- Travel in a small group of 08 to 18 passengers
- All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
- Internal flight between Istanbul and Cappadocia
- Ferry from Canakkale to Gallipoli
Coach, Ferry, Plane
The treasures of Turkey are waiting to be explored on this fascinating small group tour. Enjoy the sights and sounds of bustling Istanbul; where Asia meets Europe, witness the natural beauty of the country from the mountains to the sea, step back in time when you visit the ruins of Ancient Greek cities, and bask in the wonders of Cappadocia. Connect with the locals, taste delicious traditional food and learn about the country’s history as you travel through Istanbul, Cappadocia, Aglasun, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Kusadasi and Canakkale.
The eclectic city of Istanbul is a diverse and magical mix of culture and history, a dazzling array of bustling streets, delicious cuisine, and lively locals. The meeting point of Asia and Europe, a walk through the city streets will showcase its incredible cultural diversity and rich history, with impressive architecture, delicious cuisine and more.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Ancient Greece throughout this small group tour as we visit what is left of a number of Ancient Greek cities. From Sagalassos, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Pergamum to Troy, take a step back in time as you discover the preserved ruins and learn about their ancient history.
From the rock formations and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, to the thermal waters that cascade down white travertine terraces in Pamukkale, Turkey is a country full of so much diverse natural beauty. Travel through the countryside and along the coast and enjoy the diversity of Turkey’s landscapes.
Welcome to Turkey, and the eclectic city of Istanbul. The meeting point of Asia and Europe, Istanbul is a diverse and magical mix of culture and history, a dazzling array of bustling streets, delicious cuisine and lively locals.
Our small group tour begins this evening where we enjoy a welcome dinner with our fellow travelers and small group tour leader.
After breakfast this morning we get acquainted with Istanbul during a guided city tour. We pass by the Hippodrome, once used by the Byzantine emperors, before visiting Hagia Sophia. Serving as a cathedral, then a mosque and now a museum, Hagia Sophia is one of the most impressive architectural structures in Istanbul. We admire its architectural design and beauty from the outside before touring its interior and learning about its impressive history. Next, it’s on to the incredible Topkapi Palace. Constructed between 1460 and 1478, the palace was the residence of the Ottoman sultans until the 1850s. Steeped in history, we explore the palace and its grounds as we walk in the footsteps of those who once ruled. Our last stop is at the Blue Mosque where we admire its intricate details and learn about the role it has played in Istanbul’s history.
This afternoon we treat our taste buds to a tour of the city’s finest street food vendors. We mingle with the local vendors, learning about their food culture and tasting it for ourselves.
We enjoy our evening at leisure.
The iconic landscape of Cappadocia, where incredible rock formations rise tall from the ground, is our destination today. Once inhabited by humans who built a series of underground cities, the region’s history is equally as fascinating as it is beautiful.
After breakfast this morning we make our way to Cappadocia. Our first stop in the region is in Pasabag, or Monks Valley, home to an incredible and fascinating collection of fairy chimneys – rock formations formed by ancient volcanic eruptions and erosion. We enjoy a group dinner this evening.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
It’s time for tea! After breakfast this morning, we connect with a local family of the region over a cup of Turkish tea as we exchange stories and hear about local life in Cappadocia.
Next, we visit a local carpet factory and learn about the handmade process of making a traditional Turkish rug before we move onto one of the jewels in Cappadocia’s crown, the open-air museum of the Goreme Valley. We enjoy a walk through the valley, as we admire the rock formations and uncover what was left behind by the people who once called the valley home. A photographer’s delight, we take in the view of the valley from the Goreme lookout before heading underground. We meander our way through the hallways and rooms of the underground city of Kaymakli and learn about what life was like for the people that lived there. As deep as 275 feet and with eight different levels, several thousands of people lived in this city in the 6th century.
We enjoy a group dinner together this evening.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
We make our way to the town of Aglasun today, the gateway to the ancient city of Sagalassos.
Cappadocia has one more treat in store for us before we leave this morning. En-route to Aglasun, we stop in the Cappadocia town of Avanos, famous for its traditional Turkish pottery. Here, we learn about the pottery process, witness the local ateliers in action and treat ourselves to a souvenir to take home with us.
We arrive in Aglasun this afternoon where we check into our hotel and enjoy a dinner together this evening.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
We swap land for water today as we make our way to the port city of Fethiye. Located on Turkey’s azure Mediterranean coast, visitors flock to the coastal city for its crystal-clear waters, relaxed lifestyle and fascinating history.
This morning we visit the ancient city of Sagalassos, one of Turkey’s best-preserved sites. Conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, the city of Sagalassos thrived until the sixth and seventh centuries. Ruins remain today which we explore this morning, learning more about the city’s rich history.
We visit the home of a local family for lunch this afternoon where we are not only treated to a delicious lunch, but to a traditional music performance as well. We connect with the family, share stories and learn more about their traditions and culture.
We continue to Fethiye where we enjoy the remainder of our day at leisure.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
After breakfast this morning we explore the history of Fethiye, visiting the ancient Lycian Rock Tombs. Carved into the side of a mountain, the impressive ornate tombs date back to the 4th century. Next, we visit the Ghost Village of Kayakoy. Once a flourishing town home to around 10,000 people, Kayakoy has been abandoned since 1923. We explore its abandoned streets and buildings that have been at a stand still for almost 100 years.
