This Turkey travel program is flexible departure tour dates. Some of the people like to make the hotel reservation on their own to the hotel qualities, whishes and like to be freer. You just book your hotel in these cities and we pick you up from the hotels daily for the guided tours. You will have relaxing and historical tours. Also, you will have a blue cruise from Olympos until Fethiye for 4 days.
Day 1: Istanbul Old City Tour
Met with Turkey Travel Bazaar at your hotel in Istanbul at 08:30 for guided Istanbul Historical tour to visit Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace Museum.
Return back to your hotel around 17:00 pm.
Day 2: Gallipoli Day Tour
Pick up from your hotel at 06:30 – 06:45 am and drive to Gallipoli via Tekirdag & Kesan. We will stop on the way for breakfast (not included) and continue to Eceabat town in Gallipoli peninsula. We will visit with the guided Gallipoli tour, ANZAC Cove, Beach Cemetery (the grave of John Simpson), Brighton Beach (actual intended landing beach), ANZAC Commemorative Site, Kabatepe, Ariburnu Cemetery, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Quinn’s Post, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and ANZAC trenches and tunnels), Courtney’s & Steele’s Post Cemetery, Sergeant Mehmet Turkish Memorial, Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Memorial, The Nek, Baby 700, Walker’s Ridge Cemetery and Respect to Mehmetcik Memorial.
At the end of the Gallipoli tour, drive back to Istanbul and transfer you back to your hotel around 22:00 pm.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise Sightseeing
Met with Turkey Travel Bazaar at your hotel in Istanbul at 13:30 pm for guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise sightseeing. Drive to the Bosphorus harbor and embark to the boat and sail up to Bosphorus second bridge between Europe & Asia continents. Sail back to the same harbor and disembark from the boat. Drive to Golden Horn and to of the Pierre Loti Hill for a very nice view of the Golden Horn. After the spend time in Pierre Loti Hill with this nice view, use Cable car down. Pick up from the cable car and transfer you back to your hotel around 17:00 – 17:30 pm.
Day 4: Princes Island Tour
Met with Turkey Travel Bazaar at your hotel in Istanbul at 13:30 pm for guided Princes Island Tour. After meeting with other tour participants and the local tour guide, drive to Istanbul ferry station to take a ferry to Princes Island. Princes Islands are famous for the Byzantine Princes, and beautiful pine woods and beaches. There is several island close to each other. We will disembark in Big Island (Also, It is called Buyuk Ada). Buyuk Ada is the largest and most enjoyable of the islands. Upon arrival to Big Island, we will have lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage among the pine trees. Then you will have free time to take picture and self-exploration. take a ferry back to Istanbul. At the end of the day tour, return back to your hotel around 17:00 pm.
Day 5: Istanbul to Cappadocia Tour
05:00 am – Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Cappadocia region.
07:00 am – Flight to Cappadocia from Istanbul
Please note that flight departure time may change according to the travel dates.
08:10 am – Arrival to Cappadocia airport.
Met on arrival and transfer to Cappadocia center. Join to the North tour of Cappadocia. Also, north tour knew red of Cappadocia tour. Today you will visit Devrent Valley, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabaglari, Uchisar Castle, and Pigeon Valley.
At the end of the tour, transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Hot Air Balloon Ride & Cappadocia Tour
05:00 am – Pick up right from your hotel in Cappadocia for Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon flight.
You will have some snack while the balloon is inflated than you will attend almost 1-hour balloon flight. The main reason that you start to your trip very early for showing and letting you enjoy to amazing Cappadocia sunrise as much as you can. In the final, while your balloon is inflated, you will enjoy the little party even the Champagne service included then drop back to your hotel around 07:00 – 07:30 am.
09:30 am – You will be picked up from the hotel in Cappadocia again for South of Cappadocia day tour. Also, south tour knew blue of Cappadocia tour. Today you will visit hike in Red Valley (Kizil Cukur), Cavusin Village, Hospital Monastery, Ortahisar, Underground City, and Monks Valley.
At the end of the tour, return back to your hotel.
