Fabulous Turkey - 9 Nights & 10 Days
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- Day 1: Meeting at Istanbul airport, free time. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 2: Visit to Istanbul old city and Bosphorus tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 3: Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazar visit and drive to Ankara. Overnight in Ankara.
- Day 4: Visit capital Ankara and Civilization Museum. Overnight in Cappadocia.
- Day 5: Optional balloon tour. Visit of Goreme, Uchisar, Pasabag. Overnight in Cappadocia.
- Day 6: Visit to Sultanhani Kervansaray, Pamukkale and Heriapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.
- Day 7: Visit to Ephesus-Selcuk, House of Virgin Mary. Overnight in Izmir.
- Day 8: Visit to Bergama, Troy and Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.
- Day 9: Departure to Istanbul, accommodation and free time. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 10: Depending on the flight time, free time in the city then departure for Istanbul Airport.
Services included in the program
Arrival and assistance. Transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel to visit the Egyptian Bazaar (spice market) and then boat tour on the Bosphorus, the strait that separates Europe from Asia where we can enjoy the great beauty of the forests of Istanbul, of its palaces and of the “yali”s, wooden palaces built on both banks. In the afternoon visit the Sultanahmet neighborhood and the Roman Hippodrome square. Next we will visit the famous Blue Mosque the only one in the world with 6 minarets in its time and Hagia Sophia. We will finish our excursion with a visit to the Basilica Cistern that was used as a water deposit during the Byzantine period. End of the excursion in the old part. Transfer and return to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel to visit the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, famous for its excellent collection of jewelry and porcelain. (Harem room with surcharge). Continuation for free time in the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays and religious holidays), a building that houses more than 4000 stores inside. At the combined time (+ | – 14:00) departure by coach for Ankara, passing through the Istanbul Intercontinental Bridge. Arrival to the capital of the country. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the capital of Turkey with the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with an exhibition of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, Phrygian Urartu remains etc. and the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia. On the way, visit the underground city of Saratli built by Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. The underground city preserves the stables, common rooms, meeting room and small rooms for families Arrival at the Cappadocia. Hotel, dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
At dawn, possibility of participating in an optional hot air balloon excursion, a unique experience, over rock formations, fairy chimneys, natural formations, lunar landscapes. Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting this fantastic region, unique in the world, the Goreme Valley, with its cave churches, with paintings from the 10th and 11th centuries; visit to the trogloyta (cave houses) village of Uchisar, Pasabag valley, with its most spectacular fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Dervent valley with its curious natural formations and time for artisan workshops such as carpets and semi-precious onyx-stones. Optional excursion to attend a show of traditional dances of the region. The show only includes all kinds of unlimited drinks such as beer, wine and “raki” (traditional Turkish drink containing 40 degrees alcohol and anise), dried fruits. We will have dinner at the hotel before going to the venue. Return and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast and departure to Pamukkale. In the course we will make a stop, to visit the Sultanhan Kervansaray, Seylucida inn from the medieval era. Lunch at a local restaurant. Arrival in Pamukkale and free time in the “Castle of Algodon”, unique in the world with the thermal pools of calcareous origin and the petrified waterfalls. Herapolis is one of the great deposits of Anatolia, which together with the attraction of the cotton pools, make the place a point of great interest. Pamukkale is located right next to the Ancient City of Herapolis. The town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and recognized as one of the most relevant and attractive tourist centers in the world. The city of Pamukkale gets its name meaning “Cotton Castle” from the white layer formations of limestone. Hierapolis is also called “the Sacred City” due to numerous temples and religious buildings. The beauty of the white stones (travertines) that cover all the natural pools that were formed by thermal water will attract us without a doubt. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Selcuk-Ephesus. Arrival and visit to the ruins of Ephesus, it was the fifth great city of the Roman era. During our visit we will appreciate the famous Celsius library after Alexandria, theater and some Roman and Hellenic temples, the Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the House of Amor, the Agora, the Marble street and the Theater too. Lunch at a local restaurant. Next we will visit the house of the Virgin Mary where it is assumed that Mary came to Ephesus together with Saint John and lived there until her Assumption (according to the Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to orthodox beliefs). As this house is a place of pilgrimage it is visited by many Christian tourists often during the year. In the afternoon we will stop at a leather production workshop. As Ephesus has been a leather tannery center since ancient times, we can buy some leather clothes at the most reasonable price. We will also see a fashion show in which they will show us some of the most elegant jackets in the country. Then we will continue to Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast and departure to the ancient city of Bergama, one of the cultural, commercial and medical centers of the past. Visit the famous Asclepion that was considered one of the most important health centers of its era. Asclepion built for the god of health and physicians and it is also known as the first psychiatric hospital. Here some medical investigations were carried out and different treatment methods were applied. Lunch and then departure to Canakkale to visit Troy, the ancient city that evokes by itself another poetic name: Homer’s Iliad. Arrival and accommodation.
Breakfast and departure to the port to board the ferry to Istanbul. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Istanbul airport for departure.