Discover the Hidden Secrets of Turkey on a 22 Days Tour

Enjoy a spectacular 22 days tour of Turkey, where you will discover some hidden secrets of Turkey. You will visit a vast amount of places which will leave you in awe.

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Duration

22 days

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  • What's included :
    • 21x Breakfast
    • 15x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 21 nights
    • Domestic flights in the program
    • Transportation by a comfortable AC non smoking Luxurious car/Van with professional driver
    • Professional and experienced licensed guide during the tours
    • All accommodation
    • Entry fees to the sites and museums
    • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia
    • Entry/Admission - Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    • Entry/Admission - Beylerbeyi Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Sumela Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Ani Antik Kenti
    • Entry/Admission - Ishak Pasha Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Ararat
    • Entry/Admission - Muradiye Waterfalls
    • Entry/Admission - Akdamar Island
    • Entry/Admission - Van Castle (Van Kalesi)
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli)
    • Entry/Admission - Dara Mesopotamia Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Deyrulzafaran Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Hasankeyf
    • Entry/Admission - Mevlid-i Halilulrahman Mağarası
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Nemrut
    • Entry/Admission - Arsemia Antik Kenti
    • Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City
    • Entry/Admission - Keslik Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Mustafapasa Yeni Cami
    • Entry/Admission - Red Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Devrent Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Avanos Oren Yeri
    • Entry/Admission - Goreme National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Uchisar Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Ihlara Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Perge Ancient City
    • Entry/Admission - Aspendos Ruins and Theater
    • Entry/Admission - Pamukkale Natural Park
    • Entry/Admission - Aphrodisias
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
    • Entry/Admission - Ephesus Terrace Houses
    • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
    • Entry/Admission - St. John The Baptist Church
    • Entry/Admission - Troy (Truva)
    • Entry/Admission - Istanbul Airport
    What's excluded :
    • Other services not mentioned
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips and gratuities (optional)

  • Day 1: Arrival day

    Pass By: Istanbul Airport, Tayakadın, Tayakadın İhsaniye Yolu No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul, Turkey
    Arrival to Istanbul Airport where our driver/guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in before having the rest of the day at your leisure.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Istanbul

    Day 2: Sultanahmet – Old Istanbul

    Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Go to the Topkapi Palace, which was once used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and see the magnificent collection of priceless jewels, silver, crystal, and porcelain, robes that were worn by the sultans and the relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Entrance to the Harem is extra).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Visit the Hagia Sophia, which was built by Emperor Justinian and was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years and has intricate mosaics and a huge central dome.
    Duration: 1 minute

    Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    After lunch, we will visit the stunning Blue Mosque that was built for Sultan Ahmet I, and is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey
    Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II and visit the hidden Underground Cistern.


    Duration: 1 minute

    Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
    See the Grand Covered Bazaar with its many shops perfect for your holiday souvenirs.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Istanbul

    Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Beylerbeyi

    Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey
    Visit the exotic Egyptian Spice Market located on the Golden Horn before boarding your cruise of the Bosphorus where the waterway separates the two continents Europe and Asia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Rumeli Fortress, Yahyakemal Cad. No.28, Istanbul 34470 Turkey
    Pass by Rumeli fortress which was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452, so he could prepare for his conquest of Istanbul.



    Stop At: Beylerbeyi Palace, Abdullahaga Cad., Istanbul Turkey
    Cross over the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia where you will visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was once the summer address of the Ottoman Sultans, then on to Camlica Hill for a fantastic view of Istanbul.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Istanbul


    Day 4: Istanbul- Trabzon

    Stop At: Sumela Monastery, Trabzon Turkey
    Transfer to the airport in the morning and fly to Trabzon. Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

    Visit the Sumela Monastery which is also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, and has been said that it is neither in heaven or on earth.

    Carved on the mountain, it looks like a nine-story high building that hangs down from the clouds and sits on the top of the forest.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Trabzon

    Day 5: Trabzon - Erzurum

    Stop At: Karaca Cave, Gumushane-Trabzon highway, Gumushane Turkey
    Drive along the Silk Route and through the Zigana Mountains which will take us to Karaca Cave that is considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colours and formations.


    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Cifte Minareli Medrese, Erzurum Turkey
    Visit Cifte Minare and Yakutiye Medrese before having some free time in Rustem Pasha Bedesten, a devoted manufacturer that sells Oltutas jewellery.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Erzurum, Erzurum
    Continue to Erzurum via Bayburt where we check-in for an overnight stay in Erzurum.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: hotel in Erzurum

    Day 6: Erzurum – Kars – Ani

    Stop At: Ani Antik Kenti, Kars Turkey
    After a tasty breakfast, we drive to Ani via Kars.

    Ani which dates as far back as the 5th century AD, and served as the capital of Armenia from 806.


    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Sarikamis, Sarikamis
    After our visits here we will then drive to Sarikamis once the Tsars of Russia favourite retreat and where we spend the night.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Sarikamis

    Day 7: Kars - Doğubeyazıt – Van

    Stop At: Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubeyazit Yolu 5., Dogubeyazit 04400 Turkey
    Today we head further south to Van via Dogubeyazit.

