Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport by …… , at …..meet and greet at the airport by our reps. Transfer to the hotel on the vehicle. Arrival at hotel and check in . (Early check-in is not guaranteed / Normal check-in time at hotels is 14:00) Remainder of day at leisure . Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour with lunch . We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia . Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. 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.
Lunch at local restaurant
After lunch we begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here a short drive brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultans’ guests at the palace included Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour with lunch.
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.
Lunch at local restaurant
We begin 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. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent, it has the most exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction. Accommodation at the hotel.
Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus with Turkish Show & unlimited drinks – Optional Tour
Early in the morning departure from your hotel and transfer to Ataturk Airport to fly to Ankara.
Tour starts in the morning from the Ankara airport .Firstly we visit the “Anatolian Civilizations Museum“, for its unique collection like goddess idols from 8th Millennium BC, bronze deer statues of Hittite Civilization, clay cuneiform tablets of the Assyrians and many more alike. A short drive from here brings us to the “Mausoleum of Ataturk“, the burial place of the founder of the Turkish Republic. We have a look at the coffin chamber where Turkish people from all ages and professions show their condolences all year round. After lunch at a local restaurant, we depart for “Cappadocia” and drive about 4 hours passing by several towns, villages and the picturesque Salt Lake. Upon checking in, dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Upon breakfast at the hotel, we enjoy a full day tour of Cappadocia on a compact itinerary; in this Turkey`s visually most amazing region.
Firstly we visit the “Goreme Open Air Museum” which is a UNESCO recognized medieval monastic complex of painted cave churches and dwellings, carved out of the tufa rock. A short drive from here brings us to the “Pasabagi” (or Monk`s Valley) where we view the pillar-like fairy chimneys. After lunch at a local restaurant in “Avanos” on the banks of Kizilirmak (Red River), we see some of world famous Turkish Handicrafts being made here. We continue on to “Uchisar” where a natural rock castle offers a great photography from its all angles. We finalize this dream-like day with a visit to the “Underground City of Kaymakli”, which is one of the best preserved and deep subterranean towns of the region. Extended eight levels into the earth and carved from the soft volcanic stone by the inhabitants, since various marauding armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives or plunder continually. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Early departure for Konya. On the way, we have a short stop at the 13th Century Sultanhan Caravanserai. Then 1, 5 hour drive brings us to “Konya City”, the home town of the “Whirling Dervishes”. We visit the “Mevlana Museum”, the former dervish monastery where in the original cells we find the exhibition of musical instruments, calligraphy specimens, various tapestry and very decorative tomb of Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî, from the 12th Century. We then depart for “Pamukkale” on the lovely route of the Turkish countryside where we see many small agricultural farm lands. Our driver and guide will look for an opportunity to stop the bus at a farm or a village center to create a short but precious interaction with the locals. Upon our arrival to Pamukkale we check-in and have dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Upon breakfast and check-out from our Kusadasi hotel, we enjoy a full day tour in the Ephesus Region, which is Turkey`s top visited area after Istanbul. Firstly we drive to “Ephesus”, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Churches of Apocalypse. We learn its history from our expert local guide and walk on the remarkably preserved wide marble streets, flanked by columns, temples and fountains. We look at all the famous highlights like the Temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library, Harbor Street and the Great Theater which is still used for performances and special events today. After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, we continue on to the “House of Virgin Mary” on the pine-shaded heights of Ephesus to visit where The Virgin is believed to have spent her last years. We have a short stop at the ruins of the “Basilica of St. John”. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
Following the breakfast and check-out this morning we drive to Pergamon via Izmir, an ancient city from the times of Alexander the Great and one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation. Upon our arrival the soaring marble ruins of the Acropolis become visible immediately. After delicious lunch at a local restaurant, we explore the “Asclepion”, famous medical center of the ancient world. Getting its name from Asclepius, the god of medicine here was made famous by the local physician Galen, the doctor of the gladiators. Then we depart for “Canakkale”. On the way we have a look at the UNESCO recognized ruins of the ancient kingdom of “Troy”, where many worldwide used terms like the Trojan War, Trojan horse, Helen of Troy, Prince Paris comes from. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Canakkale.
This morning following our breakfast at the hotel, we will catch the “Dardanelles” (or Hellespont) ferryboat and have a short picturesque sail from Canakkale City on Asia Continent to Eceabat Town on the Europian side of Turkey. Arrival in Istanbul is at late afternoon. Transfer to Istanbul hotels. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel and free at leisure untill your departure time. According to your departure flight schedule you will be transferred to Ataturk Airport for your home bound flight or continue your journey to your next destination.
Private tours can be organized around your special requests and in any language of your choice.
The Itinerary can be varied according to the visitor’s special requests. Exact pricing will be calculated according to your travel dates, number of participants and category of hotels you would like to stay in. For more details and any special request on this matter, please contact us.
Istanbul : Grand Halic Hotel (BB) or similar
Cappadocia: Perissia Hotel (HB) or similar
Pamukkale: Lycus River Hotel (HB) or similar
Kusadasi: Royal Palace Hotel (HB) or similar
Istanbul : Grand Halic Hotel (BB) or similar
Accommodation as per the itinerary at the mention or similar hotels with breakfast . (standard room basis)
Meals as per the itinerary B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner as indicated schedule
Return airport transfers on A/C vehicles
Land transportation by air-conditioned vehicle ( according to the number of participants )
The tours on LOCAL – SIC Regular basis as per the itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotels
Entrances as per the itinerary
International and domestic arrival & departure flight tickets
Drinks at meals
Meals other than mentioned
Porterage at airports
Porterage at hotels
Tips for the guides drivers staff at hotels/restaurants (optional)
Anything unless specified being included
The tour is available all year round and departs on specific days .
There are two international airports in Istanbul (Istanbul Ataturk Airport IST and Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW) We run free arrival or departure transfers from/to Ataturk International Airport. If you arrive or depart Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW there will be an additional fee. Please contact us for further information.
Also the tour can be modifiable to private tour with guidance on your native language basis.
Contact us for tailor-making your tour with special rates even for small groups of 6 people and availability for the supplement of being guided in your own language.
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