12 Days – Western Turkey Tour Itinerary

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12 days
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 12+

Western Turkey Tour

12 days Turkey tour itinerary. Western Turkey tour 12 days tour includes Turkey’s famous 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Istanbul (The old City), Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Antalya, Perge, Aspendos, and amazing Cappadocia are the highlights.

You will travel to see stunning natural landscapes, fascinating sites, and great history during the Western Turkey tour. Above all, a professional licensed tour guide will be available for the whole time. Our guides have years of experience, in-depth knowledge and are fluent in English.

All entrance fees of museums and sites are included. All breakfasts, most lunches, and dinners are included. We use centrally located, high quality 5 and 4-star quality hotels during the Western Turkey tour. All our tour vehicles are air-conditioned, comfortable and the latest model. There is no extra or hidden cost in our packages.

Major Highlights

  • Explore the Old City of Istanbul, once Constantinople and capital of Eastern Rome.
  • Visit Topkapi museum and the Harem, great church of Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.
  • Explore Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.
  • Visit biblical sites, such as the tomb of St. John and the house of St. Mary near Ephesus.
  • Visit Laodicea, which is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
  • Walk on white calcium terraces of Pamukkale – Turkish Catton Castle and visit Hierapolis.
  • See the famous Celsus Library in Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient Roman city in Turkey.
  • Visit the Aphrodisias, an ancient Roman city dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty.
  • Explore the 9 layers of legendary Homeric Troy.
  • See World War I memorials in Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, and Chunuk Bair.
  • Visit the well preserved ancient hospital in Pergamon.
  • Going off the tourist track, visit Perge and Aspendos in Antalya.
  • Explore Sagalasssos ancient city, Salda Lake and Burdur archeology museum.
  • Enjoy the unique landscape and volcanic rock formations of Cappadocia.
  • The opportunity of the hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, which is a spectacular experience.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

Flight Arrival Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares from Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • Fast track museum pass to all sites in Turkey
  • 11 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • 11 Breakfast, 9 Lunch, 8 Dinner
  • Tour Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in latest model private tour van

Price Excludes

  • Gratitude for Guide and Driver
  • Any Private Expenses

Complementaries

  • Bottled Water
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
What to Expect

Private or small group guided in-depth Turkey tour for 12 days and 11 nights. The tour starts and ends in Istanbul. The size of the group is a maximum 8 people.

  • Small group maximum 8 people.
  • Tailor made private tour program available.
  • Friendly staff and great service.
  • Well design tour programs and schedule.
  • Quality hotels and restaurants.
  • Experienced tour guide and latest model tour van.
Itinerary

Day 1ISTANBUL (World Heritage Site)

Arrival to Istanbul Airport and private transfer to your hotel.
Distance to travel: 45 km.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel in the old city Istanbul.

Day 2ISTANBUL (World Heritage Site)

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Visit the Hippodrome, venue of horse chariot races, the Blue Mosque, see beautiful blue tiles, Topkapi Palace and its Harem, home of Ottoman sultans, Hagia Sophia, the best Byzantine architect, and mosaics, explore the Grand Bazaar, which hosts over 3,000 shops.
Distance to travel: 10 km.
Meal: Breakfast and lunch.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel in the old city Istanbul.

Day 3GALLIPOLI – DARDANELLES – CANAKKALE

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Gallipoli including World War I memorial of ANZAC Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine Cemetery, crossing Dardanelles and a brief visit to the city of Canakkale.
Distance to travel: 320 km.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: 4 Star Akol Hotel or similar in Canakkale.

Day 4TROY (World Heritage Site) – PERGAMON (World Heritage Site)– KUSADASI

Highlights and visit sites of the day: The legendary city of Troy, a replica of the Trojan horse and ancient hospital complex of Asklepion in Pergamon.
Distance to travel: 390 km.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: 4 Star Marina Hotel or similar in Kusadasi.

Day 5EPHESUS (World Heritage Site) – KUSADASI

Highlights and visit sites of the day: The house of Virgin Mary, the incredible city of Ephesus and its colossal Greek Theatre, the Marble Road, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Diana, the basilica church and tomb of St. John.
Distance to travel: 150 km.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: 4 Star Marina Hotel or similar in Kusadasi.

