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This is an independent vacation itinerary where you are not travelling in a bus with a group. Our carefully selected partners at the destination take care of you during your stay.
Visit Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukale and Antalya with a rent a car.

This 10 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Istanbul and out of Antalya
  • Hotel for 2 night in Istanbul
  • Car rental for 10 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Canakkale
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Kusadasi
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Pamukkale
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Antalya
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel description)
  • Hotel taxes

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Antalya (12)   Canakkale (15)   Istanbul (65)   Kusadasi (17)   Pamukkale (11)   Turkey (68)  
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1. Istanbul
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2. Canakkale
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3. Kusadasi
   (23 hotels)
4. Pamukkale
   (9 hotels)
5. Antalya
   (73 hotels)
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2 nights in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities. Istanbul is home to a layering of civilization on civilization, of empire built on empire. A stroll through this historic city will reveal ancient Roman hippodromes, peristyles, and aqueducts, the greatest excesses of the Byzantine Empire and the mystique and power of the Ottoman Empire. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan's harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Çarsi.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Ayasofya,Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Suleymaniye Camii, St. Savior in Chora, the New Mosque, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, the Hippodrome and so much more!


2 nights in Canakkale

The small port of Canakkale at its narrowest point, it guards the entire straits of the Dardanelles and therefore it has a major strategic importance. The Dardanelle straight is the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia and links the Aegean Sea to the south with the Sea of Marmara to the north. Nowadays, many tourists come to Canakkale to visit the World War-I Gallipoli Battlefields but also the site of ancient Troy located nearby. The "wooden horse" from the 2004 movie Troy is exhibited on the seafront. Also the ancient city of Assos - discovered in 1879 is located on the hill, 235 m above the sea level and only 15 km away from Lesbos (Mytilene), Greek, Island. Aristotle lived and taught in the city for 3 years. You can also see the Bay of Edremit at the top of the hill from the Athena temple. Besides the temple ruins of the theater, agora, churches and Ottoman mosque are at the site.


2 nights in Kusadasi

Situated in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey, Kusadasi, or the "bird island", is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and large marina. Besides the great beaches there are some interesting historic landmarks not to be missed such as: the ancient ruins of the fortress and its gates, which remind to this day of the impact the Ottomans had on the city at the beginning of the 15th century. Guvercin Ada - the peninsula at the end of the bay, has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbor of Kusadasi. Kusadasi is also an excellent starting point to explore some impressive historical sights including Miletos and Ephesus and the rock formations at Pamukkale.


2 nights in Pamukkale

Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural wonder famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. The calcium oxide-rich waters flowing down the southern slope of Caldag located north of the ruins have, over the millennia, built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau thus the name of this place. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site's ancient name was Hierapolis (Holy City) and it has been a luxury resort town richly adorned with magnificent sculptures. The well preserved theater of Hierapolis offers magnificent view of the plain below. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2700 meters long and 160m high and can be seen from a great distance.


2 nights in Antalya

Located on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, Antalya is considered to be "the capital of Turkish tourism". The diversity of landscape ranging from high mountains to sandy beaches, attracts lots of tourists. Here, you cand go skiing in the morning and in the afternoon you can sunbathe or go swimming. Other sports activities include exploring underwater caves, go rafting through lofty canyons or go hiking on St. Paul trod. The area also has an overwhelming number of archaeological wonders. The Karain Cave, where 50,000-year-old artifacts were discovered, is the oldest human habitation in Anatolia and can be visited here. The ancient mountaintop ruins of Termessos tell the story of Alexander the Great's lone unsuccessful military campaign. From Antalya you can take daytrips to the ancient sites of Aspendos, Perge, Phaselis, Manavgat, Side and Termessos - all are located within a distance of 50 km.



