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Touch of Turkey

                           

 

 

 

 

Duration: 13 Nights 14 Days
Destination: Istanbul , Izmir, Kusadasi ,Ephesus, Sirince, Pamukkale, Antalya, Aspendos , Perge, Cappadocia,
Departure Everyday
Price pp start 5700 $ with small boutique style group ( group size 8 -9 people )
Please ask us for private tour
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Kusadasi.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul

Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. If you arrive early, we can arrange some activities for you upon request or just relax after your arrival in this magical city. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Private Istanbul City Tour (Topkapi Palace / Hippodrome / Blue Mosque)
(Breakfast included)
Your tour will commence at 08:30.
Topkapi Palace : Fresh from his conquest of Constantinople, Mehmet II built Topkapı Sarayı as his main residence in 1459–65. He planned it as a series of pavilions in four courtyards – a tribute in stone to the tent encampments of his nomadic forebears. Mehmet's palace was also the seat of government, and contained a college for training officials and soldiers. While government moved across the road to the Sublime Porte in the 16th century, Topkapı continued as the sultan's palace until Abdül Mecit I moved to Dolmabahçe Palace in 1853. With exhibits including the jewel-encrusted Topkapı Dagger and the amazing 86-carat Spoonmaker's Diamond, the Topkapı Treasury may be the most ostentatious collection of wealth ever gathered outside of the legendary Aladdin's cave.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (in Turkish Sultanahmet Camii) is regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of Islamic architecture.
Hippodrome: The site of the original Hippodrome, which extends away from the Sultanahmet mosque was laid out in 196 by the Roman emperor Severus. Constantine the Great turned it into a vast stadium capable of seating a hundred thousand spectators who watched horse and chariot races, gladiatorial combats, and other spectacles. The Hippodrome was where the heart of Constantinople's social life beat and also where popular displeasure was given voice and sometimes erupted into riots and rebellion.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir / Kusadasi
(Breakfast included)
Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Private Ephesus Tour
(Breakfast included)
A fully Guided Ephesus Tour starts at 09:00, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Artemis was the virgin goddess of nature, and protectress of women in childbirth. The enormous Temple of Artemis once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. In 263 AD., the temple was sacked and destroyed during the invasion of the Goths. ArtemisThe tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Private Day Turkish Village Tour to Sirince
(Breakfast included)
Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slopes of the settlement exist today in their original state with their white painted walls. Enjoy the breathtaking views at entrance of the village and experience the lively village streets. Sirince is popular for its unique building style, houses, streets and authentic apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and the Turks settled here in place. There are ancient remains of 42 Churches and Monasteries in and around the village. Sirince is also known as Ephesus in the mountains. Sirince is one of the few Government Protected Areas of Izmir, meaning its Original Authentic buildings are well preserved. The two Churches in the village center are particularly well preserved dating back to Anatolian Greek times. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Private Pamukkale Tour
(Breakfast included)
08:30 we depart on our tour of Pamukkale Travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Pamukkale is one of the most interesting places in the world, justly famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. We will visit the Domitian Gate. This monumental gateway was actually erected by Julius Frontinus, who was proconsul of the Roman province of Asia (middle western Anatolia) in 82 and 83 A.D., and dedicated to the emperor.We also see the Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit. After lunch we will visit Pamukkale Museum, and The Travertine's of Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 - Private Pamukkale to Antalya
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast we depart for Antalya (5 hours drive). Attaleia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the Pergamene king Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 B.C. Antalya is where St. Paul set sail from together with Barnabas on his first missionary journey by way of Perge in 46 A.D., and it was an important trading centre in the 2nd century A.D. The Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 A.D. was also commemorated with new monuments. Today Antalya is part on Turkey's "Gold Coast", an exquisite land of sun, sea, and history.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 8 - Private Perge - Aspendos Tour
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast depart for Perge and Aspendos (30 minutes drive).
PERGE: Perge was founded by Akhas, Mopsos, and Arnphilokhos who came here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 333 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. It is one of the better-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. After the tour of Perge, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. A naval battle was fought off Aspendos in 469 B.C. during which the Persian fleet was defeated by the forces of the Athenian general Cimon. Despite this however we see Aspendos being used as a Persian base in 411 B.C. With Alexander's defeat of the Persians in 334 B.C., Aspendos was freed of Persian rule. It was ruled by various Hellenistic period kings following the death of Alexander and like most other cities in Asia Minor it came under Roman rule in 133 B.C. Aspendos is most renowned for its theatre, the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 - Antalya to Cappadocia
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast, we depart for Antalya Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Boutique Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 10 - Private Cappadocia Tour
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast we shall start our Cappadocia tour including Goreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley, and Pasabag Valley. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be shown some of the ancient arts of Turkey, including carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. Free evening. Overnight boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Note: Before the tour there is an option to go hot air ballooning:
The Hot Air Balloon ascends at sunrise and the majestic ride lasts for approximately 60 minutes; in which we will float through valleys, between fairy chimneys and caves. The balloon will rise approximately 1000 feet in which you will experience the extraordinary views Cappadocia has to offer. On landing, champagne will be served to toast your arrival. It is a fantastic journey over the magical landscapes in the light the rising sun.
Day 11 - Private Cappadocia Tour / Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast we head to one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City. The early Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crops barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. The second part of our Cappadocia Tour will include Uchisar Castle, Avcilar, and Pigeon Valley. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 12 - Cappadocia to Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast you will have free time to enjoy the day at your own leisure. In the evening we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 13 - Private Istanbul Bosphorus & Two Continents
(Breakfast included)
Enjoy a magical Istanbul BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30.
After lunch we will visit the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Asian side of Istanbul.
Enjoy the myriad of sites you can see from the boat including:
Egyptian Bazaar: The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Bosphorus Cruise: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. Yıldız Palace became the fourth seat of Ottoman government in İstanbul. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Rumeli Fortress: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALACE : The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Bosphorus Bridge: Enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).
CAMLICA HILL is highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
Shopping at Bedesten (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 14 - Istanbul - End of Tour
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast check out from your hotel.


