Day 01 October 10 Thursday

Arrive in Dalaman Airport

Transfer to the Boat

Dinner and overnight at the boat


·         Please book your flights to Dalaman Airport not to Istanbul.
With international flights arriving to Istanbul, connecting in Istanbul and flying to Dalaman does not change the flight price.
There are many direct flight from Europe to Dalaman
The flights originating in Europe arriving in SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT in Istanbul have good connections to Dalaman Air port

Day 02 October 11 Friday BOAT


Gemiler Island was a strategic stop for the fleets cruising in the Mediterranean During the Roman and Byzantine era.
The ancient city which covers the whole Island is intimately surrounded with the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean.

Easy climb to the peak will give you the best location to watch sun set and enjoy the mosaics of a 11th Century church.
Having wine at beautiful settings is MELITOUR’s tradition. Melitour will provide the Drink and the snacks.
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner are included  

Gemiler Island is a great place for swimming, hiking, watching sun set, visit and archaeological site. We will dock at the island after the day tour boats leave.

        Day 03 October 12 Saturday BOAT


Bedri Rahmi is a well known artist, poet and philosopher of Turkey. He is one of the first who had discovered the Turkish Coast to be a great destination for the “Blue Voyage”

He drew a fish on a rock at his favorite bay, therefore we call this bay by his name.Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight on the boat

Bedri Rahmi Bay in the shade of Lycian  tombs carved on the hill side. Bedri Rahmi’s “fish”  is hiding behind the tree. Bedri Rahmi Bay will be a great stop to swim, hike and chase the wild goats, or do nothing

Day 04 October 13 Sunday GOCEK BOAT


Generally a day on a boat starts at 07:30 AM with an excellent breakfast.

Everyone can have their say about what they want for breakfast.

There is almost no limit to what you might want to eat for breakfast.

Fresh Orange juice, Typical Turkish breakfast with 3 different type of cheese, local honey, 3 different homemade jams, organic tomatoes and cucumbers, organic eggs cooked your way, yogurt, and whatever else you might want.

After Breakfast, we will have swimming/activity time. Those who might want to have their morning walk in the forest, Those who prefer the water can swim,  snorkel …The boat will then sail through beautiful bays until noon. At a hidden bay away from everyone else we will stop for lunch. Swim/Activity time after lunch
Then we will sail to our final destination for the evening
The History, the music of the air, the pine forests, incredible blue color of the water, snorkeling, hiking, swimming, wind surfing or ding nothing will again be your choice for the day.
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included
Overnight on the boat


Day 05

October 14 Monday




After Breakfast

Transfer to Dalaman Air port
( 25 Minutes)

Fly to Cappadocia

Visit Zelve

Visit Dervent

Lunch in Urgup

Visit Ortahisar The village Museum

Dinner and overnight at Lalesaray Hotel

In  Cappadocia, Creator and man competed in creating the most unusual and the most beautiful. Enjoy the moon-like landscape with endless forms of work of art, natural and man-made. The colors of the frescoes of the twelve hundred year old churches are just as fresh as the colors of the carpets woven in the region. The rock formations are just as striking as the local pottery made of the clay obtained from the old river beds. St Paul visited the region, called Caesarea, on his 1st Missionary Journey. As one visits the colorful "churches" of Cappadocia and admires the surrounding forms of thrilling art buried in nature, it becomes easier to imagine how the ideas and teachings of St. Paul sprouted into life and affected the Cappadocians for two thousand years. We will visit the carpet cooperative to learn more about the Turkish carpets, which are inseparable part of the Turkish life.

Zelve Open air museum is a UNESCO World Heritage site



Dervent Valley is nature’s art gallery where you will find the famous fairy chimneys, which looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. Some of the most important, or the easiest seen animal shapes are camel, snake, seals, and dolphin. If you let your imagination run free, you will find many others. It is like looking at clouds and seeing a dragon. There is even a rock pillar, which looks like Virgin Mary, holding Jesus in her arms


October 13th



This pager is for those who will not do the boat and will join the group in Cappadocia.

