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11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

DESTINATION : Istanbul-Canakkale-Kusadasi-Pamukkale-Konya-Kapadokya-Istanbul

HIGHLIGHTS : Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, Hagia Sophia, Gallipoli, Troy, Akropolis, Asclepion, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Mausoleum of Mevlana

 

 

 

Day 1, Friday: Departure from USA to Istanbul

Day 2, Saturday: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you are met by name board and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3, Sunday: Istanbul – H/D Old City Tour

Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights to include: Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616 that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. You walk across the famous Byzantine Hippodrome where gladiators had fought and chariots had raced. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Your guide will take you to Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Optional : H/D Istanbul (PM)

You will be guided through Topkapı Palace, the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 15th-19th centuries. The 6 million square footpalace, the oldest and largest remaining in the world, housed more than 10,000 people and is loaded with extraordinary gold, silver and gem collections, a jeweled throne room and the remains of a 400-room harem pavilion.. (Harem section is not included in the program; if requested extra entrance fee is due).Your last stop will be the Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.

Day 4, Monday: Istanbul-Gallipoli & Dardanelles-Canakkale

After breakfast head to Gallipoli. The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Kabatepe Gallipoli. Then you will pass over the Dardanelles by ferry and you will proceed to Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 5, Tuesday: Canakkale-Troy & Pergamum - Kusadasi

After breakfast you will drive to Troy. Your guide will show you the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and of the Trojan horse which was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. After the visit you will proceed to Pergamum. The ancient town of Pergamum was one of the most important centers of culture and artsof its time. Your guide will escort first to the Acropolis, and see the Temple of Athena, the library, the Royal Palaces, the Temple of Trojan, the steepest theater of the world, the Temple of Dionysos, the Altar of Zeus which was referred to in the Bible as "Satan's Seat." Pergamum was a great center of scholarship and learning. Anthony took the library with its 200,000 rolls and transferred it to Alexandria as a present for Cleopatra. Then you visit Asclepion, an amazing ancient medical center. The ruins here are so complete that walking among them one can relive the methods employed in this health center, from sacrifice to psychodrama… Travel along the Aegean coast to Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Kusadasi- Free day

Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s most sophisticated holiday centers; a perfect place for vacation with its sandy beaches and glassy water. The contrast of the lively holiday life with the quietness of ancient ruins create the special atmosphere of the city.Today, you can enjoy your day at leisure in Kusadasi or you can choose to visit Ephesus, by our optional tour.Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Optional:F/D Ephesus Tour with Lunch

After breakfast, you head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where you spend a busy day visiting the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, recently excavated monuments, the temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library and hillside palaces. Then you will visit the House of Virgin Mary. Mother Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims. Next visit is to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world...

Day 7, Thursday: Kusadasi-Pamukkale

After breakfast proceed to Pamukkale “the Cotton Castle”, once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal-mineral baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls”. You will admire the view of pure-white enormous basins and stalactites created by millions of years of mineral-rich hot spring waters spilling down the hillside. After lunch, visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil's Hole, and the Masterpiece Theater. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 8, Friday: Pamukkale-Cappadocia

After breakfast transfer to Cappadoccia. First visit is Konya, the famous city for being the location of Rumi's tomb; The Mausoleum of Mevlana. After this stop you will drive to to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day 9, Saturday : Free Day in Cappadocia

Today, you can explore the amazing landscape of Cappadocia by your own or you can join our optional tours. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Optional: F/D Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast you will head to the Red Valley and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere Valley. After you visit Cavusin, famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen, your guide will lead you into the ancient underground city of Kaymakli, the maze of tunnels and dwellingchambers for 5,000 inhabitants and their animals dug during the 7th and 8th centuries and descending 7 stories underground.

Optional: Hot Air Balloon Ride (AM)

Day 10, Sunday: Cappadocia

Today, you can explore the amazing landscape of Cappadocia by your own or you can join our optional tours. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Optional: F/D Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast start touring marvel at the unique fairy chimneys in the Devrent Valley; then you visit to Pasabag (also known as Monk’s Valley), to see the fascinating mushroom shaped pinnacles. After Avanos visit, your guide will escort you to the ancient rock-cut churches and Christian settlements of the Goreme open air museum. The last stop of this tour will be the Ucguzeller fairy chimneys.

Optional: Whirling Dervishes (PM)

Day 11, Monday: Cappadocia-Istanbul

Today you will fly to Istanbul and you can enjoy your free afternoon in this beautiful city. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 12: Istanbul departure

After breakfast you have transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

 

Includes

Hotel accommodations in 4* / 5* Hotels

3 nights in Istanbul
1 night in Canakkale
2 nights in Kusadasi
1 night in Pamukkale
3 nights in Cappadocia
All meals as written in the itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)(10 x breakfast / 7 x dinner)
English speaking professional tour guides
Transportation by modern vehicles with A/C
All transfers written in the itinerary
Entrance fees
Parking fees
Flight ticket ; Kayseri-Istanbul

Hotels

3 nights 4 star Istanbul Bulvar Palas Hotel (http://hotelbulvarpalas.com/) or similar hotel
1 night 4 star Canakkale Hotel Tusan (http://tusanhotel.com/ind-en.htm) or similar hotel
2 nights 4 star Kusadasi Marina Hotel (http://www.marinahotelkusadasi.com/) or similar hotel
1 night 5 star Pamukkale Colossae Hotel
(http://www.colossaehotel.com/colossae/lang/2/en/english.aspx) or similar hotel
3 nights 4 star Cappadocia Avrasya Hotel (www.avrasyahotel.com/eng.php) or similar hotel

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