Day 6APHRODISIAS (World Heritage Site) – LAODICEIA – PAMUKKALE (World Heritage Site)

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Aphrodisias, the city of art and beauty, dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite, Laodicea, it is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, Pamukkale or Cotton Castle in Turkish, it is worldwide famous for its white calcium travertine, Hierapolis, the ancient necropolis (city of the dead), Pluto’s Gate or Door to Hell, stay in a spa hotel, where you can swim in the heated pools of enriched mineral water.
Distance to travel: 290 km.
Meal: Breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: 5 Star Doga Hotel or similar in Pamukkale.

Day 7BURDUR – SAGALASSOS – ANTALYA

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Salda lake, Burdur Archaeology Museum, and Sagalassos, it is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in Turkey.
Distance to travel: 290 km.
Meal: Breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel in Antalya.

Day 8ANTALYA (World Heritage Site)

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in the Antalya Museum were unearthed and then proceed to Aspendos that bears one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in Anatolia. We will visit the Antalya Archaeology Museum and the old city in the afternoon.
Distance to travel: 60 km.
Meal: Breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel in Antalya.

Day 9KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (World Heritage Site)

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Konya, the Whirling Dervish Museum, an exhibition of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts, and various ethnographic artifacts, the Karatay Madrasa, a 13th-century school, now a museum displaying historic ceramics and archaeological relics.
Distance to travel: 490 km.
Meal: Breakfast and dinner.
Accommodation: Cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 10CAPPADOCIA (World Heritage Site)

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Hike in Ihlara Valley and visit the best preserved Selime Monastery, explore Derinkuyu or Kaymakli underground city, see Uchisar rock castle, Pigeon Valley, visit Red Valley and Love Valley.
Distance to travel: 280 km.
Meal: Breakfast and lunch.
Accommodation: Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 11CAPPADOCIA (World Heritage Site)

Highlights and visit sites of the day: Optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia early in the morning. Cappadocia, unique landscape of volcanic rock formations, amazing underground churches, and cities carved into the rocks by early Christians, going off the tourist track and visit small villages and discover the unknown parts of Cappadocia. Visit Magic Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum, Monk’s Valley and Goreme Open Air Museum, enjoy local cuisine, lunch in Avanos, its also known as potter’s town, visit local workshops to see handcrafts.
Distance to travel: 60 km.
Meal: Breakfast and lunch.
Accommodation: Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 12CAPPADOCIA (World Heritage Site) – Istanbul

We will transfer you to Cappadocia airport in the morning to fly to Istanbul.
Distance to travel: 45 km.
Meal: Breakfast.

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Nancy Villicana

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My husband and I booked this tour without any real expectations. From the moment we booked the tour, our guide Fazli, communicated with us via e-mail about our arrival flight and interests. Upon arrival to Turkey, Fazli was at the airport waiting for us. He called the driver and we were immediately picked up in a Mercedes Benz 10 passenger vehicle. We were taken to the hotel, Fazli indicated points of interest to have dinner and let us know the time he would pick us up from the hotel the following morning for the Blue Mosque tour. Fazli and the driver were always punctual with their pick up times. Fazli was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs and desires. Fazli was great about indicating if we should wear tennis shoes or how much walking we would be doing. In the vehicle he always had cold water and made sure we took some on our walking tours. Fazli was flexible with the program as my husband wanted to visit the Ataturk Olympic Stadium and Fazli made it possible. My husband was beyond happy! If anyone is even minimally considering visiting Turkey, please do so! You will not regret it. The people are so friendly, the food is amazing and Fazli the tour guide is very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. The tour we booked included breakfast, lunch and dinner in the price. It was so nice to have Fazli recommend the foods we should try because we would always visit authentic Turkish restaurants (i.e. the restaurants the locals visit). Every single dish we tried we loved, but our absolute favorites were the pides (pizzas). Visiting Capadoccia was a bucket list item and spending the night in a cave was a once in a lifetime experience. From the beginning I expressed to Fazli my desire to book the hot air balloon ride and we were able to fly in one because he did the reservations in advance. We have amazing memories from this trip. Upon arrival to the U.S. we have recommended Turkey and Serendipity Tours to all of our friends. Fazli will take care of our friends and we know they will have an amazing time. You will not regret booking this tour. Thank you so much to Fazli for an amazing time, as we said before, we will return soon to Turkey because we still have so much to explore.

May 19, 2019