Turkish Riviera
Turkish Riviera
Turkish Riviera
Turkish Riviera
Turkish Riviera

Turkish Riviera

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Coach Tour (min 2 / max 28 passengers)
9 Days ex Istanbul
Departs Fridays - May to September
 
2024 Departure Dates
Aug 02, 09, 16, 30; Sep 06, 13, 20, 27
 
2025 Departure Dates
May 02, 09, 16, 30; Jun 06, 13, 20; Jul 04, 18; Aug 01, 15, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26
 
 
Experience a leisurely journey that seamlessly weaves together the must-see attractions of Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale, complemented by a three-night stay in the idyllic coastal town of Fethiye on the Turkish Mediterranean coastline.
 

Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of Istanbul as you visit iconic sites like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Blue Mosque, and the world-renowned Grand Bazaar
  • Pay homage to the memory of modern Turkey's founding father at the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara
  • Experience the charm of a traditional Cave Style Hotel during your stay in Cappadocia
  • Uncover the wonders of Cappadocia, nestled within its surreal landscape
  • Marvel at the captivating beauty of Pamukkale's white limestone terraces
  • Embark on a full-day cruise to discover the Gulf of Fethiye's natural beauty

Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local operator then transferred to your hotel where accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Remainder of day at leisure.

Day 2: Istanbul (B)

Embark on a full day guided tour of some of the best sites of Istanbul, the city where east meets west. Originally founded as Byzantium, then known as Constantinople, after Constantine the Great, Istanbul is home to many fascinating sites. The first stop on your tour is Topkapi Palace, once the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans and now a fascinating museum. Next, view the incredible Hagia Sophia Mosque from the outside - originally built in 537ad, this marvel of engineering is famed for the giant dome, an incredible feat for the time period and considered as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Conclude your tour with a visit to the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world featuring an intricate labyrinth of over 60 streets and 4000 shops.

Day 3: Istanbul – Ankara – Cappadocia (BD)

This morning depart for Ankara where you will visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, arrive in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Cappadocia (BL)

Optional: Early morning Balloon tour (supplement applies).

Embark on a full day excursion in Cappadocia, famous for its distinctive rock formations (referred to as 'fairy chimneys'), amazing caves and historical history. Visit the Underground City, the Open-Air Museum in Goreme and the incredible natural fortress in Uchisar. Lunch today in a local restaurant. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx, and potteries. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Optional: Night Tour with a Turkish Show and dinner (supplement applies).

Day 5: Cappadocia - Konya – Pamukkale (BD)

Early departure for Pamukkale. Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, derived its name from the striking natural landscape and is famous for its travertine terraces made from minerals deposited by thermal waters. En-route visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece, Sultanhan Caravanserai - one of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in Turkey and one of the largest medieval caravanserai in the country - built to shelter the caravaneers, their animals and cargo and keep them safe from highwaymen as they travelled along the ancient Silk Route. Proceed to Konya where you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, housing the tomb of Mevlana Rumi the great 13th-century Sufi poet and founder of the Mevlevi (Whirling) Dervish order. Continue to Pamukkale for an overnight stay.

Day 6: Pamukkale – Fethiye (BD)

This morning transfer to Fethiye for a three-night stay. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore this vibrant town. Overnight Fethiye.

Fethiye is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere. Nestled along the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, it offers a perfect blend of ancient history, modern amenities, and breathtaking landscapes. During your stay, you can explore the nearby Lycian rock tombs or relax on the beautiful beaches. The town also boasts a lively harbour area with numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Day 7: Full Day Island Cruise - Fethiye (BLD)

This morning you will be transferred to Fethiye Harbour where you will board your comfortable sail motorboat and be welcomed by the well-trained and friendly staff. During your cruise today you will pass by many different islands, some of which can only be seen by boat. The captain will stop at a selection of the islands for a swim and a lunch break. Upon completion of the cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight Fethiye.

Day 8: Fethiye (BD)

Day at leisure. Overnight Fethiye.

Day 9: Fethiye (B)

This morning after breakfast, transfer to either Fethiye Port or Marmaris Port.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 24/7 local operator support in Turkey
  • Arrival transfer from Istanbul (IST) Airport on Day 1 (supplement applies from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport)
  • Departure transfer on Day 9 to either Fethiye Port or Marmaris Port
  • Accommodation in Moderate First- and First-Class hotels with private facilities
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Local taxes
  • Turkey Travel Notes - issued by Innovative Travel

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above.
Accommodation based on the following or similar.
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.

Istanbul

Avantegarde Levent Hotel (2024 departures)
Titanic City Taksim (2025 departures)

Cappadocia (Cave Style)

MDC Hotel | Yusuf Yigitoglu Mansion

Pamukkale

Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel

Fethiye 

Alesta Yacht Hotel

Double Beds
Please note a double-bedded room can be requested but cannot be guaranteed. In Turkey double rooms are very limited.

Dress Codes
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

Hotels
On coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e. Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.  

Porterage
Porterage for one suitcase is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity, the single bag should not exceed the dimensions of 30”x18”x10” and not weigh more than 50lbs (25kg).

Sightseeing
All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.

Optional Tours
Optional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.  

Transfers
Airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul (IST) Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport. Departure transfer will be via scheduled shuttle at either 9.00am or 1.00pm. Private transfers at alternate times will incur a surcharge. Transfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. If arriving or departing Istanbul on any days other than the arrival or departure days of the tour, transfers are not included.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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