“Tour Turkey Tour“ presents you the best places and the best tours in Turkey. You'll find everything you need to start your tour schedule. Enjoy great city tours and the best routes.
You will find numerous tour schedules here to promote your individual itinerary. You can design your dream holiday on your own or with us. Please do not hesitate to contact for any of your needs, e.g. scheduling your tour, contracting private tour guide, hiring vehicle, etc.
You start to tour Turkey in one of the cities below. Find your city on the map :
You'll find here tour schedules for visiting Istanbul and nearby places. These are well done tour programs. You can adopt them to your interests. You can check the visiting places by following the links. You can also ask us to help you doing your own tour schedule.
Touring in Istanbul by public vehicles like tram and boat is great adventure. You can discover old part of the city only by walking. Commute like locals from one side to another of the Bosphorus by public boat.
A) CLASSIC ISTANBUL TOUR
9:00 Depart from your hotel with the private tour guide. Firstly, you visit Blue Mosque in the Old Istanbul (previous Constantinople), beauty wise the number one highlight of Istanbul. It's achitecture and decoration has been dazzling millions of visitors for 400 years.
10:00 Right beside the Blue Mosque, you will visit the Greco-Roman Stadium of Constantinople, the Hippodrome. Serpentine Column and Obelisk (Egyptian Pillar), which still adorn this antique arena of gladiators, are silent witnesses of two millenniums in a very well preserved condition. Hippodrome of Constantinople had a capacity of 100,000 of spectators. The 6th century Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern from the era of Roman Emperor Justinan (Justinianus) have been waiting for privileged travelers to reveal their secrets. Your private tour guide will present you the whisper of 1500 years history. You will have insight into pioneering role of Hagia Sophia Church which will open a new page in your intellectual life.
12:00-13:00 Now you can rest and dine in the heart of historic Istanbul, Sultanahmet Square. Your private tour guide is a food expert also. He will give you recommendations based on your preferences. You can ask him to accompany you while you experience the most memorable tastes to learn more about Turkish Cousine.
13:30 And afternoon, last but not least, you will visit the White House of Ottoman Empire, Topkapi Palace Museum. It was the residence of the Ottoman Parliament and the home of the Ottoman Dynasty for about 400 years. Here, you will explore the end of medieval era of Europe and the beginning of a new era, upon the conquest of Orthodox Eastern Roman Empire by Islamic Turks.
16:00 There is still some time if you have enough energy to discover Grand Bazaar or Spice Bazaar. Both are antique shopping malls where you can find touristic souvenir.
B) ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS TOUR
09:00 Depart from your hotel for Bosphorus (the Bosphorous), the watercourse between Asia and Europe. And board the cruise exploring two continents from the sea.
09:00-11:30 Public boats give service through the Bosphorous by making zig zag stopping at a dozen of seaports on both sides of Istanbul, Asiatic & European Istanbul. Private boats also discover the Bosphorus along the shores at the tip of two continents. Between two continents, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Snow capped hills of Bosphorus on January and February invite blossom with all the colours you can imagine on April and May.
12:00-13:00 Having lunch on board depends on the type of Bosphorus tour. Getting off the boat around noon gives a chance to eat in one of the beautiful towns of Bosphorus beside the water. Of course, the menu should be based on sea products after watching so many fish boats and fishermen on the seafront.
13:30 Afternoon, you have an invitation to visit one of the most gorgeous residences of Ottoman Dynasty right beside the watercourse. You will be amazed with the dazzling effect of a 19th century Ottoman palace built within a blend of European baroque & rococo styles.
16:00 There is still some time if you have enough energy to discover the highest hill of Istanbul, "Camlica Tepesi" which means "the hill of pines".
C) RELIGIOUS AND NOSTALGIC ISTANBUL TOUR
9:00 Departing from your hotel & driving towards the antique city walls of Istanbul, you find the 5th century AD fortress complex which would completely envelop Constantinople once and absorbed all the attacks for 1000 years, up until 1453 Islamic Turkish Conquest.
