History Nature and Cruise Tour (17 Days & 16 Nights)

History Nature of Turkey and Cruise Tour

Duration: 17 Days, 16 Nights

Transportation: Private vans for maximum 14 people

Visited Places: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Blue Cruise, Cappadocia, Mount Nemrut, Sanliurfa and Gaziantep

2016 Guaranteed Departure Days: May 02nd, 09th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, June 06th, 13th, 20th and 27th, July 04th, 11th, 18th and 25th, August 01st, 08th, 15th, 22th and 29th, September 05th, 12th and 19th

TYPE OF THE TOUR: Small Group Tours in Each Locationhistorynature-tour

Day 1 (Arrival to Istanbul) 

After your arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, we will meet you in front of the exit gate at the international terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel in Old City area (Sultanahmet).

Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet

Day 2 (Full day Bosporus Cruise, breakfast and lunch included)

You will be able to see Europe, Asia and the Black Sea in one day with our most popular Bosporus & Black Sea Cruise. The tour will start with the pick-up from your hotel around 08:30 and you will get on the boat in Kabatas Harbour. The first stop will be in Ortakoy which is very famous with its mosque, located on the shores of the Bosporus touching the sea. The mosque is one of the symbols of Istanbul and we will be in Ortakoy about 30 minutes. After this stop, we will cruise to Kucuksu Pavilion on the Asian Side and you will see lots of important buildings along the way. The next stop will be Rumeli Fortress which is situated at the narrowest point of the Bosporus and was built to prevent the aid that would come from the Black sea reaching Contantinople.cruise

After climbing to the fortress, we will cruise to Poyrazkoy and you will have your lunch on the boat along the way. Poyrazkoy is the village that welcomes Black Sea and you will be able to see the meeting point of Black Sea and Bosporus. Poyrazkoy beach is really nice and you can swim there if you bring your towels and swimming suits. The tour will end around 17:30 in Kabatas and we will drive you back to your hotel.

Day 3 (Full day Old city Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

This morning you will start touring The Topkapi Palace; Ottoman Sultan’s Residance built on the slopes of Sarayburnu. Topkapi Palace is a combination of different architectural styles. It is the most visited museum in Turkey and you will be able to see the Ottoman Empire treasury, Dynasty clothing and Sacred Relics. Harem Section will not be included in the itinerary and there will be an extra 15 TL per person to visit this section.

The next visit will be The Basilica Cistern (Sunken Palace) built in the 6th century with the structures taken from the collapsed Roman buildings in the area. There are 336 columns in the cistern and we will be in the cistern about 30 minutes.

The tour will continue with a walking through The Hippodrome which was once used for chariot races, celebrations, riots, executions and other important events through Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The walk through The Hippodrome will be about 45 minutes. The half day morning portion will end here.hagia

Our next stop will be the local restaurant for lunch and you will have some delicious Turkish cuisine.The afternoon visit will start with the Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia) Museum, bearing the symbols of Christianity and Islam together.The church has been constructed in 537 AD. by Roman Emperor Justinian and has been converted into a mosque in 15th century. You will visit the site about 1 hour andsee the courtyard, entrance hall, main gallery and upper gallery.

The Blue MosqueThe next stop will be The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) decorated with some of the best examples in Turkish Tile Art History. Built on the 17th century, Blue Mosque is a symbol of Istanbul standing in the heart of the city.

Our final stop will be in Grand Bazaar which is one of the biggest trading centers in the world with more than 4000 shops. After this stop, our guide will drop you off to your hotel around 16:30.

Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet

Day 4 (Full day Gallipoli Tour, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We will start driving around 06:00am or 06:30am we will start driving to Gallipoli around 06:00am or 06:30am and it will take around 4,5 hours to get there. After havinglunch at the restaurant, you will start touring in Gallipoli area and you will visit Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemoration Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches & tunnels), 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.gallipoli1

Touring will end around 6:00pm and then we will drop you off to your hotel in Canakkale. In the evening, you will be able to watch the movie “Gallipoli starring Mel Gibson“.

Overnight accommodation in Canakkale

Day 5 (Half day Troy Tour + bus to Selcuk, breakfast included)

After your breakfast at the hotel, we will drive you to Troy around 08:30. Our day will start with th the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the “Trojan Horse” and”Helen of Troy“. You`ll also see and hear about the Trojan Wars, the battle between Achilles and Paris Sacrificial Altars the 3700 year old city walls ,Houses of Troy I , 3000 B.C. – 2500 B.C. The Bouleterium (Senate Building). The Odeon (Concert Hall) Current excavations in progress. Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX. After this visit, we will drop you off for your bus to Selcuk. You will arrive in Selcuk bus station around 17:00.

