Turkey 9N/10D


Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.Istanbul is a city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring dome and Christian mosaics.

Turkey

  • Highlights

  • Detailed Itinerary

  • Inclusions

  • Exclusions

  • Reviews

Highlights of the tour


  • Full Day city tour - Byzantine & Ottoman Relics
  • Full Day city tour - Bosphorus cruise & Two Continents
  • North Cappadocia Tour
  • South Cappadocia Tour
  • Full Day South Cappadocia city Tour
  • Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis city Tour
  • Ephesus Tour

Detailed Itinerary of the tour


  • Day 1 : Arrival in Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel

    • Upon your arrival you will be picked you up from the Ataturk Airport and transfer to the hotel
    • Overnight stay at hotel


  • Day 2 : City tour - Istanbul

    • After breakfast ,we proceed to Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace
    • Lunch at a local restaurant
    • After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel
    • Overnight stay at hotel


  • Day 3 : City tour - Bosphorus cruise

    • Breakfast at the hotel, we proceed to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665
    • Soon after, we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia
    • After lunch break, we continue driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara
    • Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans.
    • After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel
    • Overnight stay in hotel


  • Day 4 : North Cappadocia Tour

    • You will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your early morning flight to Kayseri or Nevsehi
    • Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to Cappadocia, we proceed to full day city tour of North Cappadocia
    • Your tour will start with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys
    • Next you will visit the Pasabag Monk’s Valley to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles
    • After this visit, you will drive to the city of Avanos
    • After lunch you will visit the beautiful open air museum of Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years
    • Finally towards the end of the day tour before returning to your hotel, you will be able to visit the natural castles of Uchisar
    • After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia for check-in
    • Overnight stay in hotel


  • Day 5 : South Cappadocia city Tour

    • After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to your full day tour of South Cappadocia
    • We visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike approximately 5 km through the Güllüdere (Rose) Valley
    • Next you will visit Çavusin village which is famous for its houses and churches of the Christian Clergymen
    • We will take a break for lunch around noon
    • After lunch you will drive to the Pigeon Valley
    • In the afternoon you will visit the Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived
    • After the tour you are transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir through Istanbul.
    • Overnight stay in hotel


  • Day 6 : Pamukkale & Hierapolis city Tour

    • After breakfast, you will start your city tour – Pamukkale tour with a drive from Selcuk
    • Upon arrival,you have lunch and after lunch, you will begin your guided tour of the Pamukkale and Hierapolis
    • In Pamukkale, you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts
    • Also you will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica, theater and Roman Baths
    • You will have some free time to explore the area on your own
    • As an option, you may choose to swim in the Pamukkale antique pools (at own expense) during this free time
    • Have your dinner and overnight stay at hotel


  • Day 7 : Ephesus Tour

    • After breakfast ,we will proceed with city tour of Ephesus
    • You will first visit the Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world
    • Next you will visit the world famous ancient Greco- Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world
    • After visiting this impressive site, you will have a break for lunch
    • After lunch you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims
    • Then you will visit the Isabey Mosque
    • After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel


  • Day 8 : Priene, Miletus & Didyma Tour

    • Enjoy your breakfast & then check-out of your hotel in Kusadasi
    • Today you will visit Miletus, one of the oldest cities of Ionia, and the ancient cities of Priene and Didyma
    • First you will see Priene which in its time was one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Ionians cities
    • Then we will lead our way to Miletus to see Miletus with its magnificent theatre and the Byzantine fortress on the acropolis above
    • Didyma -Here you will find the largest Ionic Temple in the world, that of Apollo. Also in Didyma lies the huge, cracked head of Medusa which long ago fell from the freeze
    • Dinner and overnight stay at hotel


  • Day 9 : leisure day

    • Full day free to wander around Istanbul, and do shopping on your own
    • Overnight stay at hotel


  • Day 10 : Return home

    • After breakfast check out from hotel ,transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
    • Return home with the pleasant memories


Inclusions of the tour


  • 5 nights stay in Istanbul
  • 1 night stay in Cappadocia
  • 3 nights stay in Kusadasi
  • All day Breakfast
  • All day Lunch
  • All day dinner

Exclusions of the tour


  • Visa cost
  • Porterage and tips, mineral water, laundry, telephone or any other expense personal in nature
  • Personal insurance
  • Drinks and lunches/dinner except where mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature, driver and guide gratuities
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays, excess baggage, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, war, airline or hotel policies etc
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