Day 7: Cappadocia Tour – Antalya
09:30 am – You will be picked up right from your hotel for underground City & Hike in Ihlara Valley tour. The tour covers the places one by one as a panoramic view of Goreme from Esentepe. That is the spot and right angle to take the picture of Goreme Valley, Keep driving to Derinkuyu Underground City, one of a kind and the well preserved Underground City in Cappadocia. Dated back to the Hittites than used by the early Christians. Under Ground city specially carved to be used during the war time to save their lives as well as early Christians hide from the Roman pressure, you can still see stables kitchen living room bedroom and more. Proceed to Ihlara Valley for hiking about 4 km there are lots of little churches from early Christianity period a little stream threes sounds of birds will take you away from the troubles of life At the end of your walk lunch will be served at Belisirma Village by the river. We will also visit Selime Monastery, from the 13th century. Take a break at Yaprakhisar for a Panoramic view (This is also the spot where famous movie “Star Wars” was shot).
At the end of the tour, transfer Cappadocia bus station and night bus to Antalya. The bus journey takes 10 hours.
Note: Please note that if you are staying longer in Cappadocia than we can change the travel dates and bus to Antalya according to your travel program. Because all our tour dates are flexible departure tours.
Day 8: Antalya
Morning, arrival to Antalya bus station. You will be picked up with your name sign and transfer to your hotel in Antalya. Free Day to relax and explore the hotel town on your own today.
Day 9: Perge – Aspendos & Side Tour
You will be picked up right from your hotel for guided Perge – Aspendos & Side Tour in Antalya.
Drive Perge to the first point of the tour. Arriving at Perge Ancient City, Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic Gate, Colonnaded Street, Agora. Perga (Perge) was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia, once the capital of Pamphylia Secunda, now in Antalya province on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Today it is a large site of ancient ruins 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) east of Antalya on the coastal plain. Located there is an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. After the lunch at the restaurant, continue to Aspendos Ancient City. Visiting Ancient Theatre, Aquaducts, Aspendos Ancient Theatre. Aspendos, located beside the river Eurymedon (Köprüçay), is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient amphitheater. After the visiting Aspendos, continue to Side Ancient City. We will visit Side Ruins. The side is an ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a resort town and one of the best-known classical sites in the country. The Temple of Apollo is located at the end of Side’s peninsula.
At the end of the program, return back to your hotel.
Day 10: Antalya – Olympos
Your room will be ready at the tree houses in Olympos.
Only you need to do is to take a dolmus from Antalya to Olympos and arrive in Olympos.
Check into tree houses. Rest of the day. Dinner & Overnight.
Note: Please note that until now you book your own hotels. We include the tree houses in your program because there are not many options in Olympos and all tree houses are the same standard and they provide same services.
Your room will be ready at 12:00 pm. If you like that you can go early tree house in Olympos in the morning or late afternoon.
Day 11: Blue Cruise from Olympos to Fethiye (Boat will take 4 days 6 3 nights)
Breakfast & check out from the tree houses. Transfer to the boat and embarkation to the boat.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner will be included on the boat in 4 days during the boat cruise.
Blue Cruise Highlights: Olympos, Demre, Sunken City, Kas, St Nicholas Island, Simena Castle, Kekova, Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, and Fethiye.
Olympos Boat Cruise Itinerary:
First-day blue cruise Olympos / Demre to Gokkaya Bay
We check into the gullet and brief you about your cruise. Lunch will be served shortly afterward.
