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HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY

Istanbul, Turkey
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DAY 01 – ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL & FLIGHT CHANGE TO IZMIR (D) 
Arrive at Istanbul airport and clear your immigration and collect your luggage and board your next flight to IZMIR. Upon your arrival private transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 02 –FULL DAY EPHESUS TOUR (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel, and meet your tour guide & driver around 09:00 am, and drive to Ephesus for a full day tour. Ephesus is one of the world’s finest examples of classical ancient city; here you’ll see the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, House of Virgin Mary, where many speculate that this is where she spent the final years of her life. Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 03 – FULL DAY PAMUKKALE TOUR (B, L, D)

After breakfast drive to Pamukkale for 3 ½ hrs and start your tour of Hierapolis Ancient City. It will be a guided tour from northern necropolis to southern necropolis. On the way, you will learn the story of this sacred city and explore its basilica, theatre, temple of Apollo, roman bath, St. Phillip Martyrium and other parts of the city. You will also have a chance to swim in the historical roman pool of Hierapolis. Among these archaeological treasures, the

highlight of the excursion will be walking on the travertine terraces. After the tour, we will drive back to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 04 – FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA & FREE DAY (L)

Today early in the morning we will transfer you to Izmir airport for your direct morning flight to Cappadocia. On you arrival, private transfer to the Hotel. Explore the cave city by Yourself . Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 05 –AT CAPPADOCIA

Breakafast at Hotel. Pick up from the hotel. At 09:30 am your tour guide will meet you for your first full day tour of Cappadocia. The first stop is Esentepe, the impressive panoramic viewpoint overlooking Goreme history of Cappadocia and the unique rock formations. Further visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It will be a guided tour with all information of frescoes in the cave churches, decorated with scenes of the Old and New Testaments dating back to the 10th century. The site has been used as a monastery since the first years of Christianity. For lunch we will visit a lovely restaurant in Goreme. After lunch we make several photo stops along the way – including Devrent’s animal-shaped rock formations andMonk’s Valley with the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys as well as St. Simeon’s monk cell carved into the rock. Day one concludes in Avanos, a picturesque town on river that supplies clay for the 4000 year-old Avanos tradition of pottery. A kick-wheel demonstration by a local potter and your chance at trying this ancient custom brings our day to an end. You will arrive at your hotel around 5pm.

DAY 06 – IHLARA VALLEY & UNDERGROUND CITY TOUR (B, L)

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise!!

Optional sunrise hot air balloon flight is a lifetime experience whilst in Cappadocia! Every visitor wants to, and should!

Having breakfast at your hotel you start for second day full day tour of Cappadocia around 09:30 am. You will visit the amazing Kaymakli Underground City. Carved by the Hittites about 3500 years ago, this multi-level underground city was used by early Christians as a main shelter from marauding enemies during the 6th and 7th centuries. Kaymakli is one of the biggest underground cities in Cappadocia with 8 levels including stables, temples and wineries. After departing Kaymakli, we will drive further south to the magnificent verdant Ihlara Valley. Walk alongside the Melendiz River for about 1 hour which winds its way through the Ihlara gorge, stopping for lunch in a restaurant on the river in the village of Belisirma. After lunch, we continue to the Selime Monastery, the largest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia with large cave cathedral and breathtaking views over the area. On way back to Goreme stop at the spectacular vista point overlooking Pigeon Valley. End of the tour, we will return back to your hotel around 5:30 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 07 – FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL (B)

Breakfast at Hotel. Today you will depart from Cappadocia to Istanbul.

Hotel check-out till 12:00 pm, and we will arrange your private transfer to Cappadocia airport according to your flight departure time. On your arrival to Istanbul, we will greet you at the airport and drive to your hotel for overnight.

DAY 08 – FULL DAY ISTANBUL OLD CITY TOUR  (B, L)

Breakfast at Hotel. This tour is a must do in Istanbul.

You will begin the day with Hippodrome where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines, Blue Mosque (from outside)-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Hagia Sophia – built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Topkapi Palace is the big one…the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks…Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Hagia Irene Church (from outside). To see these things with a great guide…Well, you will never be quite the same again. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 09 – FULL DAY BOSPHORUS CRUISE & TWO CONTINENTS (B, L)

Today after breakfast, we will pick you up at 09:00 am, and we take the boat and cruise for 90 minutes on the Bosphorus.

The boat goes by the shores of Bosphorus while your guide specialist on Bosphorus will explain you everything en route. You will see the views of Dolmabahce Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus and finally we disembark near the Spice Bazaar. After lunch we continue to Dolmabahçe Palace. Imagine a palace with 285 rooms, 6 baths (hamam), 68 toilets and a ceiling made of 14 tons of gold! Dolmabahce Palace is one such architectural jewel, built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 – 1856, checking out the modern approach to architecture with an essentially French influence. The rich tastes and splendor of the era is evident in every corner and artifact in the decor. You just cannot miss the Bohemian crystal chandeliers, the Crystal Staircase or the largest handmade Hereke rug in the Great Ceremonial Hall. Our guide – expert on 19th century Ottoman history – will take you step-by-step deep to the history of the palace and to its related stories full of legends, myths, and poems. Our last place to visit is Camlica hill on Asian side, which has a top view on Istanbul city. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL (B)

Breakfast at your hotel, check-out till 12:00 pm and per your international flight departure time we will transfer you back to Istanbul airport.

 

  • All Airport transfers throughout Turkey on PVT basis
  • Full-day small group guided Ephesus tour
  • Full-day small group guided Pamukkale tour
  • Full-day small group guided North Cappadocia tour
  • Full-day small group guided South Cappadocia tour
  • Full-day small group guided Istanbul Classics & Highlights tour
  • Full-day small group guided Istanbul Bosphorus & Two Continents tour
  • Professional licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Deluxe A/C Tour Transportation
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Museum entrances
  • Parking fees
  • Local Taxes
  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Turkish Tourist Visa
  • Overseas Medical Insurance

  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Optional programmes
  • Any other meals or services not specified in “Tour Includes”

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