Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included.) Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Drive south to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Hear expert information from a local guide. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum, the intended landing place at Brighton Beach and Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held each year. Also visit the NZ Memorial at Chunuk Bair, the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, and the Turkish Memorial as well. Overnight in Canakkale.
Morning tour of the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy. Lunch break. In the afternoon, drive to Kusadasi, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Pergamon on the way. These stunning ruins, beautifully located on a hill top, demonstrate that the architects and sculptors of Pergamon were among the most talented in the Hellenistic world. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre & Marble Street. After a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is thought to have spent her final years. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Morning drive to Pamukkale, then lunch. In the afternoon, tour the 'Cotton Castle.' Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its theatre and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight from Pamukkale to Cappadocia (via Istanbul.) On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
* Optional: It is possible to travel to Cappadocia by road, en-route visiting Konya (with a surcharge). Early morning departure for Konya and visit mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards departure to Cappadocia visiting Caravanserail on the way.
05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia
Hotel pickup, then a quick snack and safety briefing. Watching the balloon inflate, then you're off! Soaring over fairy chimneys, and dipping low to skim cave dwellings. This may be your favourite part of your Turkey trip - it will certainly be unforgettable. Celebrate a soft landing with a quick drink, and return to your hotel for breakfast around 8.30am. Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (North). Visit Zelve open air museum, which once housed one of the largest communities in the region. Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South)
Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and the beautiful Valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-hewn churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back, visit monasteries in Selime Village and a 13th century Caravansaray on the Silk Road. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
* Optional: Wonderful Turkish night show with dinner in a cave setting. 85 Euros per person extra.
Meet your private driver and guide this morning for the next couple of days. Pick up from hotel in the morning and hit the road for Mt Nemrut. Passing Kayseri city en route, visit the 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai 'Karatayhan.' Later afternoon, visit the Cendere (Severus) Bridge, the Tumulus of Karakus and the ruins of Arsaemia. Finally, ascend to the summit of Mt Nemrut for the sunset. Take beautiful photos among the toppled heads. (Please note a steep climb of around 20 minutes to the summit form the car park. Path is well made, but steep.) Overnight in Adiyaman.
8:30am - After breakfast, drive to a traditional Kurdish village. Take lunch in the village, and learn about local customs, language and culture. (Modest dress is required.) There is also time for to explore the area. After lunch drive to Gobekli Tepe and explore the site. Marvel at the huge stones, and ponder what they might have meant, and how people 12,000 years ago managed to move them. Drive on to Sanliurfa, and visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Overnight in Sanliurfa.
8am - Drive to Harran to see the mud-brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. See the castle of Harran and the oldest Islamic university and the 18th century castle. Your driver and guide will drop you at Sanliurfa airport for your noon flight back to Istanbul and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight in Istanbul.
Free day for wandering the streets of the Old City, getting lost in the Grand Bazaar or taking a leisurely Turkish bath in an historic hamam. Play backgammon and drink tea, or travel into the New City around Istiklal Street to experience Istanbul the way the locals do. Overnight in Istanbul.
Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.
B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.
This tour takes you off the beaten track!! It visits the main highlights of Turkey such as Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ephesus, Pamukkale & Cappadocia. However, it but also includes the very special Gobekli Tepe, Mt Nemrut and Sanliurfa. It includes a visit to a traditional Kurdish village. You can extend this to include one night's village homestay for a truly authentic experience.
Note that we run boutique tours and the number of participants is usually limited to 18 passengers. Having said this, we almost always upgrade the Old City tours to a private private tour, given the importance of sites. We have about 12 people limit for Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia tours. Note that we mainly use Merdeces Sprinter or similar tour buses with our tours in Turkey, we never use public buses. Also, all airport transfers are organised in private vehicles.
- Can be extended or customized
- No long coach journeys - private car or flights only
- Hand selected boutique hotels, not package tour hotels
- Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia
- Plenty of time in Cappadocia so you're not rushed
- This tour is also available on private basis
- Domestic flight tickets
- Private transfers by car
- Many meals
- Balloon flight over Cappadocia
- All museum and entrance fees
- All local taxes
- Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency
- International airfare & taxes.
