The Best of Turkey tour is the ideal travel choice for those who wish to enjoy the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey in a longer tour but without a lot of bus travel. Instead we connect the major destination cities by short 1 hour flights. We’ll explore Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. Next, we’ll fly to Cappadocia and experience this amazing landscape. While staying at luxurious cave hotels at night, we will explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics during the day. A quick flight departing Cappadocia to Izmir will allow you to experience the unique Aegean culture. With a visit to the wonderful village of Sirince. The next day you'll tour the highlight site of Turkey - Ephesus - once a great Roman city it still has the glory as a must see site. The next day will allow you to "meander" along the river of its name to the much sought after site of Pamukkale before continuing overland to Antlaya. This journey will allow you to see some of the Anatolian landscapes and some impressive mountains along the way on our way to the beautiful, turquoise Mediterranean coast of Antalya. There, we will enjoy a mix of touring and seaside lounging, where 8000 foot mountains rise from a backdrop of crystal clear waters. 3 nights here will allow you to see a mix of sites and enjoy the warm beaches. You'll return for one last night to Istanbul before departing the final day on your international flight.
The Highlights of Turkey tour is the ideal Turkey travel choice for those who wish to enjoy the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey. We’ll see the best of Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. After flying to Cappadocia you’ll experience this amazing landscape of Turkey. While staying at luxurious cave hotels at night, we will travel and explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics during the day. Next a 1 hour flight to Izmir, where we will spend a few days exploring the classical sites of western Turkey, including the white cliffs of Pamukkale and the vast avenues of ancient Ephesus – A traveller’s delight.
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Walk in Paul’s footsteps Visit the Ancient Sites of Paul’s First Journey This unique Biblical tour is most often operated over 6 days starting in Cappadocia after a stop in Istanbul, and following St. Paul’s travels return during his first missionary journey from Cappadocia west to Lystra and Derbe where little remains today, then west to Iconium (modern day Konya) and then towards Pisidian Antioch (modern day Yalvac) before heading south to the Mediterranean port city of Antalya (Attalia) If you have 3 extra days, the tour could reach as far as Antioch of Syria (actually Modern day Hatay/Antakya in SE Turkey), though the distance and travel to reach here is excessive. We recommend instead spending extra time at the beginning or end in Antalya on the beach! Hotels used are in the larger towns nearby as a few sites have no modern or ancient remains! This tour can be designed per your desires and timing, just let us know. You may consider extending this trip by adding time in Istanbul or Ephesus using direct flights: see the tour extension details at: Istanbul Extenstion / Ephesus Extension / Antalya Extension The tour follows the general outline of Acts 13 & 14. Read Acts 13 & 14 here
One of our most popular tours Dates: The trip will depart regularly throughout the year. This private group tour will feature some of the high spots of Turkey’s Christian history including the 7 Churches of Revelations. The group will visit the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey. You’ll first discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. The next leg of your journey will take you along the major classical sites of western Turkey where the 7 Churches of Revelation are found, including: Laodiciea and Pamukkale with its thermal pools, Philadelphia, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Smyrna, and Ephesus. The route will generally follow the text of Revelations 1-3. This is a trip designed to explore some of the most featured regions of Turkey, while giving time and attention to the devotional journey awaiting you at the 7 Church sites of Revelations. Revelation 1-3 (New Living Translation)
The Best of Turkey tour is the ideal travel choice for those who wish to enjoy the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey. We’ll explore Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influences architecture. Next, we’ll fly to Cappadocia and experience this amazing landscape. While staying at luxurious cave hotels at night, we will explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics during the day. This tour has less travel and more time to enjoy Turkey.
