Highlights of Turkey Tour

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The Highlights of Turkey tour focuses on the classics of Turkey, but takes an in-depth look at Istanbul and also features unusual and picturesque sights such as Assos and Cappadocia and makes a full visit of Konya – city of the Whirling Dervishes. This small group tour is structured to allow more time in each area and covers shorter distances where possible. The tour is conducted by comfortable non-smoking minivan with A/C and separate professional driver and we allow a maximum of 10 passengers on the tour. Your English speaking guide is certified by the Ministry of Culture. There are no expensive hidden extras. We start in Istanbul on the Marmara Sea, cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale, visit ancient Troy and continue to the enchanting Assos Harbor. As we continue along the coast of the Aegean Sea, we begin our discovery of the classical and biblical sights including Pergamon, Ephesus, Aphrodisias and Pamukkale. The finale of the tour is our visit to central Anatolia.
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL - ISTANBULStop At: Istanbul Ataturk AirportArrival at Istanbul Airport. Please look for your name after clearing customs. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similarDay 2: ISTANBUL – SULTANAHMETStop At: Basilica Cistern, IstanbulYou will meet your guide in the morning and s/he will brief you and the others in the group about the tour and answer any questions you may have. Visit the underground Basilica Cistern, with its interesting “weeping column” and Medusa head reliefs.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Topkapi Palace, IstanbulContinue to the Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and houses an impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Harem is extra and optional).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Blue Mosque, IstanbulAfter lunch, we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), IstanbulVisit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: KapalIcarsI, IstanbulWalk through the back streets of Old Istanbul to the Grand Covered Bazaar. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similarDay 3: ISTANBUL – ST SOPHIA – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALEStop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), IstanbulWe will visit the St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gallipoli Battlefield, Eceabat, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean CoastVisit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels) The Nek and Chunuk Bair. We cross the famous Dardanelles Straight by ferry pulling away from Kilitbahir Fortress. You are on your own after dinner and may want to walk along the port area and see the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy”. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in the friendly waterside town of Canakkale. Helen Park Hotel, Limani Hotel, Cura Hotel or similarDay 4: CANAKKALE – TROY – ASSOS – BERGAMAStop At: Troy (Truva), Canakkale, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean CoastToday is an enjoyable odyssey of the North Aegean Coast past the area is known as the “Troad”. We visit Troy, the legendary city of Homer and the beautiful Helen, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Behramkale, Assos, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will continue to Behramkale Village and visit the ancient city of Assos and Temple of Athena, high upon a hill. You can see the Greek Island of Lesvos from here. Aristotle founded his first school of philosophy in Assos. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bergama La Bella Hotel or similarDay 5: PERGAMON – SELCUK/KUSADASIStop At: Pergamon Antik Kenti, Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastWe will visit the lofty Pergamon Acropolis, and the ruins of Zeus Altar.The Acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view, with a very narrow and steep theater that could seat up to 10,000. Parchment paper was first produced here. See what remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, and Temple of Trajan. Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Red Basilica (Kizil Avlu), Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will pass the Red Hall for a viewStop At: The Asklepion, Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastThen continue to the Asclepion, which was the first known hospital and therapy center. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similarDay 6: EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – ST JOHN – SELCUK/KUSADASIStop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastToday we will visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a major pilgrimage site.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastEphesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater (Terrace Houses are extra and optional). We will also see a carpet weaving demonstration today and learn about Turkish carpets.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sirince Koyu, Sirince, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastContinue to Sirince Village, where you may taste different types of fruit wine.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastWe will also visit the Basilica of St. John.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Temple of Artemis, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastRemains of the Temple of Artemis, one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Duration: 15 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similarDay 7: SELCUK – APHRODISIAS – PAMUKKALE Stop At: Aphrodisias, Geyre, Turkish Aegean CoastWe will drive through the valley following the Meander River, which gave us the word “Meandering. We spend some time at the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, which is still being excavated. It features the Temple of Aphrodite, two agoras, a huge intact stadium, baths of Hadrian and theater, and was the site of a famous sculptural school.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, PamukkaleWe continue to the ancient site of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) with the Temple of Apollo and extensive Necropolis not to mention the famous calcium formations it is famous for. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Pamukkale Hal-Tur Hotel, Hierapark Hotel or similarDay 8: PAMUKKALE – EGIRDIR – KONYA Stop At: Lake Egirdir, Isparta, Isparta ProvinceWe drive across central Anatolia to Konya making a stop by in Egirdir town where you will be able to walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Egirdir. