Choose one of our 6 fly & drive itineraries and you will get: o FREE arrival transfers o FREE one full day excursion in Istanbul o FREE one day guide in Cappadocia o FREE GPS navigation in your car o ALL CARS are equipped with
automatic transmission* *Except the Renault Traffic (manual transmission)
Arrival in Istanbul
Upon landing at ferry port, you will be met with a TurkeyVision/Pacha Tours representative. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today, you will participate to your complimentary Istanbul city tour in one of the following programs depending on the availability: - From Byzantium to the Ottoman Era, full day excursion with lunch For detailed program please click FROM BYZANTIUM TO THE OTTOMAN ERA
or - Bosphorus, full day excursion with lunch. For detailed program please click BOSPHORUS
Day at leisure. Suggested itinerary: On your third day in Istanbul, you can take a relaxing cruise on the Bosporus which separates Asia from Europe and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. You will get the best views of the city and most of the historical monuments in Istanbul. All along the strait and on both shores, you will discover the marble Palaces of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi, the beautiful wooden Ottoman villas called "yali" (water-side residences) which stand side by side with modern residential and luxurious apartments, the medieval forteresses etc. In the afternoon, you can visit Chora (Kariye) Museum whose mosaics and frescoes are among the most beautiful in the Byzantine World. You can continue with the visit of imposing Haghia Sophiawhich marked the apogee of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's reign. Last, you can shop at the historical Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul - Safranbolu
Pick-up your vehicle in the morning. Tonight you will stay at Safranbolu. Suggested itinerary: In the morning, after picking up your vehicle, you can cross the Bosphorus that separates Europe and Asia to head, on the motorway, towards the green landscapes of the Black Sea Region. You will break the journey in the area of Bolu. Via Gerede and Karabuk, you will arrive in Safranbolu, a picturesque town with beautiful traditional Turkish houses listed by Unesco. You will stroll along the cobble stone streets of this charming town, can visit Kaymakamlar Home Museum (many houses have been turned into museums), the Castle (Hidirlik,the Old Government House), have tea or coffee in the surprising Pond Saloon of Asmazlar Mansion Hotel, and watch Safranbolu from the terrace of Cinci Han.
Safranbolu - Cappadocia
Today, you will drive to Cappadocia.Suggested itinerary: In the morning, drive on the motorway to Ankara, the Turkish capital since 1923. You will visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations which displays rich and unique collections like the treasures in the Hittite section; you can also visit the Anitkabir which is the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. In the afternoon, continue to Cappadocia along the Salt Lake (Tuz Golu) and on the way you can stop at Agzikarahan, a 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai.
Today we will provide you a private guide for full day. You can choose where to go or you can follow your guide’s expert advices.Suggested itinerary: A full day tour to explore the rugged beauty of this fantastic region. The winding landscape is decorated at every twist and turn with a maze of cones, slopes and fairy chimneys, products of centuries of wind and rain. Visit the Red Valley enroute to the Goreme Valley. Now an open-air museum, Goreme's churches were carved into the stone between the 7th-13th centuries and are decorated with frescoes that provide a record of early Christianity. Some of the churches you may see include the Church of St Barbara, the Church of the Serpent, the Church of the Sandal, the Church of the Apple and the Church of the Buckle. Learn about art and crafts of rural Turkey with a handcraft center visit and attend a lecture on Turkish hand-made rugs. Visit Underground City. Also make photo stops at Uchisar and Avcilar, magnificent vista points. Tonight, possibility to attend to Whirling Dervishes Ceremony.
