Best of Turkey

Duration: 10 Days

Departure Type: Regular Departure

Trip Route: Istanbul, Izmir, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Izmir, Antalya, Cappadocia, Istanbul

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Descriptive Itinerary

Tue, 23-07-2024
DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Welcome to Turkey! Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name then transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: No Meal

Wed, 24-07-2024
DAY 02 ISTANBUL
Visits: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar. Breakfast at the hotel. After you meet with your guide at the lobby, you will begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. In the afternoon we continue our tour at Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapi Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Thu, 25-07-2024
DAY 03 HALF DAY BOSPHORUS CRUISE TOUR - FLIGHT TO IZMIR
Spice Bazaar, Bopshorus Cruise We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. After the tour we will transfer you to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Izmir. Fly Izmir. Upon arrival Izmir we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fri, 26-07-2024
DAY 04 PAMUKKALE TOUR
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will journey inland to Pamukkale to enjoy the spas, pools, and terraces of this natural wonder, called the "Cotton Castle". This name is truly fitting, the brilliant white calcified terraces do truly resemble a castle made of cotton. We will also spend time in Hieropolis, with one of the largest and most diverse necropolis in the world. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sat, 27-07-2024
DAY 05 EPHESUS TOUR - FLIGHT TO ANTALYA
Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, Virgin Mary's House First we will visit Ephesus ruins starting from the upper gate and see famous Celsus Library, Hadrian Temple and Ephesus Antic Theatre which has a capacity of 25000. Next we will stop by at Temple of Artemis once was a one of the seven wonders at ancient times. Then we will head to Virgin Mary’s House where she spent her last years. After the tour we will be transferring you to Izmir Airport for your flight to Antalya. Upon arrival Antalya we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Antalya.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Sun, 28-07-2024
DAY 06 ASPENDOS - PERGE - SIDE TOUR
Perge Antic Site, Aspendos Theatre, Town of Side This is a day trip to well-known Pamphylian cities Perge and Aspendos. Perge was the capital city of Pamphylia, a vast Roman province, with a combination of Roman, Greek and Byzantine cultures and a stadium with a capacity of 12000. After Perge we move onto Aspendos Aspendos theatre is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatre on the Asian continent. Built into a steep hillside and big enough to host 15000 people, this vast semicircular edifice was used to stage plays in second century A. D. It's perfect acoustics means that it is still used today for operas and ballet festivals. After visiting the amphitheatre you can experience the amazing engineering of the city's high aqueduct near the Eurymedon river. You will have the lunch break by Seljuk Bridge over the Eurymedon River. After lunch break we will move onto Side where is a peninsula, famous with roman type of theatre. Side used to be one of the most important trade centre in antiquity and now it's one of the most popular holiday resorts in Southern Turkey. Overnight in Antalya.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mon, 29-07-2024
DAY 07 ANTALYA - FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA
After check out we will meet and transfer you to Antalya Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Fly Cappadocia. After arriving Cappadocia we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tue, 30-07-2024
DAY 08 CAPPADOCIA NORTH TOUR
Goreme Open Air Museum, Zelve Valley, Devrent Valley, Cavusin Village, Avanos Goreme Open Air Museum: Resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. Zelve Valley: Fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit’s shelter built into such fairy chimney with three heads. Devrent Valley: Devrent is 1 km from Zelve Valley. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems. Cavusin Village: One of the oldest settlements in the area. The churct of st. John Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintings date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. Avanos: A center terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. The clay which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both land and local economy. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wed, 31-07-2024
DAY 09 CAPPADOCIA SOUTH TOUR
Kaymakli Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar Rock Castle, Esentepe Panorama, Rose Valley Kaymakli Underground City: Built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and was opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas and stables, which they access through their courtyards. The Kaymakli Underground City has low, narrow and sloping passages. While the underground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are open to the public today, in which the spaces are organized around ventilation shafts. Pigeon Valley: A moderate walk in a green valley with many different rock formations and hundreds of pigeon houses carved into fairy-chimneys. Uchisar Rock Castle: Uchisar is the name of the town and the fortress in the town. This 60mt. (200ft) high fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocian formations. Esentepe Panorama: this is the best panoramic viewpoint of Goreme. Rose Valley: It has beautiful rock formations with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thu, 01-08-2024
DAY 10 CAPPADOCIA - FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
We will meet at your hotel lobby and transfer you to Cappadocia Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival Istanbul Airport continue to international terminal for your homebound flight. Our team says so long and looks forward to be your host again until next time on your travel pleasure for other destinations. Gule Gule.
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Air ticket Istanbul - Izmir
Air ticket Izmir - Antalya
Air ticket Antalya - Cappadocia
Air ticket Cappadocia - Istanbul
2 nights accommodation in Istanbul
2 nights accommodation in Kusadasi
2 nights accommodation in Antalya
3 nights accommodation in Cappadocia
Meal according to the itinerary: 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Transfers airport - hotel - airport.
Luxury transportation during the trip.
Services of experienced local guides.
Tickets and visits according to the itinerary.
24 hour telephone assistance service.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
No unspecified service.
Tips for guide and driver.
Personal expenses.
Optional excursions.

Planned Transportations
Date Type Departure Arrival Company Price
Thu, 25-07-2024  Air ticket Istanbul (IST) Izmir (ADB) - - - Included
Sat, 27-07-2024  Air ticket Izmir (ADB) Antalya (AYT) - - - Included
Mon, 29-07-2024  Air ticket Antalya (AYT) Cappadocia (NAV) - - - Included
Thu, 01-08-2024  Air ticket Cappadocia (NAV) Istanbul (IST) - - - Included
Planned Accommodations
Type Location Establishment Classification
Hotel Rome Warmthotel**** Tourist
This is the list of the establishments most frequently used in this programme. It is given for indicative purposes only, and passengers may be accommodated in similar or alternative establishments.
Price per person
# Departure Date Option TripleDoubleSingle
Book NowTue, 23-07-2024Option #1USD 900.00USD 1,000.00USD 1,500.00
Book NowTue, 23-07-2024Option #2USD 800.00USD 700.00USD 1,300.00
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