-Hotel accommodations in boutique hotels or 3-4-5 stared hotels in central places close to historical places
-Professional licensed guides from Ministery of Tourism
-Main entrance fees to museums and ruins
-Meals mentioned by the itenerary
-All mentioned transfers
-Local taxes & handling services
-All package tours are insured by TURSAB (Association of turkish Travel Agencies )
10 Days Tour - Istanbul - Gallipoli - Troy - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Cappadocia
Day 1 - Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport our transfer man will meet you at the airport and free time to explore the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul-Walking City Tour ( B / L )
We start our tour in Sultanahmet, the heart of old Istanbul.
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) is one of the greatest masterpieces of Byzantine architecture, built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Converted into a mosque in 1453 by Conqueror Mehmet, it is now one of the world's greatest museums. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul .
Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. It takes its name from the exquisite Iznik tiles that decorate the interior, and it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Designed by a pupil of the famous architect Sinan in the 17th century, it was originally called Sultanahmet, from which the area takes its name.
Hippodrome was the centre of sporting and social events during the Byzantine Empire. The Serpentine Column, The Obelisk of Theodosius and The German Fountain are notable monuments decorating the arena.
Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest shopping centre in Turkey, situated in the centre of the old city. It has 4,000 shops full of treasures, including carpets, leather, icons, ceramics and jewellery .
Topkapı Palace was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. It is now a museum and houses a fabulous collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, jewels and costumes. The armoury and royal Harem are particularly worth seeing.
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque was formerly the Church of Sergius and Baccus. You may see fine examples of early Byzantine art.
At the end of the tour we will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour ( L )
Early morning pick up from your hotel and drive to Gallipoli for a full day tour of Dardanelles, Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair.
We will have our lunch at a nice local restaurant that serves delicious local foods.
Gallipoli, one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey. Walk the historical fields where thousands died upon a time, trenches, tunnels, war memorials.
Overnight in Canakkale or Eceabat.
Day - 4 Troy (B)
After breakfast at your hotel we will drive to Troy. Step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. We will visit ancient city ruins, the Megaron Houses, Roman Theatre and Bouletarion.
At the end of the tour you will take a bus to Kusadası, arrive in Kusadası or Selcuk. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadsı.
Day 5 - Ephesus ( B / L )
After breakfast, pick up from hotel, a full day guided Ephesus tour will start.
Absorb yourself in history today with our professional guided tour of Ephesus and visit to the site of Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre.
The Baths of Varius, Odeon, Prytaneion, Fountain of Polio, The Gate of Heracles State Agora, Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Domitian, Great Theatre and Harbour street with the Necropolis will be visited.
House of Virgin Mary, is the place where the Virgin Mary lived her last years before she died.
The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and drawcard for pilgrims for centuries.
Library of Celsus, Roman governor of Asia Minor, Celsus's Consul Tiberius Julius Aquila, erected this libraray in his father's honour after governor's death in 114.
At the end of the tour transfer to your hotel and overnight in Kusadası.
Day 6 - Pamukkale ( B / L )
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Kusadası for a full day guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. It takes about three hours. Pamukkale, which means cotton castle, has been formed over time by the natural hot springs, rich in calcium and carbonate, that flow down the cliffs. We will also visit the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis, made famous for it's hot springs, theatre, agora and necropolis. After your tour you will take an overnight bus to Cappadocia which will take about ten hours by comfortable, non-smoking, airconditioned busses.
Day 7 - North Cappadocia Tour : ( L )
Arrive in Cappadocia, you will be met at the bus station by one of our staff then you will be transfered to our local agency, you will depart for a fully guided North Cappadocia tour with lunch starting with:
Uchisar, is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was used as a castle. An introduction of volcanic area. Enjoy the spectacular panaromic view of fairy chimneys.
Goreme Open Air Museum, Goreme was an important Christian center in the early years of the Middle Ages. Examine the fresco - covered churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum.
Cavusin, a deserted town with beautiful rock houses because of frequent rock falls.
Monks Valley(Pasabag), the best place to see three - headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, surrounded with beautiful natural rock formations.
Avanos, a place you will see how a pottery is being made by these local people. Even you can try your hand on the potter's wheel.
Devrent Valley, a lunar landscape and animal shaped pink rocks. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, that also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
Urgup's Fairy Chimneys, with caps and conical shaped body and a boulder on top of it.
At the end of the tour, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 - South Cappadocia Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and fully guided full day tour with lunch starts with a panaromic view of Goreme with its unique fairy chimneys.
Underground City, a complex of joined caves, built by the Christians to hide from their attacks.
Ihlara Valley, you can see many Roman churches, chapels, monastries and hermit's caves. Explore the famous rock-hewn, churches and hike 4 km through the valley.
Selimiye Mosque, The complexes were carved into volcanic rock outcroppings during the Byzantinium period.
Pegion Valley, visit the pegion houses carved into the rocks.
At the end of the tour, collect your luggages from hotel reception and transfer to Kayseri airport for a return flight to Istanbul. Arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9 - Istanbul - Bosphorus Tour (B/L)
Istanbul is not completely perfect without a tour of the Bosphorous Tour, the majestic strait that runs through the city, linking Europe and Asia. After breakfast we go by bus to the Golden Horn, a natural and secure harbour, which has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. Before starting our cruise we visit the Spice Market, where the air is filled with the aroma of exotic spices.Then we board our boat to enjoy the many sights along the wooded shores of the Bosphorous, including Istanbul Bridge that for a time was the world's longest, and the massive Rumeli Fortress, built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. One of the most interesting sights is Dolmabahçe Palace, which was designed in a blend of various European architectural styles in 1843-1856 by Karabet Balyan. The three-storied palace is built on a symetrical plan and has 285 rooms and 43 halls. Its final resident was Kemal Ataturk. (The Bosphorous boat trip has no interior visits.)
Then back to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 - Istanbul (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, check out before 12.00, depending on your international flight we transfer you to the airport. Our tour concludes in here and we say good bye to our new friends.
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