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Set departure tour - Glories of Turkey + East

TRY 1016 - 14 days / 13 nights
Notes:

Start dates for this tour in 2013 are as follows:

•May 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

•Jun 06, 13, 20, 27

•Jul 04, 11, 18, 25

•Aug 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

•Sep 05, 12, 19, 26

Same itinerary can be arranged on private guided basis for individuals and/or groups

Tour Itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival Istanbul:
Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and meet for transfer to hotel, overnight in Istanbul. (Meals: none)

DAY 02 - Istanbul Sightseeing:
Breakfast at hotel then full day tour visiting Topkapi Palace (excluding optional harem room), Hippodrome & Obelisk, Blue Mosque, St Sophia and the famous Grand Bazaar. Optional extra dinner with show is available. Overnight in Istanbul. (Meals: B)


DAY 03 - Istanbul to Canakkale:
Breakfast, check out and depart from Istanbul on the drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. Then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale. (Meals: BD)


DAY 04 - Troy & Pergamum:
Depart on to visit Troy, the legendary & mythological city famous for Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse. Continue on to Bergama and visit to the ruins of Ancient Pergamum. End of the day with arrival to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight Kusadasi (Meals: BD)


DAY 05 - Ephesus & Virgin Mary:
Today visit theHouse of Virgin Mary and Ephesus Ancient City with many acres of carefully excavated ruins. Afternoon optional tour to Sirince Village. Overnight Kusadasi (Meals: BD)


DAY 06 - Pamukkale:
Breakfast, check-out and depart on the drive to Pamukkale. On arrival visit the natural formation of the travertens and ruins of Hierapolis. Overnight Pamukkale. (Meals: BD)


DAY 07 - Antalya & Perge:
Morning departure on the drive to Antalya with afternoon arrival and visit to the ruins of Ancient Perge. Rest of day at leisure to relax on the Med. Overnight Antalya (Meals: BD)


DAY 08 - Antalya at leisure:
Today is free at leisure (optional choices of tours to Phaselis; a coastal ancient city or a lazy boat cruise along the Mediterranean coast). Overnight Antalya (Meals: BD)


DAY 09 - Aspendos & Konya:
After breakfast depart for Konya. Along the way stop to visit the famous Aspendos Theatre. On arrival in Konya visit the Mevlana (Whirling Dervishes) Mausoleum and also the Karatay Koran School. Overnight in Konya. (meals: BD)


DAY 10 - Cappadocia:
Depart to Cappadocia passing by the 13th century Agzikarahan Caravanserai. On arrival to "the Land of Fairy Chimneys" visit one of the amazing underground cities. Overnight in Cappadocia (optional extra folklore/dervishes performance). Overnight Cappadocia (meals: BD)


DAY 11 - Cappadocia:
For those that wish, in the very early morning optional extra hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.
After breakfast guided tour visting Goreme Open Air Museum (carved churches & monasteries), Avanos (famous for its pottery), Pasabagi (fairy chimneys) and the Red Valley. Overnight in Cappadocia (meals: BD)


DAY 12 - Kahramanmaras & Kahta:
Morning departure from Cappadocia and after passing  Kayseri stop to visit the 13th century Seljukian caravansarai Karatayhan. The next stop will be in Pınarbaı for a break then drive to Tekir plateau for lunch. After lunch drive to Kahramanmaras. Stop there and enjoy world famous ice-cream in a nice cafe. Then drive to Kahta check in the hotel (meals: BLD)


DAY 13 - Mt Nemrut, Sanliurfa & Harran:
Very early morning (around 3AM) drive up to Mt Nemrut and climb to the top to watch the beatiful sunrise between the colossal sized statues and head of the king and gods. After sunrise visit the ruins of Mt Nemrut and free time to walk around. Then back to Kahta for breakfast. Arsemia and  a Roman bridge of Cendere and tumulus blackbird (Karakuş) are also included. Depart on to Şanlıurfa city, Prophet Abraham’s cave and the pools of holy carp surrounding it then drive to Harran a village of mud–brick beehive shaped houses where Abraham spent the last years of his life mentioned in the book of Genesis. Overnight in Şanlıurfa. (meals: BLD)


DAY 14 - Departure:
Check-out and transfer to Sanliurfa or Gaziantep Airport. **Extra time in Istanbul can be included and/or travel on to another destination/country

What's included?

Hotel accomodation (HB basis except in Istanbul)

All noted sightseeing during the group coach tour

Main entrance fees to sights visited

Taxes and handling services

Tour Rates:

Superior Category: 1835US$ per person sharing in double/twin

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