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Sultan's Choice

                          

 

13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS

TOUR CODE : TE-01

DESTINATION : Istanbul-Canakkale-Ayvalik-Izmir-Pamukkale-Konya-Kapadokya-Istanbul

HIGHLIGHTS : Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, Topkapi Palace, Grand Covered Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Gallipoli, Troy, Assos, Akropolis, Asclepion, Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Sirince Village,Aphrodisias, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Tripolis, Buldan, Catalhoyuk, Mausoleum of Mevlana, Sultanhani Caravanserai, Devrent Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Red Valley, Kaymakli Underground City

 

 

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. You will meet your guide at a Wellcome Dinner at evening. Overnight in Istanbul. (D)

Day 3, Sunday: Istanbul – F/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 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, leather ware and souvenir. You will be guided through Topkapı Palace, the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 15th-19th centuries. The 6 million square foot palace, 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) and 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)

Day 4, Monday: Istanbul – Canakkale – Gallipoli- 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 proceed by ferry over the Dardanelles to Canakkale. Canakkale is a pretty, small port city located on the Dardanelles strait on the Asian side of Turkey. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 5, Tuesday: Troy-Assos-Ayvalik

Relax over your hotel breakfast in Çanakkale, and then travel with your guide to the ancient city of Troy for a look at its famous ruins. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has a fascinating history that dates back nearly 4,000 years. On a walking tour, hear tales of the Trojan War – an important Greek mythological story – and learn about the Trojan prince (Paris) who ran away with Zeus’ daughter (Helen) and sparked the Trojan War. Visit the wooden Trojan Horse that symbolizes the town. After the visit,you will proceed to Assos.This is a village that is consisted of two parts: the ‘real’ village on the top of a hill overlooking the sea, and a coastal part right down by the shore (which was the harbour of the village in the past). Both parts are equally old and full of stone buildings with traditional Mediterranean architecture. On the top of the hill over the old town, tou will visit theTemple to Athena (Athena Tapınağı), (on the top of the hill over the old town)It dates back to the 6th century BC and has the first ever Doric columns (still standing) built on Asian soil. At afternoon you drive along the west coast to Ayvalik. Ayvalık is a popular North Aegean seaside resort for local people, surrounded by groves of olive trees which produce much of Turkey's best olive oil. Your last stop for today will be the Devil’s Table; above the forest of pine trees Camp. Forest of pine trees where you can relax Camp tables, toilets, drink water and telephone services, such as you can find. The top of an old lava pond, a round table, which looks like a table of devils. Iron is said to belong to the devil in the cage has a huge footprint. The sunset from the devil’s table creates a unique landscape. Overnight in Ayvalik. (B,D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Kozak Plateau-Pergamum-Izmir

After breakfast, you will head to Pergamum. On the hills that connect the town of Ayvalik to Bergama, ancient Pergamum, you will drive through the Kozak Plateau; Not a typical tourist destination; a settlement of 16 villages, 20 km from our city, without transportation problem, with its natural beauties, geological formations, peaks, plains, highlands and canyons and with spectacle views, a lovely plateau center. You will enjoy your lunch withtraditional turkish meals, in a typical village there. After the lunch you will proceed to Pergamum. The ancient town of Pergamum was one of the most important centers of culture and arts of its time. Your guide will escortfirst 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. Drive to Izmir and overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

Day 7, Thursday: Izmir-Ephesus-Sirince-Izmir

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. At afternoon you will visit Sirince; a village on the borders of Selcuk, located on a plateau, behind a beautiful valley and surrounded by mountains.Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope are all Orginal with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the entrance of the vilage and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its buiding style, house, streets and wine made by the villagers.Overnight in Izmir. (B)

Day 8, Friday: Izmir-Aphrodisias-Pamukkale

After breakfast you will travel to Aphrodisias where you will see the best-preserved stadium in Anatolia and many other monumental structures, among them the Tetrapylon, the Temple of Aphrodite and Hadrian’s Baths. All these and an outstanding display of local statuary make Aphrodisias a site to remember. After the visit you will proceed 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. At late afternoon you will check inn to the hotel in Pamukkale, where you can relax and enjoy the thermal pool of the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 9, Saturday :Pamukkale-Buldan Village-Tripolis

