8 Days private Turkey Tour Istanbul

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8 Days private Turkey Tour

DAY 1 COUNTRY  of ORIGIN – ISTANBUL (lunch/  dinner)
Arrival, reception and transfer from airport to the HEART OF CONSTANTINOPLE.The first stop will be at the Roman Hippodrome, where horse races were held and subsequently became the center of civil activity of the Byzantine Empire. Today we still can see the Obelisk of Theodosius. Visit the majestic and elegant Blue Mosque, built in 1616 and famous for its interior decoration with 21,000 Iznik tiles.Visit the Hagia Sophia Cathedral, which is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, and currently is a museum.Visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Sultans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, where we can see gorgeous collections of porcelain, jewelry, clothing of sultans and many other relics.Visit the famous Grand Bazaar which is a covered market of the fifteenth century, consisting of 5000 stores, and is considered one of the first shopping centers in the world.Overnight.


DAY 2 ISTANBUL-ANKARA-CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
Breakfast at the otel and early departure by bus to Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey.arrival in Ankara and tour starts with a visit to the impressive Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic, passing Salt Lake, one of the largest hyper-saline lakes in the world. Arrival in Capadocia dinner and overnight. 


DAY 3 CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
In the morning sunrise time, an optional hot air ballooning tour to appreciate stunning views of Cappadocia’s fascinating and unique landscape (price not included). Visit to the underground city of Seratli or Özkonak, once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians, to see their bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms…Next visit the numerous monasteries and chapels of the Göreme Open Air Museum, excavated in the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century. After lunch, we will make photo stops at Üchisar “castle” village, many times compared to giant a beehive. In the afternoon, we will visit the Avcilar Valley, the pottery town of Avanos, set on the banks of the Kizilirmak (Red River), and a typical handmade Turkish carpet-weaving course to see this old Turkish art. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA-KONYA-PAMUKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After early breakfast Departure to Konya, historically the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate. On the way, an opportunity to visit a Caravanserai, a ‘hotel ‘ for the ancient traders and travelers on Silk Road, and also a good example of the Seljuk architecture style. On the way, a panoramic view of the city, highlighting Ince Minare and Karatay Medrese, some of the Konya’s must-see buildings of Seljuk era. Continue with the visit of the monastery of the whirling dervishes founded by Mevlana, a philosopher and mystic of Islam, which doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. Continue towards to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 PAMUKKALE-EPHESUS (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
Departure to visit to the ancient Hierapolis, known for its thermal baths and health center. Thereafter, visit to the “Cotton Castle” or Pamukkale’s magical and unique natural wonder with grand white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the passage of water laden with calcareous salts, from hot springs. Continue to the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor, where we will be able to walk in its marble streets to the Library of Celsius, the Odeon, Grand Theatre, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Bath etc. Then continue the visit in the House of the Virgin Mary, alleged to be the last resting place of Jesus Mother. During this day, we will also have the opportunity to see an upbeat fashion show of the high quality leather products made in Turkey. Overnight in Kusadasi. 

DAY 6 KUSADASI –ASKLEPION-TROY-CANAKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After breakfast, 08:30 am departing for fully guided Pergamum tour. Visit to Aesculapium, ancient medical center built in the name of Asculapis, “God of Medicine”. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch continue to Troy famous ancient city that evokes another poetic name, “The Iliad” by Homer, where it is possible to see an enormous reconstruction of the famous Trojan Horse. Overnight in Canakkale.

DAY 7 CANAKKALE –ISTANBUL (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After breakfast departure to İstanbul lunch and free time in the afternoon


DAY 8 ISTANBUL- COUNTRY OF ORIGIN (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After breakfast at the hotel. Our visits today starts with BOSPHORUS TOUR. We will navigate the Bosphorus strait that separates Europe and Asia continents, in which 60,000 ships pass annually. From the boat we can see a wonderful view of the strait with its palaces, forts and summer houses. After the boat tour we will continue to the Spice Market, built in the seventeenth century, with typical products like pashmina, saffron, spices (seasonings), dried fruits, teas, treats, perfumes and more!. And transfer to airport and end of our service in Turkey.

