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The Ultimate Turkish Adventure

15 Days / 14 Nights

Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Fethiye, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia

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With a gorgeous coastline that stretches for many kilometers, countless historical sites, and areas of unfathomable natural beauty, Turkey is a fascinating country to explore. During this two-week itinerary across Turkey, you will have plenty of time to delve into the charms of Istanbul and admire the otherworldly scenery in Cappadocia. Apart from these world-renowned destinations though, this 15-day itinerary takes you on a journey to some lesser-known gems, such as Izmir, Bodrum, Fethiye, Antalya, and Konya. By the end of this unforgettable Turkish adventure, you'll have become familiar with all the different facets of a diverse country that's sure to amaze you.

One of our team members in Turkey will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.
Route for Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum, Fethiye, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia tour

3 Nights in Istanbul

3 Nights in Istanbul

4 days in Istanbul
4 days in Istanbul

3 Nights in Istanbul

Istanbul is a sprawling city of 15+ million people that contains two continents and a wealth of history. From the Byzantines to the Ottoman Empire to the modern Turkish Republic, Istanbul has seen the churn of history throughout the centuries, and the remains of all these eras live alongside the ever-changing face of contemporary Turkey. The Hagia Sophia, formerly a Byzantine church, an Ottoman mosque, and a Republic-era museum, before reverting recently to a mosque, is Istanbul’s most significant site, located in the heart of Sultanahmet. The hip districts of Beyoglu, Besiktas, and Kadikoy overflow with restaurants and cafes, and the central boulevard Istiklal Caddesi serves as the main artery for shopping, food, and nightlife in this buzzing city.

Istanbul is a sprawling city of 15+ million people that contains two continents and a wealth of history. From the Byzantines to the Ottoman Empire to the modern Turkish Republic, Istanbul has seen the churn of history throughout the centuries, and the remains of all these eras live alongside the ever-changing face of contemporary Turkey. The Hagia Sophia, formerly a Byzantine church, an Ottoman mosque, and a Republic-era museum, before reverting recently to a mosque, is Istanbul’s most significant site, located in the heart of Sultanahmet. The hip districts of Beyoglu, Besiktas, and Kadikoy overflow with restaurants and cafes, and the central boulevard Istiklal Caddesi serves as the main artery for shopping, food, and nightlife in this buzzing city.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

After your flight arrives at Istanbul Airport, a driver will meet you at the airport to bring you to your accommodation. The drive from the airport lasts around 50 minutes.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Istanbul

Highlights of Istanbul - Old City Walk Private Tour

The Best of Istanbul in a Day

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are about to delve into the rich history of a city like no other, a city that sits at the crossroads of East and West, the enchanting Istanbul. During this 6-hour tour, you will visit top-rated attractions, such as the Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. Moreover, you will marvel at breathtaking views of the city from some of the best viewpoints in Istanbul. End the tour among locals in one of the world's most famous markets, the colorful and historic Grand Bazaar.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Istanbul

Tasting Istanbul

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

At the crossroads of East and West, Istanbul is one of the most fascinating and diverse cities. With influences from the many different people that co-existed within the Ottoman Empire for centuries on end, Turkish food is equally diverse. Apart from world-renowned savory and sweet specialties, such as kebabs or baklava, Turkish cuisine features countless other delicious dishes. One of the best ways to get to know Istanbul is through the city's unique tastes during a full-day private tour that will take your tastebuds on an unparalleled culinary trip. From the mesmerizing scents of spices to the sweet aromas of butter and sugar, follow your guide on a quest to uncover the city's secrets through the most authentic tastes. Alternatively, join a small-group cooking class to learn how to prepare some staple Turkish specialties and bring your new skills back home with you, keeping Istanbul in your heart forever in the most delicious way.

Tastes of Istanbul Private Tour

Tastes of Istanbul Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

From kebabs to baklava to Turkish delight, Turkish food is famous all over the globe. Yet, there is so much more to Turkish food than just these staple delicacies. During this thorough food tour of Istanbul, your knowledgeable guide will take you off the beaten track to sample the real tastes of Istanbul and experience delicious Turkish specialties, many of which you probably never knew existed.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6-7 hours

Istanbul Small Group Cooking Class

Istanbul Small Group Cooking Class

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and tie on a cooking apron. During this 3-hour cooking class, you will learn how to prepare five delicious authentic Turkish recipes and then enjoy them for lunch or dinner in a traditional restaurant with a glass or two of local wine. This is undoubtedly one of the most fulfilling cultural experiences you can enjoy in Istanbul.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Izmir by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Istanbul and take you to Izmir. On the way, you will make a stop in Pergamon. Inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2014, Pergamon was a rich and powerful Ancient Greek city. The duration of the journey is about eight hours and 30 minutes, including the stop in Pergamon.

