For the most complete experience of Turkey's history, beauty, food, and magic, Alaturka offers two 19 day tour selections. Our professional guides will ensure that you will enjoy a truly immersive Turkish experience, as you explore ancient Roman ruins, modern battlegrounds, canyons, waterfalls and hot springs, sleep in palaces and treehouses, and try all of Turkey's delicious varieties of local culinary delights.
Here is the full list of destinations offered by Alaturka, as well as our 19-day tour options below.
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
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
Canakkale is located at the narrowest point of the Dardanelles Strait,
straddling both Europe and Asia, just like Istanbul. This buzzing
town is the perfect base for exploring Gallipoli, as well as the
ruins of the famous ancient city of Troy, which was the first great
city to be built at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
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
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 seat ancient Roman amphitheatre of Hierapolis
Fethiye is a simply stunning town on the Mediterranean coast. Famous for its natural beauty, hiking, sailing, seafood, mud baths and its proximity to the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon. Also near Fethiye is the Saklikent Gorge, which is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey (20km long).
The Blue Cruise takes in Turkey's delightful Turquoise Coast. Starting in Fethiye, 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.
Konya is one of Turkey's most ancient settlements, believed by some archaeologists to have been inhabited for over 9000 years. Nowadays a modern city, Konya is rich in history and architecture, particularly notable for its 21 mosques and 5 churches. Konya is also home to the mystical Whirling Dervish Ceremony, a ritual dance representing a union with God.
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.