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15-day 5-star tour of Lycia

St. Nicholas Church – Xanthos (World Heritage) – Dalyan – Ephesus (World Heritage) – Temple of Artemis (World Heritage) – Pamukkale (World Heritage) – Taurus Mountains

Based on our own experience and the many tips we have received from enthusiastic holidaymakers, it is our pleasure to present to you one of the UK‘s most popular cultural tours!²

Your itinerary:

Day 1: Convenient flight arrival & transfer to the hotel

Your itinerary

Day 2: St. Nicholas Church, Kaputas Bay & Xanthos (World Heritage)

Xanthos (World Heritage)

Today, our adventure begins with the drive through enchanting landscapes along the Mediterranean coast to Lycia. The coastal road surrounded by pine forests is accompanied by crystal clear and turquoise blue waters. Our first stop of the day is Demre, called Myra in ancient times: Saint Nicholas died here on 6 December 343. We visit the church of St. Nicholas, dedicated to him (admission included). Today, the church is a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. We make a short photo stop at the enchanting Kaputas Bay. In the late afternoon we reach the capital of the Lycians, Xanthos (admission included), which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 because of its unique, richly decorated tombs, pillar tombs and sarcophagi. We spend the night in star comfort in Fethiye, the former Telmessos.

Day 3: Dalyan River Cruise, Caria & Iztuzu Beach

Dalyan River Cruise

Today we take a beautiful river cruise through the protected lagoon of Dalyan. We take traditional fishing boats and admire the impressive rock tombs of the Carian Empire. Once we arrive at the idyllic Iztuzu beach, we take a wonderful walk. The beach is the breeding ground of the Caretta Caretta turtle species, one of the last turtle species living in the Mediterranean. We spend the next 2 nights in a star hotel in the Kusadasi area.

Day 4: Ephesus (World Heritage) – in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Library of Celsus, Ephesus (World Heritage)

Today, the next highlight of our journey awaits us: ancient Ephesus, which was also declared a World Heritage Site in July 2015. “The sun is new every day“, as the philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus once said. Today we are touring his city (admission included). The magnificent Celsus Library, the shining Hadrian‘s Temple and the mighty amphitheatre are witnesses to a glorious era. The city is a missionary village of the Apostle Paul. The former port city was home to several peoples in its 4,000-year history, such as the Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks. Today it is considered one of the most impressive ancient cities in the world. We can assure you, you will be inspired!

Day 5: Temple of Artemis (World Wonder) & Pamukkale (World Heritage)

Temple of Artemis (World Wonder)

At the beginning of the day we visit the remains of the legendary Temple of Artemis (admission included), known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Once the largest temple in the ancient world, the ruins of the white marble structure are now one of the most significant attractions in the region. Afterwards we drive to Pamukkale. The drive takes us through the fertile meandering valley, which is surrounded by endless fig plantations, cotton fields and grape plantations. In the afternoon we take a photo break at the foot of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Pamukkale and marvel at the unique limestone terraces. We stay overnight in our modern and comfortable spa hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 6: Tavas, Taurus Mountains & Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall

Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall

After a tasty breakfast we drive towards the Taurus Mountains past nomadic settlements to Tavas. On the way we learn interesting facts about the special life of the mountain people. In a traditional carpet weaving workshop at an altitude of 1,422 yd, we experience the fascinating, centuries-old work of art. The variety, style and colourfulness of the hand-knotted carpets inspire us. We round off the day with a visit to the Karpuzkaldiran waterfall in Antalya. We will be staying overnight in star comfort in the Antalya area.

Day 7: Antalya – the cultural pearl on the Mediterranean Sea

Old Town, Antalya

Today we set our sights on Antalya. Blessed with sunshine all year round, the city offers a rich array of cultural and historical assets and natural beauty. After an extensive city tour, we visit the old town. The country‘s great tradition of craftsmanship our leads us to a jewellery and leather studio. Besides information about the hand-made products, we also get the opportunity to buy a personal holiday souvenir. We will stay overnight in a star hotel in the Antalya region.

Day 8 – 15: FREE extended holiday in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel

5-star luxury hotel

We spend the next 8 days relaxing on the Turkish Riviera in our 5-star luxury hotel with private beach! The comfortable rooms are luxurious and modern. We relax in the hotel‘s fantastic wellness area with sauna, take a break at the hotel‘s outdoor pool or indoor pool, or stroll along the beach. On the 15ᵗʰ day, we will be taken to the airport to fly back to the UK with many happy memories.


