Turkey has so much to offer it can be difficult knowing where to start. From the magical landscapes of Cappadocia, to the legendary cities of Troy and Ephesus, to the haunting battlefields of Gallipoli and the stunning Aegean Coast. Turkey really does have it all.
We can help. We offer a range of private and group tours to all the major tourist destinations in Turkey, as well as to many of the lesser known ones. Travel in comfort in luxury vehicles and enjoy the history and culture of this great country with the help of professional tour guides. We also offer a full range of exclusive sailing holidays around the fabled “Blue Coast” of Turkey in a traditional Turkish Gulet (wooden sailing boat). With blue seas, fine cuisine, relaxation, nature and culture it is the perfect break for couples, friends and families, or for groups who may wish to charter a whole boat.
Arrive in İstanbul, only city on the world that is founded on two continents. Meet with your guide and transfer to the hotel. This evening welcome dinner will be served at hotel.
After breakfast, visit Hagia Sophia, which was built in AD 537 by Emperor Justinian. It remains one of the greatest architectural marvels of the world. Explore the Hippodrome, which was once the scene of horse and chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civic life, and which contains the famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and unique blue Iznik tiles. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, and the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. See the priceless jewelry collection in the imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, palace kitchens, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy and more. Finish up at the Grand Bazaar, and explore the largest covered market in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, handicrafts, carpets, leatherwear, souvenirs and almost anything else.
ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI (B)
After an early breakfast, we travel to the Gallipoli Battlefields. Key sites include Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, original tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, the Nek Cemetery, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Brighton Beach. We cross the strategic waterway Dardenelle by ferry and land in Asia continent. Check-in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
TROY – PERGAMON – KUSADASI (B)
After breakfast, we will visit Troy which dates to 3000 BC, with nine successive civilisations building and rebuilding until the first century BC. All these layers are revealed as we tour the ruins around the extensive site. Depart for Kusadasi. On our route, we have lunch in Bergama and visit Pergamon, where we will explore the famous Acropolis with all its monuments – the site of the Altar of Zeus and the birthplace of books. Overnight in our Kusadasi hotel.
After breakfast, our first visit will be Isa Bey Mosque from 14th century. Then, we drive to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, widely accepted as where the mother of Christ spent her final years. Travel to the fabled city of Ephesus. We will visit the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which dates from the third century BC.,the Theatre, Roman Latrines and Baths as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in our Kusadasi hotel.
HIERAPOLIS – PAMUKKALE (B)
Today, we explore Hierapolis, famous spa center of the ancient world. Our tour will include the Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs, Gates, Thermal Baths, Devil’s Hole and the Masterpiece Theater. Dinner & overnight in our Pamukkale hotel.
PAMUKKALE – APHRODISIAS – ANTALYA (B)
Today, our scenic drive to Antalya, bypassing the Taurus Mountains. En route, we visit the small ancient Greek city Aphrodisias, named after Aphrodite. We will see the Temple of Aphrodite, the ancient Counsil House and the Stadium which are still in very good shape today. Continue to Antalya for overnight.
After breakfast, our first stop is Perge. In this ancient city, we will see The Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic Gate, The Column Street and The State Agora. After lunch, we will proceed to Aspendos, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Turkey. Our last stop will be Side where you will see the Agora, Theatre and Temples built in the 17th century B.C. Return to our hotel.
Free time. Today, you can relax yourself at the pool of your hotel or at the beach. Guests can also enjoy one of our optional daily tours.
ANTALYA – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (B)
After breakfast, our scenic drive to Cappadocia starts. We stop by Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana and pass by the Seljuk Sultanhani Caravanserai on the way. Overnight at your Cappadocia hotel.
Today, our first stop will be Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. We will continue our tour with Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After lunch, we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum where you can see the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements. The site is in “UNESCO World Heritage List” since 1985.
Optional Balloon Tour.
CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL (B)
After breakfast, start with a gentle walk through the unique volcanic rock formations and rock-cut houses at Red & Rose Valleys. Visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch and then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon, visit Kaymakli underground city, which sheltered local Christians from Arab invaders. On our way back, we will visit Ortahisar town. After the tour, transfer to airport for our flight to Istanbul. Pick up from the airport and transfer to our hotel for overnight.
DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL (B)
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Istanbul until our transfer to Ataturk airport for your flight home.
This sleek contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, 10 minutes on foot from the Grand Bazaar and 1.8 km from Hagia Sophia, a renowned museum in a former mosque.
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