Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul, the city of two continents, you will be greeted by our representative with Turkish hospitality & accompanied during your transfer to the hotel (Check-In 13:00), where you will be briefed by your travel consultant. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Historical Istanbul Tour (B, L)
Your day will commence with a visit to the ancient Byzantine Hippodrome where you will tour the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine
Column, Fountain of Wilhelm II, the elegant Blue Mosque famous with its heavenly six minarets and the Hagia Sophia Museum, built during the reign of Emperor Theodosius and burned down in the fire of Nika Revolt in 532 A.D. Just before lunch break, you will visit the Caferaga Medresesi. After lunch, you will visit the Topkapi Palace, residence and administrative center of the Ottoman Sultans. Day tour will finish with the visit of Grand Bazaar. After the tour, you will make your way back to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace Tour (B, L)
Meet your guide at hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Soon after, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Then we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After lunch break, day tour will continue with driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Flight to Izmir / Ephesus Region Tour (B, L)
After breakfast & check-out, you will be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for the early morning flight to Izmir. On your arrival to Izmir Airport, you will be greeted by your guide, who will arrange for you to be driven to Ephesus. Day tour will start with the visit of the Ancient City of Ephesus, the best preserved Greco-Roman City in the world. Here you will see the Agora, Odeon, Curetes Street, Celsius Library, famous Roman Baths, the Grand Theatre & Marble Street. Then you will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After lunch break at local restaurant, day tour will proceed with a visit to the House of Virgin Mary & Isa Bey Mosque. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel & evening at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5:Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour (B, L, D)
Early this morning check-out and you will be driven to Hierapolis meaning "sacred city’’, famous for its hot springs. The calcium waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 C and tumble down the mountain from a height of 100 meters, forming a myriad of pools. Cream-colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows from the pools, creating a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world. 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 basilica, theatre, Roman Bath and Necropolis. After the tour, you will be dropped at your hotel in Pamukkale. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 6: Travel to Marmaris / Blue Cruise (B, D)
After breakfast & check-out, you will be driven to Marmaris with private vehicle, which will take 4hrs. Embarkation starts at 15:30 and dinner will be served onboard and spend our fist night in Marmaris Harbour.
Blue Voyage on a wooden gulet is one of the most unique and relaxing holidays in the Turkish Aegean. You will be on a boat that you share with some other couples, having your own crew that will be there for your needs. You may participate in sailing, have the chance to explore every little bay and on your route and marvel at the blue of the Mediterranean, swim, snooze and snorkel. This is the best way to experience the Mediterranean.
Day 7: Blue Cruise from Marmaris to Ekincik (B, L, D)
After your breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf where you will join the Dalyan Tour. You will be taken from your yacht by a small boat called “piyade”, and arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) Beach for a swimming break. Then you will enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you cruise along the river and view the ancient Rock Tombs. Finally arrive at mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated. A fishing village called Dalyan will be our final destination before you return to gulet. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the Gulf of Ekincik.
Day 8: Blue Cruise from Ekincik to Tersane Island (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 Adal? Bay for breakfast. For lunch and a swimming break, we will go to Manastir (Monastery) 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 an overnight stay. This naturally protected harbour was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.
Day 9: Blue Cruise from Tersane Island to Fethiye (B, L)
After breakfast, we will cruise to Kizil Island for lunch and a swimming break. On the fourth day of our cruise, we will arrive in Fethiye Harbour around 16:00 p.m. After disembarkation, you will be transfered to your hotel in Fethiye with your evening at leisure. Overnight in Fethiye.
Day 10: Day at Leisure in Fethiye (B)
Day at leisure to swim, catch some sun, relax at Oludeniz beach or head into town for some great cafe's, bars and shopping. Overnight in Fethiye.
Day 11: Travel to Antalya / Free Afternoon (B, D)
After breakfast & check-out, you will be driven to Antalya with private vehicle, which will take around 3hrs. After check-in to your hotel, afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Old Town and the ancient harbor of Antalya. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 12: Mediterranean Jewels Tour (B, L, D)
Your guided tour today starts with a visit to Perge Ancient City, which once was one of the most important cities along the Mediterranean coast. From here you will visit the world famous ancient Greco - Roman Amphitheater Aspendos, which is the most well preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break followed by a visit to Side, an ancient site with attractions including Agora, the Gymnasium, the Apollo Temple and the ancient harbour. After the tour you will be driven to your hotel in the Old Town, leaving you free to enjoy beautiful ancient harbor. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 13:Drive to Cappadocia via Konya (B, L)
After breakfast & checkout, we will drive to Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century and home of the Mevlana Museum is also known for its theological school of whirling dervishes. After the sightseeing tour of Konya, we will proceed to Cappadocia with early evening arrival. Tonight will offer you the unique opportunity to sleep in a traditional Cappadocian cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 14:North Cappadocia Region Tour (B, L)
05:00 Hot Air Balloon Flight over Cappadocia (Optional - 119.99 EUR surcharge applies)
In the morning section of the tour, you will visit Three Beauties, Devrent Valley, Pasabag Valley, Avanos Village & Kizilirmak River and join a Discovery Series “Art of Pottery in Asia Minor” event. After lunch break at local restaurant, your day tour will continue with the visits of Red Valley, Cavusin Village & Goreme Open Air Museum. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 15:South Cappadocia Region Tour (B, L)
On your second day in Cappadocia region, you will visit Mustafa Pasa Village, Kaymakli Underground City, Ortahisar Castle & Village. Lunch will be served at local restaurant at Ortahisar Village. After lunch, you will visit the Piegon Valley, Uchisar Castle (No Interior Visit) and have photo stop at Esentepe View Point. On this days Discovery Series you will join “Art of Turkish Carpets” event at the end of the tour. After the tour, you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport for the evening flight to Istanbul. On your arrival to Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 16: Istanbul / Departure (B)
After check-out from your hotel (12:00), we will arrange for the transfer to Istanbul Airport OR cruise port for your onward travel arrangements.