Day 1: Istanbul Arrivals. Welcome to Turkey. Arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from the airport & check in to your hotel. Enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Istanbul City Tours
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decorated with blue Iznik tiles, we then head to our last stop which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After that we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewelery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you enjoy the shopping experience while gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Over Night in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul to Izmir
This morning we depart via domestic flight to Izmir. Pick up from İzmir Airport and transfer to Ephesus to view the ruins of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. Ephesus was once the commercial center of the ancient world it is a highlight of any visitors to Turkey. The city, which wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times. It dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theater, gymnasium, agora baths, as well as the Library of Celsius. Overnight in Kusadasi. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Kusadasi/ Ephesus
Today, we are going to visit a traditional Turkish Village, Sirince and you will have the chance to meet the locals and taste their local products. Sirince is one of the Governments Protected Areas (G. R. A) of Izmir and so most of its original authentic buildings are well preserved, especially the two Churches in the village Center. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewelry. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience while gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Upon return you will have the opportunity to experience a Turkish Bath which is one of the oldest cultures of Anatolia it is an optional activity. After having dinner at your hotel, you will have free time to stroll in the city. Overnight in Kusadasi. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Kusadasi/ Ephesus. A day at sea with lunch included and served on board. We set out at approx. 11:00 to cruise the turquoise seas of the Kusadasi coastline. We will visit several of the most beautiful bays where you can swim and snorkel in crystal-clear water or simply relax in the mild breeze, enjoy the stunning views and perfect your suntan to the sound of the gently lapping waves. Return to land at approx. 17:00. Overnight in Kusadasi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Pamukkale. At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then arrive at Pamukkale for lunch. Afterward we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7: Bodrum. At 08:30 we depart for Bodrum. Bodrum as a city is quickly becoming one of the most sort after destinations in Europe and with such a precedence, it offers some fantastic adventures for any age group. You can spend your days walking the streets of Bodrum, experiencing the sights and smells of the markets or walk the shopping malls searching for your top designer labels. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 8: Jeep Safari. Driving in Suzuki Jeeps, our 130 km route is mostly Off-Road and includes the most spectacular views and countryside of the entire region. Leaving Bodrum at approx. 10:00, we head east of the Bodrum Peninsula. After a coffee break at Ciftlikkoy, we reach the highest peak of the Peninsula affording a magnificent panorama. Continuing through Etrim and Mumcular villages we arrive at the sleepy hamlet of Mazy for lunch and a swim in the gorgeous bay. We take in the pine forests and mountain scenery on our return journey to Bodrum for approx. 17:00 Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 9: Bodrum. The day is yours. You don't have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach & crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you can choose. These include Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour and many more. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 10: Koycegiz/ Dalyan (Mud Bath) - Fethiye (Ölüdeniz). At 08:30 we depart for Köycegiz. There we board a boat and cruise across Lake Köycegiz where we will have numerous opportunities to swim. We head for Turtle Beach, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet and have a traditional Turkish lunch. On our return journey back to Köycegiz we visit the mud-bath to cover ourselves in MUCK, before jumping in the natural thermal springs. After the cruise we take a short bus trip to our night stop in Fethiye. Overnight in Fethiye (Ölüdeniz).
Day 11: Private Blue Cruise. This morning we depart to Fethiye Harbour. Enjoy some swimming or snorkeling at the tranquil Ag Bay where lunch will be served as well. Our 1st night is spent in Cleopatra's Bay, here we can swim in the ruins of an ancient bath and enjoy a nice dinner and some sunset drinks. Overnight in Boat Cruise. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Private Blue Cruise. After breakfast we cruise to beautiful Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after one of the first Blue Voyagers who in 1973 painted a fish on a rock. Here you swim or take a walk on the island. We have lunch at Flat Island, and have a swim in the shallow water at the small beach. Dinner and 2end night is spent nearby Tersane Island. Over Night in Boat Cruise. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Private Blue Cruise. Cruising to Gocek to swim, snorkel or just soak up some sunshine. After lunch we sruise along a few more bays and have a last swim stop at Red Island before returning to Fethiye Harbor and transfer to Dalalan Airport for flight to Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and shopping
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Bedesten exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education. Possibility to see jewelery, handicrafts center and leather ware show. Free time provided for shopping. Bosporus on Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace, 300 meters of marble facade faces the shore. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortaköy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Rumeli Fortress: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosporus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. Beylerbeyi palace: The summer residence of ottoman sultans whit its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian. Bosporus Bridge: unique change to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Camilica Hill - the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style. Shopping Possibility at Bedesten Exhibition: the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by The Ministry of national education Possibility to see jewelery, handcrafts center and leather ware show. Free time provided for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Istanbul. After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Travel Shop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing Travel Shop Turkey. Includes: (B).
- This tour available everyday from 10th April - 15th October.
- The above tour is based on a private Family tour. If you would like to visit any other Touristic places not mentioned on this itinerary we are happy to make a tailored made Family holiday to suit whatever you wish to do. Just let us know how long you would like to stay and which places you are interested in visiting.
- 4 Star and Boutique Accommodation over the entire tour
- 15 Breakfast 2 Lunch and 15 Dinner
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- All transportation by private a/c coach
- Domestic return flights from Istanbul to Izmir, from Dalaman to Istanbul
- 4 nights, 4 Star hotel accommodation in Istanbul
- 3 nights, 4 Star hotel accommodation in Kusadasi
- 1 nights, 4 Star hotel accommodation in Pamukkale
- 3 nights, 4 Star hotel accommodation in Bodrum
- 1 nights, 4 Star hotel accommodation in Fethiye/ Ölüdeniz
- 2 nights, accommodation in boat Cruise
- Istanbul, Ephesus, Turkish Village, Pamukkale, Bodrum Tours
- Pick nick Boat party in Kusadasi
- Jeep Safari
- Dalyan Mud Bath
- Private Blue Cruise
- 3 day 2 Night on the Mediterranean see
- Istanbul Bosporus Cruise
- All Accommodation includes breakfast
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Return airport transfers.
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