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12 Days Christmas in Turkey Tour

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Christmas in Turkey (12 Days) is a great value for money. This special 12 days Christmas Tour in Turkey aims to find the balance between a well thought out itinerary which includes the key highlights and gives you plenty of spare time to do your own thing. Tour starts in Istanbul on 19th of December and ends in Istanbul on 30th of December. Eco Turkey’s 12 days bus tour cover all the highlights of Turkey. We offer a great mix of history, culture and fun!

First day of the tour you will be transferred from Istanbul Airport to your hotel. On arrival please check into the hotel where your accommodation has been reserved for you stay. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy and explore the Beauty of Istanbul at night. On Christmas Day, you will visit Demre, Antalya, home of the original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), where he lived as Bishop of the area. We visit his church and tomb before heading to Finike for Christmas dinner.

This tour is a ‘Guaranteed Departure ‘ tour. This means it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.

TOUR START DATE: 19.12.2015

TOUR END DATE: 30.12.2015

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

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£905.00

Includes

  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
  • 1 Christmas Gift Box
  • 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 – 19th December 2015

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 – 20th December 2015

(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 Tour21st December 2015

(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 – 22nd December 2015

(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 – 23rd December 2015

(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 – 24th December 2015

(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.

Today Santa will bring you one special gift box, to make you remember Turkey, your Christmas Night in 2015 and us. Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7 – Pamukkale and Antalya Old City Tour – 25th December 2015

(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  – 26th December 2015

(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 – 27th December 2015

(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 – 28th December 2015

(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 – 29th December 2015

(Breakfast and lunch 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 – 30th December 2015

(Breakfast included)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer back to Istanbul Ataturk airport. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Eco Turkey tour.

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

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TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals
  • Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers
  • Insurance: Alltypes
12 DAYS SPECIAL CHRISTAMAS TOUR TURKEY PRICES IN £
Hotel  Triple   Double  Single
4 and 5 Star Hotel £ 655,00 £ 679,00 £ 905,00
  • 0 – 2 age are free of charge
  • 3 – 6 age are charged 35% of a full priced adult fare
  • 7 – 11 age are charged 65% of a full priced adult fare
  • Children above 11 years are full priced adult fares
  • If there are more than 4 travelers a special discounted price can be provided
  Hotel LIST
Istanbul 5 Star Elite World Hotel Taksim
Canakkale Grand Anzac Boutique Hotel
Kusadasi 5 Star Charisma Hotel
Pamukkale 5 Star Colossae Hotel
Antalya 5 Star Spice Hotel & Spa
Cappadocia Luxury Gamirasu Cave Hotel

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