Fabulous Turkey 8 Days 7 Nights Istanbul

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Fabulous Turkey 8 Days 7 Nights

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 (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  Ankara through intercontinental bridge.Overnight.

 

Day 3 Ankara - Cappadocia (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

Panoramic view of the city of Ankara which is capital of Turkey and visit to the Mausoleum of Atatürk, founder of the Turkish republic.After visit travel to Cappadocia, passing through Salt Lake, one of the largest hyper-saline lakes in the world. Arrival at Cappadocia.Overnight.

 

Day 4 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 5 Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

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 Antalya.Overnight.

 

Day 6 Antalya (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

After Breakfast visit the Aspendos Theater.Visit Duden Waterfalls which falls into Mediterranean Sea.Castle of Antalya  (Kale içi)city center-is one of the most important sights of Antalya , old town of medieval Antalya and is really worth visiting due to its beauty and historical value.Overnight in Antalya.

 

Day 7 Antalya - Pamukkale (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

Departure to Pamukkale. We will start the  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.

 

Day 8 Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

Departure to Efesus, 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.

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. The most beautiful remaining of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum. Transfer to airport of İzmir to take the flight to HOME  via Istanbul. End of our services.

 

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Fabulous Turkey 8 Days 7 Nights

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Fabulous Turkey 8 Days 7 Nights

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 (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  Ankara through intercontinental bridge.Overnight.

 

Day 3 Ankara - Cappadocia (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

Panoramic view of the city of Ankara which is capital of Turkey and visit to the Mausoleum of Atatürk, founder of the Turkish republic.After visit travel to Cappadocia, passing through Salt Lake, one of the largest hyper-saline lakes in the world. Arrival at Cappadocia.Overnight.

 

Day 4 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 5 Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

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 Antalya.Overnight.

 

Day 6 Antalya (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

After Breakfast visit the Aspendos Theater.Visit Duden Waterfalls which falls into Mediterranean Sea.Castle of Antalya  (Kale içi)city center-is one of the most important sights of Antalya , old town of medieval Antalya and is really worth visiting due to its beauty and historical value.Overnight in Antalya.

 

Day 7 Antalya - Pamukkale (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

Departure to Pamukkale. We will start the  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.

 

Day 8 Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )  ​

Departure to Efesus, 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.

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. The most beautiful remaining of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum. Transfer to airport of İzmir to take the flight to HOME  via Istanbul. End of our services.

 

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