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Mevlana Muzesi, KonyaAfter lunch, we continue to Konya, known as Iconium in Roman times, which was the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Mevlana (Celaleddin Rumi) founded a Sufi order known as the Whirling Dervishes here. Visit the Museum of Mevlana. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Karatay Medresesi Museum, KonyaVisit Karatay Medrese which one the great Seljuk monuments. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ince Minare Museum, KonyaWe are going to also visit Ince Minareli Medrese which is another Seljuk monument.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Konya Anemon Hotel, Selcuk Sems-i Tebrizi or similar Day 9: KONYA – SILK ROAD – CAPPADOCIA – WHIRLING DERVISHESStop At: Sultanhani Kervansarayi, Sultanhani, Aksaray ProvinceWe will continue from Konya on the Old Silk Route and see Sultanhani Caravanseray before arriving in Cappadocia.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Selime Monastery, Guzelyurt, CappadociaVisit Selime, a village of rock cones below a mesa. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt, CappadociaWe will have lunch in Belisirma village on the Melendez River then visit Ihlara Valley. Descend into this incredible gorge, and then walk in the most scenic part of this canyon flanked by sheer rock walls. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu, CappadociaAfter this, we will descend deep into the earth through the passages and tunnels of Kaymakli Underground City. See the ingenious "millstone" defense doors, wineries and rooms carved from the living rock.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pigeon Valley, Goreme, CappadociaOur last stop is Pigeon Valley where we see the ancient dovecotes from across the ravine. Tonight we will also enjoy a performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave SuitesDay 10: CAPPADOCIA – CAVE CHURCHES AND GOREME VALLEY Stop At: Devrent Valley, CappadociaIn the morning you will experience the feeling of living in an Anatolian village, where houses are built in caves, and life goes on as it has for centuries. You may see villagers baking bread, drying fruit on their rooftops or riding on donkeys to their fields. We will begin our visit to the “fairy chimneys” (conical and unusual rock formations) in Devrent Valley.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Goreme, CappadociaWe continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a Byzantine monastery. See the finest examples of religious frescoes in rock-cut churches from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Pasabag, Urgup, CappadociaEnjoy Pasabagi Valley, while walking through vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" volcanic rock formations. We then continue to Avanos, the center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave SuitesDay 11: CAPPADOCIA – NEVSEHIR – ISTANBULPass By: Historic Areas of Istanbul, IstanbulTransfer at 07:30 to the Nevsehir airport for morning flight to Istanbul at 09:25 and upon arrival at 10:45 transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul. B.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similarDay 12: DEPARTUREPass By: Istanbul Airport Transfer, IstanbulPick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport 4 hours prior to your flight departure. Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 11x Breakfast
  • 8x Dinner
  • 9x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • All airport transfers
  • Water during meals (When guide is present)
  • Museum entry fees
  • Transportation in non-smoking minibus with English speaking guide and driver
  • Whirling Dervish performance
  • Domestic flight Cappadocia-Istanbul.
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Gallipoli Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Troy (Truva)
  • Entry/Admission - Behramkale
  • Entry/Admission - Pergamon Antik Kenti
  • Entry/Admission - The Asklepion
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
  • Entry/Admission - Aphrodisias
  • Entry/Admission - Hierapolis & Pamukkale
  • Entry/Admission - Mevlana Muzesi
  • Entry/Admission - Karatay Medresesi Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Ince Minare Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Sultanhani Kervansarayi
  • Entry/Admission - Selime Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Ihlara Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Entry/Admission - Pigeon Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Devrent Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
  • Entry/Admission - Pasabag

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Tourist visas
  • Drinks, mini-bar
  • Tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 10: CAPPADOCIA – CAVE CHURCHES AND GOREME VALLEY Stop At: Devrent Valley, Cappadocia In the morning you will experience the feeling of living in an Anatolian village, where houses are built in caves, and life goes on as it has for centuries. You may see villagers baking bread, drying fruit on their rooftops or riding on donkeys to their fields. We will begin our visit to the “fairy chimneys” (conical and unusual rock formations) in Devrent Valley. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Goreme, Cappadocia We continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a Byzantine monastery. See the finest examples of religious frescoes in rock-cut churches from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Pasabag, Urgup, Cappadocia Enjoy Pasabagi Valley, while walking through vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" volcanic rock formations. We then continue to Avanos, the center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave Suites
Day 11: CAPPADOCIA – NEVSEHIR – ISTANBUL Pass By: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Transfer at 07:30 to the Nevsehir airport for morning flight to Istanbul at 09:25 and upon arrival at 10:45 transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul. B. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similar
Day 12: DEPARTURE Pass By: Istanbul Airport Transfer, Istanbul Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport 4 hours prior to your flight departure. Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: ARRIVAL - ISTANBUL Stop At: Istanbul Ataturk Airport Arrival at Istanbul Airport. Please look for your name after clearing customs. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Duration: 45 minutes No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similar
