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Flying Carpet Tour is a very good value for money and covering most important highlights of Turkey. Eco Turkey offers a great mix of history, culture and fun! 15 Days Flying Carpet Tour is designed to ensure you get the most out of you Turkey holiday or vacation. This is our popular organised tour, which allows you to visit the major sites in Western Turkey, with loads of time to discover the undiscovered. Tour available from May 2014 to December 2014. Please see below for the 2014 departure dates.
Tour starts in Istanbul and after breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Tonight you get to know your travelling companions a little better at your welcome dinner. Overnight Istanbul (B, D)
Tour Highlights: Istanbul – Old City Tour, Gallipoli – Battlefields Tour, Gallipoli – Chunuk Bair – New Zealand Memorial, Troy – Tour, Bergama – Pergamum Tour, Ephesus – Site of the Temple of Artemis, Sirince – Village, Pamukkale – Hieropolis Tour, Aphrodisias – Tour, Kayakoy – Greek Village, Antalya – Aspendos Tour, Antalya – Manavgat Waterfalls, Konya – Mevlana Museum, Cappadocia – Sultanhani Caravansary, Cappadocia – Open Air Museum, Cappadocia – Uchisar Citadel, Cappadocia – Underground City Tour, Cappadocia – Ihlara Valley, Ankara – Atatürk’s Mausoleum.
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
14 nights – 4 star & 5 star accommodation in total
2 nights in Antalya
1 night in Canakkale
2 nights in Fethiye
2 nights in Kusadasi
3 nights in Cappadocia
3 nights in Istanbul
1 night in Pamukkale
14 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners
Day 1: Saturday- Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace. Overnight Istanbul
Day 2 : Sunday – Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Tonight you get to know your travelling companions a little better at your welcome dinner. Overnight Istanbul (B, D)
Day 3: Monday- Gallipoli Battlefields
Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels and the Gallipoli Museum. Overnight Canakkale (B, D)
Day 4: Tuesday – Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum
Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5 :Wednesday – Ephesus, Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the house of the Virgin Mary. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 6: Thursday – Pamukkale, Hierapolis
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale (B, D)
Day 7: Friday – Aphrodisias, Fethiye
Today we drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way. Overnight Fethiye (B)
Day 8: Saturday – Fethiye
Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye or experience one of Turkey’s highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon. Overnight Fethiye (B)
Day 9: Sunday – Kayakoy, Antalya
Relaxing morning, before a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way. Overnight Antalya (B, D)
Day 10: Monday – Perge, Aspendos
Tour the ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. Overnight Antalya (B, D)
Day 11: Tuesday – Konya, Cappadocia
Early departure for Cappadocia, stopping en-route to visit Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying museum. This afternoon we also stop to visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)
Day 12: Wednesday – Goreme, Uchisar Castle
Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don’t miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)
Day 13: Thursday – Ihlara Valley, Underground City
Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)
Day 14: Friday- Ankara
Early morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B)
(Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia)
Day 15: Saturday – Istanbul
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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