guided Ephesus tour
* Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
* Guided Pamukkale tour
* Guided Antalya Aspendos & Perge Tour
* Guided Cappadocia tour
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
* Professional English – speaking tour guides

* International flights – departure & fuel taxes
* 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.
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Sunday from the 2nd October 2016 to the 16th April 2017

* 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 view of Blue Mosque in the evening
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Turkey Cappadocia fairy chimneys
Turkey anciant ruins at Pergamon
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Turkey calcium terraces of Pamukkale
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Turkey imperial gate at Topkapi palace
Turkey view of Blue Mosque in the evening
Turkey view of St Sophia and Blue Mosque across the Bosphorus