Please arrive in Istanbul on the 13th of October the latest. The land only quotation quoted below includes

Ø the transfer from the Istanbul airport to the hotel in Istanbul on

            the 13th October.

Ø Hotel for the evening of the 13th in Istanbul

Ø Transfer to the Airport from Istanbul Hotel to Istanbul Airport

            on the October 14th

Ø And  air plane ticket to Cappadocia from Istanbul


You will be on the same plane with the rest of the group flying in from Dalaman where they take the plane after the boat. The Dalaman – Cappadocia flight goes via Istanbul.

If you choose to arrive earlier and need hotel/transfer services we can arrange the transfer and hotel with no problem







This pager is for those who will not do the boat and

will join the group in Cappadocia.


Please arrive in Istanbul on the 13th of October the latest. The land only quotation quoted below includes

Ø the transfer from the Istanbul airport to the hotel in Istanbul on   the 13th October.

Ø Hotel for the evening of the 13th in Istanbul

Ø Transfer to the Airport from Istanbul Hotel to Istanbul Airporon the October 14

Ø And  air plane ticket to Cappadocia from Istanbul


You will be on the same plane with the rest of the group flying in from Dalaman where they take the plane after the boat. The Dalaman – Cappadocia flight goes via Istanbul.












October 14 Monday








After Breakfast

Transfer to Istanbul Air port

Fly to Cappadocia

Visit Zelve

Visit Dervent

Lunch in Urgup

Visit Ortahisar The village Museum

Dinner and overnight at Lalesaray Hotel



Day 06

October 15 Tuesday



Cappadocia Hot air  baloon

Ø  Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

The Balloon comp will pick you up at 05:00 AM. You will be back at the hotel at 08:30 AM. You will have time for shower and breakfast before we start the tour.


Free time in the morning for those who like to have late morning. Departure from the hotel will be at 10:00 am


Learn about a traditional Ottoman Art – EBRU, Marbling. 2 Members of the group will be given a chance to work with the master to create art on water



Ø  Lunch at a Village house




The terrain of Cappadocia is  wonderful no matter from what angle you might be looking at it. However,  at sun rise  as the sun starts to wash the curves and holes and red, green, yellow, white, brown, beige, pink and many more colored  rock formations, you feel like you could be  Alice and now you are in your “wonderland” 

MELITOUR does not include the Balloon ride in the quotation, since the ride depends on weather conditions. But we do make sure you have the reservation. The demand is so much that finding a ride with out a prior reservation is almost impossible. Clients can pay with credit card directly to the Balloon Company the day of the ride.


Painting on a water, walking through the neighborhoods will be all amazing experiences of the day. When you walk through the old neighborhoods ,  will feel like you are in a time tunnel going back for hundreds of years but with all the conveniences of the 21st century.

Fatma and Hasan will be happy to have you visit in their house.



Day 07

October 16 Wednesday



Late departure for those who like to have free time for themselves in the morning

Leave the hotel at 10:00 am

Visit Kaymakli Underground City – A UNESCO WORLD HERRITAGE SITE

Visit Soganli

Lunch at Ayvali village in a house with a lovely mother son and daughter in law who will join us for lunch.

Visit Synasos

Visit a Carpet Cooperative



Kaymakli is one of 39 underground cities excavated in Cappadocia. The 3 of 9 layers of the city which could accommodate 1500 people were carved 4000 years ago by the Hittites. The rest were carved and renovated by the Byzantines who were exposed to the Roman Persecution of the Christians. We will see their Churches, Wineries, homes, kitchens and airshafts. Ayvali is one of the few villages of Cappadocia where you see no postcards, no tour busses and no neon signs. This small family of three mother  son and daughter in law cooks the best traditional meal and serve it in the warmth of their home.