09:30 Visit Chora Mosaic Museum, Greek Orthodox church from 11-14th centuries built around the city walls and Greek Othodox Patriarch like a small Vatican City in the so called "Golden Horn" area.
12:00-13:00 Have lunch in a pretty local restaurant, "lokanta", where you can choose your plates from traditionally cooked aubergine, zucchini, lamb and many other delights of Turkish cuisine.
13:00 Discover the oldest and the most nostalgic place of Istanbul inside the city walls, Fatih District. Imperial mosques of Istanbul such as the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificient (Suleymaniye Cami) and the Mosque of the Conquerer (Fatih Cami) in Fatih are as wonderful as Blue Mosque. Moreover, you will have the best opportunity here to receive the cultural mosaic of Istanbul.
15:00 Afternoon, you are invited to visit Pier Loti Hill, named after the famous French novelist, to drink a strong Turkish coffee (mocha) or tea (black tea or apple tea) while taking the most nostalgic pictures of the Golden Horn inlet of Marmara Sea from "Pier Loti Coffeehouse" on top the hill.
16:00 There is still some time if you wish to discover occidental Istanbul, Taksim Square, where the modern Istanbulites meet for cinemas, theaters and many other indoor-outdoor activities till early morning.
A) ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI - TROY - ISTANBUL ( Daily Tour or 1 Overnight )
8:00 Departure from the hotel to the west of Istanbul via D-100. By using the road map, you will arrive to Tekirdag, a nice province at the sea side.
9:30 Have a break for coffee or tea. You should taste the nice desert of Tekirdag made up of cheese. Then, hit the road again towards "Gelibolu", the historical town with the memorials from the first world war.
11:30 Start touring from the museum inside the " Gelibolu National Park ".
14:30 You can have a luch at a sea side restaurant in Gelibolu town. You will cross the Dardanel passage by a public boat in about half an hour.
15:30 When you arrive Canakkalefollow the main highway towards Izmir.
16:30 Visit Troy with a book in one hand or with your private tour guide.
18:00 Depart from Troy to Istanbul or overnight in the Canakkale Province.
B) ISTANBUL - IZMIR - ISTANBUL ( 4 Days - 3 Overnights )
8:00 Departure from the hotel to the west of Istanbul via D-100. the west of Istanbul via D-100. Then as in tour program A above, visit the Gallipoli Memorial and overnight in Canakkale.
8:30 Depart from your hotel in Canakkale, drive towards Izmir.
9:00 Visit Troy on the way to Izmir
10:30 Hit the road again and drive towards the beautiful Edremit Bay.
13:00 Lunch in a restourant in Pergamum, the Turkish Bergama Town. Visiting Red Hall, Senatorium and Acrapolis.
16:00 Leave Pergamum and drive to Izmir.
18:00 Overnight in Izmir
08:00 Depart from the hotel in Izmir towards Kusadasi, the famous summer resort of Turkey.
09:00 Visit Ephesus antique site, visit St. Johns Caste and Virgin Mary House. Afternoon, you can discover Kusadasi downtown. Overnight in Kusadasi.
09:00 Return to Istanbul
A) ISTANBUL - BURSA - ISTANBUL ( Daily Tour )
8:00 Departure from the hotel to the sea bus terminal to go to Bursa.
11:00 Start your tour central Bursa. Visit Emirsultan Hill, Blue Moseleum, the great mosque, silk market.
13:00 Lunch in the Bursa downtown.
14:00 Try Cable Car to go up to the Uludag.
17:00 Leave Bursa to come back to Istanbul.
B) ISTANBUL - BURSA - THERMAL YALOVA - ISTANBUL ( 1 Overnight )
When you finish daily Bursa Tour as in program A, you overnight in Bursa and next day drive towards Istanbul. On the way to Istanbul, you will arrive to Yalova Thermal Baths. Leave the baths at 16:00, drive to Istanbul via highway.
