12 Days 11 Nights
Explore magnificent Turkey in 12 days with our exclusive tour offered by ESF. Regular departures are scheduled from November until March to give you the flexibility to choose the date that suits you. Discover the rich history of Istanbul, browse the ancient treasures of Ephesus, immerse yourself in the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia and much more. Let yourself be guided by our experts for an unforgettable experience.
When you arrive at the airport, our team will be there to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Check the information boards at reception for details of the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travelers.
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, including the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, the city walls, the Golden Horn and the exterior of the Hagia Sophia. After the tour, explore Topkapi Palace, the former administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. At the end of the afternoon, transfer to the Taksim district for a lively evening.
Take a boat trip on the Bosphorus, offering unique views of palaces, typical wooden houses and Ottoman villas. Return to the center of Istanbul and free time.
Early departure to Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor. Visit the Basilica of Saint John, the house of the Virgin Mary and the archaeological site. Arrival in Kusadasi for a lively evening.
Admire views of the Aegean Sea en route to Lake Bafa. Continue to Bodrum, a fortified city of Greek origin. After lunch, head to Marmaris, a lively coastal town with its castle. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris.
Excursion to Dalyan, with a boat ride to see the ROYAL LYCIIAN TOMBS. Continue to the hot springs and have lunch at one of the riverside restaurants. Arrival in Antalya for a brief city tour. Dinner included.
Departure to Aspendos to visit its well-preserved Roman theater. In Side, admire the Greek Temple of Apollo. Drive through the Taurus Mountains with a stop at Karaman to see its fortress. Arrival in Nigde for dinner.
Explore fantastic Cappadocia with its lunar landscapes and cave villages. Visit the Gumusler Underground Monastery, the Kaimacli Underground City and the Goreme Valley with its open-air museum. Night in Avanos.
Discover the Ihlara valley with its churches and villages carved into the rock. Visit a 13th century caravanserai before arriving in Konya. Explore the Mausoleum of Mevlana (Rumi) and watch a performance by whirling dervishes. Dinner included.
Scenic drive to Egridir, a charming town on the edge of a large lake. Continuation to Pamukkale-Hiérapolis, famous for its “Cotton Castle”. Dinner included.
Visit Ephesus with the House of the Virgin Mary, St. John's Basilica and the impressive ruins. Return to Kusadasi for a relaxed evening. Dinner included.
Last stage of the trip, passing through Izmir and Bursa. Explore these historically rich cities before returning to Istanbul. End of our services.