Izmir by Private Transfer with a stop in Pergamon
We also offer the following excursions in Istanbul

Bosphorus Full-Day Private Tour
Moderate7 hours 30 minutes
Bosphorus Half-Day Private Tour
Light4 hours
Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht
Light2 hours
Cumalikizik and Bursa Private Full Day Tour
Moderate11 hours 30 minutes

2 Nights in Izmir

2 Nights in Izmir

3 days in Izmir
3 days in Izmir

2 Nights in Izmir

Of Turkey’s three biggest cities, Izmir is the most relaxed, free from the politics of Ankara and the cultural vanguard of Istanbul. Instead, Izmir is a city that fits in comfortably to its Aegean locale. Known as Smyrna from the classical antiquity era until about 1930, Izmir brims with the history of the empires, settlements, and people who have passed through, while remaining a vibrant and ever-changing modern metropolis. Enjoy fresh Aegean cuisine at Izmir’s outdoor restaurants, where local olive oil, fresh herbs, and grilled fish are the stars of the show, and wanted around the market district at Kemeralti to haggle like a local.

Of Turkey’s three biggest cities, Izmir is the most relaxed, free from the politics of Ankara and the cultural vanguard of Istanbul. Instead, Izmir is a city that fits in comfortably to its Aegean locale. Known as Smyrna from the classical antiquity era until about 1930, Izmir brims with the history of the empires, settlements, and people who have passed through, while remaining a vibrant and ever-changing modern metropolis. Enjoy fresh Aegean cuisine at Izmir’s outdoor restaurants, where local olive oil, fresh herbs, and grilled fish are the stars of the show, and wanted around the market district at Kemeralti to haggle like a local.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Izmir

Upon arrival in Izmir, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Izmir

Izmir Old City Private Tour

Getting To Know Izmir

Included in your vacation package price.

In the company of your local guide, you are taking a private tour of Izmir Old Town today. A city rich in history, Izmir has always been a significant cultural and commercial hub throughout the centuries. During this tour, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the nostalgic coastal city, learn about its history, visit its ancient ruins, and marvel at monuments that date back to various stages in Izmir's history.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours 30 minutes

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Bodrum by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Izmir and take you directly to Bodrum. The drive lasts three hours and 30 minutes.

Bodrum by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Izmir

Classic Ephesus Group Tour
Moderate8 hours 30 minutes
Classic Ephesus Private Tour
Moderate8 hours 30 minutes
Izmir Boat Group Tour
Easy10 hours 30 minutes
Izmir Boat Private Tour
Easy10 hours 30 minutes

2 Nights in Bodrum

2 Nights in Bodrum

3 days in Bodrum
3 days in Bodrum

2 Nights in Bodrum

Bodrum is one of the most popular seaside destinations on the Turkish Riviera, where sunbathers and yachts share space along the turquoise coastline. Ruled over the centuries by the Greeks, Romans, Persians, Crusaders, and Ottomans, among others, history is still visible throughout the Bodrum peninsula, including at the well-preserved Theater of Halicarnassus and the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the wonders of the ancient world. And yet, Bodrum is a thoroughly modern city, where the glitterati of Istanbul are as likely to be spotted as international beach lovers. With this kind of coastline, there is something here for everyone who loves the sea.

Bodrum is one of the most popular seaside destinations on the Turkish Riviera, where sunbathers and yachts share space along the turquoise coastline. Ruled over the centuries by the Greeks, Romans, Persians, Crusaders, and Ottomans, among others, history is still visible throughout the Bodrum peninsula, including at the well-preserved Theater of Halicarnassus and the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the wonders of the ancient world. And yet, Bodrum is a thoroughly modern city, where the glitterati of Istanbul are as likely to be spotted as international beach lovers. With this kind of coastline, there is something here for everyone who loves the sea.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Bodrum

Upon arrival in Bodrum, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Bodrum

Bodrum City Private Walking Tour

Bodrum in a Day

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Home to a cosmopolitan marina, Bodrum is one of the best places to visit along Turkey's sunny Mediterranean coast. To make the most of your time in Bodrum, we recommend taking a private tour of this charming city. During this tour, not only will you stroll around Bodrum's charming streets, but you will also have the chance to visit the impressive Underwater Museum of Archeology and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Fethiye by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Bodrum and take you directly to Fethiye. The journey lasts about three hours and 30 minutes.