A) ISTANBUL - SAFRANBOLU - ISTANBUL ( Daily Tour or 1 Overnight )
Safranbolu is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is about 425 kms from Istanbul. You can plan a daily tour or a tour with one overnight there. The 17th century atmosphere of this original Ottoman city gives you a great joy. If you wish to visit and return to Istanbul in the same they, you should be ready to a ride of 9 hours. If you wish to stay, there are nicely restored and kept noblity houses that you may check with us.
08:00 Depart from your hotel towards Ankara via D-100 highway. Connect to TEM express way.
10:30 Have a brake for a cup of coffee or tea on the Mounts of the Bolu Province.
13:00 Arrival to Safranbolu downtown. Have a nice lunch in a local restaurant.
14:00 Discover the old Ottoman Mosque, Medresse of Suleyman Pasha, the old bath from 1322. Visit the Cinci Inn and many elegant Ottoman mosques from 17th century.
15:30 Visit the houses and workshops of craftsmen, such as leather workers, blacksmiths, saddlers and shoemakers, and textile workers.
17:00 Overnight in Safranbolu or depart from the town to return to Istanbul.
B) ISTANBUL - SAFRANBOLU - ANKARA - ISTANBUL ( 1 Overnight )
When you finish the program A and overnight in Safranbolu, you drive to Ankara the next morning. It is the capital of Turkey and there are several touristic places over there. The museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the Castle of Ankara and the tomb of Ataturk are the main ones. A daily tour in Ankara with luch takes about 5 to 6 hours. Depart from Ankara around 17:00 to return to Istanbul.
C) ISTANBUL - SAFRANBOLU - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA- KONYA- DENIZLI - IZMIR - ISTANBUL ( 9 Overnights )
When you finish the program B above, stay in Ankara for one night. It is not a touristic place but there are places you can nicely overnight. E.g. Cankaya Distric near to the hilly side of Ankara.
The next day early morning you hit the road again towards Kirikkale Province. When you get near to the city in about two hours, have a short break. Then continue to the direction of Kırsehir Province. Follow the labels and finally arrive to Nevsehir. There are numerous nice hotels and pensions in the nearby towns of Nevsehir.
You should stay at least three nights in Cappadocia so that you get under the spell of the region. As a matter of fact, you should have a private tour guide when you tour Turkey. One of the places that you severely would like to have is Cappadocia if you had not one yet.
As soon as you complete your tour in Cappadocia, you may find yourself dreaming of Cotton Castle, walking on travertines inside the hot springs. Now it is time for a long drive from Cappadocia to Denizli. You should prefer to overnight in Konya on the way to Denizli. This is the city of whirling dervishes.
After a moderate drive in the countryside for about 6 hours, you arrive to the natural site of Pamukkale . As soon as you arrive, check in your hotel and take the advantage of the hot spring water. Most of the hotels have channelled the hot spring water to their property.
Next day, you have a half day to discover panaromic Cotton Castle. Just beside is the antique Hierapolis. Afternoon, you drive to Ephesus via highway passing by Aydın Province, to the last but not least visit of your Turkey tour.
You arrive to Kusadasi early evening. It is a nice summer resort on the Aegean coast of Turkey only 15 minutes from Ephesus. So, overnight in Kusadasi that night and recover energy for the next day's bustling but amazing Ephesus tour.
Ephesus is in a colorful town named Selcuk. It is not the only a place you would visit over there. St.John's Castle, the Seven Sleepers Cave and the House of Virgin Mary attract millions of visitors. At the end of the day, you go to the third biggest city of Turkey. It takes less than one hour to drive there via highway.
Downtown Izmir at the Aegean cost is so beautiful with its blinking city lights in the evening near to the gulf. Overnight in Izmir. Next day, you can drive back to Istanbul via transit highways in about 7-8 hours.
