9 Days Private Turkey Tour Istanbul

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9 Days Private Turkey Tour

Day 1 Country of origin – Istanbul (Breakfast / 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-TROY-CANAKKALE (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! On the afternoon travel to Canakkale crossing the Strait of Dardanelles by ferry to Gallipoli.Arrival and.Overnight

 

Day 3 CANNAKKALE-KUSADASI (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


After breakfast at the hotel departure to legendary city of Troy, with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other.We will continue to Pergamon and visit the Asklepion of Pergamon, believed to have been the world’s first full-service health clinic, dedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius.After lunch drive to Kusadasi.Arrival and overnight.

 

DAY 4 DIDYMA-MILETOS FREE AFTERNOON AT THE OTEL(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Breakfast and departure to Miletus , the home of the Thales (who is according to Herodotus and according Eudomos may 28th BC 585’te are assumed to have occured) has reported forecasted solar eclipse. He has been dealing with astronomy and solistices as one of the first astronomer to calculate in advance. And a principle lonian city. Visit the Delphinium, the Nymphanion, the Theater and the Faustina Baths. After lunch at a restaurant , continue to Didyma to vist the Temple of the Apollo and it is gigantic columns, which is the biggest Oracale Center of ancient Turkey. lunch near the temple drive back to the otl and free leisure time till dinner.

 

Day 5 KUSADASI-PAMUKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Departure to Ephesus, a Greco-Roman city very well preserved in Asia Minor, which once had a population of 250,000 inhabitants and monopolized the wealth of the Middle East. It keeps treasures as the impressive Roman Theater that housed more than 25,000 spectators, the magnificent Library of Celsus (third largest library in the ancient world,. the Temple of Hadrian and the Marble Street.We will watch a lovely leather fashion show. Turkish leather production goes back to 12th century and leather tanning is one example of the diverse and traditional turkish handcraft. We will continue to Artemision, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. Today we can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns’ capitals and shafts.After lunch drive to Pamukkale and visit the ancient Hierapolis and the ‘Cotton Castle “, true natural wonder with its giant cascade, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the passage of thermal waters full of calcareous salts. Accommodation in a spa hotel.

 

Day 6 PAMUKKALE – KONYA-CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Departure to Konya to see the Monastery of Whirling Dervishes founded by the great philosopher and mystical poet Mevlana Rumi. Visit to Sultanhan, a monumental caravansary which looks like a fortress. The entrance is through a huge, geometrically decorated portal. The caravansaries were of utmost importance for traders en route. Continuation to Seratlı, 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.Accommodation.

 

Day 7 CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Unmissable optional tour – BALLOON FLIGHT : balloon ride at dawn to spot exotic and mystical landscape of Cappadocia. After breakfast depart to get to know the fantastic volcanic region where St. George was born. This region has a fascinating and unique landscape formed 3 million years ago by lava of the extinct volcanos Erciyes and Hasan. Visit the Valley of Pasabagi or Çavuşin. In Avcilar and Guvercinlik enjoy the fantastic landscape of “Fairy Chimneys”. In the village of Avanos. we will see the manufacture of carpets which is the oldest Turkish art. The Turkish carpet is recognized worldwide for its quality and beauty. Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu Ozkonak, built by the christian communities to protect themselves from Roman attacks in the seventh century. Return to hotel. Optional – FOLK DANCES SHOW : presentation of folk dances from different regions of the country and belly dancing at a typical cave with unlimited local drinks. Accommodation.

 

DAY 8 ANKARA-SAFRANBOLU (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


This morning depart for Safranbolu en-route visiting the capital of Turkey, Ankara, to take a tour of Ataturk’s Mausoleum to visit the tomb of the leader of the Turkish War of Independence. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. We then continue our drive on to Safranbolu, an UNESCO World Heritage site, which is considered an open air museum due to its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture. Tonight we stay at an old ottoman mansion. Overnight in Safranbolu 

 

DAY 9 SAFRANBOLU – ISTANBUL (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )

  
After breakfast visit the old town of Safranbolu where you can test fine samples of Turkish delight before continuing on back to Istanbul. 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! after dinner transfer to airport.

