Flying Carpet Tour
Duration: 15 Day
Our most popular organised tour allows you to visit the major sites in Western Turkey, with loads of free time to get off the beaten track and discover the undiscovered. This tour also provides you with the option of sailing on a Turkish gulet(yacht).
Day 1: Saturday - Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Pick up from the Ataturk Airport and transfer to your hotel. Free day. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2: Sunday - Istanbul City Tour (B)
Today we visit the Old City of Istanbul : Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the underground Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome.
Day 3: Monday - Gallipoli Battlefields (B/D)
We visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli : Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum.
Day 4: Tuesday - Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi (B/D)
This morning, we visit ancient Troy, with the world famous Trojan Horse. Pergamum is next on our program, one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world.
Day 5: Wednesday - Ephesus (B/D)
Today, we explore the marble white ancient city of Ephesus. Our guide takes us to the Library of Celsus, the temples, the Roman latrines, the theatre, the agora. We also visit the Temple of Artemis. We learn at the carpet village how the typical Turkish carpets are made by local women.
Day 6: Thursday - Pamukkale, Hierapolis (B/D)
First thing in the morning, we will enjoy a display of handmade leather goods. This area is famous for its textiles.
Pamukkale is a must-see natural thermal water source, unique in the world, with its amazing calcium terraces. If you like, you can take a dip in the Roman hot springs, and swim amongst ancient remains. We also have a look around at the ancient city of Hierapolis.
Day 7: Friday - Aphrodisias, Fethiye (B/D)
The beautiful Mediterranean coast awaits us today! Along the way, we visit Aphrodisias, a wealthy ancient city.
Day 8: Saturday - Fethiye (B/D)
Two options today : you can join a relaxing day cruise to the 12 Islands (lunch included) OR you can take the optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon.
Day 9: Sunday - Fethiye (B/D)
A free day! Try out paragliding from Babadag Mountain with amazing views over Oludeniz or just chill out on the beach.
Day 10: Monday - Kayakoy (Ghost Town), Antalya (B)
We can sleep in today and relax. In the late afternoon we drive to Antalya, but not before visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy! Remember the beautiful book "Birds without Wings" by Louis de Bernieres.
Day 11: Tuesday - Konya, Cappadocia (B/D)
This morning, we depart early, direction Cappadocia. On the way, we visit Konya and its famous Mevlana Museum. In the afternoon we stop along the ancient Silk Road to visit the Sultanhani Caravansaray.
Day 12: Wednesday - Cappadocia, Goreme, Uchisar (B/D)
We visit Goreme Valley : rock formations beyond belief and fairy chimneys, the castle of Uchisar and more. Tonight, we can enjoy a traditional Turkish folklore evening (optional), which is a must-do in Cappadocia!
Day 13: Thursday - Cappadocia, Ihlara Valley, Underground City (B/D)
Today we trek through the stunning Ihlara Valley, the deepest gorge in Asia Minor. This was once the home of monks, and you can still see little cave chapels/churches with frescoes here. Explore the many levels of an underground city.
Day 14: Friday - Ankara (B)
This morning, we depart very early to Ankara where we visit the mausoleum of the "Father of the Turks" Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Then we are on our way back to Istanbul.
(There is also an optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri in Cappadocia)
Day 15: Monday - Istanbul (B)
Our tour ends after breakfast and it is time to say goodbye to our new friends.
Information for tour
(B – Breakfast, D – Dinner)
o Arrival airport transfer from the Ataturk Airport to hotel in Istanbul
o Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
o Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
o 14 nights accommodation (4-5 star)
- 1 night in Antalya
- 1 night in Canakkale
- 3 nights in Cappadocia
- 3 nights in Fethiye
- 3 nights in Istanbul
- 2 nights in Kusadasi
- 1 night in Pamukkale
o 14 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners
Tour does not include
o Optional activities
o Tips for driver and guide
o Entrance fees
Departure dates & availability
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