Highlights

Cruise the Turkish Riviera and explore highlighted attractions on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts as well as the central Anatolian region, known as the cradle between East and West. Explore ancient ruins, and see the most amazing scenery, rarely featured in guidebooks about Turkey. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 19
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

Pick up from the airport (or port) and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included). Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

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.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B

Drive (4.5 hours) 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. Note: Enough time is spent in Gallipoli to visit all the sites mentioned above.

  • Destination: Gallipoli
  • Legend: B, L

Morning drive (1 hour) to the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy and visit. Lunch break. In the afternoon, drive to Kusadasi, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Pergamon (2 hours drive) 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. Final drive to Kusadasi will be 2.5 hours. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Destination: Pergamon & Troy
  • Legend: B, L

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.

  • Destination: Ephesus
  • Legend: B, L

Morning drive (2.5 hours) 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.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L, D

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Pamukkale (Included) Hotel pickup, then a quick snack and safety briefing. Watching the balloon inflate, then you're off! Soaring over Cotton Castles of Pamukkale, and dipping low for a close view. 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. Private car transfer for 3 hours to join your Blue Voyage mini cruise on a wooden gulet. Traditionally used for trawling and sponge fishing, the cruise boat has been refurbished for cruising. It has simple plumbing and small cabins, but ample deck space for sunbathing. Food is freshly prepared on board, and all you need to do is marvel at the blue of the Meditarranean, swim, snooze and snorkel. This is the BEST way to experience the Mediterranean. The boarding starts at 15:30 from Marmaris Harbour. Guests who arrive early may leave their luggage at our office. On the first day, the service starts on the boat with dinner and overnight stay in Marmaris Port. Marmaris which was built upon one of the antique Karian cities called Phyckos, has been under the rule of many different civilizations. The most valuable work of art that you can see today is Marmaris Castle dating from 1577. There is also a mosque and an 8-room caravansary covered with arches from the Ottoman Period. Overnight in Marmaris.

  • Destination: Marmaris
  • Legend: B, D

After your breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf. You may join our optional Dalyan Tour from here. You will be taken from your yacht by a small boat called piyade. You will arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) Beach and take a swimming break here. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you cruise along the river. You will see the ancient Rock Tombs and finally arrive at mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated. A fishing village called Dalyan will be our final destination after we return to our yacht by piyade boat. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the Gulf of Ekincik.

  • Destination: Fethiye
  • Legend: B, L, D

Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Fethiye Gulf. We will anchor at Adali Bay for breakfast. For lunch and a swimming break, we will go to Manastir Bay. This place is known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. We will anchor at Tersane Island for dinner and overnight stay. This naturally protected harbour was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.

  • Destination: Fethiye
  • Legend: B, L, D

After breakfast, we will cruise to Kizil Island for lunch and a swimming break. Disembark from your cruise late afternoon and take a private car transfer for 2 hours to the gorgeous little harbour town of Kas. Overnight in Kas.

  • Destination: Fethiye
  • Legend: B, L

Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike a short section of the Lycian Way? Overnight in Kas.

  • Destination: Kas
  • Legend: B

Free morning in Kas. Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike another short section of the Lycian Way. Afternoon transfer to Antalya by private car. Overnight in Antalya.

  • Destination: Antalya
  • Legend: B

Full 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.

  • Destination: Antalya
  • Legend: B, L

Check out of the hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia (according to your travel date, this maybe via Istanbul as there are direct flights only 3 times a week) and onward transfer to your cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

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.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

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. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B


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.

Tour Map

Tour Details

  • In Brief

    This tour is for discerning travelers with some time. The tour hits the highlights, including 3 night Med cruise on wooden sailboat, a stay in the gorgeous town of Kas and plenty of time in Cappadocia.
    This is one of our own, tailored itineraries - so you get all the convenience of a small group tour.

    Daily Guaranteed Departure! (Available between 26 April & 30 October). You can amend this itinerary as you wish.

    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.

  • Special Features

    - High quality, boutique hotels
    - Several private inter-city transfers with Mercedes or similar vehicle and own driver
    - Domestic flights to save time and avoid long bus trips
    - Plenty of time in Cappadocia so you're not rushed
    - This tour is also available on private basis

  • What's Included

    - All accommodation as per itinerary
    - Professional English speaking guide on day tours
    - Full day guided tours
    - Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon Flight (time and availability to be confirmed at the time of booking)
    - All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
    - All transportation & transfers
    - All meals mentioned in the itinerary
    - All museum and entrance fees
    - Gulet cruise as per the itinerary
    - Wifi available at all our hotels
    - 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

  • What's Not Included

    - International airfares & taxes
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal expenses
    - Optional gratuities to guide and driver
    - Visa fee

Hotels

Departure Date

No departures on Mondays. We hold the right the swap the days in your itinerary to suit the Gulet cruise mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 26.04.2018
    Finish Date: 15.10.2019
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day
  • Start Date: 25.04.2020
    Finish Date: 17.10.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

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    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.04.2019
    Finish: 13.10.2020
    Single: 5,931 AUD 5,635 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 4,691 AUD 4,456 AUD
    Triple PP: 4,522 AUD 4,296 AUD

Reviews

Heather Farmer

Australia

To Michael and your wonderful team thank you so much for organising the holiday of a lifetime to Turkey. Arrangements were perfect, the boutique hotels outstanding and our amazing guide Mehmet was so knowledgeable and truly loved his job, making our experience all the more special. I have no hesitation in recommending your agency to anyone considering a trip to this amazing country. Thank you all again. 

