Turkey Anatolian Special - TAT17
- Kusadasi & Ephesus
DAY 1: Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
- 2 night stay in Istanbul
DAY 2: Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This 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. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break will be at 13:00pm after which we will take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
DAY 3: Istanbul to Izmir & Kusadasi
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional boat excursion along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. Lunch today is at the Turkish restaurant, after which we depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for our domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel in Kusadasi.
- 2 night stay in Kusadasi
DAY 4: Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
08:30am Departure from the hotel for our fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world, en-route visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Our lunch break will be around 13:00. After lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all orignal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested on your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.
DAY 5: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour
At 08:30am we depart for Pamukkale. We will check in at the hotel around 12.00pm and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
- 1 night stay in Pamukkale
DAY 6: Pamukkale and Antalya Old City Tour
After breakfast, we depart for Antalya. After 2 hours we will have coffee break, after which we will continue to Antalya. Upon arrival in Antalya we have a lunch break at around 13:30pm. After lunch we visit to the Old city of Kaleici, Clock Tower and Alexander the Great gate. After the tour, drive to your hotel for check-in.
- 2 night stay in Antalya
DAY 7: Antalya (Free Day)The day is yours. You don't have to wake up early, you can enjoy the sunshine, take in the views or enjoy the natural magnificent beach and crystal clear waters. Alternatively explore the city, shop in the local markets or enjoy one of the many day trips you can choose from. These include, Aqualand Tour, Aspendos Perge Side, Demre Myra Kekova, Duden Waterfalls Tour, Panoramic Tour,Termessos Karain Cave, Daily Turkish Village Tour, Boat Cruise, Horse Safari, Jeep Safari, Quad Safari, Paint Ball Tour, Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting, Turkish Bath and Turkish Night.
DAY 8: Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia
After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 we drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm and after the lunch visit the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival Cappadocia at approximately 18:30pm and check into your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning.
- 2 night stay in Cappadocia
DAY 9: Cappadocia Tour
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30am from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end at approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel.
DAY 10: Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back home.
Turkey Anatolian Special - TAT17
Istanbul to Istanbul
This is a GUIDED holiday.
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Return Airport transfer to Kayseri / Nevsehir Airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
- Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi
- 1 night hotel in Pamukkale
- 2 nights hotel in Antalya
- 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
- 9 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul City Tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Sirince village tour & wine tasting
- Guided Pamukkale tour
- Guided Antalya Old City Tour
- Guided Cappadocia tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
Excludes International flights and taxes.
- 2,990. Available every Friday, Sunday and Tuesday, please apply for dates