Tourism in Turkey is focused largely on a variety of historical sites and on seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts. In recent years, Turkey has also become a popular destination for culture, spa and health care tourism. Istanbul is one of the most important tourism spots not only in Turkey but also in the world. Turkey has a number of major attractions derived from its historical status.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrive Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul check into your hotel. In the evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. Overnight at hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul To Gallipoli To Canakkale
Drive along the Sea of Marmara to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Time to visit the Anzac Cemetery and the site of a World War I battle. Then, a short Ferry crossing to Asia Minor. Overnight in Canakkale.
Travel from Istanbul to Canakkale
Fly Istanbul to Canakkale
Ferry to Sabiha Gokcen, fly to Edremit, bus
Day 3: Canakkale To Troy To Izmir To Kusadasi.
First, a visit to the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy. South to the lovely Bay of Edremit with distant views of the island of Lesbos. Through forests of pine, oak and valonia, head for Izmir, where an orientation drive includes the Karsıyaka District. From here, it’s not far to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Travel from Canakkale to Kusadasi
Day 4: At Leisure In Kusadasi
Enjoy your charming modern resort, located between ancient Ephesus and Priene and blessed with a delightful climate and white sandy beaches. Optional excursions to the Roman/Greek archaeological site of Ephesus and to the Virgin Mary House are available. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Kusadasi To Pamukkale To Denizli Area
Once past Aydin, you enter what is known as the “Greek Meander,” the most fertile region in Turkey. Make a first stop this morning for optional sightseeing of the ancient site of Aphrodisias scattered around the village of Geyre. From the town of Denizli, drive north to view the extraordinary sight of Pamukkale with the ancient site of Hierapolis. Overnight in the Denizli area.
Travel from Kusadasi to Denizli
Day 6: Denizli Area To Konya
Eastwards to Dinar and then past Lake Acigol, surrounded by cherry gardens and opium fields. Later, splendid mountain scenery on the way to Konya. Overnight at hotel.
Travel from Denizli to Konya
Day 7: Konya To Goreme To Cappadocia
Continue eastward into the great central plateau that separates Konya from Cappadocia, taking a break at the great Agzikarahan Caravanserai. After arrival to Goreme, an included afternoon excursion to the amazing Rock Chapels carved by early Christians. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Travel from Konya to Capadoccia
Day 8: Cappadocia
Optional sightseeing in the spectacular Cappadocia area. Admire the large natural Amphitheatre bounded by almost-vertical cliffs into which have been hewn monastic buildings, churches and underground retreats where early Christians sheltered from Roman persecution. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Cappadocia To Aksaray To Ankara
North today by way of Aksaray to Ankara. Enjoy an orientation drive of the Turkish capital. Afternoon optional excursions are available to see some of the capital’s highlights.
Travel from Capadoccia to Ankara
Day 10: Ankara To Gordion To Bursa
From Ankara into the ancient kingdom of Phrygia to Gordion where, according to legend, Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot. Visit King Midas's Tomb. On to historic Bursa in the shadow of the Olympus of Mysia, famous for its Great Mosque, covered bazaar and silk market. Overnight at hotel.
Travel from Ankara to Bursa
Day 11: Bursa To Istanbul.
A morning drive to the shores of the Sea of Marmara, then take a ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul. This afternoon, enjoy the included sightseeing with visits to the Roman Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Tonight, take advantage of the optional dinner outing in Istanbul. Overnight at hotel.
Travel from Bursa to Istanbul
Day 12: Istanbul
Markets, peddlers and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, and black coffee you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible. The view of the city at dusk with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus is unforgettable. Optional possibilities are a morning excursion by private boat on the Bosporus and in the afternoon, the Historical Tour of Istanbul. Overnight at hotel.