² Feedback provided by customers of RSD Travel Ltd and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH, a European group of companies travelling in 2021/22.
Homeward journeyLibrary of Celsus, Ephesus (World Heritage)5-star luxury hotel

Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline³ to and from Antalya,
    incl. hotel transfers
  • 7-day cultural tour of Lycia
    – 7 nights in a double room in selected 4-star hotels (national category)
    – 7× tasty breakfast
    – Round trip in our modern and air-conditioned travel coach with
    qualified, English-speaking cultural tour guide
    – Spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), with the highlights:
    • Ephesus (World Heritage)
    • Xanthos (World Heritage)
    • Pamukkale (World Heritage, photo stop)
    • Temple of Artemis (World Wonder)
    • Demre
    • St. Nicholas Church
    • Kaputas Bay
    • Dalyan River Cruise
    • Caria
    • Iztuzu Beach
    • Tavas
    • Taurus Mountains
    • Old Town, Antalya
    • Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall
  • OUR GIFT: FREE 8 days of relaxation in a 5-star luxury hotel
    – 7 nights in a double room in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel on the
    Turkish Riviera (national category)
    – Outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, private beach and wonderful spa area,
    including sauna
    – Qualified, English-speaking tour guide


³ e.g. Scheduled flights with Sun Express

On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special prices:

Restaurant

Gourmet package:

This package includes half-board, i.e. delicious buffet every evening with international specialties during the 7-day cultural tour: only £ 139 per person.

Hotel

Single room surcharge: £ 250 per person (subject to availability).

You will be delighted by our selected 4 hotels for the cultural tour !


Our gift as an extended holiday:
FREE 8 days of relaxation in our exclusive 5-star luxury hotel!

example hotels

Including a spectacular range of excursions!

Comparison of temperatures

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London2371217202221191474

General note:

Below is an information overview. The conditions of entry, as well as the political and health situation, can change anywhere in the world at any time. We therefore recommend checking before your trip. Please check the website of the Foreign Office (www.gov.uk/) before your departure.

Form of government:

Republic/Parliamentary Republic, head of state since 27.08.2014 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Following an official letter submitted to the United Nations by the Republic of Türkiye, the country’s name has been officially changed to Türkiye at the UN.

Capital:

Ankara

Religion:

Islam with a small Christian and Jewish community.

Language:

The official language is Turkish. English is often spoken in cities and tourist resorts, as well as German and French.

Climate:

Subtropical climate along the Aegean Coast and the Mediterranean Sea throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 30°C in the summer to 12–15°C in the winter.

Electricity:

The supply voltage is 220 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is required.

Local time:

The time zone in Türkiye is GMT +3 hours with no daylight saving time. The time difference with Turkey is plus 3 hours in winter and plus 2 hours in summer.

Making telephone calls:

The country code for Türkiye is 0090 with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Türkiye, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.

Country and people:

Barely any country has a history as rich as Türkiye. Today, Türkiye is a modern democracy where tourism is playing an increasingly important role. A visit to Türkiye has to include a visit to the Turkish bazaars, where you can enjoy their oriental flair. The traditional carpet, jewellery and leather goods stores are long-standing, and in some cases centuries-old elements of the culture of this region. So our trip will also include a jewellery manufacturer, a leather goods store and a modern rug gallery. Here you will learn some fascinating facts about the art of carpet weaving and experience how a hand-woven rug has been made for generations. As part of an interesting demonstration, you‘ll find out more about the preparation of silk threads, the natural dyes used for the wool and the delicate and extremely time-consuming knotting process. You will then have 1 – 2 hours in the various stores and factories to look at the works of art and products for yourself.
Bartering is a typical Turkish custom. If you are not interested in buying anything, the traders will also accept a clear no. No bartering takes place in department stores and supermarkets, or at markets where local farmers sell their vegetables.
In Türkiye it is customary to give tips. Similarly, to the USA, this forms part of the income for the people working in the service sector. Moreover, it symbolizes recognition for the service provided. One can tip chambermaids £ 0.90 to £ 1.80 per night. In a restaurant or taxi, tipping around 10% of the billed sum is customary. Tips are not given in shops. On group trips, the suggested sum for a tour guide, could be £ 1.80 per person per day. While for bus drivers the appropriate sum is around £ 0.90 to £ 1.80 per day per person. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much tip they wish to give.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British citizens do not need a visa to enter Türkiye for stays of up to 90 days in any 180 day period. The Turkish government advises that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Türkiye and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Turkish Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them.
Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied and we cannot be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Türkiye are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye (‚MFA‘) whose website is at www.mfa.gov.tr.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that the country has to offer, and learn all about Türkiye and its people.