Day 2: ISTANBUL – SULTANAHMET Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Istanbul You will meet your guide in the morning and s/he will brief you and the others in the group about the tour and answer any questions you may have. Visit the underground Basilica Cistern, with its interesting “weeping column” and Medusa head reliefs. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Continue to the Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and houses an impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Harem is extra and optional). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Blue Mosque, Istanbul After lunch, we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: KapalIcarsI, Istanbul Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul to the Grand Covered Bazaar. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similar
Day 3: ISTANBUL – ST SOPHIA – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Istanbul We will visit the St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Gallipoli Battlefield, Eceabat, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels) The Nek and Chunuk Bair. We cross the famous Dardanelles Straight by ferry pulling away from Kilitbahir Fortress. You are on your own after dinner and may want to walk along the port area and see the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy”. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in the friendly waterside town of Canakkale. Helen Park Hotel, Limani Hotel, Cura Hotel or similar
Day 4: CANAKKALE – TROY – ASSOS – BERGAMA Stop At: Troy (Truva), Canakkale, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Today is an enjoyable odyssey of the North Aegean Coast past the area is known as the “Troad”. We visit Troy, the legendary city of Homer and the beautiful Helen, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Behramkale, Assos, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will continue to Behramkale Village and visit the ancient city of Assos and Temple of Athena, high upon a hill. You can see the Greek Island of Lesvos from here. Aristotle founded his first school of philosophy in Assos. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Bergama La Bella Hotel or similar
Day 5: PERGAMON – SELCUK/KUSADASI Stop At: Pergamon Antik Kenti, Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will visit the lofty Pergamon Acropolis, and the ruins of Zeus Altar.The Acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view, with a very narrow and steep theater that could seat up to 10,000. Parchment paper was first produced here. See what remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, and Temple of Trajan. Duration: 2 hours Pass By: Red Basilica (Kizil Avlu), Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will pass the Red Hall for a view Stop At: The Asklepion, Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Then continue to the Asclepion, which was the first known hospital and therapy center. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similar
Day 6: EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – ST JOHN – SELCUK/KUSADASI Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Today we will visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a major pilgrimage site. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Ephesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater (Terrace Houses are extra and optional). We will also see a carpet weaving demonstration today and learn about Turkish carpets. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Sirince Koyu, Sirince, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Continue to Sirince Village, where you may taste different types of fruit wine. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will also visit the Basilica of St. John. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast Remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Duration: 15 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similar
Day 7: SELCUK – APHRODISIAS – PAMUKKALE Stop At: Aphrodisias, Geyre, Turkish Aegean Coast We will drive through the valley following the Meander River, which gave us the word “Meandering. We spend some time at the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, which is still being excavated. It features the Temple of Aphrodite, two agoras, a huge intact stadium, baths of Hadrian and theater, and was the site of a famous sculptural school. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale We continue to the ancient site of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) with the Temple of Apollo and extensive Necropolis not to mention the famous calcium formations it is famous for. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Pamukkale Hal-Tur Hotel, Hierapark Hotel or similar
Day 8: PAMUKKALE – EGIRDIR – KONYA Stop At: Lake Egirdir, Isparta, Isparta Province We drive across central Anatolia to Konya making a stop by in Egirdir town where you will be able to walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Egirdir. Duration: 40 minutes Stop At: Mevlana Muzesi, Konya After lunch, we continue to Konya, known as Iconium in Roman times, which was the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Mevlana (Celaleddin Rumi) founded a Sufi order known as the Whirling Dervishes here. Visit the Museum of Mevlana. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Karatay Medresesi Museum, Konya Visit Karatay Medrese which one the great Seljuk monuments. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Ince Minare Museum, Konya We are going to also visit Ince Minareli Medrese which is another Seljuk monument. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Konya Anemon Hotel, Selcuk Sems-i Tebrizi or similar
Day 9: KONYA – SILK ROAD – CAPPADOCIA – WHIRLING DERVISHES Stop At: Sultanhani Kervansarayi, Sultanhani, Aksaray Province We will continue from Konya on the Old Silk Route and see Sultanhani Caravanseray before arriving in Cappadocia. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Selime Monastery, Guzelyurt, Cappadocia Visit Selime, a village of rock cones below a mesa. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt, Cappadocia We will have lunch in Belisirma village on the Melendez River then visit Ihlara Valley. Descend into this incredible gorge, and then walk in the most scenic part of this canyon flanked by sheer rock walls. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu, Cappadocia After this, we will descend deep into the earth through the passages and tunnels of Kaymakli Underground City. See the ingenious "millstone" defense doors, wineries and rooms carved from the living rock. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Pigeon Valley, Goreme, Cappadocia Our last stop is Pigeon Valley where we see the ancient dovecotes from across the ravine. Tonight we will also enjoy a performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave Suites
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