Best of Turkey Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul!! You will be met by a Flo Tour Representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul  [B]

Today, after breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace, which served as the palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the XVI and XIX Centuries. It has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. We also pay a visit to the magnificent Haghia Sophia (St. Sophia’s Basilica) built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the VI Century. It is one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. After lunch we will visit the fascinating and impressive Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets, its beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, the center of Byzantine life for 1000 years, where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place. We will also visit Basilica Cistern. Then we will finish the day with a visit to Grand Bazaar which is the world’s largest and the oldest shopping venue. In the afternoon we will return back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale [B,D]

After breakfast, morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone pine cemetery, Chunuk Bair and Gabatepe War Museum. The Gallipoli Campaign cost the Allies 141,113 casualties and the Turks 195,000. Gallipoli proved to be the Turksʹ greatest victory of the war. In London, the campaign’s failure led to the demotion of Winston Churchill and contributed to the collapse of Prime Minister H. H. Asquithʹs government. The fighting at Gallipoli proved a galvanizing national experience for Australia and New Zealand, which had not previously fought in a major conflict. As a result, the anniversary of the landings, April 25, is celebrated as ANZAC Day and is both nationsʹ most significant day of military remembrance. Overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4: Canakkale / Troy/ Kusadasi [B,D]

After breakfast, we drive to the legendary city of Troy and see the ancient city whose history goes back as far as prehistoric times. See the Trojan horse, Hellenic‐Roman ruins imagining the romantic love story of Helen with Paris and the famous Trojan War. This is where we will literally step back in time through history. The stories of King Priam, Hector, Paris, and the beautiful Helen immortalized this city. Archaeological excavations have revealed nine separate periods of settlement and the ruins of the city walls, house foundations, a temple and theater. A symbolic wooden Trojan horse commemorates the legendary war. The Battle of the Granicus River in May 334 BC also took place nearby Troy was the first of three major battles fought between Alexander the Great and the Persian Empire. Fought in northwestern Asia Minor, near the site of Troy, it was here that Alexander defeated the forces of the Persian satraps of Asia Minor, including a large force of Greek mercenaries led by Memnon of Rhodes. The battle took place on the road from Abydos to Dasclium (near the modern day Ergili) at the crossing of the Granicus River (Modern day Biga Cayı) Next heading out to Pergamon to visit the ancient kingdom of Pergamon, one of the finest sites in Turkey, this city was a great cultural center where we will also pay a visit to the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena and the famous library, before viewing the Red Courtyard from a distance and the ruins of Asklepion medical center. The Asclepion was a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepios, the god of health. This place is renowned for birth place of snakes being the origin as the symbol of medicine, home to the ancient physician Galenos who contributed to medical literature a lot and also known as a medical center where psychotherapy was first applied as means of psychological treatment in the whole world. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5: Kusadasi / Ephesus  [B,D]

After breakfast this morning we set off for the ancient city of Ephesus where our walking tour includes The Great Theater, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still used today; Gymnasium of Veduis, the magnificent Library of Celsius, the Temple of Hadrian, guarded by a head of Medusa, the House of Virgin Mary and the Archeological Museum of Ephesus in Selcuk housing many precious items from the Roman Empire time including the statue of mother Goddess Artemis –Diana. Next, we will drive further North of Ephesus to Sardis where the Greco –Persian wars took place. Cyrus of Persia occupied the capital at Sardis, conquering the Lydian kingdom in 546 B.C. building bridges and towered war boats along his side of the river, until he was killed by Darius the Great. Darius ruled over some 50 million people and the largest empire that the ancient world had known. Darius did much to promote trade and commerce. He developed the infrastructure of the empire by constructing canals, underground waterways and roads. He practiced religious tolerance, did not allow slavery and although he invaded Greece, he promoted the idea that the Greeks and Persians were members of kindred peoples. He employed some Greeks in senior positions. He listened to the opinions of non‐Persians but mainly depended on Persians to administer the empire, building on the work of Cyrus the Great. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6: Kusadasi / Pamukkale [B,D]

After breakfast, we visit a Leather production center in Selcuk. Then onto Pamukkale, famous for its chalk-white natural limestone formations. Visit the ruins of ancient city  of Hierapolis and see the world famous “Cotton Castle” Here mineral-rich hot springs bubble to the surface and cascade down a steep hillside forming the white limestone terraces that give Pamukkale its name, which means “Cotton Castle.” The hot springs have served as a spa for centuries, attracting settlers as early as 190 BC. Beyond the walls of Hierapolis is an extensive necropolis containing more than 1200 tombs from ancient Greek to early Jewish and Christian times. Today there is the opportunity for you to swim in the Cleopatra’s Pool also called the Roman Antique Pool in which you may still see the Roman Ruins sacked at the bottom. We will have a chance to relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 7: Pamukkale / Perge / Aspendos / Antalya  [B,D]

After breakfast, we drive to Antalya and proceed to Perge, an ancient city that dates back to 1000 BC and the capital city of ancient Pamphilia. Visit the magnificent Roman and Hellenistic Structures in the ancient city. Not far from Antalya city center are two of Turkey’s impressive classical Roman sites. This morning you tour the ruins at Perge and Aspendos. In Perge you visit an entire Roman town, walking along its colonnaded street, past the remains of baths and temples, to a fortified acropolis; outside the city walls are a theater, stadium, and numerous tombs. At Aspendos is a large Roman theater, one of the still intact and best-preserved in the Mediterranean. This amphitheater can seat up to 20,000 and is still used for music and drama festivals. We will also see the famous aqueducts of Aspendos on our tour. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

Day 8: Antalya  [B,D]

A day at leisure and opportunities for specially designed optional tours offered by your guide. We will provide our guests with selected ancient cities such as Phaselis and a cruise in the Antalya Gulf. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 9: Antalya / Konya / Cappadocia  [B,D]

