Turkey Explorer

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  • Duration
    15
    Days
  • Service
    Upgraded
  • Difficulty
    Moderate

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Highlights

Discover historic cities and ancient Roman ruins, enjoy dinner in a traditional family home and sample local treats, relax on a boat excursion on turquoise waters in the Mediterranean sea, meet local people and explore ancient and modern culture, investigate a mysterious underground city and a ghost town

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Marvel at painted churches chiseled into rock, descend into underground cities, walk through ancient towns and savour fresh seafood in seaside villages as you discover the treasures of Turkey. Travel days are well paced, with 2 included flights allowing you the time to really experience Turkey's riches. And while enjoying its coastline, you'll return each night to a cozy bed so you're fresh each morning. This trip offers all the adventure activities, culture and vivid history of this magnificent land for those who prefer a more comfortable option.

Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul, the city where East meets West. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable hotel. Additional Notes If you arrive early, visit the atmospheric Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays). Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport Private Vehicle
Day 2 Istanbul (1B)
Afternoon is free to explore at leisure. The boutique hotel is within walking distance of all the sites and shopping in the old city. Option to visit Topkapi Palace, or relax at a café overlooking the water and sip some sweet Turkish tea with the locals. Included Activities Istanbul Guided Walking Tour
Day 3 Istanbul/Göreme (1B, 1D)
Included Activities Dinner with Local Family Transport Plane (1.00 hour(s))Private Vehicle
Day 4 Göreme (1B)
Additional Notes Please note: if you have pre-booked the Turkey Hot Air Balloon Adventure, you will be flying on Day 4. Included Activities Goreme Open Air Museum Guided Tour Transport Private Vehicle
Day 5 Göreme/Beyşehir (1B)
Departing Göreme, explore an underground city. First built by the Phrygians between the eighth and seventh centuries BC, this underground city was most famously used as the hiding place for the first Christians of the area, when they were escaping from the persecution of the Roman Empire between the fifth and tenth centuries AD. After, head to the city of Konya. Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Turks, and is home to some of the best Seljuk architecture in the country. Wander the streets and enjoy these beautiful and historic buildings. In the 13th century, it was here that the poet, Mevlana Rumi, founded the mystic Islamic sect, known as the Whirling Dervishes. Consider visiting the museum, dedicated to Mevlana Rumi. As well as finding out more about the history of the Dervishes, it is a fascinating place to people watch. The museum's continuously flooded with faithful pilgrims coming to pay homage. In the afternoon, travel to Beysehir to spend the night. Included Activities Underground City Visit Orientation Walk Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Beyşehir/Antalya (1B)
Travel by private vehicle directly to the city of Antalya. Arrive around lunchtime and spend time wandering the charming cobbled hillside streets of the district of Kaleici. It's a great place to stop and have a drink at one of the restaurants with great views of the marina below. Included Activities Orientation Walk Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Antalya/Kaş (1B)
Continue the journey, arriving at the beautiful coastal village of Kas. After arrival, enjoy free time to explore the town or enjoy a drink at a seaside cafe. Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Kaş (1B, 1L)
Head to the small village of Uçagiz to board the boat. Enjoy a full-day excursion on the beautiful Turkish waters. Return to our hotel in Kas this evening. Included Activities Kas Boat Trip Transport Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 9 Kaş/Dalyan (1B)
Included Activities Kayakoy Ghost Town Guided Visit Transport Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 10 Dalyan (1B)
Embark on a boat excursion for a close-up view of the famous Carian rock tombs and some remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan. Included Activities Dalyan Boat Trip
Day 11 Dalyan/Pamukkale (1B)
In the morning, head to the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale for a day of exploring. Visit the ancient site of Hierapolis, which was built on top of the white "castle" of Pamukkale. Included Activities Hierapolis and Pamukkale Guided Tour Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Pamukkale/Selçuk (1B)
Visit the picturesque village of Sirince and sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts. On the return to Selçuk, see the remains of the town's hilltop castle or just wander the streets and cafés of this vibrant Turkish town. Included Activities Şirince Village Visit Transport Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Selçuk (1B)
One of the foremost cities of the world in its time, with its strategic location on the trade route, well-preserved Selçuk is one of the best places in the world to get a real feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times. The massive, preserved theatre dominates the view down Harbour Street, which leads to the long-silted-up harbour. The impressive two-storey library, whose façade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built in AD 125, and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. There is even a chance to see 2,000-year-old public toilets! Once part of Ephesus itself, but now found on the outskirts of Selçuk, are the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Today, only one column remains of this ancient structure. Included Activities Ephesus Guided Tour Transport Private Vehicle
Day 14 Selçuk/Istanbul (1B)
In the morning, head to the airport for a short flight back to bustling Istanbul. After transferring to the hotel, enjoy some free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping before meeting the group for a final optional dinner to celebrate your journey. Transport Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Istanbul (1B)
Included Activities Departure Day