Magnificent Turkey - 10 nights & 11 days
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- Day 1: Meeting at Istanbul airport, free time. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 2: Visit to Spice Market, Rustem Pasa Mosque and Bosphorus tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 3: Visit to Ankara, Salt Lake and drive to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
- Day 4: Visit to Goreme, Avcilar, Guvercinlik, . Overnight in Cappadocia.
- Day 5: Optional balloon tour. Visit of Ozkonak, Cavusin, Uchisar. 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 by ferry, accommodation and free time. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 10: Visit to, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Hipodrom and Basilica Cistern. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 11: 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. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel to visit the Egyptian Bazaar (spice market) and the Rustem Pasha mosque which is an Ottoman work, built between 1550 and 1561 by the well-known architect of the time Mimar Sinan in honor of the great vizier Rustem Pasha, son-in-law of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The Rustem Pasha Mosque is a fantastic example of mosaic decoration, making it one of the best architectural treasures in the city. Then we will board a boat for a beautiful walk along the Bosphorus, the strait that separates Europe from Asia where we will be able to enjoy the great beauty of the forests of Istanbul, its palaces and the “yali”s, wooden palaces built on both banks. Transfer and return to the hotel. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul.
Breakfast and departure to Ankara passing through the mountains of Bolu, arrival in Ankara, capital of the republic. Visit the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Lunch. Continuation to Cappadocia. As you pass we will see the second largest lake in Turkey, the Salt Lake. Arrival at the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast and departure to visit this wonderful region, a mixture of the vagaries of nature and human art. Visit to the Goreme Open-air Museum with the frescoed cave churches. Stops in the Avcilar and Guvercinlik valleys where you can enjoy an incredible lunar landscape. Lunch. This is followed by local visits to the carpet, onyx and turquoise workshops where you can find quality and good prices. (In Cappadocia you will have the possibility of taking an optional excursion in a hot air balloon optionally at sunrise) At night an optional excursion is offered to attend a show of local dances of the region. The show includes all types of unlimited drinks such as wine, beer, raki (traditional Turkish drink containing 40 degrees of alcohol and anise) dried fruits. We will have dinner at the hotel before going to the place. Return and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast and departure to the underground city of Özkonak or Mazı excavated by the first Christian communities. Visit of Cavusin, a local town in the region with houses from different cultures. Lunch. Tour of the Ucguzeller “Three beauties” valley. Then visit the Uchisar valley where you can see the ancient fortress carved out of the rock. Visit to the Valley of Love where we will see the most curious formations in Cappadocia. Dinner and accommodations.
Breakfast and departure to Pamukkale. On the way we will stop at an old inn near Konya called Caravanserai from the Seljuk era. Lunch at a local restaurant on the route. Lunch and continuation to Pamukkale. Arrival and free time in Pamukkale “Cotton Castle”, unique in the world with the thermal pools of calcareous origin and the petrified waterfalls. We will visit the ancient city Hierapolis. Hierapolis is one of the great deposits of Anatolia, it is next to the attraction site of the cotton pools, make the place a point of great interest. 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. At the end of the visit transfer to the hotel. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
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, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast and departure to the port to board the ferry to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Free day with the possibility of optional excursions. Excursion-Full Day in Historic Center Breakfast and departure to visit the old part where the most outstanding Ottoman and Byzantine monuments are concentrated. At the beginning we will visit the Roman Hippodrome, which preserves the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the Fountain of Emperor William. Next we will visit the famous Blue Mosque, the only one in the world with 6 minarets in its time. Old part. In the afternoon visit the Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, famous for its excellent collection of jewelry and porcelain. (Harem room with subcharge). Basilica Cistern that was used as a water tank during Byzantine times. At the end we will visit the famous historic market the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays and religious holidays), a building that houses 4000 fascinating shops where you can find everything you are looking for and Old narrow streets too. Transfer and return to the hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Istanbul airport for departure.