12-Day Turkey Discovery: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Fethiye and Antalya & Cappadocia

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Tour Overview

Discover the captivating allure of Turkey on a 12-day tour with One Nation Travel. Begin in Istanbul, a city that elegantly blends modernity and tradition. Then, visit Pamukkale’s stunning white thermal pools and experience the pristine beauty of Fethiye’s turquoise coast. Revel in the rich culture of Antalya, and finally, explore the unearthly landscapes of Cappadocia. This is Turkey, rich in history and natural splendor, waiting to be discovered.

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul – Welcome to Turkey

Upon your arrival at Istanbul New Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW), our team will be ready and waiting for you at the exit of the international arrivals area. They’ll be holding a sign with our agency code clearly displayed for easy identification. Afterward, you’ll be swiftly transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus, an experience enhanced with dinner and a show.

  • Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Included Meal(s): No meals are included on this day.
  • Accommodation: Antea Hotel OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 2: Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After your breakfast, around 8:30 am, we will pick you up from your hotel to embark on a full-day tour of this magnificent city. This comprehensive tour package includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets to the attractions, lunch at a central city restaurant, and visits to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations.

Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, a marvel of architectural brilliance. Originally a Byzantine church later converted into a mosque, and now a museum, Hagia Sophia will leave you in awe with its grandeur and historical significance.

Next, we will visit the renowned Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Step into its tranquil ambiance and marvel at the intricate blue tiles that adorn its interior. Learn about the mosque’s cultural importance and its role in Istanbul’s rich history.

Our tour continues to the Hippodrome, located in Sultanahmet Square. Here, you will witness the remnants of an ancient chariot racing arena and discover the historic obelisks and monuments that surround it, offering glimpses into Istanbul’s past.

Around midday, we will take a break for a delightful lunch at a carefully selected traditional Turkish restaurant. Relish the flavors of local cuisine and indulge in the culinary delights of the region.

In the afternoon, our exploration resumes with a visit to the majestic Topkapi Palace. Delve into the opulent rooms, stroll through its beautifully manicured courtyards, and immerse yourself in the enchanting gardens of this former residence of Ottoman sultans. Marvel at the impressive collections of precious treasures, including dazzling jewelry, exquisite porcelain, and ancient manuscripts.

Our final stop is the Historical Grand Bazaar, a bustling marketplace that houses over 4,000 shops. Roam through its vibrant and maze-like alleys, where you can find a wide array of goods, from intricately woven textiles to exquisite ceramics, aromatic spices, and luxurious carpets. Take the opportunity to haggle and practice your bargaining skills while discovering unique souvenirs or treasures to take home.

After the tour, at approximately 5:00 pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

  • Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Accommodation: Antea Hotel OR Muyan Suites OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise, Flight from Istanbul to Denizli, Overnight Stay in Pamukkale

After breakfast, around 8:30 am, you will embark on a half-day morning Bosphorus Cruise. The tour commences with a drive to the Eminonu pier, where you will briefly visit the historic Spice Market, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. Following this, you will partake in a shared boat tour, cruising along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait nestled between the continents of Europe and Asia. This strait forms a connection between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

From the comfort of your boat, you can marvel at sights such as the Dolmabahce PalaceBeylerbeyi PalaceBosphorus Bridge, age-old citadels, and centuries-old mansions. The cruise also offers an enchanting view of both the European and Asian shorelines.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to collect your luggage. Subsequently, you will be transported to the Istanbul airport to board a flight to Denizli, a journey that typically lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes.

Upon arrival in Denizli, you will be greeted and then transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale. There, you can check in and prepare for an overnight stay.

  • Overnight in Pamukkale.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Adempira Thermal & Spa Hotel OR Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 4: Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour – Transfer to Fethiye (266.0 km)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel around 10:30 am to join the full-day tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. First on the itinerary is a visit to the historic city of Hierapolis, known for its notable sites such as the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, the Necropolis, and the Roman Baths—where St. Philip was tragically martyred.

Following an exploration of these awe-inspiring sites, you’ll enjoy a pause for lunch. As the afternoon unfolds, your journey will lead you to Karahayit, famous for its therapeutic red water and thermal springs.

Your next destination will be the renowned Cotton Cliffs, alternatively known as the Cotton Castle, located in Pamukkale. These striking terraces and pools, formed from calcified mineral deposits, offer an opportunity for an optional dip in the Cleopatra Antique Pools at an extra charge.

