(11 days / 10 nights)

Istanbul – Ankara – Cappadocia – Konya – Mevlana – Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Aphrodisias – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale – Istanbul

Day 1: Arrive in İstanbul, Turkey (D)

  • Arrive in İstanbul
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Included welcome cocktail and presentation
  • The remainder of the day is yours free to explore.
  • Included welcome dinner
  • Overnight

Day 2: Istanbul (BL)

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Underground Cistern
  • Break at a coffee house
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Dinner ( not included )
  • Overnight

 Day 3: Istanbul – Ankara (BLD)

  • Spice Market
  • Istiklal Street
  • Lunch
  • Drive to Ankara
  • Dinner and overnight in Ankara

Day 4: Ankara – Cappadocia (BLD)

  • Atatürk’s Mausoleum
  • Anatolian Civilizations Museum
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Drive to Cappadocia
  • Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia

Day 5: Cappadocia (BLD)

  • Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia
  • Devrent, Pasabag, Uchisar,Avanos
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Göreme open air Museum
  • Dinner 
  • Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 6 : Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (BLD)

  • Sultanhan Caravanserai
  • Lunch in Konya
  • Mevlana ( Rumi) Museum
  • Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7: Pamukkale-Aphrodisias-Kusadasi (BLD)

  • Aphrodisias
  • Lunch
  • Kusadasi
  • Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Day 8: Kusadasi-Ephesus-Kusadasi (BLD)

  • Ephesus
  • Virgin Mary’s House
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Day 9 : Kusadasi – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale (BLD)

  • Pergamon Acropolis
  • Asclepion
  • Red Basilica
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Troy
  • Dinner and  overnight in Canakkale

Day 10:  Canakkale – Istanbul (BLD)

  • Drive to Istanbul
  • Gallipoli Battlefields
  • Bosphorus Cruise
  • Dinner and  overnight in Istanbul

Day 11: Istanbul (B)

  • Transfer to the airport for departure flights.

GLORIES OF TURKEY (11 days/10 nights)

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Enjoy a comfortable private tour with friendly and expert local guidance featuring air conditioned private vehicles and selected premium hotels.

Legendary ISTANBUL, the mesmerizing metropolis of contrasts. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and imperial mosques, marvel at the amazing monuments of three empires, its stunning natural beauty and fascinating history. Savor delicious food, enjoy a luxurious Turkish bath and shop in colorful ancient bazaars.

At Anatolia’s heart is the modern Turkish capital of ANKARA. Monuments and museums to the founding of the Turkish Republic line the boulevards, and Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is buried at his final resting place in Anitkabir.

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, showing the history of man in a triumphant parade of extraordinary archaeological artifacts dating back 50,000 years to the 2nd century AD, and the finest collection of archaeology in the country.

DISCOVER CAPPADOCIA…A thrilling experience of surreal landscape, superb artisans and unique lifestyle. Discover ancient chapels in hollowed out fairy chimneys and mysterious underground dwellings hidden beneath villages, meet local people, walk in rose hued valleys with vineyards, glide over captivating landscapes on a hot air balloon and sip local wine watching panoramic views.

KONYA is the spiritual center for followers of the great Turkish philosopher Mevlana, who preached of human love and said that mystical unity with God could be reached through the Sema, a whirling dance to music performed by the dervishes to this day. Mevlana Museum, is the symbol of the city.

Discover PAMUKKALE’s white travertine pools, fed for millennia by calcium-rich underground springs and outstanding ruins of Hierapolis, site of the martyrdom of St. Peter and home to the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey.

APHRODISIAS is one of the finest archaeological sites of Anatolia Turkey. Archaeologists have been working since 1961 to uncover a city that since has revealed extraordinary temples, amphitheatres, agoras,  exqisite sculptures and a remarkably preserved stadium. Explore the city named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, who had here her temple as the focal point of the town.

KUSADASI is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. Its seafront promenade, marina and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants.

Stroll through the streets of EPHESUS, the stunning Greco-Roman city with marble temples, monumental fountains, agoras, public baths, and a 25,000 seat theater. One of the seven early churches of Asia Minor where St. Paul spoke and Virgin Mary lived the last years of her life. Intriguing stories and well preserved streets will take you back in time.

Visit PERGAMON where parchment was first created. Home of the original Great Library, its acropolis has the steepest ancient theater in Asia Minor.

THE GALLIPOLI PENINSULA , a strategic gateway into the Mediterranean Sea is the most important historical site where the course of history of the Turkish Republic has changed. Visit Gallipoli battlegrouds and the Anzac Cove which is the landing site of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I. Visit ancient Troy where Helen launched a thousand ships and the Trojan war was ended  by the erection of a giant wooden horse filled with Achaeans at the gates of Troy.

SUGGESTED MEALS
Breakfast            10
Lunch                   9
Dinner                  9

HOTELS
4 Star Deluxe or Premium Boutique Hotels

SERVICES INCLUDED
1. Accommodation in 4 star deluxe or premium boutique hotels
that will be mentioned in the detailed itinerary.
2. Airport transfers for arrival and departure
3. Professional tour guide services in English
4. Air conditioned deluxe vehicle with a driver all along the tour
(1-6 pax minibus- 7/14 pax midibus- 15 pax up coach)
5. Vehicle expenses (parking, tolls, ferry ride, high ways)
6. Domestic flights in the itinerary
7. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as will be stated on detailed itinerary.
8. All visits stated in the itinerary
9. All entrance fees to the sites and museums indicated in the itinerary
10. Tips to the hotels with porter services
11. Tips to the restaurants for included meals
12. Local taxes and service charges

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
1. International flights to/from Turkey
2. Meals not stated in the itinerary
3. Beverages with meals
4. Personal expenses
5. Travel insurance
6. Gratuities for the guide and driver
7. Airport taxes and fees
8. Passport and visa services and fees
9. Items not mentioned above or in the itinerary

Explore fascinating Turkey with a highly knowledgeable and friendly private tour guide.

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