Both of our 13-day trips to Turkey include comprehensive visits to all the major highlights of Turkey, as well as a traditional gulet cruise. Explore our Turkey tours and discover the vast expanse of land with all of its fantastic sites in comprehensive detail. Turkey has simply so much to offer, and the more time you spend here, the more of this country's amazing stories will be revealed to you. Rest assured that when you take one of Alaturka's package tours, you are getting the absolute best in local knowledge and experience to ensure that you really do experience the magic that Turkey holds. You can let us know if you would like to add on any specific locations that we cover on to the tour, DIY style, to create a tailor-made itinerary plan for you and your family to bring you the very best of Turkey on your holiday.
Here are some of the awe-inspiring destinations that you can visit on a 13 day trip to Turkey with Alaturka:
Istanbul is a city simply drenched in history, having been the capital city of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Istanbul boasts some of the world's finest examples of Turkish and Byzantine architecture, world-class shopping, a kaleidoscope of delightful Turkish and international food options from street food to fine dining. The capital of culture not only for Turkey but for Southeastern Europe, Istanbul masterfully combines old-world charm with modern cosmopolitan vibrancy.
Gallipoli, the famous battleground which witnessed a bloody and tragic battle between Allied and Ottoman forces, now a poignant war memorial, is always a popular destination with visitors from Australia and New Zealand, particularly during the Anzac Day ceremony. Also, a key site for British, French, Indian, Pakistani, South African and Canadian soldiers, a visit to Gallipoli is always a moving and thought-provoking experience. Ephesus was, at one time, the second-largest city in the Roman Empire. Ephesus is home to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and as such is regarded as one of the world's best archaeological sites.
Cappadocia presents one of the most outlandish and otherworldly landscapes you are likely to ever see. Here, “fairy chimneys” rise out of the ground, rock formations created by millions of years of erosion. Houses, churches and monasteries are carved into the soft Cappadocian rock, and there are vast, complex underground cities – some of them as many as 13 levels deep! The low winds in Cappadocia create ideal conditions for hot-air ballooning, and with the spectacular scenery to take in, Cappadocia is undoubtedly the world's premier hot-air ballooning location.
Pamukkale, which is Turkish for “cotton canyon”, is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its unusual white cliffs (travertines) and hot springs, which have been used as a spa for over 2000 years. Overlooking the travertines is the 12,000 seats ancient Roman amphitheatre of Hierapolis.
Antalya is a charming and gorgeous town on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. When it comes to ancient Roman sites, there are very few places outside of Italy that have more to offer than Antalya. Key sites include Perge, a city featuring baths, acropolis and a well-preserved stadium, as well as Aspendos, which is the best-preserved ancient Roman theatre in the world. With its fertile location surrounded by mountains and cliffs, Antalya also boasts beautiful national parks and waterfalls.
The Blue Cruise takes in Turkey's delightful Turquoise Coast. Starting in Fethiye, famous for its mud baths and the Amintas Rock Tombs, continuing through to the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon, the town of Kas with its delicious seafood, charming cobblestone streets, artisanal jewellery stores and Roman ruins, the sunken city of Kekova before finishing in Olympos, where you can marvel at the Chimera eternal flame and sleep in a treehouse.