DAY 01 - Arrival:
Arrival to Istanbul Airport and meet for transfer on to the hotel. Rest of the day is then at leisure (as per your flight arrival time). Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 02 - Sultanahmet Historical Tour:
Breakfast at hotel then meet to join on regular group tour (private guided available on request) to explore some of the most important sights in the historical area. Visit the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). After the tour, return to hotel with evening at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. **Additional days & tours can be added to Istanbul if required.
DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise:
Breakfast, check out and depart on morning tour that takes you for a cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. The tour also includes a visit to the famous Spice Bazaar (except on Sundays when bazaar is closed). After tour remainder of the day & evening at leisure (tour can be extended to full day if preferred). Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 04 - Gallipoli Sightseeing Canakkale:
Breakfast, check out and meet for early morning transfer to Eceabat. On arrival break for lunch before starting the Gallipoli Battlefields and Memorials Tour. The guide will take you to see the Kabatepe Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly (Turkish& Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. After sightseeing cross by car ferry for the drive on to Canakkale and check-in to hotel. The evening is at leisure or for those that wish screening of 4 Corners Documentary ‘Fatal Shore’ and the "Gallipoli" movie starring Mel Gibson. Overnight in Canakkale.
DAY 05 - Troy Tour & travel to Kusadasi:
Breakfast then depart on morning excursion to visit the famous archaeological and mythological city of Troy, home of the "Trojan Horse" & "Helen of Troy". Return to Canakkale by noon with the remainder of the day at leisure until departure on to Kusadasi, late evening arrival. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 06 - Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary:
Breakfast then depart to visit the Ancient City of Ephesus. Here you have the chance to walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, just a few of the many buildings and fountains that can be found in this open air museum. The day will also include visits to the House of Virgin Mary and the remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 07 - Hierapolis ruins & Pamukkale:
Breakfast, check out and depart on tour visiting the natural formation of travertens in Pamukkale (cotton castle) along with the ruins if Hierapolis. End of tour with transfer to bus station for travel by overnight intercity bus to Cappadocia. **Flights also available if you do not wish to travel by overnight bus.
DAY 08 - Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour:
Arrival early morning (if by bus) and meet for transfer to hotel to drop luggage. Then join on the full day tour to visit Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi) where you can find the world famous fairy chimneys. Break for lunch in Avanos, a village famous for its pottery, then on to visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries where carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. Also view of Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 09 - Cappadocia & return to Istanbul:
Breakfast, check out and depart on another full day tour this time starting with a visit to the famous Derinkuyu Underground City which was built as a defence and hiding site during the period of spreading Christianity. Then on to Ihlara Valley and a +/- 4km hike (medium grade) exploring rock hewn churches along the stream. On the way back stop for visit of monestary in Selime Valley and 13th century caravanserai. End of tour with some free time before transfer to the airport for evening flight back to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to hotel, overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 10 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and per your international depature time transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport (extra days and/or other areas of Turkey can be added).
Hotel accomodation (BB and/or HB basis)
All noted sightseeing tours, regular group (or private basis)
Main entrance fees to sights visited and lunches on full day tours
Domestic land/air transport in each area including airport transfers
Taxes and handling servicesNOTES:
This package is available year round, January to December
This itinerary is flexible so changes to route, duration can be made
Extra days / nights and additional tours can be added
Suitable for individuals and groupsAverage Package Rates:
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