WONDERS OF TURKEY

8 Days / 7 Nights

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This tour is only available with at least 8 participants

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Day 1 - Istanbul (B)

You are scheduled to arrive in Istanbul's Ataturk airport just before noon. After clearing customs you will be met by your guide. There will be a short drive to a hotel where there will be some time to rest and settle in. We will have an early dinner at a nice local Turkish restaurant. All dinners in Istanbul will be at nice local Turkish restaurants.

Day 2 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Discover the classical highlights of Istanbul:  Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Saint Sophia. The Basilica or St. Sophia, now called the Ayasofya Museum is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, take time to stop and savor its majesty and serenity as you admire the fine Byzantine mosaics and Islamic calligraphy. You will also visit the Topkapi palace, which like the others, is formed by many smaller palaces and apartments. You are free to explore the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. One could visit Istanbul for the shopping alone. The Grand Bazaar, in the old city is the logical place to start. This labyrinth of streets and passages houses more than 4,000 shops.  The names recall the days when each trade had its own quarter: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street, and the street of the skullcap makers. Still the commercial center of the old city, the bazaar is the original shopping mall with something to suit every taste and pocket.

Day 3- Istanbul - Canakkale (B) (L) (D)

Drive after the breakfast  to Gallipoli, through the European lands of Turkey. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by Ferryboat. We will visit Gallipolis on the way to Canakkale. While we are in Canakkale, we will visit the legendary city of Troy. We will have the opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan horse. To date, nine different Troys have been discovered; all built one on top of the other. We will have a chance to see this site still in the process of excavation. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4- Pergamon - Ephesus - Kusadasi (B) (L) (D)

We will drive to Izmir. Depart to Pergamon. The modern town lies over the remains of the Roman city, while the remains of the ancient Greek city with its acropolis lie northeast across the Bergama River, on a high hill with terraced slopes. Greek ruins also lie on the western outskirts. Visit the Acropolis in the city built on four terraces perched upon a hill, overlooking the Bergama Plain. Tour the “Steepest Theater of the Ancient World”. Then visit the Asclepion, the famous ancient medical center dedicated to Asclepion, the god of health and medicine, and the Archaeological Museum in Pergamon. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and a major shipping port. It was built in the 4th Century B.C. by the orders of Alexander the Great. Leave for Ephesus, where we will see the city and its colossal Greek Theatre. This particular theater is still used for performances today. The Marble Road, the Celsius Library, and the Temple of Diana are just a few of the things that we will be seeing. We will also visit the house where the Virgin Mary lived her final days.  We will return to the hotel later in the afternoon to enjoy the pool or the lovely private beach on the Aegean and the free time.

Day 5-  Aphrodisias - Pamukkale ( Hierapolis) (B) (L) (D)

Today, we will depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will stop in Aphrodisias, which was constructed in honour of the Roman Goddess Aphrodite and was an ancient centre of Roman art. We will visit a well-preserved stadium, which seated nearly 35,000 people and in the height of the Roman Period, gladiators performed here. We will visit the snow-like travertine of calcium at Pamukkale. This is an area with strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will amaze you. Hierapolis is the ancient name for the Greco-Roman city above the travertine.

Day 6- Konya - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)

Next turn the sights toward the Cappadocia region. During the 4-hour drive. We will stop in Konya, and visit the Whirling Derwish Museum, a very holy place for Turkish Muslims. There are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and various ethnographic artefacts. We will stop frequently for breaks usually in small villages. While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy the unique landscapes of wind and rain eroded volcanic formations. Carved directly into stone, Cappadocia amazing subterranean cities include ancient underground churches hand-hewn form solid rock by early Christians. We will visit handicraft shops as well as enjoy an optional folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret. We will also visit a Caravan-Saray, an ancient caravan motel. We will have wonderful strolls and go off the “tourist track” discovering the unknown Cappadocia.  While in Cappadocia we will enjoy an excellent lecture and demonstration on Turkish carpets and kilims.We will also visit Underground City of Kaymakli.

Day 7- Cappadocia - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Full day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town, the Natural Citadel of Uchisar. Cappadocia. Explore one of the oldest settlements of the region - Goreme. The chimney-like, rock formations that spread throughout Cappadocia's rugged lanscape are as fantastic as man's accomplishments within its stone. Visit the Byzantine churches of Goreme carved into the cliffs and caves with colorful frescoes dating to the 7th century. Originally, there was a church for every day of the year.  Learn how the colorful kilims (carpets) that echo the earth tones of the region are made during a demonstration by local weavers and a photo stop at the ancient natural citadel of Uchisar. In  the evening, We will fly to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 8- Istanbul (B)

Free time in Istanbul. Transfer to airport. End of tour.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 7 nights accomodation in hotels.

  • All domestic flight/s mentioned on the itinerary.

  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) .

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Professional guidance on each activity.

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Local taxes & service charges.

  • Luggage and Port rage tips.

  • Entry fees to sites and museums.

  • Tips to restaurants and hotels.

  • Travel documents kit.

  • International flights.

  • Tips to bus driver & tour guide.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the hotels.

  • All services which are not specifically mentioned.

  • Airport taxes or visa fees.

City First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Istanbul
Canakkale
Kusadasi
Pamukkale
Cappadocia