Silk Road Discovery Tour

(2 customer reviews)
Duration 📅

9 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation 🛏️

3 Star Hotel, 4 Star Hotel

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Small Group

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle, Domestic Flight

Language 🌐

English, Turkish

Visa 🛂

NOT Included

Difficulty 🚥



8 nights – accommodation
All Transfers
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Tips except for Driver and Guide
Domestic flight between Gaziantep and Istanbul and transfers
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From: $1,449.00

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Our 9-day Silk Road Discovery Tour starts from Kusadasi and visiting the Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis to feel the mystical atmosphere of this ancient city. Since Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey we head-in to the Greek village to learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Continuing our adventure traveling to the ancient Silk Road, and visiting Mt Nemrut, Karatay Caravansaray, and Kahramanmaras. Our next destination will be Sanliurfa to visit Ataturk Dam and Gobekli Tepe. We will return back to Istanbul by flight and that will be the end of our trip.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Silk Road Discovery Tour

Day 1 – Kusadasi (D)

Welcome to Kusadasi! Check into your hotel at your leisure and for the rest of the day, you are free to explore this harbourside resort town. Tonight you meet your tour guide and fellow traveling companions.
Overnight Kuşadası.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Boutique Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Ephesus – Kusadasi (B, D)

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village, we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
Overnight Kuşadası.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Boutique Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or similar.

Day 3 – Pamukkale – Hierapolis (B, D)

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
Overnight Pamukkale.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Adem Pira Hotel or similar.

Day 4 –  Silk Road – Konya (B, D)

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don’t miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!
Overnight Cappadocia.

🏚️ Hotel Option: MDC Cave Hotel Cappadocia Hotel or similar.

Day 5 – Cappadocia – Goreme – Underground City (B, D)

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.
Overnight Cappadocia.

🏚️ Hotel Option: MDC Cave Hotel Cappadocia Hotel or similar.

Day 6 – Mt Nemrut – Karatay Caravansaray – Kahramanmaras (B, L, D)

Departure in the morning from Cappadocia, we cross the Tekir plateau towards Adiyaman and Mt Nemrut. Along the way, our first stop will be the Seljuk Karatay Caravansaray. The next stop will be Pinarbasi for a short tea break then onto Kahramanmaras which produces Turkey’s best ice cream! From here we pass through Adiyaman and visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Severus (Cendere) Bridge and the Karakus Tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. This evening we will go to Mt Nemrut, ascend the mountain, watch the magical sunrise over the plateau, and visit the massive ancient rock statues. After the sunset, we return to Adiyaman.
Overnight Adiyaman.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Hotel Euphrat Nemrut or similar.

Day 7 – Gobekli Tepe – Sanliurfa – Harran (B, L, D)

Today we drive to Sanliurfa, visiting Ataturk Dam, Turkey’s largest, along. After a short break, we drive to Gobekli Tepe, predating Stonehenge by some 6,000 years, some believe it is the site of the world’s oldest temple. Lunch will be in Sanliurfa and after lunch, we visit the Harran, a village of Mud-Brick “beehive” houses mentioned in the book of Genesis where Abraham spent the last years of his life. we will visit the ruins of Harran including the city walls, the oldest Islamic university, and the castle dated to the eighteenth century. We then drive back to Sanliurfa where we will stay and you will have a chance to see the Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, where you can see the Prophet Abraham Cave and the Pools of the Holy Carp surrounding it, then wander around the oriental covered bazaar.
Overnight Sanliurfa.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Hotel Harran or similar.

Day 8 – Gaziantep – Istanbul (B, L)

Departure from Sanliurfa for Gaziantep where you can see the famous Mosaic Museum, the largest in the world, and home to the famous ‘Gypsy Girl’ mosaic. This museum exhibits superb mosaics discovered at the roman site of Belkis – Zeugma before Birecik Dam flooded most of the site. After lunch, we catch a flight to Istanbul from Gaziantep airport. Overnight Istanbul.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Sirkeci Mansion Hotel or similar.

✈️ Domestic flight between Gaziantep and Istanbul is included.

Day 9 – Istanbul (B)

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.

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    It was exceptionally great experiences. Ephesus full of history, Cappadocia Is wonderful, balloon ride was fantastic, great view of the town. The highlights of this tour is the hot air balloon ride, open museum and climbing Mt. Nemrut to see an amazing sunset. Food is excellent, hotels are nice except Nahrin Hotel and Art in Urfa. The room wasn’t cleaned, sheets wasn’t changed, garbage wasn’t collected, no hot water, dirty bedsheets were in the closet and the small bottles of used bathroom products were not replaced. I called the attention of my tour guide he immediately came. He himself collected the used sheets and showed to the staffs. The room was sanitized after I complained. Breakfast wasn’t ready @ 7:30 my tour guide woke up the hotel staff. Other guests left without breakfast. We waited for the food but not that long. Am not a picky person but this hotel is not for me. That’s the only one that turned me off the entire journey. On the other hand, however, the places we’ve visited are wonderful and great. I learned a lot more about Turkey from the tour guides. In conclusion: the Silk Road Tour is great, full of history and excitement. I highly recommended but most importantly deep in my heart I give much credit to the friendly tour guides, Goksu Pamir and Uygar Emre Aras down-to-earth personalities, very knowledgeable of the places visited. They deserve an accolade. Ditto kudos to the quiet tour drivers for driving and maneuvering the roads at ease and safety. I love the Turkish people, they’re kind and helpful. They’re the best. New Jersey 10/2020

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  2. Al

    An amazing tour company and exceptional tour, our guide Genghiskan was knowledgeable and extremely educated, spoke fluent English and answered all of our questions, he went above and beyond to accommodate any request we had. he really had passion for his job and he did it in a perfect way. The driver Murat was also exceptional . Will go back

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