Start your tour in Istanbul, the epicenter of Turkey's hustle and bustle. Absorb Istanbul's ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influenced architecture. Learn more about Byzantine architecture from one of our expert guides. Take advantage of your personal guide’s knowledge on visits to St. Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue colored tiles and architecture. Take a short flight to Cappadocia and explore its most popular sites such as Goreme Open Air Museum , Rose and Devrent Valleys. Enjoy a complete view of the entire area in a Hot Air Balloon (optional). Continue your tour with a flight to Kas island . Enjoy canoeing the Esen River, the beaches of Patara, the Saklikent gorge, the sunken city of Simena & exotic souks . Finish your journey in Antalya simply relaxing on one of the fine beaches along the coast .
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy Bosphorus cruise with dinner this evening. You will cross the Bosphorus by driving through the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over the Asian side of Istanbul. While sailing up the Bosphorus, you will see Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus at night and dinner will both be memorable. You will be transferred to the hotel at around midnight.
Boasting a wonderful location, the Sultanhan Hotel (4*) is a warm guest house reflecting Turkish hospitality, authentic décor, and oriental east culture. Located on one of the most popular streets in Istanbul, Sultanhan Hotel is close to the tram stop and all the major attractions in the city. The hotel is within walking distance of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Archaeology Museum, Obelisks, Suleymaniye, underground cistern, and the covered bazaar.
Enjoy your walking tour to Cistern Basilica, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Cistern Basilica is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Then walk over to Topkapi Palace, which contains holy relics of the Muslim world. Next, visit the historical Blue Mosque, otherwise known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. To conclude this walking tour, enjoy the Hippodrome, one of the oldest sites in Istanbul.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.
The stunning & lush Ihlara Valley boasts the deepest gorge in Asia Minor. Once the home of monks who instructed Christianity in cave churches – with most of the churches decorated inside with frescoes. The main difference between Ihlara and the other Cappadocian valleys is the Melendiz River which runs from the bottom of the valley in the village of Ihlara and paints the gorge beautiful shades of blue and green. The total length of the valley is 14 km, and you have three options for hiking at Ihlara valley: 3.5 km hike, starting at the main gate and walking until Belisirma Village.7 km hike, starting at the beginning of the valley and walking until Belisirma Village and 14 km hike, starting from the beginning of the valley and walking along the river until Selime Monastery. Please advise your sales representative what route you prefer.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel (4*) is an exquisitely restored 30 room, troglodyte cave house in Ayvali Village near Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat that offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area, which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu Cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Cappadocia.
As an optional activity you may choose to take a hot air balloon ride and have a complete view of Cappadocia.
You will have a vehicle at your disposal today to support you on your mounatin bike riding trail.
Enjoy a flight from Kayseri Airport, Capadoccia to Dalaman Airport.
Enjoy an airport transfer with your private vehicle, assistant and driver.
Hadrian hotel (4*) is located in the southern part of Turkey directly by the ocean that features a scenic view of the sea, large garden and private beach. Hotel facility includes swimming pool, Jacuzzi, lounge suite and a restaurant. The rooms available with balcony and air-conditioning as well as provided with sound insulation equipped with satellite TV of foreign languages. Guest can enjoy sun bathing at the beach, snorkeling and fishing. Hadrian hotel is 10 minutes drive from Kas Centre. Pets are not allowed for accommodation.
Canoeing is a wonderful way to see a variety of wildlife. This day starts 15 kilometres upstream of Patara beach, on the famous Esen river. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment and an experienced tour guide included in the price. Spending a day on the river, canoeing lazily downstream, our guide will ensure plenty of stops en route, to rest and observe the local wildlife, in particular the protected Caretta-Caretta turtles. The day also incorporates a visit to the mudbaths, which are reknowned for their rejuvenating properties, as well as being highly enjoyable to wallow in. Finishing canoeing at Patara beach, you can take a well deserved rest on the golden sands, before being transferred back to Kas.
Saklikent is located near Tauros mountains, between Fethiye and Kas for million of years. Located east of Esençay, Saklikent has been explored recently. People living in this region found Saklikent almost 20 years ago. Being the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey - 18 km's long Saklıkent is housing a lot of visitors from all around the world. It is so narrow that the sun cannot penetrate the water, being deliciously icy-cold in the summer. Inside, limestone canyon walls, that is sculpted by water rise up above you. Saklikent is a Canyon which is absolutely beautiful, esoteric and fascinating. You can walk about a kilometer along the water to reach Saklikent. Choose your appropriate dress - you will get soaked, and don't take your expensive unwaterproof cameras! Be aware to bring submersible shoes as you will sometimes be walking shallow water or mud. Saklikent Gorge is 13 km=8 ml long. You can walk in the gorge as far as your courage permits, or sit back on the riverside decks and enjoy the calm and quiet over the stream.
Enjoy a private transfer with your private vehicle and driver.
Tuvana Hotel (4*) is like a journey to the old times... with 146 rooms, it is a place that will let you experience the intriguing joy and pleasure of 18th century romance. The hotel is situated near the beach in the city center, this hotel is close to Hadrians Gate, Antalya Harbor, and Old City Marina. Also nearby are Clock Tower and Yivli Minaret. Air-conditioned rooms have wooden floors and furnishings made from oak and pine wood. They come equipped with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a DVD player. Some rooms have a balcony.
Explore Myra and Demre with a private Guide and vehicle. Visit historic Lycian tombs at Myra and the Church of St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus. Sail over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel if desired, so don't forget your bathing suit and towel.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and Driver.
Enjoy a direct flight from Antalya to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
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