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.
Turkey has so much to offer its visitors – breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological places, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. Therefore, it is not surprising that this country has recently become one of the most popular tourism destination of the world. Due to Turkey’s diverse geography, one can experience four different climates in any one day. The rectangular shaped country which is surrounded on three sides by the three different seas. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas.
Day 1: Arrive Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey – a mesmerizing land of Romans and Ottomans!
On arrival in Istanbul, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and transferred by a private chauffeur driven car to your hotel.
With an over-abundance of important historic buildings and exciting new art galleries and museums, visitors have more than enough to see during the day, but it’s at night that the place swings into high-velocity, mega-stylish action.
Istanbul is the capital for art and culture with a rich tradition in opera and ballet, theatres, concerts, art exhibitions, festivals, auctions, conferences and of course unique museums. Being an imperial capital for 1500 years, Istanbul has acquired a highly original personality. At every turn in the city, you are faced with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monuments, walls and ruins. Yet Istanbul is not a city living only on its past. It is a vibrant, modern and future-oriented metropolis.
Day 2: Istanbul
The rest of the day is at leisure to discover this breathtaking city on your own.
Day 3: Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia
This morning, you will be transferred to Istanbul airport for an early morning flight to Kayseri.
Day 4: Cappadocia
Enjoy sightseeing in Cappadocia (Seat in Coach).
Today, in the morning visit, to Dervent Valley which has various types of fairy chimneys. Pasabaglari (Monk’s Valley) with some other types of fairy chimneys. Avanos Region, known for its pottery, a craft dating back to Hittite period. After lunch at local restaurant, visit Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is filled with pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. The caves were settled in the 4th Century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Stop at Citadel of Uchisar and Esentepe for beautiful view of Cappadocia.
Day 5: Cappadocia – Kayseri – Istanbul – Antalya
This morning, transfer from your hotel to airport in Kayseri for your flight to Antalya.
On arrival in Antalya, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. With a history dating back to 133 BC and a name meaning “Home of Attalos” referring to the founder of the city Attalos, it is a peaceful city situated at the slopes of the Taurus Mountains is rich in scenic beauties and historical monuments.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city of Antalya on your own.
Day 6: Antalya
Discover ancient Hellenistic and Roman treasure on a Full day tour (Seat in Coach).
Today, enjoy discovering ancient Hellenistic and Roman treasure, including the unspoiled ruins of Perge, the magnificently preserved 15000 person theater of Aspendos and Kursunlu Waterfalls on a guided tour.
Day 7: Antalya – Istanbul Depart
Today, you will be transferred to airport in Antalya for your flight back home.
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Day 1: Arrival Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, depart for a half-day Bosphorus Cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, and the Baroque summer palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After the cruise, visit the Spice Bazaar, a thrilling riot of colours, sounds, and the rich smells of exotic spices. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district at the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum). Next, visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Walk through the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium. Finish the tour at the Grand Bazaar, which was the commercial heart of the old city. Its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays), you may indulge in a little shopping, Ottoman style. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul
After breakfast, free at leisure or take one of the optional tours..Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Istanbul / Izmir / Kusadasi
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to Kusadasi (45 min). Free at leisure to enjoy Kusadasi town or the hotel facilities. Overnight at Kusadasi.
Day 5: Kusadasi
After breakfast depart for the sightseeing of Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her last days. Proceed to visit Ephesus, and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are recently excavated. After lunch, visit the Archaeological Museum, Temple of Diana (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.). Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: Kusadasi/Pamukkale/Kusadasi
Drive to Pamukkale, “Cotton Castle”, famous for its healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified” waterfalls. After lunch, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and masterpiece theater. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In the afternoon, free time for swimming or a therapeutic bath in the hot spring mineral waters. Back to Kusadasi for overnight. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Kusadasi / Istanbul / Fly
After breakfast free till check-out (latest check-out time is 1200 hours) and departure transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the next destination via Istanbul.
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Day 1 Istanbul (2 Nights)
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul and proceed for your transfer to the hotel. Later in the afternoon at approximately 01:00 pm, depart for Bosphorous Cruise the strait between Black Sea and Marmara Sea which separates Istanbul into two continents. Visit Egyptian Spice Market to see the atmosphere of an Ottoman shopping centre which still have several shops for spices. After the tour, return to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leiusre. Overnight in Istanbul. Note: Egyptian Spice Market is closed on Sundays.
Day 2 Istanbul – Half Day Sightseeing
After breakfast depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Visit Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest, biggest and the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul. A Byzantin church,an Ottoman Mosque, a Republican museum, a temple for all civilisations. See the Blue Mosque, the only Imperial mosque of the Ottomans with six minarets. The mosque takes its name from its 21043 dominant blue colored handmade tiles. It’s built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the south eastern side of the Hippodrome which was a chariot racing track and the sporting & social centre of Constantinople. Visit the Grand Bazaar. You have free time for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul Meals: Breakfast Note: Grand Bazaar Spice Market is closed on Sundays On Monday’s when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church famed for its mosaics.
Day 3 Istanbul – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to catch an early flight to Kayseri (flight not included). Upon arrival transfer to Cappadocia, proceed for Cappadocia sightseeing. Visit Citadel of Uçhisar, the highest point of Cappadocia with a huge big rock Castle with almost 300 caves.Göreme Openair Museum, the biggest monastery of Cappadocia from Byzantine times. The cave churches are beautifully decorated with fresco. Pasabag valley, the most interesting part of Cappadocia in terms of landscapes. The biggest Fairy Chimneys (Mushroom shape rocks), Avanos the handcraft center of Cappadocia, Avanos is the center of pottery for 4000 years. Devrent Valley, The valley famous with its new rock formations. A good place to see the way of formation. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4 Cappadocia – Visit to Red Valley, Cavusin Village, Kaymakli Underground City, Pigeon Valley
Today morning after breakfast, proceed to visit the Red Valley and visit the cave church. Cavusin Village to explore the abandoned Cave Village. Kaymakli Underground city to see the underground settlements of the early Christians and Pigeon Valley to see the Pigeon houses all along the valley. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 Cappadocia – Kusadasi (3 Nights)
This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight to Izmir (flight not included). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 Kusadasi – Full Day Tour of Ephesus
Today morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day Ephesus Tour, one of the finest examples of an ancient classical city. See the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient. House of the Virgin Mary and Isa Bey Mosque. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 Kusadasi – Full Day Tour of Pamukkale
Today morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day tour to Pamukkale, Cotton castle famous for its healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow white waterfalls. After lunch, visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis. After completion of the tour, return to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8 Kusadasi – Hometown
After breakfast proceed to the airport to board your flight via Istanbul for your next destination or hometown.
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