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Grand Tour of Turkey


Title

Grand Tour of Turkey

Features

·Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival

·Day 2 - Istanbul

·Day 3 - Istanbul - Gallipoli

·Day 4 - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi

·Day 5 - Ephesus

·Day 6 - Hierapolis - Pamukkale

·Day 7 - Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Antalya

·Day 8 - Antalya

·Day 9 - Antalya

·Day 10 - Antalya - Konya - Cappodocia

·Day 11 - Cappadocia

·Day 12 - Cappadocia - Kayseri - Istanbul

·Day 13 - Istanbul

Duration

13 days (12 night)

Description

Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival        

Be met at the airport (or ship pier) and travel in a private air-con car to your hotel, where you can check in and have some time to relax.

Day 2 – Istanbul

After breakfast, visit Hagia Sophia, which was built in AD 537 by Emperor Justinian. It remains one of the greatest architectural marvels of the world. Explore the Hippodrome, which was once the scene of horse and chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civic life, and which contains the famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and unique 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. See the priceless jewellery collection in the imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, palace kitchens, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy and more. Finish up at the Grand Bazaar, and explore the largest covered market in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, leatherwear, souvenirs and almost anything else.

Meal(s) Breakfast

·       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.

 

Day 3 – Istanbul – Gallipoli

After an early breakfast, we travel to the Gallipoli Battlefields. Key sites include 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. We cross the strategic waterway Dardenelle by ferry and land in Asia continent. Check-in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 – Troy - Pergamon – Kusadasi

After breakfast, we will visit Troy which dates to 3000 BC, with nine successive civilisations building and rebuilding until the first century BC. All these layers are revealed as we tour the ruins around the extensive site. Depart for Kusadasi. On our route, we have lunch in Bergama and visit Pergamon, where we will explore the famous Acropolis with all its monuments - the site of the Altar of Zeus and the birthplace of books. Overnight in our Kusadasi hotel.                                            

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 5 – Ephesus

After breakfast, our first visit will be Isa Bey Mosque from 14th century. Then, 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. We will 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 6  – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Today, we explore 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. Dinner & overnight in our Pamukkale hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Pamukkale – Aphrodisias – Antalya

Today, our scenic drive to Antalya, bypassing the Taurus Mountains. En route, we visit the small ancient Greek city Aphrodisias, named after Aphrodite. We will see the Temple of Aphrodite, the ancient Counsil House and the Stadium which are still in very good shape today. Continue to Antalya for overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast  

Day 8 – Antalya

After breakfast, our first stop is Perge. In this ancient city, we will see The Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath,  Hellenistic Gate, The Column Street and The State Agora. After lunch, we will proceed to Aspendos, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Turkey. Our last stop will be Side where you will see the Agora, Theatre and Temples built in the 17th century B.C. Return to our hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast  

Day 9 – Antalya

Free time. Today, you can relax yourself at the pool of your hotel or at the beach. Guests can also enjoy one of our optional daily tours.

Meal(s) Breakfast  

Day 10 – Antalya – Konya – Cappodocia

After breakfast, our scenic drive to Cappadocia starts. We stop by Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana and pass by the Seljuk Sultanhani Caravanserai on the way. Overnight at your Cappadocia hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 11 – 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 12 – Cappadocia – Kayseri - Istanbul

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. After the tour, transfer to airport for our flight to Istanbul. Pick up from the airport and transfer to our hotel for overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 13 - Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to Ataturk airport for our flight home.

Meal(s) Breakfast

·       Guests who have a late flight may enjoy our half day Istanbul city tours.

 

Price

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

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