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14 Days

T
URKEY EXPERT TOUR

27 Meals
13 Nights, 14 Days
With Superior First Class Hotels

PROFESSIONALLY ESCORTED ITINERARY

Day 01 Friday
Arrive Istanbul

Meet and greet. A short orientation tour. Then transfer to the hotel for a welcome briefing. Evening is free. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 02 Saturday
Istanbul

Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. Visit the Royal TOPKAPI PALACE, home of the Ottoman Sultans, the BLUE MOSQUE, unique with six minarets, the Roman HIPPODROME SQUARE and the ST.SOPHIA CHURCH which is considered one of the worlds greatest architectural marvels.  Then visit the Grand Covered Bazaar with over 4,000 tiny shops. Evening at leisure. (B)

Day 03 Sunday
Istanbul - Troy - Canakkale

Drive to GALLIPOLI, through the European lands of Turkey. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferryboat. Visit ancient TROY, see its legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 04 Monday
Pergamon - Izmir

Drive to Bergama. Visit the ACROPOLIS, the steepest theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Trojan, Library. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit ASCLEPION, the ancient healing center and the RED BASILICA which is one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse (rev:2-12). Evening at leisure. Overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

Day 05 Tuesday
Ephesus - Izmir

Leave for EPHESUS, cradle of early Christianity (rev:2-1-7). Visit the HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY, the ancient Ephesus, the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM and the TEMPLE OF DIANA which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Return to Izmir. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

Day 06 Wednesday
Sardes - Pamukkale

Drive to SARDES (rev:3-1-6) capital of ancient Lydia. Visit the Temple of Cybele which later became a church, the famous SYNAGOGUE from the third century, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. See the Golden River Pactalos. Lunch en route. Proceed to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 07 Thursday
Hierapolis - Aphrodisias - Antalya

Morning tour of PAMUKKALE, noted ancient spa, where pure white travertine forms frozen waterfalls. Observation of carpet weaving at one of the local workshops. Drive to APHRODISIAS, the city of the Goddess of Love, see the well preserved stadium, the Odeon, the theater and the agora. Continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 08 Friday
Antalya

Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of PERGE and ASPENDOS and to the award winning ANTALYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 09 Saturday
Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia

Early departure to KONYA. Visit the Mevlana Museum, 13th century Whirling Dervish Monastery. After lunch continue to CAPPADOCIA where nature has scoured surrealistic moonscape shapes and where the persecuted Christians dug underground cities and churches during the 9th century. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Tonight, an OPTIONAL Folk and Belly Dance Show at one of the cave restaurants in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Sunday
Cappadocia

Full day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town, the natural citadel of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Monday
Cappadocia - Ankara

Morning sightseeing in Cappadocia. After lunch, visit the Agzikarahan Caravanserai from the Selcuk period. Drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, via Salt Lake. Evening at leisure. Overnight in ANKARA. (B,L)

Day 12 Tuesday
Ankara - Bursa

Visit the ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATION MUSEUM and the MAUSOLEUM of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara. Drive to BURSA. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 13 Wednesday
Bursa - Istanbul

Visit the Green Mosque, the Green Tomb and Bursas colorful Silk Bazaar. Drive to Istanbul. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 14 Thursday
Istanbul - End of the Tour

Escorted transfer to Istanbul airport for flight back. End of our services. (B)

B: Breakfast  L: Lunch  D: Dinner
 

HOTELS TO BE USED ARE

Istanbul Galata Anemon
(Boutique Hotel)
Canakkale Akol
(4 Star)
Izmir Anemon
(4 Star-authentic)
Pamukkale Colossae
(5 Star-best available)
Antalya Aspen
(Boutique Hotel)
Cappadocia Lodge
(4 Star-best meals)
Ankara Dedeman
(4 Star-best location)
Bursa Thermal
(5 Star-best available)

INCLUDING

13 nights hotel accommodation
at the above mentioned hotels
Sightseeing as per the itinerary
All escorted transfers
Daily breakfast
7 lunches
7 Dinners
Transportation by A/C bus, or
A/C van depending on the size of
the group
English speaking professional
tour guide throughout the tour
All Entry fees to the sites &
museums
Portage at hotels
Tips to the hotel and restaurant
staff
Service charges & local taxes
Travel documents, maps

EXCLUDING

Flights
Drinks and meals which are not
listed at the itinerary
All personal expenses
Turkish Visa Fee
Tips to the tour guide and driver