Highlights

See all the classic attractions of ancient Lycia and more including the ghost village of Kayakoy, the picturesque town of Kas, and the stunning beauty of the Blue Lagoon. Also on the itinerary are a short cruise of the Turkish Riviera and the splendour of ancient Aspendos. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 12
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

Pick up from the airport 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

Early morning airport transfer for your flight to Izmir. Then 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

Private car transfer (3 hours) to the Ghost village of Kayakoy. The name Kayakoy means 'stone village' and the striking stone houses against the hillside are memorable. The sad history of the abandonment of the village is in sharp contrast to the warm welcome you'll receive in this genuine Turkish village today. Stay in a lovely family run guesthouse, and slow down a while. Overnight in Kayakoy.

  • Destination: Kayakoy
  • Legend: B

Local activities include paragliding, lazing in the lagoon in nearby Olu Deniz, hiking a section of the Lycian Way and horseriding. We can help book these, or add another night in Kayakoy to take up a couple of options! Overnight in Kayakoy.

  • Destination: Kayakoy
  • Legend: B

Private car transfer (3 hours) to the gorgeous and popular village of Kas. Free afternoon. Overnight in Kas.

  • Destination: Kas
  • Legend: B

With a group of around a dozen, head out into the stunning blue waters of the Med. This cruise will include lots of swimming stops in pretty natural coves, a lunch of fresh salads and grilled meat on board, snorkelling, fishing and lots of sun bathing. You can see Lycian tombs in the cliff sides you sail past, or just enjoy a quiet game of backgammon with the crew after lunch. A day in paradise. Overnight in Kas.

  • Destination: Kas
  • Legend: B, L

Free morning in Kas. Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike another short section of the Lycian Way. Afternoon transfer (2.5 hours) 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 early, and you will have a couple of hours this morning to explore the old city of Antalya on your own terms. Mid morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul, and onward transfer to hotel or cruise ship port.

  • 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.

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Tour Details

  • In Brief

    You can customize this trip with additional days!

  • Special Features

    Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route. This tour is also available on private basis.Anything is possible!

  • What's Included

    - All accommodation as per the itinerary
    - 1 day boat cruise
    - Professional English speaking guide on tours
    - All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
    - Airport and gulet transfers by private car
    - All meals mentioned in the itinerary
    - All museum and entrance fees where necessary
    - All local taxes
    - 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
    - Drinks with meals
    - Travel insurance, visas or passports
    - Tips & personal expenses

Hotels

Departure Date

  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2018
    Finish Date: 31.12.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

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    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2018
    Finish: 31.12.2020
    Single: 3,372 AUD 3,204 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 2,402 AUD 2,282 AUD
    Triple PP: 2,122 AUD 2,016 AUD

Reviews

Lindsay

Australia

Hello Michael, We can only give the highest praise to your company, every pick up was punctual, every hotel was located in an excellent position, the hotels had great character and the rooms and staff were excellent. The activities planned were all well organised and and covered everything that we wanted to see. The two guides, Mehmet and Muhammad were excellent. Overall 10 out of 10.

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Mike Black

Sydney, Australia

Hi Michael, Just to let you know that we are now back home in Sydney and wish to let you know that our trip in Turkey went very well indeed -everything went very well and your organisation was excellent at all times. We enjoyed the whole experience and would not hesitate to recommend your company to any of our friends or aquaintances at any time. Thanks again for all your help and look forward to getting back to Turkey again in the near future . Best wishes,Mike Black.

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Marc S.

New York, USA

To Ihsan and the good people at Turkey Travel Center... çok teşekkür ederim! Many thanks for putting together the incredible journey I had for two memorable weeks of Turkey in July. Our time there coincided with the festival of Ramadan which made it that more special. So many wonderful experiences I don't know where to start. I learned so much. The personable guides successfully transferred their enthusiasm, respect and knowledge of history for every site and location we visited. I really felt the trip was tailor made for me and my good friend, who was himself Turkish, and discovering his own country in detail for the first time.

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Jeff and Gaye Graves

Australia

Hi Michael, 

We are back in Australia after five months away, and we would have to say that we definitely saved the best till last. Turkey was incredible, and all the bookings and tours and pickups that you organised went off like clockwork. We will certainly be recommending both your country and your company to all our friends.

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Lisa Holmes

Australia

Dear Liz, We've only newly returned from our journey, having spent a couple of weeks in London following Turkey. This email is just to thank you for organising for us such a wonderful guide and driver! Mehmet and Mahmud were beyond our expectations in so many ways. My husband David and I have travelled far and wide and have several times organised private guide and driver in various countries, but this pair were truly unique! We were like a family unit travelling around together and my parents had the experience of a lifetime.  Cheers

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Jan and Wendie

Australia

Dear Liz, just one last email to let you know how much we enjoyed our time in Turkey and all the work you done to help our trip a memorable one.I will recommend your company to any friends or family that want to go to Turkey. We hope to be back there one day.

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Blogs

Activities in Kas

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 to do in the resort and surrounding areas and it would be impossible for any local or expat to complain they are bored.

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 had to lie 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.

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.

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.

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.

At this point, I had run out of time but I already have plans for a return visit.

I want to go mountain biking in the hills.

I am eager to join a walking tour with a professional guide.

I want to attempt scuba diving and Kaş has a reputation as the best place to do this.

I want to retrace my steps and enjoy the simple things like ice-cold coffee and a cool beer while watching the sunset.

I am often asked which of the Mediterranean resorts I recommend and my first answer is always Kaş.

Nothing could ever take away my admiration for this charming Turkish village.

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Touring the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

Although I reside on the Aegean coast of Turkey, I have always maintained I prefer the Mediterranean coast. It does not have majestic ruins the size of Ephesus or any landmark like the cotton castle of Pamukkale but it has many other attractions and qualities making up the difference. Stretching from the resort of Alanya in the Antalya region to the Marmaris peninsula, the coastline is a popular holiday destination for Russians, Scandinavians, and Brits. One long coastal road connects them all making a tour of the region easily done. So that is what I did in the summer of 2011.

Resorts of the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

The Antalya region has many attractive resorts including cosmopolitan Alanya, historic Side, Kemer, the golfing capital of Belek and the city centre itself. I opted to book accommodation in the small resort of Kemer, which exists predominately with all-inclusive hotels. This was a big mistake because I like quiet beaches but they were all packed sunbed to sunbed.

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Top Ten Things to Do in Antalya

Along with Istanbul, Antalya is the most popular region for people holidaying in Turkey. The area stretches from the district of Gazipasa to the upmarket resort of Kalkan and is home to many historical ruins, places of natural beauty and gorgeous beaches. Tourism in Antalya is serious business and it is impossible to be bored, whether you are traveling solo or with family and friends.

Top Ten Things to Do in Antalya

Go from sea to sky by using cable car to travel up Mount Tahtali. From there, marvel at amazing panoramic views of the coastline and Taurus Mountains. During winter, choose to ski down or if you are a daredevil with a head for heights, paraglide down instead. We prefer to descend in the cable car!

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