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Best of Turkey 12 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 – Pamukkale (B)

Day 7 – Pamukkale- Kusadasi

Day 8 – Ephesus (B) 

Day 9 – Kusadasi – Pergamum – Canakkale (B)

Day 10 – Troy – Dardanelles – Gallipoli – Istanbul – (B)  

Day 11 – Istanbul (B)

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English speaking tour guide or any language

Easy cancellation

7 Days before the tour.

Meeting point

İstanbul Airport or Hotel

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ITINERARY-Best of Turkey 12 days

 

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 the 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)

 

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.  Return to your hotel at around 17:30pm.

 

 

 

Day 5 - Cappadocia (B)

Hot air Ballooning with sunrise(extra)

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 – Konya – Pamukkale (B)

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am

Drive to Konya, en route, visit to Sultanhani Caravanseria, 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. In Konya center, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Mevlana is the founder of Sufism and whirling Dervishes. Overnight Pamukkale.

 

Day 7 – Pamukkale- Kusadasi

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am?

 

Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen 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. Drive to Ephesus, on the way, visit to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was primarily known as a center for the arts, specifically sculpture. The Aphrodisias School of Sculpture had a distinctive style and was very well circulated throughout the Greek and Roman world. Overnight Kusadasi. Near Ephesus

 

Day 8 – Ephesus (B) 

Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:00am

Visit to the ancient city of Ephesus. We will spend several hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero, Apostles Paul and John and many other familiar historical names. The recently opened Slope Houses where the wealthiest Romans lived are an excellent example of sensitive excavation and presentation. The mosaics and frescos are spectacular. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary was brought here by St John after the Crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountaintop. A lovely chapel is constructed on the site tended by Franciscans and open to visitors. It has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope. Overnight Kusadasi near Ephesus.

 

Day 9 – Kusadasi – Pergamum – Canakkale (B) 

Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:00am

Visit Pergamon or Pergamum that became an important kingdom during the Hellenistic period, Pergamon had the second best library in the ancient Greek civilisation (the ancient Library of Pergamum), after Alexandria. When the Ptolemies stopped exporting papyrus, partly because of competitors and partly because of shortages, the Pergamenes invented a new substance to use in codices, called pergaminus or parchment after the city. This was made of fine calf skin, a predecessor of vellum. Asclepion, located to the southwest of the lower city, was a sanctuary dedicated to the god of health, Asclepics which was one of the largest hospitals in history, is located to the west of the city, which was a great center of culture, art and medicine and continue on to Canakkale for overnight.

 

Day 10 – Troy – Dardanelles – Gallipoli – Istanbul – (B) 

Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:00am

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, continue to Gallipoli and then across the Dardanelles to Istanbul for overnight.

 

Day 11 – Istanbul (B)

Free day to discover the city on your own. Overnight Istanbul.

 

Day 12 Istanbul (B)

Pick-up from hotel 3 hours before flight departure.

Transfer to airport to connect your international flight and leave Turkey.

Meal Plan: B = Breakfast L= Lunch D = Dinner

Travel Guide

CLOSING DAYS OF MUSEUMS IN ISTANBUL

SUN : Grand Covered Bazaar

MON : Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, St. Sophia, Military Museum.

TUE : Topkapi Palace, Military Museum.

WED : Chora (Kariye) Museum, Yedikule, Rumeli Fortress, Sadberk Hanim Museum

THU : Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces

FRI : Most museums are open

SAT : Zulfaris Museum

İncluded

INCLUDING:

- Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia 

- Airport transfers where needed.

- Tours and transfers by a comfortable non smoking AC Van or bus with  professional driver.

- Professional experienced guide during the tours << - Priority access to sights with licensed  guide (avoiding long lines) << 

 

- Entry fees to the sites and museums

 

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

 

- Cappadocia Hotel: Gamirasu Cave Hotel Special Class (BB) or similar class hotel

 

- Pamukkale Hotel: Colossea Hotel or Pam Thermal or Doga Thermal Hotel or Melrose House 4 Stars SPA (BB

 

- Kusadasi Hotel : Charisma deluxe or Korumar Hotel  or LaVista Boutique Hotel Special Class (BB) or similar class hotel

 

- Assos : Assos Kervansaray or Kolin Hotel Special Class (BB)

 

 

 

EXCLUDING

- Dinner, Lunch

 

- International flights

- Drinks

- Tips.

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