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BEST OF TURKEY TOUR / 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS

BEST OF TURKEY TOUR / 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS
DAY 1: ISTANBUL

Welcome to Istanbul - Turkey. You arrive to the Istanbul Airport, we transfer you to your hotel and you stay overnight.

DAY 2: ISTANBUL

Let’s start to explore Istanbul. First visit is Hippodrome. It was the center of sport activities of Constantinople. Famous with 4 monuments; The German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Column of Constantine.

Haghia Sophia, is the most famous museum in Turkey and one of the greatest marvels of architecture. Haghia Sophia was built as a church in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian then in 1453 renovated into a mosque by Ottoman Emperor Fatih Sultan Mehmet. It was converted into a museum in 1935 and welcoming both local and foreign visitors. (Closed on Monday)

Blue Mosque, as known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman Mosques in all of Turkey. Also it was built with unique 6 minarets. (Closed on Friday)

Topkapi Palace, which has been home to the Ottoman dynasty for many years, was used for educational administrative and as the art center of state. Get knowledge about the imperial treasury sacred islamic relics, palace kitchens and weapons. (Closed on Tuesday)

Grand Bazaar, is the biggest market and the most attractive shopping center of Istanbul which has lots of shopping opportunities with carpets, leather, jewellery, turkish delight, gold, antique tiles etc.. (Closed on Sunday)

DAY 3: ISTANBUL

You will be picked up by tour guide from your hotel in the morning and you go to visit Spicy Bazaar that you can buy delightful and lovely presents for your family and mates. After that, you have Bosphorus tour by boat and you see Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and Rumeli Fortress.

At the afternoon, we visit Dolmabahce Palace which was built in 19th century is one of the glamorous palace on the World. It was the administrative center of late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was staying there. The first parliament convened in the grand hall. Atatürk passed away in there too.

Bezmiâlem Valide Sultan Mosque, is located next to Dolmabahce Palace. Sultan Abdülmecid made for his mother Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan.

In the end of the tour, you go back to the hotel and you stay overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 4:ISTANBUL-CAPPADOCIA

Early in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and we drive to the Istanbul Airport and fly to the Kayseri Airport. After landing, our guide will welcome you and the first place that you visit is Goreme Open-Air Museum which is the member of UNESCO World Heritage consisting of five Byzantine Orthodox churches. After, we visit Uchisar Castle which has many room shollowed out into the rock are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages.

After lunch break, we visit Pasabagi (Monks Valley) the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys witht win and even triple rock caps are very unique even for Cappadocia. We also visit Avanos (Pottery).

The last stop is Devrent Valley which is famous for its unique landscape.

After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. You stay overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA

In the morning, you will be picked up by our guide from you rhotel. First, we visit Cavusin Village (Rose Valley), the Fairy Chimneys look like mushrooms. There are amazing churhes and the remnants of Christian history. After, we visit Ortahisar Castle similiar to Uchisar Castle in style where storage caves can also be observed.

After having time for lunch, we visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back, we visit to Panaromic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards.

In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.

DAY 6: CAPPADOCIA-IZMIR

After breakfast, you meet with our tour guide and go to visit Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastery.

Ihlara Valley, was formed by the volcanic actions of Mt.Hasan, next to Ihlara Valley. Melendiz River eroded the valley for millions of years besides the layers cracked and fell down. Eventually, 80 meter deep canyon were composed. The whole valley is 14 kms. length. In the past, generally Christians lived in the several parts of the Valley; also they carved churches and painted them.

Selime Monastery, At first look, the monastery looks like a castle, but shelters, churches, chapels, bedrooms, storages and big cathedral provesus its being a monastery. You will get information about the monastic life in Cappadocia.

In the end of the tour, we transfer you to the Kayseri Airport and you fly to Izmir.

We transfer you from the Izmir Airport to Kusadasi Hotel.

You stay overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 7: EPHESUS

After breakfast, you visit Ephesus. Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second largest city in the world. Ephesus was also a harbour city. And, this giant city was built only with marbel. Did you know Ephesus had a largest amphitheater in the ancient world over 25.000 seats? Also see Goddess Nike, Local pharmacy, Hadrian Gate, Library of Celcius (the third largest library), Marbel Street and Harbour Street.

Temple of Artemis, is located near Ephesus and was built in 6th century. It was one the seven wonders of the world.

The House of Virgin Mary, is located top of the Ephesus and 9 kms far away. The places where Virgin Mary has spent her last days and the Shrine of Virgin Mary pleasures wonderful atmosphere latent in the green.

In the end of tour, you stay overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 8: PAMUKKALE

After breakfast, we depart to Pamukkale. Pamukkale is in Aegean Turkey and it is also called the “Cotton Castle”, because of the white cotton appearance of the mineral bath spas that abound the province, which is rich in calcium. Known as a “spa town” since the Roman era, tourists travel to Pamukkale to relax in warm, soothing and therapeutic waters in the myriad spas. Hierapolis or “Holy City” evangelized by Paul and Epaphras. Also the Apostle Philip lived and burried here. What makes Hierapolis different from most places on Earth is that it is not built on land, neither on water, but on limestone deposits above the mineral springs in the area. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the ruins that are littered all over the city, including the necropolis that houses the sarcophagi of important ancient figures like Marcus Aurelius.

After the tour, you go to Kusadasi and stay overnight.

DAY 9: IZMIR-ANTALYA

After breakfast, we transfer you to the Izmir Airport and fly to Antalya. You will be picked up and dropped off to your hotel.

You stay overnight in Antalya.

DAY 10: ANTALYA

In the morning, you will be picked you up from your hotel. You will explore the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos and visit beautiful Side and natural waterfall Kursunlu and Manavgat (depending on season).

The tour will begin with a visit to Perge. Tour the stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic Gate, Colonnaded Main Street and the Agora. After lunch there will be time to visit one of the waterfalls depending on the time of year. Aspendos is the next stop and is known for its well-preserved theater.

In the end of the tour, you go back to your hotel.

You stay overnight in Antalya.

DAY 11: ANTALYA-ISTANBUL

Early in the morning, we transfer you to the Antalya Airport. And you fly back to Istanbul and we will transfer you to your hotel.

Afternoon, Bosphorus by boat and an amazing cruise between two continents Europe and Asia through out the Bosphorus by Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace.

Pierre Loti hill was named by French author. He loved Ottoman woman (Aziyade name of woman). The name of the hill was given by him because of his support to the Ottoman Empire.

Cable car rides from top of the hill to the Golden Horn. Golden Horn was important in the development of Istanbul. The cove seperates the European share into two.

You stay overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 12: ISTANBUL

You have free time untill departure flight. We transfer you to the Istanbul Airport and you fly back to your home.
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