15 days,Istanbul to Istanbul

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

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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.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Walking tour of old Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Aya Sofya. Dinner in a local family's home. Visit the Göreme Open Air Museum. Guided visit to an underground city. Orientation walk in Antalya. Boat trip from Kas with local lunch. Boat excursion on the Dalyan Delta to view rock tombs and ancient city ruins. Guided walk in the village of Kayakoy. Guided visit of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Guided tour of the ruins of Ephesus. Visit to the village of Sirence. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD200-300 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (14 nts).
  • Private air-con van, boat, plane, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.
Day 1 Istanbul

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Istanbul (1B)

Enjoy a walking tour of the old city of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Aya Sofya. Afternoon is at leisure and our 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 sipping on some sweet Turkish tea with the locals.

Days 3-4 Cappadocia (2B,1D)

Flight to Cappadocia and visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. Also visit a village and have dinner with a local family, enjoying the homemade menu, with dishes that change according to season, and talk to the friendly hosts about life in rural Cappadocia.

Day 5 Beysehir (1B)

Visit a mysterious underground city that was used to hide Christians escaping persecution from the Roman Empire between the fifth and tenth centuries AD. Continue to Beysehir for the evening with a stop at the historic city of Konya enroute.

Day 6 Antalya (1B)

Early start to Antalya, take an orientation walk along the charming cobblestone streets. Option to visit the museum or one of the many tea shops.

Days 7-8 Kas (2B,1L)

Arrive at the coastal village of Kas. Enjoy a full-day boat cruise on the famed turquoise waters of Turkey including a local lunch.

Days 9-10 Fethiye/Dalyan (2B)

Travel the stunning Mediterranean coast to the city of Fethiye. Visit Kayakoy ghost town and Blue Lagoon beach en route to Dalyan. On Day 10, enjoy a boat trip on the Dalyan River, viewing the famous Carian Rock Tombs and remains of the ancient city of Kaunos and Dalyan. Also visit Iztuzu Beach and opt to soak in the local mud baths.

Day 11 Pamukkale (1B)

Continue to Pamukkale for a guided visit to the white cliffs and the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Days 12-13 Selçuk (2B)

Travel to the vibrant town of Selçuk. From here, enjoy a guided tour of the Roman ruins of Ephesus and visit the picturesque village of Sirince where you can sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts.

Day 14 Istanbul (1B)

Morning flight to Istanbul with free time to further explore the city.

Day 15 Istanbul (1B)

Depart at any time.

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