After your tour finishes around 4:00 PM, we’ll take you to Fethiye. You should get there around 8:00 PM. Then, you’ll check into your hotel for the night.

  • Overnight in Fethiye.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Marina Boutique Hotel OR Infinity City Hotel OR The Orka Boutique Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 5: Free Day to Explore Fethiye

After breakfast at your hotel, you have the entire day to navigate and appreciate the beauty of Fethiye. You are free to set your own pace and decide on the activities you wish to engage in.

You may choose to explore Fethiye town with its lively markets, soak in its rich history, and visit the stunning harbor. Or you might want to head to the mesmerizing Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and pristine sandy beaches. It’s a perfect location to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

  • Overnight in Fethiye.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Marina Boutique Hotel OR Infinity City Hotel OR The Orka Boutique Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 6: Transfer to Antalya (194.8 km)

After breakfast, depart for Antalya. The drive from Fethiye to Antalya takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. Check in to your hotel in Antalya. The rest of the day is free to explore the city or relax at the hotel.

  • Overnight in Antalya.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: 1207 Boutique Hotel OR Kosa Boutique Hotel OR Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel OR Aspen Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 7: Perge, Aspendos, Side & Waterfall Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, after which you’ll be collected at around 8:00 AM. Our first stop will be Perge, an ancient city originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC and one of the most significant cities in the Pamphylia region.

Next, we’ll journey to the Aspendos Ancient Theatre. This marvelously preserved theater, built in the 2nd century A.D., can accommodate up to 15,000 spectators and is still used for festivals and music concerts today.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant near a beautiful river. Post lunch, we’ll head to Side (pronounced Seeday), a historic port city and former slave market of great significance. During the Roman era, many architectural wonders such as a large theatre, Roman Baths, and the Temple of Apollo were erected here.

Guests will be given an hour of free time to appreciate the city and the sea. On our way back, we’ll stop at the magnificent Manavgat Waterfall. Once this enriching day comes to an end, we’ll drive back to Antalya, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Antalya.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Accommodation: 1207 Boutique Hotel OR Kosa Boutique Hotel OR Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel OR Aspen Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 8: Fly to Kayseri

After breakfast check out of the hotel in Antalya. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Antalya airport to take your flight to Kayseri through Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel in Cappadocia and rest of the day is free.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Heaven Cave House OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Holiday Cave Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 9: North Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast, prepare to be picked up from your hotel at around 9:30 am. You will join a full-day tour that takes you through the highlights of North Cappadocia.

Your first stop will be Devrent Valley, also known as the “Imagination Valley”. Here, you will marvel at unique rock formations, shaped by nature into an intriguing lunar landscape. Let your imagination roam as you interpret the shapes of these geological curiosities.

Next, you will proceed to Pasabag Valley or Monks Valley. This location is famous for its iconic fairy chimneys – tall, cone-shaped rock formations that have been naturally sculpted by centuries of erosion. Take time to explore and appreciate the beauty of this unique geological phenomenon.

The tour will then take you to the city of Avanos. Known for its time-honored tradition of pottery-making, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a pottery workshop and witness local artisans breathing life into clay.

Following Avanos, you will enjoy a well-deserved lunch break at a local restaurant. As you savor delicious traditional Turkish cuisine, take in the breathtaking views of the Cappadocian landscape.

After lunch, your journey continues to the Zelve Open Air Museum. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was one of the earliest monastic settlements in Cappadocia and was inhabited until 1952. You’ll have the chance to explore rock-cut dwellings and churches and learn about the region’s rich history.

Finally, you will visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point in Cappadocia. The castle offers an unparalleled view of the surrounding landscape. It’s a perfect spot for memorable photos. Please note that the interior of the Uchisar castles is not accessible for visits.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 4:00 pm. You will have the rest of the day free to relax, explore the city on your own, or take part in any optional activities that are offered.

  • Overnight in Cappadocia.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Accommodation: Heaven Cave House OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Holiday Cave Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 10: South Cappadocia Tour – Fly back to Istanbul

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel around 9:30 am to start your full-day tour of South Cappadocia.

Your day starts with a visit to the enchanting Red Valley, known for its fiery-hued rock formations that give the valley its name. Take a walk in this surreal landscape and take in the captivating geological formations.

Following the Red Valley, you will venture to the equally beautiful Rose Valley, also known as Gulludere Vadisi. This area is famous for its varied tones of pink and red, which are most prominent during sunset. Be prepared for some fantastic views and photo opportunities.

