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Best of Turkey 11 days

Day 1 –Istanbul

Day 2 – Sultanahmet – Old Istanbul (B)

Day 3 - Bosphorus Cruise with St. (Haghia) Sophia & Beylerbeyi (B)

Day 4 - Istanbul- Cappadocia (B)

Day 5 - Cappadocia (B)

Day 6- Cappadocia – Konya – Antalya (B)

Day 7 – Antalya

Day 8 – Ephesus (B) 

Day 9 – Pamukkale- Aphrodisias (B)

Day 10 – Istanbul – (B)  

General İnformations

Live guide

English speaking tour guide or any language

Easy cancellation

7 Days before the tour.

Meeting point

İstanbul Airport or Hotel

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Experience

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Day 1 - Istanbul 

Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check- in. Leisure afternoon. Overnight Istanbul.


Day 2 – Sultanahmet – Old Istanbul (B)

Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:00am

Visit to  Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed.(Entrance to the Harem is extra). After lunch break we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit the Yerebatan underground Cistern. At the end of the tour, at request, free time to see the Grand Covered Bazaar (except Sundays). *May be done as a walking tour if your hotel is centrally located.  Overnight Istanbul.


Day 3 – Bosphorus Cruise with St. (Haghia) Sophia & Beylerbeyi (B)

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:45am?

Visit the exotic Egyptian Spice Market on the Golden Horn. Board your cruise of the Bosphorus, the waterway, which separates the continents of Europe and Asia. Pass Rumeli fortress, built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 to prepare for his conquest of Istanbul. Cross over the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia and visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans, then on to Camlica Hill for a magnificent view of Istanbul.  Time for lunch in a seaside fish restaurant. Cruise is done by public boat unless other arrangements are made. Visit The St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. See its intricate mosaics and huge central dome. Order of visits may be reversed.. Return to Hotel around 17:00pm


Day 4 - Istanbul- Cappadocia (B.L)

Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure.

Take the early morning flight from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul to Cappadocia. Arrival at the airport and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name with your driver.  Transfer to Cappadocia. Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Drive to  to Sahinefendi ( Sobesos )- Sobessos is newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the “table top” mountains, are spectacular.  Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, that hides it’s frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. Lunch break.  Visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.  Visit to Saruhan Caravanserai, a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information and people across a network of trade routes of Asia, North Africa and South-Eastern Europe on the legendary Silk Road and the Spice road. Continue with panorama of the Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations, is in the heart of Cappadocia but away from the tourist crowd. Overnight Cappadocia


Day 5 - Cappadocia (B.L)

- Hot Air Ballooning with sunrise (extra see below)

Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am

In the morning, first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its  troglodyte houses, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of  wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch break in Avanos, centre of  terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery  workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.  Overnight Cappadocia


Day 6 - Cappadocia –Antalya  (B.L)

Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am

IHLARA CANYON HIKING Drive to Ihlara, on the way, Walking in Ihlara Canyon, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, will surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Lunch in Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at  the end of the canyon and a “star wars” like landscape.

Transfer to Airport in Kayseri and take the evening flight to Antalya (or flight via Istanbul). Arrival and meeting at the airport with your name sign. Transfer to your hotel in Antalya, Overnight Antalya.


Day 7 – Antalya (B)

Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:30am

Visit to Perge – Aspendos and Kursunlu waterfalls or Antalya Museum .Overnight Antalya


Day 8 – Antalya – Ephesus (B.D.)

Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure.

Take the morning flight from Antalya to Izmir (direct). Arrival and meeting at the airport and Visit to the ancient city of Ephesus. First visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. Impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and church of St. John. Overnight Kusadasi near Ephesus.


Day 9 – Pamukkale- Hierapolis-  Laodicea (188km) (B.D)

 

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am?Drive to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Excavations still going on and an ancient city as beautiful as Ephesus will be uncovered soon.  We see the ancient theatres, the remains of basilica which was recently uncovered, ancient stone water pipes, Temple A, agora, monumental fountain.  After Laodicea, Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders that you can see from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side. About 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): “pamuk” for cotton and “kale” for castle. Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Overnight Pamukkale.


Day 10 – Pamukkale – Istanbul (B)

Pick-up from hotel 2 hours before flight departure.

Transfer to Denizli airport and take the Turkish Airlines morning flight from Denizli to Istanbul Ataturk airport. Arrive and meet you outside the arrivals gate and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight Istanbul


Day 11 – Istanbul (B)

Pick-up from hotel 3 hours before flight departure. 

Transfer to Istanbul airport  and connect to your international flight.- END OF SERVICES


Thank you very much for travelling with Blue Eye Tour.

Travel Guide

HOT AIR BALLOONING:

Cappadocia has a magical unique landscape. If you wish to do a balloon ride one time in your life save it for Cappadocia, you will have an unforgettable experience. Please reserve at the earliest time due to dates and locations fill fairly quickly. 

İncluded

INCLUDING:

- Domestic flights in the program.

- Airport transfers where needed.

- Transportation by a comfortable AC non-smoking Luxurious car/Van with professional driver.

- Professional and experienced licensed guide during the tours.

- Accommodation in Charming or Deluxe superior Hotels

- Cappadocia : Gamirasu Cave Hotel Special Class (BB)

- Istanbul : Dosso Dossi Hotel or Levni Hotel or Acra Hotel Special Class (BB)

- Pamukkale : Colossea Hotel or Pam Thermal or Lycus River or Melrose House 4 Stars SPA (BD)

- Kusadasi : Charisma deluxe or Korumar Hotel or Lavista Hotel 5 Stars Deluxe (BD)

- Antalya : Doğan Hotel or Tuvanna Hotel Special Class (BB)

- Entry fees to the sites and museums 

- Lunch during the tours in Cappadocia (excluded on private tours)

- Parking fees.

 

EXCLUDING

 

- International flights

- Drinks, Lunch, Dinner

- Tips to guide, driver and hotel personnel

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Meeting point

İstanbul Airport or Hotel

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