SHOPPING IN CAPPADOCIA Carpets, whether knotted or flat woven (kilim) are among the best known art forms produced by the Turks from time immemorial. There are environmental, sociological, economic, and religious reasons for the widespread art of carpet weaving among the Turkish people from Central Asia to Turkey. Cappadocia is one of the most important carpet production centers of Turkey. The history and the modern day issues of Carpets weaving will be taught to us in a dramatic wonderful presentation. If the  wonderful designs, and the warmth of  colors  tempt the people who might not even had thought of living with a carpet for the rest of their lives, they can purchase the best of these art works of the best quality in Cappadocia

In case you think you might be tempted, bring your color samples and measurements.

SUFI : Celalettin Rum’i of the 13th century expressed his ideas and ideals of humanism, ecumenism and universalism in his verse.  The whirling ritual of the dervishes is the physical demonstration of joy, optimism and power that the philosophy of Celalettin Rum’i preaches.

The rituals of the Whirling Dervishes are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical fligh

Day 08

October 17 Thursday


KONYA (ICONIA) We will begin our day with a visit to Avanos, on the banks of the Red River, to see how the potters perform the thousand-year old tradition of ceramics. After lunch , we will continue to Konya (Iconium) on the old silk road. Following the footsteps of St .Paul we will appreciate the distances that St Paul had to cover on foot or on his donkey. En route, we will make a couple of stops at the Caravanserais, where Camels used to take a break on their long journey from China to the Mediterranean.


Dinner and overnight at hotel Rumi in Konya


Day 09

October 18 Friday


Leave Konya after we visit the Museum of Celalettin RUMI

Drive through the Toros Mountains

Lunch en route

Visit Perge and Aspendos

Overnight at Antalya Atelya Art Hotel in the old city

Dinner tonight is not included since there are wonderful restaurants around right for every one no matter what their choice of food might be.

Turkish Bath

We will do the Turkish bath in 2 days so we do not creat e our own line

Fabulous drive over the Toros mountains will take us down to the Mediterranean

Visit Perge and Aspendos

Atelya Art Hotel – 200 year old 2 houses

Day 10

October 19 Saturday


Leisurely Morning. So every one can have a little time to them selves.

Meet at 11:00 AM Lunch at a very special fish restaurant.

Swim in the Mediterranean

Wine and snack at the beach is included in this beach party

Return to the hotel

More Turkish bath

Day 11

October 20 Sunday


Leave Antalya at 08:30

Drive via a wonderful Crater Lake

Have lunch in Serinhisar.

Arrive in Pamukkale in Early Aafternoon.

Our hotel is a spa hotel.

After our visit to Hierapolis you can enjoy every thing that the spa is offering. ( the cost not included in the price)


You can enjoy the hot springs and the thermal pool at no extra cost


Dinner will be at the hotel

Salda Lake, which literally means 'cotton castle', is the name the Turks gave to the extraordinary site of Hierapolis. The name was inspired by the preternatural landscape of bizarre forms created by calcite deposits from the hot springs that surface through a fault: mineral forests, petrified cascades and terraced pools of an immense natural nymphaeum. The ancients attributing healing powers to the hot springs (35 °C) equal to their power to metamorphose the landscape, they founded a thermal station on the site in the late 2nd century. The history of Hierapolis followed the same course as many Hellenistic cities in Asia Minor. The Romans acquired full control of it in 129 BC and it prospered under its new rulers. It was a cosmopolitan city where Anatolians, Graeco-Macedonians, Romans and Jews intermingled. The hot springs which attracted throngs of people 'taking the waters' also served another purpose: scouring and dying wool.











Day 12

October 21 Monday


Drive through the Meander Valley

Visit Aphrodisias

Arrive at after  lunch.

Free time at the village.

Drive to Kusadasi overnight .

Dinner at the hotel.

If any one like to stay at Meli’s Farm there will be 2 or 3 rooms available by then.





