Best Of Anatolia | Turkey Tours | Ciconia Travel

Welcome to an unforgettable 8-day expedition through Turkey’s most captivating destinations, including primary cities where the heritage of Anatolia pulsates in every historcial landmark.  

 

Begin your adventure in Istanbul, where the echoes of empires past mingle with the vibrant energy of modern life. Then, journey inland to Ankara, Turkey’s dynamic capital, where history and innovation intersect in a mesmerizing blend. Continue your exploration as you delve into the spiritual heart of Konya, a city steeped in Sufi mysticism and rich cultural heritage. Finally, immerse yourself in the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, where ancient cave dwellings and fairy chimneys create a landscape unlike any other.

Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime journey through Anatolia, where every moment is filled with discovery, wonder, and the enduring charm of Turkey’s cultural treasures.

8 Days
4 Cities
1 Country
Discovery
5 Star Hotels
Around 20 People
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Welcome to Turkiye

Meet the marvellous merge of Europe and Asia at the magical Istanbul to embark on a cultural discovery through ancient lands. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the diverse and incredibly tasteful Turkish cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for delicious desserts.

Hotel

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meals

n/a

Optional Experiences

Group Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Group Dinner ( Optional Activity )

Istanbul City Tour

Journey to the heart of Istanbul old town and witness the perfect blend of ancient and modern unfold before you. Stroll with your expert local guide through the Hippodrome, visit the charming Blue Mosque and the mysterious Cistern Basilica. Enjoy an exquisite meal worthy of Sultans next to the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Enjoy some personal leisure time in the old town, discover hidden gems and embrace the local culture. In the afternoon meet the breath-taking Bosphorus in all its charm as you cruise in-between Europe and Asia.

Hotel

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Hagia Sophia
Sightseeing of Blue Mosque
Sightseeing of Basilica Cistern
Sightseeing of Hippodrome

Depart for Ankara

Today, we are taking a scenic ride to Ankara, the Turkish capital, where our first stop will be the impressive Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Here you’ll discover countless ancient civilizations that has dominated Asia Minor throughout history. After our dinner at the hotel, personal leisure time to spend the evening exploring the capital as you please.

Hotel

Ankara HiltonSA

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
Ankara Visit
Ankara Visit

Depart for Cappadocia

Start the morning with a visit to Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk – the final resting place of the founding father of Republic of Turkey. It is a location sacred to Turkish people, a glorious yet calming place of great importance. With a scenic drive through the Anatolian countryside, we make our way to Cappadocia on a comfortable ride. One of the most popular sites in Turkey, the famous region is decorated with stunning caves and fairy-chimneys: unique formations of eroded volcanic rocks and tuff. Starting the adventure at Avanos - famous for its top-quality clay, learn all about pottery-making at an interactive workshop. After a long day of cultural discovery, relax at your hotel and join your group over dinner at the hotel.

Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Anitkabir Visit
Avanos Sightseeing

Goreme Open-Air Museum

Rise early to join the hot-air balloon experience, flying over the magical fairy-chimneys. A bucket-list item for all keen travellers, it is an experience not to be missed (please bear in mind that this optional experience is dependent on weather conditions). As you disembark your balloon, you will get the chance to explore the wondrous formations up close at Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The soft rock has allowed for both nature and people to carve incredible underground cities, chapels, cave houses and much more. These impressive millennia-old underground structures have sheltered countless Christians escaping the Roman Empire in the 4th century and housed Orthodox monks in the 12th century. Here you’ll witness the wonders of nature as well as each culture engraved in the fabric of this marvelous geography. Later on, delve into one of the finest and oldest crafts of Turkey at its home as we visit a carpet-weaving workshop. In the evening, you can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of cultural discovery. Alternatively, you may join a live show of whirling dervishes to witness the unique divine ritual, an unforgettable experience. You can also join an optional wine tasting session or Turkish Night show.

Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experiences

Hot Air Ballooning - € 290

Optional Experiences

Turkish Night - €40

Sightseeing Activities

Hot Air Ballooning - 220 EUR ( Optional Experience )
Carpet-Weaving Workshop
Sightseeing of Goreme Open-Air Museum
Turkish Night - 40 EUR ( Optional Experience )
Wine Testing - Free ( Optional Experience )
Whirling Dervishes - € 30 ( Optional Experience )

Depart for Konya

Start an unforgettable day by exploring the famous underground city of Kaymakli where ancient Christians took refuge to escape raids and wars for centuries. Here you will discover the complex network of underground tunnels, storerooms, burial chambers and chapels dating back to various eras. Together with the unique geology, each civilization and culture have shaped this marvelous heritage over thousands of years into a one-of-a-kind experience for all travelers. The journey continues towards Konya, home of the famous whirling dervishes - members of the Sufism order. You can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of discovery.

Hotel

Dedeman Konya Hotel

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experiences

Whirling Dervishes - € 30

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Kaymaklı Underground City
Cappadocia
Whirling Dervishes - € 30 ( Optional Experience )

Depart for Istanbul

The day starts with transfer to Konya Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arriving at your Istanbul hotel, haggle your way through the famous Grand Bazaar to find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones and yourself!

Hotel

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Bosphorus
Istanbul
Grand Bazaar

Goodbye

Our marvelous adventure comes to an end over breakfast with newfound friends. Make sure to bid farewell and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!

Meals

Breakfast

SERVICES

Ciconia Exclusive Tours include premium services such as 5-star accommodation, modern comfortable transportation, incredible sights & all entrance fees, breakfasts & most dinners, tips, porterage and more.

5 Star Hotels

Accommodation in comfortable and ideally located 5-star hotels.

Comfortable Transportation

Air-conditioned coach or minibus & Domestic flight between Konya and Istanbul.

Additional Transportation

Cruise: Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul

Most Dinners

7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

Travel Director

Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Unique itineraries with all must-see sights, more inclusions. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

HOTELS

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we take ultimate care whilst hand-picking each location we host you. Only the truly exceptional in terms of comfort, character, amenities, location and service are suitable to our standards. (Hotels are subject to change depending on the group size.)

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Istanbul

Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, amidst picturesque gardens, you’ll find Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, an iconic hotel with a storied past spanning 6 decades. Guest rooms and suites offer modern conveniences and private balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and the Old Town.

Ankara HiltonSA

Ankara

Discover a contemporary hotel in the center of historic Ankara. The Ankara HiltonSA hotel lies near the capital’s commercial and diplomatic activity. After a busy day, relax in a guest room, featuring a separate work area and WiFi

Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Cappadocia

Set in Avanos, in Turkey’s unique and beautiful Cappadocia region, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos Cappadocia is the perfect hotel for travelers who wish to experience the culture and heritage of the local area, which includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless natural wonders.

Dedeman Konya Hotel

Konya

Dedeman Konya Hotel is a very modern & centrally located hotel in Konya, the capital of the Seljuks. With its Turkish bath, sauna, fitness center, 3 swimming pools and squash, comfy spacious rooms and restaurants, the hotel meets most of the demands expected from a 5 star luxurious hotel.

DATES AND RATES

All prices are per person, based on double or twin room share occupancy. Solo passengers may book a private room subject to a supplement.
 
  2 for 1 deal will automatically apply when you book for 2 or more passengers. Travelling solo? You will still receive 45% discount.
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SOLO ROOM

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1798

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2694

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1798

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2694

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1891

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2839

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1891

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2839

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1952

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2929

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1908

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2862

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1908

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2862

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1809

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2717

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1809

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2717

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$1809

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$2717

HIGHLIGHTS

Dive deep into the rich culture via remarkable sights shaped over millennia by Ottoman, Islamic, Roman, Christian and Turkish habitants.
Ankara
Ankara

Ankara is the capital city of Turkey, the heart of the Republic of Turkey. This city offers all the colours of west and east, tradition and the modernity.  

Asklepion
Asklepion

The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

Cappadocia
Cappadocia

A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

Gallipoli
Gallipoli

Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

Konya
Konya

Konya, which has been playing a centrel role being a cradle for many civilizations throughout the history, is one of the unique centers that combine its historical heritage and cultural accumulation with present time.