Escorted Tours

For travellers keen to explore different regions of Turkey but who prefer not to drive themselves, we also offer three partially escorted holidays: "The Turkish Triangle" allows you to explore Istanbul and Cappadocia in a small group before settling into Mandarin & Mango for a few days of pure relaxation, whilst "A Journey through Western Anatolia" takes an inland route from Istanbul to Faralya via some of Turkey's most impressive yet lesser-known historical sites. Our new tour for 2019, "Along the Coast of Civilisations", also heads from Istanbul to Faralya but mainly follows the Aegean coast, with an optional extension to Cappadocia at the end.

New for 2019: Along the Coast of Civilisations

15 April - 28 April/1 May, 10 June - 23 June/26 June, 16 August - 29 August/1 September 2019

We originally designed this itinerary in 2018 for a private group of American travellers, who wanted to visit some of Turkey's main attractions, but also wished to take in some of the lesser-known sites and to immerse themselves in different aspects of Turkish culture and history. The tour proved such a success that for 2019, we have decided to open it up to individual travellers, with a choice of three potential departure dates, and the option to either leave at the end of our stay in Faralya, or to continue to the mythical landscape of Cappadocia for an additional three nights.

Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrive at Istanbul airport. Overnight stay in a boutique hotel (Celal Sultan or similar) in Sultanahmet district on B&B (bed & breakfast) basis.
Day 2:
Time to visit Underground cistern, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophie, Blue Mosque, the grand bazaar and the spice market. Stay on B&B Basis.
Day 3:
Morning flight to Izmir, transfer to hotel, stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel on B&B basis.
Day 4:
Free day at leisure in Izmir, or optional visit the ruins of Bergama. Stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel on B&B basis
Day 5:
We start our journey south by visiting Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, Selcuk museum and Basilica of Saint John en route to Bodrum. Stay in Bodrum/Ortakent on HB basis (breakfast & dinner).
Day 6:
We visit Bodrum Castle, then drive to a neary carpet village and have lunch at the traditional village of Etrim. Stay in Bodrum/Ortakent on HB basis (breakfast & dinner).
Day 7:
We visit the ancient Hellenistic site of Aphrodisias en route to Pamukkale where we visit the unique travertine terraces. Stay in Pamukkale on HB basis (breakfast & dinner).
Day 8:
We continue via the ruins of Kybira to Faralya to start our stay at Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels on HB basis (breakfast & 5-course dinner).
Day 9:
Day off at leisure to relax and make the most of Mandarin & Mango's facilities, enjoy a walk in the countryside, visit the nearby town of Fethiye or take part in optional activities such as paragliding or diving. Stay at Mandarin & Mango on HB basis (breakfast & 5-course dinner).
Day 10:
Boat trip to the bay of Gemile, the island of Saint Nicholas and a barbecue on the boat. Stay at Mandarin & Mango on FB Basis (breakfast, lunch & 5-course dinner).
Day 11:
We visit the ghost village of Kaya, an old Greek village called Levissi, known as Karmylassos during Lycian time, then drive to the Lycian ruins of Tlos, Xanthos, and the gorge of Saklikent. Stay at Mandarin & Mango on HB Basis (breakfast & 5-course dinner)
Day 12:
Day trip on a hydrofoil/ferry to the Greek island of Rhodes where we visit the medieval Old Town. Stay at Mandarin & Mango on HB Basis (breakfast & 5-course dinner)
Day 13:
Another day at leisure to relax, walk along the Lycian Way or go shopping in Fethiye town. Stay at Mandarin & Mango on HB Basis (breakfast & 5-course dinner).
Day 14:
End of main itinerary - fly home from Dalaman Airport, or for those booking the Cappadocia extension, we depart early in the morning to drive to Cappadocia via Konya and Sultanhani Kervansaray. Stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia (Kale Konak or similar) on HB basis (breakfast & dinner).
Day 15:
Visit open-air museum at Goreme, pottery at Avanos and whirling dervishes. Stay on HB basis (breakfast & dinner).
Day 16:
Optional early-morning hot-air balloon ride across the unique landscape (subject to weather conditions). Visit underground city, Roman ruins, Uchisar. Stay on HB basis (breakfast & dinner).
Day 17:
Departure from either Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport.

Price for main itinerary (13 nights): €1510 per person based on two people sharing a double room; Single supplement €565.
Price includes:

Not included:

Price for Cappadocia extension (3 nights): €450 per person based on two people sharing a double room; Single supplement €210.