    We will then stop and see the Ishak Pasa Palace. This complex is made up of a mosque, a palace and a fortress, which initially had a different room for every day of the year and you can also see the remains of Eski Beyazit, and Urartian City which flourished in 1000 BC.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Mount Ararat, Eastern Turkey on the Armenian border, Agri Turkey
    We will have the chance to see Mt. Ararat from all sides and is claimed to be the resting-place of Noah’s Ark, but so far no one has found any evidence – yet the search is still on.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Muradiye Waterfalls, Dogubeyazit road, Osmangazi Turkey
    We will also visit the Muradiye waterfalls en route.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Van

    Day 8: Van

    Stop At: Akdamar Island, Lake Van Bitlis Van Yolu, Gevas, Van Turkey
    We will take a ferry across the lake to visit the most exceptional Armenian architecture, the Church of the Holy Cross that is on Akdamar Island.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Van Castle (Van Kalesi), 5 Km From The City Center, Van Turkey
    Explore the huge Van Castle from the days of Urartu where you will see the hieroglyphs and sense the spirit of the once Urartu capital Tushpa and feel the salty waters of the great Lake Van called ‘the Sea’ by the locals.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli), 25 kms from Van on the Hakkari road, Van Turkey
    After lunch at a local restaurant, we head to Cavustepe.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Van

    Day 9: Van – Mardin

    Stop At: Mardin, Mardin, Mardin Province
    We have an early departure for the longest bus ride of the tour (7:30 am – 3:30 pm).

    Drive west from Van around the southern end of Lake Van to Bitlis, then southwest to Mardin near the Iraqi border.

    We then travel via Bitlis and Ahlat where we will visit the Conic Tombs of Seljuk-Turkish period.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Mardin

    Day 10: Mardin – Urfa

    Stop At: Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, Village of Oguz, 30 Km Southeast of Mardin, Mardin 47100 Turkey
    In the morning, visit Mardin, a unique city with lovely old-Arabic style houses, which are often decorated with delicate carvings.

    This is a lively trading centre with people coming from different villages to buy and sell. Mardin also has a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Merkez Mardin Merkez, Mardin Merkez, Mardin Turkey
    It is a city that played an essential part in the early development of Christianity. Visit the fascinating Monastery of Deyr-az-Zaferan just outside of Mardin and founded in 762 A.D.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hasankeyf, Batman Turkey
    After lunch, we will drive to Hasankeyf that is situated by the Tigris river.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hasankeyf, Batman Turkey
    Soon to be submerged under the floodwaters of a new dam on the Tigris, Hasankeyf has hundreds of caves, hidden waterways, tombs, a larger and smaller Palace, as well as ruins of the Great Mosque.

    We will then drive to Urfa.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Urfa

    Day 11: Urfa – Kahta

    Stop At: Mevlid-i Halilulrahman Mağarası, Göl, Balıklı Göl Cd. No:51, 63210 Şanlıurfa Merkez/Eyyübiye/Şanlıurfa, Turkey
    Today we will visit the Mevlid Halil Mosque, the Cave of Prophet Abraham and the sacred fish pool.

    You will also have a chance to wander the streets in the Old Bazaar before continuing to Harran, city of the prophet Abraham.

    See Islamic school, the fortress and the curious beehive-shaped adobe houses.

    We will then make our way to Kahta for an overnight stay.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Kahta

    Day 12: Nemrut – Cappadocia

    Stop At: Mount Nemrut, Adiyaman 50100 Turkey
    Hike to the summit of Mount Nemrut (one of the most famous UNESCO world cultural heritage sites) and watch the sunset, be in awe of the colossal heads and the statues of ancient deities, as you take a step into mythology. This magnificent landmark sits at an elevation of 8000 ft.

    The mountain top complex is made up of two flat areas that are strewn with statues and are separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiochus constructed the entire complex around 2000 years ago as a dedication to his divine ancestry.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Arsemia Antik Kenti, Kahta Turkey
    Also, you should take time to visit the old castle, Arsemeia, cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge (Septimius Severus bridge) dating back to the 3rd century and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Kahramanmaras, Kahramanmaras, Kahramanmaras Province
    Then drive back to the hotel for a delicious breakfast before driving to Kahraman Maras to have some world-famous ice-cream.

    Then we will then drive to Cappadocia.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Cappadocia


    Day 13: Cappadocia

    Stop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Turkey
    Tour the Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the fascinating underground settlements in Cappadocia then drive to Sahinefendi (Sobesos) which is newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses and Archaeological excavation site.

    Villages in the valleys are surrounded by the “tabletop” mountains which are spectacular.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Keslik Monastery, Urgup Turkey
    Continue to the Keslik Monastery close to Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a thin smoke layer which you can only see by torchlight.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mustafapasa Yeni Cami, Sht. Nadir Kurt Sk. Yukarı, Mustafapasa, Urgup 50400 Turkey
    Visit Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; outstanding examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Red Valley, Nevsehir Ortahisar, Nevsehir 50650 Turkey
    Visit Saruhan Caravanserai, a roadside inn where travellers would rest and recover from their day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of information, commerce and people across a network of trade routes of North Africa, Asia, and South-Eastern Europe on the legendary Silk Road and the Spice Road.

