13 Day Turkey Tour From Istanbul - Alaturka Explorer Tour

  • Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour
  • Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour
  • Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour
  • Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour
  • Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour
  • Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour

Alaturka Explorer 13 Day Tour

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An Alaturka tour that shows some of the best destinations in Turkey, starting in Istanbul where the Old city and the Bosphorus will be your destinations for exploring this amazing city. Gallipoli’s battlefield will leave you in awe of the sacrifice of the men of both sides. Ephesus is a fascinating town that was once on the coast and is home to the ancient library of Celsus. Pamukkale is great for relaxation in the mineral waters of the stepped pools.

Fethiye is a stunning harbour town and the starting point for a four-day cruise to Olympos. Visiting many natural and beautiful bays and idyllic beaches. Cappadocia, a breathtaking region of villages, deep valleys, unique rock formations and surprising history. Here you can explore these amazing natural wonders as well as visit the underground city.

Welcome to Turkey! A transfer service will be organised direct from the airport to the hotel for check in. 

Overnight in Istanbul.


Today you get your first look at the mysterious City of Istanbul. You will be picked up from your accommodation, heading off to see some of the major attractions of this historical, mystical City. You will visit the Blue Mosque, the breathtaking Hagia Sophia and then go into the old Sultans Palace of Topkapi to see some of the Sultans many ancient treasures and visit the Palace rooms and gardens. You also get a look at some of the best shopping in Istanbul. The tour will walk through the many lanes of the Grand Bazaar – one of the largest covered markets in the world and also visit the Spice Bazaar to take in the scents and aromas of the spices, Turkish delight, Turkish tea and coffee.

Overnight in Istanbul.


There is still so much of this City to see. Today you get a new perspective on Istanbul, via the seas that surround the City. You will be picked up from your accommodation and head to the port to board a boat on the Golden Horn, the waterway dividing this magnificent city across two continents. Some highlights of the day will include, the Rumeli Fortress, where the old Ottoman Empire fought to hold onto Istanbul and then cruising along the Bosphorus Sea and under the Bosphorus Bridge. You also get to visit Dolmabahce Palace. A Palace built by the Sultans with European flare and style. It is a special place for most Turks, as it was the residence that the infamous Ataturk lived in, in his last years. 

Overnight in Istanbul.


Today there is an early start to make our way to the battlefields of Gallipoli. You are picked up from your accommodation early and head for Ecabat. There you will have lunch before starting a fully guided tour of the Gallipoli peninsula. You visit the many cemeteries of Australians, New Zealanders and Turk soldiers, visit the war memorials and see some of the original old trenches on the Gallipoli battlefields. You get time at the museum where you can see old war artefacts that are still being discovered in the area. It will be time to ponder the heroism and tragedy of past times and understand the friendships that were born between the nations fighting for this piece of the peninsula.

You will then head, overnight, in Ephesus region.


Today you get to start to explore the wonders of the small town of Selcuk. You are picked up from your accommodation and taken out to see some of the best-preserved marble ruins in the modern world – Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the Ancient Capitals of Roman Asia - the second largest ancient city of the world! A city where over 200,000 people lived over 3,000 years ago. You also get to visit the House of the Virgin Mary. An important place for the Christian faith, as it is believed it is where Mary spent the last years of her life. You will also visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – The Temple of Artemis.

Overnight in Ephesus.


After breakfast, you are collected from your accommodation and depart for Pamukkale, which in Turkish translates to "cotton castle". 

Pamukkale Day Tour
On arrival, you have lunch before taking in the magnificent views of the “cotton castle” travertines. You get a guided tour over the white cliffs of Pamukkale and of the ancient, historical ruins of Hierapolis.

Bus to Fethiye
After your day at the cotton castle, you will drive to the coastal town of Fethiye via public bus:
5:00 pm: You will be dropped at Denizli public bus station and put on the local bus to Fethiye.
9:00 pm: You will arrive at the main bus station in Fethiye. Please note that only customers that have booked accommodation through Alaturka will have a hotel transfer included in this tour.

Overnight in Fethiye.


