Captivating Turkey Tour
Explore the captivating beauty of Turkey's natural landscapes and delve into its rich cultural heritage with our expertly crafted tour, showcasing the unique and unforgettable experiences the country has to offer.
Small Group Tours (Usually 8 to 12)
Flights Only (No Long Bus Trips)
Pick up from the airport (or port) and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Pick up from your hotel & visit Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included). We will provide you with tickets to the Whirling Dervish ceremony tonight. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Pick up from your hotel & enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Pick up from your hotel & 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.
Pick up from your hotel & 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.
Pick up from your hotel & 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.
Pick up from your hotel & 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.
Pick up from your hotel & take a private car transfer for 3.5 hours to the gorgeous little harbour town of Kas. Overnight in Kas.
Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike a short section of the Lycian Way? Overnight in Kas.
Pick up from your hotel & transfer to Antalya by private car. Overnight in Antalya.
Pick up from your hotel & guided tour of the ancient cities around Antalya. In Perge, See the Stadium (seating 12,000), Bath and Colonnaded Street. In Aspendos, you can see the 2nd century AD Roman theatre, seating capacity 15,000. At the pretty site of Side, see the Apollo Temple, ancient ruins and two sandy beaches. Later, visit Kursunlu waterfall. Overnight in Antalya.
Pick up from your hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia (maybe via Istanbul) and onward transfer to your cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
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) Pick up from your hotel & tour start from Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley), spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful and scapes. After Devrent valley, we will visit Pasabag (known as Monk valley) where we will see double and triple headed rock formations. Lunch at Avanos, famous for pottery and Redriver (Kızılırmak). After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which is in the heart of Cappadocia. Open air museum famous for wall painting, dates back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The last stop will be the Uchisar castle, natural and one of the biggest mass fairy chimney of the region. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South) Pick up from your hotel & 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. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.
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.
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Start Date: 15.03.2024Finish Date: 31.12.2024Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day
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Start: 15.03.2024Finish: 31.12.2024Single: 7,506 AUDDouble/Twin PP: 5,797 AUDTriple PP: 4,600 AUD
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We travelled in Türkiye on tour arranged and coordinated by the Turkish Travel Centre. The trip was fantastic and without a single problem. The accommodation was of a very high standard and each hotel well situated for safety and site seeing in the city or town, the food provided was just superb. Each component of the trip was expertly coordinated by Makbule, who made contact every day to update and advise the details of the coming day and travel arrangements, we had complete trust in her to get us around safely. The drivers were excellent hospitable and friendly, vehicles were modern and of high standard. The road, marine and air travel was seamlessly integrated and every transfer was on time and as described and planned. The day tours were managed and led by expert guides who made the experiences so memorable and enjoyable. A wonderful holiday in a land of intrigue and beautiful people. Thoroughly recommend the Turkish Travel Centre to coordinate and arrange your trip to Turkiye and thanks Makbule for our great trip.Read More
Thank you to Michael and the team for organising my 19 day Grand Turkiye Tour. This was my first time as a solo traveler and was a little apprehensive at first but Michael’s professionalism put me at ease. This was followed by Makbule (my Turkiye contact). Her caring nature and dedication to ensuring every little detail was looked after contributed to making my Turkiye holiday a dream come true. My guides, transport and accommodation were all faultless and I always felt safe and very welcome. I would recommend Turkiye Travel Centre 100% and look forward to further travel in the future.Read More
We had the privilege and luck to choose Turkey Travel Centre (TTC) to plan and organise our 10 amazing days spent in and around Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. Not once did we need to confirm the next tour hotel pick up or transfer, instead the hotel or previous tour guide would remind us what was happening next. All hotels were great and indicative of the area ( not a generic building that could be anywhere in the world) andstaff there went out of their way to be helpful. The tour guides were informative, fun, patient and easily understood. TTC understood what we were wanting to see and delivered- and when I emailed a query prior and during the trip they responded the same day - seven days a week, via phone or email. Thanks TTC you made our holiday a delight ! Ron & RosalieRead More
Jeff & Teena Pond
We recently travelled to Turkey and spent 2 weeks touring the country. All of our accommodation, transfers and excursions were organised by Michael at Turkey Travel and we were extremely impressed with the service provided. Michael was quick to respond to any query and was professional at all times. The accommodation was excellent quality, in great locations with beautiful amenities. The included food was plentiful and delicious. The service providers in Turkey were wonderful...Read More
Exploring Kas in Mediterranean Turkey
Kas is one of the smaller holiday resorts of the Mediterranean coastline but many testify it is the most appealing. While touring the southwest coast, I had scheduled to stay two nights in the town. After the first day, I extended my stay by another three nights and only left because of prearranged commitments. If I could have stayed longer, I would have done.