- Drinks with meals
- Travel insurance
- Optional gratuities to the guide and driver
- Turkish visa fee
|Adiyaman||Hotel Isias or similar||4 Star Hotel||
Hotel Isias or similar
The hotel has 6 Suites, 60 Standard Rooms & 1 King's suite.
Isias hotel offers central air-conditioning, Satellite TV, Digiturk, Mini Bar, Direct Dial Telephone, Internet Connection Hair Dryer, etc. The hotel is located in Adiyaman's historical and commerce centre.
|Canakkale||Truva Hotel or similar||4 Star Hotel||
Truva Hotel or similar
All rooms have:
|Cappadocia||Stone House Cave Hotel or similar||Special Class Boutique Hotel||
Stone House Cave Hotel or similar
We are in the Anatolian heartland of Cappadocia, a cradle
of religions, where many civilisations have developed over thousands of
years. A 300 year old Greek building is the original structure of our
hotel which has been delicately restored using Ottoman architectural
Its magnificent courtyard leads to a terrace that has spectacular views of the fairy chimneys. The indoor restaurant is beatifully decorated with its wooden ceiling, a masterpiece of Ottoman art Stone House Cave Hotel has a total of 12 rooms; 3 suite rooms, 3 original cave rooms, 6 stone vaulted rooms (each one with a jacuzzi) We would be delighted to host you for your deam holiday in Cappadocia.
|Istanbul||Dosso Dossi Hotel or similar||Special Class Boutique Hotel||
Dosso Dossi Hotel or similar
Located in Sultanahmet district, Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is within a walking distance from historical sites and the tram station. The property offers facilities including a Turkish bath, a sauna, and a fitness centre. The rooms of the hotel are equipped with soundproofing. 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi is also available throughout.
Featuring a stylish décor, all rooms at Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City are equipped with air conditioning, a satellite TV, minibar, a safe box and a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms also have a desk, sofa and a coffee machine.
You can enjoy rich buffet breakfast in the mornings. Guests can try various Turkish dishes and vegetarian dishes in Tulip Restaurant or have refreshments and beverages at Iobby bar. The property also serves complimentary afternoon tea and night soup.
The hotel is 3.1 km from Taksim Square, and 500 m from Blue Mosque. Ataturk Airport is 16 km away. The property also organises shuttle service to Taksim and Laleli once in a day.
Fatih is a great choice for travellers interested in Tranquility, Skyline and Architecture.
|Kusadasi||Carina Hotel or similar||Boutique Hotel||
Carina Hotel or similar
Hotel Carina is a family-run hotel set among landscaped grounds overlooking Kusadasi beach. It features an outdoor pool and spacious rooms with balconies, offering panoramic ocean views.
The air-conditioned rooms of the hotel are simply, but modernly furnished. Some have a stylish décor with antique furnishings and creamy shades, combined with contemporary amenities such as flat screen TVs.
Guest of the Hotel Carina can enjoy an assortment of international dishes and local specialties at the restaurant of the hotel. There is also an outdoor bar serving drinks by the pool.
The property is located nearby Ladies Beach and its pedestrianized promenade and central Kusadasi with its lively bars and shops is less than half a mile away. Milas-Bodrum Airport is 1-hour drive from the hotel and guests can benefit from a free private parking.
|Pamukkale||Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar||5 Star Boutique Hotel||
Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar
Located in Karahayit, Doğa Thermal Health & Spa offers a spacious garden, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with free parasols and sun loungers. The property has a physiotherapy clinic on site. Free WiFi access is available throughout.
Rooms here will provide you with flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and a balcony. Featuring a hairdryer, private bathrooms also come with a bathrobe and free toiletries. You can enjoy a mountain view and a pool view from all the rooms
At Doğa Thermal Health & Spa you can benefit from facilities like spa, sauna, Turkish bath, hot spring bath, massage treatments and fitness centre at an additional charge. The 24-hour front desk provides room service. Laundry, dry cleaning and ironing services can also be offered upon request.
