Aegean Culture Tour
Aegean Culture Tour
Aegean Culture Tour

Private Departure - Aegean Culture Tour

From Istanbul to the ancient sites of the Aegean

Tour price

We’ll keep slashing the price as others join this tour.

1 people
$3 008
2 people
$2 093
3 people
$1 607
4 people
$1 343
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$3 008
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Tour duration
9 days
Max participants
Service level
Standard +

What's it really like?

Turkey - an extraordinary and exotic land with a Middle Eastern flair, lying in between the oriental East and the cosmopolitan West. But Turkey is also a country, which has perhaps the richest cultural, archeological and historic heritage to explore from the earliest civilizations. After discovering the diverse Istanbul, you will be taken back in the time with a walking tour around the ancient ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus, admiring Pamukkale and its limestone terraces and discovering the historic city of Troy. The Aegean coastal region packs more history and prehistoric sites than one can even comprehend – a perfect treat for any keen explorer and traveller.

Tour highlights

  • Colorful and bustling Istanbul
  • Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum
  • The historic city of Troy
  • Extraordinary landscapes of Pamukkale
  • Natural spas and hot springs

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Day 1

Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul, the colorful city where East and West meet. Check into your hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.

Day 2


This morning we explore historic Istanbul. We visit the famous Blue Mosque, Byzantine Aya Sofya and the Hippodrome, where historically chariot races took place. We also walk to Topkapi Palace, home to the sultans, before discovering the Grand Bazaar where we have free time to explore the bustling market of 3500 stalls and shops.

Istanbul sightseeing
Day 3


After breakfast, we leave Istanbul for the Gallipoli Peninsula. It was here that the ill-fated Allied campaign, after much bloody hand-to-hand fighting and loss of life, was forced to concede victory to the Turks and withdraw during the First World War. Involved in the fighting on the Turkish side was Mustafa Kemal - later known as Ataturk, the Father of the Turks. Our visits include Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Cemetery and the Kabatepe War Museum. Later we cross the Dardanelles and travel to Canakkale.

Gallipoli sightseeing
Day 4

Troy and Pergamon

Today we drive to Troy where archaeological excavations have revealed nine separate periods of settlement including ruins of city walls, house foundations, a temple and a theatre. After exploring these ruins we travel to Pergamon, today known as Bergama, one of Turkey's finest archaeological sites. The striking acropolis above the modern day town contains the remains of a library, a theatre, temples to Athena, Trajan and Demeter, an altar to Zeus, a gymnasium and an agora. After exploring the site, we continue on to Selcuk.

Pergamon, Troy sightseeing
Day 5

Ephesus and Pamukkale

This morning we make an early start to visit the site of the great Greco-Roman city of Ephesus (Efes). Once visited by Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, and also by the evangelist St. Paul, this famous old Asia Minor seaport reached its zenith in the 2nd century AD. Efes became one of the main cultural and economic centers of the ancient world until it went into decline after the 7th century. These impressive ruins include a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths as well as the famous Library of Celsus. Later we also visit the House of Mary - Saint John spent the last years of his life in Ephesus and wrote his Gospel there. It is believed that Mary, Jesus' mother also came to Ephesus with him, and this small chapel is dedicated to her. After our visits, we continue our journey to Pamukkale.

Day 6


After breakfast, we visit the famous travertines that cascade down the hillside at Pamukkale, formed over centuries from the rich mineral content of the water of the local thermal springs. At the top of the hill is the equally impressive site of Hierapolis, an ancient spa town, which we also visit. We then drive down to the Turquoise Coast and to Dalyan, famous for its Caretta caretta (loggerhead) turtles, reed bed estuary and the ancient site of Caunos.

thermal springs, Pamukkale sightseeing
Day 7


Today we explore the small resort of Dalyan, formally a fishing village built on the rivers edge with a long history. We take a boat across the river to discover the ancient Lycian style tombs visible from the town and the ancient site of Caunos, which is still being excavated. There is a Roman bath, an impressive theatre, a basilica, an acropolis and stunning views down over the original harbor to where the shoreline is now. We take the boat on to the local mud baths and hot springs by Lake Koycegiz. Later in the day we have the option to take a boat taxi down through the reed beds to the glorious golden sand Iztuzu Beach.

Dalyan sightseeing, Iztuzu Beach, Lake Koycegiz
Day 8


Transfer to Dalaman airport and fly to Istanbul. Check into the hotel afterwards. Free day and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9

Depart from Istanbul

Departure from Istanbul. Airport transfer available upon your request.

What's included?

  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Domestic flights
  • Transportation
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking guide

Not included

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • All meals
  • Gratuities to local staff

Fact sheet


Please note that information provided in this fact sheet is subject to change. can not take responsibility for third party information and its changes. However, we do aim to update this page as often as possible. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage to check all important travel info such as visa regulations and travel info from the respective channels in your country.

Tour Provided

The name, address and emergency contact numbers of the local tour operator will be released to the clients after the final payment has been done.

We would like to assure you that all of our partners are well-known and respected in their field of work. is a part of the Summit Travel Group, who has been partnering with these service providers for years.

Service and Physical Activity Levels’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:

Service Levels

Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.

Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Physical Activity

1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.

2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.

3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.

4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.

5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.

All necessary information regarding a specific tour is displayed on the tour page.

What's included

All tours on include accommodation, local transport (excluding airport transfers if not stated otherwise), meals as specified, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

If there are any changes to the inclusions, then they are all noted on the tour page.

What's not included

None of the tours on include international flights to/from the destination, travel insurance (mandatory), visas if necessary, gratuities to local staff, personal expenses, optional activities or airport transfers (if not stated otherwise).

If there are any changes to the list of services not included in the tour, then they are all noted on the tour page.

Single Travellers

If you are traveling alone and would like to have your own room, then please add a Single Supplement from the Extra Services when booking or if not available, send us an email at

Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.

Tour Cost and Group Size

The final cost of the tour is determined 45 days before departure when the group is automatically closed. Until that point, in case of vacancies, it is possible to join the group and, therefore, lower the cost for everyone.

The maximum group size is always noted in the pricing scheme on the tour page. Please note that all of our tours are guaranteed from two travelers.

Our pricing scheme applies to private groups as well and no extra charge is applicable. The maximum group size, however, stays the same as stated in the pricing scheme.


All confirmations, joining instructions and tour operator contacts are made available after the final payment has been received by

If a confirmation is needed for visa application purposes before the final payment has been made then, please let us know by email at


The itinerary of a tour can be found on the particular tour page.

Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.

Tour Leader

All tours on include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.

At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.

Travel Documents

Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.

Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.


Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.

In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.

In some cases, is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.


It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.


Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.

In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.

If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.

In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.