Special Turkey Tour TR210

Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through historic Istanbul. Then visit the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Trojan Horse of Troy, Pergamon and the Seven Churches of St John. Take in the ancient city of Ephesus, the white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale, the Mediterranean coast in Antalya. Next we visit Konya Mevlana before seeing the underground cities of Cappadocia and back to Istanbul by domestic flight.

11 Day Guided Tour – Departs Fridays (Feb-Dec)

Visit: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul

Day 1, Fri: Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel for check in and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2, Sat: Istanbul City Tour (B,L)
We depart from the hotel at 08:30 am for an Istanbul City Tour. First we see the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. see the robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle; which enshrines relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Next on the list is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Outside the Blue Mosque we find the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and outdoor entertainment. The Hippodrome is comprised of three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After a short lunch break we head to the Grand Spice Bazaar for shopping and then back to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3, Sun: Gallipoli Tour (B,L,D)
At 06:30 am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battlefields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00 am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields. Visit Kabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau. After the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4, Mon: Troy Tour – Pergamon – Kusadasi (B,L,D)
We depart at 8.30 am and drive 30 minutes to Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 1 pm and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that times. Bergamon is a famous city for its jewellery, stones and silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewellery center for 30 minutes. We arrive at Kusadasi at around 6 pm for our overnight stay.

Day 5, Tue: Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Turkish Village Sirince (B,L,D)
We depart at 8.30 am for a guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en – route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. Lunch break around 1 pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6, Wednesday: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7, Thursday: Pamukkale to Antalya (B,L,D)
After breakfast, at 10:00am we depart for Antalya. After 2 hours we will take a coffee break, and then continue to Antalya to have lunch at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Antalya

Day 8, Friday: Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls
After breakfast at 08:30 am drive to Antalya old City ( Kaleiçi ) Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalyas modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The Hadrian’s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate or The Three Gates is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, Turkey, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. we have lunch than depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty. After tour come back to hotel for lunch and rest of day is yours. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 9, Saturday: Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia (B,L,D)
After breakfast at 8am we drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 1pm and after the lunch visit the imposing green – tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 6pm and check into your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 10, Sunday: Cappadocia Underground City & Goreme Open Air Museum (B,L,D)
You will be picked up approximately 09:30 to drive to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Than visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery workshop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three – headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately at 18.00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 11, Monday: Cappadocia – Istanbul (B)
After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Finally, we depart for Istanbul.

Includes:

  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul airport
  • Domestic flight ticket from Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • 2 nights in Istanbul
  • 1 night in Canakkale
  • 2 night in Kusadasi
  • 1 night in Pamukkale
  • 2 nights in Antalya
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • 10 open buffet breakfasts, 8 local dinners at hotels and 9 local lunches during tours
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Gallipoli tour
  • Guided Troy tour
  • Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • Guided Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour
  • Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
  • Guided Konya tour
  • Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
  • Professional English – speaking tour guides
  • Return airport transfer

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry

Hotels (or Similar):

  • Istanbul – Ramada Hotel & Suite Golden Horn
  • Canakkale – 4 Star Troia Tusan Hotel
  • Kusadasi – 5 Star 360 Hotel
  • Pamukkale – 5 Star Colossae Hotel
  • Antalya – 4 Club Falcon Hotel
  • Cappadocia – Luxury Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa

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