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5080
11 Nights - 12 Days
Availability : May 20’
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : All Ages
Max People : 19
Overview

How familiar are you with the Turkish Cuisine? Would you believe if we told you it is one of the best cuisines in the world? You have to visit Turkey and decide about it by yourself. A delicious food and culinary experience in Turkey awaits you.

Anatolia, today’s Turkey, has always been a cradle of civilizations, going as early as Göbekli Tepe in 10.000 B.C. More than 30 advanced cultures of ancient history have chosen Anatolia as their home land, each leaving a very rich culture behind. There is so much history and food culture in these lands.

Furthermore, the lands of Anatolia were the earliest to cultivate vineyards and produce wines, dating back to the Neolithic Age (Çayönü-Nevali Çori, 7000 B.C.).

The Bronze Age people, the Hittites were the first to make laws and regulations about viticulture and wine making.

 

Highlights
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Byzantine City Walls
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Bosphorus Tour
  • Roman Hippodrome
  • Basilica Cisten
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
  • The House of the Virgin Mary
  • The Basilica of St. John
Complementaries
  • Umbrella
  • T-Shirt
  • Hat
  • Backpack
Itinerary
Day 1 - Istanbul
Day 2 - Istanbul
Day 3 - Istanbul
Day 4 - Istanbul
Day 5 - Cappadocia
Day 6 - Cappadocia
Day 7 - Konya
Day 8 - Pamukkale
Day 9 - Izmir
Day 10 - Ephesus
Day 11 - Izmir
Price Includes
Price Excludes

ISTANBUL (WD)

One of our colleagues will be waiting for you at the arrival hall bearing a sign with your name on it. You will be greeted by a courteous member of our staff who will take you directly to your hotel. Accommodation is in Istanbul.

Included welcome cocktail and presentation by Serif Yenen

ISTANBUL (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Hippodrome
Basilica Cisten
Included lunch at a local restaurant
Grand Bazaar with visits to backstreets and Hans around
Back to the hotel
Included dinner at a local restaurant

ISTANBUL (B – L – Wine Tasting)

Breakfast at the hotel
Topkapi Palace with Harem
Street food tastings
Egyptian – Spice Market and around
Asian neighborhoods to visit the food markets
Food tastings
Late lunch at a gourmet restaurant in Kadikoy
Baklava experience in Karakoy
Wine tasting with an expert giving a presentation on historical background of wine in Anatolia
Turkish coffee experience followed by a coffee-cup reading/fortune telling experience
Back to the hotel.

ISTANBUL (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Ancient Walls of Constantinople
Chora Church – Kariye Museum
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
Boza tasting
Süleymaniye Mosque
Lunch break at a local restaurant
Cooking Class
Eat what you cook (early dinner)
Bosphorus Cruise in a Private Boat
Back to the hotel

ISTANBUL – KAYSERI – CAPPADOCIA (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul
Flight to Kayseri (Cappadocia) with Turkish Airlines
Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia with valleys and rock-cut churches
Included lunch at a local restaurant
Goreme open air Museum
Local craft demonstrations
Whirling Dervishes ritual (included)
Included dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight at Millstone Cave Suites or Yunak Evleri (Cappadocia)

CAPPADOCIA (B – L – D)

Optional Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Breakfast at the hotel
Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia
Included lunch at a local restaurant
Avanos Pottery Village
Local craft demonstration (pottery)
A visit to an underground city
Wine tasting
Included wine tasting and dinner.

CAPPADOCIA – KONYA (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Hiking in Cappadocia
Departure for Konya around 10.00 AM
Sultanhan Caravansary
Included lunch at a local restaurant
Rumi (Mevlana) Museum of Whirling Dervishes in Konya (Iconium)
Dinner and overnight at Hilton Garden Inn (Konya)

KONYA – PAMUKKALE (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Depart for Pamukkale
Beysehir Lake and Beysehir Mosque
Included lunch at a local restaurant
Hierapolis in Pamukkale
Dinner and overnight at Doga Thermal Hotel (Pamukkale)

PAMUKKALE – SELCUK (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Depart for Selçuk (Ephesus area)
Aphrodisias
Included lunch at a local restaurant near Aphrodisias
Şirince Village in Ephesus area
Included Dinner in the Şirince village
Overnight at Cella Boutique Hotel

EPHESUS (B – L – D)

Breakfast at the hotel
Ephesus with Terrace Houses
The House of the Virgin Mary
Included lunch at a local restaurant
The Basilica of St. John
Included wine tasting and farewell dinner at a local winery
Overnight at Cella Boutique Hotel

IZMIR (B)

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to the Izmir Airport
Flight to Istanbul to connect to the international flights

  • Accommodation for 10 nights in the above mentioned hotels or similar hotels
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide Service by Serif Yenen
  • Welcome cocktail and presentation by Şerif Yenen
  • All Transportation Services
  • Inbound Flight Tickets
  • Service Charges & Taxes
  • Visa Services but not applicable fees
  • All Meals in Itinerary
  • A cooking class
  • All museum entrance fees and costs as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bosphorus Cruise in a private boat
  • Tips to the restaurants for included meals
  • Complimentary copies of Serif Yenen’s maps and books
  • Headsets (Whispers) will be provided to hear your guide

  • International Flight Ticket to/from Istanbul
  • Private Expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Visa Fees (if required)
  • Meals not stated
  • Drinks with meals
  • Hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia (optional)
  • Travel Insurance

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
  • WC - Welcome Cocktail
  • WD - Welcome Dinner
  • TG - To Go Box
Personalize Your Journey
  • PRE/POST-NIGHT STAY Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay or relax after your tour with an extra night.
  • Sedan service PLUS airport transfers when you purchase our air. Call for details.
Accommodation
Istanbul
Cappadocia
Konya
Pamukkale
Izmir
Doubletree by Hilton Old Town

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.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Sauna Turkish Bath
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Milestone Cave Suites

This polished hillside hotel in a stone cave structure is 1 km from Uçhisar Kalesi fortress and Güvercinlik Vadisi valley. The nearest bus stop is 2 km away.

Amenities

Fitness Center
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Coffee & Tea Maker
3d LED TV
Business Center
Hilton Garden Inn

In an understated building, this casual hotel is across the street from Mevlana Kültür Merkezi arts and culture center, 13 minutes’ walk from the Mevlana Müzesi and 3 km from the 12th-century Alaeddin Mosque.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center
Doga Thermal Hotel

This upscale hotel is set 19 km from the E87 and the D320. The Hierapolis ancient theater is 6 km away.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Sauna
Indoor & Outdoor Pool
Beauty Salon
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center
Cella Boutique Hotel

Off the D550 state road, this informal hotel across from fields is 12 minutes on foot from the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and 14 minutes’ walk from the Temple of Artemis.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Sauna
Indoor & Outdoor Pool
Beauty Salon
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Hotels are subject to change with a similar hotel based on availability

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