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Discover Turkey

Tour Code: TRPACKAGE135 | Package Tours | Duration: 12 days / 11 nights | Departure: Everyday

Highlights: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya

itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Your morning pick-up from the hotel will take you to visit St. Hagia Sophia. It stands as one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture, adorned with magnificent mosaics, marble pillars, and vibrant coverings. The temple's rich artistic decoration led Justinian to proclaim, "Solomon, I have outdone thee." Justinian oversaw the completion of this grand cathedral, which remained the largest for 1,000 years until the construction of the cathedral in Seville, Spain. Just across from St. Sophia is the Blue Mosque, renowned for its grand scale and distinctive six minarets. Built between 1609 and 1616, Sultan Ahmet I adorned its interior with 21,043 tiles from Iznik, creating a dominant blue color. The mosque came to be known as the 'Blue Mosque' due to its magnificent interior decoration. Continue your tour with a visit to the Ancient Hippodrome, once the site of chariot races, and home to three iconic monuments: The Obelisk of Theodosius, The Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. The journey proceeds to Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), the magnificent residence of Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Explore its exquisite collection, featuring crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, sultans' robes, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle containing relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Conclude the day with a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays and feast days), one of Istanbul's most vibrant institutions.

Day 3: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise (breakfast)
Your journey begins with a morning pick-up at 08:30 am from your hotel to visit the Spice Market/Spice Bazaar. As you step into this aromatic haven filled with scents of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, and various other herbs and spices, you'll have free time to explore and purchase fresh herbs and spices. Next, embark on the Bosphorus Tour By Boat, a traditional excursion sailing along the coastline that separates the continents of Europe and Asia. Admire the picturesque scenery with old wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Highlights include the Dolmabahce Palace, Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, and the Bosphorus Bridge. The journey concludes with a visit to Camlica Hill, Istanbul's highest point, where you can rest and enjoy the breathtaking panorama of Mystical Istanbul and the beautiful Bosphorus with its traditional-style landscaped gardens. (Overnight in Istanbul).

Day 4: Istanbul/Cappadocia – Cappadocia Tour 1 (breakfast-lunch)
After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival at Kayseri or Nevsehir airport, a transfer service will take you on a tour of Cappadocia. Begin your exploration at Devrent Valley, also known as 'Imagination Valley,' renowned for its unique and extraordinary landscape shapes resembling various animals. Continue to Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), home to mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys formed by harder rock material. The valley earned its nickname due to ascetic monks who lived hermit lifestyles here as early as the 5th century. The next destination is Avanos, set along the banks of the Red River. Explore the old village with its maze of stone houses and participate in a hands-on pottery workshop. Enjoy an included lunch break to recharge before proceeding to the Goreme Open Air Museum, showcasing rock formations and fascinating rock-cut churches. Your final stop for the day is Uchisar, a village perched on a steep rock formation, offering dramatic panoramas of astonishing Cappadocia. As the day concludes, you'll be taken to your hotel in Cappadocia for a restful night.

Day 5: Cappadocia Tour 2 (breakfast-lunch)
Today's tour takes us through the enchanting landscapes of Red Valley and Rose Valley, two adjacent valleys easily combined for a delightful walk. Don't miss the remarkable Hacli Church and Ayvali Church in Rose Valley, both adorned with astounding painted decorations. Our journey continues to the historic Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by a scenic exploration of Pigeon Valley, offering breathtaking views of natural cliffs and man-made caves. The day's highlights also include a visit to the Kaymakli Underground City, with eight levels dating from the 6th to 9th centuries, and Ortahisar Castle, a prominent structure in Nevsehir. You'll have an hour of free time during the day for refreshments and relaxation. The adventure concludes around 17:00 pm, and you'll be taken back to your hotel to unwind.

Optional tour: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Day 6: Cappadocia/Izmir - Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Today, you'll be transferred to Kayseri/Nevsehir airport for your flight back to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir airport, a transfer service will take you to Selcuk for the Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour. Explore the Ancient City of Ephesus, marveling at spectacular excavations, including the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Grand Theater. The library of Ephesus, adorned with columns and statues, provides a captivating glimpse into Roman history. The tour also includes a visit to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the magnificent Mosque of Isa Bey. After lunch, the tour continues to The House of the Virgin Mary, perched on Bulbul Mountain, where St. John is believed to have brought Mary. As the day concludes, you'll be transferred to a hotel in Kusadasi for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Hierapolis and Pamukkale Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Your day begins with a visit to Hierapolis City, also known as the 'Holy City.' Just outside the main entrance lies the Necropolis (Graveyard) with more than 1200 tombs and sarcophagi. Those buried here believed that proximity to the hot springs and vapor-emitting cracks would ease their journey to the Underworld. Among the tombs lies the Martyrium, an octagonal 5th-century edifice believed to mark the site where St. Philip was martyred in 80 CE. The Hierapolis City Bath, popular among vacationing Romans, now houses a modest Archaeological Museum. Carved into the mountainside is the impressive Grand Theater, with almost all of its seating area, capable of holding 25,000 people, still intact. After exploring Hierapolis, take a short stroll to Pamukkale, meaning 'Cotton Castle,' renowned for its thermal springs for over 23 centuries. Legend has it that the snow-white cliffs are solidified cotton left to dry by giants. The mineral-rich water forms terraced bowls, cascading over petrified stalactites into milky pools. Don't miss a healing dip in the sacred fountain of Cleopatra’s pool, with warm, clear, fizzy water bubbling from the springs. Cleopatra's Pool, adorned with Ancient Roman columns on its bottom surface, is truly an oasis. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the terraces and a one-hour free break to rest, take in the views, and refresh at the on-site cafeteria. The day concludes with a return to Kusadasi for your overnight stay.