Overnight accommodation in Selcuk

Day 6 (Full day Ephesus Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

We will have a short drive to Ephesus Ancient City, one of the biggest excavations in the world. We will visit the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastica, Hadrian and Domitian Temples, impressive library of Celsius. We will then visit The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached. The theatre was the largest one in ancient times with capacity of 24.000 seats. The walk in the Ephesus ruins will be around 2 hours and then we will have the lunch.After lunch, we will visit The Artemis Temple which was one the Seven Wonders of the World in Ancient World. We wil drive to The Virgin Mary House which is believed that she lived there for a while with St. John the Evangalist. The touring will end around 4:30pm and we will drive you back to your hotel.ephesus3

Overnight accommodation in Selcuk

Day 7 (Full day Pamukkale Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

After the breakfast, we will start driving around 09:00am to Hierapolis Ancient City. We will visit the biggest Necropolis (cemetery) in Turkey, The Domitian and Byzantium Gates, Main Street and The theatre which has a capacity of 20.000 seats. After visiting the theatrei, you will have some free time to enjoy a possible swim in Cleopatra Pool. There is an extra 10 Euro entrance fee for this pool. The walk in the Hierapolis ruins will end with the arrival to Travertine terraces.The travertine pools are very strange formations caused by thermal springs which contains huge amount of calcium bicarbonate , chalk and limestone. The travertines cascade down the hills naturally and very much resemble a frozen waterfall. The tour will end around 4:00pm.pamukkale1

Overnight accommodation in Pamukkale

Day 8 (Transfer to Cruise, breakfast and dinner included)

After some free time in Pamukkale, we will transfer you to Marmaris port for your Deluxe Blue Cruise with Turkish Gullets. On the first day, the service starts on the boat with dinner and an overnight stay in Marmaris Port. Being one of the best-known touristic places of Turkey, Marmaris has also a large marina.

-Overnight in Standard double cabin

Day 9 (Full day Cruise, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

EKINCIK GULF – DALYAN

After your breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf. You may join our optional Dalyan Tour from here. Dinner and an overnight stay will be in the Gulf of Ekincik.turkishgullet

-Overnight in Standard double cabin

Day 10 (Full day Cruise, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

TERSANE ISLAND – SUNKEN TURKISH BATH – KIZIL ISLAND

Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu capes that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Gocek Gulf. We will anchor at Tersane Island for breakfast and swimming break. We will cruise to Manastir (Monastery) Bay. This place is also known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. Dinner and overnight stay at Kizil Island.

-Overnight in Standard double cabin

Day 11 (disembark in Fethiye + flight to Cappadocia, breakfast and lunch included)

Arrive at Fethiye Harbor early in the morning. Fethiye, which was known as Telmessos in the ancient times, was the most important city situated on Lycia’s western border with Caria. As the name suggests, the city was the city of light and was famous for its prophets. We also offer the option of a jeep safari tour in Fethiye. For those who will not join the Safari, the boat will cruise to Samanlik Bay for lunch and swimming. Afterwards around 16:00 the boat will anchor at Ece Saray Marina. The cruise will end around 16:30. We will drive you to Dalaman Airport for a connecting flight to Cappadocia via Istanbul. Our driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Goreme.

Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 12 (Full day Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

(Optional) Standard hot air Balloon tour in early morning

After having a lovely breakfast at your hotel, we will start touring at 09:30 with the most important place in Cappadocia Region: Goreme Open Air Museum. The museum is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in the area. The next visit will be in Cavusin where there were Greek and Turkish people living together until 1924. You will see an old Greek and Turkish Village which was inhabited until 1950’s and then moved by the government to a new place because of the falling rocks from the village. We will visit Pasabag (Monks Valley) which is also known as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The fairy-chimneys in Pasabag are the best-protected ones in the area and it gives the best idea about the formation of a fairy-chimney.

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We will have our lunch at a local restaurant in Avanos. After lunch, we will have the kick-wheel pottery demo which is an art for about 4000 years. Starting with the Hittites, this art became the most important cultural heritage of the town. The next stop will be Kaymakli Underground City after driving about 30 minutes which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cappadocia. After experiencing the life in underground, we will drive you to Pigeon Valley to see Uchisar Castle and the valley from a panoramic point. The tour will end around 05:00pm and then we will drive you to the hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 13 (Full day Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

Today will begin at 09:30 with a drive to Mustafapasa, the former Greek Village Sinasos with spectacular architecture. This village housed both Turkish and Greek people until the population exchange compulsory has been fulfilled in 1924. We will see some Old Greek Houses, an Ottoman Madrasah and an 18th-century church.We then drive to Sobessos Excavation Site. This site is currently being excavated and we will see the Roman bath, tombs, temple and beautiful mosaics already unearthed. This is the only ancient city that is inherited from Romans in Cappadocia.

