Turkey Highlights Tour

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Turkey Highlights Tour

Turkey Highlights Tour 9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour Overview
Departure : Everyday
Highlights : Istanbul - Cappadocia - Hierapolis - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir - Istanbul

The Highlights of Turkey tour starts and ends in Istanbul. This 9 Days Turkey tour is an Explorer tour that taking you through Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus. Ideal trip for the people that are interested in history and geography.


Itınerary

Arrive in Istanbul and you will have an English-speaking driver waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it.

You will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time for the rest of the day in Istanbul.

Meal Plan: No Meals

Breakfast at the hotel and then you will be transferred for the tour. We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque** which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

After the lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563. A masterpiece designed by Sinan the Magnificent, it has the most exquisite and extensive Iznik tile decoration of any mosque in Istanbul. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction. The tour ends about 16:30 and back to hotel Accommodation in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)

**Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Blue Mosque will not be visited on Fridays.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel and then you will be transferred for the tour. We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisarı, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

After the tour, you will be transfered to the airport for your direct flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day Istanbul tour.

We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome and The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

After the lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world.We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563.. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.

Breakfast at the hotel and you will be picked up from your hotel for the tour. The tour starts with a 4km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. The next visit is to Christian & Greek village of Cavusin. We will have lunch in Pigeons Valley unique with small niches carved in the rocks. Cappadocia has several underground cities used by the residents to escape from their enemies and Kaymakli Underground City is among the most famous ones. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle offering a beautiful view over the valley. Drop off at your hotel in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Cappadocia.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a direct flight from Cappadocia to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir, you will be met by your driver at the airport and taken you to Ephesus, the world-famous ancient City of the Romans. Sites to see include the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theatre, the Roman Baths, and the Celsius Library. After the tour, you will be transfered to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel, and then depart for Pamukkale. Visit Hierapolis Antique City, where you will see Temple of Apollo, Martyrium and some other ruins. Then see Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), which is made of sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. You have the chance to walk on the terraces. After the tour return to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a direct flight from Izmir to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour. Arrive at Istanbul airport. Upon arrival you will meet your driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. Stay overnight in Istanbul.
Meal Plan: Breakfast

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your international flight. End of services.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

The tour ends with the last night accommodation in Istanbul. Further arrangements can be provided upon request.


turkey highlights tour

turkey highlights tour

Included Services
• 8 nights accommodation in 3 Star or 4 Star hotels.
• Airport transfers with air-conditioned vehicles.
• Domestic flight tickets Istanbul-Kayseri & Izmir-Istanbul on economy class.
• Services of a professional tour guide on sightseeing tours.
• Entrance fees for the sites and museums.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Excluded Services:
• Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
• Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
• International arrival & departure flight tickets.



turkey highlights tour

turkey highlights tour