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12-Day Best of Turkey by Land Tour from Istanbul with Airport Transfer

Tour Code: 987-5685
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Sat (Jun - Sep)
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Istanbul, Turkey
12 Days 11 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Canakkale, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Fethiye, Gallipoli, Istanbul, Oludeniz, Pamukkale.

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    • Children are not allowed to join the tour. All passengers need to be over 18-year-old.
    Day 1


    As guests arrive at the airport in Istanbul, they should keep their eyes open after exiting the terminal to find official tour representatives holding a sign for them. Once everyone has checked into the hotel, we will gather in the lobby at 7:00pm for a brief introductory meeting. Then you can start to explore Istanbul like climbing to the top of the Galata Tower for epic views or splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar. After the meeting, join in an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
    Deluxe Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar
    Day 2

    Istanbul City Tour

    After breakfast, we will explore the magnificence of Istanbul, strolling through the old town to see the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sohpia Museum. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline.
    • Istanbul, TURKEY

      The most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. The city's biggest attraction is its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its cultural and entertainment hub is across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoglu district.

      Sultan Ahmed Mosque

      This historic mosque in Istanbul is nicknamed the "Blue Mosque" because of the magnificent blue tiles that adorn its interior. Built between 1609 and 1616, it represents the magnificent heights of Ottoman architecture.

      Topkapi Palace

      This magnificent palace in Istanbul was once home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860). The complex served as a royal residence and a setting for various state occasions and royal entertainment.

      Hagia Sophia

      The Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom" in English) is a former Greek Orthodox basilica, built in the 6th century by the Byzantines, that was later converted to an imperial mosque under Ottoman rule. It now houses a museum.
    Deluxe Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 3

    Istanbul - Gallipoli (203 km)

    Today, we will leave Istanbul for the shores of Gallipoli. We will visit the beach and cemeteries at Anzac Cove, before paying our respects at memorial sites Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
    • Gallipoli, TURKEY

      Located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east, Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name Kallipolis, meaning "Beautiful City".

      Anzac Cove

      A small cove became famous as the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on 25 April 1915. The cove is 600 metres long.
    Deluxe Hotel: 4 or 5-star hotel in Gallipoli
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 4

    Troy - Kusadasi (260 km)

    After breakfast, we will head to the ancient city of Troy, the setting of Homer's epic, lliad, involving a giant wooden horse. We will spend the night in Kusadasi.
    • Canakkale, TURKEY

      This city and seaport in Turkey sits on the southern coast of the Dardanelles (also called the Hellespont) at their narrowest point. It is the largest major city near the site of ancient Troy.


      The ruins of the ancient city of Troy, the famous setting of Homer's masterful epic The Iliad, are located within the Canakkale province of Turkey, on the country's Aegean coast.
    Deluxe Hotel: Marina Hotel Kusadasi or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 5

    Ephesus - Fethiye (538 km)

    Today, we will visit Ephesus, the most well-reserved ancient city in Turkey. Later, in the afternoon, we will depart for Fethiye, where we will be able to explore this buzzing tourist and resort town.
    • Ephesus, TURKEY

      The ruins at Ephesus were once an important ancient Greek city, located south of Izmir, Turkey. Important buildigns include the Library of Celsus, the Amphitheater, and the Temple of Artemis.
    • Fethiye, TURKEY

      Fethiye is a small coastal city on the southwestern tip of Turkey. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, featuring exquisite Mediterranean coastlines. Fethiye is one of Turkey's most famous tourist hubs and is particularly popular during the summer.
    Deluxe Hotel: Greenland Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 6

    Fethiye - Saklikent - Oludeniz (1579 km)

    After breakfast, we will make our way to Saklikent a huge canyon, before making our way to Oludeniz. Besides its spectacular beaches, glittering waters and breathtaking natural scenery, Oludeniz is also popular for its water sport activities. Here, we can relax on the exquisite beach or join one of the adventure activities including paragliding and microlighting. Later in the afternoon, we will depart for Fethiye, where we will spend the night.
    • Oludeniz, TURKEY

      Oludeniz is Turkish for "Dead Sea," named for the calm waters offshore. Located at the junction of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, it is a popular tourist destination, especially for Europe's yachting community.
    Deluxe Hotel: Ata Park Hotel Fethiye or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 7

    Fethiye - Dalyan - Fethiye

    After breakfast, we will make our way to Dalyan, a small town on the southwestern coast, popular for its natural, unspoiled beauty. We will embark on a boat trip to visit the most popular mud bath in the country before continuing to Iztuzu Beach, homeland of the world famous Caretta turtles. After that, we will reach the Iztuzu Sandbar. In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel.
    Deluxe Hotel: Greenland Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 8

    Fethiye - Pamukkale (565 km)

    Today, we will head to Pamukkale, which means "cotton castle" in Turkish. This natural site contains hot springs and travertines, which form terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle, and people have bathed in its pools for centuries.
    • Pamukkale, TURKEY

      This site near Denizli, Turkey is known as the "White Castle" for its white limestone cliffs. For thousands of years, the inhabitants of and visitors to the area have used the thermal pools to relax.

      Cotton Cliffs

      The word "Pamukkale" means "cotton castle" in Turkish, and you will understand why with one look a the terraces of the cotton cliffs, which resemble a large, white citadel rising from the Turkish countryside.


      Translated from ancient Greek, Hierapolis means "Holy City." Built atop the hot springs near Pamukkale, the city was abandoned in the late medieval period. It's Roman theater is one of the best-preserved examples of such theaters in the world.
    Deluxe Hotel: Hiera Park Deluxe Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 9

    Pamukkale - Cappadocia (508 km)

    Today, we will depart for Cappadocia, where we will visit the world famous Underground City, a region of exceptional wonders, both natural and man-made, characterized by its fairy chimneys and unique historical and cultural heritage. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath).
    • Cappadocia, TURKEY

      Cappadocia, located in central Turkey, is known for its fairy-tale speckled rock formations: strange rock formations, caves, and historical relics of semi-hermit people. It is also one of the two most popular place for hot air balloon rides on earth.