    Continue with the panorama of the Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations and is in the heart of Cappadocia but still away from the tourist crowd.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Cappadocia

    Day 14: Cappadocia

    Stop At: Devrent Valley, Devrent Mevkii No:1 Urgup Yolu, 50500 Turkey
    Meet at the hotel reception after breakfast, then have your first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with some rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley, walk-in Pasabag near Zelve and wonder at the “fairy chimneys” where the sound of the wind mixes with the “songs of fairies”.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Avanos Oren Yeri, Kapadokya Cd., Avanos 50500 Turkey
    Lunch in Avanos which has been the centre of terra cotta work of art since around 3000 BC and you will get a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Goreme National Park, Goreme 50180 Turkey
    In the afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art that are in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar Turkey
    Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Cappadocia

    Day 15: Cappadocia – Antalya

    Stop At: Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt 68500 Turkey
    OPTION 1: IHLARA CANYON HIKING
    to Ihlara and on the way walk in the Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River.
    OPTION 2: TURKISH VILLAGE LIFE AND CULINARY TOUR Starting the day with a visit to the local market (only available only on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays) or take a morning walk to the fruit orchards in Ayvali Village.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Antalya

    Day 16: Antalya

    Stop At: Perge Ancient City, Aksu, Antalya 07110 Turkey
    We will see Perge, which was initially settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. Visit the impressive collonaded street, baths, nymphaeum, and agora and the fountain of the River God, where waters once poured down the centre of the city.


    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Aspendos, Serik Turkey
    Visit Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world.


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Kursunlu Waterfalls, Antalya Turkey
    We will then visit the beautiful Kursunlu waterfalls or Antalya Museum.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Antalya

    Day 17: Antalya – Pamukkale

    Stop At: Pamukkale Natural Park, Pamukkale orenyeri kocacukur alani pamukkale kasabasi, Pamukkale Turkey
    Drive to the travertine terraces at Pamukkale which are definitely one of the most spectacular natural wonders that you will be able to see from several mineral springs in a substantial white cliffside.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Pamukkale

    Day 18: Pamukkale – Kusadasi

    Stop At: Aphrodisias, 80 km from Pamukkale, Geyre Turkey
    Drive to Ephesus, on the way, visit Aphrodisias which was primarily known as a centre for the arts, specifically sculpture. The Aphrodisias School of Sculpture had a distinctive style and was very well circulated throughout the Greek and Roman world.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Kusadasi

    Day 19: Ephesus

    Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
    Visit the ancient city of Ephesus and spend a few hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Apostles Paul, Caesar, Cicero, and John and many other well-known historical names.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ephesus Terrace Houses, Selcuk 35148 Turkey
    The recently opened Terrace Houses (entry included) which is where the wealthiest Romans lived and are a great example of sensitive excavation and presentation and the mosaics and frescos are stunning.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey
    Tradition has it that St John brought Virgin Mary hereafter the Crucifixion and lived her last years close to the city of Ephesus on a secluded mountaintop. A lovely chapel was constructed on the site and tended by Franciscans and open to visitors and has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: St. John The Baptist Church, Sirince Mahallesi, Sirince Turkey
    We will continue with Saint John Church where Apostle John spent his final years and was buried.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Kusadasi

    Day 20: Ephesus – Assos (Troy)

    Stop At: Bergama, İzmir, Turkey
    Visit Pergamon that became an important kingdom during the Hellenistic period and had the second-best library in the time of the ancient Greek civilisation, after Alexandria.

    Asclepion that is located to the southwest of the lower city and was a sanctuary dedicated to the god of health. Asclepics that was one of the largest hospitals in history and is located to the west of the city, which was a great centre of culture, art and medicine.

    When the Ptolemies stopped exporting papyrus because of competitors, and partly because of shortages, the Pergamenes created a new substance to use in codices, called pergaminus or parchment after the city. This was made of calfskin, a predecessor of vellum.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Canakkale

    Day 21: Assos (Troy) – Istanbul

    Stop At: Troy (Truva), Tevfikiye Koyu, Intepe, Canakkale Turkey
    Visit Troy in the morning, 4000 years old Ancient City popular with the Trojan War and Trojan horse and known as the centre of ancient civilisations.

    Many years, people believed that it was a city in tales, and that is never actually existed until it was first found.

    It was first known as Ilium or New Ilium. Today Troy or New Ilium places in Hisarlik at Canakkale.

    The remains of the city from the thieves and destructors can be visited.

    After your visit, you will be transferred to Istanbul.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Istanbul

    Day 22: Departure Day

    Stop At: Istanbul Airport, Tayakadın, Tayakadın İhsaniye Yolu No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy/İstanbul, Turkey
    Transfer to Istanbul Airport to connect to your international flight
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel.Airports
    • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey
    • Sabiha Gokcen, Istanbul Turkey
    Departure Time :
    12:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Flights are non-refundable
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Goodman Tours

Activity ID: V-189016P104

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