Aegean Dream

13 Days

Visiting: Istanbul, Ephesus Ancient Greek Theatre, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Dalyan, Antalya, Aspendo, Side, Karaman, Nigde, Capadocia, Ihlara, Konya, Egridir, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Izmir, Bursa

Tour operator:

Europamundo

Tour code:

28793

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

36 - 72

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Your adventure begins in the historic city of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia, offering a unique blend of cultures and architectural marvels. Explore the grandeur of Suleyman the Magnificent's Mosque, marvel at the Hagia Sofia, and wander through the lively Taksim neighborhood. Sail the Bosphorus, witnessing the bustling life of this strategic waterway, and delve into the ancient wonders of Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Asia Minor. Discover the coastal beauty of Kusadasi, Bodrum, and Marmaris, and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Dalyan and Pamukkale's Cotton Castle. Journey through the mystical landscapes of Cappadocia, with its lunar-like valleys and ancient underground cities. Conclude your tour with a return to Istanbul, enriched with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation of Turkey's rich history and vibrant culture.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Istanbul including the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, the Golden Horn, and the exterior of Hagia Sofia

  • Visit to the Top Kapi Palace, the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire

  • Boat trip on the Bosphorus, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara

  • Exploration of Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor, including Saint John´s Basilica and the house of the Virgin Mary

  • Visit to the natural wonder of Lake BAFA and the fortified city of Bodrum

  • Boat ride in Dalyan to see the Royal Lycian Tombs and hot springs

  • Tour of Antalya including Hadrian’s Gate, the Ottoman district, and its waterfall

  • Full day in Cappadocia with visits to Gumusler underground monastery, Kaimacli underground city, and the Goreme Valley open-air museum

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Istanbul
Location: Istanbul

Welcome to Europamundo! Upon arriving at the airport, we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Check the information boards in the hotel reception area for details of the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travelers.

Day 2 : Istanbul
Location: Istanbul

A sightseeing tour of the city. We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. On our tour, we will enter the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent (the largest in Istanbul). We will see the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and we will admire the exterior of Hagia Sofia. After the visit, we will offer tickets and a visit to the Top Kapi Palace, which was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire, with its magnificent courtyards and its pavilions. At the end of the afternoon we will provide a transfer to the Taksim neighborhood, the most commercialized and lively area of the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower.

Day 3 : Istanbul
Location: Istanbul

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip on the Bosphorus.Today we include a boat trip on the Bosphorus that will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for Europamundo travellers. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. Return to the center of Istanbul. Free time .

Day 4 : Istanbul, Ephesus, Kusadasi
Location: Istanbul, Ephesus Ancient Greek Theatre, Kusadasi

We leave early from Istanbul. We continue the route through Turkey. Around lunch time, we arrive at EPHESUS, the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor; 2000 years ago it had a quarter of a million inhabitants. We will visit Saint John´s Basilica, and afterwards, the house of the Virgin Mary and the archaeological site (tickets included). We then continue to KUSADASI, a popular coastal town with a lot of atmosphere, commercial life and a small castle. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 5 : Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris
Location: Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris

We leave for one of the natural wonders of Turkey, Lake BAFA. We continue to BODRUM, a very beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, stroll through its streets full of life and tourism or go around its sports marina. After lunch, we go on our way to MARMARIS, another very beautiful coastal tourist enclave with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 6 : Marmaris, Dalyan, Antalya
Location: Marmaris, Dalyan, Antalya

We depart for DALYAN, an incredible place next to a beautiful navigable river. We include a boat ride of about two hours to see the ROYAL LYCIAN TOMBS. Also by boat, we will continue on to a large lake where we will stop at the hot springs. If you wish, you can swim in its warm waters or take a mud bath! We allow time to eat at one of the many Dalyan restaurants by the river. We continue to ANTALYA, where we will have a brief visit to this great coastal city of more than one million inhabitants; Hadrian’s Gate, the Ottoman district and its great waterfall that falls directly to the sea. Dinner included.

Day 7 : Antalya, Aspendo, Side, Karaman, Nigde
Location: Antalya, Aspendo, Side, Karaman, Nigde

We will leave Antalya towards ASPENDOS. We will visit the Roman theatre, for many, it is the best preserved in the world. After that, in SIDE, we will be able to admire the Greek temple of Apollo by the sea. There’s time to walk through its port and streets that are full of life. Travelling through breathtaking landscapes, we cross the Taurus mountains – their peaks stand at over 3500 meters high, and are covered in snow for most of the year. Stop in KARAMAN where we will see its fortress from the outside. We continue on to the Cappadocia region. NIGDE, dinner included.

