WESTERN TURKEY

15 Days / 14 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

Superior Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

995 USD

145 USD

First Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 845 USD

125 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants

                    Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Day 1 - Istanbul (D)

Arrive in Istanbul. After clearing customs you will be met by your guide. There will be a short drive to hotel where there will be some time to rest and settle in. Short introduction to what we are doing on that day. You have the day free to begin exploring Turkey's cultural capital or to relax at your leisure. Learn more about the cultural adventure ahead of you at an orientation meeting. During dinner get acquainted with the other members of your group.

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

Full day tour of the city’s highlights. Istanbul, with its natural beauty, rich historical heritage, many lodging facilities and developed transportation system is one of the most important tourism centers of Turkey. The point of entry for the majority of the tourists coming into Turkey is Istanbul. Start at 0845 visit the Basilica Cistern, a wonderfully eerie underground chambers of 336 columns built by Justinian in AD 537, Turkish Islamic Art Museum the rich ethnographic display in the museum will be used to interpret the role of the Turkish women in different socioeconomic communities in Turkey- the nomad, town, village and city women .The quiet surrounding of the museum will be used for an introduction to the History of Anatolia using the history of the city of Istanbul. After lunch we will discover the 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, its immense dome rises 55 meters above the ground and its diameter spans 31 meters. You should remain here for some time to absorb the building's majestic serenity and to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. Our next stop is Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1616, and popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of its interior blue tile decorations. Before dinner we will have a group meeting to establish a better understanding of the tour and tour members can ask questions about how the tour will be conducted. This tour meeting is very important. It will be great to see all the tour members at the meeting The dinner will be at a fun local dining area of Istanbul.

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

You begin with a morning drive to Ankara, once a Hittite town, then a Roman city, and now the modern capital of Turkey second biggest city.  Since 1923, it has been capital of the Turkish Republic, a secular nation.  In the afternoon, You will visit the Ethnography Museum. Ethnography Museum is the museum where Turkish art from Seljuki to present time is exhibited. Public clothes, jewellery, shoes, slippers samples collected from various regions of Anatolia, woman and man socks from Sivas region, various bowls, laces, scarves. Belts, handkerchiefs, bed sheets, bride costumes, bridegroom shaving sets, old traditional Turkish art are exhibited. After lunch 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 visit a famous Sufi's place called 'Haci Bayram Mosque'. Check into your hotel.

Day 4 - Hittite Sites - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)

Explore the remains of Hattusas, the capital city of the Hittites and site of the world famous cuneiform tablets. You will also visit the rock shrine of Yazilikaya, featuring drawings of 63 out of the 1,000 deities worshipped by the Hittites. In the afternoon you will drive into the heart of central Anatolia to the volcanic beauty of Cappadocia's deceptively, desolate landscape. Check into your hotel, and remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner at hotel.

Day 5 - Goreme - Uchisar - Zelve (B) (L) (D)

One of the oldest settlements of the region is Goreme. The Christians who were under attack by the Arabic Muslim conquerors occupied this small town. Some of the earliest churches in this area date back to the 7th century A.D. Goreme was an important settlement even before the Christian era. The chimney-like, rock formations that spread throughout Cappadocia's rugged landscape 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, including Yilanli (Snake) Church, Elmali (Apple) Church, Tokali (Buckle) Church among many others. Originally, there was a church for every day of the year.  Continue your exploration of this intriguing region with a visit to the hidden, monastic valley of  Zelve and the ancient town of Uchisar. The ancient settlement place of Zelve is one of the most spectacular points in Cappadocia. The narrow valley, in which the old settlement of Zelve located, has a large number of carved rock houses and churches.  Zelve had always been a secure hiding place for early Christians against the Romans and later on Arab conquerors. The most interesting churches in the area can be found here. Dinner at hotel.

Day 6 - Cappadocia - Ihlara Valley - Guzelyurt (B) (L) (D)

Literally walk in the footsteps of early Christians during a morning visit of the Derinkuyu underground city.  Descend 8 stories beneath the surface of the earth to the underground city with its wine cellars, classrooms and tombs where early Christians, fleeing persecution, lived for months at a time undetected.  Approximately 15,000 people used to live in this underground city. The city was sub-divided into separate sections for better defense purposes. Each section could be isolated from each other by closing the mill stone shaped round rock gates with a diameter of 1.5m. The passages between these sections are about 30kms long. The corridors are very narrow. But the living rooms, meeting halls, churches and other facilities are very comfortable. The storage rooms were capable of storing enough food for the residents for many months. The airshafts and water wells were adequate for 15,000 people, living all together for a very long time.  After lunch we will continue to explore Cappadocia's beauty above ground as you drive through the twists and turns of Ihlara Valley. Check into your hotel. Dinner at hotel. 

Day 7 - Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya (B) (L)

See the difference in accommodations for 13th century travelers during a stop at a Caravanserai on route to Turkey's oldest city – Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Empire, but known worldwide as the home of the sect of the Whirling Dervishes. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic.  The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a euphoria that, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight. We will 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. Konya, an important Roman city and later the capital of Seljuk Turkish Empire. We will also visit Karatay Medrese an Islamic school built in 1251. It is now a ceramics and tile museum. Continue south to Antalya, arriving in time to stroll the twisting, turning streets of this enchanting city set on the shores of the Mediterranean before the sun sets. Check into your hotel.

Day 8 - Antalya - Aspendos - Side (B) (L) (D)

Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of Antalya, Aspendos and Side. Aspendos has the most impressive theater, which can seat 15,000 spectators, and today it is still in use for cultural performances. Its acoustics are so well tuned that a coin dropped on stage can be heard in the last row. Side, one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey, was an ancient harbour whose name meant pomegranate. Today a pretty resort town, its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, many shops and extensive tourist accommodation attract throngs of visitors. There are numerous cafes and restaurants with a view of the sea, and the shops that line the narrow streets sell typical Turkish handicrafts including leather goods and Turkey's famous beautiful gold jewellery. The magnificent theatre of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Other monuments include the agora, the Apollo Temple, which is situated near the sea, a fountain and necropolis. The extensive Roman baths, now a museum, houses one of Turkey's finest archaeological collections. Check into your hotel, and remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 9 - Antalya - Aphrodisias - Pamukkale (B) (L) (D)

Morning drive to see Pamukkale, with its cascades of gleaming limestone and naturally hot mineral waters. Pamukkale, popularly known as the 'cotton castle', immense tiers of white limestone cascading down a barren hillside you will enjoy the beauty of the terraces and visit the nearby Roman theater and necropolis. Explore the ancient Roman City of Hierapolis with its theater, baths and necropolis and the shrine to Pluto, lord of the underworld.

Day 10 - Pamukkale - Sardes - Izmir (B) (L)

Morning drive to see the Roman-Byzantine city of Aphrodisias, which was named after the goddess of Aphrodite, whose cult like status became synonymous with love and femininity. We will visit the well-preserved theater, its stadium, which could hold 30,000 spectators, and then the museum, which houses some of the most magnificent sculptures excavated in the Mediterranean basin. Then drive inland to see. On your way to Izmir, you will explore the remains of Sardes where King Krezus of Lydia resided. Also to be discovered are the Artemis Temple, gymnasium and the synagogue.

Day 11 - Izmir - Ephesus - Izmir (B) (L)

Known in Turkish as "Beautiful Izmir", the city lies at the head of a long and narrow gulf furrowed by ships and yachts. The climate is mild and in the summer the constant and refreshing sea breezes temper the sun's heat. Behind the palm-lined promenades and avenues, which follow the shoreline, the city, in horizontal terraces, gently ascends the slopes of the surrounding mountains. Today you will discover Ephesus, which is a highlight of every trip to Turkey.  Do make sure to walk the streets of the most complete city of antiquity in the world.  Sit in the same theater where Paul preached and Roman dramas were performed.  Every summer, during the International Izmir Festival, the theater is alive with the words, music and drama of contemporary performers in this ancient setting. It is here where history comes truly alive. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsius, Heracletes Gate, many marble columns, before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where silversmith Demetrius and his friends started a riot against St. Paul; finally we will end up at the Ephesus Museum. In the afternoon visit the nearby Basilica of St. John and the Virgin Mary’s stone cottage, where she is believed to have spent her last days.

Day 12 - Izmir - Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale (B) (L) (D)

Drive along the 'wine-dark' Aegean Sea to ancient Pergamum, home to the famous physician, Galen. 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. Lunch in Bergama. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. Next visit the site of one of the most famous wars of ancient times, the legendary city of Troy, immortalized in Homer's Iliad and 'Discovered' in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann. Troy, where Greek and Trojan heroes fought the famous Trojan War for the honor of Helen. 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.Continue on to Canakkale.

Day 13 - Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul (B) (L)

Ferry across the Dardanelles for a somber stop at the very real memorial at Gallipoli, commemorating one of the bloodiest battles in modern history. The beauty of the green hills, sandy beaches and blue waters provides an honored resting place for the soldiers who bravely fought and died in this historic battle. You cannot help but sense the heart of the Turkish nation, in the special spirit of this place. After lunch, your destination is Istanbul, rising from the shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.  Use the remains of your day to leisurely wander through the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar.

Day 14 - Istanbul (B) (L)

We will start our tour with visiting the Mosque of Soliman the Magnificent. You will also visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. Enjoy the exquisite collection of Chinese porcelain, the stunning Imperial Treasury including the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” and the “Topkapi Dagger”In the afternoon, 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 15 - Istanbul (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 14 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.

Accomodation

City

Hotel Name  Hotel Type
Istanbul Hotel Taskonak Boutique
Ankara Otel Aldino 4*
Cappadocia Otel Mustafa 4*
Guzelyurt Hotel Karballa Boutique
Antalya Le Jardin 5*
Pamukkale Colossae Thermal 5*
Izmir Palm City Hotel 4*
Canakkale Grand Hotel Temizel 5*