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9 Nights Highlights of Turkey

Destinations Covered
Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia - Konya - Kusadasi - Canakkale - Istanbul

Day 1 Friday : Arrival in Istanbul

On arrival at Istanbul International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you.

Transfer and check-in at selected hotel.

Istanbul, with its historic peninsula, and numerous scenic and historical beauties, is a magnificently unique city that has been the capital of many civilizations. Its history dates back 300 thousand years, and it constitutes a mosaic of many civilizations and cultures. With the Black Sea in the North, the Marmara Sea in the South, and the Istanbul Strait running in all its glory through the city’s centre, Istanbul separates the continents of Europe and Asia. Its strategic position on the historic Silk Road, its rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and its position on the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, have all produced a cosmopolitan populace where one can encounter people from different countries, and witness diverse cultures blending.

Pick up at 13:00 hrs  for the Bosphorus Cruise and shopping tour.

The Bosphorus Cruise, along the strait between the Black Sea and Marmara Sea which separates Istanbul into two continents, is a great chance to see different aspects of Istanbul.

Visit the Egyptian Spice Market to witness the atmosphere of an Ottoman shopping centre, with several spice shops.

Afterwards, return to hotel at 17:30 hrs.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 Saturday : In Istanbul

Post breakfast, depart for a guided half-day sightseeing tour of Old Istanbul City at 8:30 hrs.

Visit Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest, largest, and most beautiful buildings of Istanbul. Also visit a Byzantin church, an Ottoman mosque, a Republican museum, and the Temple for All Civilisations.

Proceed to the Blue Mosque, the only Imperial mosque of the Ottomans with six minarets. The mosque takes its name from its 21043 striking, blue-coloured, handmade tiles. It's built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the Southeastern side of the Hippodrome of Constantinople : a chariot-racing track and the sporting and social centre of Constantinople.

Note

  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday.
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.

Afterwards, return to hotel at 12:30 hrs.

Afternoon at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 3 Sunday : Istanbul - Ankara by Air (1hr flight)

Post breakfast, transfer to the Airport for flight to Ankara.

On arrival at Ankara Airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative to the designated coach/car booked for you and proceed with sightseeing tour of Ankara.

Visit Anatolian Civilisation Museum a well-prepared museum with several exhibitions from all over Anatolia and Mausoleum, as well as Atatürk, the burial place of the founder of modern Turkey, and a museum about the republican times.

After lunch, depart for Cappadocia by road (289km/3hrs).

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Cappadocia is Turkey's most visually striking region, famous for erosion-formed caves, clefts, pinnacles, "fairy chimneys", and sensuous folds in the soft volcanic rock. The fantastical topography is matched by the area’s human history. People have long utilised the region's soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating troglodyte-style architecture. The fresco-adorned rock-cut churches of Göreme, the Open-Air Museum, and the subterranean refuges of Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı are the most famous sights, while simply bedding down in one of Cappadocia's cave hotels is an experience in a 21st Century cavern dwelling. Cappadocia's accordion-ridged valleys, shaded in a palette of dusky orange and cream, are the stuff of psychedelic daydreams.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 Monday : In Cappadocia

Post breakfast, depart at 9:00 hrs  for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Cappadocia.

Vısıt the Underground City of Kaymaklı: witness 6 layers of an underground city from Byzantine times with the capacity to hold 1500 people. See stables, churches, kitchen, depots, and ventilation shafts – all connected to each other with tunnels.

Continue to the Citadel of Uçhisar, the highest point of Cappadocia. This is a huge rock castle with almost 300 caves as well as the Göreme Open-air Museum and the biggest monastery of Cappadocia from Byzantine times. The cave churches are beautifully decorated with frescos.

Post lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Paşabağ Valley, the most interesting part of Cappadocia in terms of landscapes. Witness the biggest Fairy Chimneys (Mushroom shape rocks) and continue to Avanos. The handicraft centre of Cappadocia, Avanos has been the centre of pottery for 4000 years.

Visit Devrent Valley,  famous for its new rock formations. Return to the hotel at 18:00 hrs.

Dinner and overnight  stay at the hotel.

Day 5 Tuesday : Cappadocia - Konya (236km/2hrs 20min)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart for Konya, en-route visiting the 13th Century Seljukian Caravanserai Sultanhani. The next stop will be Konya, with its Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of Whirling Dervishes.

Konya - Pamukkale (402km/4hrs)

Post lunch break, resume journey to Pamukkale.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight  stay at the hotel.

Day 6 Wednesday : Pamukkale - Kusadasi (200km/3hrs)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart for Kusadasi, en-route visiting the ancient city of Hierapolis. There you'll find the ruins of the biggest necropolis graveyard of the ancient world, as well as Roman baths, a basilica, and calcium cliffs. Continue journey to Aphrodisias.

After lunch, visit a Greco-Roman settlement which is remarkably well-preserved. The ancient city is dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.

Resume journey to Kuşadası.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Kusadasi is a seaside resort town in the Aegean region of Turkey known for its turquoise sparkling water, sandy beaches, bright sun and its large marina. It’s a costal gateway to an ancient city, and to Ephesus, Turkey’s busiest cruise port. It’s situated around 80 Km from Izmir Airport.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7 Thursday : In Kusadasi

Post breakfast, depart at 8:30 hrs  for full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kusadasi. Set off to Meryemana and visit the House of Virgin Mary.

Continue to Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. See the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, a magnificent library, Agora, and a fantastic Greco-Roman theatre.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Basilica of St. John. Later in the evening,  return to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8 Friday : Kusadasi - Canakkale (400km/5hrs 20min, Including Sightseeing)

Post breakfast, check-out and depart for Pergamum.

Post-lunch, visit  Asklepion and Acropolis.

Continue to Troy, the legendary town in the Iliad of Homer and visit the Athena Temple.

Afterwards, resume journey to Çanakkale.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9 Saturday : Canakkale - Istanbul (311km/4hrs 20min)

Post breakfast, check-out and drive to Istanbul by crossing the Dardanelles Strait.

Lunch en-route.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 Sunday : Departure from Istanbul

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the Airport for departure flight.

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