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From Alanya: Sapadere Canyon Discovery Tour

1. From Alanya: Sapadere Canyon Discovery Tour

Discover one of the most colorful places in the Alanya region - the magnificent Sapadere Canyon on a full-day tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Alanya at 10 AM, and set off on a 48 km drive to Sapadere. During the journey, admire breathtaking views of the gorge along the route, crossing the Sedre River multiple times on the scenic mountain road. On the way, stop for 15-20 minutes in a nomad tent where you can taste gözleme (Turkish pancake) as a light snack. Then, head over to the Cüceler Cave (the dwarf cave) for the chance to get out and explore. After this, continue on to the village of Sapadere Village for a 45-minute stroll to visit some interesting places. Discover the small village mosque, an old watermill, and a silk weaving workshop. Have the chance to visit a fruit garden where you can pick fresh oranges and taste local exotic fruits. Then, arrive at Sapadere Canyon for the opportunity to discover its hidden waterfalls and swim in crystal clear natural pools. Follow the stairs down to pristine swimming spots, with water flowing all year round. At the end of a 600 m path, find the most impressive waterfall where swimming is also allowed. Take a dip in this spectacular location and refresh yourself from the heat.   Finally, at around 4:30 PM, return to Alanya where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

2. From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sapadere Canyon, located approximately 90 kilometers from Side. Walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the stunning landscape. During the relaxed walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice-cold water! Stop for a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Then, visit the natural cave of Guceler and see the stalagmite and stalactite formations.

Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

3. Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

Begin your day with a visit to the mesmerizing Altindere National Park. Soak up the tranquility of the park as you listen to the sound of the waterfalls and snap photos. Follow your guide on a 15-minute walk to the Sumela Monastery observation point and marvel at the impressive architecture of the monastery, carved into the cliff face. After admiring the views, continue to Cosandere Valley and spend some free time exploring. Stop among the pine trees to enjoy a delcious lunch at Zigana Pass. After lunch, visit the ancient Tortul Castle and put your bravery to the test with a walk along a 240-meter-high glass observation platform. Later, enter the magnificent Karaca Caves. This natural wonder is filled with easy-to-navigate walkways and plenty of lighting to showcase its beauty. The final stop is in Hamsikoy, a peaceful region of 5 farming villages, where you’ll taste a local pudding known as sutlac before beginning the return journey to Trabzon.

From Kusadasi: Guided Pamukkale Tour

4. From Kusadasi: Guided Pamukkale Tour

After pickups from Kusadasi hotels you will drive you to Pamukkale. Along the way, be amazing by the views of beautiful Turkish villages. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive at Pamukkale, located in the province of Denizli. This natural wonder is comprised of terraces and travertine formed by hot springs and streams depositing carbonate minerals. Pamukkale has gained eminence for its waters which are believed to have curative powers and have been used as a thermal bath for centuries. Located near Pamukkale, Hierapolis was established in 200 BC by Eumenes II in dedication to the Amazon Queen Hiera. The city which fell under the rule of the Turks in the 9th century still preserves its value and significance, welcoming thousands of visitors to its ancient monuments and natural wonders every year, Pamukkale is waiting to welcome you as well.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour by Bus

5. From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour by Bus

Enjoy a whirlwind tour of Ephesus and Pamukkale on a 2-day trip from Istanbul. Travel by overnight bus on a 10-hour journey and then spend 2 full days exploring the region. Visit the Temple of Artemis and the Virgin Mary's home. After a night in 3-star accommodations, wake up and travel to Hierapolis to see its necropolis and other ruins. Then visit the thermal springs of Pamukkale, before beginning your return trip to Istanbul. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Istanbul - Selcuk - Ephesus - Kusadasi (Meals: L) Upon your arrival in Ephesus, you will be met at the bus station and transferred to Selcuk for a tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the former site of the Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, then stop for lunch. After, stop at the house of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life, and then continue on to see Isa Bey Mosque. In the afternoon, you will be taken back to your accommodation in Kusadasi, where you will have free time. Day 2: Kusadasi - Hierapolis-Pamukkale - Istanbul (Meals: B, L) In the morning, travel to Hierapolis-Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop on the way at a 4-star hotel for lunch and swimming in thermal waters. See the ancient city of Hierapolis, formerly a home to baths and location of a well-preserved necropolis. Then spend time in Pamukkale, a center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Finally, return to your hotel to gather your belongings before heading on the overnight bus back to Istanbul.