A) DISCOVER CAPPADOCIA NATIONAL PARK & VILLAGES IN ONE DAY ( 8 HOURS )
After a nice breakfast at your hotel in Urgup walk through the main street of Urgup. You will find many traditional handicafts on the only main street of Urgup untill you arrive to the turrn to Mustafa Pasha Village. If you take the turn towards there, you drive 15 minutes. When you finish touring Mustafa Pasha, drive back to Urgup and continue to the nearest beautiful village Ortahisar. After Ortahisar your next visit will be to the Goreme National Park, Goreme Village. You visit Goreme Open Air Museum which is one kilometer to the town, and have lunch in the town. You have plenty of alternatives down there.
If your overnight stay is in Goreme Village, Uchisar Village or Nevsehir Province, start your tour from Goreme and visit Open Air Museum first. Then, you should discover Ortahisar, Urgup and Mustafa Pasha Town. You will find nice alternatives in Urgup for a traditional lunch around noon.
Afternoon, you'd better drive to Nevsehir and visit this Anatolian City. You can even shop there, it is a very colorful and historic province of Turkey. Then come back to the Goreme National Park again. When you come to Uchisar Village, you should visit the castle in the middle of the village because you can take panaromic pictures of Cappadocia Region there. Pigeon Valley and Ibrahim Pasha Villages are the beautiful places for the rest of your day.
B) FANTASTIC CAPPADOCIA - AVANOS - CAVUSIN GHOST TOWN- PASABAG VALLEY - ZELVE VALLEY - DEVRENT VALLEY ( 8 HOURS )
Your Fantastic Cappadocia Tour starts from Avanos but accordingly with your hotel you may wish to start from the Devrent Valley. Your private tour guide will give you the best information and propose you the actual schedule. Today's tour is based on visits to fantastic villages and to a very historic town, Avanos, on the bank of Kizilirmak River. Variety of Utensils have been produced from red clay in Avanos for 3000 years and more.
C) VALLEYS & UNDERGROUND CAPPADOCIA - IHLARA VALLEY - KAYMAKLI - DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITIES ( 9 HOURS )
Ihlara Valley ...
Turkey is based on a peninsula between Asia and Europe. This peninsula was called Asia Minor in ancient times. The total area of Turkey is 780,000 km2 which is as large as the total area of Italy and Spain together. Turkey is the 18th most populated country in the world with a population of 78 millions.
The amazing history of Turkey does not fit into common history books. There are many archeological sites spread all around in Turkey. Finds from the early ages reveal varied civilizations . As a matter of fact the numbers of Greek and Roman relics in Turkey are much higher than the ones in Greece and Italy. Millions of visitors from all around the world tour Turkey to discover these silent witnesses. A tour to historical places in Turkey should start from Istanbul. Because, it was the capital of the two biggest empires in the world. Only Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul is visited by more than 8 million visitors each year. You can follow the foot steps of the varied tribes, Greeks, Romans and Ottoman Turks when you tour Turkey.
Places of Interest in Turkey
Istanbul : The most famous city in Turkey. It was the capital of Ottomans for about 500 years. When you come to Istanbul, first of all you should start with the old part of the city which was once called Constantinople. Today it is called Sultanahmet Square. Discover Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, Underground Cistern, the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the Museum of Archeology and the Museum of Turkish Islamic Arts in Sultanahmet Square. The modern part of the city and the Bosphorus (water canal) between Asian and European sides of the city are the places you should never miss. If you have time, get on a scheduled public boat and visit the Princess Islands in one and a half hour.
Bursa : It is called "Green Bursa" because of forests. In the center of the city is Uludag Mountain. Bursa is famous with Kebap, Silk and Islamic arts. It was the second capital of Ottomans. Try cable car to go up to the peaks of Uludag. Though Bursa is a bit out of touristic routes, it is very close to Istanbul by sea bus.
