Cultural Round Trips -- Tour of Western Turkey


from/to Antalya

Day 1: Arrival

Flight from chosen airport to Antalya. Pick-up at the airport by our English-speaking tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation in Antalya.

Day 2: Antalya – Bursa approx. 500 km
After breakfast, the tour heads to Bursa, the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Visit to the Green Mosque, the silk market and the Green Tomb. Dinner and accommodation in Bursa.

Day 3: Bursa – Istanbul approx. 220 km
Travel from Bursa to Istanbul. In Istanbul, we visit Topkapı Palace, which was the main seat of the Ottoman sultan family. Then we visit Hagia Sophia from the 6th century. Opposite Hagia Sophia stands the magnificent Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque. Right next to this mosque, one finds the famous 3rd-century Hippodrome of Constantinople, where very important events took place. Dinner and accommodation in Istanbul.

Day 4: Istanbul - Çanakkale or Ayvalık approx. 400 km

The tour heads along the Dardanelles to Çanakkale. Troy, the most important excavation site in the world, is lined up on this day's programme. Continue on to Ayvalık. Dinner and accommodation in Çanakkale or Ayvalık.

Day 5: Çanakkale/Ayvalık - İzmir - Kuşadası approx. 380 km
The tour heads along the west coast to Bergama, called Pergamon in antiquity. We will go up to the acropolis and take an in-depth look. Dinner and accommodation in Kuşadası.

Day 6: Kuşadası – Ephesus – Denizli approx. 200 km
Visit to the ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus is the most visited ancient city in Turkey. Excavations have been carried out there for more than one hundred years. Further visits include the Basilica of Saint John and the Temple of Artemis. The journey continues to one of Turkey’s most important natural wonders, Denizli. Visit to the ancient city of Laodicea.

Accommodation in Pamukkale.

Day 7: Pamukkale - Antalya approx. 220 km

The tour heads through the Taurus Mountains to Antalya. Along the way, we will visit a carpet-making workshop. In the afternoon, we will visit a jewellery and leather centre in Antalya. Accommodation in Antalya.

Day 8: Departure:
Transfer to airport and return flight, or transfer to hotel for trip extension.

Programme subject to change!