Highlights of Turkey

Highlights of Turkey Tour small group tour is structured to allow more time in each area and covers shorter distances where possible. The tour is conducted by comfortable non-smoking minivan with A/C and  professional driver and we allow a maximum of 25 passengers on the tour ,Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul Tours Turkey,  10 Nights 11 Days
 

Departure: Istanbul

Duration:11 Days

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DAY 1 -  Arrival and Overnight
Arriving to the airport in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

DAY 2 -  Istanbul Full Day City Tour 
Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. Topkapi Palace, Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, section. (B, L)

DAY 3 -  Istanbul  - Gallipoli - Canakkale
Early departure to Canakkale – Eceabat. After having lunch in Eceabat visit in Gallipoli, Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Commemoration Site, and Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, the Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Overnight in Canakkale. (L D)

DAY 4 - Troy -  Pergamon - Kusadasi
After breakfast we start to explore the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the "Trojan Horse" and "Helen of Troy" the proceed to The city of Pergamon in the north of the Aegean of West Anatolia with the frontiers to ancient Mysia, forms a significant part of the Aegean and Asia Minor history with Acropolis, one of the centers of Hellenistic and Roman ages. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 - Kusadasi Ancient City Ephesus Tour 
The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which called Ephesus, stroll past the celsus library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Ephesus Archeological Museum to see findings of Ephesus excavations and Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Fashion show in leather outlet center. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 -  Kusadasi -  Pamukkale & Hierapolis Drive to Konya
After breakfast we depart for Pamukkale, a short break on the way; View the geographical phenomenon of the unique white calcium waterfall; Lunch break; Hierapolis, an ancient health spa with the largest necropolis (cemetery) in the Asia Minor; Impressive ruins & splendid theatre. Drive to Konya for overnight stay in…(B, L, D)

DAY 7 -  Konya -  Cappadocia
After Breakfast visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ''Whirling Dervishes'' and visit 13th century Selcuk caravanserai "Sultanhan" in Konya. Drive to the hotel in Cappadocia.(B,L, D)

DAY 8 - Cappadocia
Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag's "fairy chimneys", where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art, we will see how the ceramic and tiles made by hand after lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle, giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Overnight stay in Cappadocia. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 - Cappadocia
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. The current village of Cavusin is located on the road. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. End of tour transfer to the airport (B, L).Transfer to Hotel in Istanbul

DAY 10 - Istanbul
Today is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul. (B.)

DAY 11 - Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport
Approximately 3 hours prior to your flight departure. (B).

Optinal Tours: if you want you can add Ballon Tour in Cappadocia, Turkish Night Show in Istanbul,Whirlind Dervishes Show in Istanbul.

All airport transfers
Accommodation in hotels as mentioned Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Museum entry fees
Transportation in non-smoking minibus with English speaking guide and driver
All Sightseeing tours as mentioned
Kayseri - Istanbul Flight Ticket inc tax.

International Flights (if you want we can arrange it also)
Drinks, mini-bar, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.
Personal Expenses.

1.495,00 EUR

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