Detailed Tour of Turkey
from West to East #24

Istanbul - Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi - Ephesus - Sirince - Pamukkale - Marmaris - Fethiye - Oludeniz - Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia - Kahta - Urfa - Diyarbakir - Mardin - Tatvan - Van

18 Days / 17 nights


Highlights of this tour include Istanbul and Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar, visit the Acropolis in Pergamum and St Mary's house in Ephesus. Taste wine in Sirince, cruise to turtle beach near Fethiye and swim in Oludeniz beach. Discover Cappadocia and the Kaymakli underground city. Admire the magnificent funerary monument at the peak of  Mt Nemrut and visit Urfa where Abraham was born. Driving more east reach the ancient city of Diyarbakir and travel along the Silk Road to reach the end of our journey the city of Van. We also suggest to check out the History of Anatolia page about the sites you will see on this comprehensive tour.


Day 01 Sat : Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul , meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure .
Day 02 Sun: Istanbul
During our morning city tour of Istanbul, uniquely connecting two continents. We will see the most famous sites of the historical city including the Topkapi Palace , St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and Spice Market.The day ends with an overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)
Day 3 Mon : Canakkale
In the morning drive on the European side of Turkey to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove , Nek , Conk Bair , Lone Pine and regiment memorial, cross the Dardanelles to Asia. Overnight in Canakkale.(BD)
Day 4 Tue: Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi
In the morning drive to the legendary Troy to see the replica of the famous wooden horse. Later on arrival to Pergamum site of the oldest hospital in the world where we visit Acropolis with the steepest ancient theatre then drive to Kusadasi seaside resort town. Overnight stay in Kusadasi . (B,D)
Day 5 Wed : Ephesus- Sirince – Kusadasi
In the morning drive from Kusadasi to Ephesus, the best preserved Greek-Roman town with its many publics buildings, theatre and Odeon, then visit the Virgin Mary's little stone cottage where she spent the last days of her life in seclusion. Continue to the the lovely village of Sirince in bucolic surroundings where you can taste the excellent local wine. Return to Kusadasi for overnight stay.(B,D)
Day 6 Thu : Hierapolis –Pamukkale -Marmaris
After Breakfast drive into the mainland through cotton farms  and arrive to Pamukkale famous for its "frozen" waterfalls. Enjoy the beauty of lime cascade and visit ancient Hierapolis, the former Roman spa town. Continue to the lovely seaside resort of Marmaris built around a lovely bay and embraced by green mountains. Overnight in Marmaris. (B,D)
Day7 Fri : Koycegiz and– Fethiye
This morning we drive to the lakeside town of Koycegiz to take a leisure boat cruise sailing below ancient Lycian tombs carved on sheer rocks to Turtle beach, breeding grounds of loggerhead sea turtles and a protected ecological erea. Continue on to Dalyan for a refreshing dip in the local muds, then drive to Fethiye. Dinner and overnight in Fethiye.(B,D)
Day 8 Sat: Kayakoy Greek village and Oludeniz Fethiye
In the morning depart to the quaint Greek village of Kayakoy, the ancient Lesbessos now a ghost town eerie reminder of former population exchange.  Afternoon we will drive you to scenic Oludeniz  (Dead Sea) with its crystal clear emerald waters where you will have opportunity to swim. Back to your hotel .Overnight Fethiye. (B)
Day 9: Sun Saklikent Gorge – Antalya
Today visit the scenic Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon, after tracking along the canyon and the river we will continue to Antalya crossing the Tauros mountains. Visit Duden Waterfall  en-route. Dinner and overnight in Antalya(B.D)
Day 10: Mon Antalya – Konya - Cappadocia
Early departure for Konya, stopping by Aspendos ancient Theater, considered the best preserved ancient theatre in the world. Visit Konya the center of  Seljuk mysticism and tour the monastery of the Mervlana Whirling Dervishes. Then drive to Cappadocia via Seljuk- on the ancient Silk Road . Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia
Day 11: Tue Cappadocia