Our first sight of the day is the Sunken City, an ancient town that dates back 2000 years to the Lycian period and was destroyed by an earthquake in the 2nd century. We will cruise over this protected World Heritage site nice and slowly to enjoy the view, however as this is a protected sight no swimming, diving or snorkeling is allowed. Following this, we will anchor down near Kekova and the island of Kalekoy to visit Simena Castle. Guests can enjoy walking through the cobbled streets of the town or head into the castle to witness some amazing views of the Kekova region.Tonight we anchor down in Gokkaya Bay, an area known to be a haven for turtles. Later in the evening, a free shuttle service is provided to go party at the nearby bar, Smuggler’s Inn. Meet up with other travelers from other boats, for a night of dancing under the stars. If you don’t want to head to the bar, simply relax and chill out on the gulet. (L, D)
Day 12: Gokkoya Bay to Aquarium Bay
Today you will cruise onto Kas, which is a small fishing village with some of the best shopping in the area, especially unique jewelry pieces. You will be given time to explore the local shops, including lots of handmade jewelry, clothes stores and some local cafes for a great brew of coffee. For those interested in the optional activity of diving, you will be transferred out to the diving boat to go scuba diving in what is said to be the best place to dive in Southern Turkey. There are some pretty good spots to see marine life, rock coral, and even a wreck. Be sure to look at booking this optional activity online before your cruise to receive an online discount. After your time in Kas, we will cruise past Kalkan and more in Aquarium Bay for the night. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Aquarium Bay to St Nicholas Island
This morning wake up to vivid blue sea and find yourself in Butterfly Valley. Wake yourself up with a morning swim, have breakfast and then take the optional hike up to the waterfall. Butterfly Valley is known to be the home to over 136 different types of butterflies and moths, in the summer months, they can be difficult to spot though as they search for cooler climates deeper in the valley.
For lunch, we will moor near the Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz. Much swimming is to be had here and most venture into the blue lagoon over the rocks. Oludeniz Beach and the blue lagoon are one of the most photographers beaches in the world due to the thousands that paraglide here each year. Paragliding is an optional activity at this stop. Please look into pre-booking this activity either online for special online rates; with our friendly office crew or last minute, you can let your captain know. Tonight we will moor at St. Nicholas Island, where you will have time to walk up through the island’s ruins and enjoy the sunset. For an afternoon of fun on the water, keep a look out for the water sports boats around this area too! (B, L, D)
Day 14: St Nicholas Island to Fethiye
Your last day on the gulet will be a nice and lazy start. You will wake up at St Nicholas Island where you can enjoy another morning swim. Lots of fish are in this area too, so why not throw a hand line in to see what you can add to lunch! We have breakfast before cruising around to one of the bays near Fethiye for lunch and a final swim. The gulet will enter Fethiye Harbour after lunch time around 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. You will disembark the gulet and say farewell to new found friends and your friendly crew. Your boat cruise Olympos to Fethiye ends when you arrive in Fethiye harbor. (B, L)
IMPORTANT NOTICE Blue Cruise:
All efforts are made to follow this itinerary, however, in cases of poor weather and/or sea conditions, this schedule may change at Captain’s discretion. Our passenger’s safety is number one priority. This could include daily destinations as well as overnight stops. If these situations arise, all efforts will be made to consult customers on alternative options. No money will be refunded.
Transfer to your hotel in Fethiye center.
Day 15: Fethiye – Pamukkale – Kusadasi
You will be picked up from the hotel in Fethiye and drive to Pamukkale town for Pamukkale Calcium Terraces & Hierapolis Ancient City Tour.
Pamukkale (the natural beauty of Turkey) called Cotton-Castle. We start to visit Hierapolis Ancient City, the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Roman Bath, Byzantine Gate. The city was on the borders of Caria, Lycia, and Phrygia and had a mixed population. Citizens were usually involved in the wool industry. Calcium Terraces, The terraces were formed by running warm spring water, at a temperature of 35 °C / 102 °F containing calcium bicarbonate. When the water loses its carbon dioxide it leaves limestone deposits. These are of different colors and shapes in the form of terraces with pools Pamukkale old Swimming Spring Pool, If you like to swim in The old Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatra’s Pool they charge an extra entrance fee.
At the end of the Pamukkale day tour, continue to drive to Kusadasi. Arrival to Kusadasi and transfer you to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 16: Ephesus Tour – Istanbul
Pick up right from your hotel for Ephesus Ancient City & House of Virgin Mary Tour.
We depart right from the hotel to Ephesus Ancient City to visit Ephesus Library; According to recent excavations, the site was occupied as early as the late Neolithic period and developed through the Bronze and Iron Ages. Temple of Artemis; The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp. Virgin Mary House; It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John. Isabey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al-Damishqi, between the years of 1374 and 1375.
At the end of the tour, transfer to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport for the flight back to Istanbul.
Please note that flight departure time is changing according to the travel dates.
Upon arrival to Istanbul airport and tour program ends.