Turkey is a multilayered delight blessed with a Mediterranean climate, rich history with ancient wonders and ruins influenced by the Ottoman Empire. The rich cultural legacy of Turkey is shaped by centuries of history and the influence of the various peoples that have inhabited its territory over several millennia; it is home to 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is among the most visited countries in the world.
The Best of Turkey Package is designed to appeal both, culture-seekers and beach-buffs. Istanbul is the entry point for most travellers—a vast city straddling Europe and Asia. While Istanbul possesses a wealth of things for tourists to see and do, other cities like Cappadocia, Antalya, Bursa etc. have their own appeal. Wherever you go, don’t forget to try the turkish coffee and desserts; enjoying flowery Turkish Delight and gooey-flaky baklava is mandatory.
Upon your arrival at the Antalya airport, meet and assist and transfer to your hotel.
After checking in, take some time to rest and freshen up before heading out to explore the city (on own). Antalya is a beautiful coastal city with a rich history and culture, so there are many things to see and do.
In the evening, head to the marina to enjoy the sunset and dinner (on own). There are plenty of seafood restaurants with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea, making for a perfect end to your first day in Antalya.read less
Start your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast at the hotel. Then, meet your tour guide for a walking tour of the old city. Explore the narrow streets and admire the Ottoman-era architecture of the buildings, mosques, and historic landmarks. You will also visit Hadrian's Gate, a magnificent Roman monument that marks the entrance to the old town.
Next, head to the Duden Waterfalls, located just a short drive away from the city center. The waterfall is situated on the Duden River and cascades over the cliffs into the Mediterranean Sea. You can take a scenic walk along the river and admire the natural beauty of the area.
After the waterfall tour, return to the old city for lunch at one of the local restaurants. You can try traditional Turkish dishes such as kebabs, meze, or pide. In the afternoon, you can explore the Antalya bazaar, where you can find a variety of goods, including souvenirs, spices, textiles, and jewelry.
In the evening, head to the top of Kaleici to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and watch the sunset. You can find several rooftop restaurants and cafes in the area that offer stunning views of the sea and the Taurus Mountains.read less
After Breakfast, take a day trip to Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its white travertine terraces and ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. The tour will take approximately 3 hours each way, so be prepared for an early start.
After arriving in Pamukkale, you will have time to explore the natural wonders of the terraces and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. The white terraces are formed by the accumulation of calcium carbonate, and you can walk on the terraces, take photos, and even dip your feet in the warm pools.
In Hierapolis, you can see the remains of ancient Roman baths, temples, and theaters, including the well-preserved amphitheater. You can also visit the Hierapolis Archaeology Museum to learn more about the history of the region.
After the tour, return to Antalya in the evening. You can spend the rest of the evening exploring the city on your own, trying different restaurants or relaxing at your hotel.read less
Today, check out of your hotel in Antalya and proceed to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Upon arrival in Cappadocia, you will be transferred to your hotel. Cappadocia is a unique region in central Turkey known for its surreal landscape of fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, and underground cities.
After checking in at your hotel, take some time to rest and relax. You can explore the surrounding area and check out the local markets or try some traditional Turkish cuisine at one of the local restaurants.
In the evening, you can join an optional traditional Turkish night show, which includes traditional dances and live music or you can relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel.
Start your day early with a hot air balloon tour over Cappadocia. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers stunning views of the unique landscape of Cappadocia. You will see the sunrise over the fairy chimneys and rock formations while drifting over the valleys and mountains. The balloon ride typically lasts for 1 hour, and you will be back in your hotel in time for breakfast.
After breakfast, join a half-day Red Tour to explore the best sights of Cappadocia. The tour includes visits to the Goreme Open Air Museum, where you can see the early Christian churches and frescoes, and the Pasabag Valley, which is known for its fairy chimneys and rock formations.
You will also visit the Uchisar Castle, which is the highest point in Cappadocia and offers stunning panoramic views of the region. The tour will also include a visit to the pottery workshop in Avanos, where you can see the traditional techniques of pottery-making.
In the afternoon, you can explore the town of Urgup, which is known for its beautiful architecture and traditional bazaars. You can shop for souvenirs or try some local delicacies at one of the cafes or restaurants.
In the evening, you can enjoy a sunset over the fairy chimneys or relax in your hotel and enjoy the amenities.read less
Today, check out of your hotel in Cappadocia and proceed to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel. After checking in and freshening up, get ready for an evening Bosphorus dinner cruise.
The Bosphorus Strait is a narrow waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and it divides Istanbul into two continents - Europe and Asia. During the dinner cruise, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while cruising along the Bosphorus and admiring the stunning views of the city's skyline and landmarks, such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Galata Tower.
You can also enjoy live entertainment during the cruise, including traditional Turkish music and belly dancing performances. After the cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Today, explore the fascinating city of Istanbul on a full-day guided tour. Istanbul is a unique city that spans two continents, with a rich history and diverse culture.
Your tour will begin with a visit to the iconic Blue Mosque, which is one of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul. The mosque is famous for its beautiful blue tiles and stunning architecture.
Next, visit the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent structure that was once a church and later a mosque, and now serves as a museum. The building boasts stunning Byzantine architecture and impressive artwork.
You will also visit the Topkapi Palace, which was the residence of the Ottoman sultans for over 400 years. The palace boasts stunning architecture and impressive collections of artifacts, including the famous Topkapi Dagger and the Spoonmaker's Diamond.
Later visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The bazaar is home to over 4,000 shops, selling everything from spices and textiles to jewellery and ceramics.
In the evening, you can relax at your hotel or explore the city on your own.read less
After breakfast today, you have the day at leisure. Perhaps you can opt for a day trip to Bursa, a historic city located south of Istanbul, known for its Ottoman architecture, silk production, and hot springs.
The tour will include a visit to the Green Mosque and Tomb, which is famous for its intricate tilework and calligraphy. You will also visit the Grand Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in Turkey.
Afterward, you will take a cable car ride up to Uludag Mountain, which is the highest peak in western Turkey. The mountain is known for its stunning views of the surrounding countryside and is a popular destination for skiing and winter sports.
In the evening, return to Istanbul and relax at your hotel or explore the city on your own. You can visit one of the many museums or galleries, such as the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, or enjoy the city's vibrant nightlife.
Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Istanbul. You can explore the city on your own, visit some of the attractions you missed on the previous days, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city.
One option is to visit Taksim Square, a lively area in central Istanbul known for its shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Taksim Square is home to the famous Istiklal Avenue, a pedestrian street that is lined with shops, cafes, and historic buildings.
You can also visit the Galata Tower, a medieval tower that offers stunning views of the city, or the Dolmabahce Palace, which is a magnificent Ottoman-era palace that was once the residence of the sultans.
In the evening, you can enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in Taksim Square or head to one of the city's popular rooftop bars for a drink and panoramic views of the city skyline.read less
Today, it is time to say goodbye to Turkey as you check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have some free time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing in Istanbul.
We hope you had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful country of Turkey and that you will take back many fond memories of your trip. Safe travels!read less
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya