Welcome to Turkey - a mesmerizing land of Romans and Ottomans!
Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred by a private chauffeur driven car to your hotel. Istanbul is the capital for art and culture with a rich tradition in opera and ballet, theatres, concerts, art exhibitions, festivals, auctions, conferences and of course unique museums. Being an imperial capital for 1500 years, Istanbul has acquired a highly original personality. At every turn in the city, you are faced with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monuments, walls and ruins. Yet Istanbul is not a city living only on its past. It is a vibrant, modern and future-oriented metropolis. With an over-abundance of important historic buildings and exciting new art galleries and museums, visitors have more than enough to see during the day, but it's at night that the place swings into high-velocity, mega-stylish action. (Private) Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise. (Seat in Coach)
In the afternoon you will proceed on a Bosphorus cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Along the shores there is a delightfully mixture of the past and the present, as well as the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages and visit of Spice Market.Optional Tour: Istanbul by Night (Seat In Coach)
The modern city of Istanbul, once the heart of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, is a fascinating blend of East and West. The graceful minarets and domes of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and mystical Grand Bazaar are some of the landmarks which have attracted travellers and trade for centuries. After a scenic evening drive through this majestic city of illuminated palaces, mosques and bridges by night, savour the flavours of authentic Turkish cuisine with a special evening dinner in an oriental atmosphere, accompanied by live musical and dance performances from a variety of regional Folk Dancers, Belly Dancers and Turkish Musicians in traditional costumes.
Pick Up Point - Istanbul By Night (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 03:00 hrs | Duration - 03:00 hrs
This morning, you will be transferred to Istanbul airport for an early morning flight to Ankara (Seat in Coach) Travel by air from Istanbul to Ankara. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ankara, you will be transferred to the stunning and mysterious Cappadocia.(Seat in Coach) Cappadocia, Turkey Visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk. (Seat in Coach) The capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Upon arrival, you will visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.
Enjoy City sights of Cappadocia. (Seat In Coach) Today, enjoy a full day tour of Cappadocia. Visit to Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Have Lunch at a typical restaurant of the region. Later, visit Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground. It is connected to Derinkuyu Underground City by six miles of tunnel. Drive to Pasabagi in Zelve Region and then to Avanos Village. You can shop for some souvenirs before you head back to the hotel.
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Hotel 08:00 hrs 00:00 AMOPTIONAL TOUR:
Hot Air Balloon Ride (Private)
Cappadocia is a land of deep canyons and fertile valleys. Enjoy a unique and memorable flight over the unreal and amazing Cappadocia landscape. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colours and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region
Pick Up Point - Hot Air Balloon Ride (private) | Pick Up Time - 01:00 hrs | Duration - 01:00 hrs
This morning, travel to Konya. (Seat in Coach)
On arrival you will be transferred to your Hotel in Pamukkale. (Seat in Coach)
Enroute visit Sultanhani Caravanserai and Mausoleum of Mevlana. (Seat in Coach) En route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. Continue to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress. Visit the hot mineral waters which burst from the earth and cascade over cliffs forming pools and stalactites.
This morning, stroll through the ruins of ancient Roman City Hierapolis and travel to Aphrodisias. (Seat in Coach) Upon arrival in Kusadasi you will be transferred to your hotel. (Seat in Coach)
Enroute sightseeing at Aphrodisias. (Seat in Coach) Enroute sightseeing at Aphrodisias. (Seat in Coach) Enroute, have lunch at a local restaurant. Explore this ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite and famous for the sculpture school.
Explore the ruins at Ephesus. (Seat In Coach) This morning, visit the ruins of Ephesus, which played a major role in the development of architecture, religions, governmental and economic systems and arts. The temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of ancient world and centre of pagan religion for 15 centuries. Here Marc Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. St. Paul preached in the Great Theatre and in a little house outside the city the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Also visit St. John~s church where it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.
Transfer from Hotel in Kusadasi to Canakkale,Enroute visit Pergamon and Troy. (Seat in Coach) In the morning, check out of your Hotel and visit Bergama (ancient Pergamon). Parchment was invented here. This was the home town of Galen, renowned doctor and surgeon and site of his temple devoted to healing, the Asclepion. The library once held 200,000 books; all parchment. After lunch visit Troy, the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and Trojan Horse, this was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. Later, transfer to your Hotel in Canakkale.
