Especially for International arrivals that are connecting to other destinations in Turkey but want to to discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich culture. This 2 night 3 day tour, allows you to arrive on day 1 from your international flight and get your footing before jumping into all that Istanbul offers on day 2. 2 nights in the hotel in Sultanahmet gives you a chance to deal with jet lag, with day 3 transfering you on to your onward journey in Turkey.
You will be picked up from your hotel for your daily tour to Ephesus. Your tour will include these sites: Ephesus famous with its Temple of Artemis and magnificent library. Following by lunch your tour will continue by visiting St. John Church and Virgin Mary’s House. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
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.
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
Set Sail on the Mediterranean We offer the option to have a private blue cruise boat based on your group size. The tour is offered at a fixed price for April - June and Sep-Oct. Due to very high demand contact us directly if you want to travel in July or August A few hours drive from Antalya to Fethiye your relaxation begins. You will have to face the difficult decisions each day: deciding to swim, snorkel, sleep, read or sit around – All while the crew cooks, cleans and cares for you. Sleeping under the stars soothed by the soft rocking of the boat as you drift around the Mediterranean awaken to the stillness and quiet of the Med. You may choose to swim before the crew serves a full breakfast each morning and then you have to decide – swim, snorkel, read, chat, sun bath, or just exist…. the only decision each day is – what cove to visit next. The boat will weigh anchor before moving to another quiet cove for lunch with options at each cove to wonder the trails on forested hill sides. Rahmi Bedri Cove is pleasant with a fresh water spring and bizarre but ecologically appropriate rock paintings. In the evening you’ll likely get a chance to snorkel the sunken ruins of Cleopatra’s baths. You can also opt for a 1 hour hike up and over the mountain that separates this much protected bay from the open Mediterranean Sea. A full meal under the stars and stillness await you. You’ll enjoy another wonderful dinner on the gulet and savor the pleasant sea breezes
Discover Antalya, Turkey a city of entertainment, beaches, and a wealth of rich Turkish culture. Breathe the sea air and the mountain air as you move seamlessly from the coast to the 2500m / 8000 ft mountain top on a cable car. stroll among lived-in ancient structures on the seaside and on the mountain tops as you enjoy lively Antalya. In place of your arrival day tour, or as an added tour on your departure day you may wish to cruise the coastline of the Mediterranean and relax, followed by a chance to get those last minute gifts. Your hotel will be near the Old City so you can enjoy the restaurants and night life there. Antalya a unique blend of coast, mountains, ancient walled street and harbor, city life and forests.
Antalya resides on the western edge of the ancient plain of Pamphylia and is now the most visited city in Turkey and one of the top 10 tourist cities in the world. This tour of Mediterranean Turkey will focus on the beaches and ancient Greek/Romans sites on the flat Pamphylian plain. Your tour will start with a visit to the the Ancient city of Attallia – settled in 130 BC by King Attallos, the completely walled inner city or “Kale-ici” is now the heart of the thriving city of Antalya. The charming streets and restored old houses make this a truly unique area to wander. Of course all eyes are drawn to the beautiful harbor that is the foot of the old city. Your tour will also visit the award winning Antalya Museum – a spot not to be missed with one of the best collections and displays in Turkey. Here you will see the enormous Lycian tombs, a section on Saint Nicholas, a feature on the local nomadic people as well as the finest statuary from Perge. Over the next few days, you will see the 3 sister cities: Perge (of St. Paul’s fame), Side (an amazing site on the sea), and Aspendos (the finest Roman theater in Turkey). Each with their own unique character. You will also take an excursion on the last day to see some of the magnificent waterfalls in Antalya. If you desire to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean coast and seaside, your hotel has direct access to a unique seaside swimming venue or you may choose to stay at one of the excellent boutique hotels located in the old city of Kaleici.
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
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
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.
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