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L. Hartley

USA

We had a wonderful trip and I wanted to say thank you. Hope to travel again with you! Despite some very warm weather, we enjoyed every place you suggested. I really appreciated your advice to stay the 3 days in Kas – it was such a great break and in fact would definitely put that on my list to stay for an extended period of time. Also, Istanbul during Ramadan was really fun. Anyway, thanks again for a wonderful and safe experience.

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Gail G.

Australia

Dear Michael, I know this has been a while but Nigel and I wanted to thank you for all your help with our trip to Turkey. We had THE BEST trip. It was enhanced by yourself, Mehmet and Ihsan. Your organisation, Knowledge, prompt responses and helpfulness was fantastic. We also loved Mehmet ( at the end of our tour.... explaining that a tip was not necessary as he loved his job.) One of our pet hates is the tipping at the end of a tour. Wondering how much and when etc. we tipped as we really appreciated the knowledge and passion he exhibited. He was such an integral part of us enjoying everything.

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Keith Berry

Australia

We just returned from the 19 day Turkey tour and wishing to thank you and your team. Everything went very enjoyably and smoothly. We were very happy with the content and all arrangements. 

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Phillippa Heffernan

Australia

Our Turkish Tour, organised by Turkey Travel Centre was one of the best we have ever experienced. Everything went like clockwork - the guides we had each day were on time, knowledgable, experienced and more than happy to change plans at the last minute to give us the best of everything. Our drivers also were excellent and we always felt safe in their hands despite the sometimes chaotic traffic conditions! Thankyou Turkey Travel Centre! 

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J. McBride

Australia

Hi Ishan and Robert, Just a little note to thank you both for the wonderful time I had in Turkey; Robert for organising the itinerary and Ishan for looking after me while I was in the country. Turkey is a wonderful country; the scenery is so diverse and interesting, while the people are very warm and friendly. My favourite destination was Cappadocia, with its unique landscape, the balloon ride and the accommodation at the Stone Cave Hotel. Thank you both for making my holiday such a memorable one and I will certainly recommend your company to any friends that might visit your lovely country. Regards, Jenny

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Blogs

Why Everyone Should Visit Kas – My Memories

Kaş is one of the smaller resorts of the Mediterranean coastline but in my opinion, 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.

Please do not take this statement as criticism of the surrounding resorts of Kalkan or Patara because each has their own qualities. However, 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.

Kaş has moved with the times but still pays homage to its roots as a traditional Turkish fishing village.

My memories of Kas are simple yet pleasing

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.

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Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

There is no doubt that the landscape of Cappadocia is unique. Cave houses and hotels dotted among the lunar rock formations have made it a top holiday destination in Turkey.

To fully explore the region on foot would take months. There are many valleys as well as separate towns and outdoor attractions such as the Goreme Open air museum. Indeed, the best way to see Cappadocia is from the air.

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

The balloons are the biggest attraction of Cappadocia. I remember my previous visits to the region when I would wake up early in the morning and sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee.

From there, I could see more than thirty hot air balloons floating across the horizon just as the sun was starting to rise. I could hear the rush of hot air flowing into the balloons and see miniature figures in the basket. One morning, someone even waved at me and shouted hello.

The scene is really quite unreal. Just as the sky starts to get rid of the darkness of the night, the hot air balloons come into sight with their colorful balloons and brown wicker baskets.

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What is the best time of year to visit Turkey?

Istanbul is a city operating all year round so any-time is good to visit. If you like sunshine, come between April to October as winter in Istanbul can be cold and rainy with the occasional snowfall.

The tourism season on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts run from May to October but tourist sites like Ephesus are open all year round. Gulet cruises are more enjoyable when refined to the months of June to September.

Cappadocia is also a region operating all year round, although in the wintertime, snowfall is usual. The snow does provide a pretty landscape view and the hot air balloons rides will still operate as long as weather conditions are advisable.

If you travel between the months of December to March, bring an umbrella as this is when the country receives the most amount of rain.

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The Ancient Roman Ruins of Ephesus

The extensive work of historians and archaeologists over many centuries has given current generations, some impressive landmarks across the world. On the Aegean Coast of Turkey, near the popular coastal resort of Kusadasi, sits one of them.

It still portrays magnificence. It still leaves people speechless. It still shows evidence of the forward thinking, intelligence, and confidence of the former Roman Empire. Called Ephesus, it should be on everyone’s bucket list, whether you have a passion for history or not.

Visiting Ephesus

The city had a long Greek history but it was under Roman rule that it excelled. The Romans had absorbed many traditions, cultural aspects, and philosophical ideas from ancient Greece and as visitors walk around the structures that have been excavated and reconstructed, it is easy to see how Romans lived their lives, from the water aqueducts, terraced houses, and public latrines, use by the rich and influential citizens of society.

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Ataturk’s Speech about Gallipoli: The Greatest in Turkish History

Many famous leaders in history are remembered for their speeches and not just their accomplishments. These include Martin Luthor King whose speech I have a dream” was seen as a turning point in the struggle for equality of black Americans.

Winston Churchill was steadfast in the determination of his soldiers and told them “We will fight on the beaches”  and of course, Julius Caesar shouted the famous sentence “Veni, Vidi, Vici” which translates into “I came, I saw, I conquered”.

When thinking about Turkish history, the most widely spoken about man is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who is known for leading the Turkish war of independence, which led to the formation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

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