Day 8 : Nigde, Capadocia
Location: Nigde, Capadocia

Full day in the fantastic region of CAPPADOCIA, with its lunar landscapes, its churches and troglodyte villages. We start by visiting GUMUSLER, an incredible underground monastery of the 7th century with perhaps the best Byzantine frescoes in Turkey. In KAIMACLI we will visit the underground city that could house 30,000 people. We will visit UCHISAR, a natural fortress. After lunch we will discover the GOREME Valley with its open-air museum and its churches carved out of the rocks, admission included. Hotel in Avanos. Dinner included.

Day 9 : Capadocia, Ihlara, Konya
Location: Capadocia, Ihlara, Konya

At the far end of Cappadocia, we will visit the IHLARA Valley; known for the freshness of its waters, its churches and villages excavated in the rock. Then we continue our route, with a stop in an old CARAVANSERAI from the 13th Century before arriving in KONYA where we visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana (Rumi). Here we will learn about the sect of the Dervishes (entrance included). Dinner included. At night, we suggest that you attend the dance performance of the whirling dervishes in the cultural centre.

Day 10 : Konya, Egridir, Pamukkale
Location: Konya, Egridir, Pamukkale

We take a scenic road between the lakes, and get to know EGRIDIR, a beautiful town next to a large lake, with its walls and mosques. There’s time to have lunch. We then continue to PAMUKKALE-Hierapolis, whose calcareous waters have created the Cotton Castle (entrance included). Dinner included.

Day 11 : Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi
Location: Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi

We leave in the direction of EPHESUS, the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor; 2000 years ago it had a quarter of a million inhabitants. We will discover the house of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of Saint John and the impressive ruins at Ephesus (entrance included). We then go on to KUSADASI, a popular coastal town with a lot of atmosphere, commercial life and a small castle. Dinner included.

Day 12 : Kusadasi, Izmir, Bursa, Istanbul
Location: Kusadasi, Izmir, Bursa, Istanbul

We leave for the city with the fourth largest population in Turkey: IZMIR. We make a brief visit with our guide to this city considered the most westernized and modern city in the country in terms of values, ideology and lifestyle. We then return to inland Turkey. Stop en route for lunch before reaching BURSA, the fourth largest city in Turkey, whose historic centre has been declared UNESCO World Heritage, with its traditional commercial districts, mosques, religious schools, public baths … The green mosque stands out. Arrival in ISTANBUL at the end of the day.

Day 13 : Istanbul
Location: Istanbul

After breakfast, end of our services.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Additional Services

    City tour in: ISTANBUL, ISTANBUL Boat: On the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Lycian tombs in Dalyan Evening transfer: Taksim Square in Istanbul, Taksim Square in Istanbul Ticket admission: Suleiman the Great Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, house of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Ruins of Ephesus , Roman theatre in Aspendos , Greek Temple of Apollo in Side , Gumusler Monastery; Underground city of Kainacli; Goreme Valley; Uchisar , Valley of Ihlara , Caravanserai; Mevlana Mausoleum in Konya , Pamukkale - Hierapolis , house of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Ruins of Ephesus , Suleiman the Great Mosque and TopKapi Palace in Istanbul

  • Fully Guided

    Travel by bus with English speaking guide

  • Meals

    Breakfast and 8 dinner included in: Kusadasi, MARMARIS, Antalya, NIGDE, CAPADOCIA, KONYA, PAMUKKALE, Kusadasi

  • Transport

    Includes arrival transfer

What's Not Included

Reviews of this Operator

Mauro Grasso García (Google Reviewer)  

I have taken a trip...

02-Apr-2024

I have taken a trip with them through Spain and Portugal and everything was very organized. Professional guides and wonderful places. Without a doubt, I will return.

Nabanita Dey (Google Reviewer)  

My husband and I booked...

31-Jan-2024

My husband and I booked Europamundo's Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia tour in October 2023. It was an amazing experience. This is our second trip with them. Starting from the hotels to places that they took us in 08 days and the guides were excellent. All hotels were 4 star with quality breakfast and dinners were all in the hotel which was a great plus. Our guide Igor was patient and kind. the thing I loved the most is you meet people from so many different countries and you end up making friends for lifetime. Our group had 45 people from all over the world but our guide was kind enough and he did a great job by switching in Spanish and English. I will recommend it to all not only because its affordable but also you get quality and its worth every penny.

