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From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

1. From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

Your first visit is the breathtaking Sumela Monastery, which is thought to be founded by two monks about 1500 years ago, located within the borders of Altındere National Park in Maçka district. After that ,Aya Varvara church right next to monastery which is on the world heritage list. Climbing Zigana Mountain ;visiting the Karaca Cave in Gümüşhane Torul district will make you away from your day routine . You will the chance to taste the pestil, one of the regional delight . After having lunch in the region, the turn will come to visit the Glass Terrace to watch the Torul district from a bird's eye view and to experience some excitement. Reaching the hometown of Sütlaç, Hamsiköy, by climbing the summit of Zigana mountain again and following the beauties of the ancient Silk Road, which was used as the transit trade route of Iran in the republic period and added to the photographs with the richness of nature. Here will be served famous rice pudding ' Sütlaç ' and tea from the traditional village coffee shop. After taking a walk in the village and portray the natural beauty of the village , tour will end back at your hotel .

From Alanya: Sapadere Canyon Discovery Tour

2. From Alanya: Sapadere Canyon Discovery Tour

Discover one of the most colorful places in the Alanya region - the magnificent Sapadere Canyon on a full-day tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Alanya at 10 AM, and set off on a 48 km drive to Sapadere. During the journey, admire breathtaking views of the gorge along the route, crossing the Sedre River multiple times on the scenic mountain road. On the way, stop for 15-20 minutes in a nomad tent where you can taste gözleme (Turkish pancake) as a light snack. Then, head over to the Cüceler Cave (the dwarf cave) for the chance to get out and explore. After this, continue on to the village of Sapadere Village for a 45-minute stroll to visit some interesting places. Discover the small village mosque, an old watermill, and a silk weaving workshop. Have the chance to visit a fruit garden where you can pick fresh oranges and taste local exotic fruits. Then, arrive at Sapadere Canyon for the opportunity to discover its hidden waterfalls and swim in crystal clear natural pools. Follow the stairs down to pristine swimming spots, with water flowing all year round. At the end of a 600 m path, find the most impressive waterfall where swimming is also allowed. Take a dip in this spectacular location and refresh yourself from the heat.   Finally, at around 4:30 PM, return to Alanya where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale Tour

3. Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) or SAW airport where the tour representative will meet you with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul. Day 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast) After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul. 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 and spend the night in Istanbul. Day 3: Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi (Breakfast-Dinner) Start with pickup from hotel and transfer to Istanbul IST or SAW airport for Izmir flight Arrive in Izmir Airport and met by you tour guide with your name sign. Next, drive to Ephesus for 45-minutes. First visit the Artemis Temple, before continuing to Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia. After Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Transfer to the hotel for overnight in Kusadasi. Day 4: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast-Dinner) Drive to Pamukkale to visit the Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. Stay overnight in Pamukkale. Day 5: Pamukkale – Cappadocia Cave Hotel (Breakfast) Drive to Cappadocia. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, and Sultanhani Caravanseria, a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel. Day 6: Cappadocia Tour Cave Hotel (Breakfast) Optional: Hot air ballooning with sunrise. See the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Then, visit Kaymakli Underground City. Visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Spend the night in a traditional Cappadocia cave hotel. Day 7: Full Day Cappadocia Tour-Istanbul (Breakfast) In the morning, admire the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, with rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley. Have lunch in Avanos, the center of terra cotta works of art since 3000 BC, and enjoy a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Kayseri to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Day 8: Home (Breakfast) After breakfast check out from the hotel and enjoy a private transfer to the airport.

From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

4. From Side: Day-Trip to Sapadere with Lunch

Escape the hot and humid coast of Alanya for the day and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sapadere Canyon, located approximately 90 kilometers from Side. Walk along a network of well-maintained wooden walkways through the Taurus Mountains, and experience the dramatic landscape up-close. Take in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the stunning landscape. During the relaxed walk, pass numerous waterfalls cascading down the rocks. If you're feeling brave, jump in and swim in ice-cold water! Stop for a typical lunch of local produce in Sapadere village. Then, visit the natural cave of Guceler and see the stalagmite and stalactite formations.

Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

5. Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

Begin your day with a visit to the mesmerizing Altindere National Park. Soak up the tranquility of the park as you listen to the sound of the waterfalls and snap photos. Follow your guide on a 15-minute walk to the Sumela Monastery observation point and marvel at the impressive architecture of the monastery, carved into the cliff face. After admiring the views, continue to Cosandere Valley and spend some free time exploring. Stop among the pine trees to enjoy a delcious lunch at Zigana Pass. After lunch, visit the ancient Tortul Castle and put your bravery to the test with a walk along a 240-meter-high glass observation platform. Later, enter the magnificent Karaca Caves. This natural wonder is filled with easy-to-navigate walkways and plenty of lighting to showcase its beauty. The final stop is in Hamsikoy, a peaceful region of 5 farming villages, where you’ll taste a local pudding known as sutlac before beginning the return journey to Trabzon.

