The Ottoman Empire - Turkey 9 Nights and 10 Days

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About This Itinerary

Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.


Detailed Itinerary

1

Arrival Istanbul and Transfer to Izmir

Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, take the connecting flight to Izmir. Arrive Izmir, transfers to a hotel in Kusadasi. Check-in & enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

2

Full Day Ephesus Tour

After your breakfast at the hotel proceed for a fully guided tour of Ephesus. Today we will visit: Ephesus Ancient City, Hadrian Gate, Marble Street, Bouleterion, Odeon, Temple of Hadrian and Serapis, Agora, Library of Celsus, Double Church, Arcadian Way, Artemis Temple and House of Virgin Mary. After the tour we will drop you back to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

3

Full Day Pamukkale Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will meet you and we will start our journey towards the tour of Pamukkale where you will be visiting: Pamukkale Travertines, Calcium Terraces, Public Pools (swimming allowed), Ancient city of Hierapolis, Agora, Necropolis, Roman Bath, Theater, Naturel Park and Lake. After the tour, return to the Kusadasi hotel.

4

Kusadasi To Izmir Airport. Antalya Airport to Antalya Hotel

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Izmir Airport to board your flight to Antalya. Upon arrival at Antalya Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Antalya, check-in & enjoy the rest of the day/evening at leisure.

5

Cappadocia Tour 1

After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will meet you and we will start your tour. An impressive day will start with Derwent valley. Then we keep going on with Pasabag “fairy chimneys”, where you can feel the mystic of Fairy Chimneys. We will break at Avanos center of terracotta art. Ceramic dated back to 3000 BC in the area and survived from to generations A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics were made by hand. After lunch we visited the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Icons in Cappadocia. Soft rocks OF Cappadocia from the clefts carved out to form such as stables, churches, monasteries. A visit to the carpet weaving co-operation to see how the Turkish carpet is made by hand. We will enjoy the day by taking a look at the Goreme Valley from next to the Uchisar Rock-Castle. At the end of the tour we will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia Hotel.

6

Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport. Kayseri to Istanbul Flight

Cappadocia Tour 2 (Breakfast & Lunch) After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will meet you and we will start your tour. Today will be another mystical day, we will start with a visit and walk in the Red valley and discover rock-cut churches and hike through the Valley of Gulludere. Then keep going on with a visit to Cavusin village. Ancient Cavusin was already abandoned several about the 11th Century. Lunch will be a selection of Turkish Cuisine. In the afternoon drive to the Pigeon Valley for panoramic view, Underground City, dated back to the Hittites than used by the early Christians. Underground cities specially carved to be used during the war time to save their lives as well as early Christians hide themselves from the Roman pressure, you can still see stables, kitchen living room bedrooms and more. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

7

Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport. Kayseri to Istanbul Flight

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Kayseri Airport. Board your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul, check in & enjoy the rest of the day/evening at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

8

Istanbul Full Day-Old City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will pick you from hotel lobby & take you to our meeting point and start the tour. With this tour we will visit historic sites like Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Grand Covered Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Sultan Tombs. At the end of the tour we will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

9

Bosphorus Half Day Cruise – Morning Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will pick you from hotel lobby & We start Bosphorus Cruise Tour and with this tour we drive by the Golden Horn & Interior visit of SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) where the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb & spice, then we board the boat for a trip on the Bosphorus. A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries, also we will see Rumeli Fortress (From the sea, No Interior Visit). At the end of the tour we will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

10

Istanbul Hotel to Airport Drop

After your breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up and transferred to Istanbul Airport to board your flight to your onward destination with happy memories.

Important Details

1.) Turkish cuisine is vegetarian-friendly
2.) Always carry cash
3.) Street cats and dogs are part of the scenery
4.) Don’t drink tap water
5.) Greetings are done by kissing both the cheeks
6.) Be careful when crossing the street
7.) Tea is a sign of hospitality
8.) Zero tolerance towards drug use
9.) Alla turca toilets are abound


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