Gulet Blue Cruise Begins
After breakfast you will all be checking in to one of our Alaturka Gulets to start your 4 days of cruising the beautiful Mediterranean coastline. Today you visit Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz / Blue Lagoon and spend the evening anchored down at St Nicholas Island. Be sure to climb to the top of the island for the most beautiful sunset, possibly one of the best, of the whole cruise. Additional activity available - paragliding over Oludeniz.

Overnight cabin cruise.


Today after making some stops along the way for swimming, breakfast and lunch you will get to spend sometime in the beautiful town of Kas. Here you can shop up a storm with the abundance of jewellery shops in town or spend time just wandering the cobble stone streets soaking up the ambience of the seaside fishing village.

Additional activity available - Diving in Kas.

Overnight cabin cruise.


Today you sail past the sunken city. Once part of the original settlement that still makes up the island of Kekova, after a devastating earthquake many centuries ago, this part of the town has fallen into the ocean. You will sail past slowly for a closer look before anchoring down on the opposite side to visit what still remains of Kekova. Here you can wander the island and walk up to the Lycian tombs for a closer look or climb to the top and enter Simena Castle for some beautiful views over the coastline you have just cruised.

Overnight cabin cruise.


Gulet Cruise Ends
Today you end your Blue Cruise in Demre. From there you will take a 2 hour shuttle bus to Olympos, where you will have a few hours of free time before your evening bus to Goreme. You can leave your bags at our Olympos office while you use the free time to either visit the National Park where you can explore the ruins of ancient times, or make your way down to the beach for some more sun and swimming.

Overnight bus to Goreme
You will leave Olympos in the early evening to meet the overnight bus in Antalya, that will take you directly to Goreme.


North Cappadocia Tour
This morning you arrive at the unusual and breathtaking scenery of Goreme, Cappadocia. Today you will be picked up from your accommodation and get to visit some of the oldest settlements in the Cappadocia region. You will visit some small villages, take in some local handicrafts and also get to soak up the natural wonders and visit the Monks Valley and Devrent Valleys.

Tonight you will board an overnight bus bound for Istanbul. Additional activity available - Hot Air Ballooning over Cappadocia.

Overnight in the Cappadocia region.


OPTIONAL: For your second day in Cappadocia, it would be a great idea to take advantage of a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Cappadocia is famous for this unique experience and you definitely will not want to miss it. This is an additional tour and will cost extra.

South Cappadocia Tour
You have one more day in this spectacular region to soak up the rest of the sites to see. Today you will be picked up from your accommodation after breakfast, to start exploring parts of the south Cappadocia region. The highlights of the day will include, Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle Panorama beautiful stroll through the Meskendir Valley to name a few. The day is a full of some of the most beautiful sites to see in Cappadocia.

Turkish Night Show
Tonight is a special evening. You will be collected from your accommodation for a night of entertainment, food and good fun! You get the experience of a “Turkish night” of traditional Turkish dancing, from the Whirling Dervishes to belly dancing to seeing a Turkish wedding. The night is fully catered for and good fun not to be missed. 

Overnight in the Cappadocia region.

Flight Cappadocia to Istanbul
This morning you will fly early on a domestic flight to Istanbul where your tour will end. We book domestic flights according to the most convenient option for you if you have a connecting flight back home. If you require any assistance with onwards travel within Turkey, accommodation bookings, queries, please let us know & we will be happy to assist.

Tour Prices

-Rates are per total person, in a double/twin/triple private room

1. Please press BOOK NOW above to submit an enquiry or book this package tour which will be based on standard range accommodation. 
2. Once your online enquiry/booking is completed, please email us if you wish to upgrade to following packages: 
-Upgrades to 'Top End' and 'Premium' accommodations
-Single private room
-Dorm rooms are available for budget travelers

To see list of accommodation options included on your range, please go to 'Accommodation Options' tab above. 

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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2 star equivalent.
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.

TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.

PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.

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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    13 Days
  • Departing Cities
  • Returning Options
  • Departure days
    Wednesday, Sunday
  • Starting Time
    6:30 AM
Essential Info
  • Pick-up Time
    To be confirmed
  • Tour Type(s)
    Tailormade Package Tour
  • Language(s)
  • Tour Range(s)
    Standard, Top End, Premium
  • Public bus, Tour bus, Private transfer, Shuttle transfer, Turkish gulet, Cruise boat, Domestic Flight
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