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A unique path to travel, this fully customizable trip should be seen as a collection of incredible experiences hand-picked by our local agency. With opportunities to experience the best this country has to offer and getting off the well-traveled tourist path. Allow the local agency to better guide you with your best interests in mind and their love and passion for their country. Enjoy! ...

A unique path to travel, this fully customizable trip should be seen as a collection of incredible experiences hand-picked by our local agency. With opportunities to experience the best this country has to offer and getting off the well-traveled tourist path. Allow the local agency to better guide you with your best interests in mind and their love and passion for their country. Enjoy! 

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  • Local cuisine
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  • Sightseeing
  • Countryside
  • Seaside

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Day 1: Arrival Istanbul

Meet at the Istanbul Int. airport with our company’s representative and drive to the historical centre of Istanbul, known as Sultanahmet, where you spend the night at the hotel.

Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 18 km (Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport - Hotel in Sultanahmet/Sirkeci) Or transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 45/50 km (Istanbul new Int. airport - Hotel in Sultanahmet/Sirkeci)


Day 2: Istanbul Bosphorus tour by boat (public) & sightseeing historical peninsula

Today we head out for a fantastic tour through Istanbul; we first take time for a Bosphorus tour by boat, right through the heart of modern Istanbul. The Bosphorus separates the continents of Europe and Asia and is also known as Istanbul strait, as part of the only passage between the black sea and the Mediterranean. The most impressive sights along the shores of the Bosphorus are the Topkapi Palace, the Bosphorus Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi) and Dolmabahce palace, several Ottoman palaces, fortresses, forested hills and shore villages with Ottoman architecture. After returning to the mainland we walk through the historical peninsula area where we take time to visit blue mosque and Hagia Sophia.

The Blue mosque (Sultan Ahmed mosque) was built between 1609 and 1616. The design is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church development. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighbouring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. On our way we also pass through Hippodrome square, once a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. The surviving monuments of the Spina (the middle barrier of the racecourse), the two obelisks (Obelisk of Thutmose III & Walled Obelisk) and the Serpentine Column, now sit in holes in a landscaped garden. The Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral. The building was a mosque from 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on February 1935.

We conclude the day with a traditional cup of Turkish tea, known as cay and afterwards return to our hotel.

Bosphorus tour by boat (public): approx. 2 - 3 h - Breakfast included


Day 3: Istanbul sightseeing historical peninsula; fly to Dalaman & continue to Fethiye

After breakfast we continue our exploration through Istanbul; we visit Topkapi palace, walk through beautiful Gulhane parki and visit famous covered bazaar. The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624 year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. The palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Gulhane parki is the oldest and one of the largest urban parks of Istanbul. For centuries the park served as the outer garden of the Ottoman imperial palace of Topkapi and was not open to the public. Our last stop takes us to covered bazaar (Kapali Carsi); one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

In the late afternoon/early evening we drive to Istanbul airport and fly to Dalaman and continue from there to Fethiye where we spend the night at the hotel. Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, once a flourishing city west of Lycia. The rest of the day in Fethiye can be spend at leisure; where it is possible to explore the Marina area with its charming cafés and the old town with its beautiful shops with a variety of unique Turkish goods and souvenirs.

Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 18 km (Hotel in Sultanahmet/Sirkeci - Istanbul Ataturk Int. airport) Or transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 45/50 km (Hotel in Sultanahmet/Sirkeci - Istanbul new Int. airport) - Transfer time: 30/45 min.; transfer distance: 45 km; (Dalaman airport – Hotel in Fethiye) - Breakfast included

IstanbulDalaman, Fethiye

Day 4: Kayakoy (Karmilassos) to Oludeniz beach

In the morning we drive to nearby Kayakoy, originally named “Karmilassos”; described by the UNESCO as a world friendship and peace village. Here we start our first walk and climb up to the ruins of the old Greek village given up at the end of the World War I. Today this timeless place, set in a lush valley surrounded by forests and with some vineyards nearby, is known as a kind of ghost town. We will walk through its empty streets, along its ruined stone houses and take time to visit one of its admirable churches, whilst enjoying the village’s air of mystery and surreal atmosphere.

Afterwards a forest path, with splendid panoramic views to the limpid turquoise water splits, leads us directly down to Oludeniz lagoon, one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. The amazing lagoon with its secluded sandy bay is a national nature reserve and building is strictly prohibited. Famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, Oludeniz is an official blue flag beach and frequently rated among the top five beaches in the world by travellers and tourism journals alike.

In the late afternoon, after spending some time at leisure at the beach, we return to Fethiye, where we spend the night.

Walking time: 3 h; walking distance: 6 km; ascent: 200 m; descent: 300 m - Breakfast included

Day 5: Ovacik to Faralya village via Kozagac & Kirme

After breakfast a short transfer permits us to the trailhead point nearby Ovacik village. From the south foot of Babadag Mountain (1.969m) we start our walk along the coastal side and follow a small path with a beautiful panoramic view over the deep blue bay of Oludeniz. Our walk takes us along sheep camps to some small and authentic villages of the Mediterranean area. Over stabilized gravel roads we pass small Kozagac village and continue our walk to Kirme, where we pick up a small walking path again leading us to beautiful Faralya village, where we spend the night at a nice family run pension.

Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 12 km; ascent / descent: 520 m - Breakfast included

Faralya, Fethiye

Day 6: Faralya to Kabak via Uzunyurt village & Butterfly valley panorama

After breakfast we start our walk  near Faralya village where we enter into a small walking path which takes us, after a small climb, to a magnificent panoramic view over Butterfly valley, a large canyon considered to be one of the most picturesque and amazing places along the Lycian coast. On small paths we continue our walk whilst enjoying the beautiful views to the coast and bays around. In the afternoon we reach Yuva beach where we take time for lunch and to spend time at the beach. Afterwards we continue to Kabak village where our vehicle is awaiting us to drive us back to Faralya where we spend the night.

Transfer time: 15 - 20 min.; transfer distance: 7 km; (Kabak village – Faralya) - Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 8 km; ascent: 400 m; descent: 440 m - Breakfast included

Faralya, Fethiye

Day 7: Fethiye to Kas via Delikkemer & ancient Patara

Today we leave Fethiye and drive to the starting point of our todays walk above Firnaz bay; we first walk on a rocky path until we reach an aqueduct from Roman times. With beautiful views to the bay in front of us, we follow a path parallel with the aqueduct and a very gently ascend. Later via gravel paths and stabilized roads, through olive trees and pine forests we reach Patara, a flourishing maritime and commercial city on the south-west coast of Lycia on the Mediterranean coast. Possessing a natural harbour, Patara was said to have been founded by Patarus, a son of Apollo. Ancient writers mentioned Patara as one of the principal cities of Lycia; it was Lycia's primary seaport and a leading city of the Lycian League. Over a cobbled road we walk to the sandy beach of Patara. With its gorgeous landscape, unspoilt Patara is one of Turkey’s longest beaches; part of a national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta).

We spend the late afternoon at the beach of Patara and continue from there to Kas where we spend the night at the hotel.

Transfer time: 1 - 2 h; transfer distance: 125 km (Fethiye – Kas via Patara) - Walking time: 4 - 5 h; walking distance: 12 km; ascent: 100 m; descent: 300 m - Breakfast included


Day 8: Kilicli village to Ucagiz via ancient Aperlai

Today we drive to the village of Kilicli where we start our walk; we follow small walking paths and walk down to the sea level until we reach the ancient city of Aperlai, one of the partly submerged cities along Lycian coast. Aperlai was founded sometime between the late 4th and early 3rd century; when the Byzantine Empire went to pieces and the political powers began to deteriorate, security of the coast failed and the city was abandoned due to the threat of pirate raids and Arab corsairs.

We take time to explore the ancient remains before we continue walking a bit more on a rocky path between the woods until we reach Ramazan’s place. Ramazan is a fisherman that lives here by himself. Here we can have a cup of tea and enjoy a swim. After break we continue on partly rocky and sandy paths; pass very old olive trees, old stone houses and a stone water pond until we start descending very gently between towards Ucagiz with fantastic views over the bay and the coastal village. A last part of rocky path brings us down to the sea level and we walk parallel with the sea to the coastal village of Ucagiz, where we conclude the day with a traditional cup of Turkish tea, known as cay.

Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 25 km (Kas – Kilicli Village) - Transfer time: 40 min; transfer distance: 35 km (Ucagiz – Kas) - Walking time: 4 - 5 h; walking distance: 12 km; ascent: 65 m; descent: 350 m - Breakfast included


Day 9: Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat; Simena castle & sunken city, Kas at leisure

After breakfast we drive to Ucagiz/Kekova, a great place for the coastal scenery as well as for the archaeological sites well preserved because they are not easily accessible. A pleasant excursion by boat is the best way to see the ruins on the northern coast of Kekova island, some of the old houses were completely submerged due to earthquakes during the Byzantine period. By boat, we go round the island, where you can see remains down to 2 meters deep, in the bluish light on the seabed. We walk up to the Simena castle rewarding us with a view all around, and on numerous rock tombs. You will fully appreciate this day with a stroll on the Tersane Island.

After returning to Ucagiz we drive back to Kas where the late afternoon is at leisure to explore the village on your own way. Kas is a small fishing, yachting and quiet pleasant town with its blue sea and narrow streets scented with jasmine flowers. There are plenty of little quiet cafes to relax.

Transfer time: 40 min; transfer distance: 35 km (Kas - Ucagiz) - Boat tour in Ucagiz/Kekova: approximately 4 h - Breakfast included


Day 10: Kas to Dalaman airport

Transfer to Dalaman airport where the trip concludes.



Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,190 / 10 days
Excluding international flights
2 to 3 Pax4 to 5 Pax6 to 8 PaxSingle Supplement
Price per person$1,500$1,190$1,020$320

Included in the price:

  • All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places stated in the itinerary: Days 1 & 3: one (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Istanbul Int. airport/hotel in the city centreTransfers in Istanbul valid from/to Istanbul Ataturk & new Int. airport – Sultanahmet/Sirkeci district onlyExtra transfer cost will be charged for each transfer: Day 10: one (one way) departure transfer from/to hotel in Kas/Dalaman airport
  • Demavend Travel English speaking tour leader
  • Hotel accommodations: in standard rooms on double/twin share base with bed & breakfast (BB) service
  • 9 x breakfast (all at the hotels) / 0 x lunch / 0 x dinner
  • Day 2: Bosphorus tour by boat (public): approx. 2 - 3 h
  • Day 9: Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat: approx. 3 - 4 h

Not included in the price:

  • All international and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • All kind of extra transports & transfers other than stated in the itinerary / extra arrival/departure transfers
  • All kind of entrance fees for historical and natural sites
  • All kind of optional activities
  • Meals other than stated in the itinerary
  • All kind of soft and alcoholic drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee
  • All kind of personal expenses
  • Extra nights & single supplements / accommodation upgrades
  • Personal equipment
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