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Topcu – CesmeThis will be especially interesting for some one who is a painter, photographer and architect Only 9 km out of Ephesus up at the top of a mountain, there is a wonderful village. I will attach few photographs here. The Christians abandoned this village in 1922 in the population exchange with the Moslems coming from Macedonia and Western Thrace. When the immigrants arrived, they could not afford to build new houses so they simply started using what they found here. Eventually this thousand- year old village became a historic monument for its unique architecture in a fabulous setting: Peach orchards, olive groves and vineyards surround the village. It is extremely photogenic; the nice thing is the villagers are very studious. The ladies either make wine or make lace and they sell their hand crafts either in front of their homes or on wooden stands lined in the streets. The village attracts the Turkish people more than the foreigners so this is a plus it had not become too touristy

Our Lunch will be the local taste COP SIS. Western Turkey Style Shish Kebab. For the vegetarians we will definitely have another wonderful taste of the region









Day 13

October 22 Tuesday


Visit Ephesus

Visit Vitgin Mary’s House Lunch at Meli’s Farm

We can have free afternoon at the farm you can pick  the vegetables for our salad from our organic vegetable garden.

We can have a cooking class Or just rest!!

Have tea brewed in a copper Semavar


Pick Pomegranates


cat and dog at the farm.jpg It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire's capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.


The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River MARYS HOUSE

The mother of Jesus was given to the care of St John when Jesus said  “thy is your mother take care” . After crucifixion, St John came to Ephesus and  spent the rest of his life in this city which was, according to the Bible, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.  Since Mother Mary was trusted in the caring hands of St John, it is believed that he must have brought her along.

Having the church dedicated in the name of the Virgin is another argument used to prove that this is her home because in the early times of Christianity, a church would have been named after a person only if she or he had lEphesus ived in the locality.

If being at the last home of the virgin does not interest you, there is still a good reason to visit this house which stands as the house of peace since Christians and Moslems alike they worship here shoulder to shoulder, side by side.



Day 14

October 23 Wednesday


Transfer to Izmir Air port

Flight to Istanbul

Transfer from the air port to the Hotel

Visit the Basilaca Cistern

Visit the Spice Market

Free time until dinner time

Dinner at Kumkapi

TURKEY5.jpegThe Basilica Cistern is one of many cisterns in Istanbul built during the Byzantine era to give life to this grand city. Istanbul is built on two big peninsulas on two continents, Asia and Europe. Neither side of the city has any natural source of water. Therefore, the cisterns and the aqueducts were the vital buildings of the city at all ages. In the 5th, 6th Century BC, for the Christians of Constantinople, the pagan temples of the city were nothing more than architectural material for recycling for new constructions. Basilica cistern, which was built in 532 A.D, is perfect example of this mentality. When you walk down to the Basilica cistern, which is now under one of the busiest streets of Istanbul, you can see the breath taking pillars of former temples creating a mystical ambiance


The Spice Market was the connection point of the silk road to the West. The riches of the Ea

st were marketed to the Europeans at this place since the 16th century. Today, of all the old markets of Istanbul, most people find the Spice Market less chaotic and manageable

Day 15

October 24 Thursday


Visit Blue Mosque

Visit the Hippodrome

Visit Aya Sophia


Visit the Grand Bazaar

Free time in the afternoon

Meet  at the hotel for Dinner

The Blue Mosque was completed in 7 years   (1609 – 1616) The 24000 blue tiles of this mosque had impressed the Europeans of the 17th Century so much that the mosque is called “ The Blue Mosque’’. The building is a marvel of engineering with its half and quarter domes supporting its huge dome.

blue1.jpgThe architect of the mosque, Mehmet Aga was a poet, musician, and a master of engraving mother of pearl in wood. The mosque reflects his artistic background and his mathematical genius.

As in all of the other imperial Mosques, the blue mosque is a complex of many buildings, which were in service of the people. We can still see the market place, the Arasta Bazaar, which was used to finance the monumental mosque, the Turkish Bath , the orphanage and the shelter for those who were  then homeless.


