TURKISH DELIGHT (12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS)
DAY 1: ISTANBUL
Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey. You will be transferred to your hotel and stay overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel and go to the Hippodrome.
The Hippodrome, was the social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. And it was a public arena mainly used for chariot races. It was also home to gladiatorial games, ceremonies and celebrations. Hippodrome functioned all in Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The Hippodrome is known for its four monuments; Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, Walled Obelisk and Statues of Porphyrios.
Hagia Sophia Museum, is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments. It was built at Constantinople in the 6th century. It is the former Christian cathedral, later an Ottoman mosque and now a museum. Now, it is welcoming both local and foreign visitors. (Closed on Monday)
Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, was constructed in the 17th century. It is one of the most important works of Ottoman history and sone ignificant symbols of Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. (Closed on Friday)
Topkapi Palace, was the political center of the between the 15th and 19th centuries. It was used for educational administrative and as the art center of the state. It is now a museum that exhibits the imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire. (Closed on Tuesday)
Grand Bazaar, is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world which has lots of shopping opportunities with its carpets, leather, jewellery, turkish delight, spices and antique tiles.
(Closed on Sunday)
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel and stay overnight.
DAY 3: ANKARA
Early in the morning, you will be picked from your hotel and transferred to the Istanbul Airport. And, you fly to Ankara.
In Ankara, you will visit Anatolian Civilizations
Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk. And then, we depart to Cappadocia. On the
way to Cappadocia, you also visit Salt Lake.
You stay overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel. And, the first place that you will visit is Goreme Open-Air Museum.
Goreme Open-Air Museum, is an enchanting and an example of the cultural heritage of humanity. Fairy chimneys seem mysterious and cities that extend many meters deep into the earth are all enveloped in an atmosphere that is ethereal and unworldly.
Uchisar Castle, is situated at the highest point in Cappadocia. There are many rooms connected to each other via stairs, tunnels and narrow passages. It also have most magnificent panoramic view of the magical fairy chimneys and towns.
Pasabag (Monks Valley), contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. In ancient times, the hermits of Cappadocia have distanced themselves from the world in this place.
Avanos (Pottery), is famous for the pottery, silk, wool and carpet weaving, wine cultivation and agriculture. This magnificent place hosting countless civilizations reflects the visitors both natural and human-made masterpieces today.
Devrent Valley, is also known as the Pink Valley or Imaginary Valley. Unlike other valleys, it was never inhabited. It is famous for its lunar landscape. The fairy chimneys are strange with their look. They have many different shapes like human figures and animals.
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel and stay overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel by our tour guide. And, the first place that you will visit is Cavusin Village.
Cavusin Village, is an old Greek village in Cappadocia. There is a 5th century church of Saint John the Baptist, situated in the old village part.
Ortahisar Castle, offers an amazing panorama over the fairy chimneys. It is one of the best viewpoints in Cappadocia.
Kaymakli Underground City, is the widest underground city, while the deepest one is Derinkuyu Ungerground City. Miraculously well protected and maintained structure is a member of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pigeon Valley, is one of the best spots for walking in Cappadocia Region. Pigeons had been used for food and fertilizing the inefficient soil in this region. Their rocky homes can still be found throughout the region.
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Izmir. You will be transferred to Kusadasi and stay overnight.
DAY 6: EPHESUS
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel and drive to Ephesus.
Ephesus, was an ancient port Greek city on the coast of Inonia and it was built in 10th century. It was one of the most important Greek cities and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive , the theatre, and Temple of Artemis.
Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana was a Greek Temple dedicated to the goddess of Artemis. The great temple was built about 550 BCE and it was one the seven wonders of the ancient world.
House of the Virgin Mary, is located on the top of a mountain which is 9 kms ahead of Ephesus. According to the common belief, it is the place that Mary, the mother of Jesus, have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John to spread Christianity.
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Kusadasi and stay overnight.
DAY 7: PAMUKKALE
After breakfast, we depart to Pamukkale.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Turkey. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water and it has been drawing the attention with its thermal springs since the time of classical antiquity. It is also listed as a World Heritage Sides by UNESCO.
Hierapolis, was an ancient Greek city located on hot springs. The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. There are also deep niches in the inner section, including the bath, library, and gymnasium.
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Kusadasi and stay overnight.
DAY 8: PERGAMON
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel and drive to Pergamon.
Pergamon, was a rich and powerful ancient Greek city. It is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. It was also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. In Pergamon, you will visit Pergamon Altar, Acrapolis, Great Theatre, Red Basilica and Asclepion.
In the end of the tour, you stay overnight in Canakkale.
DAY 9: TROY
Troy was the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle, in particular in the Iliad. In Troy, you will visit the famous Trojan Horse, Troy Ancient Ruins, Odeon, City Walls, the Scaean Gate, Sanctuary and Roman Bath. You will get information about history of Troy Wars and more by our tour guide.
In the end of the tour, you depart to Bursa and stay overnight.
DAY 10: BURSA
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel. Bursa
was the first capital city of Ottoman Empire. First visit is Ulucami also
known as Great Mosque which dates back to 13th Century. Then, we drive to
Tophane, where you can see Bursa city view and Osman and Orhangazi Tombs. They were
the founders of the Ottoman Empire. Also, you have opportunity to see famous Silk
Bazaar. Last visit is Green Tomb.
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Istanbul and stay overnight.
DAY 11: ISTANBUL
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel by our tour guide and go to the Spice Bazaar. It is one of the largest bazaars in the city, you can buy lovely presents from here for your loved ones.
After that, you have a Bosphorus tour by boat. Throughout the tour, you will see Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque and Rumeli Fortress.
At the afternoon, you will visit Dolmabahce Palace, which was
built in 19th century, is one of the glamorous palaces in the world. It was the
administrative center of late Ottoman Empire. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic,
Ataturk occupied a room at Dolmabahce Palace. He welcomed his foreign guests
and made the palace a center for national and for international conferences. Also, Atatürk
passed away in this palace.
Bezmialem Valide Sultan Mosque, is located
next to Dolmabahce Palace. Sultan Abdulmecid have this mosque made for the
memory of his mother, Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan.
In the end of the tour, you go back to the hotel and you stay overnight.
DAY 12: ISTANBUL
You have free time untill your flight. You will be transferred to the Istanbul Airport and fly back to your home.