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Western Turkey tour: culture, history & Cappadocia

14 days from $8,995pp

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Tour highlights

  • Indulge in some people watching in the Grand Bazaar over a cup of Turkish coffee.

  • Explore ancient Ephesus.

  • Relax in the hideaway beachside village of Çirali on the Turquoise Coast.

  • Visit the ruined city of Termessos.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival into Istanbul airport you'll be met by your private driver and guide and driven into the city, to your hotel where you'll spend the next three nights.

  • Today you embark on a tour of some of Istanbul's main highlights with your private guide, including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.

  • A further day exploring with your guide. Today you'll visit the Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Market, Chora Museum and take a cruise along the Bosphorus.

  • Transfer to the airport and fly to Izmir. From here you'll drive to Şirince via the spectacular ruined city of Ephesus — a highlight of any trip to Turkey.

  • Today is at leisure in Şirince to relax and explore the surrounding countryside. We recommend taking a walk through the local olive groves, or perhaps just wandering through the excellent local market in the village.

  • You'll return to Izmir airport with your private driver, then fly to Antalya. From here you'll be driven along the coast to the pretty seaside hamlet of Çirali.

  • At leisure to soak up the sun in Çirali. Your hotel has an excellent swimming pool and grounds with views of the mountains, but the beach is just a minute's walk away. This is alternately pebbled and sandy, and one end is lined with local cafés where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Turquoise Coast with refreshments.

  • A further day at leisure. If you fancy venturing further afield, a short walk down the beach will take you to the Chimera 'Eternal' Flame. Alternatively, hire a bicycle and explore the local woodland and mountains.

  • Return to Antalya and visit the excellent Antalya Museum with your private guide this morning, then head out to the ruined city of Perge, and nearby Aspendos.

  • Drive into the mountains with your private guide and driver to visit the ancient Termessos today. This is a spectacular ruined city situated high in the mountains, accessible only by a walking path. The views from the ruins are outstanding.

  • Fly to Cappadocia today. In the evening you'll be taken to an ancient caravanserai to watch a mesmerizing whirling dervish ceremony.

  • Today, explore the cave churches of Göreme Open Air Museum with your private guide, then embark on a jeep safari to some of the area's best panoramic viewpoints.

  • Today you'll take part in a private traditional cookery course in a local family home.

  • Transfer to the airport with your private driver, ready for your flight back to Istanbul. Here, you will catch your return flight home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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