From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

6. From Cappadocia: 2-Night Nemrut, Sanliurfa, and Harran Tour

Day 1: Cappadocia - Kahramanmaras – Kahta Meet your guide and driver at your hotel at 8:00 AM and depart from Cappadocia. After passing Kayseri, visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. Then, drive through the Taurus Mountains, observing the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After stopping for lunch, drive to Kahramanmaras and try some of the best ice cream in Turkey. Then, drive to Kahta and check into your hotel. Spend the night in Kahta. Day 2: Adiyaman - Mt. Nemrut - Harran – Sanliurfa Depart from your hotel early in the morning and head to Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road, get out of the van and walk twenty-five minutes to the summit. Watch the memorable sunrise between the colossal-sized statues and heads of the kings and Gods. Then, visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Septimus Severus Bridge over the Cendere Stream and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried. Continue driving to Sanliurfa and Harran. Visit the Ataturk Dam, the largest dam in the Middle East, en route. Check into your hotel in Sanliurfa and have lunch there. Visit Gobeklitepe, a 11,500 year-old hilltop sanctuary, believed by archaeologists to be the oldest sanctuary in the world. After lunch, visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then, walk around an oriental covered bazaar and Gumrukhan. Drive to Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham spent the last years of his life. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Sanliurfa. DAY 3: Sanliurfa – Cappadocia After breakfast, depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik, famous for its Bald-Ibis birds, which only live in Birecik. Enjoy a visit to the Bald Ibis breeding farm. After lunch, drive up to the Taurus Mountains. Take a short tea break and drive back to Cappadocia.

From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Guided Tour with Transfer

7. From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Guided 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.

From Istanbul: 8-Day Turkey Highlights Tour & Accommodation

8. From Istanbul: 8-Day Turkey Highlights Tour & Accommodation

Day 1 Welcome to Istanbul. After picking you up from the airport, we’ll drop you off at your hotel for a free day. Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel or similar Day 2 Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene), Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, and Hippodrome. In the afternoon, cruise between two continents Europe and Asia with an optional 'Half day Bosphorus cruise.' Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel (B) or similar Day 3 After breakfast, we travel to Ankara, the country's capital, to see Anitkabir, Mustafa Ataturk's Mausoleum, before Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 4 Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, as well as the numerous levels of an underground city, marvel at Cappadocia's lunar scenery. Don't miss the optional Turkish folklore event featuring folklore and belly dancers tonight. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 5 Pigeon Valley and Red Valley, an underground city after touring the cave churches, then Cavusin, and finally Avanos town, where we learn about hand-made pottery. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 6 We leave Cappadocia and cross the Tekir plateau. The Seljuk Karatay Caravansaray will be our first stop along the route. Pinarbasi for a quick tea break. The old Severus (Cendere) Bridge and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried, after visiting Arsemia, the former capital of the Commagene Kingdom. We'll head to Mt Nemrut, climb the mountain, see the spectacular sunrise across the plateau, and see the gigantic old rock statues. Overnight Adiyaman 3 star Euphrat Hotel Nemrut (D) or similar Day 7 Today we drive to Sanliurfa, stopping along the way to see Turkey's largest dam, the Ataturk Dam. After a short rest, we drive to Gobekli Tepe, which is thought to be the world's oldest temple and predates Stonehenge by 6,000 years. We then travel to Harran. We will explore the ruins of Harran, which include the city walls, the oldest Islamic university, and an eighteenth-century castle. We will then return to Sanliurfa and have the opportunity to visit Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, where you will be able to explore the Prophet Abraham Cave and the Pools of the Holy Carp that surround it, as well as meander about the oriental covered bazaar. Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa) Boutique Narlı Ev Butik Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 8 Depart Sanliurfa for Gaziantep to see the world's largest mosaic museum, which houses the iconic 'Gypsy Girl' mosaic. Then Hatay to see the incredible Roman Titus tunnel. Hatay is a city with a fascinating past. The Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires all left their imprint here, as have Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Antakya, or biblical Antioch, Hatay's capital. A flight to Istanbul is included. The tour has come to an end at Istanbul Airport.

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Would highly recomend going on this tour. It was a wonderful day where we got to see a lot of precious places, swim in beautiful lakes and the waterfall in the canyon. In case you also has allergies, the food was free from gluten and lactose (they also had pasta and sauces, but you could choose what you wanted to eat and how much), which was perfect for me. The trip is suitable for both families with children, adults and youth. I really enjoyed the day, but I wish that we could have stayed for a longer time at some of the places and I wish the tour could be a bit longer, but for families with younger children I think its perfect amount of time and it is understandable that its not possible to juse more time there. The trip was totally worth it and it was a lovley day that I would recomend to all of you.

It is a wonderful trip, accessible to all, with extraordinary landscapes, dining in a local location and a visit to the port of Alanya. We were only three adult tourists and a 3-year-old child. The guide is well documented, speaks fluent English and German, stopped at all places for pictures and created a pleasant atmosphere.

We were very lucky to meet the tour guide Faruk for the second time this week. We were a very small group and Faruk took his time. He has a great knowledge about the flora of the country and it is really interesting to do a day tour with him. We liked the destination, the Sapadere Gorge

The activity was perfect, the guide spoke perfect English and he was super nice. La Cie also helped us a lot and she was super available for our questions. We recommend.

Great trip. Super organized and super executed by the guide