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- Set off for a fascinating tour of Turkey - the land where east meets west. Start in Istanbul for a city experience before heading to Cappadocia to witness some incredible rock formations.
- Visit the picture-perfect Pamukkale and historic Izmir on this unique tour, enabling you to absorb the essence of the country with the aid of your guide.
- Stay in 4* hand-picked hotels along the way and enjoy the ease of transfers throughout!
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Your Destinations —
Situated on the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul has attracted many a marauding army in its time and has been a bridge between Asia and Europe both physically and culturally for centuries. As the final stage on the legendary Silk Route, the cultural diversity of Istanbul is tangible to this day. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Istanbul’s Old City and marvel over some of its most incredible structures, including the Blue Mosque, or Sultan Ahmed Mosque, named because of the blue tiles that dominate the interior walls. Discover the Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world. Watch the captivating layers of history unfold before you in the vibrant city of Istanbul and find yourself enamoured with its vivid culture.
Some of the most impressive of the churches are located in the Goreme Open Air Museum, which, for the most part, dates from the 9th and 11th centuries and has stunning wall paintings. The village of Goreme itself is at the heart of the area's tourist industry, and many of its villagers still live in cave dwellings, some of which have been converted into pensions and boutique hotels. Surrounding the area are the amazing rock formations known evocatively as Peri Bacalari or 'Fairy Chimneys'.
Located on the west of Nigde, the stunning Ihlara Vadisi is a gorge which is 10 km long and some 80 meters wide. Popular for trekking, about 12 of its 60 churches are open to the public including the impressive Egritas Church. There are hundreds of underground cities in the region. Two of the most impressive is Kaymakli, which has 8 levels, and Derinkuyu, which reaches down to 55 metres. They were used by Christians fleeing persecution in the 7th century, who created a self-sufficient environment underground including bedrooms, kitchens and storage rooms. To get away from the crowds, visit the picturesque Soganli Valley, with its many houses, tombs and churches, displaying excellent examples of Byzantine paintings.
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: UK - Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul
Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia
Day 4: Cappadocia
Day 5: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
Day 6: Pamukkale - Izmir
Day 7: Izmir - Istanbul
Day 8: Istanbul - UK
Your Itinerary —
Book your tour now, for an unforgettable adventure rich in discoveries and culture! Your 7-night trip to Turkey will leave a mark on your heart from its natural beauty, historic past and intriguing culture.
Flight to Istanbul. Arrive into Istanbul and transfer to the Hotel Mercure Bosphorus or similar.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 (Monday): Istanbul (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from hotel and visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, where the chariot races were held. Visit the Hagia Sophia Church, where the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture can found, constructed by Justinian to affirm the greatness of the Roman Empire.Visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) famous with the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. Enjoy lunch in a touristic restaurant and in the afternoon visit the Topkapi Palace (Harem section is optional), a sumptuous residence of the Sultans for nearly four centuries, the architecture of which with the magnificent décor and furnishings, bear witness to the power and majesty of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Grand Bazaar which is one of the largest and oldest covered market in the world, with over 3000 shops.
Optional – Additional Payment
May have the opportunity to participate Cruise by the Bosphorus: the unique winding strait separating the two continents: Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present: a view of the skyline of minarets and domes, pine-covered hills and landmarks of Istanbul such as Dolmabahce Palace, Tower of Leander and Ortakoy Mosque. Return transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia (718 km) (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)
Breakfast at the hotel. Take your morning departure to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Cross the Bosphorus by driving through the Bosphorus Bridge. Arrive into Ankara and visit the Hittite Museum (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations). Lunch will be had in a touristic restaurant before you depart for Cappadocia. Enjoy the chance to visit the Salt Lake en route. Transfer to Hotel Perissia or similar. Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon and check-in to the rooms. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
In the early morning, you have the possibility to take a picture-perfect hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia, catching fantastic views of the sunrise over the horizon (payable locally). Return to your hotel for breakfast. Today you will visit this interesting region which offers some of the most unique landscapes in the world. The day is dedicated to the visit of Cappadocia: Valley of Uchisar, Goreme Open Air Museum and its’ churches decorated with frescoes. Visit the Avcilar Valley and Ozkonak (or Saratli) one of the most famous underground cities of the world. After the lunch in a touristic restaurant, visit one of the carpet stores and handicraft laboratory for gemstones, jewellery and silverware before you return to hotel. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Optional – Additional payment
After dinner, there is the opportunity to participate to Whirling Dervishes Sema Ceremony or the Turkish Night with belly dancer (payable locally).
After breakfast at hotel, depart for Pamukkale via Konya. On route visit Caravanserai of Sultanhani and enjoy lunch in a restaurant. Arrive to Konya and visit the Monastery and Mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of the Mewlewiyya order of dervishes. Continue to Pamukkale and transfer to Hotel Colossae or similar. Check-in to your room. Guests may have the opportunity to take a bath with thermal water in the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 (Friday): Pamukkale - Izmir (221 km) (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)
Breakfast at hotel and visit Hierapolis which is famous for its healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow white petrified waterfalls, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths and Masterpice Theater. Have lunch in a restaurant before you head off to visit Ephesus: the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Grand Theatre. You will also visit the House of Virgin Mary before transferring to Hotel Kaya Thermal or similar. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 7 (Saturday): Izmir - Bursa - Istanbul (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)
Breakfast will be at the hotel before your departure for Istanbul via Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Grand Mosque and the Green Mosque, from 1424, testifies of the new Ottoman aesthetic and famous for its Iznik majolica. Enjoy lunch in a touristic restaurant. Cross over by Osmangazi Bridge and arrive to Asian side of Istanbul in the evening. Transfer to Hotel Titanic Kartal or similar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 (Sunday): Istanbul - UK (Breakfast Included)
Enjoy your last breakfast at the hotel, then take your transfer to the Istanbul Airport for the flight back to the UK.
Your Hotels —
You will be staying at the following 4* hotels in Standard Rooms, with meals included as per itinerary.
Cappadocia: Hotel Perissia 4* (or similar)
Pamukkale: Hotel Colossae 4* (or similar)
Izmir: Hotel Kaya Thermal 4* (or similar)
Istanbul: Hotel Titanic Kartal 4* (or similar)
All Hotels Sleep up to
Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.
Your Journey —
Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process. The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: All transfers and visits are included in this tour. Guests will travel with a minibus or coach with A/C according to the number of participants that are are present throughout this tour.