15 Days Turkey Uncovered Tour
Istanbul, Beypazari, Cappadocia , Konya, Antalya,Kas, Pamukkale, Selcuk, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Istanbul
Tour Type: Private Tour
Price from: on request Free Inquiry
- Take an all-encompassing adventure through the contrasting landscapes of Turkey.
- Become acquainted with illustrious Istanbul, behold landscapes like no other around Cappadocia,
- Sail the all-too-pretty islands off Kekova. Marvel at the ancient ruins of Ephesus and settle in for a spectacular soaking in Pamukkale’s thermal hot springs,
- Reflect on the tragedies and gallantries that took place along Gallipoli’s windswept peninsula
Day 1 Arrival Istanbul
Transfer to airport
Meals: No meal
Hotel: In Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. This adventures kicks off in Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called home. . You have the whole day free to explore the capital.
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early, so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please contact the hotel reception. For Monday departures we recommend you visit the magnificent opulence of Topkapi Palace on Day 1 as it is closed on Tuesday.
If spending some additional time in the city, we recommend considering an Istanbul Museum Card to make the most out of visiting all the sites. https://muze.gov.tr/MuseumPass
Istanbul City View
Day 2 Istanbul - Beypazari
Blue Mosque , Hippodrome, drive 100km(5.5h) to rural town of Beypazari
Hotel: In Beypazari
Kick start the day with a leisurely guided walk and discover some of Istanbul’s hidden charms. Visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque and learn more about its one-of-a-kind architecture, with its six minarets and 20,000 dazzling handmade Iznik tiles. Next, head to the ancient Hippodrome, with its intriguing monuments, like the Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
Later this morning, take a private minivan to the beautiful rural town of Beypazari. Located approximately 100 kilometres from Turkey’s capital of Ankara, Beypazari’s historic houses and welcoming community reflects the essence of the Turkish Culture. On arrival, enjoy free time at leisure to explore the streets of this quaint town.
Day 3 Beypazari - Cappadocia
Living Museum of Beypazari， drive 4 hours to Goreme, Cappadocia hiking
Hotel: In Cappadocia
Spend your morning visiting the Living Museum of Beypazari, which offers re-enactments and interactive experiences that allow you to gauge a deeper understanding into traditional Turkish folk culture.
Afterwards, board a minibus and make your way to the town of Goreme in Cappadocia (approximately 4 hours). Goreme lies in a beautifully diverse landscape of cones, needles and columns, fashioned by nature from the soft volcanic tuff rock. Its unique, honeycombed terrain consists of a network of caves, scooped out to make churches and dwellings, known as fairy chimneys and castles. In times of peace, the people in this region lived on the land, but in times of war or persecution they took to living underground. With no activities planned for the rest of the day, you’re free to explore this intriguing town at your own pace.
Day 4 Cappadocia
Goreme Open Air Museum
Hotel: In Cappadocia
For early birds, a hot air balloon ride(Optional tour) over the majestic landscape is a highly recommended experience, otherwise, enjoy a sleep in before heading to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a monastic complex and Christian sanctuary of carved houses, churches and monasteries. The museum was one of the earliest centres for religious education and there are at least ten churches and chapels in the complex, dating between AD900 and 1200. Enter the cave chapels and witness the exquisite colour of the biblical frescoes found within, followed by a free afternoon – perhaps consider a sunset hike, ask your leader for the best places.
Please advise your leader if you wish to make a reservation for the balloon trip at your 1st arrival day, as TAT only recommends balloon rides by our experienced operators.
Open Air Museum
Day 5 Cappadocia
Valley Hiking, Pottery demonstration, Devrent Valley
Hotel: In Cappadocia
After breakfast this morning, head out on a walk of the surrounding valley and witness the fascinating rock formations and fairy chimneys, as well as manmade cave chapels from early Christian times.
Later in the afternoon, visit the red river of Cappadocia – famous for its clay which is still used to make magnificent pieces of Art. Meet a local potter and learn about this ancient craft and perhaps take the opportunity to purchase a hand-crafted souvenir. Continue your journey into the valleys of Cappadocia, stopping at Devrent Valley (Imaginary Valley), with unique fairy chimneys. After a day of exploration, enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Cappadocia Valley Hiking
Day 6 Cappadocia - Konya
the Underground City of Derinkuyu, Konya Mevlana Museum
Hotel: In Konya
After breakfast, spend your last morning in Cappadocia exploring the Underground City of Derinkuyu– an ancient metropolis made up of subterranean labyrinths and dwellings, some of them extending as deep as seven levels underground.
