Grand Turkey Group Tours
Tour Code: CS-07
Duration: 10 days,9 nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia
Tour Price: From $1250 per person, double occupancy. (Land only) (Small Group Tour)
Reservation Deadline is 6 weeks prior to arrival date, for bookings received after the deadline there will be an additional charge as a difference for domestic flights depending on availability.
Filled with unforgettable sights and scenery, treasures of Turkey tour for 10-day sojourn features comprehensive sightseeing in Istanbul, the historic battlefield of Gallipoli, and the legendary cities of Troy and Pergamum. Other highlights include: ancient Ephesus, once a center of the Roman Empire; ancient Hierapolis; the thermal baths of Pamukkale; mystical Konya; and the Martian-like landscape of Cappadocia, with it’s remarkable rock-cut churches, and “Fairy Chimneys”.
Day 1 (Tuesday) Depart from your home country
Day 2 (Wednesday) ARRIVE ISTANBUL
Arrival to Istanbul Transfer to Hotel
Day 3 (Thursday) ISTANBUL OLD CITY TOUR
Byzantine and Ottoman Heritage Tour (2010 European Capital of Culture – (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
After breakfast at your hotel, you begin a full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Highlights include a visit to the illustrious Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), the ancient Roman Hippodrome (site of chariot races) and the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine church that was converted to a mosque in 15th century. You will also visit the famed “Blue Mosque” and the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar, where you’ll have free time to discover some of the nearly 4,000 tiny shops that line its maze of passageways. (B, L) Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday will be replaced with Spice Bazaar
Day 4 (Friday) Half-Day Bosporus Cruise
This morning you’ll be picked-up at your hotel proceed to the embarkation point of your Bosporus cruise. The cruise offers you wonderful views of Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, which shores are lined with marble palaces, centuries old wooden villas constructed in the Ottoman style, luxurious apartment houses and other residences. You will also see Rumeli Fortress, a fortification built to control entry to the Bosporus Strait and protect Istanbul. At the end of the cruise (approx. 1:00 pm), you will be driven back to your hotel Free afternoon Stay overnight in Istanbul (B)
Day 5 (Saturday) ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI
Departure early in the morning (06:30) and drive to Canakkale – 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. Stay Overnight in Canakkale. (B, L, D)
Day 6 (Sunday) TROY – PERGAMON – (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
After breakfast we start to explore the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the “Trojan Horse” and “Helen of Troy” the proceed to The city of Pergamon in the north of the Aegean of West Anatolia with the frontiers to ancient Mysia, forms a significant part of the Aegean and Asia Minor history with Acropolis, one of the centers of Hellenistic and Roman ages. Stay Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 7 (Monday) EPHESUS TOUR – (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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 celsus 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. Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Fashion will be show at leather outlet center. Stay Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 8 (Tuesday) PAMUKKALE TOUR- (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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. Overnight Stay in Pamukkale (B, L D)
Day 9 (Wednesday) PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA
Departing from Pamukkale to Cappadocia through Konya, visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ”Whirling Dervishes” and visit 13th century Selcuk caravanserai “Sultanhan” in Konya. Drive to the hotel in Cappadocia. Driving Distance approx. eight hours (B, L, D)
Day 10 (Thursday) CAPPADOCIA – (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Optional Hot Air Balloon (04:45- 08:30 AM) Early in the morning 04:45 AM join Hot air Balloon Return to hotel Today.
An impressive day will start with Dervent valley. Then we keep going on with Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys” where you can feel the mystic of Fairy Chimneys. We will break at Avanos center of terracotta art. Ceramic art dated back to the 3000 BC in the area and survived from to generations. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Icons in Cappadocia. Soft rocks of Cappadocia from the clefts carved out to form stables, churches, and monasteries. We will enjoy the day by taking a look to the Goreme Valley from next to the Uchisar Rock-Castle. Proceed to Under Ground city of Ozkonak or Cardak. Stay overnight in Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Optional Turkish Night (In the evening join for the Traditional Turkish night to see folk and belly dancer in the cave restaurant).
Day 11 (Friday) CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL
After Breakfast Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Istanbul or Home. (B)
PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES 2019
Dates and prices 2019 in US$ per Person Twin Share
|Single Supplement: $280
Pre and post accommodation $60 per person in double occupancy single room $90 (bed and breakfast)
PS: Package deadline is three weeks prior of Departure date.
PS: If you require air ticket from USA or Canada, please contact us.
What The Price Includes
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- 9 Nights’ Accommodation at 4 and 5 Star Hotels, 3 nights Istanbul 1 night Canakkale, 2 Nights Kusadasi 1 Night Pamukkale , 2 nights Cappadocia
- 24 Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner ) 10 Breakfast, 8 lunch, 6 dinner
- Transportation by non-smoking, air-conditioned mini/midi bus
- Services of a professional English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees to the sites visited, per itinerary
- Hotel taxes and services charges
- Domestic flight from Cappadocia (Kayseri /Nevsehir airport) to Istanbul)
- Gratuities to tour staff
- All items of a personal nature (laundry, taxis, etc.)
- Beverages (except for those served with breakfast).
- Visa fees
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