Treasures of Turkey: İstanbul, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Kaş, Antalya, Cappadocia
with Archaeologist Aykut Altınışık
15 Nights / 16 Days Limited to maximum 8 participants
16 days Turkey tour with Archaeologist Aykut Altınışık. Discover the best preserved archaeological sites, ancient cities and natural wonders of Turkey. Stay in small centrally located hotels, follow the off-the-beaten path, enjoy world famous Turkish cuisine at local restaurants.
Treasures of Turkey tour is the best small group Turkey tour. Our tour includes most of the highlights of Turkey. A true cultural and archaeological journey starting and ending in İstanbul, the former capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. We visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and enjoy a great Bosphorus Cruise in İstanbul. We travel through the country visiting the best preserved ancient cities, natural wonders and Unesco World Heritage Sites such as Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale-Hierapolis and Cave Churches of Göreme Valley. We journey down the Aegean coast of Turkey, through barren mountains and lush plains. Visit Troy, where the walls still stand that resisted Agamemnon’s warriors; Pergamon, mountain-top metropolis; Aphrodisias, Hierapolis and Ephesus, the best preserved Roman cities where Roman architecture prevails. Stay in Fethiye and Kaş; the most beautiful small coastal towns of Aegean and Mediterranean. Enjoy the best hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia and watch the spiritual dance of Whirling Dervishes. Meet local people where they live and work. Eat our lunch and dinners at local restaurants. Enjoy traveling with a small group and like-minded people. No hidden costs. Our small group Turkey tour is a true cultural and archaeological journey.I will send you the detailed itinerary including the hotels, sites, transportation, packing list etc. My Turkey tour can be arranged as a private tour and tailored to suit your needs.
Hope you made your connecting flight home to Antalya. We are now comfortably relaxing in Turkoman Hotel after a wonderful trip with you. Thank you for organising everything to run so smoothly and for sharing your extensive knowledge of ancient and more modern times in an enthusiastic and logical way. Your hotel choices were super and we appreciated your recommendations re food. But even better were the laughter and fun we shared and your kindness. You made our time in Turkey very memorable.Best wishes Maggie,Melbourne-Australia
Turkey Archaeology Tour Daily Itinerary
Day 1; Arrive in İstanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight İstanbul.
Day 2; Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Underground Cistern. Overnight İstanbul
Day 3; Süleymaniye Mosque, Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Market, Culinary walking tour. Overnight İstanbul
Day 4; Chora Church, Gallipoli Peninsula. Lone Pine, Cunuk Bair, Anzac Cove. Overnight Çanakkale.
Day 5; Troy, Pergamun Acropolis. Overnight Selçuk Town.
Day 6; Ephesus Ancient city, Ephesus Museum, Basilica of St.John, Selçuk Castle. Overnight Selçuk Town
Day 7; Aphrodisias, Pamukkale Travertines, Hierapolis. Overnight Pamukkale.
Day 8; Pamukkale, Laodicea, Dalyan River boat cruise. Overnight Fethiye Town (Aegean coast)
Day 9; Lycian Rock Tombs, Kayaköy old Greek village, Xhanthos, Patara. Overnight Kaş (Mediterranean Coast)
Day 10; Boat tour (Kekova Island,sunken city), Rock Tombs in Myra. Overnight Antalya (Mediterranean Coast)
Day 11; Antalya Archaeology Museum. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Antalya.(MediterraneanCoast)
Day 12; Perge Ancient city, Aspendos Theatre, Konya. Overnight Konya. (Central Turkey)
Day 13; Mevlana Museum, Walk in Ihlara Valley, Underground city. Overnight Cappadocia. (Central Turkey)
Day 14; Göreme Museum, Paşabağ, Hike in volcanic valleys, Avanos. Overnight Cappadocia. (Central Turkey)
Day 15; Fairy Chimneys, Hike in volcanic valleys, Pigeon Valley. Overnight Cappadocia. (Central Turkey)
Day 16; Fly to İstanbul. The end of our services.
Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia
Whirling Dervishes Show
Nena Hotel, Rast Hotel, Ottoman Hotel Imperial in İstanbul
Büyük Truva Hotel, Helen Park, Kervansaray Çanakkale Hotel in Çanakkale
St.John Hotel, Cella Spa Hotel in Selçuk
Melrose View point Hotel in Pamukkale
Alesta Yacht Hotel, Yacht Butik Hotel in Fethiye
Hideaway Hotel in Kaş
Doğan Hotel in Antalya
Dergah Hotel, Hich Hotel, Rumi Hotel in Konya
Depending on availability there may be hotel changes. We assure to accommodate you at the hotels with same standards.
Accommodation for 15 nights in above mentioned hotels or similar,
Airport transfers for arrival and departure in Turkey
Professional tour guide services in English by Aykut Altınışık
Air conditioned deluxe vehicle with a driver all along the tour
Vehicle expenses (i.e. parking, tolls, highways)
Domestic flight tickets from Cappadocia to İstanbul
15 breakfasts at the hotels
All visits stated in the itinerary
Entrance fees to the sites and museums
Tips to the restaurants for included meals
Local taxes and service charges.
Services not included:
International Flights to/from Turkey
Local lunch and dinners
Beverages with meals,
Tips at the hotels for the luggage handling
Any airfare unless specified above,
Departure and airport taxes and fees
Passport and visa services and fees.
If you have any additional questions, please send me an email