This 14-day small-group tour by Argeus Travel & Eventsbegins in Istanbul and visits Ankara, Antalya, Şirince and Pamukkale, as well as biblical Cappadocia, Konya, and the ancient cities of Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Didyma, Hierapolis, Miletus, Priene, Perge, Aspendos and Phaselis. The price includes a one-hour hot-air balloon flight over the moonscape of Cappadocia.
Really, you see all the high points of Turkey in only two weeks.
The touring party is limited to 10 travelers—more like a group of friends than a “tour group.” Enough fellow travel enthusiasts to promote camaraderie, not enough to bog you down.
The boutique hotels you’ll stay in are among my favorites: small, charming, historic, perfectly located. You benefit from Argeus‘s ability to reserve rooms in these choice places even at preferred travel times.
(Departures on other dates are possible; rates vary depending on the number of persons in the group.)
Tour fee is about $313 per person per day, all in, a very reasonable rate for this high-quality tour. (See below for details.) Argeus’s high-quality tours offer excellent value for money, but to realize this you need to know how to judge tours. Please read this.
Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul
Transfer to your hotel. Wander and browse until the evening cocktail reception and briefing by your guide. (D)
Day 2: Istanbul
Day 3: Istanbul
Day 4: Istanbul & Kuşadası
Day 5: Ephesus
Day 6: Priene, Miletus & Didyma
Day 7: Aphrodisias & Pamukkale
Day 8: Phaselis & Antalya
Day 9: Perge & Aspendos
Day 10: Antalya & Konya
Day 11: Silk Road, Ihlara & Cappadocia
Day 12: Cappadocia
Day 13: Cappadocia
Day 14: Flight to Istanbul
Flight to Istanbul. Extend your stay in the city of the sultans if you wish. (B) Read on:
You may wish to stay several more days in Cappadocia (optional, at extra cost), perhaps to take a hot-air balloon flight, to hikein the lovely valleys, sample ithe region’s wines, or explore the local markets. If so, they can arrange additional hotel nights, a guide, car-and-driver, rental car, or any other activities you might desire. Just let them know.
If you wish, they’ll be happy to arrange additional nights at your hotel in Istanbul (optional, at extra cost) so you can do last-minute shopping or see even more of the imperial city, perhaps the Great Palace Mosaic Museum, or the Archeological Museums, or the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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