Morning full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, the Open Air Museum of tiny little Byzantine churches in Goreme surrounded by lovely pink hills and the natural fortress in Uchisar with its beehive-like dwellings, all protected heritage sites. An optional Turkish folklore evening with dinner is available tonight. Overnight in Cappadocia(B)
Day 12: Wed Cappadocia –Kahta (Adiyaman)
Today we leave the land of  stone chimneys and musroom formations and drive along the ancient Silk Road via Kayseri and stopping at Karatay Han, a  13 Century caravanserai before proceeding to Adiyaman in the Central Euphrates, a former center at the crossroads of major trade routes hosting many civilizations. Overnight at the nearby town of Khata close to the highlight of your tour, Mount Nemrut. (B,D)
Day 13: Thu Kahta(Adiyaman) – Urfa
Visit the magnificent funerary monument at the peak of enigmatic Mount Nemrut dating back to Commagene Kingdom and continue to the massive Ataturk Dam and on to Urfa, the ancient city of prophets. Urfa was the birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham. We will visit the cave and shrine where tradition tells us Abraham was born. Nearby are the sacred pools of Abraham filled with sacred carp that are fed by the many pilgrims who visit this holy site. Overnight in Urfa. (B,D)
Day 14 Fri : Urfa - Diyarbakır
Visit the ongoing archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. Although not widely known amongst the general public Gobekli Tepe is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world From Gobekli Tepe, Hill of the Navel, we continue to Kurdish Diyarbakir, an ancient settlement, one of the oldest cities in the world (5000 years old). It is known for its ancient city walls; built by the Romans. The current walls, built of massive black basalt blocks is, after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world visible from space. Overnight in Diyarbakir.(B,D)
Day 15 Sat : Diyarbakır – Mardin - Tatvan
Depart to Mardin: located on a high hill overlooking the plains of southern Turkey and Syria. After breakfast, visit the Saffron Monastery, center of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy and still an active monastery still using ancient Aramaic, the language of Jesus. After lunch drive to Hasankeyf, situated by the Tigris River; soon to be submerged under the flood waters 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. After drive to Tatvan. Dinner and overnight Tatvan . (B,D)
Day 16 Sun : Diyarbakır – Tatvan – Van
Departure to Van Lake and Akdamar Island where we visit the beautifully restored 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, dating back to 915 AD and renowned for its bas-relief carving of biblical scenes. Originally the church was part of a long disappeared palace of the Armenia kings. From Akdamar continue to the city of Van former capital of the disappeared Urartu civilization and later center of the Armenain Kingdom of Vaspurakan. Dinner and overnight in Van. (B,D)
Day 17 Mon : Van
Drive south along the Silk Road and visit Hosap Castle, which was served as both a means of protecting the road and as a point of charging tolls on travellers..From Hosap we return to Van for lunch ,before ending the day with a visit to the Citadel of Van at sunset. Enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city of Van, Lake Van and Mt Suphan to the north- west and Mt Nemrut (B,D)
Day 18 Tue : Van /Return
After breakfast, transfer to Van airport end of service.


  • Arrival and departure transfers (Sabiha Gokcen airport is subject to surcharge of US$ 29 one way)

  • Hotel Accommodation as per the list of hotels

  • Meals are as indicated in the itineraries with code letters :B(Breakfast),L(Lunch),D(Dinner)

  • Professional Tour Guides throughout Turkey

  • Luggage handling in the hotels

  • Local Taxes,  Museum Entrance fees

Personal expenses
Customary tips to your guide and driver
Flight from Van to Istanbul ( apprx 160 US$ per person)

Hotels (5star or superior first class) or similar
Istanbul :Crown Plaza Harbiye 5*
Canakkale : Kolin 5*
Kusadasi:Grand Belish 5*
Marmaris Anemon 4*
Fethiye : Atapak 4*
Antalya : Barut Hotel 5*
Cappadocia: Dinler 5*
Adiyaman: Grand Isias 4*
Urfa : El Ruha 5*
Diyerbakır : Kervansary Hotel BTQ
Tatvan : Mostar Hotel 4*
Van : Rescate Hotel 5*

Prices for 2018 on request

Turkish Trivia         


History of Anatolia and the Hittites



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