This is not criticism of the surrounding resorts of Kalkan or Patara but I felt a stronger connection with Kaş and was left with some unfailing memories. Despite becoming a popular destination in Turkey, it has not suffered from the trappings and greed of mass tourism. Neither have the local expats inflicted their typical western ways into daily life. Kas has moved with the times but still pays homage to its roots as a traditional Turkish fishing village.
I remember exploring the small cobbled streets of the old town. Pink bougainvillea sprawled over the walls of the white washed houses. Before 1923, there was a large Greek population in the town and every so often, I spotted evidence of their presence in the architecture of brown, wooden balconies and window shutters. Houses, buildings, and streets are built around the old Lycian tombs and Hellenistic theatre, preserving them as timely reminders for past civilizations that occupied the area.
Every day, I watched the sunset from the roof terrace of my hotel. It was not vibrant orange like the sunsets on the Aegean coast, yet it was beautiful.A shadow slowly covered the blue skies while allowing white rays of the sun to shine through the clouds and reflect on the water. It was a calming mixture of subtle and mute colours that is now one of my favourite photographs.
The local café near the harbor won my repeat custom by serving the most delicious ice-cold coffee frappes. I read my book while sitting in the shade on Turkish style cushions and ordered one after another, devouring their taste. Since then, no establishment I have visited has ever matched the lingering taste of those ice-cold coffees.
The evening time was a chance to indulge my culinary preferences by ordering a huge plate of juicy fresh shrimp cooked in garlic. I sent my plate back empty and clean because I had wiped up the delicious juices with fresh bread. I had sat in a simple family restaurant facing the sea and it was a great base to people watch and slowly fall in love with Kas.
Things to do in Kas, Turkey
So you might think I spent all my time being lazy and soaking up the rays of the Mediterranean sun but I did get active as well. There is plenty of things to do in the resort and surrounding areas and it would be impossible for any local or expat to complain they are bored.
Visiting Meis from Kas
I booked a day trip across to the Greek island of Meis. Swapping the currency from Turkish lira to euros confused me but it did not stop me from making an on-the-spot decision to jump into a speedboat and head to the Blue cave. We laid down on the boat to get past the entrance but once inside, the scene was of crystal blue water that reflected from the lack of sunshine on the walls of the cave.
Sea Kayaking at Kekova
The lack of strength in my arms was also highlighted when I failed miserably at a sea kayaking trip over the sunken ruins of Kekova. We set off from the small village of Üçağız and ended up in Simena, which is a destination stuck in time and devoid of all modern cons and trends. With aching arms, I grudgingly climbed out of the kayak and followed the group in a safety boat. Would I do it again? Yes, one day I will return and attempt sea kayaking again.
Paragliding in Kas
The next activity, I was to fail at was paragliding. I had seen the paragliders landing every morning and afternoon in the harbour yet when I made it to the takeoff point; my fears got the better of me. Many people who know Turkey in-depth typically associate Olu Deniz with paragliding, but for beginners, the resort of Kaş is a more subtle and easier introduction to the sport.
A Trip to Demre and the ruins of Myra
I also backed up on my travel route to visit Demre and the ruins of Myra. In history, the mayor of Demre was St Nicholas. Thanks to his kindness and love of sharing, he went on to be called Santa Claus. Many nationalities visit the church of St Nicholas to pay their respect to the man that became loved by children all over the world.
After the church, I jumped in a taxi and headed to the ruins of Myra. In its prime, it was an important city of the ancient Lycian league and the tombs facing down from the hillside are an impressive sight.Read More
Things to Do Near Canakkale and Troy
The town of Canakkale, being located between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara, is a seaport that is of great importance to Turkey. Two things that make Canakkale of historical relevance are its early civilization (3000BC to 400AD) and the two most remarkable battles in history – the mythical Trojan War and the Battle of Canakkale during World War I. Because of its colorful past, a visit to the museums, monuments and ancient cities are a must. Another place you should visit in Canakkale is the Temple of Athena in Behramkale. Aside from the magnificence of the 6th century BC temple, the sweeping view of the Gulf as seen from the temple is truly astounding. See our wide range of tours to Gallipoli and Cannakale
Ancient City of Troy
Many people had the perception that the Ancient City of Troy was no more than a fictional place, the setting of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, until it was unearthed in the 19th century. Troy played a vital role in the early Western civilization, having existed for more than 4,000 years, being cradled between the continents of Europe and Asia. Heinrich Schlieman was a treasure hunter to which the discovery of Troy can be credited. If not for him, people wouldn’t have known that the mythical city of Troy actually existed. Having been declared a World Heritage Site is enough reason for you to visit the Ancient City of Troy, much more the thrill of standing on the same spot where the Trojan War was described to have happened. You’ll surely enjoy Troy if you are a fan of ancient literature and history with all its ruins and archaeological sites.
This ancient city belongs to Turkey’s top 100 historical sites of Turkey and the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its most remarkable monuments and buildings date as far back as 197-159 BC and include the Hellenistic theatre, the Trajaneum (Sanctuary of Trajan), and Athenium (the Library).