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12 Days Special Turkey Tour

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Welcome to Istanbul!

We are offering you the best touristic Destination of Turkey, the best and foremost museums of our country with informative and experienced guides, comfortable cars, great breakfasts, lunches and dinners. To have fun, travel around and meet with new people, do not miss out our special programme!

TOUR START DATE:  Every Saturday From 7 November 2015 to 12 March 2016

TOUR ROUTE: Istanbul » Gallipoli » Troy » Pergamon » Kusadasi » Ephesus » Pamukkale » Antalya » Konya » Cappadocia » Ankara » Istanbul

TOUR HOTELS: We have selecred the best Luxury Boutiqe Hotels in Taksim, Istanbul and 5 star Hotels in the rest of the cities

MEALS: Dinner is included at all Hotels apart from Istanbul and lunches are included as mentioned in the itinerary

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£793.00

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Includes

  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
  • 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 1 night hotel in Canakkale
  • 2 nights in Kusadasi
  • 1 night in Pamukkale
  • 2 nights in Antalya
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • 11 open buffet breakfasts
  • 10 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Gallipoli tour
  • Guided Troy tour
  • Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • Guided Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour
  • Guided Antalya Old City tour
  • Guided Aspendos & Perge tour
  • Guided Konya tour
  • Guided Cappadocia tours
  • Guided Ankara tour
  • Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
  • Professional English – speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Return airport transfer

Itinerary

Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day – Saturday

Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and  the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from  city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer  from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen  airport please contact us for transfer rates.

Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour – Sunday

(Breakfast and Lunch included)

Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the  4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the  architectural marvels of all time. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the  Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite  collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans  and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the  Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL  MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet,  is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of  blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races,  with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine  Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch  Murtis Tour will then take you to the
SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas  of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and  spiceThe rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in  Istanbul.

Day 3 – Gallipoli Tour – Monday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

07:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we  will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli  around 12:00am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for  the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with  Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had  started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the  tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4 – Troy Tour – Pergamon – Kusadasi – Tuesday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

We depart at 08:30 and driving 30 minutes for to Troy. Visit the famous  archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen  of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 13:00pm  and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon.  Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political  centre at that times. Bergamon is a famous city for its jewellery, stones and  silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewellery center for 30 minutes. Arrival  to Kusadasi around 18:00pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5 – Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Turkish Village Sirince – Wednesday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best  preserved ancient sites in the world en – route, visiting the Temple of Artemis,  Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of  the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a  place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet  weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces  construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope  are all Orginal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic  reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines.  We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with  Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of  making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production  centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory  rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes  bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the  shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen  Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6 – Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour – Thursday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we  have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces  of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this  natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural  springs. Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7 – Pamukkale and Antalya Old City Tour – Friday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

After breakfast, we depart for Antalya. After 2 hour we will have coffee break,  After coffee break then continue to Antalya. Upon arrival in Antalya we have  lunch break around 13:30pm. After lunch visit to Old city Kaleici, Clock Tower  and Alexander the Great gate. After the tour, drive to your hotel for checking.  Overnight in Antalya

Day 8 – Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour – Sturday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos.
PERGE: According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who  came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when  Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went  under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the  Roman city. In the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the  richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprise that St. Paul started  his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After Perge, we will depart for  Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.

ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times.  Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC,  Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn’t stay for  long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD)  Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by  Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city  are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in  Antalya.

Day 9 – Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – Sunday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we  have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm  and after the lunch visit the imposing green – tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the  mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana  tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into  your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for  tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place  early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 10 – Cappadocia Tour – Monday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the  geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these  formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country  Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land,  enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts,  including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from  your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the  highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum,  the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to  10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin,  which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go  to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work  shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three  – headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see  Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is  also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations  looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting.  Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats,  which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and  you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 11 – Cappadocia and Ankara City Tour – Istanbul – Tuesday

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

We depart at 9:00am for Ankara during the trip (4 hours distance). On the way,  we will stop at Salt Lake, wich it is a natural salt lake and the second biggest  lake in Turkey. Arrival to Ankara around 12:30 and we have lunch break. After  the lunch, Visit Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum. (Ataturk is the  founder of the modern Turkey). Then depart for Istanbul and after 2.5 hour we  will have coffee break in a restaurant area. After the break, 2, 5 hour drive to  Istanbul. Arrival to Istanbul around 19:00pm. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 12 – Istanbul – End of the Tour – Wednesday

(Breakfast included)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer back to Istanbul Ataturk  airport.

Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.

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