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8 Days private Turkey Tour

DAY 1 COUNTRY  of ORIGIN –…

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Description

8 Days private Turkey Tour

DAY 1 COUNTRY  of ORIGIN – ISTANBUL (lunch/  dinner)
Arrival, reception and transfer from airport to the HEART OF CONSTANTINOPLE.The first stop will be at the Roman Hippodrome, where horse races were held and subsequently became the center of civil activity of the Byzantine Empire. Today we still can see the Obelisk of Theodosius. Visit the majestic and elegant Blue Mosque, built in 1616 and famous for its interior decoration with 21,000 Iznik tiles.Visit the Hagia Sophia Cathedral, which is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, and currently is a museum.Visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Sultans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, where we can see gorgeous collections of porcelain, jewelry, clothing of sultans and many other relics.Visit the famous Grand Bazaar which is a covered market of the fifteenth century, consisting of 5000 stores, and is considered one of the first shopping centers in the world.Overnight.


DAY 2 ISTANBUL-ANKARA-CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
Breakfast at the otel and early departure by bus to Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey.arrival in Ankara and tour starts with a visit to the impressive Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic, passing Salt Lake, one of the largest hyper-saline lakes in the world. Arrival in Capadocia dinner and overnight. 


DAY 3 CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
In the morning sunrise time, an optional hot air ballooning tour to appreciate stunning views of Cappadocia’s fascinating and unique landscape (price not included). Visit to the underground city of Seratli or Özkonak, once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians, to see their bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms…Next visit the numerous monasteries and chapels of the Göreme Open Air Museum, excavated in the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century. After lunch, we will make photo stops at Üchisar “castle” village, many times compared to giant a beehive. In the afternoon, we will visit the Avcilar Valley, the pottery town of Avanos, set on the banks of the Kizilirmak (Red River), and a typical handmade Turkish carpet-weaving course to see this old Turkish art. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA-KONYA-PAMUKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After early breakfast Departure to Konya, historically the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate. On the way, an opportunity to visit a Caravanserai, a ‘hotel ‘ for the ancient traders and travelers on Silk Road, and also a good example of the Seljuk architecture style. On the way, a panoramic view of the city, highlighting Ince Minare and Karatay Medrese, some of the Konya’s must-see buildings of Seljuk era. Continue with the visit of the monastery of the whirling dervishes founded by Mevlana, a philosopher and mystic of Islam, which doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. Continue towards to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 PAMUKKALE-EPHESUS (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
Departure to visit to the ancient Hierapolis, known for its thermal baths and health center. Thereafter, visit to the “Cotton Castle” or Pamukkale’s magical and unique natural wonder with grand white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the passage of water laden with calcareous salts, from hot springs. Continue to the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor, where we will be able to walk in its marble streets to the Library of Celsius, the Odeon, Grand Theatre, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Bath etc. Then continue the visit in the House of the Virgin Mary, alleged to be the last resting place of Jesus Mother. During this day, we will also have the opportunity to see an upbeat fashion show of the high quality leather products made in Turkey. Overnight in Kusadasi. 

DAY 6 KUSADASI –ASKLEPION-TROY-CANAKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After breakfast, 08:30 am departing for fully guided Pergamum tour. Visit to Aesculapium, ancient medical center built in the name of Asculapis, “God of Medicine”. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch continue to Troy famous ancient city that evokes another poetic name, “The Iliad” by Homer, where it is possible to see an enormous reconstruction of the famous Trojan Horse. Overnight in Canakkale.

DAY 7 CANAKKALE –ISTANBUL (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After breakfast departure to İstanbul lunch and free time in the afternoon


DAY 8 ISTANBUL- COUNTRY OF ORIGIN (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  
After breakfast at the hotel. Our visits today starts with BOSPHORUS TOUR. We will navigate the Bosphorus strait that separates Europe and Asia continents, in which 60,000 ships pass annually. From the boat we can see a wonderful view of the strait with its palaces, forts and summer houses. After the boat tour we will continue to the Spice Market, built in the seventeenth century, with typical products like pashmina, saffron, spices (seasonings), dried fruits, teas, treats, perfumes and more!. And transfer to airport and end of our service in Turkey.

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