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Splendid Turkey Tour - 13 days

Splendid Turkey Tour - 13 days Splendid Turkey Tour - 13 days Splendid Turkey Tour - 13 days Splendid Turkey Tour - 13 days Splendid Turkey Tour - 13 days

Enjoy Turkey in 13 days with some nights on a Gullet : You will visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Olympos, Fethiye, Pamukkale and Ephesus

Day 1 : Istanbul City Tour : Pick up time is about 08.30 from the hotel. You will visit : Topkapi Palace (Harem section is extra), Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome. After lunch you will see: St.Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern (Underground Water Palace), Million stone, Tomb of Sultan Mahmud and ancient Ottoman cemetery, Cemberlitas (Burnt Column) and the tour ends about 16:30 with free time at the Grand Bazaar. You will be advised by your guide for getting back to your hotel on your own. Please note that Hagia Sophia closed on Monday, Topkapi Palace on Tuesday and Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday. (lunch on the tour) - Accommodation in Istanbul

Day 2 : Bopshorus Cruise and Flight to Cappadocia : You will make a half day Bosphorus Cruise tour. Pick up time is about 08.30 am from the hotel. You will visit : Golden Horn ( from the bus ), Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Rumeli Fortress. You will also view Imperial gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and Beylerbeyi Palace during the tour. The drop off time back to the hotel is about 13.00. Free afternoon to explore some on your own. Transfer to the airport for an late evening flight to Kayseri. Transfer to your hotel.  Please note that Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar is closed on Sunday , thus replaced with Authentic Shops. Upon your request, we can also make you an additional tour arrangment for afternoon to visit Dolmabahçe Palace and Asian side  - Accommodation in Cappadocia

Day 3 : First Day in Cappadocia :
The tour for Northern Cappadocia starts about 09.30 am from your hotel in the morning, you´ll drive to Devrent Valley where the geografical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you´ll take a stroll among the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there driving to Avanos to have lunch. After having the lunch you leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you´ll drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where you will have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. Then return to the hotel about 17.30  -  Accommodation in Cappadocia

Day 4 : Second Day in Cappadocia : Depart from your hotel at 09.30 am for a tour for Southern Cappadocia which starts with a 4km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. Afterwards visit the old christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch in Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the marvel of construction that is the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle. After the tour you will take a bus to Konya - Accommodation in Konya

Day 5 : Konya Tour and Depart to Antalya : Pick up at 09:30 for Konya city tour. Konya was the capital city of Seljuk Empire founded by Turks and has been the residance of Rumi Dervishes. Mevlana Rumi spent his life in Konya where he wrote his famous books about Sufi and his ideas spread over the world after his death from here. Following transfer from the bus station to Konya city center, you will make a guided tour in Konya to visit Mevlana Museum and his tomb, Karatay Medrese, Alaaddin Hill, the old bazaar and the other remainings belonging to Seljuk architecture Bus journey to Antalya departing at 16.00 ( 5 hrs of journey ) - Accommodation in Antalya.

Day 6 : Antalya Tour and Accommodation is Olympos: You will be picked up from your hotel about 09:30 for the full day Antalya city tour including Side, Perge and Aspendos ancient city tours and Kursunlu waterfall. Afternoon bus to Olympos -Accommodation in Olympos

Day 7 : Blue Cruise on Med : Pick-up from the tree houses in Olympos between 10:00-10:30. Bus transfer to the archaeological site of Myra, and to Demre for the St-Nicholas Church when requested, shopping, banking and lunch. Boat departure from the harbour of Demre between 1 and 2 p.m. Pirates Cave (sea conditions permitting), Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is protected, so only looking!). Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay optional water sports are available. Dinner, relax in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn - First night on board.

Day 8 : Blue Cruise on Med : Breakfast. Departure to Kas. A swim stop in a nice and quiet bay in front of the little town. Lunch. Visit of this charming fishing village. Of ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known, only Lycian rock tombs & sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left. But the charm of the town remains! Near Kalkan we stop in Aquarium or Firnaz Bay - Second night on board.

Day 9 : Blue Cruise on Med :
Around sunrise we depart for Butterfly Valley where we stop (sea conditions permitting!) for breakfast, swimming and to visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon) is our next stop, again sea conditions permitting! Option for paragliding available. Lunch. Last stop of the day is St-Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner - Third night on board.

Day 10 : Blue Cruise on Med : Breakfast. Departure for Samanlik Bay (swim & lunch). Finally we sail to Fethiye Harbour where we arrive between 3 and 4 p.m. - Accommodation in Fethiye

Day 11 : Journey to Pamukale : Bus journey to Pamukkale departing at 10.00. (5 hrs of journey). We will meet you at the bus station and transferred to your hotel - Accommodation in Pamukkale.

Day 12 : Pamukkale Travertenies and Bus to Ephesus :
After breakfast, departure Pamukkale about 09.30 am which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour you will be transferred to the bus station for taking 3 hours bus journey to Ephesus - Accommodation in Selcuk, Ephesus.

Day 13 : Ephesus Tour and Flight to Istanbul : Pick up from the hotel about 08.30 am for the daily tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. You will visit Ephesus which is known to be the Commercial, the Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the Highlights of any Visit in Turkey. After the lunch, you will drive to Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country. You will be transferred to the airport for an early evening flight to Istanbul. Your tour ends with arrival to Istanbul airport.

This programme operates only between Mid May-Mid November

We can make you further arrangements upon your request in Istanbul for accommodation and airport transfers. Please let us know if you need.

Price :
1345 euro
per person. If you are a single traveller, there will be 25% single supplement surcharge.

We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.

Tour Prices Include

    Accommodation in 3* hotels or similar boutique hotels
    Breakfasts in all hotels
    Overland transportation by A/C vehicle
    Domestic flight tickets
    3 night 4 days gullet witha private double room cabin with breakfast, lunch and dinner (drinks are extra)
    Professional licensed guiding services
    Entrance fees to the museums during guided tours

Tour Prices Exclude

    Personal expenses

Extra Offers

    Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul for 25 euro per person
    Cappadocia Balloon Tour for 150 euro per person
    Traditional Turkish Night Show and Dinner in Cappadocia for 35 euro at Yasar Baba Restaurant

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