A Journey through Western Anatolia:

27 June - 9 July 2019

Itinerary:

Days 1, 2, 3:
Arrival transfer from Istanbul Airport to your hotel in the historic Sultanahmet area. Independently explore the countless sites and attractions of this vibrant city, such as the Blue Mosque, St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, at your leisure.
Day 4:
Transfer from the hotel to Pendik train station for the high-speed train to Eskisehir in western Anatolia (approximately 3 hours). Here, you will meet with your minibus driver and tour guide. Transfer to your hotel in the Old Town and afternoon sightseeing.
Day 5:
Visit by minibus to Gordium, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia, which during its heyday in the 8th and 9th century BC controlled much of Asia Minor. The city was founded by Gordias, father of the legendary King Midas, and inventor of the Gordian knot which was finally famously undone by Alexander the Great in 333 BC. A highlight of the day is a visit to the Great Tumulus, King Gordias's 50-metre high burial mound which was excavated in 1957, yielding an extensive array of remarkably well preserved objects.
Day 6:
We drive south through the Phrygian valley, where we visit further burial mounds and rock tombs, to Sagalassos. Once one of the richest cities in Pisidia, Sagalassos thrived through the Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine eras but was devastated by earthquakes in the 6th and 7th centuries AD. Set on the slopes of a mountain, the extensive remains of the city are as impressive for their views as for their historic significance.
Day 7:
We head south to Kibyra, arguably one of Turkey's most impressive and yet least visited archaeological sites, with remains including 9,000-seater theatre and a spectacular 200-metre long stadium. One of the most important finds, still undergoing restoration after its discovery in 2009, is an 1,800-year old, 11-metre marble mosaic of the head of Medusa covering the floor of the city's odeon, whilst even more recently, a Roman bath covering 5,400 square metres has been uncovered. From here, we continue towards the coast near Fethiye, where we reach Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels, our base for the remaining part of the holiday, in time for dinner.
Day 8:
Free day to visit the beach in Oludeniz, shop in Fethiye's bustling market, explore the surrounding countryside on foot or simply relax and enjoy Mandarin's facilities.
Day 9:
Full-day excursion to the ancient sites of Xanthos and Letoon, the stuning gorge at Saklikent and Patara with its archaeolocial site situated next to one of the region's best and most unspoilt beaches.
Day 10:
Another day at leisure.
Day 11:
Full-day excursion to Demre (ancient Myra), the legendary birthplace of Father Christmas (or rather Saint Nicholas), with a boat trip to the Sunken City of Kekova.
Day 12:
A final day at leisure. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 13:
Transfer to Dalaman Airport (or extend your stay at Mandarin if you wish).

Price: €2085 per person based on two people sharing a double room; Single supplement 410.
Price includes:

The Turkish Triangle:

7 - 18 July 2019

Itinerary:

Days 1, 2, 3:
Three nights accommodation in a special-category hotel in the historic Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, with the chance to independently explore the Blue Mosque, St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar in addition to all the other attractions of this vibrant city.
Day 4:
Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri and transfer to your 'cave' hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 5:
A tour of the fantasy landscape of Cappadocia and some of the underground cities and churches carved from the soft volcanic rock and a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, set in a steep-sided valley and home to one of the earliest monastic settlements.
Day 6:
An opportunity to take a dawn balloon flight (payable locally and subject to weather conditions) over the 'fairy chimneys' before continuing the exploration of the rural communities and breathtaking landscapes, perhaps stopping to visit a local handicraft centre producing hand-woven kilims and decorated pottery.
Day 7:
The final day in Cappadocia starts with a visit to Mustafa Pasa, the former Greek trading settlement of Sinassos, to admire the fine architecture of the merchants' houses and then an opportunity to merely relax and enjoy the spectacular landscapes.
Day 8:
Transfer to Konya, the home of the 'Whirling Dervishes', to visit the Mevlana Mausoleum. Overnight in Konya.
Day 9:
Transfer from Konya to Faralya and settle in to Mandarin for the remainder of your stay.
Days 10, 11:
Time to relax and enjoy Mandarin's facilities with a farewell dinner on the final evening.
Day 12:
Transfer to Dalaman Airport (or extend your stay at Mandarin if you wish).

Price: €2195 per person based on two people sharing a double room; Single supplement 385.
Price includes:

All our tours in 2019 are organized by our local agent, Siper Tour (Tursab Nr. 3227).