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Mystical Cappadocia & Coast

Cappadocia is striking and beautiful, like something out of a fairy tale, this is only heightened by the frequency that hot air balloons drift across the landscape. A few days exploring here balances perfectly with a few nights on the beach, giving you with a taste of history and adventure as well as blissful relaxation.

This tour ticks all the boxes. You’ll sleep in one of the very best cave hotels, carved into the unique landscape. Visit the most famous sites like the Göreme Open-Air Museum, and take in the almost unbelievable scenery. You will also get to sample some of the region’s excellent local food and wine.

Then its to the south-west coast for 5 leisurely beach days in a luxurious hotel hidden away on the unspoilt Datça Peninsula.

We can tailor our holiday to Cappadocia and to the beautiful coast of Turkey to suit your requirements.  Below is simply a sample itinerary and suggested hotels. Contact our Turkey specialists for more details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Turkey

You have arrived in mystical Cappadocia, the land of the fairy chimneys.

Your driver will collect you at the airport and take you Argos in Cappadocia, one of the most unique and special hotels in the country, being carved into the landscape. All the rooms are one of a kind, and the whole place is enchanting.

Settle into your room and we recommend spending tonight enjoying dinner looking over the valley from the award-winning on site restaurant.

Day 2 - Explore Cappadocia’s intoxicating scenery

Early risers might enjoy starting the day with some sunrise salutation yoga, before heading out for a busy day soaking up our favourite highlights that Cappadocia has to offer.

You’ll begin with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Göreme Open-Air Museum. As the name suggests, it’s all outside, immersing you in both the striking scenery and fascinating history the area is known for. It contains the very finest of the area’s frescoes, and is littered with rock-cut churches. It will be a busy day, but you’ll have time to marvel at the panoramic views over the Selve Valley and Pigeon Valley, visit the rock-carved underground ceramic museum, and stop by Özkonak, an underground town. Bring your camera today!

On return to the hotel, unwind by enjoying a pre-dinner local wine tasting in the carved rock underground Seki Cellar, surrounded by 22,000 bottles of wine.

 

Day 3 - Off the beaten track Jeep Safari

After a leisurely morning, delve deeper into Cappadocia today, with a private off-road Jeep Safari. The tour takes 2 hours and heads to Love Valley, Tavsanli Church, the Ortahisar Panorama and more.

A specialist local cooking class is a wonderful alternative for today. There is an excellent one at the hotel, but we love the experience in the local village – it’s very personalised and you’ll look over the view of Cappadocia as you cook.

This evening, head to Zelve Open Air Museum for a cinema screening unlike any other. Multiple projection devices around the valley combine and work with the natural landscape to create an incredible show.

Silence Beach D Maris Bay Hotel

Day 4 - Fly to the Turquoise Coast

Checkout and head to the airport to transfer south to the coast today. On arrival, our driver will collect you and transfer you to your hotel, D-Maris Bay, around a 2 hour drive.

D-Maris describes itself as a hidden paradise, and we couldn’t agree more. Tucked up in the mountains on the Datça peninsula, you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland beach towns – without having to travel a million miles. The Datça peninsula is an unspoiled stretch with coves to explore, but you need never leave the hotel if you don’t want to. There are 5 private beaches, each with white sand and crystal clear water – and you can travel around by funicular and water taxi. Head to Bay Beach for plenty going on and to Silence Beach for seclusion and take a good book.

Settle in for a restful few days here, enjoying the beaches, pools, tennis courts, spa and water sports –  or head out on day trips if you would like to. We can arrange a local cookery class, a day on a traditional gulet, and hiking is wonderful here too.

Pools D Maris Bay hotel

Day 8 - Time to say goodbye

You’ll be collected for a private transfer to the airport.

Come back soon! 

What's included?

    Includes

  • Private transfers throughout
  • 8 nights hotel stay, breakfast included daily
  • Cappadocia Day Trip
  • Jeep Safari
  • Cookery class

    Excludes

  • Spa treatments
  • Driver on call/other transfers/local transfers
  • Additional or alternative tours
  • Additional meals
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenditure, travel allowances
  • Gratuities
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