Day at leisure.Suggested itinerary: Continue your visits in Cappadocia with Soganli Valley where you will see medieval rock churches within a traditional Cappadocia village. On the road, stop at Sinassos to stroll the streets to see some best examples of 19th century Cappadocia architecture. Stop to see Valley of the Pigeon Houses. We also recommend “Hot Air Balloon Ride” over the magnificent landscape of Cappadocia. You can end the day with a visit to one of the famous wineries of Cappadocia to taste local vines
Cappadocia - Antalya
Today, you will drive to Antalya.. Suggested itinerary: In the morning, drive through the Plain of Konya. En route, you can stop at Sultanhani to visit the largest caravanserai in Anatolia. Upon arrival in the holy city and old Seljuk capital of the Sultanate of Rum, you will visit the Museum of Mevlana,the famous mystic and poet who founded the Order of the Whirling Dervishes in the 13th century. Continue to Beysehir where you can visit the Seljuk Esrefoglu Mosque with its exquisite stone and wood carving. Then, via Akseki, you will drive south on a scenic mountain road which runs right across the Taurus Mountains and leads to the coastal Plain of Pamphylia. If you depart earlier in the morning, a second alternative is, from Beysehir, to head northwest towards Yalvac where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the site of ancient Antioch of Pisidia, a Roman military colony where St. Paul gave a sermon. Then you will drive through the mountainous Lake Region and via lovely Egirdir and Isparta, renowned for the valuable rose oil, you will reach Sagalassus (Aglasun), a late-Hellenistic and Roman Pisidian city located amid splendid landscapes. Continue to Antalya.
Day at leisure.Suggested itinerary: Today visit two magnificent Roman sites; Aspendos with the best preserved Roman Theater and Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city. In the afternoon, visit the world famous Antalya Archeology Museumand Old Antalya (Kaleici) to stroll through picturesque streets of the old port.
Antalya - Kalkan
Today you will drive to Kalkan following the Mediterranean Sea.Suggested itinerary: Drive to Phaselis Ancient City where Alexander the Great spent a winter (this is a perfect spot to swim as well). Continue to ancient Myra to see stunning Lycian rock tombs in the cliff above the Roman Theater. At Demre, visit the Church of St. Nicholas. Take a boat ride over the sunken city of Kekova.
Kalkan - Fethiye
Today you will drive to Fethiye. Suggested itinerary: In the morning start driving to Fethiye. On the way visit Xanthos, an important Lycian city and Letoon near Xantos which was one of the most important religious centers of the Lycian region, dating back to the late sixth century BC. In the afternoon, visit Kayakoy Village, a deserted 19th century Greek settlement. Continue to Oludeniz Beach to enjoy Mediterranean Sea.
Fethiye - Pamukkale
Today you will drive to Pamukkale. Suggested itinerary: Depart to Pamukkale, a unique natural site. Visit this Cotton Castle” where the hot waters (in which you can swim), leaving their limestone deposits, have created an unreal landscape with petrified waterfalls and basins. In Pamukkale, you will also be able to visit Hierapolis, an ancient Roman health spa whose well preserved necropolis is one of the largest in the ancient world.
Pamukkale - Selcuk
Today you will drive to Selcuk/Ephesus. Suggested itinerary: Depart for Selcuk. En route, you will visit Aphrodisias (Geyre) to explore the marvels of the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, also famous for its school of sculpture: you will see the stadium, which is the best preserved in Anatolia, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, the Theatre, the Museum. In the afternoon, continue to Selcuk.
Day at leisure.Suggested itinerary: In the morning, you will visit Ephesus, one of the most fascinating city in the ancient world, located in the vicinity of Selcuk: you will see the Agora, the Odeon, the Nympheaum of Trajan, the Temple of Trajan, the Celsius Library, the Theatre, the remains of the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In Selcuk, you can visit the museum which displays, between other artifacts of great interest, two beautiful statues of Artemis, theBasilica of St. John with the Tomb of the Apostle, and Isa Bey Mosque. You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana) located in the heights of Ephesus. To end the day, you can drive to Kusadasi (Pigeon Island), a holiday resort named after the small island situated some way off the harbour where cruise ships and liners draw alongside.
Selcuk - Izmir
You will drive to Izmir Airport to drop-off your rental car and take your return flight.
o Arrival transfer.
o Accommodation in stated or similar hotels, Daily breakfasts.
o Air-conditioned cars, GPS navigationsystem (No car in Istanbul, for car descriptions please visit
o Briefing in Istanbul covering hotel directions, important sites along your itinerary, shopping and driving tips.
o Complimentary full day excursion in Istanbul and guiding in Cappadocia. NOT INCLUDED
o Gas and parking fees
o Second driver fee (approx. $8 per day)
o Travel insurance, personal expenses, visa fee.