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Exploring Turkey (11 Days Guaranteed Departure)

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  • Duration:multiday, 11 Days
  • Languages:English

Highlights of This Tour

Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamon, Gallipoli, Troy, Istanbul...

Guaranteed Departure every 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the Month

This tour can also be arranged with a Private Guide and Driver in any language and in any departure date. For more information please contact us.

Day 01 / Saturday: Home – Istanbul (No meal) Hosgeldiniz...

Arrival to Istanbul in the morning. You will be met upon your arrival by our driver and transfer to hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Istanbul

Day 02 / Sunday: Walking Old City Istanbul; (Breakfast and lunch)

After breakfast at hotel, start the tour in Istanbul around 08:15. This tour would include with visits to Hippodrome & Obelisk the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople, Blue Mosque for famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit Topkapi Palace the former imperial residence from where the Ottoman Sultans ruled their grand empire for over 400 years. After the tour return to hotel and overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hippodrome
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Blue Mosque

Day 03 / Monday: Istanbul - Cappadocia; (Breakfast and lunch)

Take the early morning flights from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Kayseri or Nevsehir airport). Meet with your driver and start the tour. Today, you will visit Devrent Imagination Valley and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Zelve Open Air Museum, where you will witness houses carved into the rocks, a Seljuk mosque as well as traces of most, if not all, ancient civilizations, Pasabaglari (the world-famous Fairy Chimneys), the village of Avanos, where you will witness a Pottery-making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques, lunch at a local cave restaurant, Uchisar Rock-Castle, (the highest point in the region, Esentepe (a panoramic view of Goreme valley) and Goreme Open Air Museum (Rock-cut churches, frescoes, monastery.)Transfer to hotel after tour and check in. Evening at leisure and overnight stay at Cappadocia.

  • Avanos
  • Uchisar Castle
  • Pasabaglari
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Devrent Imagination Valley
  • Zelve open air museum

Day 04 / Tuesday: Cappadocia ; (Breakfast and lunch)

Optional Hot air balloon flight over the fairy chimneys at sunrise. After breakfast at hotel start the tour. Your driver will pick you up from hotel in the morning.

Today, you will visit Kaymakli Underground City (See how the people lived in this multi-level city complete with stables, kitchens, storage chambers and wine making rooms), Soganli Valley (Relaxing 3km walk through the valley with Byzantine period rock tombs),Sobesos (A Roman Bath from the 5th century and mosaics and graves from Byzantine Empire Period), Taskinpasa Medresesi (an Ottoman theological school), Keslik Monastery (Churches from 8th and 12th centuries, refectory and other complexes, used by monks) and Mustafapasa (Experience the Ottoman and Greek architecture of this old Greek Village once called Sinasos).After tour return to hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Soganli Valley
  • Sobessos
  • Mustafapasa (old Greek village Sinasos)
  • Keslik Monastery
  • Kaymaklı Underground City

Day 05/ Wednesday: Cappadocia – Konya - Pamukkale ; (Breakfast and dinner)

After breakfast, drive to the holy city of Konya. On the way you will see Sultanhani Keravansarai. Then drive to Konya home of the Sufi mystic, Mevlana Rumi, and visit the Museum of the Whirling Dervishes . After lunch break the tour continues to Pamukkale. Arrival at early evening and check into hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight stay in Pamukkale.

  • Pamukkale
  • Mevlana Museum
  • Konya

Day 06 / Thursday: Pamukkale – Aphrodisias - Kusadasi; (Breakfast and dinner)

After breakfast at hotel you will visit Pamukkale. Walk along the Hierapolis ancient city ruins, see the huge Necropolis, and feel the warmth of the natural spring as you go barefoot on the Travertens. After lunch break, the tour continues to Kusadasi. On the way you will visit Aphrodisias, the remains of an ancient city that flourished in the 1st century B.C. Archaeological excavations are ongoing, uncovering a wealth of artifacts, the remains of a once thriving community of 60,000 inhabitants. Check in to hotel and dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

  • Hierapolis
  • Kusadasi
  • Pamukkale
  • Aphrodisias Ancient Site

Day 07 / Friday: Ephesus - Virgin Mary – Temple of Artemis - Istanbul; (Breakfast and Dinner)

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Ephesus Ancient City. Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan. Next we will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World). Lunch at a nice local restaurant and then we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary's - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

  • Ephesus Archeology Museum
  • Kusadasi
  • Temple of Artemis
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Celcus Library

Day 08 / Saturday: Pergamum – Troy - Canakkale; (Breakfast & Dinner)

After breakfast, drive along the Aegean to the famous ruins of Pergamum, the site of one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Next, visit legendary Troy where you can see a replica of the wooden horse. Once thought to be the figment of literary imagination, Troy was uncovered due largely to the efforts of Heinrich Schliemann, who steadfastly believed in its existence, using his own money to successively uncover nine different settlements in Troy. Transfer to hotel and check in. Dinner at hotel and overnight stay in Canakkale.

  • Trojan Horse
  • Pergamon

Day 09 / Sunday: Gallipoli Battlefields - Istanbul; (Breakfast only)

After breakfast, the tour will cross the Dardanelles, the Hellespont of antiquity, and site of fierce battles during World War I. In the afternoon, the tour continues to Istanbul. Arrival in late afternoon and transfer to hotel in Istanbul. Dinner on your own and overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Gallipoli

Day 10 / Monday: Free day or Optional Half Day Bosphorus Cruise (Breakfast only)

Spend the day at leisure or explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin - a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Next we take a Bosphorus Cruise Sightseeing Boat Trip * (2 hr boat ride) up Istanbul's winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Bosphorus

Day 11 / Tuesday: Istanbul -Home; (Breakfast only)

After breakfast at hotel day at leisure for shopping. Transfer to Ataturk Airport and fly to your home or other destination at desired hour according to your international flight. End of Services… Hoscakalin…

Included

  • 11 Nights accommodation in available hotels including daily breakfast,
  • Airport transfers in Istanbul and Cappadocia in private minivans,
  • Transportation in deluxe non smoking minivans with A/C and comfortable seats and A/C,
  • Fluent English speaking guided daily group tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale as specified in the itinerary
  • Fluent English speaking guided fully escorted group tour from Ephesus to Istanbul as specified in the itinerary,
  • Meals as specified

Not Included

  • International and internal flight tickets,
  • Balloon flight over the fairy chimneys at sunrise in Cappadocia,
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary and drinks,
  • Entrance fees to museums as follows; Harem Section in Topkapi Palace, Dark Church in Go

Exploring Turkey (11 Days Guaranteed Departure)

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