This comprehensive guided tour of Turkey mixes air and road transportation to reduce traveling times.
Visit: Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Sirince, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul
10 Days – Saturday Departures (Feb – Dec)
Day 1, Saturday: Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2, Sunday: Istanbul (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, Monday: Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise – Kusadasi (B, L, D)
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus boat excursion along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. We take a lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. Then we depart for Istanbul airport for a domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Tuesday: Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Sirince (B, L, D)
An 8.30am departure for a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world enroute, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. Lunch break around 1pm. 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. Sirince’s 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 5, Wednesday: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (B, L, D)
At 8am we depart for our Pamukkale Tour. We will check into the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards, we will 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 Kusadasi (B)
Day 6, 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 7, 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 8, 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 register with your guide tonight as it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9, 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 work shop, 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 10, Monday: Cappadocia – Istanbul (B)
After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Finally, we depart for Istanbul.
- All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
- Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
- 2 nights in Istanbul
- 2 nights in Kusadasi
- 1 nights in Pamukkale
- 2 nights in Antalya
- 2 nights in Cappadocia
- 9 open buffet breakfasts
- 8 lunches
- 7 dinners
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
- Guided Pamukkale 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
- 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
- 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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