From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

6. From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

Day 1: Cappadocia - Kahramanmaras – Kahta Meet your guide and driver at your hotel at 8:00 AM and depart from Cappadocia. After passing Kayseri, visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. Then, drive through the Taurus Mountains, observing the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After stopping for lunch, drive to Kahramanmaras and try some of the best ice cream in Turkey. Then, drive to Kahta and check into your hotel. Spend the night in Kahta. Day 2: Adiyaman - Mt. Nemrut - Harran – Sanliurfa Depart from your hotel early in the morning and head to Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, get out of the van and walk twenty-five minutes to the summit. Watch the memorable sunrise between the colossal-sized statues and heads of the kings and Gods. Then, visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge over the Cendere Stream and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried. Continue driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. Visit the Ataturk Dam, the largest dam in the Middle East, en route. Check into your hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. Visit Gobeklitepe, a 11,500 year-old hilltop sanctuary, believed by archaeologists to be the oldest sanctuary in the world. After lunch, visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then, walk around an oriental covered bazaar and Gumrukhan. Drive to Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Sanliurfa. DAY 3: Sanliurfa – Cappadocia After breakfast, depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik, famous for its Bald-Ibis birds, which only live in Birecik. Enjoy a visit to the Bald Ibis breeding farm. After lunch, drive up to the Taurus Mountains. Take a short tea break and drive back to Cappadocia.

From Istanbul: 5-Day Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Ephesus Trip

7. From Istanbul: 5-Day Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Ephesus Trip

Day 1 Meet your driver at the hotel reception for an Istanbul airport transfer to catch your flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, be welcomed by a representative with a sign bearing your name. Next, be transferred to the tour office. Join a private North Cappadocia day tour. Visit iconic landmarks like Uchisar Castle Viewpoint and Goreme Open Air Museum. See a pottery demonstration and have a traditional lunch in Avanos. Conitnue to Red River, Devrent Valley, Pasabag (Monks Valley), and a traditional carpet weaving school. As the tour wraps up at around 5 PM, be escorted to your hotel. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 2 Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide and leave from the hotel for a private South Cappadocia day tour. Enjoy Goreme Panorama, hiking in the Red Valley, Old Greek Cavusin Village, Love Valley, a traditional lunch, Kaymaklı Underground City, Onyx demonstration, and Pigeon Valley. Spend the night in Cappadocia. Day 3 After a hotel pick-up at around 08:00 AM, head to Pamukkale by visiting Sultan Han Caravansarai and Konya Mevlana Museum. Spend the night in Pamukkale. Day 4 Have a hearty breakfast and check out from the hotel. Head out with your guide for a private Pamukkale day tour. Explore Pamukkale White Travertines, the ruins of Hierapolis Old Roman Antique City (Necropol, Antique Theatre, Apollo Temple). At the end of to tour, transfer to Kusadasi. Spend the night in Kusadasi. Day 5 Checkout from the hotel after breakfast. Leave for another private day tour of Ephesus. Visit Ephesus Ancient Greek, Roman City (Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Open - Air Theatre and the other ruins), Virgin Mary House, St. John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, and Artemis Temple. Conclude the tour at 05:00 PM and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival to Istanbul, be dropped off at your hotel.

From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

8. From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

Embark on a multi-day tour from Istanbul to discover the sights of Turkey. Explore ancient cities, swim in Cleopatra’s pool, and soar above Cappadocia on a hot air balloon. Your trip includes a guide, transportation, accommodation, entry fees, and most meals. Day 1: After pickup, travel from Istanbul to Gallipoli by van and visit the holy Gallipoli battlefield all afternoon. Have lunch and stay at a 4-star hotel in Canakkale. Day 2:Visit the ancient ruins of Troy and Pergamon and marvel at the Acropolis of Pergamon. Have lunch and, by the end of the day, arrive at a 4-star hotel in Kusadasi, where you’ll spend the rest of the night. Day 3:Start with a guided day tour of the Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Refuel with lunch, then spend some time at the Cleopatra ancient thermal pool. Later, take a transfer back to the hotel to stay overnight. Day 4: Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Mary, and the Temple of Artemis on a guided tour. Have lunch, head to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Cappadocia (included). Upon arrival to Cappadocia, meet your driver at the airport who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Get transferred to a cave hotel in Goreme to spend the night in an authentic cave-inspired suite. Day 5: Get to know northern Cappadocia on a day tour after an included breakfast. Lunch, guide, transportation, and all entrance fees will be included on the tour. After your day of exploration, head back to the hotel and stay another night in Goreme. Day 6: After breakfast, explore the southern side of Cappadocia on another guided day tour, and enjoy an included lunch. By the end of the day, take a transfer back to the hotel and have a couple of hours of free time for dinner (not included), shopping, or any other way you’d like to spend your time. Later, get picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport according to your scheduled flight time and fly back to Istanbul (included). Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver at the airport and get taken back to your hotel.