Later this afternoon, travel to the city of Konya, where the mystic Sufi practice of 'whirling' originates. On arrival, enjoy an orientation walk of the town followed by a guided tour of the Mevlana Museum, where you’ll get a fascinating insight into the history of Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes.
Total driving time today is approximately 4 hours.
Underground City of Derinkuyu
Day 7 Konya - Antalya
Kaleici visit in Antalya
Hotel: In Antalya
This morning, drive across the magnificent Taurus Mountains to reach one of Turkey's true coastal gems, Antalya. Your guide will introduce you to the delights of the Old City with an orientation walk along its cobblestone streets. Visit the clock tower, Hadrian’s gate and the old Roman Harbour before venturing to the historical zone of Kaleici – an area within Antalya’s historic centre that’s protected from modern development, and home to relics of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman occupation. Afterwards, feel free to swim, relax and enjoy stellar views overlooking the crystal blue Mediterranean.
Total driving time today is approximately 5.5 hours.
Kaleici town of Antalya
Day 8 Antalya - Kas
Antalya Museum,Seaside village of Kas
Hotel: In Kas
Today you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Antalya Museum, home to an excellent collection of Turkey’s archaeological treasures. The beautifully preserved statues in the Hall of Gods, Heracles now among them, are not to be missed.
After lunch, continue to the seaside village of Kas – its whitewashed houses adorned with bougainvillea, as well as an ancient Greek theatre, makes this a great place to be explored on foot. If you feel like cooling off with a refreshing dip, why not head to one of the waterfront restaurants which often have their own private water access – for the price of an occasional drink, you get your own deck chair, umbrella and unbeatable views. When the sun goes down there’s the chance to explore the handicraft markets, where you can find beautiful handmade wares with a distinctly Turkish twist. For dinner this evening, make sure you sample the delicious local cuisine in the fishing village.
Total driving time today is approximately 4 hours
Day 9 Kas - Kekova- Kas
Boat ride in Kekova Island , homemade Turkish meal onboard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: In Kas
Today you’ll drive to Kekova where you’ll board a local boat and take a relaxing cruise through a series of peaceful and picturesque islands, each with distinctive rock formations – keep your eyes peeled for the ancient houses submerged in the clear water.
For lunch, enjoy a homemade Turkish meal onboard before arriving in the settlement of Ucagiz, a township of stone houses draped in colourful flowers. Explore this quaint township before continuing to cruise to beautiful protected inlets – perfect for a refreshing dip just off the boat. Return to Kas for the evening.
Day 10 Kas - Pamukkale
hot springs of Pamukkale, Visit ancient city of Hierapolis
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: In Pamukkale
Take a restorative dip in the thermal hot springs of Pamukkale, Turkey’s most surreal natural phenomenon. Take some time to visit the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in what used to be Celopatras’s old pool, then explore its abundance of temples and religious structures, vast necropolis and strange tombs.
Total driving time today is approximately 5.5 hours
Pamukkalep Hot Spring
Day 11 Pamukkale - Selcuk
Isa Bey Camii, Byzantine citadel of the Grand Fortress, the Temple of Artemis,
Hotel: In Selcuk
It’s an early start this morning as you make your way to Selcuk, your base for visiting Ephesus. Selcuk itself is culturally rich and retains many Turkish traditions, and its relatively undisturbed nature means this is an opportunity to experience the ‘real’ Turkey. On the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill lie several historical buildings – you’ll see the Isa Bey Mosque and the imposing Byzantine citadel of the Grand Fortress. Just below the fortress are the ruins of the Basilica of St John, built over the supposed burial site of the saint.
Just a short distance out of Selcuk is one of the ancient world's Seven Wonders, the Temple of Artemis, although, sadly, only a single column (of 127 originally) remains. The Temple of Artemis was unfortunately destroyed in AD 401, after being successively damaged by floods, a Greek arsonist seeking notoriety, and the Goths. You’ll arrive in Selcuk with enough time to check in to the guesthouse and then take a guide-led orientation walk of the town.
