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10 Days Highlights of Turkey (R8)

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Day 01 (Fri)

A full day tour at the Old City where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. St.Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a basilica in 536 by Emperor Justinian - (Closed on Mondays; replaced with a visit to the St. Chora Museum); Blue Mosque, facing St.Sophia, famous with its more than 20.000 blue Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art; Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations, and political activities of the old city where one can also see today the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Colossus. After lunch proceed to Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays; replaced with a visit to the Archaeological Museum), built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans housing the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelains, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.; Grand Covered Bazaar (Closed on Sundays), the most attractive shopping center in the world with nearly 4000 shops. Suleymaniye Mosque, the imperial mosque that dominates the skyline of Istanbul, built by the famous architect Sinan the Great during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century. Dinner at your hotel (B,L,D)

Day 02 (Sat)

Departure in the morning and visit to the Spice Bazaar (Closed on Sundays) from 1663 with its domed and vaulted shops selling spices and herbs along with a wide variety of commodities, also known as Egyptian Bazaar as it was once endowed with the Cairo imposts. Then proceed to the pier so as to embark the boat. Starting the cruise from the Golden Horn and sailing through the waterway separating the two continents - Asia and Europe - with a possibility to take pictures of the marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials. During this cruise Çırağan Palace Hotel, Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace,  Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges will be visioned. Leaving the boat in Tarabya or Sarıyer and proceeding to the restaurant for lunch. Thereafter visit to the Rumelian Fortress (Closed on Wednesdays), historical armament built by the Conqueror in 1452 to control and protect Bosphorus. After the visit to this unique example of military architecture visit the marvelous Dolmabahce Palace (Closed on Mondays and Thursdays), the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its original furniture and magnificent  gardens. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 03 (Sun)

Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Ankara. Meet at the airport and transfer to the city for the  visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (It is closed on Mondays) at which there are numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others. Then visit to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then departure for Cappadocia and lunch on the way. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake arrive in Cappadocia and overnight (L, D).

Day 04 (Mon)

Full day excursion in Cappadocia with Kaymaklı Underground City, Open Air Museum in Goreme, natural fortress in Uchisar, Zelve region and Avanos and shopping facilities. Overnight in Cappadocia (B, L, D).

Day 05 (Tue): 

Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Konya. Lunch. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, proceed to Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are on display. Drive to Pamukkale and overnight (B, L, D).

Day  06 (Wed):

In the morning visit to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, graveyard. Then drive to Aphrodisias and lunch. Later visit to the ruins and the museum. Finally drive to Kuşadası and overnight (B, L, D).

Day 07 (Thu): 

Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, Virgin Mary’s House, Selçuk Ephesus Museum and St. John Church. Lunch in Selçuk and drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Kuşadası (B, L, D).

Day 08 (Fri):

Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. Lunch and drive to Assos for a short visit to the village. Overnight in a simple but cosy hotel in Assos (B, L, D).

Day 09 (Sat):

After breakfast drive to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, drive to Canakkale and lunch. Thereafter sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel , Dinner oon own (B, L).

Day 10 (Sun)

Transfer to the airport for your home flight... (B)

 

 

Details...

Tour Name / Code 10 Days Highlights Of Turkey / R8
Tour Type : Roundtrip tour - Istanbul to Istanbul
Duration : 10 full days with 9 overnights
Pick Up Time : Around 09:00 a.m. You will be informed about the exact pick up time...
Pick Up Place : Depending on your starting point in Ankara. Hotel, Airport, Bus station etc...  
Language : English (Other languages on request & availibility)
Vehicle : A/C Minibus, Midibus or Bus 
Tour Caracter : Cultural tour, with lots of sight seeing...
Dress code : Casual, walking shoes...
Things to bring : Your camera, change money for WC, sun hat                     Packing List
Hotels...

·          4 star hotels that can be chosen (All on HB): 

Istanbul            :  Taksim Gönen Hotel, Madison Hotel

Cappadocia      :  Cappadocia Lodge, Dedeman Cappadocia, Peri Tower

Pamukkale       :  Lycus River

Kusadasi          :  Pine Marina, Atinc Hotel

Assos              :  Nazlihan Hotel (Sea View), Assos Kervansaray

 

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Number of People

 Min. 2 Participants

1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People  

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(4 Stars Hotels)

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 (5 Stars Hotels)

799 USD

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Not Included: The Domestic Flight Ticket from Istanbul to Ankara which is about 90 USD perperson

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