Next, you will explore Cavusin Village. Here you will witness traditional cave houses and age-old churches that give you a unique perspective on local history and lifestyle.

Around noon, you will enjoy a lunch break at a local restaurant. Relish a variety of traditional Turkish dishes while you take in the stunning landscape that surrounds you.

After lunch, the tour will lead you to the Pigeon Valley, also known as Guvercinlik Vadisi. Here, numerous pigeon houses carved into the rocks will be a fascinating sight. Historically, these pigeon houses were used to gather guano, which was used as a natural fertilizer in vineyards.

The final stop of the day takes you underground, to either the Kaymakli Underground City or Ozkonak Underground City. The choice depends on local conditions. You will explore this network of tunnels, rooms, stables, and chapels, created by early Christians as a refuge during times of persecution.

At the end of the tour, you will be driven to either Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your late evening flight back to Istanbul. Upon arriving in Istanbul, you will be welcomed at the airport and provided with a transfer to your hotel, where you will stay overnight.

  • Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Accommodation: Antea Hotel OR Muyan Suites OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 11: Leisure Day in Istanbul with Optional Excursions

Today presents you with a free day in Istanbul, allowing you the luxury to explore at your own pace. Delve into the city’s vibrant culture, indulge in local cuisine, visit historical sites, or simply relax and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

For those seeking a guided experience, you can opt to join one of three add-on day trips at an additional cost during your booking. Each of these curated excursions offers a unique perspective on the region’s history and culture, and you will be returned to Istanbul at the end of your chosen day trip.

Bursa: Known as the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa is a city rich in historical architecture, including the Grand Mosque and the Bursa Citadel.

Troy: Explore the legendary city of Troy, made famous by Homer’s Iliad. The archaeological site gives you a glimpse into the ancient Trojans’ life and the fabled Trojan War.

Gallipoli: Visit the significant World War I battlegrounds in Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery. This trip provides a poignant look into the past.

Remember, these add-on trips are optional and can be selected for an additional cost when booking your tour. Enjoy your day in Istanbul, however, you choose to spend it!

  • Overnight in Istanbul.
  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Antea Hotel OR Muyan Suites OR Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel or similar (Standard quality).

Day 12: Departure from Istanbul – End of Tour Service

After breakfast, you will check out from your hotel in Istanbul (hotel check-out is before 12:00 noon) and will then be transferred to the Istanbul International Airport according to your flight details. This will be the end of our tour and services.

  • Included Meal(s): Breakfast

INCLUDED in the Tour Price:

  • All transfers mentioned in this itinerary, including arrivals and departures.
  • Domestic flight tickets (from Istanbul to Denizli, Antalya to Kayseri, and Kayseri to Istanbul) as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tours and activities as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Istanbul at Special Class or 4-Star Hotels, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Pamukkale at a 4-Star hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Fethiye at a 3-Star or boutique hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Antalya at a boutique hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Cappadocia at a cave hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Services of a professional licensed English-speaking guide during the tours.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
  • All entrance fees are as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local taxes and service charges.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Visa to enter Turkey.
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride.
  • Optional tours mentioned in the program, they will be provided at an additional cost.
  • Services not mentioned in the program.
  • Dinner and Drinks.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).

IMPORTANT INFO:

  • The order of the itinerary is indicative and subject to change, but all visits described will take place.
  • This is a regular group tour, but if requested at cost can be provided as a private tour.
  • The regular group tour has shopping stops included in the tour.
  • Vegetarian lunch option available upon request.
  • For 1 traveler: 1 Single Room Accommodation
  • For 2 travelers: 1 Double/Twin Room Accommodation
  • For 3 travelers: 1 Triple Room Accommodation
  • For 4 travelers: 2 Double/Twin Rooms Accommodation
  • For 5 travelers: 1 Double/Twin Room and 1 Triple Room Accommodation
  • Please note that the Blue Mosque is not open for visitation on Fridays as it is closed for religious prayer services. You will only be able to visit the outside of the Blue Mosque area on tours operated on Fridays. No visitation will be allowed inside the Blue Mosque for tourists on Fridays.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, it will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici).
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
  • During religious holidays, the spice market and Grand Bazaar are closed.
  • On flights luggage allowance is 15 kg per person for checked in luggage. For carry-on, you can take up to 8 kg per person. One carry-on is allowed per person.

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12-Day Turkey Discovery: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Fethiye and Antalya & Cappadocia
12-Day Turkey Discovery: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Fethiye and Antalya & Cappadocia

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