CENTRAL & WEST INCLUDING 3 DAYS BLUE VOYAGE

16 Days / 15 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

Superior Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 780 USD

100 USD

First Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 980 USD

190 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants

                                     Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Day 1 – Istanbul - Ankara (D)

After arriving in Istanbul, you will transfer to your domestic flight to Ankara. Upon arrival in Ankara, your guide will meet you and you will check in to your hotel. We will have an early dinner at a nice Turkish restaurant. 

Day 2–3-4 Ankara - Cappadocia ( B – D )

We will visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. This beautiful landmark is perched atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city. We will also visit the magnificent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. We will depart Ankara in the afternoon and turn our sights toward Cappadocia. During the 4¸ hour’s drive to this region, we will stop frequently for rest breaks. While in Cappadocia we will enjoy the unique landscapes of wind and rain eroded volcanic rock formations. We will visit the amazing underground churches and cities carved into the rocks by early Christians. We will visit ancient handicrafts shops and enjoy a folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret. We will have wonderful strolls and go off the "tourist track" visiting small villages and discovering the unknown Cappadocia. While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy an excellent lecture-demonstration on Turkish kilims and carpets and visit Urgup, Goreme, Zelve, Avanos, Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley. Our stay in Cappadocia will be at a hotel in the town of Urgup.

Day 5-6 Antalya ( B - D )

Antalya is our destination for today. Along the way we will stop numerous times for photo opportunities and for rest. We will have a long, but beautiful drive through the Toros Mountains and along the Turquoise Coast, stopping at Roman, Armenian and Turkish fortresses. Antalya, known as the Turkish Riviera is a beautiful city snuggled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Toros Mountains. During our stay in Antalya, we will visit the ruined cities of Aspendos and Perge. Aspendos dates back to the time of the Hittites, yet the only visible remains are left over from the Roman Period. The restored theatre at Aspendos is said to be the best in all of Turkey. Perge reached its height under the Romans and Alexander the Great. Today, what remains are the ruins of a great theatre, a stadium, and the colonnaded main street. We will visit the Antalya Museum and tour the city. 

Day 7-8-9 Fethiye ( B - D)

We will depart from Antalya for Fethiye. On the way we will drive along the Turquoise Coast to the Lycian-Roman City of Myra where St. Nicholas was the bishop. After boarding the boat, you will sail to Dalyan, a small village on the inland waterway. Above the ancient city of Caunos, magnificent tombs can be seen carved in the rock. The Daly and Delta is a nature conservation area and a refuge for sea turtles and blue crabs. Next you will sail to Fethiye, a popular resort. Above the port, you can see the ruins of a crusader fortress built by the Knights of Rhodes. You sail south 2 hours to visit a remarkable island called Gemiler. The island is less than a mile long and 1600 years old. There are ruins everywhere. This was a Roman, Byzantine town that flourished between the 4th and 7th centuries. Tiles, mosaics, basilicas, and houses are everywhere. They are covered by 1500 years of debris. The beautiful clear turquoise waters are perfect for swimming. Next you will sail back to Marmaris to disembark the boat.

Day 10- Pamukkale ( B – D )

We will depart from Marmaris for Pamukkale. We will visit the snow-like Travertine’s of calcium in Pamukkale. Pamukkale is one of the natural wonders of the world with strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will amaze you. We will stay at a hotel with a hot mineral pool for our enjoyment. 

Day 11- 12 Izmir (Aphrodisias/Sardis/Ephesus) ( B - D)

There will be an hour drive to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was constructed in honor of the Roman goddess Aphrodite. Aphrodisias was also an ancient center of Roman art. We will visit a well-preserved stadium, which seated nearly 35,000 people. In the height of the Roman period, gladiators performed in the stadium. We will drive to Sardis, where money was first minted. We will see one of the world's oldest synagogues in Sardis, as well as see the excavations, the gymnasium and the Artemis Temple. We will also visit an area called Bintepe, a necropolis (cemetery) with many burial mounds for the Lydian Royalty. While there we will also visit a village with great photo opportunities. We will drive 1 hour to Izmir where we will stay.  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. In the morning of the following day, we will tour the incredible city of Ephesus and its colossal Greek Theatre. This particular theatre is still used for performances today. The Marble Road, the Celsus Library, and the Temple of Diana are just a few of the things that we will be seeing. We will also visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. 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 13- Canakkale (Troy)  ( B - D)

We will have a scenic 5-hour’s drive up the Aegean Coast. We will stop in Pergamon to see the Asklepion, an ancient hospital complex. We will then drive to Canakkale where we will visit the legendary city of Troy. We will have the opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan’s Horse. To date, nine different Troys has 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. While in Canakkale we will stay at a 4-star hotel, which is the best available, overlooking the Dardanelles and Gallipolis across the Straits. 

Day 14-15 Istanbul ( B )

We will take a ferry from the Asian side to the European side. We will visit Gallipolis and drive to Istanbul. A drive and a ferry ride will take us to Istanbul. Among the many things we will do in Istanbul is the visit to the Military Museum to attend a concert performed in traditional costumes by the world's first established military marching ensemble. Constantine the Great has renamed the city of Byzantium to Constantinople in 326 A.D. when he moved the capital of the Roman Empire to what is now Istanbul. Istanbul received its current name from Mehmet II in 1453. Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents. We will also visit several of Turkey's most famous museums and mosques. Topkapi Palace was first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and was the home of the sultan until the 19th century. St. Sophia was built by Roman Emperor Justinian and was completed in 537 A.D. It was the greatest Christian church in the world for more than 1000 years. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet in 1603 and was constructed with the deliberate intention of rivalling the St. Sophia. We will also visit an underground cistern. We will have a final dinner together with lots of live music and entertainment by a gypsy orchestra. On the final day in Istanbul we will have a morning Bosphorus cruise in a private boat. The afternoon will be free which will give you a chance to go out on your own and explore. Dinner will be on your own. While in Istanbul, we will also find the time for short visits to the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar, hopefully both. 

Day 16 Istanbul ( B )

We will depart the hotel shortly after breakfast for our transfer to the Airport and flight back.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 12 nights accomodation in hotels,plus 3 nights on boat.

  • 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 Deluxe Hotel
Ankara
Cappadocia
Antalya
Boat
Pamukkale
Izmir
Canakkale
Istanbul