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Flying Carpet Tour 15D/14N

This 15 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul. This magical trip is a true showcase of the best of Western Turkey.

You’ll soak up the rich history of cosmopolitan Istanbul, be amazed by incredible landscapes and waterfalls, soak up the sun, swim in crystal-clear waters, walk in the footsteps of some of history’s greats as you visit impressive ruins.

Tour Highlights

  • Istanbul – Old City – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul – St. Sophia Museum
  • Istanbul – Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul – Topkapi Palace
  • Istanbul – Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul – Hippodrome
  • Gallipoli – Battlefields Tour
  • Gallipoli – ANZAC Cove
  • Gallipoli – Lone Pine – Australian Memorial
  • Gallipoli – Johnson’s Jolly – original tunnels
  • Gallipoli – The Nek – original trenches
  • Gallipoli – Chunuk Bair – New Zealand Memorial
  • Troy – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pergamon – Teleferik (Cable Car)
  • Pergamon – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Ephesus – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Sirince – Village
  • Pamukkale – Calcium Travertines – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Tour
  • Dalyan – Dalyan River Cruise and Mud Baths
  • Dalyan – Kaunos Kings Tombs
  • Fethiye – Overnight
  • Fethiye – Fethiye 12 Island Cruise
  • Kayaköy – Greek Village
  • Antalya – Kaleiçi (Old Town) – Tour
  • Antalya – Hadrian’s Gate
  • Antalya – Suna-İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum
  • Aspendos – Ancient Site
  • Konya – Tinaztepe Caves
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Konya – Sille Village
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Göreme – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Göreme – Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia – Kaymakli – Underground City
  • Cappadocia – Pigeon Valley
  • Cappadocia – Red Valley
  • Cappadocia – Çavuşin Village
  • Cappadocia – Avanos – Pottery Village
  • Ankara – Atatürk’s Mausoleum
Price from

$3,955.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • - Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • - Tips except Driver and Guide
  • - Fethiye 12 Island Cruise
  • - Dalyan River Cruise and Mud Baths
  • - Entrance fees

Departures:

Every 2nd Saturday - April to October

Notes:

  • - The 2024 Flying Carpet Tour has changes Day 6 to Day 13.
  • - Fethiye 12 Island Cruise, Antalya Old Town Tour & Dalyan have been removed and replaced by Aphrodisias, Salda Lake, Antalya Museum & Perge. A free day in Fethiye has been added.
  • - The 2024 version of this tour may be found here 2024 - Flying Carpet Tour

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul!

You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.

Day 2

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene) and the Hippodrome.

Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 1 hour Bosphorus cruise by public ferry where your guide will explain the historical sites along the way.

Day 3

Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.

Day 4

Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse.

We continue on to Bergama and catch the new cable car up to the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon.

Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Day 5

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus a once a bustling trade hub and religious centre, Ephesus today whispers of ancient marvels, from site of the Temple of Artemis to the Library of Celsus’s grand façade and the grand amphitheatre.

Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

We continue on to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Here we will visit a local vineyard and learn about local production techniques. You will taste 3 local wines from the region at the garden of the vineyard before returning to our hotel.

Day 6

After a leather shop visit, we will head to Aphrodisias the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, also famous for its school of sculpture, we visit the stadium, which is the best preserved in Anatolia, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, theatre and the Museum.

Then, we continue to Pamukkale.

Day 7

This morning we will explore the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

Then we will head to Salda Lake, is known as Turkish Maldives. It is a mountain lake and located in the mountains before we travel down south to Fethiye.

Day 8

Today, you are free to explore the town at your own pace and there is also optional tours and activities.

Optional tours and activities: 12 island boat trip and Saklikent Gorge tour.

Day 9

This morning we head to Kayakoy.

The morning light provides excellent photos of this deserted Greek village.

Afterwards we drive to the resort town of Antalya.

We will visit the Antalya Museum with its wealthy collection from the ancient cities around the Antalya Province.

Day 10

We will visit Perge a famous antique site, early in the morning.

After Perge we drive to Aspendos which has the best preserved 2nd Century Amphitheatre in Turkey.

We return back to Antalya city in the afternoon and the remainder of your day is free.

Day 11

We will visit the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying Mevlana museum.

We continue along the ancient Silk Road visiting the former Greek village Sille.

Day 12

Today we head to Cappadocia, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, an ancient Silk Road stop off for merchants and traders.

Later we explore the many levels of an underground city.

After checking into our hotel we visit a traditional Turkish home for dinner.

Here you can do a course and help cook if you wish.

Day 13

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys.

We then visit Pigeon and Red Valley, followed by Cavusin village and lastly Avanos town where we will learn about hand-made pottery.

Day 14

Early morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.

Day 15

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.