Additional packages:

Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Gourmet package: The package includes a delicious buffet every evening with international specialities during the 7-day cultural tour: only £ 149 per person.
Explorer package: This package includes following additional events: visit of Myra, the wine village Sirince, Hierapolis and limestone terraces: £ 105 per person (bookable on arrival).

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

Since 1 January 2009, the currency is once again called the Turkish lira (TRY). Exchange rate (as of June 2024): 1 GBP = 41,23 TRY; 1 TRY = 0.03 GBP.
Money can be exchanged at banks during opening hours. Another option to change currency is offered at larger hotels. Bank opening hours: Mon – Fri from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., 1.30 to 5.30 p.m. Cash can be withdrawn from cash machines using established international credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, American Express; the usage of debit cards is only possible with some machines. Credit cards are usually also accepted in the larger hotels, various shops and international car rental offices. ATTENTION: Caution is advised when paying with a bank or credit card, as criminals may be trying to copy the traveller’s bank card and obtain the relevant PIN code without being noticed to then be able to withdraw cash from cash machines with fake cards. Travellers are therefore advised to keep an eye on their bank card when paying with it and to enter their PIN number with discretion. Care should be taken when using the bank and credit cards with the PIN code in exchange offices too.

Customs regulations:

The following regulations apply for tourists: import of foreign currency is unlimited. As for exporting currency, a total amount of 5,000 US dollars (approx. 3,900 GBP) or the equivalent in TRY is permitted. Travellers may import and export personal jewellery to a total value of 15,000 US dollars (approx. 11,758 GBP). Any value higher than this must be declared when entering the country. Documentation is required for purchases made in Türkiye. Otherwise, the following goods per person may by carried upon entry into Türkiye (does not apply to transit travellers): personal belongings as items for personal use, incl. medical articles (devices) and medicine as well as giftware to a value of 230 GBP (children under 15 years of age up to 110 GBP).
Important: If you’re travelling to Great Britain from outside the UK, your personal allowances mean you can bring in a certain amount of goods without paying tax or duty. If you go over your allowances you must declare all your goods and pay tax and duty on all the goods in that category. Please inform yourself about the current customs regulations: www.gov.uk/bringing-goods-into-uk-personal-use/arriving-in-Great-Britain

Safety information specific to Türkiye:

British citizens wishing to stay in or travel to Türkiye are generally recommended to keep an eye on the security situation, these travel and safety instructions and on reports in the media. Groups of people gathering, including on public squares and in front of tourist attractions, as well as hanging around near government and military buildings should be avoided. Following the failed violent attempted coup, there have been isolated incidents of aggressive attacks by followers of certain political parties on people with supposedly different views. We strongly recommend remaining vigilant for such escalations, distancing yourself from the situation as quickly as possible and finding a secure location. British citizens are recommended to register on the crisis prevention list even for short-term stays and to keep the contact details stored there up to date to enable rapid contact in an emergency.

Special criminal provisions:

The purchase, possession and export of ‚cultural and natural properties‘ is severely punished (prison sentence of up to 10 years), as these properties are regarded as state-owned assets. In case of violation, several months of custody and high bail fees (currently approx. 7,000 GBP) are common procedure for tourists, too, even if they hold antiques or old objects of supposed small value. In individual cases, prison sentences are imposed. You are therefore urgently warned not to acquire or take along antiques, old coins, fossils, etc. from retailers. It is strongly advised against making political statements in public against the Turkish state or expressing sympathy with terrorist organisations.

Medical information:

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website (https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries). Each countryspecific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Caution is advised when eating uncooked food, unpasteurised milk (e.g. fresh milk, ice cream) and fruit that cannot be peeled. Please avoid drinking tap water and ice cubes in drinks! Rule of thumb: do not eat anything that cannot be cooked or peeled! In Türkiye, pharmacies are found at every turn. They are recognised by their green cross and the ‚Eczane‘ inscription. The standard is high, the personnel fully trained. Especially in those regions in which tourism flourishes, English-speaking staff are the norm. Most of the medicines that require prescription in the United Kingdom, are also available in Türkiye by prescription only. The handling is somewhat more ‚relaxed‘, though. Hospitals and a number of medical practices are found in every larger city and in the touristic regions; usually only community hospitals are based in smaller towns and villages. Make sure you have private travel health insurance. Such policies usually also offer benefits not covered by state health insurance companies, e.g. the costs of repatriation. Please note that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices. Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: June 2024