The next stop will be Soganli Valley, one of the most secluded and tranquil valleys in Cappadocia. We begin our hike along one side of the valley, visiting some cave churches and we return along the other side of the valley to the old village. You will also have your lunch in this lovely valley. In the afternoon, we tour Derinkuyu Underground City, the deepest underground city in Cappadocia which is a UNESCO site as well. We will explore the caves of this interesting city and talk about the way of life there. After the visit in underground city, we will drive you back to your hotel around 05:00pm.

Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 14 (Depart for Mount Nemrut, breakfast included)

We will start driving around 08:00am from your hotel. After passing Kayseri city, we will visit the 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai “Karatayhan”. Then we will keep driving to Kahramanmaras. After We will drive to Kahta and check-in to our hotel.Today, we will drive about 8 hours in total. Caravanserais were used for centuries as roadside inns where travelers could restand keep their animals in safe places. Caravanserais supported commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe. We will then drive to Kahramanmaras to have our lunch and also to taste the world-wide famous goat milk ice-cream. After about 3 hours of driving, we will check-in to our hotel in Kahta or Adiyaman.

Overnight accommodation in Kahta or Adiyaman

Day 15 (Sunrise in Mount Nemrut + Urfa & Harran, breakfast included)

We will depart from hotel very early in the morning around 03:00am up to the ruins. At the end of the road, we will get off the van and walk 25 minutes until the summit. Here we will watch the beautiful sunrise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After sun rise, your guide will give information aboutCommagene Kingdom and the statues while walking around and taking pictures. Then we will drive back to the hotel for breakfast. On the way to hotel we will visit the ruins of the Arsemia, Roman bridge of Cendere and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. We will keep driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. We will check-in to our hotel in Sanliurfa and have our lunch here. After lunch, we will visit Gobeklitepe which is a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Sanlıurfa. This sanctuary is proved by the archaeologists that it is the oldest sanctuary in the world which is about 11,500 years old. After a drive about 30 minutes, we will visit Abraham’s Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then, we drive about 1 hour to Harran; a village of Spellbinding Mud-Brick “beehive” houses mentioned in the book of Genesis where Abraham spent the last years of his life. After visiting the ruins of Harran, we will drive back to hotel.nemrut-e1417600364865

-Overnight accommodation in Sanliurfa

Day 16 (Zeugma Mosaic Museum & flight to Istanbul, breakfast included)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Gaziantep before noon time and we will visit Zeugma Mosaic Museum which is one of the richest mosaic museums in the world. After visiting this great museum, we will transfer you to Gaziantep Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. After your arrival to Istanbul, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 17 (Transfer to the airport)

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home

The rate list will be as:

DEPARTURE DATES DBL TRP SNG
02nd May 1815 € 1635 € 2455 €
09th May and 16th May 1860 € 1680 € 2525 €
23rd May 1895 € 1715 € 2580 €
06th – 13th – 20th – 27th June 1895 € 1715 € 2580 €
04th – 11th – 18th July 1950 € 1770 € 2665 €
25th July 2030 € 1850 € 2795 €
01st – 08th – 15th – 22nd August 2030 € 1850 € 2795 €
29th August 1895 € 1715 € 2580 €
05th and 12th September 1895 € 1715 € 2580 €
19th September 1860 € 1680 € 2525 €

The rate includes:

  • Domestic flight tickets (Dalaman – Cappadocia and Gaziantep – Istanbul)
  •  6 airport transfers
  •  13 Nights Accommodation and 3 Nights Stay in the Cabin, all with breakfasts
  •  Professionally-licensed and experienced English speaking guides (All of our guides graduate from 4-year university course to be a tour guide)
  •  All admission fees to museums on the itinerary (except the entrance to Harem in Topkapi Palace and Terrace Houses in Ephesus)
  •  10 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  •  Parking fees
  •  Service Charges and taxes

Exclusions:

  •  International flight tickets (possible to book through our agents)
  •  Personal expenses during the tours
  •  Beverages
  •  Optional tips to drivers, guides and hotels

Please send us an email to get detailed information and make your booking. We will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.

The hotels in this package will be as (depending on the availability):

Istanbul : Ferman Sultan Hotel (standard room) or Yusufpasa Konagi Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Canakkale: Buyuk Truva Hotel or Kervansaray Hotel on Half-Board Basis (breakfast and dinner)

Selcuk:  Nilya Hotel or Ephesus Suites Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Pamukkale : Melrose Hotel or Melrose Viewpoint Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Cappadocia : Koza Cave Hotel or Mithra Cave Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Kahta : Zeus Hotel or Grand Isias Adiyaman Hotel on Half-Board Basis (breakfast and dinner)

Sanliurfa : El-Ruha Hotel or Grand Cevahir Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

It is possible to have private tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus area which makes the itinerary much more flexible. Our regular tours have maximum 14 peoplewhile private tours will be only for your party. We can customize the itineraries up to your personal requests. If you would like to have quote with the private tour options,please send us an email.

Please do not hesitate to send us an email to get more detailed information and we will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.