Treasures of Turkey by Private Car

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Highlights

Istanbul | Cappadocia | Pamukkale | Kusadasi | Pergamon | Troy | Canakkale
Highlights:

  • Tour 6 of Turkey’s historical UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Shop in the Grand Bazaar – one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets
  • Explore Kaymakli Ozkonak Underground City
  • Tour the city of Troy, site of the Trojan War – described in the historical work of Homer
  • Sail across the Dardanelles by a ferry

A country of almost unparalleled diversity, Turkey is the epitome of that overused phrase ‘east-meets-west’. Literally spanning the two continents of Europe and Asia, its turbulent and fascinating history unfolded as a succession of powerful empires sought control. And as each empire gained the upper hand, so the cultural and artistic heritage of this great country developed and grew. Today, its rich past provides the bedrock of the country’s new dynamic contemporary focus.

 

Turkey has it all…

  • A stunning coastline of over 5,000 miles… the word turquoise was invented to describe the color of the sea around its southern shores
  • Breathtakingly natural wonders including the volcanic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, and the astonishing frozen mineral waterfalls of Pamukkale
  • Wonders both ancient and modern… from the archeological sites of Ephesus to the boutique hotels of Bodrum
  • Some of most stylish and chic of Europe’s nightlife, restaurants and sporting venues
  • A rich cultural heritage encompassing Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences… more Greek ruins than Greece; and more Roman ruins than Italy!

 

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation by air-conditioned comfortable vehicles,
  • Professional English or Spanish or French or German Speaking Local Guide throughout the tour, Other languages are available upon request.
  • Sightseeing per itinerary,
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in Istanbul (BB), 2 nights in Cappadocia (BB), 1 night in Konya (HB),

1 night in Pamukkale (HB), 2 nights in Kusadasi (BB), 1 night in Canakkale (HB),

  • Entrance fees to the museums and sites mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Daily Breakfasts,
  • Service charges and VAT.

 

Tour does not include:

  • International & Domestic Airfares,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Lunches & Dinners those are not mentioned on the itinerary,
  • All type of drinks at meals,
  • Tips to the guide and driver.

Program Code

F-3034

Tour Length

10 Days / 9 Nights

Price From

$ 2,275

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Istanbul
Start your day with a tour of Istanbul’s old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. Continue to the magnificent Blue Mosque renowned for its exquisite blue tiles; Hippodrome, the former sporting and social center of Constantinople; and Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. After lunch, visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul’s largest mosque. (B)

Day 3: Istanbul | Kayseri | Cappadocia
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival, marvel at the region’s majestic nature. Visit all the sites, including; Soganli Valley, an abandoned village with old churches; Sobesos Excavation Site, an ancient Roman site with mosaic pavement; Taskinpasa Medresesi, an Ottoman theological school; Keslik Monastery, used in Byzantine Era until end of Ottoman Empire; and the village of Sinasos, know for its medieval rock-carved churches. (B,D)

Day 4: Cappadocia
Start the day with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see its fairy chimneys, continue to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see its natural wonders. Afterwards visit Avanos, an area renowned for its red clay since the biblical era. In the afternoon tour the Goreme Open Air Museum and stop at many breathtaking panoramic viewpoints. Wrap-up the day’s touring with a visit to the Kaymakli Ozkonak Underground City, where 4 of the 8 floors are open to the public. (B,D)

Day 5: Cappadocia | Konya | Pamukkale
Drive to Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-famous mystic figure. (B,D)

Day 6: Pamukkale | Kusadasi
Tour the ruins of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hot springs in the ancient city were used as a spa over 2,000 years ago. Later visit Aphrodisias, another UNESCO site, which a small ancient Greek Hellenistic city.(B,D)

Day 7: Kusadasi
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ephesus. An ancient city with many monumental structures, such as the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. (B,D)

Day 8: Kusadasi | Canakkale
Visit two ancient cities that are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. Pergamon was an ancient Greek city and one of the major cultural centers of the Greek world. Visit the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the Acropolis with their well-preserved remains. In the afternoon continue on to Troy, where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer. (B,D)

Day 9: Canakkale | Istanbul
After breakfast, sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferry and visit Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles, particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. After arriving in Istanbul in the late afternoon, the rest of the day is yours. (B)

Day 10: Depart Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)