The Temple of Artemis
Day 12 Selcuk
Ephesus Archaeological sites visit, Sultankoy carpet weaving visiting
Hotel: In Selcuk
Today you'll visit Ephesus, one of Turkey's most important ancient sites. Explore this beautifully preserved classical city with your local guide who will bring its colourful 1500-year history to life. Watch in awe as the sophistication of this former metropolis reveals itself: it had running water, public toilets, a renowned medical institute, a brothel and Roman baths. The theatre is well-preserved and regularly hosts concerts, but the marvellous library might just be the highlight.
Later you will stop for lunch at a family-run restaurant, where you’ll feast on gozleme – the famous and very popular Turkish pancake – made fresh before your eyes.
This afternoon there is an opportunity to visit Sultankoy. This small village is dedicated to carpet weaving, and here you can discover all about this traditional art form, from dying the wool to traditional weaving on wooden looms. Regardless if you are in the market for a new rug or not this is an opportunity to support local weavers enjoy some Turkish hospitality, and discover the beauty of Turkish Rug Making.
Ephesus Antique Theatre
Day 13 Selcuk - Canakkale
Orientation walk in Canakkale, Trojan horse
Hotel: In Canakkale
This morning, travel to the waterside town of Canakkale, where on arrival, you’ll join your tour for an orientation walk of this exciting university city perched on the Dardanelles. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. You might like to see the Trojan horse used in the film Troy in 2004, which was later gifted to the city. Canakkale has a great range of dining options – ask your guide for some recommendations. Afterwards, why not take a stroll along the waterfront and sample some dondurma, a type of Turkish ice-cream.
Day 14 Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul
The beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, Ataturk Memorial
Hotel: In Istanbul
Today you’ll cross the Dardanelles and head to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of enormous significance to Australians and New Zealanders. Turkey's most westerly point may feel serene; however, this coastal point was once a major backdrop of the Great War. Visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill to pay homage at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials.
From the Ataturk Memorial you can look down on the blue waters of the Dardanelles and see them in a more sombre light, you'll also find the remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers around this area. After touring the former battlefields, head back to Istanbul where your journey began, arriving late afternoon or early evening.
Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours
Cemeteries of Anzac Cove
Day 15 Departure Istanbul
Drive to airport
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast and there are no further activities planned.
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.
What our clients say
4.9/5.0 | Excellent
Jun 17 ,2022
We had an amazing time on our hot air balloon tour! It was our first time in Cappadocia and our first experience with a hot air balloon tour. The views were incredible and the staff was so friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cappadocia!
May 27 ,2022
Very well organized tour. All the places of visit were amazing. Local transportation, hotels and food were decent.All the tour guides were very knowledgeable, accommodating, polite and punctual.We thoroughly enjoyed every part of the tour
May 03 ,2022
Very well-planned and well-managed tour. Extremely punctual pick-ups and drop-offs. Knowledgeable English-speaking guides. The only minor lacuna was that the various entrance fees mentioned in the document were obsolete. Almost everywhere the fees had been revised.
Apr 13 ,2022
TopAsiaTour arranged an excellent 12-day tour of Turkey and Egypt for me at very short notice. Customer service was excellent and all arrangements ran quite smoothly. I would highly recommend his services. I will also be grateful that he encouraged me to keep a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia on my itinerary when I was thinking of canceling. It was a wonderful experience that I absolutely loved.
This entire trip was such a memorable experience that crossed off so many items on my bucket list. It overshadowed any of the negatives. I will treasure this trip always. Importantly, I felt very well looked after as a solo female traveling across two continents. I highly recommend this tour and will be using TAT again.
Mar 15 ,2022
We booked a 10-day package tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia. The price of the tour was very reasonable. We had a good time on our trip and everything was well organized throughout. Timing for pick up and drop off was very well managed. We would recommend this company to everyone.
Jan 19 ,2022
Friendly and comfortable feel throughout the tour like a family and overall highly customized and flexible tour with an unforgettable experience
Dec 21 ,2021
Our food tour in Istanbul with Furkan was an absolute pleasure. The local knowledge and immersive experiences are second to none. The food tour was a brilliant introduction to Istanbul's rich culinary, history, cultures, and people both on the Asian and European sides. Furkan went out of his way to make us have the most authentic experience with his culinary surprises.