Fethiye by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Bodrum

Dalyan Private Full Day Tour
Light10 hours
Didyma, Miletus and Priene Cultural Private Full Day Tour
Moderate9 hours
Ephesus Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Leleg Trekking Private Tour
Moderate3-4 hours

2 Nights in Fethiye

2 Nights in Fethiye

3 days in Fethiye
3 days in Fethiye

2 Nights in Fethiye

While Fethiye is often just the departure point for travelers on their way off to explore the region, the city has a charm in its own right. With abundant sunshine, blooming bougainvillea, and easy access to the sea, Fethiye is a lovely place to stop if you want to experience the Turkish coast while still surrounded by the convenience of a major city. History, nature, and sea are all easily accessible from Fethiye, with constant bus connections and car transfers available. A diverse dining scene caters to the diverse clientele that passes through the city, and the Fethiye Museum collects artifacts that have been uncovered in the region.

While Fethiye is often just the departure point for travelers on their way off to explore the region, the city has a charm in its own right. With abundant sunshine, blooming bougainvillea, and easy access to the sea, Fethiye is a lovely place to stop if you want to experience the Turkish coast while still surrounded by the convenience of a major city. History, nature, and sea are all easily accessible from Fethiye, with constant bus connections and car transfers available. A diverse dining scene caters to the diverse clientele that passes through the city, and the Fethiye Museum collects artifacts that have been uncovered in the region.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Fethiye

Upon arrival in Fethiye, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Dine Around Karagözler

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Karagözler area around Fethiye’s port road is full of restaurants, and it’s a nice place to dine during your first night in Fethiye. Many restaurants offer beautiful views of the harbor and the sea, and you can savor fresh seafood while soaking in the relaxing atmosphere of Karagözler. Stroll along the marina after dinner, especially during the sunset hours, and take in the laid-back vibe of this Mediterranean city.

Dine Around Karagözler

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Fethiye

Visit The Ghost City of Kayakoy

Suggestion to explore on your own

Just outside of Fethiye, the ghost city of Kayakoy awaits. Abandoned in the 1920s, during the population exchanges between Turkey and Greece, Kayakoy is now an eerily beautiful place where you can explore the local architecture, with the old stone houses and churches built atop a hill. The village is a large open-air museum of sorts and the ideal side trip from Fethiye. You can get to Kayakoy by bus from Fethiye. If you feel like hiking, this area is perfect for an invigorating walk in nature, too.

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Antalya by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Fethiye and take you directly to Antalya. Sit back and enjoy the 3-hour ride.

We also offer the following excursions in Fethiye

12 Islands Group Boat Tour
Light8 hours
Dalyan Full Day Private Tour
Light11 hours 30 minutes
Daylan Full Day Group Tour
Light11 hours 30 minutes
Fethiye and Ghost Town Private Tour
Light5 hours

2 Nights in Antalya

2 Nights in Antalya

3 days in Antalya
3 days in Antalya

2 Nights in Antalya

Antalya is a popular destination and s a hub for all sorts of travelers and home of one of the main airports in the Mediterranean region. The city has a reputation for being laid-back and easy to navigate, with its compact old city containing most of the sites of historic interest and a tram line that stretches down a palm tree-lined street around the city. Traces of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Seljuk empires still are visible in the ruins scattered throughout the city, all mashed together with the distinct look of modern Turkey. The Roman-era Hadrian’s Gate is the most prominent ruin, serving as an entryway to the old city.

Antalya is a popular destination and s a hub for all sorts of travelers and home of one of the main airports in the Mediterranean region. The city has a reputation for being laid-back and easy to navigate, with its compact old city containing most of the sites of historic interest and a tram line that stretches down a palm tree-lined street around the city. Traces of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Seljuk empires still are visible in the ruins scattered throughout the city, all mashed together with the distinct look of modern Turkey. The Roman-era Hadrian’s Gate is the most prominent ruin, serving as an entryway to the old city.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Antalya

Upon arrival in Antalya, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Antalya

Old City of Antalya Tour and Lower Duden Waterfall Private Half Day Tour

Be Seduced By Antalya's Charms

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

The most beautiful place in the world, according to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Antalya is sure to capture your heart, too. More than just another seaside destination in Turkey, Antalya is a city of vast and exciting history. The best way to delve into the essence of Antalya is to take a private tour of the city's historical landmarks and natural wonders. From Hadrian's Gate and the traditional Ottoman architecture to the stunning Lower Duden Waterfall, get ready to admire Antalya's charms one after another.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Konya by Private Transfer

Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Antalya and take you directly to Konya. Duration of the journey is 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Konya by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Antalya

Aspendos and Perge Full Day Private Tour
Moderate10 hours 30 minutes
Kekova Private Full-Day Boat Tour
Easy8 hours 30 minutes
Kekova Private Half Day Boat Tour
Easy4 hours
Termessos, Karain Cave and Archeological Museum Private Full Day Tour
Moderate8 hours

1 Night in Konya

1 Night in Konya

2 days in Konya
2 days in Konya

1 Night in Konya

The contrast between Konya’s quite conservative population and its embrace of the culture of Rumi, complete with poetry and dancing, makes the city endlessly fascinating. Jeladdin Rumi, also known as the Mevlana, ended his journey in Konya, and the museum-tomb where he is laid to rest is Konya’s most prominent landmark and most popular spot to visit. The Seljuks, Byzantines, and Ottomans left the most prominent traces on the city, but Hittites, Phrygians, Persians, Romans, and others have all passed through in Konya’s long history. Today, it is a modern Turkish city that celebrates its past while existing fully in the present moment.

