9 days / 8 nights
Classical Turkey Tour
See Turkey's historical, cultural and natural highlights on this tour. From visiting the metropolis of Istanbul, antique sites of Ephesus and the lunar landscape atmosphere of Cappadocia. Istanbul: Served as a capital city to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Today, while being Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul population is over six million. You can find anything you might be looking for and more in Istanbul. Çanakkale: An important town and seaport of the country, is a significant center of tourism and replete with fantastic history as well as mythology. Izmir: Turkey's third-largest city is proudly liberal and deeply cultured, situated at the head of a long bay. Pamukkale: One of Turkey’s top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. Cappadocia: Ancient district in east-central Anatolia, situated on the rugged plateau north of the Taurus Mountains, in the centre of present-day Turkey. The boundaries of the region have varied throughout history.
Assistance on Arrival Daily Full Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis. All tours / activities / shows as per the itinerary All entrance tickets as per itinerary All Pick up drops / transfers mentioned in the itinerary Transport in A/C car / Bus as mentioned Meals as per the itinerary / included in the itinerary
Air Tickets (International / Domestic) Visa and Insurance Hotel Taxes Suggested optional activities/ tours if any. Any meals / snacks other than mentioned in the itinerary Camera Fee and any other entertainment charges Tips of any kind – Guides, Driver, Cruise Crew, etc. Portages at airport Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone etc Beverages of any kind
Arrive at Istanbul airport where a representative will meet and greet you before you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, relaxing in the hotel or exploring the surroundings on your own. Overnight in Istanbul
After breakfast, join the guided tour of Istanbul, we will visit St. Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century AD and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Visit the Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures and the Holy Mantle, enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Then move to Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque across from St. Sophia, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, also known as the Blue Mosque because of its’ magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00 pm, after the lunch we will then take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul on half-board basis. Lunch included.
ISTANBUL – ÇANAKKALE (360 kms – 4.5 hrs)
Start the day with a tasty breakfast and decide if you want to join to join a Bosphorous Cruise tour (additional fee applies); otherwise morning at leisure then meet at the hotel to be taken for lunch at a local restaurant. Lunch time and then, in the afternoon, we will drive to Eceabat, Çanakkale and visit the WW1 battlefields at Gallipoli. This is followed by a short ferry trip across the Dardanelles and then check into our hotel in Çanakkale. Overnight stay in Canakkale on half-board basis. Lunch included.
CANAKKALE – PERGAMON – IZMIR (300 km – 4hrs)
We leave from our hotel in the early morning after breakfast and head to Bergama to visit the ancient city of Pergamon. Its’ history dates back to the 5th century B.C. We will visit the Church of Pergamon, the Red Court and Acropolis. We then drive onto the city of Izmir, an important port on Turkey’s Aegean coast since ancient times, but now a modern city with an attractive promenade lined with café bars and restaurants. Overnight in Izmir on half-board basis.
IZMIR - EPHESUS – PAMUKKALE (400 km – 4hrs)
After breakfast we depart to Selçuk, the present-day town close to the ancient city of Ephesus. Here we visit the House of the Virgin Mary where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last years and Ephesus, once the capital of the Asian State of the Roman Empire. It is said that the Apostle Paul spent two years in Ephesus, also Ephesus was the site of the third ecumenical council in the 5th century A.D. After lunch we leave from Ephesus and drive to the magnificent spectacle known as Pamukkale. We start our tour by visiting the ancient city of Hierapolis, home of Philip the Evangelist. Hierapolis was famous for its’ healing spring water. We will see white travertines which were formed by the warm spring water running down the mountainside. Overnight in Pamukkale on half-board basis. Lunch included.
PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (600 km – 7hrs)
After breakfast, depart to Konya. In the days of the Roman Empire Konya was called Iconıum “city of icons”. After the Seljuks conquered it, it became the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire and home of the Persian Sufi mystic known as Rumi or Mevlana. Here we will visit the Mevlana Museum and then drive to Cappadocia. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia on half-board basis. Lunch included.
After breakfast, we will see more of Cappadocia, starting with Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley) where the geographical formations resemble another planet. We will also visit Paşabağı or “Monks Valley” to see the fascinating mushroom-shaped rocks, then we drive to Avanos where the Hittite civilisation began making pottery 4000 years ago. Following this we move on to Göreme Open-air Museum where you will see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art and medieval churches carved out of the rock. Centuries ago, many underground cities were built in the area, used to shelter from invading armies and we visit one of these, Özkonak, which was probably built around 2000 B.C. and used for centuries. Lastly, we will stop near Uçhisar Castle which is a great vantage point for admiring the valleys below. A hot-balloon tour is optional in the early morning, offering a spectacular view of this amazing landscape, otherwise morning at leisure. It is starting very early morning like 05:00 than finish about 08:30 we depart for hotel to relax then about 09:45 we start the day tour. Overnight in Cappadocia on half-board basis. Lunch included
CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – ISTANBUL (750 km – 8hrs)
After breakfast, we will make an early departure for Istanbul stopping on the way at Salt Lake which is the second biggest lake in Turkey then at Ankara, Turkey’s capital, where we will visit the Anıtkabir. This is the Mausoleum of Atatürk, who founded the Turkish Republic. Arrive late evening in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul on half-board basis. Lunch included.
After your last breakfast, transfer to the airport according to the time of flight. Breakfast included.
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- Cancellation charges as per company policy.
- The above rates are subject to change in case of travel during the festive season
- In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised.
- In case of Political Unrest, bad weather or sudden breakdown of the vessel we may shift guest to alternative govt ferry and no refund will be entertained during that situation.
- Our Executive may change your itinerary depending on the weather condition and ferry availability same will be update to you daily basis.
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