Amazing Turkey (11D)
Duration : 11 Days – 10 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul.
Operates : All Year Round. Daily. Flight and Mini Bus. Max 12 persons
Price : Price on Application
Amazing Turkey (11 Days)
Duration: 11 Days – 10 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul.
Operates: All Year Round. Daily. Flight and Mini Bus. Max 12 persons Price: Price on Application
Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Istanbul airport our local representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival we may be able to enjoy an excursion not available in our fixed itinary or you may wish to spend the day at your leisure.
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast your guide will meet you in the reception lounge and escort you around the Old City. You will visit the “Blue Mosque” famed for its stunning blue Iznik Tiles and Sıx Mınarets, The Byzantine Basilica of Hagia Sofia, with its amazing mosaics and frescoes, Topkapi Palace, the home of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years, the Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome, with its Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and the Fountain of Kaiser Wilheim II. A visit to the Grand Bazaar, with over 4,000 shops rounds off the day. Transfer back to your hotel.
Day 3: İstanbul – Canakkale
After an early breakfast we drive to Canakkale. After lunch the tour of the Northern Battlefields commences at the Ecebat Museum and we visit Anzac Cove, where we can walk through the rows of white grave stones of the fallen Australian and New Zeland soldiers. The words of M.Kemal Atatürk: Those Mothers Who Sent Their Sons…..” are engraved on a granite slab close by. We also visit the Turkısh and Allied trenches at Johnstones Jolly, which were, in places, no more than 10metres apart. We pay our respects to the fallen Turkish soldiers at the Turkish cemetery and open air mosque. From the peninsula we cross the Dardanelles Straits to Canakkale for our overnight stay.
Day 4: Canakkale - Troy
We leave Canakkale for Troy after breakfast and visit the ancient city, imortalised by Homer in the “Iliad” and walk in the footsteps of Achilles and Odessyus, heros of the Trojan War. We continue to the ancient city of Pergamum with its Library, Acropolis and well preserved Theatre. The city is named as one of the Seven Churches of the Revaelation in the Holy Bible We also visit the Asclepieion where Galen the worlds most famous physician lived in the 2ndC AD. We depart for Kusadasi where we stay for two nights.
Day 5: Ephesus
The tour of Epesus begins with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary. Little is known of Mary’s life after she fled Jerusalem following the crucifixion of Christ, but religious scholars believe she came to Seljuk with John the Baptist. The drive down Mount Pion will take you the ancient site and you will walk along the Sacred Way, passing the Amphitheatre were St Paul preached, the Library of Celsius, the Odeon, the Agora and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Day 6: Hierapolis and Pamukkale
After breakfast you are driven to Hierapolis famed for its therapeutic baths,the Basilica, the Church of StPhillip, the largest necropolis in Turkey and its magnificent Amphitheatre. The on-site museum exhibits statuary and artefacts unearthed in excavations in the area. The Travertines of Pamukkale , the”Cotton Castle”, were formed hundreds of years ago by the calcified waters which pour down the mountain. You have the opportunity to paddle in the pools or bathe in the Roman Baths. We stay overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7: Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia
From Pamukkale we drive to Konya, the home of the mystical “Whirling Dervishes”. We visit the tomb of the founder of the sect, Mevelana, which is located in the museum. His exquisitly carved tomb is placed centrally beneath the blue-green dome, which is covered on the interior with stars and the sarcophagus is engraved with his poetic verses. We depart for Cappadocia for a two night stay.
Day 8: Cappadocia
After breakfast we depart on a tour of the area and we will visit the Red Valley, Monks Valley and the village of Avanos, famous for its ceramics. The Goreme Open Air Museum is filled with Cave Churches adorned with colourful frescoes. Their bright colours are as vivid as the day they were painted, due to the fact that they have not been exposed to daylight. Two night stay
Day 9: Cappadocia - Istanbul
For the early bird an optional Hot Air Balloon Flight over the lunar landscape can put a whole new perspective on the rugged terrain. As dawn breaks these colourful giants climb into the air and drift silently over the valley's filled with "fairy chimney's and rock caves. We visit the Pigeon Valley, Uchisar Castle and the underground city of Kaymakli. After the tour you will be transferred to Kayseri airport for the evening flight to Istanbul.
Day 10: Bosporous Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour
After a visit to the Spice Market we embark onto a ferry for a cruise along the Bosporous, from the busy Ferry Terminal at Eminonu. From the comfort of the ships lounge we sail past the Maidens Tower and the beautiful Ottoman Palaces and Mansions which line the shores of the winding waterway. At the terminus we have the chance to sample the local fare in one of the restaurants which specialise in sea foods before returning to the bustling dockside. Afterwards we visit the last home of the Sultans, Dolmabahce Palace. In the Harem we can see the bedroom where M.Kemal Atatürk, the Founding Father and First President of the Republic, passed away on the 10th of November 1938
Day 11: Departure
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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