Discover the unknown, joining this memorable Turkey Highlights Package tour! Explore the marvelous Istanbul, the historic Gallipoli, the mythic Troy, the ancient Ephesus and the unique Pamukkale!

 

DAY 1–Arrival

Upon your arrival at Istanbul airport, our staff will be waiting for you in order to transfer you to your hotel. During the rest of the day, you will have free time to explore the city on your own

Overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 2–Istanbul Old City

The first day of the tour starts with a visit to the masterpiece of Hagia Sophia. A Christian church for over 900 years … also called “the eighth wonder of the world” (Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern). We continue with a visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, a place that housed not only the Sultans, but also many unbelievable stories and countless intrigues (Entrance to the Harem is with extra cost). We will take a break for lunch and then follows the Blue Mosque, an imposingly beautiful mosque, that dominates the sky of Istanbul. Afterwards we will admire the ancient Hippodrome with the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Snake Pillar and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II.

We continue with a walk through the back streets of the Old City. During this walk we will visit the elegant Sokullu Pasa Mosque and the hidden underground Theodosian Cistern (Instead of these two last sights, we could visit Suleymaniye Mosque). Last but not least the Grand Bazaar! A huge covered market with over 4.000 small shops!  (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

*This tour may be done all or partially as a walking tour*

Overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 3–Gallipoli

Early in the morning we will departure to Gallipoli, arriving approximately at noon! During our tour we will have the chance to visit many sights, such as the Anzac Cove, where ”Anzac Day” is commemorated on April 25th every year, the Australian Lone Pine, a solitary tree in Gallipoli, which marked the site of the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915, Johnston’s Jolly cemetery, Chuck Bair and New Zealand Memorials  (Included  Breakfast & Lunch)

Overnight stay in Canakkale

 

DAY 4–Troy

After breakfast, the tour starts by driving to Troy. This is the city where the Trojan War took place, as described in the Greek Epic Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer! You will get to know with the ancient Troy and all the amazing history that surrounds the city. You will learn all about the most iconic figures of the war, such as Helen, Achilles and Paris! The trojan war, the famous trojan horse, the Altars and the Houses of Troy, dating back to 2500 BC  (Included Breakfast and Dinner)

Overnight stay in Kusadasi

 

DAY 5–Ephesus

Early in the morning, after breakfast we will start our tour to the ancient Ephesus, one of the most significant cities in the Roman world. First we will visit the lovely Catholic shrine of Virgin Mary. Afterwards follow all the incredible sights of the city, such as the ruins of Odeon, the Hercules gate, the temple of Hadrian, which is one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures, the magnificent Library, the Agora and the fantastic Greco Roman theater  (Included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Overnight stay  in Kusadasi or Selcuk

 

DAY 6–Pammukale

Today we will start the tour to the enchanting city of Pamukkale and the World Heritage, Hierapolis. On the way you will be able to admire and learn the history about this sacred city by exploring the Basilica theatre, the temple of Apollo, the Roman baths, St Philip Martyrium and many other parts of the city. At the end of the tour we will visit the unique travertine small pools above the town!  (Included Breakfast)

At 20:00 pm will start the ride to Cappadocia with overnight bus, fully air conditioned and non smoking

 

DAY 7–Cappadocia

Upon arrival to Cappadocia, you will be transfered to the hotel and after a while we will start the tour. The tour begins at the amazing Devrent Valley, the perfect place to admire the famous fairy chimneys! We continue driving to Pasabag, the Monks Valley, to observe all these interesting mushroom shaped pinnacles! Afterwards we will take a break to have lunch at the city of Avanos.  In the afternoon we will drive to Goreme Open-Air Museum, where are the incredible remains of the rock-hewn churches and Christian settlements which date back hundreds of years! Before we return to the hotel, we will visit the uncommon rocky Castle at Uchisar  (Included Breakfast & Lunch)

Overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 8–Cappadocia

The excursion  starts at 8:30am. We will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the amazing Derinkuyu underground city! Follows a short hike through the impossing Ihlara Valley and after that a break for lunch in lovely Belisirma. We will continue to admire the panoramic view of the city at the beautiful Selime monastery! At the end of the tour we will visit the beautiful Agzikarahan Caravanserai, which provided accomodation and other amenities for the merchants and stabling for their animals  (Included Breakfast & Lunch)

Overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 9–Cappadocia & Istanbul

After breakfast, you will check out from your hotel and be transfered to the Kayseri airport to take the morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul a member of our staff will transfer you to your hotel. During the rest of the day, you will have free time to explore the city on your own  (Included Breakfast)

Overnght stay in Istanbul

DAY 10–Bosphorus Cruise

The day starts taking a wonderful cruise on the Bosphorus! Right after breakfast you will be transferred to the Eminonu port to board on a regular boat for a 2 hour unforgettable cruise. Admire the beaty of the city, while your guide explains you the history of the sights! We will continue with the imposing Dolmabahce Palace, which was the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Follows a ride crossing the magnificent Bosphorus bridge which leads on the Asian side of the city. There we will have the chance to visit the Camlica Hill, the highest point of the city! (Included Breakfast & Lunch)

Overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 11–Departure

After breakfast you will checkout from the hotel and you will be treansfered to the airport  (Included Breakfast)

 

•Accommodation in hotel of your choice
•Arrival and departure from airports
•Domestic flight :Cappadocia to Istanbul
•Overnight intercity coach tickets (Pamukkale to Cappadocia)
•Breakfast/Lınch
•Transportation by air conditioned, non smoking vehicle
•Museum entry fees

•Everything unless indicated differently
•Personal expenses

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