11 NIGHTS 12 DAY
DAY 1 ISTANBUL-ARRIVAL ( FRIDAY )
Welcome to Istanbul , Turkey ! You will access to your hotel by our services. Rest with a 1 night stay before starting your exciting tour tomorrow. Meals are not included.
DAY 2 BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR ( SATURDAY )
After delicious breakfast, our staff will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. Our journey starts with the "Old City" where you will see historical highlights such as the Hippodrome, The center of sport activities with its four monuments: The GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, Egyptian Obelisk, SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
We will continue with The Blue Mosque. The most famous mosque of Istanbul which is known as the BLUE MOSQUE as well because of its beautiful blue Iznik tiles.
Afterwards, The Hagia Sophia, the ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Then our journey continues with the Grand Bazaar (Covered Market), involves the labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
After Lunch break, we will visit Hagia Irene Church, it was built during the same period (4th century) as its neighbor the Hagia Sophia. The name Hagia Irene Church means ‘’Godly’’ or ‘’Holy Wisdom’’ in Greek. After the conquest of Istanbul, it was incorporated into the grounds of Topkapı Palace and like many other churches was converted into a mosque. However, there were no major changes made to the building’s structure.
Our last stop is Topkapı Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, costumes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHAMBER OF SACRED RELICS.
After our pleasant tour, you will be dropped off to your hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 3 ANKARA / CAPPADOCIA ( SUNDAY )
Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the Airport and you will have a flight to Ankara. Our tour starts from Ankara Airport in the morning. We will visit the Hittite Museum and Mausoleum of Atatürk. After lunch we will drive to the Cappadocia. Dinner & Overnight in Cappadocia. (Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA (MONDAY)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the underground city of Özkonak & Citadel of Uçhisar in the morning. After lunch, we will continue with the valley of “Göreme” & openair museum. The last sites we will visit will be Paşabağ Valley and Avanos. Then, we will return to the hotel for Dinner & Overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA / KONYA / PAMUKKALE (TUESDAY)
You will have an early breakfast in the morning and then departure for Konya. On the way we will visit the 13 th century Seljukian caravanserai "Sultanhan". Our next stop will be Konya which is famous with Mevlana Museum and the Theological Scholl of Whirling Dervishes. Lunch is enroute, we will drive to Pamukkale. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 6 PAMUKKALE / KUSADASI (WEDNESDAY)
You will have breakfast then our first visit is the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will see the ruins of the biggest Necropolis Graveyard of the ancient world, Roman Baths, Basilica and calcium cliffs. Then, we will drive to Meryemana and visit House of Virgin Mary. After lunch, we will continue to Ephesus, the Romen Capital of Asia Minor. Afterwards we will visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificient library, Agora and fantastic greco-roman theatre. Dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 7 KUSADASI – ÇANAKKALE (THURSDAY)
Early departure for Pergamum. After lunch we will visit Asklepion. Then we will continue to Troy. The legendary town in the iliad of Homeros, visit the Athena temple. Afterwards, we will drive to Çanakkale. Dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 8 ÇANAKKALE – ISTANBUL (FRİDAY)
After breakfast we will cross the strait by ferry and drive to İstanbul along the shores of Marmara sea. (Breakfast included.)
DAY 9 BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTİNENTS TOUR (SATURDAY)
After breakfast, our staff will pick you up from your hotel. First, we will visit City Walls by bus. The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
Afterwards, we will see the Golden Horn by bus. Golden Horn is a natural and extremely secure harbor and has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.
Then we will continue with the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market), the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Then we will go to an experience where you will enjoy the Bosphorus on the boat. An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress. We will see the Rumeli Fortress from the Bosphorus. There will be no interior visit. İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453 but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.
After then, we will go to Shopping. As Turkey is one of the best leather producing countries in the world; we will watch a fashion-show in an outlet center which produces and manufactures different various of great quality leatherwear. So it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the reasonable priced good quality leather accessories. Visit is optional due to high traffic jam and long line for the Palace.
After, we will get through by the Bosphorus Bridge. It is a unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE).
Our journey continues with the Beylerbeyi Palace. It is the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE.
Our last step of our trip will be the Çamlıca Hill. Çamlıca Hill is one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it, you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of İstanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in the cafeteria. After our pleasant tour, you will be dropped off to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 10 PRINCES' ISLANDS TOUR (SUNDAY)
After breakfast, our staff will pick you up from your hotel. We will visit Princes’ Islands. Our tour will start from our meeting point at 09:00 a.m. with professional tour guide. We will drive to port by bus. Then, we will go to Heybeliada by boat. After touring Heybeliada by electric vehicle, we will go to Buyukada by boat. After arriving to Buyukada with a guide, we will have lunch in a local fish restaurant (drinks are extra), then you will have free time to enjoy in the beauty of island as you desire. Then we will meet and we will go back to Istanbul by boat and we will drop you off to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 11 BOSPHORUS DINNER CRUISE (MONDAY)
After breakfast you will have a free day for shopping. You will be picked up from your hotel for evening tour around 19:30h. Then sail for a unique experience on the Bosphorus; Dinner, Unlimited Soft Drinks (Non-Alcoholic) and Alcoholic beverages, DJ music, Anatolian Folk Dance, Belly Dancer are included in our Tour. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel and overnight will be in Istanbul. (Breakfast and Dinner included.)
DAY 12 ISTANBUL-DEPARTURE (TUESDAY )
Have breakfast at the hotel and wait for us to pick you up. According to your flight time, we will pick you up 3 hours before your flight. You can continue exploring the city if you have enough time before your flight. (Breakfast included.)
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-Government licenced Professional tour guides
-Transportation by air conditioned cars or coaches
( according to the number of participants )
-Istanbul accomodation with breakfast
-Other cities accomodation ( 4* ) on half board basis
-Entrance fees to the museums mentioned in tour programmes
-Service charges & V.A.T
The price excludes International & Domestic flight ticket, dinner, personal expenses and tips (optional).