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Overview
• Topkapi Palace and St. Sophia Basilica • Grand Bazaar, world’s largest and oldest covered market • Anzac Cove at Gallipoli • Ancient city of Troy • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary • Pamukkale the Cotton Castle • Aspendos and its 1800 year-old theater • Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Saratli, a secret underground city • Hiking through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara • Lunch with locals • Special dinners at restaurants • Wine tasting at vineyard

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616,famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand
Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60
streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

In the morning,
drive to Tekirdağ city and visit to Barbare Vineyard. We’ll be
informed about wine making, tour the vineyard and taste some
wines. Then depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during
WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair,
then overnight near Gallipoli. B.

Cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale and visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village . Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to İzmir for overnight.
B L.

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel. B D

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit th castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Overnight in Bodrum. B

After breakfast, free time for personal activities. Optional tour to Kos Island. Overnight in Bodrum. B

After breakfast, drive throughlush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white limecascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Romanhealth spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal
pool. B D

After breakfast depart for Antalya, dinner and overnight. B D

This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities.Dinner at the hotel. B D

Early morning departureto Cappadocia on the way visit 13th century Caravansaray and later visit underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. B D

Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After break-fast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations,which were first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock
churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi,Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner.at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. B D.

Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area, Enjoy an afternoon tour Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai, holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Dinner and overnight stay at Ankara. B D

After breakfast depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional halfday Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas,hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. B D

Transfer to the airport for your return flight back home. B

Inclusions
  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  •  Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  •  Licensed guides throughout Turkey •
  • Private air-conditioned transportation •
  • Luggage handling •
  • Local taxes and service charges •
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days (arrivals and departure from/to Istanbul Airport)
Exclusions

International / Domestic Airfare
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included
Pre or post stay transfers are not included.

Notes

City     Cat Hotels or Similar
Istanbul DLX JW Marriott Bosphorus or Conrad
Canakkale DLX Caeli
Izmir DLX Swissotel Grand Efes
Bodrum DLX M Gallery The Bodrum
Pamukkale SFC Doga Thermal
Antalya DLX Kempinski The Dome Belek or Akra Antalya
Cappadocia DLX Ariana
Ankara DLX Hilton Ankara
Istanbul DLX JW Marriott Bosphorus or Conrad

Tour Size

Max 24 pax / Average 10–15 pax

Trip Highlights

Istanbul-Gallipoli-Canakkale-Troy-Pergamum-Izmir-Ephehus-Pamukkale-Antalya-Perge-Aspendos-Cappadocia-Ankara

Fixed-Departure

13 May, 2022
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10 Jun, 2022
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