Things to do in Konya

Our most recommended things to do in Konya

Konya: City Tour with Lunch

1. Konya: City Tour with Lunch

Learn about the life and times of the great Sufi mystic Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi on this guided tour of the sacred city of Konya. Immerse yourself in Rumi's teachings and learn more about many of his most trusted advisors and companions as you wander through the streets of his home town. After getting picked up from your hotel, pay a visit to one of Turkey's most hauntingly beautiful dervish lodges and prepare to be amazed at the Mosque of Aladdin, which contains one of the oldest Minbars/pulpits in the entire country. Later, wander through the charming streets of the village of Sille where Turks and Greeks lived side by side for over 800 years. Finally, travel back in time at the Byzantine Church of Agia Eleni before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Antalya-Alanya: 2-Day Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour

2. From Antalya-Alanya: 2-Day Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour

Explore Cappadocia on a 2-day tour from Antalya or Alanya. See the famous Uchisar Castle, explore the Devrent Valley's fairy chimneys, and see the Stone Church, cut out of the cliffs. Day 1Begin with a hotel pickup and head for Cappadocia. Take a break along the way for breakfast (not included). Once you arrive in Cappadocia, head to Saratli Kirkgoz Underground City. Explore the small and narrow rooms and corridors and learn about this city's fascinating history. Next, visit Göreme Open-Air Museum (entrance not included). Marvel at the rock-cut churches, chapels, and monasteries. After exploring, enjoy lunch near Uchisar Castle (not included). Next, Devrent Valley and Pasabag Valley, also known as the Monks Valley. As you explore the valleys, marvel at the dainty fairy chimneys dotted throughout. Continue to the Kizilirmak (Red River) for relaxing, scenic views. After the river, stop at a local pottery shop. See how the potters create their pottery by hand. Continue to an onyx manufacturer and learn the fascinating production process. Finish your evening with dinner at the hotel. Day 2Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before heading to Göreme to visit the famous Stone Church. Next, explore Love Valley and snap a photo of its many fairy chimneys. Have lunch in Konya (not included) before heading back to your original pickup point.

Ankara: Guided Walking Tour

3. Ankara: Guided Walking Tour

Join your guide as you set out to discover Ankara. Visit the city's most charming neighborhoods and see the Alâeddin Mosque, the oldest mosque in Ankara. Hear fascinating facts and intriguing tales as you explore Ankara with your guide. Find out what makes this city unique and what life is like for the locals who call it home.

3-Day Cappadocia Tour

4. 3-Day Cappadocia Tour

Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1985. Discover these natural wonders on a 3-day professionally guided tour, choosing from Alanya, Side, and Belek departures. Cappadocia, located in eastern Anatolia, boasts a unique historical and cultural heritage. In addition, the landscape of the region’s Devrent, Paşabağ, and Pigeon valleys is characterized by unusual fairy chimney formations. Millions of years ago, 3 of Cappadocia’s mountains were active volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions and erosion of the tuff layers of volcanic ash created the formations you see in the area today. During this excursion you’ll come across a wide variety of fairy chimney shapes, ranging from conical, pointed, and columnar to hat and mushroom-shaped. Visit an underground city and the Göreme Open Air Museum, which features over 30 rock-carved churches and chapels, dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries, and many with interior frescoes. Your guide will take you to the Mevlâna Museum in Konya, the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. The site was also the lodge of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes. If you like you can choose to see a whirling dervishes show (not included in the tour price).

From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Highlights Tour with Transfer

5. From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Highlights Tour with Transfer

DAY 1 : Arrival to Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) or at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). Meet your driver with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul. DAY 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast ) We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. DAY 3 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast ) Visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), Boat trip on the Bosphorus. Afternoon visit to the underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4 : Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi ( Breakfast – Dinner ) Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir Airport and be met by your tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minutes drive ) First visit the Artemis Temple, which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets. After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. Drive to the hotel for overnight in Kusadasi. DAY 5 : Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour ( 3,5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast – Dinner ) Drive to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Laodicea. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. Overnight Pamukkale. DAY 6 : Pamukkale – Konya ( 4,5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast ) Drive to Konya, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Overnight in Konya. DAY 7 : Konya – Cappadocia Tour ( 5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast ) Drive to Cappadocia. Visit to Sultanhani Caravanseria, a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel. DAY 8 : Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast ) Optional: Hot air ballooning with sunrise, once in a lifetime experience in Cappadocia Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos). Overnight Cappadocia in a cave hotel. DAY 9 : Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast ) Visit Devrent valley, Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock-Castle. Overnight Cappadocia in a cave hotel. DAY 10 : Cappadocia – Istanbul ( Breakfast ) Transfer to airport for your domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight Istanbul. DAY 11 : Home ( Breakfast ) After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport for your flight back home.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 20 reviews

We had the best trip EVER! Our guide Metin was amazing! He has been doing this for years and you can just feel the energy. We got a lot of history and information about the region and the country as well. We got to see so so so many beautiful places and had once in a lifetime experience flying in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia. Very recommendable to spend the money for the air balloon - there is just nothing like it. We loved ever second of it. It’s crazy how much you can get to see and experience in just 3 days! Everything went well from the transfer from our hotel in Side and all the way to Cappadocia and back again. The service is on top and the trip was worth every penny! The hotel we stayed in was very nice too and everything was well planned. We recommend this trip to everyone who loves to travel and experience new places that gives you memories for a lifetime. :) Best regards Augen and Ronya from Denmark.

The drive from Antalya is very long and tiring. You first collect other participants to Side, and then change to a big bus. In the evening you reach the hotel, which is more than adequate for 2 nights. The absolute highlight and despite the additional costs not being cheap, the balloon flight is an absolute must. Will remain one of our most beautiful travel moments and we have already experienced and seen a lot in the world. An extra compliment to Metin the tour guide! He lives his job and inspires you all day long with his knowledge, commitment and wit. Fluent in English, German and Russian. Conclusion: very long and exhausting journey, but the hardships are worth it. We can only warmly recommend the tour.

The trip was one of my favourite, bus was comfortable with air-conditioning, the guide was warm person with a lot of knowledge about Cappadocia and all places which we visited, I am glad I met so many kind people on the trip including drivers. Thank you for amazing memories. Recommending to everyone :)

Totally amazing.

It’s a long drive there but it’s totally worth it. There are lots of excursions to do. My favourite was a balloon flight.

Very interesting and recommended

Everything went very well, nice driver, nice guide