Glories of Turkey Explorer Tour

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Glories of Turkey Explorer Tour

15 Day Itinerary

➤ Day 1:  Saturday Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel.

➤ Day 2:  Sunday Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene) and the Hippodrome.

Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.

Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel (B).

➤ Day 3: Monday Gallipoli Battlefields

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.

Overnight Çanakkale Special Class MD Barbaros Hotel (B, D).

➤ Day 4: Tuesday Troy, Acropolis of Pergamon

Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Overnight Kuşadası Boutique Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel (B, D).

➤ Day 5:  Wednesday Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Overnight Kuşadası Boutique Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel (B, D).

➤ Day 6: Thursday Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

Overnight Pamukkale 4 star Adem Pira Hotel (B, D).

➤ Day 7: Friday Termessos, Antalya

After breakfast we head for the resort town of Antalya, stopping along the way to visit the ancient Lycian city of Termessos which was built at a height of 1050 metres in the beautiful Taurus Mountain range. Once in Antalya we will take a walking tour of the old town area of Antalya known as "Kaleiçi". Amongst other things we'll visit Hadrian's Gate, the Ancient Harbour and Suna-Inan Kiraç Kaleiçi Museum which even has a Greek Orthdox Church in its garden!

Overnight Antalya 4 star Afflon Loft City Hotel  (B).

➤ Day 8: Saturday Perge, Aspendos, Side

Full day tour of the ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos and Side. In Aspendos, you can see the Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century and seating 15,000 people. Side is one of the best classical sites in Turkey with its Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins.

Overnight Antalya 4 star Afflon Loft City Hotel (B).

➤ Day 9: Sunday Antalya, Cappadocia

You will be transferred to Antalya airport for your flight to magical Cappadocia. Upon arrival in Cappadocia you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free time to explore.

Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D).

Day 10: Monday Cappadocia

Today we will visit Pigeon and Red Valley and then we visit Cavusin village and lastly Avanos town where we will learn about hand-made pottery

Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D).

➤ Day 11: Tuesday Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D).

➤ Day 12 Wednesday Mt Nemrut, Karatay Caravansaray, Kahramanmaras

Departure in the morning from Cappadocia, we we cross the Tekir plateau towards Adiyaman and Mt Nemrut. Along the way our first stop will be the Seljuk Karatay Caravansaray. The next stop will be Pinarbasi for a short tea break than onto Kahramanmaras which produces Turkey's best ice cream! From here we pass through Adiyaman and visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Severus (Cendere) Bridge and the Karakus Tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. This evening we will go to Mt Nemrut, ascend the mountain, watch the magical sunrise over the plateau, and visit the massive ancient rock statues. After the sunset we return to Adiyaman.

Overnight Adiyaman 3 star Euphrat Hotel Nemrut (B, L, D).

➤ Day 13 Thursday Gobekli Tepe, Sanliurfa, Harran

Today we drive to Sanliurfa, visiting Ataturk Dam, Turkey's largest, along. After short break we drive to Gobekli Tepe, predating Stonehenge by some 6,000 years, some believe it is the site of the world's oldest temple. Lunch will be in Sanliurfa and after lunch we visit the Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of Genesis where Abraham spend last years of his life. we will visit the ruins of Harran including city walls, oldest Islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. We then drive back to Sanliurfa where we will stay and you will have chance to see Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, where you can see the Prophet Abraham Cave and the Pools of the Holy Carp surrounding it, then wander around oriental covered bazaar.

Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa) 4 star Hotel Harran (B, L, D).

➤ Day 14 Friday Gaziantep, Istanbul

Departure from Sanliurfa for Gaziantep where you can see the famous Mosaic Museum, the largest in the world and home to the famous 'Gypsy Girl' mosaic. This museum exhibits superb mosaics discovered at the roman site of Belkis - Zeugma before Birecik Dam flooded most of the site. After lunch, we catch a flight to Istanbul from Gaziantep airport.

Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel (B, L).

➤ Day 15 Saturday Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)

 

From To Prices /Euro Singl Suppl.
01 Jan 2022 31 Dec 2022 2,195.00 540.00
01 Jan 2023 31 Dec 2023 2,195.00 540.00
  • Prices per person in twin share accommodation

➤ Please Note :

  1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 8.
  2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
  3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
  4. Domestic flight times may vary due to various circumstances.
  5. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights.

➤ Tour includes :

  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul

Istanbul Airport (IST)

Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul

Istanbul Airport (IST)

Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Domestic flight between Antalya and Cappadocia (possibly via Istanbul) and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Gaziantep and Istanbul and transfers
  • Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 14 nights - accommodation
  • 14 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 9 Dinners

➤ Tour does not include :

  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - Driver and Guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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