Our most recommended things to do in Turkey
1. From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour
Ephesus was created by the Ionians in the 11th-Century BC and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle. The ruins of Ephesus are the biggest open-air museum in Turkey and you will get to explore them on this half-day tour from Kusadasi port. Your route will take you past the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan, the Great Theater and the spectacular Celsus Library, one of the best-preserved buildings among the ruins. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians, due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist. But the highlight is the last resting place of the Virgin Mary. After Jesus had been crucified on the cross, the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus to spend the last ...
The tour guide was excellent. He was informative and interesting. The tour was well paced and the trip to the Ceramics outlet was worthwhile.
2. Private Transfer: Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Central Istanbul
Enjoy a hassle-free arrival into Istanbul with a private airport transfer. Avoid all the stress that comes with trying to get from A to B, with a private driver waiting to meet you at Sabiha Gokcen Airport and take you directly to your Istanbul hotel. The transfers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul hotels. Guests should look for the “Neon Tours” sign at the airport after custom control. The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions. Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable. Adult pricing applies to all travellers.
3. Istanbul: Spice Bazaar Tour and Bosphorus Morning Cruise
This alternative Bosphorus Cruise is suitable for travelers with limited time in Istanbul. Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel and depart for a Golden Horn Sightseeing tour. Visit the Spice Bazaar to learn about the myriad of herbs from your guide, and taste delicious Turkish delights. Then, join a 90-minutes Bosphorus cruise and enjoy fantastic views of Dolmabahçe Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, and beautiful mansions. Finally, disembark at Eminönü Pier to continue your exploration of the city.
4. Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City Tour
After your guide’s introduction to Cappadocia at the Goreme panoramic viewpoint, you will drive 1 hour to discover the most spectacular gorge in Turkey, Ihlara. Take a peaceful 6km hike through the Ihlara Valley where you will see the Melendiz River, pass Byzantine rock chapels decorated with frescoes and have lunch in a riverside restaurant in the Belisirma village, where we will have lunch in a quaint riverside restaurant. After lunch, you will see the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia, Selime Monastery and Cathedral. Then, head underground where the magnificent city of Derinkuyu lies. One of the biggest settlements in Cappadocia, this 8-story underground city is the deepest of the region. Explore the caves of this city as your guide informs you of its fascinating history. Starting at 9.30am, you will arrive back at your accommodations at around 17:00.
5. Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Tour
This 3-hour program begins with a hotel pick-up about 1 hour before sunrise. Watch the inflation of the hot-air balloon while enjoying a light breakfast of tea, coffee and cookies. After a safety briefing from the pilot, climb into the basket and get ready for a spectacular flight. Rise to altitudes of several hundred meters for panoramic views. Drift through the valleys and canyons and around the fairy chimneys. The actual flight time is approximately 1 hour for standard flights, and 1.5 hours for deluxe and private flights. On landing, enjoy a traditional celebration party with Champagne and cakes. Take home a personalized flight certificate.
very well coordinated and no surprises. Wear something warm and be nice to the staff. People try to get corner areas in the basket but only ground staff helps.
6. Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight
Benefit from early morning hotel pick-up before the day breaks, and travel to a hot air balloon launch site to get ready for your amazing adventure. Enjoy breakfast and hot drinks as you watch the balloons inflate against the stunning backdrop of the landscape. Get a passenger safety briefing to learn the basic rules of hot air balloon flights before you ascend into the sky as the sun begins to rise. Gently fly over the fairy chimney rock formations for an hour and experience Cappadocia like a bird surveying its surroundings. Take souvenir photos of the valleys below before gliding gently back down to the ground for your champagne celebration. Collect your keepsake flight certificate as a reminder of your experience. Then, travel back to your hotel and get dropped off on arrival.
A very well organised tour! Right from pick up till drop off everything was to detail. The guide explained all details very well. The champagne at the end of the balloon flight was a nice treat. Would definitely recommend
7. The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center
Watch a magnificent 1-hour show of the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and witness the miracle of the whirling dances and dervishes. Dating back 800 years, the show represents in thrilling fashion the idea that everything in the universe, from atoms, to the solar system, to the blood that circulates in the body, revolves. Sema is a spiritual journey that the soul makes to God as it becomes mature and attains unity. After the journey, it returns to its life and to serve humankind again. This thrilling program begins with a classical Turkish music concert, followed by the Sema ceremony, comprised of 7 parts. Watch in wonder as the whirling dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, a drum voice is heard and all 7 parts unfold, - the ceremony climaxes when the extraordinary whirling dervishes revo...
Very entertaining and interesting performance with very good educational exhibit and accompanying projections.
8. Cappadocia: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
Don't miss the opportunity to witness the sunrise over Cappadocia from a hot air balloon. Get picked up from your hotel just before sunrise and head to the starting point. Once permission to fly has been granted, head to the take-off site where you can take captivating photos and watch the balloon inflation process. When everything is ready for the flight, rise up from the heart of Cappadocia and witness the spectacular landscape of fairy chimneys and rock formations shrink before your eyes. Your flight will last approximately 1 hour. Upon landing you will enjoy a traditional Champagne toast and medal presentation, before getting dropped off back to your hotel.
All was perfect. Start with transport from and to hotel. The baloon, the staff, great job! Thanks!
9. Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxury cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Get a welcome cocktail on arrival and then set sail for the Black Sea passing some of Istanbul's most famous monuments along the way. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.
Everything was well organized, the driver is coming to pickup you on time, and dropping you to the boat directly. Entertaining was enjoyable, only food was not what i expected but it was ok.
10. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon Flight
Enjoy a thrilling hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys and rock cut churches and houses of Cappadocia, with transfers from your hotel and a pre-flight breakfast on arrival at the launch site. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia for the transfer to the launch site. Warm up from the early morning chill with complimentary coffee and tea. While you enjoy breakfast, watch the balloons as they are prepared and inflated. Then, as the sun begins to rise, float to an altitude of about 1,000 feet (300 meters) for extraordinary 360-degree views of Cappadocia. The wind will transport you across the valleys and mountains for about 45 minutes to 1-hour, depending on the weather. Marvel at the unique rocks and caves of the region from a bird’s eye perspective. Toast your landing with a glass of sparkling Champagne, and get your personal flight certificate before ...
Great experience. Transportation and service was great. I had a later flight just as the sun was rising. But if you want to fly when it's earlier be sure to book earlier.
More sightseeing can be done on one of the many boat tours in Turkey. Take a cruise on the Bosphorus Sea and see sights such as Topkapi Palace by sea, the Maiden's Tower and Selimiye Barracks (made famous by Florence Nightingale). Take a tour on the Marmara Sea and cross to the Asian side of Turkey where you can purchase souvenirs such as hand-made sweaters and woven rugs at one of the many bazaars.
Fairy Chimneys, underground cities, the ancient city of Ephesus, souvenir shopping at the Grand Bazaar, enjoying long soaks in a Turkish Bath and visiting the Hippodrome are several more of the exciting attractions that Turkey has to offer.
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