This morning, drive to Istanbul by crossing the Dardanelles Strait. Have lunch enroute. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel. (Seat in Coach)
The evening is at leisure. Why not take an optional Istanbul by Night tour which includes visit to one of the best night clubs in Istanbul!
Today enjoy morning sightseeing tour of Istanbul city. Visit Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof.Optional Tours:
Ottoman Art Tour (Seat In Coach)
Visit Topkapi Palace, with famous treasury exhibiting some of the most exquisite treasures of the Ottoman Sultans, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace overlooks the famous Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul. This magnificent palace was the ideal military watchpoint with it's natural harbour of the 'Golden Horn'. Continue with a visit to the Rustem Pasha Mosque famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs. The Mosque in Istanbul's Eminönü district by the Golden Horn, is among the city's architectural gems-yet seen by few foreign visitors. Retrace the history and power of the great Ottoman Empire in a tour of Istanbul's imperial quarter, discovering the greatest treasures and monuments of this period, from Islamic Arts in the great Palace and beautiful Mosque with slender minarets...
Pick Up Point - Ottoman Art Tour (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 03:00 hrs | Duration - 03:00 hrs
Asia Tour (Seat In Coach)
Drive to Asian side via Bosphorus Bridge to visit Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul. Camlica Hill is a high pine covered bill, atop which sits a restaurant. From here one can inhale the fresh Black Sea air, and possibly obtain the best views of the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul. One of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus is a strait winding between two continents and joining two seas. The Black Sea is connected to the Aegean through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. It offers a different beauty each season, and in spring it is adorned with the pink flowers of the Judas trees. Beylerbeyi Palace is a palace complex consisting of the main palace building plus five pavilions (Kosk).
Pick Up Point - Asia Tour (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 03:00 hrs | Duration - 03:00 hrsFull Day Princess Island Tour (Seat In Coach)
Embark on an enjoyable cruise to the largest of the Prince's Islands in Marmara Sea. Pass four islands with their charming old Ottoman houses to reach Buyukada, the largest of the islands. Take a tour of the island by Phaeton (a horse carriage) and pass elegant old wooden mansions and beautiful natural scenery. Pass elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvillea and feel as though you have stepped back into a more leisured and gracious age, almost expecting grand 19th century ladies and gentlemen to come strolling down to the waterfront on an afternoon promenade. Following lunch, stroll along the old town of Buyukada and visit the St. George Church. Cruise back to the city.
Pick Up Point - Full Day Princess Island Tour (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 08:00 hrs | Duration - 08:00 hrsFull Day Bursa Tour (Private)
Visit the old Ottoman capital of Bursa. Travel by ferry to Yalova and continue by road to Bursa. See the early 15th century Green Mosque and the Green Tomb where Sultan Mehmet I was buried and which is the symbol of Bursa, is one of the most beautiful samples of Ottoman tomb architecture. See the imperial Great Mosque with its 20 domes and 12 massive pillars and Muradiye cemetery, the last resting place of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop at one of Turkey's protected heritage sites under the slopes of Uludag Mountain - the traditional village of Cumalikizik, with idyllic countryside setting.
Pick Up Point - Full Day Bursa Tour (private) | Pick Up Time - 08:00 hrs | Duration - 08:00 hrsTurkish Bath (Private)
The Turkish Bath, also known as 'hamam' is one of the ancient world's most widely exported customs. For centuries Turkish hamam continues to exist as one of the major components of the Ottoman and Turkish hamam culture with its large and bright dome and unique architectural beauty. The tradition was born generations ago, adopted from Romans and Byzantines and then perfected by the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks. The experience involves a hot sauna followed by a cold dip, relaxation on the hot belly-button stone, ending with a wonderful Turkish massage.
Pick Up Point - Turkish Bath (private) | Pick Up Time - 02:00 hrs | Duration - 02:00 hrs
Later, you will be transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight back home. (Private) We trust that you enjoyed your Vacation.
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