Byzantine Hippodrome When Constantinople became the capital of the Roman Empire, The Byzantine, trying to compete with the grandeur of the city of Rome, built this Hippodrome three times larger than the biggest stadium of Rome. The Hippodrome had a sitting capacity of one hundred thousand people. The obelisks lined up in the middle of this building were brought from Egypt and Greece representing the lands, which were under the rule of Constantinople. The hippodrome was used for more than sports activities. The heart of the political life was beating here both during the Roman, the Byzantine and the Ottoman era.
 Sophia is a 1500-year old building, which stands as a witness to the history of
Constantinople and Christianity. The size of its dome remained to be the highest for one thousand years until the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral was built in the 16th Century.

The synthesis of cultures can be traced in the building with the pillars from a Temple of a Mother Goddess, Hellenistic urns, Islamic-Ottoman calligraphy and Christian symbols all intermingle to create the grandeur that time could not defeat. Aya Sophia was dedicated in the name of Sacred Wisdom of Jesus. Known as St. Sophia, the Church was used as a church for 1000 years and as a Mosque for close to 500 years. Now it is a museum and a living record of the history of Christianity. (Roman Orthodox) Grand Bazaar is a 15th century trade center where the products of the Silk Road found merchants from all over the world. The arched narrow streets of the Grand Bazaar still offer the riches of Anatolia and of Central Asia. The hectic, chaotic nature of the Grand Bazaar is not necessarily an ideal place to shop, but it certainly is a place to see. Over the centuries, the merchants of Istanbul had built trade and craft centers around the Grand Bazaar. They are called the HANS. Today the trade and production of art work takes place in these HANS which is of course less crowded with tourists and are ideal locations for shopping.  Some of the hans are built on the foundations of the buildings dating from the Byzantine Era, 5-6th centuries of our era.  If you have time, seeing these buildings which seems like are as old as the city remembers its history is amazing.   If the clients are not going to extend their visits in Turkey to the center of the country to Cappadocia, and if they are interested in purchasing good quality merchandise, the old business in these hans are recommended for leather,jewelry, and ceramics

Day 16

October 25 Friday


Visit Chora

Free time for lunch ( Lunch will not be included in the price since there are lots of choices at Ortakoy)

Meet at the dock of Ortakoy after lunch for a cruise on the Bosphorus

Drive to the Hotel

Dinner tonight is not included to give some free time for the group


Chora Church was built in the 12th Century and was used as a Mosque for 500 years after the fall of Istanbul in 1453 AD. The frescoes and the mosaics were perfectly well kept over centuries. They are the best examples of Christian art of the Byzantine era. We will be able to trace the lives of Jesus and Mother Mary through the eyes and the hearts of the artists who had created the images to be the models for the Renaissance Artists.

The Chora church is a jewel in Istanbul. However, since the church is located away from the other see must sights of Istanbul, in one- day excursions of Istanbul, we generally do not suggest the visit of this site. If we can offer two days in Istanbul, Chora will definitely become the highlight Koy  is where the young and old of Istanbul congregate. It is somewhat like the Greenwich Village of New York. Artists open up their little stands for oil painting, jewelry making etc.

There are dozens of small restaurants. Most of them specialize on baked potatoes with excellent Turkish Salads. The restaurants, which only serve mussels and/or manti (Yogurt based raviolis) are, must to try. Ortakoy also has wonderful ice cream stands. The nicest part of it hardly any tourist come this far to this little neighborhood of Istanbul

Public Cruise on the Bosphorus starts from Ortakoy One hour cruise on the Bosphorus will be superb with purple slopes of Asia framing the 2-3 hundred year old Ottoman Mansions


Day 17

October 26 Saturday



Boat ride to the Princes Islands

Horse buggy ride to the peak of the Island

Lunch by the Sea

Ferry back to the hotel

Farewell Dinner


Day 18

October 27 Sunday


Transfer to the air port

If people are leaving at different times, we can arrange for 3 transfers for the day

One for leaving until 06:00 AM

One for those leaving between 07:00 and 10:M

The 3rd transfer for those leaving later