Day 8: Kusadasi / Flight to Antalya (Breakfast)
After breakfast, depart for Izmir airport and catch a flight to Antalya according to the current flight schedule. Upon arrival at Antalya airport, we'll meet you and transfer you to a hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing, as tomorrow brings more historical exploration. (Overnight in Antalya).

Day 9: Aspendos-Perge-Kursunlu Waterfalls Tour (breakfast-lunch)
The day begins with a hotel pick-up for a visit to Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylian. Originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC, St. Paul preached some of his first sermons here. Highlights include a finely carved marble theater stage, a long colonnaded road once paved with mosaics, and a large agora, among others. After lunch, proceed to Aspendos, one of the world's best-preserved theaters, still in use today, testifying to the architect's success. Nearby, explore the remains of a basilica, agora, and one of Anatolia's largest aqueducts. The journey concludes with a visit to Kursunlu Waterfalls for a refreshing break before transferring back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Antalya.

Day 10: Antalya (Breakfast)
Today is a free day, allowing you to explore Antalya and its surroundings at your own pace. Here are some suggested activities for your leisure time:

SEA TO SKY: Travel by cable car to Mount Tahtali and enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and the majestic Taurus Mountains.
PHASELIS: Explore the ancient Lycian city, once a vital trading center, surrounded by a National Park and three charming bays. You can pack a picnic or take a stroll through the woodlands where the ruins are hidden.
KALEICI (Old Town of Antalya): Wander through the narrow cobbled pathways of the old town, where Ottoman architecture stands in all its glory. Discover art galleries and unique boutiques along your stroll.
ANTALYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Visit this renowned museum that showcases the region's history across different periods.
If you prefer to relax, Antalya offers numerous beaches, with Lara Beach and Konyaalti Beach being among the most popular. (Overnight in Antalya).

Day 11: Antalya/Istanbul (breakfast)
Today, you'll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, another transfer will take you to an arranged hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12: Departure (breakfast)
Today marks the final day of your tour in Turkey. Ensure all your belongings are packed, and check out from the hotel by noon. A transfer service will pick you up and take you to the airport according to your flight time. We trust that your time exploring Turkey's hidden treasures has been everything you desired and more. We wish you a pleasant journey home and look forward to welcoming you on one of our future time-traveling packages.

 No extra hidden cost..!

What is included

What’s Included
11 nights accommodation in 3, 4, or 5-star hotels according to your choice.
All mentioned transfers in the program (Regular group transfers).
All mentioned tours in the program include transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance, and entrance fees. (Regular)
All meals as described in the itinerary.
All local taxes.
The local tour guide is in English (You can ask for other language options for groups).

What’s Not Included
Tips (optional).
Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia/Cappadocia to Izmir/ Izmir to Antalya/Antalya to Istanbul.
Drinks with meals (except the drinks served in breakfast).
Travel insurance.
Visa (if needed).
Personal expenses.

Map

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Reviews

matthew dolan 2019-04-18

Great service at all times given by www.greeceturkeytours.com from the moment of first contact until the final day for departure - nothing can be faulted. We booked on the Discover Turkey Package which was for 12 days and within them 12 days we got to explore Istanbul / Cappadocia / Ephesus / Pamukkale and also Antalya. For me the best part of the Discover Turkey Package had to be Pamukkale as i have never seen anthing like it in my life, from the white cliff tops - Heirapolis Ancient City to my absolute haven Cleopatras Pool - This is a must! If your looking for a beautifully put together program which includes history, culture with a twist of modern day life then without a doubt this Discover Turkey Package is for you.

kate & laura price 2019-02-14

I have been wanting to visit Turkey for a while but could never decide on which place to go to first as everywhere seemed amazing, that was then i found www.greeceturkeytours.com online which had some amazing ready made packages available and the best part was they covered alot of the places i wanted to visit with my daughter. After a good look on the webpage and various emails with Vedat we found the perfect deal for us which was the 12 day Discover Turkey Package. By joining on the 12 day Discover Turkey Package we got to see the huge bustling city of Istanbul and also having the chance to sail down the Bosphorus river before heading over to my daughters favourite of Cappadocia. We would score 10 out of 10 for every aspect of the Discover Turkey Package especially our wonderful tour guide Mr Fezo as with each sight he seemed to bring the place alive again with his incredible knowledge, infact it wouldnt be the same without him so thankyou for such an amazing experience Fezo - be remembered always!

joshua barker & kayleigh lowe 2018-11-14

If you have 12 days free in your calendar and wandering how to spend it then look no further and get yourselves booked on the Discover Turkey package with www.greeceturkeytours.com as thats exactly what we did and it was the best thing we did. Had an absolutely fantastic time, perfect hotels, excellent tours that were guided so professionally and with indepth knowledge that i could listen for hours. Would we recommend the Discover Turkey package? yes we would - hundred times over. Thankyou www.greeceturkeytours.com for giving us a vacation to remember for million different reasons, we have definitely spread the word about the Discover Turkey package that we loved so much.
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