After breakfast, you will drive to the typical village of Buldan where you will enjoy free time to discover this village's famous handmade fabrics (mainly house linens). Then you will visit Tripolis Ad Meandrum; an ancient Phrigian city, which was located in the municipality of Yenicekent, in the town of Buldan. The city has been mentioned by many ancient writers, most importantly by Plinius and Ptolemaios. Your guide will show you visiting points like The Philadelphia Gate, the Theater Bath Cistern, the Roman Agora, the Arched Agora, the Columned Street and the Mausoleum. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 10, Sunday:Catalhoyuk – Konya

Today, you will leave Pamukkale and the Aegean Region and you will drive to Catalhoyuk; located in the Middle Anatolian Region. The only Neolitic site on the UNESCO listfrom the Middle East, holds universal value for our understanding of the way of life in early agricultural settlements. Catalhoyuk is the largest and best preserved Neolithic site found to date.From there you will proceed to Konya, the famous city for being the location of Rumi's tomb; The Mausoleum of Mevlana. This small museum constructed in the 16th century was attributed to Mevlana, the great Turkish & founding mystic of the famous convent of 'whirling dervishes' The old city of Konya, having been the capital of the Seljuk Empire, is full of the numerous most interesting examples of the early time of the Turk-Islamic architecture. Overnight in Konya. (B)

Day 11, Monday: Konya-Cappadocia

After breakfast you will travel to the Sultanhani Caravanserai, with its great portals, pavilion mosque, towers and other architectural features, this caravanserai is reminiscent of the castle-like royal hans. After this stop you will drive to Cappadocia. You willstart 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 natural castle of Uchisar. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B)

Day 12, Tuesday: 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. Today, you will taste the traditional home made cuisine in a village house at lunch. 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 dwelling chambers for 5,000 inhabitants and their animals dug during the 7th and 8th centuries and descending 7 stories underground. Overnight in Cappadoccia. (B,L)

Day 13, Wednesday: Cappadocia-Istanbul

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

Day 14, Thursday: Istanbul departureAfter breakfast you have transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

 

 

 

Included

- Exclusive travel with small groups (max. 10 persons)

- 12 nights Hotel accommodation in category chosen

3 nights in Istanbul

1 night in Canakkale

1 night in Ayvalik

2 nights in Izmir

2 nights in Pamukkale

1 night in Konya

2 nights in Cappadocia

- Meals as written in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

(12 x breakfast / 2 x lunch / 5 x dinner)

- English speaking professional tour guide with government license

- Transportation by modern, comfortable vehicles with A/C

- All transfers as written in the itinerary

- Entrance fees

- Parking Fees

- Flight ticket ; Kayseri-Istanbul

4* Hotels

3 nights 4 star Konak Hotel (www.hotelkonak.com) or similar hotel in the heart of Istanbul

1 night 4 star Iris Hotel (www.irisotel.com) or similar Hotel in Canakkale

1 night 4 star Cinar Hotel ( www.ayvalikcinarhotel.com) or similar in Ayvalik

2 nights 5 star Hotel Renaissance Izmir (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/adbbr-renaissance-izmir-hotel/)‎ or similar in Izmir

2 nights 5 star in Pamukkale Hotel Colossae

(http://www.colossaehotel.com/colossae/lang/2/en/english.aspx) ‎or similar hotel

1 night 4 star Pasapark Hotel (http://www.pasapark.com.tr/site/en) ‎or similar hotel in Konya

2 nights 4 star Selcuklu Evi Cave Hotel (www.selcukluevi.com/tr)‎ or similar hotel in Cappadocia

5* Hotels

3 nights 5 star Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Center Hotel (www.ramadaplazaistanbul.com‎) or similar hotel in the heart of Istanbul

1 night 5 star Kolin Hotel (www.kolinhotel.com) or similar Hotel in Canakkale

1 night 5 star Grand Hotel Temizel Hotel (www.temizel.com.tr/eng/indexeng.html) or similar in Ayvalik

2 nights 5 star Hotel Renaissance Izmir (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/adbbr-renaissance-izmir-hotel/)‎ or similar in Izmir

2 nights 5 star in Pamukkale Hotel Colossae

(http://www.colossaehotel.com/colossae/lang/2/en/english.aspx) ‎or similar hotel

1 night 5 star Dedeman Konya Hotel (http://www.dedeman.com/hotel-konya/dedeman-konya.aspx) or similar hotel in Konya

2 night 5 star MDC Cave Hotel (www.mdchotel.com) ‎or similar hotel in Cappadocia

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