Turkey Itinerary

8 Days

Kusadasi – Samos

Kusadasi, which means "bird island" in Turkish, is set in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey and is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Aegean Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and large marina with a capacity for 600 boats. A glorious ancient city stands beside it, Ephesus with millions of visitors from tours each year. The town is only 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Adnan Menderes Airport in Izmir. Numerous holiday villages and hotels line its shores and hundreds of restaurants serves food from all around the world and, of course, Turkish Cuisine, which is one of the largest cuisines of the world. There are also many hostels, discos, bars, cafeterias, pubs and "Turkish Nights"; all those to cater holiday-makers.

Samos – Ephesus

Samos is one of the Greek islands standing out for its stunning beaches and beautiful natural landscape. It is a great destination for holidays in nature! The island’s capital is Vathi, but a drive along the coastline will get you to many picturesque seaside villages, such as Kokkari, Pythagorion, Karlovassi, and Heraion. As for Samos beaches, they boast an exotic landscape. Tsamadou, Agios Konstantinos, Potokaki and Lemonakia are some of the top beaches in Samos. Thanks to its large size, Samos Greece has a wide variety of beaches, both secluded and organized! There are some naturist beaches, too. Samos is also a perfect base for quick getaways! For those who are in the mood for a quick trip, there is a daily ferry connection between Samos and Kusadasi in Turkey.

Ephesus – Didim

Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean. Since the 5th century, the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel seven kilometres from Ephesus, became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin.

Didim – Turkbuku

Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, 123 km from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Didim is the site of the antique city of Didyma with its ruined Temple of Apollo. Didim takes its name from ancient Didyma, situated close to the modern town. This coast has become a very popular holiday resort, known for its long sandy beaches, clear blue sea, ancient ruins, and its own microclimate, benefiting from hundreds of days of sun annually and warm winters, allowing residents to use the beaches and engage in watersports even in January. Less frequented beaches are ones further from the centre, such as Haydar, along a dirt road around the shore of Akbük (meaning white bay).

Turkbuku – Bodrum

Turkbuku is a popular holiday resort located on the north coast of Bodrum peninsula. Turkbuku is famous for its beaches, fresh fish, mandarin gardens, white washed houses and crystal clear waters. The beach in Turkbuku is wonderful and available for sunbathing and swimming for all day long. During summer season the promenade along the beach is closed to vehicles and there are numerous classy restaurants along the beach front for the holidaymakers. Turkbuku has a wonderful nature especially for the outdoor and extreme sports enthusiasts. You can explore the region more closely by hiking and trekking among the natural beauties of the resort, by watching the magnificent sea view from the top of the surrounding hills. You’ll also find some Lycian castles, caves and rock tombs on the hilly parts of Turkbuku.

Bodrum – Sedir

Bodrum is a city on the Bodrum Peninsula, stretching from Turkey's southwest coast into the Aegean Sea. The city features twin bays with views of Bodrum Castle. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C. The city is also a gateway for nearby beach towns and resorts. Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear, tideless, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs, caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offer up multicolored sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopi and an immense variety of other aquatic life.

Sedir – Symi

Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, is located on the 18 km north of Marmaris. The island is famous for its golden sandy beach known as Cleopatra Beach and the ancient city of Cedrae. Majority of the tourists visiting Marmaris also take a visit to this heavenly place during their Marmaris stay. Cleopatra Island (Sedir) is a very beautiful promenade region. The island is situated very close to the port of the Camli village. You can have a great beach and cultural day out here in the company of the ancient city of Cedrae remnants, the golden sandy Cleopatra beach, the sun and the sea. The Camlik Port is the transportation point. About 3 km. from the Camlik Port, you will see a small village of Camli. It is believed to be the first settlement area of the Caria region. Fresh air, clean water and beautiful landscape await you there.

Symi - Rhodes

Symi island is one of the gems of the Dodecanese island chain! It stands out of the other Greek islands for its beautiful architecture, colorful houses, and a relaxed atmosphere. The port of Symi seems to have popped out of a painting! The first thing that catches your eye as you approach Symi by ferry is the colorful mansions around the port. The setting oozes charm in abundance! The port of Symi is hands down the ultimate spot for romantic walks and sunset gazing! The port is considered the center of the island. Within a walking distance from it, there are many little villages and beaches to discover. If you manage to peel yourself away from the utterly romantic port, you should visit the beautiful Symi beaches.