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Southeastern Anatolia Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Southeastern Anatolia Museums & exhibitions

Konya: City Tour with Lunch

1. Konya: City Tour with Lunch

Learn about the life and times of the great Sufi mystic Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi on this guided tour of the sacred city of Konya. Immerse yourself in Rumi's teachings and learn more about many of his most trusted advisors and companions as you wander through the streets of his home town. After getting picked up from your hotel, pay a visit to one of Turkey's most hauntingly beautiful dervish lodges and prepare to be amazed at the Mosque of Aladdin, which contains one of the oldest Minbars/pulpits in the entire country. Later, wander through the charming streets of the village of Sille where Turks and Greeks lived side by side for over 800 years. Finally, travel back in time at the Byzantine Church of Agia Eleni before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

2. From Istanbul: 2-Day Ephesus, Pamukkale, & Hierapolis Tour

Discover the ancient cities of Ephesus and Hierapolis on this two-day trip from Istanbul. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus where you can see the Temple of Artemis. Experience the beauty of the natural white terraces created by mineral deposits at the hot springs in Pamukkale. Stay overnight in the town of Selcuk or Kusadasi. Treat yourself to breakfast at the hotel. Try authentic Turkish food with lunch at two local restaurants during your tours. Day 1: Be picked from your accommodation in Istanbul and relax on the drive to the airport. Enjoy a comfortable flight to the city of Izmir. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to the tour provider's office in the town of Selcuk. Take a break with lunch in a local restaurant. Continue to the archeological site at Ephesus to start your guided tour. Walk through the ancient streets and see one of the wonders of the ancient world at the Temple of Artemis. View the façade of one of the largest libraries from Roman times at the Library of Celsus. Stop at the House of the Virgin Mary where the religious figure is said to have spend her last days. See the remains of an old Roman Amphitheater. Learn about these ruins from your local guide. Drive to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi where you can rest for the evening. Day 2: In the morning, be picked up by your guide from your hotel. Enjoy the scenic Turkish countryside on the drive to Pamukkale. Hear about area and culture from your guide. Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before starting your tour of the ruins of Hierapolis. Stroll to the remains of a massive Roman amphitheater that once held an audience of 15,000. Admire the marble staircase at the Greek Temple of Apollo. Watch as your guide points out all the significant structures in the archeological site of Hierapolis. Take off your shoes and walk along the white terraces of Pamukkale. Dip your feet in the natural hot springs. Swim amid the ruins of a temple in Cleopatra's Pool. Have some free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. Take it easy on the ride back to the airport where you can catch your flight back to Istanbul. Once you arrive in Istanbul, your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to your accommodation in Istanbul.

From Antalya: Cappadocia Full-Day Guided Tour with Flights

3. From Antalya: Cappadocia Full-Day Guided Tour with Flights

Start your day trip very early in the morning with hotel pick-up service from your accommodation at approximately around 03:00 am. Take your flight ticket from your escort at the Antalya airport. Board the domestic flight to Kayseri airport where you will board an air-conditioned bus to start exploring the magic land of Cappadocia. The first stop will be at the Love Valley for a panoramic viewpoint. And then visit Uchisar Castle which is the highest settlement in the area. Before lunchtime comes you will visit the Pigeon valley. Then enjoy a delicious open buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant. Later you will visit the underground city of Goreme where you will learn the story of caravans and afterward, the bus will take you to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a marvelous place of million-year-old rock formations reminding you of a Star Wars location. Before leaving Cappadocia, the guide will let you visit a Turkish souvenir shop with hand made art gallery, and then it's time for a delicious dinner. The bus will then transfer you to the Kayseri airport for the evening flight back to Antalya airport. Upon arrival, the tour escort will help you board the transfer vehicle that will drop you off at your hotel, sometime after 21:00.

Alanya: Manavgat Waterfall, Aspendos & Side Guided Day Trip

4. Alanya: Manavgat Waterfall, Aspendos & Side Guided Day Trip

Our first visit will be the Ancient Side City, that has witnessed many historical events. Visitors will have the chance to visit Side's once remarkable old city ruins. There are many architectural monuments dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome, all preserved they are in good condition. Side Antique City has become a more important port city of the region in ancient times. During the day trip in Side, participants are informed about all the details where they can see the old traces of Byzantine times. Here visitors can see the biggest ancient theater in the region. This ancient theater capacity was 15 000 people and now the upper floors are scattered. Our second visit place during the Manavgat-Aspendos-Side Tour from Alanya is the Aspendos Amphitheater built in the 2nd century. According to legend, it was held immediately after the Trojan War. This amphitheater is the best preserved, with a capacity of seventeen thousand people. Until today, many secrets have been solved and used like the Caravanserai during the Seljuk period. Today different festivals, games and show programs are organized in this venue. Aspendos amphitheater has great acoustics, it is actively used for purposes today. Our last visiting place during Manavgat-Aspendos-Side Tour from Alanya,is Manavgat Waterfall which is one of Turkey's famous natural wonders.Manavgat waterfall that flows from a height of about 5 meters still creates nice foaming water even from that height.

From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Highlights Tour with Transfer

5. From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Highlights Tour with Transfer

DAY 1 : Arrival to Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) or at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). Meet your driver with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul. DAY 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast ) We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 3 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast ) Visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), Boat trip on the Bosphorus. Afternoon visit to the underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4 : Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi ( Breakfast – Dinner ) Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir Airport and be met by your tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minutes drive ) First visit the Artemis Temple, which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets. After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. Drive to the hotel for overnight in Kusadasi. DAY 5 : Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour ( 3,5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast – Dinner ) Drive to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Laodicea. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. Overnight Pamukkale. DAY 6 : Pamukkale – Konya ( 4,5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast ) Drive to Konya, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Overnight in Konya. DAY 7 : Konya – Cappadocia Tour ( 5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast ) Drive to Cappadocia. Visit to Sultanhani Caravanseria, a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel. DAY 8 : Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast ) Optional: Hot air ballooning with sunrise, once in a lifetime experience in Cappadocia Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos). Overnight Cappadocia in a cave hotel. DAY 9 : Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast ) Visit Devrent valley, Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock-Castle. Overnight Cappadocia in a cave hotel. DAY 10 : Cappadocia – Istanbul ( Breakfast ) Transfer to airport for your domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight Istanbul. DAY 11 : Home ( Breakfast ) After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport for your flight back home.