Canakkale : It is a beautiful province of Turkey famous with antique Troy and Gallipoli Peninsula. If you spent a visit to Canakkale, you should see the Memorials nearby from the first world war. Try to take fish in a small local restaurant. The fresh green salad and fruits of Canakkale will leave tastes in your mounth hard to forget. If you have one more day in Canakkale, you can go visit and overnight in Bozcaada Island.
Izmir : It is a modern city on the Aegean coast of Turkey but it embraces antiquity as well. The ruins of antique Smyrna is in the downtown. The archeological site of antique Ephesus is only 50 minutes from Izmir by the highway. It is amazing to visit Ephesus which was built by a general of Alexander the Makedonian. The boundry of the province of Izmir overlaps the boundry of antique Ionia. Around 2500 years ago, Ionia was the home of Greek scholarship.
Mugla : It is the favorable place of Turkey for blue voyagers. Sea and sun and the antique civilizations of Asia Minor have never been so intimate in another place in Turkey. Citrus fruits and pomegranate are so tasty in Mugla. The most natural beaches on the world are here. If you love sea and sun, you can start to tour Turkey from Mugla.
Antalya : The Antalya Province is on the Mediterranean cost of Turkey and one of the most beautiful part of the country. Beside archeological sites, waterfalls, sea and sun, water sports and winter sports are wating for you there. Antique "Perge", "Aspendos" and "Side" visits will give you a weird energy for sure. You can start to tour Turkey from Antalya if you are planning to discover the south of Turkey and Volcanic Cappadocia in detail.
Cappadocia Tourism Region : Cappadocia is UNESCO World Heritage Zone. The greater boundry of Cappadocia is drawn by three provinces (Nevsehir, Kayseri and Nigde) in centeral Turkey. Most of the highlights of Cappadocia are in the neighbourhood of Nevsehir.
If you can tour Turkey in detail, you really amaze with the changes in fauna and flora. The country is inlaid within high steps. There are numerous high mountains like Mount Ararat, Mount Erciyes and Toros Mountains. While the sea sides relatively flat and well irrigated by rivers, the central Turkey is hilly and quite dry. Because of various natural qualities of the land, there are several different regions in Turkey such as Mediterranean Region, Black Sea Region,Central Anatolian Region, etc. Forests are followed by arid zones. Lakes turn into agricultral lands. Mountains are surrounded by high steppes where sheep flocks catch the eyes of travellers. Extreme conditions of the nature in some regions to the east of Turkey is the best environ for the wild life. There are awesome tastes, natural wonders and amazing peoples all around Turkey. When you decide to tour Turkey, make a check list to make it sure that you include as possible all the regions in your schedule.
Cultural Heritage of Turkey
Turkey is a based on a very colorful land on earth. It is on the main migrating routes of humanity. Today, you can trace ancient civilizations in Turkey. The unusual forms of the land have influences on the climate and culture. Hittites, Assyrians, Lydians, Urartians, they all emerged in Anatolia well in advance. Hellenes and Romans inherited various cultures over here. After all, Islamic Turkish Culture have been developing here for about 1000 years. The people who tour Tukey know that it is not an ordinary adventure to visit countryside of Turkey. When you deal with locals, you will be surprised by their customs and traditions. Turkish people in general speaking, are open minded and very hospitable. You may feel your self at your home.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam have got their roots in Turkey. Prophet Noah and Prophed Abraham have revealed their invitations in this land. When you tour Turkey, you should discover rock-cut monastries and churches underground from early Christianity. You will get amazed by the Islamic architecture, e.g. mosques, madrasas, houses, bazaars.
Climate of Turkey
Turkey is under the impact of the subtropical climate of the eastern Mediterranean, the steppe climate of Central Turkey and the humid and warm climate of the Black Sea Region. So, you may experience four seasons in the same day if you fly in about one hour from south to north or from west to east. In the Mediterranean Region, some years in April you may ski on top of the mounts and when you drive to the sea shore in couple hours you can nicely swim in the Mediterranean.