Istanbul: 10-Day Sightseeing Trip with Accommodation & Meals

9. Istanbul: 10-Day Sightseeing Trip with Accommodation & Meals

Sightsee, shop, and explore on this guided 10-day tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia, Adiyaman, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, and Kusadasi. See Göbekli Tepe, Mount Nemrut, Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and other highlights. Enjoy accommodation, meals, and round-trip transportation. Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul Get picked up upon arrival at Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and get a private transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. Alternatively, you can be picked up to start the tour directly from your hotel in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour (w/ Breakfast) Visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Stop at the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) In the morning, take a flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. After arrival, start exploring Cappadocia. Visit the Three Sisters, the fairy chimneys in Urgüp. Then, descend into the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest of 200 others in Cappadocia. Stay overnight in Cappadocia. Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) Visit Devrent Valley, Pasabag, and Avanos. In the afternoon, head to the famous Goreme Open-Air Museum. Visit the Uçhisar rock castle and enjoy a panoramic view. Day 5: Cappadocia to Adıyaman (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) Drive to Karatay Caravanserai and visit the caravanserai on the way to Adıyaman. Spend your evening at leisure and stay overnight in Adıyaman. Day 6: Mt. Nemrut to Urfa (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) Departing at 3:30 AM, hike to the summit of Mt. Nemrut, one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Watch the sunrise. Later, drive to Urfa (Şanlıurfa). On the way, visit the Atatürk Dam and enjoy scenic views. Stay overnight in Urfa. Day 7: Urfa to Gaziantep (w/ Breakfast + Dinner) From Urfa, drive to Göbekli Tepe, one of the world's most important archaeological sites. At 12,000 years old, it is believed to be the world's oldest temple. Later, head to Gaziantep for an overnight stay. Day 8: Gaziantep to Izmir, Ephesus, & Kusadasi (w/ Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) Fly to Izmir. Upon arrival, visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then, continue to Ephesus and walk along the marble streets lined with buildings. After Ephesus, enjoy lunch in the garden of a local handicraft center. Then, visit the House of Virgin Mary. Stay overnight in nearby Kusadasi. Day 9: Fly to Istanbul (w/ Breakfast) Drive to Izmir Airport for your flight to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. After landing, get a transfer to your hotel in Istanbul where you will stay overnight. Enjoy a free afternoon. Day 10: Return Home (w/ Breakfast) After breakfast, take a private transfer to Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your return flight home.

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

10. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Pamukkale 2-Day Trip with Flights

Visit the ruins of Ephesus and the pools of Pamukkale on this 2-day tour from Istanbul. Fly from Istanbul and stay overnight in Kusadasi as you travel to Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Day 1 Begin your travels with a pickup from your hotel in Istanbul. Your driver will take you to the airport so you can board your 1.5-hour flight to Izmir. At your arrival, you wıll be greeted by your driver and safely taken to Selcuk to meet with your group participants and start your full-day tour. During the course of your day break for lunch. Head to the House of Virgin Mary, a church built on the top of the foundations of a structure thought to be the house where the Assumption happened and Mary spent her last days. Continue on to Ephesus, an archeological treasure and well-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, and walk along ancient streets before you concluding your day with a drive to your hotel for a 1-night stay. Day 2 Enjoy your hotel breakfast and check out in the morning to start your full-day tour. Go to Pamukkale, also know as the Pools of Heaven on Earth. See why Pamukkale was a popular settlement and be mesmerized by its hot springs. Head to the ancient city of Hierapolis, home to the biggest necropolis in Anatolia, and see the Sacred Pool, a stunning site of thermal waters rippling over scattered ancient ruins. After your day tour, you will be driven to Cardak Airport for your return flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival ın Istanbul you will be greeted by your driver and transferred safely back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Southeastern Anatolia

We love the tour. Everything was fulfilled to the letter. Our guide speaks perfect Spanish, and showed a lot of knowledge what he shared with us. The hotel facing the sea, at night in Kusadasi was a pleasant surprise, the night view of the bay. And the company also helped us to make our trip to Capadoccia. We all loved it. Transportation in luxury vans. The only bad thing (and repetitive in all tours of the world), is that they make you waste time in shopping places, which are not historical and they want to force you.

It is a wonderful trip, accessible to all, with extraordinary landscapes, dining in a local location and a visit to the port of Alanya. We were only three adult tourists and a 3-year-old child. The guide is well documented, speaks fluent English and German, stopped at all places for pictures and created a pleasant atmosphere.

I'm definitely satisfied... in the hotel we were offered this tour for almost 70 euros... here I paid 34 euros apiece and were picked up with a Bulli. More space, small group. Really really good

We really enjoyed the trip to Hierapolis! Very educational and exciting. Our guide went to a lot of trouble and always had a joke up his sleeve. Would go again!! :)

Great trip. Super organized and super executed by the guide