10 days 9 nights at $1600 per person shared room double occupancy or $1900 private room. Start and end in Istanbul! This cultural tour to Turkey, features package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey and 5 other destinations in Turkey. This tour includes accommodation's in boutique hotels as well as an expert guide, all breakfasts, 3 lunches 1 dinner ground transport, flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia and more. Travel along the age-old trading routes that linked East and West revealing all the Highlights of Turkey. Do some haggling of your own in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, fall asleep amidst the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks in Ephesus.
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Day 1) Arrive in Istanbul
Upon arrive in Istanbul, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel. Please take your time to check in your room and relax after the flight. At appropriate time your travel consultant will meet you at the hotel in order to shortly inform about your 10 Days Turkey tour.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2) Istanbul Old City Walking Tour ( Breakfast, Lunch )
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide from hotel to departure for full day old city walking tour.
We will visit Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome, Obelisk of Theodosius from Egypt, Serpentine Column from the Temple of Delphi, German Fountain, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace, after the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3) Flight to Cappadocia/ North Cappadocia Tour ( Lunch )
Early morning the driver will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel and transfer to the airport. You will fly to Cappadocia airport . Upon arrival at the airport, there will be a represent to meet you at the exit and transfer to our office where you start for the guided North Cappadocia tour.
We will visit: Goreme Panorama, Uchisar Castle (Byzantium period), Pasabag Valley, Dervent Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Kizilirmak River, towns of Urgup and Avanos which is famous with red clay pottery where you can try your potting skills.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day by yourself to explore Cappadocia.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4) South Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast, Lunch )
This morning be the lucky one to greet the sun from the Balloon which is the best Experience of your 10 days Turkey Tour.
After breakfast at the hotel check-out. You will be picked up from from your hotel for South Cappadocia tour.
We will visit : Ortahisar Castle, Love Valley, hiking in Red Valley which gets it’s name from the rose-colored rock, Cavusin Village and Underground City with its several floors.
At the end the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel .
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5) Transfer to Pamukkale via Konya ( Breakfast, Lunch )
After breakfast check out and departure for Pamukkale, on the way to Pamukkale we will visit Konya which known as the adopted home of Rumi ( Mevlana ), the Sufic mystic who founded the Whirling Dervish, also Konya used to be one of the most important trading centre on the Silk Road. End of the day arrive in Pamukkale, check in hotel.
Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6) Pamukkale Tour ( Breakfast, Lunch - Dinner )
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel for full day Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour
We will visit : Hierapolis Ancient City, Cleopatra’s Antique Pool and White Travertine Terraces with it’s beautiful panorama also you have chance to bath in the Hot Springs ( White Travertines ) or Cleopatra Swimming Pool.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi. . (2,5 hrs driving with stops and beautiful landscape)
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7) Ephesus Tour ( Breakfast, Lunch )
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked from the hotel for full day Ephesus tour.
We will visit : Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World), Ephesus Ancient City, House of the Virgin Mary ( her last abode ) and Isabey Mosque. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to the hotel.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8) Pergamon Tour / Transfer to Canakkale ( Breakfast, Lunch )
After breakfast check out, we will pick you up from the hotel and departure for Pergamon ancient city.
We will visit: Acropolis and Altar of Zeus, The lower Agorathe Asclepion and Health Centre, Hellenistic Theatre, Temple of Dionysus and the Red Basilica, originally a temple of Serapis, can be viewed. The most spectacular structure is certainly the theatre, a remarkable piece of engineering built into the steep hillside. After visiting all the places we drive to Canakkale for overnight.
Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 9) Troy Tour – Istanbul ( Breakfast, Lunch )
After breakfast check-out and our driver will have pick you up for half day Troy Tour.
First visit will be a replica of the wooden Troy horse that you can climb into for a photo, Excavation information centre which holds exhibits underground, The fortification walls of Troy VI with its tower and gateway entrance, Sacrificial Altars, The Odeon and Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honor of the goddess Athena. At the end of the day you will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10) Istanbul – Transfer to Airport ( Breakfast )
After breakfast check-out and we will arrange transfer to international airport for your flight.
End of your 10 Days Turkey Tour.
Flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary.
All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary.
All mentioned transfers in the itinerary.
All tours with transportation, lunch and entrance fees.
All tours with professional tour guide, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism.
All meals mentioned by the itinerary ( B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, one dinner and one meet and greet reception.
Vegetarian meals available.
All domestic taxes.
What is not Included:
Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
Any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels.
Items of a personal nature
Getting to Istanbul
There are several nonstop flights from the USA to Istanbul on Turkish Air. This link shows all the airlines and city parings that offer flights to Istanbul (IST) Scroll down to see all the pairings. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul_Airport
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