 

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9 Days Private Turkey Tour

Day 1 Country of origin – Istanbul (Breakfast…

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Description

9 Days Private Turkey Tour

Day 1 Country of origin – Istanbul (Breakfast / 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-TROY-CANAKKALE (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! On the afternoon travel to Canakkale crossing the Strait of Dardanelles by ferry to Gallipoli.Arrival and.Overnight

 

Day 3 CANNAKKALE-KUSADASI (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


After breakfast at the hotel departure to legendary city of Troy, with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other.We will continue to Pergamon and visit the Asklepion of Pergamon, believed to have been the world’s first full-service health clinic, dedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius.After lunch drive to Kusadasi.Arrival and overnight.

 

DAY 4 DIDYMA-MILETOS FREE AFTERNOON AT THE OTEL(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Breakfast and departure to Miletus , the home of the Thales (who is according to Herodotus and according Eudomos may 28th BC 585’te are assumed to have occured) has reported forecasted solar eclipse. He has been dealing with astronomy and solistices as one of the first astronomer to calculate in advance. And a principle lonian city. Visit the Delphinium, the Nymphanion, the Theater and the Faustina Baths. After lunch at a restaurant , continue to Didyma to vist the Temple of the Apollo and it is gigantic columns, which is the biggest Oracale Center of ancient Turkey. lunch near the temple drive back to the otl and free leisure time till dinner.

 

Day 5 KUSADASI-PAMUKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Departure to Ephesus, a Greco-Roman city very well preserved in Asia Minor, which once had a population of 250,000 inhabitants and monopolized the wealth of the Middle East. It keeps treasures as the impressive Roman Theater that housed more than 25,000 spectators, the magnificent Library of Celsus (third largest library in the ancient world,. the Temple of Hadrian and the Marble Street.We will watch a lovely leather fashion show. Turkish leather production goes back to 12th century and leather tanning is one example of the diverse and traditional turkish handcraft. We will continue to Artemision, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. Today we can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns’ capitals and shafts.After lunch drive to Pamukkale and visit the ancient Hierapolis and the ‘Cotton Castle “, true natural wonder with its giant cascade, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the passage of thermal waters full of calcareous salts. Accommodation in a spa hotel.

 

Day 6 PAMUKKALE – KONYA-CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Departure to Konya to see the Monastery of Whirling Dervishes founded by the great philosopher and mystical poet Mevlana Rumi. Visit to Sultanhan, a monumental caravansary which looks like a fortress. The entrance is through a huge, geometrically decorated portal. The caravansaries were of utmost importance for traders en route. Continuation to Seratlı, 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.Accommodation.

 

Day 7 CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


Unmissable optional tour – BALLOON FLIGHT : balloon ride at dawn to spot exotic and mystical landscape of Cappadocia. After breakfast depart to get to know the fantastic volcanic region where St. George was born. This region has a fascinating and unique landscape formed 3 million years ago by lava of the extinct volcanos Erciyes and Hasan. Visit the Valley of Pasabagi or Çavuşin. In Avcilar and Guvercinlik enjoy the fantastic landscape of “Fairy Chimneys”. In the village of Avanos. we will see the manufacture of carpets which is the oldest Turkish art. The Turkish carpet is recognized worldwide for its quality and beauty. Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu Ozkonak, built by the christian communities to protect themselves from Roman attacks in the seventh century. Return to hotel. Optional – FOLK DANCES SHOW : presentation of folk dances from different regions of the country and belly dancing at a typical cave with unlimited local drinks. Accommodation.

 

DAY 8 ANKARA-SAFRANBOLU (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  


This morning depart for Safranbolu en-route visiting the capital of Turkey, Ankara, to take a tour of Ataturk’s Mausoleum to visit the tomb of the leader of the Turkish War of Independence. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. We then continue our drive on to Safranbolu, an UNESCO World Heritage site, which is considered an open air museum due to its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture. Tonight we stay at an old ottoman mansion. Overnight in Safranbolu 

 

DAY 9 SAFRANBOLU – ISTANBUL (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )

  
After breakfast visit the old town of Safranbolu where you can test fine samples of Turkish delight before continuing on back to Istanbul. 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! after dinner transfer to airport.

 

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