What is included
Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
* Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
* Domestic flight from Antalya to Cappadocia
* Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
* 4 nights in Istanbul at 5 star hotel including breakfast
* 3 nights in Kusadasi at 5 star hotel including breakfast
* 3 nights in Cappadocia at Cave hotel including breakfast
* 1 night in Pamukkale including breakfast
* 2 nights in Antalya including breakfast
* Guided private Istanbul City Tour
* Guided private Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
* Guided private Ephesus tour
* Guided private Turkish Village Tour
* Guided private Pamukkale Tour
* Guided private Antalya Tour
* 2 Full days Cappadocia Tour
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
* Professional English-speaking tour guides
* Return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Hotels

Istanbul:
Savoy Hotel Istanbul -Taksim
Golden Horn Hotel - Sirkeci **** http://www.thegoldenhorn.com
Green Park Hotel - Istanbul *** Taksim http://www.thegreenparktaksim.com
Alaadin Hotel (Boutique Style) http://www.hotelalaadinistanbul.com
Bonjour Guest House (Boutique Style) http://bonjourguesthouse.net
Kusadasi:
Charisma Hotel http://www.charismahotel.com
Pamukkale:
Colossea Thermal Hotel http://www.colossaehotel.com
Tripolis Hotel
Pamuksu Hotel-Pamukkalehttp://www.pamuksuhotel.com
Cappadocia:
Mdc hotel http://www.mdchotel.com
Antalya
Sheraton Voyager Resort Hotel-Antalya http://www.sheratonhotels.com
Porto Bello Beach Hotel-Antalya http://www.portobello.com.tr
Sea Life Hotel-Antalya http://www.sealifehotel.com
Argos Hotel-Antalya (Special Class) http://www.argoshotel.com

 

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