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Istanbul
Day 1
Arrive to Istanbul
Overnight in Istanbul    381 hotels offered
Optional   251 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Istanbul    381 hotels offered
Optional   251 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Istanbul
Transportation to next city by: By Car
Canakkale
Day 3
Arrive to Canakkale
Overnight in Canakkale    4 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Canakkale    4 hotels offered
Day 5
Departing from Canakkale
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Kusadasi
Day 5
Arrive to Kusadasi
Overnight in Kusadasi    23 hotels offered
Optional   84 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Kusadasi    23 hotels offered
Optional   84 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Kusadasi
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Pamukkale
Day 7
Arrive to Pamukkale
Overnight in Pamukkale    9 hotels offered
Day 8
Overnight in Pamukkale    9 hotels offered
Day 9
Departing from Pamukkale
Transportation to next city by: Rental Car
Antalya
Day 9
Arrive to Antalya
Overnight in Antalya    73 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Antalya    73 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Antalya

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Istanbul Hotels (381 total)
 
Canakkale Hotels (4 total)
 
Kusadasi Hotels (23 total)
Pamukkale Hotels (9 total)
 
Antalya Hotels (73 total)
 


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Tours in Istanbul (251 total)
 
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Turkey

Turkey straddles East and West, modern and traditional. Turkey bills itself, and rightfully so, as the "Cradle of Civilization," boasting more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman archaeological sites than all of Italy. Turkey is also a major custodian of sacred sites revered by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, and of invaluable remnants of early Greek civilization, Byzantine majesty, and Ottoman culture and artistry. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles.

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Istanbul
Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities. Istanbul is home to a layering of civilization on civilization, of empire built on empire. A stroll through this historic city will reveal ancient Roman hippodromes, peristyles, and aqueducts, the greatest excesses of the Byzantine Empire and the mystique and power of the Ottoman Empire. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan's harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Çarsi.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Ayasofya,Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Suleymaniye Camii, St. Savior in Chora, the New Mosque, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, the Hippodrome and so much more!
Canakkale
The small port of Canakkale at its narrowest point, it guards the entire straits of the Dardanelles and therefore it has a major strategic importance. The Dardanelle straight is the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia and links the Aegean Sea to the south with the Sea of Marmara to the north. Nowadays, many tourists come to Canakkale to visit the World War-I Gallipoli Battlefields but also the site of ancient Troy located nearby. The "wooden horse" from the 2004 movie Troy is exhibited on the seafront. Also the ancient city of Assos - discovered in 1879 is located on the hill, 235 m above the sea level and only 15 km away from Lesbos (Mytilene), Greek, Island. Aristotle lived and taught in the city for 3 years. You can also see the Bay of Edremit at the top of the hill from the Athena temple. Besides the temple ruins of the theater, agora, churches and Ottoman mosque are at the site.
Kusadasi
Situated in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey, Kusadasi, or the "bird island", is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and large marina. Besides the great beaches there are some interesting historic landmarks not to be missed such as: the ancient ruins of the fortress and its gates, which remind to this day of the impact the Ottomans had on the city at the beginning of the 15th century. Guvercin Ada - the peninsula at the end of the bay, has a castle and swimming beaches, including a private beach and cafe with a view back across the bay to the harbor of Kusadasi. Kusadasi is also an excellent starting point to explore some impressive historical sights including Miletos and Ephesus and the rock formations at Pamukkale.
Pamukkale
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural wonder famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. The calcium oxide-rich waters flowing down the southern slope of Caldag located north of the ruins have, over the millennia, built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau thus the name of this place. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site's ancient name was Hierapolis (Holy City) and it has been a luxury resort town richly adorned with magnificent sculptures. The well preserved theater of Hierapolis offers magnificent view of the plain below. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2700 meters long and 160m high and can be seen from a great distance.
Antalya
Located on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, Antalya is considered to be "the capital of Turkish tourism". The diversity of landscape ranging from high mountains to sandy beaches, attracts lots of tourists. Here, you cand go skiing in the morning and in the afternoon you can sunbathe or go swimming. Other sports activities include exploring underwater caves, go rafting through lofty canyons or go hiking on St. Paul trod. The area also has an overwhelming number of archaeological wonders. The Karain Cave, where 50,000-year-old artifacts were discovered, is the oldest human habitation in Anatolia and can be visited here. The ancient mountaintop ruins of Termessos tell the story of Alexander the Great's lone unsuccessful military campaign. From Antalya you can take daytrips to the ancient sites of Aspendos, Perge, Phaselis, Manavgat, Side and Termessos - all are located within a distance of 50 km.
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