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(ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI - TROY – EPHESUS – HIERAPOLIS – CAPPADOCIA)

Day 1:

ARRIVAL AND OVERNIGHT

Arriving to the airport in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2:

ISTANBUL FULL DAY TOUR

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. Topkapi Palace, Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, section. Overnight in İstanbul (B , L ) Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia
Topkapı palace

Day 3:

ISTANBUL FULLDAY BOSPHORUS TOUR

CITY WALLS The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. DRIVE BY BUS TO GOLDEN HORN As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.SPICE BAZAAR (EGYPTIAN BAZAAR) The air here ıs filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress. THE RUMELI FORTRESS(FROM THE SEA) (NO INTERIOR VISIT) İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453,but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls. BOSPHORUS BRIDGE Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE) BEYLERBEYİ PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE. ÇAMLICA HILL one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in a cafeteria. Overnight in İstanbul ( B , L )

Also versioned during the tours

ÇIRAĞAN PALACE * HOTEL KEMPINSKI*

ORTAKÖY MOSQUE * MILITARY HISHSCHOOL*

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents

DOLAMBAHÇE PALACE from the sea

Day 4:

ISTANBUL – GELIBOLU

Pick up from hotels and drive to Canakale Eceabat. After having lunch in Eceabat visit in Gallipoli, Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Commemoration Site, and Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, the Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Overnight in Eceabat Canakale. (B, L, D) Gallipoli
Trojan HorseMemorial

Day 5:

TROY - KUŞADASI

After breakfast we start to explore the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the "Trojan Horse" and "Helen of Troy" then proceed to Kuşadası by bus , overnight in Kuşadası (B ,L,D)

Day 6:

PAMUKKALE TOUR

Once known as Hierapolis which is famous with its healing thermal / mineral Baths beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls". After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths and Masterpiece. (B, L).End of tour or Silk Road extension. Overnight Kuşadası.(B, L, D) Cotton Castle
Hierapolis
Thermal Baths

Day 7:

EPHESUS TOUR

The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which called Ephesus, stroll past the Celsius library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Ephesus Archeological Museum to see findings of Ephesus excavations and Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Fashion show in leather outlet center. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D) Ephesus Celcıus Library
House of Mother Mary
Kuşadası Cruise Port

Day 8:

KUŞADASI - CAPPADOCIA

Transfer from Hotel to İzmir airport for your flight to Cappadocia ( Conncetion flight via İstanbul ) . Join to the tour program .Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag's "fairy chimneys", where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art. After lunch we visit the famousGoreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle, giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Overnight stay in Cappadocia. (B, L)

Day 9:

CAPPADOCIA

Depart from your hotel to visit Red Valley and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavusin Village After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith., which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today.as storage areas, stables, and cellars. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar . Overnight in Cappadocia (B , L)

Day 10:

ISTANBUL

Free Time till Transfer to airport for your connection flight to Istanbul. (B)

END OF THE TOUR


Hotel Accommodation:

Istanbul 4* Europlaza Hotel or similar SNGL/BB

Gallipoli – Troy 3* Grand Eceabat or Eceabat Hotel SNGL/HB

Kuşadası 5* Charisma Hotel or similar SNGL/HB

Cappadocia Asiana Cave Botique or similar SNGL/BB

Tour Price Includes:

-   Transfers to/from airports

-   All the sightseeing tours

-   Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide throughout tours

-   Entrance fees to the various sites

-   Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle

-   Hotel accommodation based on single occupancy - İstanbul 4* (BB), Çanakkale 3*(BB), Kuşadası 5*(HB), Cappadocia Cave Botique(BB)

-   Meals as indicated in the itinerary

-   B : Breakfast , L : Lunch , D : Dinner

Tour price excludes

- Meals not mentioned above ( B breakfast , L lunch , D dinner )

- Drinks & beverages

- All personal expenses

- Tips to driver & guide

- Domestic flight tickets to/from Cappadocia approx.

 

NOTE:
1.Visas should be obtained prior to departure.
2.Please check visa requirements for the Country of transit and travel with the respective consulates.

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