Debashish Bera (Google Reviewer)  

Highly satisfied with the management...

16-Oct-2023

Highly satisfied with the management and employees of Europomondo. Me, with my wife and one grown-up daughter took "Discover Italy" tour from Europomondo. The itinerary was thoughtfully planned and executed accordingly so that tourists can get a perfect picture of whole of Italy during the specified time. Though it was hectic and we had to walk a lot.....but we were informed about this fact beforehand. Our coach was very comfortable and its driver Mr Marco is an amazing person. He is gentle in nature as well as in driving. Our regular guide Ms Paula is ever smiling and helpful in nature with a vast knowledge of the subject she is speaking about and has a sense of responsibility. All the hotels were comfortable though we had very little time to enjoy our hotel stay. Our first hotel , G P Hotel in Roam, is the best among the lot. Also appreciate the pickup and drop service , which are very punctual . Over all time management was praiseworthy. Though small hitch was there with one or two hotels, considering the vastness of the tour and overall arrangements those small hitches can be ignored. Looking forward for a next tour with Europomondo

Paul Quan (Google Reviewer)  

Just finished a 3 week...

22-Oct-2023

Just finished a 3 week tour not do long ago. Most of it was great, I couldn't ask for a better experience. Except for 1 tour guide (Maria). First of she and the driver was over an hour late to our hotel to pick every one up, which is fair enough, unexpected things happen. Then I thought that everyone was punished due to them being late. We were rushed everywhere we went. She made us pay for a toilet only to walk us down to the city centre to only allow us 45 minutes to find a restaurant to have so called lunch at around 3:00pm. Then we drove for at least 6 hours with very little breaks, not even to allow everyone to have toilet breaks. I would recommend eurpomando but not Maria as a tour guide. Every other tour guide we had were fantastic.

Glenn (Google Reviewer)  

We had an incredible time...

12-Dec-2023

We had an incredible time visiting Switzerland and Paris, and there was no need to worry about anything. The organization was perfect, and the hotels were booked and all this was at a resonable cost. But an issue arose with an extremely rude and unpleasant driver(Andres) for one of the days, who abruptly slammed the brakes on a high-speed bus because he was angry at kids talking. This could have been very dangerous for the passengers also. Would have given 5 stars if it wasbt for the driver

Arielle Nicole (Google Reviewer)  

The absolute worst. They do...

02-Sep-2023

The absolute worst. They do not follow the itinerary provided. When we arrived in Versailles, tickets are sold out since instead of morning, they changed it to 3-4pm where all the tickets are sold out. Whole day wasted. Most of the museums/sights they state in their itinerary, they will just bring you there, entrance fee is not included. They will only bring you to free places, so just be aware that you will not be getting your money’s worth. Bus is ALWAYS late, today our meetup time is 7:45am, the bus arrived 8:25am, since they had to pick up other guest from a totally different hotel. They frequently change buses, it is a hit or miss. There are times where the airconditioner is good, leg space is acceptable. There are also times, they would rent a bus from a different company, where it is very cramped. Guide: they know the basics but not the nitty gritty details. For example they would just point you “Oh this is blah building, without any further explanation.” Hotels are mostly 4 star hotels with really shitty customer service. Once I had a room (cant remember the hotel in Lyon, France) assigned to me where the room has not been cleaned up. GROSS. One of the other hotel (Dormero Hotel, Zurich), did not have a reception staff at night, so when we were a defective bath tub, we had no one to complain to.

Viviana Baez (Google Reviewer)  

If you like to be...

13-Nov-2023

If you like to be stressed, rushed and be placed in nasty hotels without air conditioning and rude staff then this is the tour company for you. I just came back from a 10 day trip with them. You spend a ridiculously amount of time in the bus, they are disorganized and don’t give you enough time in the cities. They expect you to see an entire city, eat and use the restroom in 1 hour. The bus WILL leave you in you are not back on time. Also, it is NOT IDEAL FOR SENIORS OR PEOPLE WITH ANY TYPE OF DISABILITIES. Two drivers got pissed when they saw we had a walker and one of them kept saying how the company does not allow drivers to get enough rest which can cause accidents. They have the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE. They leave you far from the hotel entrance in the middle of the street at night with all of your luggage. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY.

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