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Best Of Turkey Tour


Title

Best Of Turkey Tour

Features

·Day 1 - Istanbul - Kayseri - Cappadocia

·Day 2 - Cappadocia

·Day 3 - Cappadocia

·Day 4 - Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale

·Day 5 - Hierapolis - Kusadasi

·Day 6 - Ephesus

·Day 7 - Pergamom - Troy

·Day 8 - Gallipoli - Istanbul

·Day 9 - Istanbul

Duration

9 days (8 night)

Description

Day 1 – Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia

Arrival to Ataturk airport and take a connecting flight to Kayseri. Pick up from Kayseri airport and transfer to our hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 2 – Cappadocia

Optionall balloon tour. Today, our first stop will be Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. We will continue our tour with Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After lunch, we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum where you can see the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements. The site is in “UNESCO World Heritage List” since 1985.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 3 – Cappadocia

After breakfast, start with a gentle walk through the unique volcanic rock formations and rock-cut houses at Red & Rose Valleys. Visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch and then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon, visit Kaymakli underground city, which sheltered local Christians from Arab invaders. On our way back, we will visit Ortahisar town.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 4 – Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale

Today, we will make a long and a scenic drive to Pamukkale. First, we drive to Konya stopping by Seljuk Sultanhani Caravanserai on the way. We will also visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic Persian poet and founder of the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as Sama ceremony. Arrive in Pamukkale. Pamukkale means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish language because the city is famous for its travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals. Dinner and overnight at our Pamukkale hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Hierapolis – Kusadasi

Today, we visit Hierapolis, famous spa center of the ancient world. Our tour will include the  Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs, Gates, Thermal Baths, Devil’s Hole

and the Masterpiece Theater. After the tour, drive to our Kusadasi hotel for overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 6 – Ephesus

After breakfast, we drive to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, widely accepted as where the mother of Christ spent her final years. Travel to the fabled city of Ephesus, to visit the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which dates from the third century BC. ,the TheatreRoman Latrines and Baths as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in our Kusadasi hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 7 – Pergamom - Troy

After breakfast, drive to the hauntingly beautiful city of Pergamom. where we'll visit the famous Acropolis with all its monuments - the site of the Altar of Zeus and the birthplace of books. Continue to ancient city of Troy which dates to 3000 BC, with nine successive civilisations building and rebuilding until the first century BC. All these layers are revealed as you tour the ruins around the extensive site. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Gallipoli – Istanbul

Today, we travel to the Gallipoli Battlefields in a luxury vehicle, and tour the key sites including Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, original tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, the Nek Cemetery, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Brighton Beach. Drive to Istanbul for overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 9 – Istanbul

After breakfast, visit Hagia Sophia, which remains one of the greatest architectural marvels in the World. Explore the Hippodrome, which was once the scene of horse and chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civic life. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, 

imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, and the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. Last stop will be Grand Bazaar. After the tour, transfer to Ataturk airport for your flight home.

·       Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

·       Hagia Sophia is replaced with Chora Museum and Topkapi Palace is replaced with Basilica Cistern.

Meal(s) Breakfast

·       Guests who like to extend their stays may enjoy our daily Istanbul tours. (tours link)

Price

Available upon request (dependent on dates, accommodation choice, and size of group).  Please contact us.

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