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Highlights of Turkey


Highlights of Turkey


·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 - Konya - Cappodocia

·Day 8 - Cappadocia

·Day 9 - Cappadocia - Kayseri - Istanbul

·Day 10 - Istanbul


10 days (9 night)


Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival        

Be met at the airport (or ship pier) and travel in a private air-con car to our hotel, where we 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 you'll 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.

Meal(s) Breakfast & Dinner

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 – Konya – Cappodocia

After breakfast, our long 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 our Cappadocia hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 8 – 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 9 – 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 10 - Istanbul

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

Meal(s) Breakfast



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