Daily breakfast is served in open buffet style.
|Sanliurfa||El-Ruha Hotel or similar||4.5 Star Hotel||
El-Ruha Hotel or similar
Featuring a traditional architecture and palace-like exteriors, this stone built hotel is located in the city centre of Sanliurfa. The hotel offers a Turkish bath, indoor pool and terraces with views over the city.
Elruha Hotel has elegant rooms decorated with classical furniture. They all include an LCD TV and a balcony.
The hotel includes a well-equipped fitness centre and a sauna. The indoor pool features stone walls and a hot tub.
Hotel Elruha is just 100 metres from Balikligol (Balikli Lake) and 400 metres from the historical Sanliurfa Castle. Sanliurfa Bus Terminal is 1 km away. Sanliurfa Airport is within 10 km
Thanks very much for our Turkey Uncovered Tour which was great.
All the arrangements for hotels, transport, etc went very smoothly. We loved the boutique hotels which all had location location location (including fantastic views for a number of them) as well as really friendly staff and good bathrooms and breakfasts.
Catherine and Bruce Kelley
We recently enjoyed the Treasures of Turkey tour organised by the Turkey Travel Centre (TTC). This is without doubt one of the best trips that we have done. We loved Turkey very much. Wonderful history and remarkable sights.
Right from the planning stage, Michael at TTC was focussed on meeting our every need. This tour overlapped with another one that we were finishing by two days, but TTC proved to be very flexible in ensuring a seamless transition between the two tours with no lost time, overlap or cost penalty. We also liked the fact that the tour group each day was quite small. On a few occasions there were just 4 of us for the day with our own guide.
Given the distances covered, effective daily coordination was essential with different pick-ups every day. It worked brilliantly and the whole trip went smoothly and without any issues. As we arrived at each destination, we received clear directions for the next stage and without exception, those directions went exactly to plan. Meals were very good, notably the lunches which were integrated into the daily tours.
In addition the standard of hotels was excellent and connecting flights with Turkish Airlines within Turkey were great.
Finally, the standard of the daily guides was extremely good. They were very well educated and experienced for their particular roles, and were clearly passionate about what were areas of great interest to them.
To sum up, TTC proved to be efficient, flexible and customer focussed and clearly they delivered an excellent product for us.
We would recommend them highly.
In the seventies and eighties, Cappadocia was not a well-known destination on the international travel scene. Visited mainly by independent backpackers, eager for adventure and excitement, it was not until the invention of the Internet, that Cappadocia became a hot topic.
If you have never been, it is easy to assume the landscape descriptions sound like a page out of fairy-tale storybook. Cave houses, fairy chimneys, underground cities, and long deep gorges used by Christians fleeing Roman soldiers will sound surreal to anyone. However, everything about Cappadocia is very much real. As one of my favourite destinations in Turkey, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to visit.
Reasons to visit Cappadocia
Lunar Landscape Views
Cappadocia has many deep valleys and gorges formed by weather conditions over thousands of years. Within those mystical plains are smooth and jugged rocks, nicknamed fairy chimneys because of their tall, domineering appearance. In the distance, sits the majestic Mount Erciyes and from local landmarks such as Panoramic Viewpoint, the popular town of Goreme resembles a movie scene from the Flintstones.Read More
Sanliurfa is a large province in the Southeast of Turkey. Not as well-known as its neighbouring counterpart of Gaziantep but I wanted to visit it for one reason. Also known as Urfa, it is steeped in tales and historical sites related to Abraham and his time spent in ancient Mesopotamia.
Known as father of the Israelites and called Ibrahim in Islam, he is regarded as a prophet and pioneer of the religion. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son and when he saw his willingness to do so, instead placed a sheep at Abraham’s hands, hence the animal sacrifice made by practising Muslims every year.Read More
Very often though, our customers remark on how they struggle to snap photos that they are 100% happy with.
Whether it is the landscape of Cappadocia, Turkish food dishes or local people, they are rarely happy with the result.
Certain techniques though, will instantly improve your photos and you do not need to be a professional or have the latest equipment.Read More
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