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Turkey Package Tours (Highlights of Turkey)

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Day 1
Istanbul: On arrival to Istanbul transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, Overnight Istanbul
Day 2
Istanbul: Pick up at your Hotel to start the Icons Tour visiting the following places Topkapi Palace Museum: Tour extensively the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It consists of several exhibition halls, including the porcelain section, the armory, the rooms devoted to holy relics and the Treasury, which houses an impressive display of royal jewels. The Harem section is included!Underground Cistern: Built by Justinian after 532, the Basilica Cistern stored water for the Great Palace and nearby buildings. Lost to memory, it was rediscovered by Petrus Gyllius, who came to Constantinople in search of Byzantine monuments. Sultanahmet Mosque/Blue Mosque: This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 and is located in the district of old Istanbul that is named after this Ottoman Sultan and it is distinguished by its six slender minarets. Roman Hippodrome and Monuments: The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine social life and the scene of fiercely competitive chariot races. It was located in the square that is now in front of the Blue Mosque and is still the site of ancient relics from its glory days. Hagia Sophia Museum: The Hagia Sophia that you can visit today was the primary church of Byzantine Constantinople and was built upon the site of two earlier churches that had been destroyed. Overnight Istanbul
Day 3
Istanbul: Pick up at your Hotel to start the Unique Istanbul our visiting the following places Bosphorus Cruise: We will cruise on the Bosphorus to allow you the prime perspective from which to view the fine palaces, pavilions, Ottoman houses and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea. Rumeli Fortress (From the sea): The largest fortification for the protection of Istanbul built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1451 before his conquest of the city.Cable Car to Pierre Loti: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the famous French writer and naval officer, Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti (1850 -1923), who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul. Rustem Pasha Mosque: This majestic and surprising little mosque was designed by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha who had married Princess Mihrimah, one of the daughters of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. City Walls and Golden Horn by vehicle: As you will ride along the shores of the Marmara Sea with your driver and guide, you will follow a major portion of the city’s Byzantine walls and will continue to follow them when we turn inland from the sea. breached by its attackers. Saint Savior in Chora Church Museum: This delightful church was built in the 11th century just within the Theodosian Walls of Constantinople, as the city was known throughout the Byzantine era. Suleymaniye Mosque: This elegant mosque with its distinguishing four slender minarets was built on the order of Sultan Suleyman by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, between 1550 and 1558. Overnight Istanbul
Day 4
Cappadocia: Check out of your Hotel and take the early morning flight to Cappadocia. Start the day by visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, which has the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi called also the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels. Continue to Göreme Open Air Museum the monastery settlement of early Christian monks. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period. day will end with Uchisar Castle. Overnight in Cave Hotel.
Day 5
Cappadocia (Optional Sunrise Balloon): Start the day with a walk in Red Valley, famous for its rocks capes, local culture and historical sites. At the end of your walk you will reach Cavusin Village. Here a spectacular rock castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you. Continue driving to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved and most visited Underground Cities in Cappadocia. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) Continue to Pigeon Valley a spectacular view of old abandoned pigeon cots hollowed out of the caves. Take the Overnight bus to Antalya
Day 6
Antalya: On your arrival to Antalya pick up at the terminal and transfer to your Hotel Pick up at your Hotel for the Perge, Aspendos and Side Tour Perge Ancient side is a grand exhibit of what an ancient Greek and Roman city looked like. Records date it back as far as the 4th BC. It was visited by Greek colonists after the Trojan War, by St. Paul and companions when it was one of the leading cities ofPamphylia, fell under the leadership of Alexander the Great and also the Byzantines. Side the site of Pamphylia”s largest port, probably first colonized in the 7th BC. Coming from Cyprus, St.Paul would have entered the ancient port enroot to Perge. The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a mote separate it from the mainland. Manavgat Waterfall is where you will take a nice cool rest, sitting right next to the falls. Aspendos famous for its theatre that dates to 160-180 AD. It is the best preserved Ancient Roman Theatre in the World. Depending on performance dates, you may be able to visit this ancient theatre to see the world renowned summer evening opera and ballet performances. After the tour return to your hotel and have a free evening to relax or explore Antalya on your own. Overnight Antalya.
Day 7
Pamukkale: Take the bus to Pamukkale on arrival check in to your Hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Pamukkale
Day 8
Pamukkale: Pick up at your Hotel to start the Pamukkale Tour Hierapolis; which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. Pamukkale; which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish. After the tour drive to Kusadasi, Overnight Kusadasi
Day 9
Ephesus: Pick up at your Hotel to start the Ephesus tour During both the Hellenistic and Roman periods Ephesus was the most important port and cultural center of the eastern world. The remains of the city are still spellbinding today. Of all the ancient cities of Turkey, Ephesus is the best preserved and most visited one and is as popular as it was in ancient times. This is due to the miraculous discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary. The city had splendid buildings and was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, whose temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Main monuments that will be visited during today’s tour are; Ephesus Ancient City; Ones the most important trading City of the Aegean Coast.., walk along the street of Arcadian, visit the majestic Theatre, Marble road, the Celsius Library, Market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic state agora, Prytaneion, Odeon. This is the best place in the world to get the feeling of what life was like in Roman times. Basilica of St. John; built in the 5th century. House of Virgin Mary; The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. Artemis Temple; The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Overnight Kusadasi
Day 10
Check out of your Hotel and take a return flight to Istanbul in time to connect with your home ward bound flight.
Included
All Transfers Hotel accommodation Bus Tickets All tours Professional English speaking guides Entrance fees to Museums Lunch on tours (Excluding drinks) All Taxes
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