Dec 18 ,2021
A1 vacation experience
Exploring the underground cities and ancient remains as well as visiting the Blessed Mother's house were definitely the highlights of my tour. Optional activities like our Turkish night out and watching the Whirling Dervishes were also my favorites.
Aug 27 ,2021
Turkey private tour
Great trip! Had a great 6 days in Turkey seeing several sites: Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia. Our tour guide, Ms. Lily provided a recommended itinerary that was well balanced and let us see a lot in a short time. Really great experience overall, both in terms of sightseeing and food!
Aug 15 ,2021
Excellent 13-day Turkey tour - professional in every detail
Thank you for following up on our 13 days Istanbul, Ephesus, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Antalya, Ankara, Cappadocia and konya tour. It was a truly memorable and unique experience, and we enjoyed it greatly. We visited all of the locations in the itinerary as described, and we were very fortunate to have good weather for the large majority of our trip. I would certainly use you again for my next trip
Jul 14 ,2021
Fantastic tour of Turkey
We took an 11-day tour of Turkey. It was an unforgettable experience. We had a tour of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, and Ephesus. Everything was well organized. The Cappadocia balloon ride they organized for us was a highlight of the whole trip. Definitely recommend taking this tour if you go to Turkey.
Jun 19 ,2021
We had an excellent experience. Ms. Lily was the person who managed our trip. She gave us a lot of information before we left and gave us clear instructions for being picked up from the airport. The next morning after our arrival he came to meet us at the hotel and go over the itinerary. She was very responsive whenever we called her.
Sep 16 ,2020
This trip could be better everyone of my guides are not only on time very efficient and knowledgeable about each place we visited. Every stop on our trip had something different to offer and it made it very enjoyable
Jul 20 ,2020
It was an excellent tour although it was windy and therefore missed out on our Hot Air Balloon Tour. Our guide Didem, the tour guide was excellent and look forward to returning back for the Hot Air Balloon and other packages.
Apr 05 ,2020
The best of Turkey
A diverse trip, packed with lots of places to see over 2 weeks, yet it didn't feel too rushed and we had more free time than I have had on other similar holidays.
Feb 21 ,2020
Derya was an excellent guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and willing to answer any of our questions throughout the entire experience. We were able to hit all the highlights of Istanbul and we never felt rushed. A good amount of time at each stop and very informative. It was an absolutely great experience so well worth its price. Highly recommend.
Oct 06 ,2019
Private tour for two
We were able to see a number of excellent historical and cultural sites in Turkey in 10 days. The pace wasn't very hectic and the driving from one city to another was no more than 3 hours.
Jun 18 ,2019
Trip of a lifetime!
I would like to thank you and your team for the wonderful service you provided us with. Your guidance throughout the tour was greatly appreciated. We have been recommending your company to all our friends who may be visiting Turkey in the near future.
Jun 14 ,2019
Everything was perfect
I’ve traveled with One Nation Travel to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, and Pamukkale. Tour guides and drivers provided to us were very helpful and polite. The hotels were good. It was a wonderful experience travelling with them. We will definitely travel with them again.
May 12 ,2019
We had an awesome trip to Turkey
My wife and I had a wonderful time in Turkey. Everything was well organized throughout. Timing for pick up and drop off was very well managed. We would recommend this company to everyone.
Apr 06 ,2019
Highlights of Turkey
Turkey is an amazing country. There is so much to see and the two-week tour is only going to give you a taste of what this country has to offer.
Aug 09 ,2018
Varied tour...history, culture, swimming, great food...what more could you want!
This was our ninth trip with the tour operator and it didn't disappoint. We saw so much in 2weeks..Gallipoli, Cannukale, Pammukale, Ephesus, Troy, Antalya and Kas, Capadoccia........the list goes on..... so much interesting history, architecture, beaches etc. There is a lot of travel so you need to expect that.....most was broken up with interesting visits. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we felt we really got the most out of our visits to the various sites. The driver was a lovely man... very safe. The hotels were on the whole good...some very nice eg Safronbolu,Kas, and Antalya.