21 Day Turkey Tour

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Duration 📅

21 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation 🛏️

4 Star Hotel, 5 Star Hotel

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Private

Language 🌐

English, Turkish

Difficulty 🚥

Easy

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle, Ferry

Transport

We use a Mercedes Vito or Sprinter and 2015 model or newer.

Visa 🛂

NOT Included

Inclusions

20 Nights Accommodation
Tour Guide
Entrance Fees
20xBreakfast
19xLunch

From: $5,534.00

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💎 Why we love it ?

Turkey has a very rich history, cultural and religious variety, and beautiful nature, and this 21-day trip is a good chance to get to know this richness. With the In-depth Cultural tour 21 Day Turkey Tour, you have a 21 days tour package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey, and 19 other destinations in Turkey. 21 Day Turkey Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, insurance, transport, and more.

 

🏁 Tour Itinerary: 21 Day Turkey Tour

Day 1:  Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale

Arrive in Istanbul.
Meet and transfer to the Gallipoli Peninsula.
See the Kabatepe Museum.
ANZAC Cove.
Lone Pine Australian Memorial.
Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels).
The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial) and visit the poignant Lone Pine Cemetery, the Dardanelles.
Then take the ferry crossings from Eceabat to Canakkale and check-in to the hotel.
The rest of the day is free.
Check-in to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Canakkale.

 

Day 2: Troy – Pergamon – Smyrna (Izmir) – (B, L)

After breakfast, visit Troy, Homer’s legendary Troy, to see the replica of the wooden horse.
Then travel to Pergamon to visit the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, Serapis Temple, Heroon, Sanctuary of Athena, Library of Pergamon, Temple of Tragan, Theatre, Zeus Altar, Kizil Avlu.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Izmir.

 

Day 3: Izmir – Sardis – Alasehir (Philadelphia) – Akhisar (Thyatira) – (B, L)

Visit Sardis capital city of ancient Lydia.
See the early church remaining in Sardis (Sardis Gymnasium, Jewish Synagogue, Diana {Artemis} Temple).
Continue to Alasehir to visit the early church remaining in Philadelphia (St John Basilica).
Then drive to Akhisar (Thyatira) for a short visit to the 4th-century church.
After lunch, visit the Roman Agora in Izmir.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Izmir.

 

Day 4: Izmir (Smyrna) – Selcuk – Kusadasi (B, L)

Visit the 2nd century Polycarp Church in Izmir (check if this church’s renovation is completed).
Then proceed to Ephesus to Virgin Mary’s House.
Then descended to see the Cave of the Seven Sleepers and have lunch there.
After that a visit to the Basilica of St John where the apostle of John was buried and view the Temple of Artemis.
Kusadasi for dinner.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

 

Day 5: Ephesus – Kusadasi (B, L)

Visit Ephesus Museum.
Then drive to visit the Virgin Mary House.
descended down to see the Cave of the Seven Sleepers.
visit Ephesus 1 – Baths of Scholastica, Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, the Theater, Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Then visit Paul’s Grotto in Ephesus (check to see if this is open to a small group tour).
Then drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

 

Day 6: Kusadasi – Priene – Miletus – Didyma– Bodrum (B, L)

Travel to the Ionic cities of Priene, the well-designed Greco-Roman city, and the best-preserved Hellenistic theater in Turkey to visit the newly excavated remains of a synagogue in the west residential district and Alexander the Great’s home there.
Then a visit to the great Ionian port of Miletus, where Paul farewelled the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:17-38) and the newly excavated remains of a synagogue.
After lunch, a visit to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma and then continue to Bodrum.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Bodrum.

 

Day 7: Bodrum – Aphrodisias– Hierapolis – Pamukkale (B, L)

Visit Bodrum (Castle of St Peter & Halicarnassus Mausoleum).
Then drive to visit Aphrodisias [Temple of Aphrodite] excavated by the New York University.
Proceed to visit Hierapolis; the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, Necropolis, and Philip’s tomb.
Swimming is available at the hot spring water indoor pool of your hotel.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Pammukale.

 

Day 8: Pamukkale – Hierapolis– Laodicea – Colossae – Antalya (B, L)

Drive to Hierapolis to visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, Necropolis, and Philip’s tomb.
After this, travel to Laodicia (Church of Laodicea 7) to visit the Christian Ruins, the Statue of Emperor Augustus, the Aqueduct, the Stadium, Ephesian Gate.
Then drive to the unexcavated city of Colossae (Honaz – Ancient metropolis of Phrygia, the recipient of Paul’s letter).
Then drive south to Antalya city.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Antalya.