From Istanbul: 8 Days Highlights of Turkey Bus Tour with B&B

6. From Istanbul: 8 Days Highlights of Turkey Bus Tour with B&B

Meet and greet with your guide in Istanbul. Stay overnight at a hotel in Bursa. Enjoy breakfast, and visit Grand Mosque and Green Mosque with Tomb. Go shopping at Turkish Delight, and drive to Kusadasi. Overnight at a hotel in Kusadasi.  Begin the day with breakfast. Enjoy shopping and a live fashion show at Leather Outlet Center. Visit Ephesus Ancient City. After lunch, drive to Pamukkale. Tour the Antique City of Hierapolis and the fascinating travertine in the form of white terraces and basins. Overnight at a hotel in Pamukkale.  After breakfast, drive to Konya. Visit Mevlana Museum. Tour Konya City. Overnight at a hotel in Konya.  Begin the day with breakfast. Proceed to Cappadocia with its surrealistic geological creation. Stop at Caravanserai and see the Inns used by traders traveling the Silk Road. Enjoy a trekking tour in Ihlara Valley and visit an Underground City. Overnight at a hotel in Cappadocia.  Take an optional hot air balloon ride in the early morning hours. Enjoy breakfast. Explore the Cappadocia region with its highlights such as Love Valley, Uchisar village, a traditional handmade Carpet Factory, Pasabag, Goreme Panorama, Devrent Imagination Valley, and Ortahisar. Overnight at a hotel in Cappadocia.  After breakfast, drive to Ankara, then Bolu. Visit Salt Lake on the way. In Ankara, visit the magnificent Mausoleum constructed to commemorate Ataturk. Enjoy a visit to Golcuk Lake. Overnight at a hotel in Bolu.  Begin the day with breakfast before returning to Istanbul. Visit Sapanca Lake. Enjoy a stop at Masukiye and Camlıca hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul. Drop off at your hotel or airport in Istanbul.

From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

7. From Istanbul: Best of Turkey Multi-Day Tour Package

Embark on a multi-day tour from Istanbul to discover the sights of Turkey. Explore ancient cities, swim in Cleopatra’s pool, and soar above Cappadocia on a hot air balloon. Your trip includes a guide, transportation, accommodation, entry fees, and most meals. Day 1: After pickup, travel from Istanbul to Gallipoli by van and visit the holy Gallipoli battlefield all afternoon. Have lunch and stay at a 4-star hotel in Canakkale. Day 2:Visit the ancient ruins of Troy and Pergamon and marvel at the Acropolis of Pergamon. Have lunch and, by the end of the day, arrive at a 4-star hotel in Kusadasi, where you’ll spend the rest of the night. Day 3:Start with a guided day tour of the Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Refuel with lunch, then spend some time at the Cleopatra ancient thermal pool. Later, take a transfer back to the hotel to stay overnight. Day 4: Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Mary, and the Temple of Artemis on a guided tour. Have lunch, head to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Cappadocia (included). Upon arrival to Cappadocia, meet your driver at the airport who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Get transferred to a cave hotel in Goreme to spend the night in an authentic cave-inspired suite. Day 5: Get to know northern Cappadocia on a day tour after an included breakfast. Lunch, guide, transportation, and all entrance fees will be included on the tour. After your day of exploration, head back to the hotel and stay another night in Goreme. Day 6: After breakfast, explore the southern side of Cappadocia on another guided day tour, and enjoy an included lunch. By the end of the day, take a transfer back to the hotel and have a couple of hours of free time for dinner (not included), shopping, or any other way you’d like to spend your time. Later, get picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport according to your scheduled flight time and fly back to Istanbul (included). Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet your driver at the airport and get taken back to your hotel.

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Nahezu alles war sehr gut organisiert - Abholen vom Hotel, rechtzeitig am Flughafen, nettes Hotel in Meeresnähe, man kann wunderbar in einem der Restaurants am Hafen zu Abend essen - in Ephesus genug Zeit für die Führung und um danach auch auf eigene Faust noch ein bisschen nahe der Celsus-Bibliothek zu explorieren. In Pamukkale unbedingt eines der Zusatzmöglichkeiten nutzen: zum Amphitheater hochgehen oder in Kleopatras Pool (sehr angenehm), Umkleidemöglichkeit und Duschen sind vorhanden oder auch Paragleiten! Sehr empfehlenswert - geht sich gut in zwei Tagen ausgeht und man ist am zweiten Abend wieder zurück. Einzig mit dem Rückflug gab es eine Stunde Verspätung - aber das kann immer mal passieren!

This was a great tour, totally enjoyed all sites-Pamukkale, Hieropolis, Virgin Mary’s last house and Efesus. I had 2 different guides, the guide in Efesus, Lori, was absolutely wonderful. Very knowledgeable, funny and very considerable to guests requests. Highly recommend.

This was an excellent tour. Everything was own time and efficient. Paragliding was amazing! Josh was an excellent tour guide. Highly recommend!

Very well organized and a great trip. The guides are very knowledgable and know the best routes to see the locations.

Excellent stay, well organized and very well received! Great choice for a short 2 day stay!