12 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY TOUR
Day 01 - Istanbul - Arrival Day Meet at Istanbul International Airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 - Istanbul City Tour Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exqusite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths'''' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Closed on Tuesdays , Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.
Day 03 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT 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 see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See 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 its 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.SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with Murti''''s Tour''''s local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul..
Day 04 - Istanbul - Bursa Tour After breakfast at 07:30am depart from the hotel and drive to Bursa for a daily guided tour in Bursa.Today we will visit Bursa with all famous and Islamic heritage places. We will visit to Ulucamii (Great Mosque), Cumalikizik Village, Green Mosque, Green Tomb, Ozdilek Factory.There will be also a cable car tour to Uludag Mountain. Overnight in Bursa.
Day 05 --- Bursa --- Izmir & Ephesus Tour --- Kusadasi We depart at 07:0 – 07:30 am to Izmir Selcuk by local luxury coach. On arrival meet with your guide and do Ephesus Tour. We will visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final Days). After the tour, we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. After the tour transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi.Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 06 --- Kusadasi --- Pamukkale Tour At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. Lunch at Restaurant. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 07 - Pamukkale to Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls After breakfast at 08:30 am drive to Antalya. Once you reach visit to old City ( Kaleiçi ) Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian''''s Gate, Broken Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalyas modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The Hadrian''''s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate or The Three Gates is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya''''s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, Turkey, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. we have lunch than depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty. After tour come back to hotel and rest of day is yours.
Overnight in Antalya.
Day 08 - Antalya - Konya --- Cappadocia After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 drive to Konya. Once your reach to Konya stop at a restaurant for lunch at 13:00pm. After the lunch visit the imposing green - tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 09 - Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia.Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels open to visitors, then visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 10 --- Capopadocia --- Free Day The day is Free to explore the town.
If you like you can join one of our optional tours such as quad safari , horse safari , traditional Turkish bath etc…
Dnner and Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 11 - Cappadocia to Ankara City Tour - Istanbul We depart at 8:00am for Ankara during the trip (4 hours distance). On the way, we will stop at Salt Lake, wich it is a natural salt lake and the second biggest lake in Turkey. Arrival to Ankara around 12:30 and we have lunch break. After the lunch, Visit Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum. (Ataturk is the founder of the modern Turkey). After the tour depart to Istanbul. Check in to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 --- Istanbul --- End of Tour After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
12 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY TOUR Photos
Pick up airport transfer from Istanbul AirportDeparture transfer to Istanbul Airport4 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul1 night hotel accommodation in Bursa1 night hotel accommodation in Kusadasi1 night hotel accommodation in Pamukkale1 night hotel accommodation in Antalya3 nights hotel accommodation in Cappadocia11 breakfasts , 7 lunches and 8 dinnersGuided Istanbul City TourGuided Bursa city tourGuided Ephesus TourGuided Pamukkale TourGuided Antalya Old City TourGuided Konya TourGuided Cappadocia TourGuided Ankara TourProfessional English speaking tour guideAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking luxury busses
Tour Not Includes
International flightsInsurance: All typesTurkey entry visaItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundryAny others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section