The contrast between Konya’s quite conservative population and its embrace of the culture of Rumi, complete with poetry and dancing, makes the city endlessly fascinating. Jeladdin Rumi, also known as the Mevlana, ended his journey in Konya, and the museum-tomb where he is laid to rest is Konya’s most prominent landmark and most popular spot to visit. The Seljuks, Byzantines, and Ottomans left the most prominent traces on the city, but Hittites, Phrygians, Persians, Romans, and others have all passed through in Konya’s long history. Today, it is a modern Turkish city that celebrates its past while existing fully in the present moment.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Konya

Upon arrival in Konya, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Be Mesmerized By a Dervish Show

Suggestion to explore on your own

Spend your first night in Konya attending one of Turkey's most fascinating cultural events, a Whirling Dervish Show. Even if you know very little about Sufism and whirling dervishes, you'll be amazed by the mystical and spiritual feelings that this experience evokes. In Konya, the Mevlana Culture Center offers dervish shows frequently, while there are many performances in the city in December during the Rumi Festival.

Be Mesmerized By a Dervish Ritual

Day 13

Day 13 - Traveling to Cappadocia by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Konya and take you directly to Cappadocia. The drive lasts about three hours.

Cappadocia by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Konya

Beysehir Town Full Day Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Catalhoyuk & Boncukhoyuk Private Tour
Light5 hours
Highlights of Konya Full Day Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Highlights of Konya Half Day Private Walking Tour
Light4 hours

2 Nights in Cappadocia

2 Nights in Cappadocia

3 days in Cappadocia
3 days in Cappadocia

2 Nights in Cappadocia

With a name drawn from the region’s ancient Christian history, Cappadocia combines stunning natural landscapes with a complex and still-visible history. Cave churches throughout the region boast still-colorful frescos and a shady respite from the Cappadocia sunshine. In Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, underground cities twist and turn in a knot of hidden hallways, preserved throughout hundreds of years. Above ground, the volcanic landscape seems to change every few miles, curling into stunning new rock formations and undulating hillsides around every turn. This is a perfect place to be in nature, with the quiet sounds of birdsong and wind filling the big open sky.

With a name drawn from the region’s ancient Christian history, Cappadocia combines stunning natural landscapes with a complex and still-visible history. Cave churches throughout the region boast still-colorful frescos and a shady respite from the Cappadocia sunshine. In Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, underground cities twist and turn in a knot of hidden hallways, preserved throughout hundreds of years. Above ground, the volcanic landscape seems to change every few miles, curling into stunning new rock formations and undulating hillsides around every turn. This is a perfect place to be in nature, with the quiet sounds of birdsong and wind filling the big open sky.

Day 13

Day 13 - Arrival in Cappadocia

Upon arrival in Cappadocia, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 14

Day 14 - Your First Full Day in Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloon Group Tour

Gliding Over Cappadocia's Stunning Scenery

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are enjoying a hot air balloon flight experience in Cappadocia, in the company of a group of like-minded travelers. Get ready to glide smoothly through the air, marveling at Cappadocia's unique scenery along the way. Finish this amazing experience in style with a glass of champagne once the hot air balloon lands.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 -3 hours

Day 15

Day 15 - Departure Day

Sadly your time in Turkey draws to a close, but you'll have left on a high note! We'll arrange for a driver to transfer you to Kayseri Airport for the first leg of your journey home.

We also offer the following excursions in Cappadocia

ATV Private Two-Hour Tour
Light3 hours
Cappadocia Full Day Hiking Private Tour
Strenuous7 hours
Cappadocia Full Day Private Green Tour
Moderate8 hours
Cappadocia Full Day Private Red Tour
Light7 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Istanbul

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Istanbul Airport Transfer
Highlights of Istanbul - Old City Walk Private Tour
Istanbul - Izmir Private Transfer with a stop in Pergamon
Guiding Service on the Transfer (Izmir)

Izmir

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Izmir Old City Private Tour
Izmir - Bodrum Private Transfer

Bodrum

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bodrum - Fethiye Private Transfer

Fethiye

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Fethiye - Antalya Private Transfer

Antalya

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Antalya - Konya Private Transfer

Konya

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Konya - Cappadocia Private Transfer

Cappadocia

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Hot Air Balloon Group Tour
Kayseri Airport (ASR) Private Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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