 

Day 9: Antalya (B, L)

Drive south to Antalya city to see Kaleici (old Antalya), Clock Tower, Old Harbour, Kesik Minare, Hadrianus Gate.
Then visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum.
After lunch, a visit to the Kursunlu Waterfall to relax and behold God’s beautiful creation dating back to the Roman period.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Antalya.

 

Day 10: Antalya – Perge – Aspendos – Side – Antalya (B, L)

Drive to see the Greco-Roman city of Perge where Paul gave his first speech on Christianity in the area.
Then see the World’s best-preserved Greco-Roman Amphitheater at Aspendos.
Visit the Site to see the ancient theatre, great Gate, and Temple of Apollo.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Antalya.

 

Day 11: Antalya – Pisidian Antioch – Konya (B, L)

Drive to Yalvac to visit Pisidian Antioch.
Then continue to Konya via Beysehir Lake for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Konya.

 

Day 12: Konya – Cappadocia (B, L)

Visit Konya, ancient Iconium, see the Mevlana Monastery of the Dervishes (museum), Mausoleum (Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi), the founder chief of whirling Dervishes, Karatay Medrese, and Ince Minaret.
Visit the walled 13-century Sultanhan Caravansarai en route to Cappadocia for dinner and overnight.

 Accommodation: Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

 

Day 13: Cappadocia (B, L)

Visit Goreme Open Air Museum to see Byzantine Frescoes, Tokah Kilise, Basil Kilise, Elmali Kilise, Azize Barbara Kilisesi, Yilanli Kilise, Karanlik Kilise, St Catherine Chapel, Carikli Kilise, Nunnery, the Troglodyte Village of Avcilar, Ortahisar, Avanos Village and see the fairy chimneys St Simeon church at Pasabag (Monk) Valley.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

 

Day 14: Full Day Tour in Cappadocia – Ankara (B, L)

Visit Cappadocia Derinkuyu Underground City, Uchisar Castle to see the panoramic points to see the cone of Uchisar & Guvercinlik Valley, Ihlara Valley, which itself alone needs almost a half-day to complete (not suitable for elder people).
Optional Balloon Ride in the early morning (06:00-08:00) which is subject to availability due to weather conditions in the winter.
Then drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.

🏚️ Accommodation: Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

 

Day 15: Ankara Day Tour (B, L)

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilization, Ulus, Mausoleum of Ataturk, Temple of Augustus, Roman Bath, Column of Julian, and the Ankara Citadel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ankara.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Ankara.

 

Day 16: Ankara – Gordion – Bursa (B, L)

Visit Yassıhöyük (Gordion) [King Midan’s Earth Tumulus, Phrygian Valley, Midas Şehri] and Yazılıkaya with many monument writing-rocks and underground passages from the Phrygian age in there.
Drive to visit Sivrihhisar Castle & Ballihisar.
Then follow by visiting Kybele Temple in Pessinus.
Then drive to Bursa for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bursa.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Bursa.

 

Day 17: Bursa – Nicea – Yalova – Istanbul (B, L)

Visit Bursa city center, Green Mosque, Green Mausoleum, and Nicea where the Council of Nicea was held.
Take the fast ferry to Istanbul and leisure afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Istanbul.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 18: Istanbul Sightseeing (B, L)

Visit Hippodrome of Istanbul, Blue Mosque (The Sultan Ahmed Mosque – Sultanahmet Camii), Topkapi Palace (Sarayi) including Harem and Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), and visit Cemberlitas Hamam in Sultanahmet.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Istanbul.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 19: Full Day Istanbul Tour (B, L)

Visit Kariye Museum (Church of St Savior at Chora), Süleymaniye Mosque, St Sophia building (Hagai Sofia aka Aya Sofya) & Underground Byzantine Cistern (Yerebatan).
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Istanbul.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 20: Istanbul (B, L)

Morning visit of Old Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus cruise by ferry to see the Anadolu Hisari, Rumeli Hisari (No interior visits to medieval forts), old mansions, waterfront wood houses, imperial palaces, hunting lodges, kiosks, modern villas on both the European and Asians shores of the strait while cruising.
Drive by the Golden Horn to see the Old City walls and visit the Süleymaniye Mosque.
Visit the Dolmabahce Palace.
Dinner at a local seafood restaurant in the Kumkapi district.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Istanbul.

🏚️ Accommodation: Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 21: Istanbul (B)

Have a relaxing morning and a visit to the Istanbul Archaeological Museum and getting ready to return home.

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