This remainder of our day is ours to explore Fethiye at our own leisure.
Known for the incredible thermal waters that cascade down white travertine terraces, the town of Pamukkale is our destination today.
We see the cascading thermal waters and admire this natural phenomenon that has survived thousands of years, before visiting the ancient city of Hierapolis. Dating back to the 2nd century we explore the ruins of Hierapolis – from the Roman Theater, Byzantine Gates, Necropolis and more. Next we visit the nearby sculpture school before enjoying the remainder of our afternoon at leisure. We enjoy dinner together this evening.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
The coastal city of Kusadasi located on the country’s Aegean coast is our destination today. The picturesque city lines the shores of the azure waters of the Aegean Sea and is the gateway to the ancient ruins of Ephesus.
We make our way to the coast after breakfast this morning, stopping along the way at Aphrodisias, the City of Aphrodite (Goddess of Love). We visit the city’s ruins and learn about its fascinating history as we explore what’s left of the once flourishing ancient city. We continue to Kusadasi and enjoy the remainder of our day at our own leisure to explore the coastal delights of the city.
After breakfast this morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient city of Ephesus. This impressive example of a Roman port city is in fact the largest ancient city ever uncovered. We explore what is left of the city that was once home to 300,000 people, strolling the marbled covered streets and seeing the gymnasiums, bath houses, the amphitheater and more. Next, it’s on to a local leather factory where we learn about the process of leather making before we enjoy free time for lunch.
This afternoon we further explore Ephesus visiting the House of Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis and the Isa Bey Mosque. We enjoy our evening at leisure.
We make our way further up the coast today towards the city of Canakkale. Referred to as the gateway to Gallipoli, the coastal city is steeped in history making it fascinating to explore.
After breakfast we begin our journey to Canakkale, stopping en-route at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pergamum. Here, we visit the ancient ruins of the city of Pergamum including the Asclepion, a 4th century BC shrine to the healing God Asclepius. We continue on to the Archaeological Site of Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, that dates back 4,000 years. We explore the famous site, learning about its rich and fascinating history before visiting the Trojan Horse.
We check into our hotel and enjoy a group dinner together this evening.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
We travel back to Istanbul this morning, but not before visiting the infamous World War I battlefields of Gallipoli. We enjoy a ferry ride across to Gallipoli where we spend our morning exploring the historic sites of World War I including Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels) and more.
We arrive back in Istanbul this afternoon where we enjoy a farewell dinner together, a prime opportunity to reminisce on our time in Turkey and share our favorite moments.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our newfound friends and to the wonders of Turkey.
A unique stay awaits at the MDC Cave Hotel. Luxurious cave guest rooms are equipped with free wifi, a safe deposit box, air-conditioning and more to make for a relaxing and comfortable stay. The onsite restaurant serves delicious local produce, while the hotel’s gardens and sun terrace provide a relaxing oasis.
Surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Turkish countryside and located in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, the Sagalassos Lodge & Spa offers a relaxing retreat. Each room features a balcony overlooking the valley, free wifi, a safe deposit box and more. The hotel features an extensive range of wellness amenities including an outdoor pool, indoor pool, Turkish bath, spa, a bar and restaurant and more.
Set on Fethiye’s marina, the Marina Boutique Hotel offers guests a comfortable stay in this charming coastal town. Rooms are spacious and are equipped with a variety of ameneities, including free wifi, air-conditioning, a safe deposit box and more, to ensure guests have a relaxing stay. The hotel’s outdoor pool is a highlight and the onsite restaurant serves delicious meals on the waterfront.
This modern hotel is the perfect base for your stay in Pamukkale. Offering indoor and outdoor cold-water pools, indoor and outdoor thermal pools, a sauna, Turkish bath and more, the hotel’s amenities are a true highlight during your stay. Rooms feature contemporary style and are equipped with creature comforts including free wifi, a safe deposit box, air-conditioning and more.
With a private beach, an infinity pool with panoramic views of the Agean Sea, a wellness center, a fitness center and a seafood restaurant, the Charisma Deluxe Hotel is pure luxury on the coast of the Agean Sea. Guest rooms are modern and spacious, featuring air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, a coffee maker and more to create a relaxing and luxurious oasis for guests.
Located on the shore of the Dardanelles, the Kolin Hotel offers a superior stay in Canakkale. Guest rooms are modern, featuring free wifi, a safe deposit box, air-conditioning and more, while the hotel boasts an array of amenities for guests to enjoy. Dine at the hotel’s four restaurants, enjoy the rooftop, pool or lobby bars, and make use of the outdoor and indoor pools, and the fitness and spa center.
Conveniently located in the heart of Istanbul’s Old City, the Kent Hotel is surrounded by the magic and charm of Istanbul. Guest rooms are modern and fresh, equipped with air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, free wifi and more to create a comfortable and relaxing oasis for your stay. An onsite restaurant and bar are welcomed additions to the hotel’s offering.
The official currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.
To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.
We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.
*Prices shown are in USD.
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29 Aug 20
10 Sep 20
The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.
Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.
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