This trip is designed for you if you've been to Istanbul before and want to see the less visited but still amazing sites that especially get you outside of Sultanahmet. This tour is also a great option for those wanting to extend a longer Turkey tour by adding a few days more in Istanbul, but not repeating the typical Hagia Sophia/ Topkapi Palace route. This 3 night 4 day tour, assumes you arrive early on day 1 from your flight and allows you to visit the splendors of the Dolmahce Palace and the Yildiz palace on the Bosphorous. The end of the day will be drinking tea while watching the sunset and commuters across the romantic Bosphorous straits from the Ortakoy Mosque. Day 2 takes you to a less visited area - the cross roads of Orthodox Christianity, Judiasm and Islam all in the same avant garde and up and coming neighborhood of Balat. You'll see incomprehensible diversity in a small area on the Golden horn with lots of real life going on around you. Day 3 will slow things down and allow you to visit the unbelievable but often overlooked Istanbul Archaeology Musem before you take a ferry to one of our favorite hangouts - the progressive, always on the move and very cool Kadikoy, where you can taste lots of street food and see how locals live... Day 4 after a nice rest includes private transfer to the Istanbul Airport
Walk in the Lycian Footsteps: Visit the Ancient Sites of the Lycian People It was a geopolitical region in Anatolia in what are now the provinces of Antalya and Muğla on the southern coast of Turkey, bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the sharp dramatic Toros Mountains. This area is a marvel of blue Mediterranean sea and green pine clad forest. This unique tour is most often operated over 4 days starting in Antalya, and following the Mediterranean coastline westward where the Lycian people dwelled. You'll vary from seaside location to mountain tops and spend glorious time outdoors in nature. This tour can be designed per your desires and timing, just let us know. You may consider extending this trip by adding time in Istanbul or Ephesus using direct flights: see the tour extension details at: Istanbul Extenstion
Pisidia is the ancient mountainous land that fully surrounds the plain of Pamphylia. From prehistoric to Roman times the people that occupied this region remained distinct from the Pamphylians (who were descendants the people of Troy who migrated to the region after losing in battle) even though they were likely distant relatives. Alexander the Great struggled with the Pisidians and was never fully able to defeat them. The Pamphylians, however, would never engage him. Later, when Persia battled Greece, the Pisidians supported the Persians. Then, even under the Roman rule, while Pamphylia obeyed Rome, the Pisidians continued to battle themselves, one another and the Romans. Their vigour and distinction is likely due to the extremely rugged mountainous terrain on which they lived. This made their lives hard and the lives of their enemies harder. You'll experience the grandeur and rugged beauty of their mountaintop locations on this tour - visiting untouched sites close to Antalya. From the mountaintop site of Termessos just 45 mins from Antalya, to the unbelievable restored grand fountains in Sagalassos to the forests surrounding Selge and Adada, these sites retain their rugged appearance and protected national forest distinction. To mix in variety for this tour, lunch each day will be at interesting stops – a country horse farm, a waterfall, or a lakeside. While there are a few hours of driving on day 2, 3 and 4, the sites are well worth seeing as they are unique and often free of other tourists. This tour is ideal if you like hiking, exploring off the beaten path and seeing what few others dare to see.
For those of you traveling to other areas of Turkey that want an add-on trip to see Ephesus or if you are wanting to focus on this region, this is just the tour for you. Ephesus is the most visited and likely the most amazing Roman city in Turkey for travelers. A major pilgrimage point for Christians for literally thousands of years, it is well worth the time and money for a visit. You’ll see the Odeon, the Bouleterion, Library, Agora, and the Great Theather. What you won’t see is the Sea! While in Roman times a port city – due to the Roman’s need for wood, its believed they clear cut most surrounding mountains, resulting in major erosion and, the resultant silting up of the harbor. The sea is now over 2 miles away! Also, you’ll stop by the shrine of the Virgin Mary and visit the Ephesus Museum, though while small has some incredible exhibits. Your may choose hotels either in the hussle of Izmir, the quite small town of Selcuk very close to Ephesus, or in the Aegean seaside town of Kusadasi, Turkey. The tour assumes a domestic flight at the beginning to position you in Izmir. Let us know if this isn't needed or if the flight needs to come from Istanbul or Cappadocia instead.
Explore the magical land of fairy chimneys and hot air balloons. This tour assumes your start in Antalya with an included flight to Cappadocia but can be replaced by a start in Istanbul as well. You will visit on your tour Uchisar Fortress, OrtaHisar and the Red Valley. Explore Pasabaglari (Fairy Chimneys), Zelve Open Air Musuem (houses carved in rock, Seljukian Mosque and remains). You'll also see Esentepe (panoramic view of Goreme,) Goreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescos, monastery) and Kaymaklı Underground City. You can have the opportunity to fly above Cappadocia in a hot air balloon or ride horses across the unique terrain. Optional Programs in Cappadocia: Whirling Dervish Ceremony: $65 per person Trekking Tour: $50 per person Hot Air Balloon Ride: 6o Minutes: $220 per person 90 Minutes: $330 per person Horse Riding Tour: 1 Hour: $60 person Hours: $90 per person
This is one of the most sought after tours in Turkey. You’ll discover Istanbul, Turkey a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich Turkish culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, traveling from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. On your arrival day you'll be transferred to your hotel in the center of the historic district - Sultanahmet and may choose to spend time this evening wandering the area as it is especially beautiful at night. The next day take advantage of your guide’s knowledge on visits to St. Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue colored tiles and architecture. Continue your tour to Byzantine Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar - a massive bazaar where virtually every knick knack is available. Your second full day of touring will start at the Topkapi palace - where you start to understand the unique mystical Ottomans. Next you'll visit the Spice Bazaar / Egyptian Bazaar before embarking on a tour of the Bosphorus Straits, where seasonally you may see an amazing sunset. You'll return to your hotel for a final night. The final day will include a return transfer to the Istanbul airport for your departure flight.