      Derinkuyu Underground City

      An ancient multi-level underground city extending to a depth of approximately 60 metres. It could accommodate up to 20,000 people and had amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories and chapels.
    Deluxe Hotel: Avrasya Hotel or similar ****
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 10


    Today we could have an early start for optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before breakfast. Then we will begin our exploration of Cappadocia, visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar and Pigeon Valley. We will end the day by visiting a local handicraft maker and learning about the area's traditional art.
    • Cappadocia, TURKEY

      Cappadocia, located in central Turkey, is known for its fairy-tale speckled rock formations: strange rock formations, caves, and historical relics of semi-hermit people. It is also one of the two most popular place for hot air balloon rides on earth.

      Goreme Open-Air Museum

      A break from the traditional museum, this outdoor area in the heart of Cappadocia showcases the some of the region's famous churches and monasteries that have been built in the caves of these impressive rock formations.


      Cavusin is a historic village in Cappadocia, where settlers carved homes right into the cliffs. At the summit of the cliff lie the ruins of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, an impressive sight when it was whole.


      The name "Uchisar" means "castle at the top," due to the citadel that was constructed in the caves of this rock, the highest point in all of Cappadocia. The town built on the slopes of the citadel offers fun experiences.

      Pigeon Houses

      Carved into the ancient cliffs of Cappadocia, you will find specially-designed pigeon houses, used to house the domesticated avian population of the area at a time when pigeons were widely used for long-distance messaging purposes.
    Deluxe Hotel: Avrasya Hotel or similar****
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 11

    Cappadocia - Istanbul (525 km)

    This morning we visit the dramatically beautiful Ihlara Valley before continuing to Istanbul where we arrive late in the evening.
    • Cappadocia, TURKEY

      Cappadocia, located in central Turkey, is known for its fairy-tale speckled rock formations: strange rock formations, caves, and historical relics of semi-hermit people. It is also one of the two most popular place for hot air balloon rides on earth.

      Ihlara Valley

      A 16 km long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following several eruptions of Mount Erciyes. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period built by the Cappadocian Greeks. Sixteen of the valley's 105 churches are open to visitors, and most of these are within 1km of the official valley entrance in Ihlara.
    Deluxe Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 12


    Our trip will come to an end in Istanbul after we check out of our hotel at 11:00am. After saying our goodbyes, we will go our separate ways.
    Breakfast: Included
    • Departure & Return

    • Complementary arrival airport transfer is available on the first day of the tour (Day 1) from both international airports in Istanbul. Transfers are available between, 05:00am until 23:00pm.
    • Price Includes

    • 11 nights hotel accommodation
    • Roundtrip Airport Transfer
    • Breakfasts
    • Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus
    • Experienced tour guide
    • 8 dinners
    • Price Excludes

    • Any flight tickets
    • Meals and drinks (unless otherwise specified)
    • Personal expense such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/ mini bar items.
    • Visa fees and personal travel insurance
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Optional activities: Entrance fees to the sights and museums, or other services not stated in the itinerary
    • Additional Note

    • This tour is recommended for travelers between 18-39 years old. Others are welcome, but most passengers will be within this age group.
    • Children are not allowed; Passengers must be over 18-year-old in order to join the tour.
    • Spending money: Every person has different spending habits, but to help you out with your planning, we estimated your average daily expenses. An approximate amount of £20 per day for lunch & dinner (without drinks), and £30 per day as personal spending money (souvenirs, handicraft etc. not included) is generally sufficient.
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    • Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a receipt of booking by email. Within 2-3 business days of submitting your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email confirming the booking status. Please do not book any airline tickets until you receive the status of your booking.


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    • Booking changes
      All changes, amendments or additions must be confirmed prior to 60 days of the departure date to avoid cancellation or amendment fees. No new passengers may be added to a booking once completed.

    • Cancellations and Cancellation Fees
      Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to TakeTours by email or through web mail at Contact Us .
    • a) Name & Tour Date changes requested within:
      60-30 days of departure will incur an amendment fee of £25 per person;
      29-15 days of departure will incur an amendment fee of £50 per person;
      14 days of departure will be made at the sole discretion of tour operator.
      b) Tour Destination changes requested within:
      60-30 days of departure will incur an amendment fee of £35 per person;
      29 days of departure will be made at the sole discretion of tour operator.
      Changing the tour date and/or the destination is subject to availability of the new requested date and/or the destination. If the revised tour has a higher price and/or local payment, the price difference must be paid by the passenger. It is not possible to transfer the booking to travel dates outside of seasonal dates covered in tour operator brochure or by the relevant edition of the website valid at the time the original booking was made. Hotelier cancellation charges are liable to be paid by the passenger in the event of booked pre-tour and post-tour accommodation being unused whatever the circumstances are.
    • Cancellations penalty within the balance payment period (60-0 days prior to departure) are as follows: (Notification day and departure day are not counted)
      60 days or more prior to departure - £60 per person.
      59-30 days prior to departure - 70% of total purchase amount.
      29-15 days prior to departure - 85% of total purchase amount.
      1-14 days prior to departure - 100% of total purchase amount.
      Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
      Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
      The refund amount will be credited directly to your account. Or the refund can also be forwarded directly to your credit card with a 10% handling fee.
      NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour.
    • Itinerary Variations
      We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
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      We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, TakeTours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers. We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.

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