After breakfast, we drive to Cappadocia via Konya to see Whirling Dervish Sect. Mevlana Museum houses the philosopher’s tomb and personal belongings. Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi has recently been selected “Mystic of the XIII Century” by Time Magazine. It was here that the mystic Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi founded a Sufi Order known in the West as the Whirling Dervishes. Mevlana Museum, named after the famous poet of middle ages, known for his mystical poems written in Persian language. This place, Mevlana Celaleddinʹs Mausoleum, was first opened to the public as a museum in 1927. Items and works belonging to Mevlana and the Mevlevi Order, such as Mevlevi musical instrument, specimens of calligraphy, fabrics and carpets, are on display in the museum. Next, set out for Cappadocia en route stopping at the magnificent Sultanhani Caravanserai. Caravanserais were fortified inns, built to shelter caravans stopped on their journeys across trade routes. The Sultan Hani was built in 1229 and features a huge gated entryway, elaborately decorated in the style of the Seljuk Turks. The Seljuk Turks swept across central Anatolia in the XI Century, bringing Islam to Asia Minor, and making Konya their capital city for some 400 years. Continue to Cappadocia and after having several photographic breaks in the area before the sunsets. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 10: Cappadocia  [B,D]

After breakfast,we drive to Cappadocian Valley, meaning’ the “Land of beautiful horses’’ an area surrounded by the fantastic landscape of volcanic ashes formed in astonishing shapes all over. Today, begin your explorations of this fantastic wonderland of geological formations. Violent volcanic eruptions three million years ago covered the plateau here with tufa, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash, and mud. The wind and rain have eroded this brittle rock and created a spectacular surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles, and fretted ravines. Cappadocia, known now also as Göreme, is one of those rare regions of the world where the works of man blend unobtrusively into the natural surroundings. During Byzantine times, chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. The Göreme Open-Air Museum, a monastic complex of rock churches and chapels covered with frescoes, is one of the best known sites in central Turkey. Most of the chapels date from the X to the XIII Century. At Zelve you can explore cave dwellings and a rock mosque complete with a minaret made of volcanic tuff. There We will walk through the unusual rock formations and rock-cut dwellings, hidden vineyards, orchards, and tiny farmlands, which are embroidered into the characteristic tufa rock. Pay a visit to the famous Underground City of Kaymakli or Serhatli and see a Turkish Rug production center. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 11: Cappadocia / Ankara [B,D]

After breakfast, we drive to Ankara and visit the imposing limestone mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the Atatürk Museum. Then, see the ancient citadel from a distance nearby the museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, one of the finest antiquities museum in the world, which displays artifacts from prehistoric times to Roman civilizations along with numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others. This museum of Anatolian civilizations will take you to the mysteries as far back as Paleolithic age. Their exhibit includes miraculously preserved wooden furniture from the tomb of Phrygian king Midas. Dinner and overnight in Ankara.

Day 12: Ankara-İstanbul: Europe to Asia on a subway [B]

Today, we drive to Istanbul for an exciting program “discover the city by subway’’. You will board the subway and travel to the Golden Horn Subway Bridge where you have a breathtaking view of the Golden Horn, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace, the Mosque Soleman of the Magnificent and Asia. Walk to our coach to discover the historic Orient Express Station and to get on the Cross-Continental Subway built in an underneath tunnel through the Bosphorus, also called Marmaray to cross the Bosphorus and end up in Asia. Tonight we will also take you to Taksim Square where is the entertaining district of the city with a large square and have some free time.

Day 13: Departure from Istanbul [B]

Transfer to the airport.

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Tour review scores and score breakdown

9 / 10

Based on 1 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Best of Turkey Tour.

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Value for money
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Guest reviews

  • Jane L
    2016-05-17

    "Highly recommend" My husband and I have just returned from a 13 day tour of Turkey with Flo Tours on November 3. Our journey started in Istanbul, took us to Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Canakkale, Troy and back to Istanbul. The original tour group was limited to 24 persons. When we arrived in Istanbul we were met by a single lady and that turned out to be our tour group, just the three of us. The rest of the persons in the group had cancelled. I am assuming the cancellations were because of the unrest in Syria. Turkey is a very large, ancient and geographically diverse county. The Turks that we encountered were warm, friendly and very hospitable. A smile and sign language would overcome the language barrier easily. Our \"private tour\", so to speak, was fabulous for us, but not so good for the Turkish economy which lists tourism as its second largest industry! I would like to say to your readers who are considering a trip to Turkey, go! At no time on our journey did we feel unsafe or threatened. We saw no signs of military presence anywhere, except for honorary guards at the Mausoleum of Ataturk. When we had free time at the beaches and in Istanbul, we felt safe. The people were very helpful and friendly. We had such a great time with the Turks and saw so many marvels of ancient history and the Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadocia was awesome! My husband and I both highly recommend traveling in Turkey!

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Inclusions

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All transportation in air conditioned vehicle
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation at 5* hotels 
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • English speaking professional guide throughout
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • All local taxes and service charges
  • Flo Tours Travel Documents Kit

Exclusions

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights
  • Visa fee 
  • Trip Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra drinks with meals
  • Tips for your tour guide and driver
  • Single Supplement $ 495

Hotels

 

CITY HOTELS
ISTANBUL Holiday Inn Sisli (5*) or similar
CANAKKALE Parion Hotel (5*) or similar
KUSADASI Charisma Hotel (5*) or similar
PAMUKKALE Colossae Hotel (5*) or similar
ANTALYA BW Plus Khan Hotel ( 5*) or similar
CAPPADOCIA Crown Plaza Hotel ( 5*) or similar
ANKARA Crown Plaza Hotel ( 5*) or similar