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.)
  • Private air-con van, boat, plane, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.
  • Comfort hotels (14 nts).

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2Istanbul(1B)

Enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Aya Sofya. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 3Istanbul/Göreme(1B, 1D)

Flight to Cappadocia to explore some of the local villages and valleys. In the evening, have dinner with a local family, enjoying a homemade menu with dishes that change according to season. Talk to the friendly hosts about life in rural Cappadocia.

Day 4Göreme(1B)

Excursion to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval cave churches. After, continue to Avanos for a visit, then enjoy a walk in one of the valleys. The evening is free for dinner with the option to enjoy a Turkish folk night - a multi-course meal followed by local entertainment.

Day 5Göreme/Beyşehir(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 en route.

Day 6Beyşehir/Antalya(1B)

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

Day 7Antalya/Kaş(1B)

Travel to the coastal village of Kas.

Day 8Kaş(1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day boat cruise on the famed turquoise waters of Turkey. Includes a local lunch.

Day 9Kaş/Dalyan(1B)

Travel the stunning Mediterranean coast to the city of Fethiye. Visit the Kayakoy ghost town and Blue Lagoon beach en route to Dalyan.

Day 10Dalyan(1B)

Enjoy a boat trip on the Dalyan River, seeing 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 11Dalyan/Pamukkale(1B)

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

Day 12Pamukkale/Selçuk(1B)

Travel to the vibrant town of Selçuk. From here, visit the picturesque village of Sirince to sample some of the local wine or shop for crafts.

Day 13Selçuk(1B)

In the morning, visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus.

Day 14Selçuk/Istanbul(1B)

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

Day 15Istanbul(1B)

Depart at any time.

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