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Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

1. Cappadocia: Soganli Valley Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise

Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon ride over Soğanlı valley, Cappadocia. Marvel at spectacular views and see the sun rising as you take postcard-perfect photos from the balloon basket. After a convenient, pre-dawn pickup from your hotel, hear a safety briefing from your pilot and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and some snacks. Watch the balloon inflate before climbing into the balloon's basket, lifting off, and drifting peacefully over Cappadocia. Float over Soğanlı valley to take in the early morning sunrise over the mountains, illuminated in stunning golden hues. Snap some photos of the iconic Cappadocian landscape. After about an hour, land gently and return to your hotel.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

2. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table

Enjoy magical views of Istanbul from the Bosphorus on this dinner cruise. Sail on a yacht and view a show which includes traditional Turkish Folk Dancing. Sip on unlimited soft drinks while seeing sights like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Galata Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge.  Have the option to choose from a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in Istanbul. With this option, enjoy being transported to the boat in an air-conditioned van. Select from tour options with or without unlimited alcoholic drinks. Savor an appetizer plate with options like a seasonal salad or hot starters. Choose a main course like mixed grilled meat, seasonal fish, or a vegetarian menu. Savor fruit and finish your meal with a sweet dessert.  Vip Menu: Starter 10 Types of Mixed Turkish Appetizers or Mixed Seafood Appetizers Hot Starters: (choice of two) -Vegetable Pastrami Pie -Fish Pastry -Shrimp stew -Fish Meatballs -Grilled Squid Main Dishes: (choice of one) -Mushroom Beef Stragozate -Beef Medallion -Mixed Grill Plate (Meatballs, Lamb Skewers, Steak, Chops) -Vegetarian Vegetable Casserole -Seasonal Seafood Grill -Italian Pasta Types (Vegetarian) Salad -Mediterranean Turkish Salad Desert & Fruit -Mixed Special Turkish Desert or Fruity - Chocolate Cake Unlimited local and alcoholic beverage Dine on your tasty food while watching live entertainment like Turkish folk dancing, Latin flamenco dancing, and a DJ. Gaze out the window at the Maiden's Tower, which has stood since the medieval Byzantine period, and the imposing Galata Tower.  Capture pictures of the stunning Baroque Revival architecture of Dolmabahçe Palace and Ortaköy Mosque. Admire the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges which span the Bosphorus strait. Take in the waterside Ottoman architecture of the Beylerbeyi Palace.

From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

3. From Antalya or Kemer: Suluada Island Boat Trip with Lunch

Join a boat trip to Suluada Island and soak up this fantastic Mediterranean setting with transportation from Antalya or Kemer included. Take in the sights of the surrounding bays, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and watch the wooden boats from Adrasan. The island of Suluada is one of the most beautiful in the region and is covered in lush forests. The water sparkles like glass and is so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean. Suluada is sometimes referred to as the 'Turkish Maldives' because of the sparkling bay. Begin with pickup and take a bus ride of up to 1 hour and 20 minutes to the port where the boat departs from. Sail toward the island and take your first swim in the beautiful waters. Enjoy further swimming breaks at the island's western and spring water beaches. Enjoy a lunch on board with vegetarian options available. On the way back from Suluada, take one last swimming break in the beautiful Hacivat Bay. The formation of its rocks resembles Hacivat, the lead character in a traditional Turkish shadow play.

Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

4. Istanbul: Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show

Witness the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and see the whirling dances and dervishes. Enjoy complimentary drinks during the show. Step inside a 550-year-old Ottoman Turkish bath in Sultanahmet-Sirkeci and take your place. Learn more about the Mevlevi Sema from the provided booklet. Marvel at this cultural dance that dates back 800 years. The program begins with a classical Turkish music concert. See the dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, hear the drum voice as the dervishes perform the seven-part Sema ceremony which represents the birth of humanity. The Sema ends with a Fâtiha for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, and believers, and a prayer for the salvation of the country.

Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

5. Cappadocia: Sunset ATV Tour

Experience an alternative way to see the sights of Cappadocia from the ground on this ATV tour. After a quick safety briefing and demonstration, get some practice on the bikes before beginning your tour. When you are 100% comfortable behind the wheel, begin your tour of Cappadocia's must-sees. First, drive through Sword Valley, the smallest valley in the region, and admire the sword-like fairy chimneys which give the valley its name. Next, speed through the White, Love and Red Valleys, stopping in each location for a rest or photos. Finish off at Rose Valley where you can watch the sunset from one of the best spots for sunset viewing in Cappadocia.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

6. Istanbul: Bosphorus Music and Dinner Cruise w/ Private Table

Join a sightseeing dinner cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dine with live entertainment. Pass some of Istanbul's most famous monuments, including Dolmabahçe Palace. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer, and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

7. Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Tour and Skip The Line with Guide

Discover the Basilica Cistern under the streets of Istanbul on a guided tour. You will be amazed by the stunning architecture of the cistern during the tour. Meet your guide in front of the exit gate of the Basilica Cistern and enter together. Skip the long lines and enjoy a highlights tour and learn interesting facts about the water cistern with an audio guide. Marvel at the engineering of the cistern while hearing the history with a downloadable audio guide. After your guided tour, stay and explore the building at your own pace. 

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

8. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Take a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus Strait to see the European as well as Asian half of Istanbul. Jump aboard a luxury yacht from Kabatas and keep your cameras ready as you cross mosques, palaces, and seafront villas. Learn about the city’s centuries-long history through your guide. Start the tour at Kabatas Pier aboard an elegant yacht, drinking traditional Turkish drinks, and nibbling on canapés and fruit from tastefully arranged platters. Glide by palaces and minarets as you sail along the Bosphorus.  When dusk sets in, feel the soothing breeze from the Sea of Marmara on your skin as the sky puts on a colorful show, tinted with shades of orange and rose. Few places in the world are as mesmerizing as Istanbul in the setting sun. Hear the muezzin's call from a towering minaret. Cruise past majestic palaces and villas along the strait’s banks. Breathe in the legacy of ancient Byzantium, Constantinople, and the mighty Ottoman Empire with each breath of fresh salty air. Kick back and ride gentle waves in the comfort of a yacht. Watch the city and its iconic landmarks pass by, which is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. End the experience at Karakoy Pier.

From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

9. From Kusadasi: Full-Day Boat Cruise

Get picked up at your hotel and then travel to the port to climb aboard a boat. Set sail along the beautiful coastline north of Kusadasi. Marvel at the rugged landscape of the Aegean coast. Stop at 3 different bays to snorkel with the magnificent marine life, and swim in the turquoise waters for approximately 1 hour at each location. Enjoy a tasty lunch on board the boat at Karasu, and feast from a delicious menu of meatballs, chicken, salads, pasta, potato salad and fruit. Return to the port in Kusadasi after your 3rd swimming stop, and get dropped off at your original departure point at the end of an amazing day at sea.

From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

10. From Izmir: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Izmir. Then, the discovery of Ephesus begins with the House of the Virgin Mary and a 10-minute drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore the city by walking on the marble streets, accompanied by a guide.  See the Odeon, State Agora, the Pretension, the Memmius Monument, the Domitian Temple, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Hadrian Temple, and the Latrines. Choose to take an optional visit to the terrace houses for an additional cost.  After the terrace houses, carry on with your exploration with the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, Great Theater, and Arcadian (harbor road). Enjoy a nice lunch served in a quaint local restaurant. Visit the Temple of Artemisa and take pictures of the church of St. John and the Mosque of İsa Bey. Enjoy free time in the old village of Sirince to discover the traditional houses, the fruit-flavored wine production, and enjoy some wine tasting.  End the day with a transfer back to Izmir airport or to your hotel in Izmir.

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What people are saying about Turkey

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based on 31,644 reviews

This was a fantastic tour! Istanbul is a wonderful city and Ekrem was an outstanding guide. The tour was well organized, covering all the main sites such as Aya Sofia, Topkapi palace, Dolmabahce palace and more . Ekrem was very knowledgeable and provided us with interesting historical and cultural insights, all in perfect English. He was also kind and patient in answering all of our questions. He was flexible, adjusting the program to avoid the rain, beat crowds and for us to spend more time at the Grand Bazaar (which we loved!). He also suggested great food and was very helpful in guiding us on how to use the tram and find our way around the city. Overall, my husband, adult daughter and I highly recommend this tour - be sure to ask for Ekrem as your guide!

Absolutely fantastic service that good that we rebooked and going back in a few days time thank you to all the staff very nice and friendly highly recommend this place.

I booked twice the servies, although no one contacts me, the driver always shows up on time. Really nice experience!

We had a great time on the dinner cruise. The food was good and the dancing and entertainment was great.

It is amazing experience! Crew is awesome, show is great!