(14 days/13 nights)

Istanbul – fly – Cappadocia – Mevlana – Konya – Perge – Aspendos – Antalya – Myra,Demre – Kekova -Hierapolis – Pamukkale – Aphrodisias – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale – Gallipoli – 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: Bosphorus Cruise (BL)

  • Spice Market
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque
  • Drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (included)
  • Bosphorus Cruise
  • Dinner (not included)
  • Overnight

Day 3: İstanbul: Old City Tour (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 4:  İstanbul – Fly to Kayseri – Cappadocia (BLD)

  • Transfer to the airport
  • Flight to Kayseri ( Cappadocia )
  • Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Göreme open air Museum
  • Local carpet weaving demonstration
  • Whirling Dervishes ritual (included)
  • Dinner (included )
  • Overnight

Day 5: Cappadocia (BLD)

  • Hot-Air Balloon Ride ( Optional)
  • Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia
  • Underground City
  • Lunch at a local restaurant  (included)
  • Avanos Pottery Town
  • Local pottery making demonstration
  • Wine tasting and dinner  (included )
  • Overnight

Day 6: Cappadocia-Konya (BLD)

  • Drive to Konya
  • Sultanhan Caravanserai
  • Mevlana ( Rumi) Museum
  • Karatay Medrese
  • Lunch
  • Sille Village
  • Dinner and overnight in Konya

Day 7: Konya – Antalya (BLD)

  • Drive to Antalya
  • Perge
  • Aspendos
  • Lunch
  • Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Day 8: Antalya (BLD)

  • Myra
  • Church of St. Nicholas
  • Lunch
  • Sailing to Kekova Island
  • Simena
  • Teimiussa
  • Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Day 9: Antalya – Pamukkale (BLD)

  • Drive to Pamukkale
  • Hierapolis
  • Lunch
  • Cotton Castle Travertines
  • Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Day 10: Pamukkale-Kusadasi (BLD)

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

Day 11: Kusadasi-Izmir (BL)

  • Ephesus
  • Virgin Mary’s House
  • Basilica of St. John
  • Dinner and overnight in Izmir

Day 12: Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale (BLD)

  • Pergamon Acropolis
  • Asclepion
  • Red Basilica
  • Lunch
  • Troy
  • Dinner and  overnight in Canakkale

Day 13: Canakkale – Istanbul (BLD)

  • Gallipoli Battlefields
  • Lunch
  • Arrive in Istanbul
  • Dinner and overnight in Istanbul

Day 14: Departure (B)

  • Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • End of tour

TALES OF ANATOLIA (14 days/13 nights)

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Enjoy a comfortable private tour with friendly and expert local guidance, featuring air conditioned private vehicles, selected premium hotels, and a flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia.
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.
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.
ANTALYA, the modern coastal city on the Mediterranean is surrounded by antiquity. Visit the remarkable ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos and enjoy the shoreline of golden sands, verdant peaks, densely forested mountains and pristine turquoise waters.
Explore ancient Lycian city Myra with impressive rock-cut tombs. In Demre, visit the church of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, known as Santa Claus. Sail over turquoise waters from Teimiussa to Kekova Island to discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena.
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.
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.
IZMIR, ancient Symrna with its palm-lined boulevards and sweeping bay, is known for its multicultural character, seaside restaurants and vibrant night life.
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    13
Lunch          12
Dinner         10

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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