Turkey & Jordan Itinerary

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Turkey an amazing experience, must see

Jordan & Turkey

14 Days, 13 Nights

Cities:  Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Amman, Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi-Rum.

Please Note: there is an option to visit Turkey only .

DAY 1
Flight to Istanbul – Arrival
Hotel Euro star (or similar)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure for exploring Turkey’s cultural capital privately or just to relax.
  • Pick up for a spectacular dinner on the Bosphorus.
  • Overnight in Istanbul

 

DAY 2

  • Istanbul – Old City Tour
    Istanbul Trukey

    Sultan Ahmet Mosque Istanbul.

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Full day city tour of Istanbul: visit the Blue

Mosque
 Haghia Sophia & Lunch
 The Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace.
 Overnight at hotel.

Istanbul
The Blue Mosque, recognizable from its six minarets, built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmed I
and decorated inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue color; The Blue Mosque was built by
Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa, who was one of Sinan’s apprentices. The Hippodrome (At Meydani) was the center of the
City’s public life for centuries. Its construction was started by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in 203. It was
enlarged and richly embellished by Constantine the Great and after him, many emperors rivaled to adorn it.
Haghia Sophia, which marked the apogée of Byzantine Emperor, Justinian’s reign. Topkapi Palace, the residence
of the Ottoman sultans between the end of the 15th and the first half of the 19th centuries with its Imperial
Treasury.

Inside ISlamic decoration mosque Istanbul

Istanbul Turkey

 

DAY 3
Istanbul

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free day to enjoy Istanbul, Shopping, relax and more.
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant.

 

DAY 4
Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise, Cappadocia
MDC hotel (or similar)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Pick up from hotel.
  • Visit the Bosphorus Bridge, Bosphorus cruise.
  • Visit the Dolmabahce Palace.
  • After tour transfer to Sabiha Gokcen Airport for Kayseri flight in the evening.
  • Transfer to Cappadocia and hotel check-in.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Cappadocia.

Bosphorus Bridge
Drive on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing the bridge from Europe to Asia. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest in the world when completed unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.

Bosphorus Cruise
The Bosphorus strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents; this
romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace is one of the unique eclectic example mixes of Baroque and Turkish style. It was built in 1856 by the Balyan Family. The construction cost five million Ottoman Mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. Fourteen tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the 45,000 square meter monoblock palace, which stands on an area of 110,000 m². (Harem section is not included in the program due to extra entry and long queues but if you want at the end of the tour you can tell to your guide you wish to stay here and you can visit Harem by yourself).

 

The underground city up to 8 floors underground

Underground city, Cappadocia.

DAY 5
Cappadocia

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day tour of Cappadocia.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia
Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos centre of terracotta art which is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river and is its production of earthenware pottery, it is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from this period. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle which has the numerous hollowed-out containers, rock tombs, and a large water cistern all welcome you as silent

Note:
Comfortable walking shoes are required as we will be walking on uneven grounds with cobblestones surface. Hats and sunscreen are advised.

  • Unbelievable Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Dolmabace Palace witnesses to history and human life giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.

 

Pigion valley, Cappadoccia

Cappadocia, Turkey

DAY 6
Cappadocia
Charisma hotel (or similar)


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  •  2nd Day tour of Cappadocia
  •  Visit of the red valley, rock- cut churches
  •  5 Km hike through Gulludere valley
  •  Visit Cavusin Village, Pigeon Valley
  •  Lunch
  •  Visit Kaymakli underground city, Castle of Ortahisa
  •  Transfer to Kayseri airport, flight to Izmir, transfer to Kusadasi
  •  Overnight stay in Kusadasi
  • Cappadocia – Cont.

Visit Red valley; explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. The current village of Cavusin is located on the road. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. The two most important churches in Cavusin are the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist (located on the cliff above the village) and Cavusin church or the “Great Pigeon House” commemorating a visit of the famous Cappadocian Emperor Nicephorus Phocas. Kaymakli Underground City, where early
Christians lived in fear and faith. The ancient name was Enegup. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people, can refuge in. The tunnels
are still used today as storage areas, stables and cellars.

NOTE:
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may
vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. It is not recommended to visit underground cities for the guests who have asthma and claustrophobia.

DAY 7
Ephesus

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  Tour of Ephesus, includes (Isa Bey Mosque, Ancient Greek City, Temple of Hadrian).
  •  Lunch at a local restaurant.
  •  Visit the great Theater.
    The Greek twon, Ephesus

    Ephesues, Turkey

  •  Visit the Shrine of Mother Marry.
  •  Overnight in Kusadasi.
  • Beautiful Cappadocia

 

DAY 8
Ephesus

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to enjoy beautiful Mediterranean Sea, relax, shop at Ephesus.

 

DAY 9
Pamukkale

The white spring Phenomena in Turkey

Pamukle, Turkey

Hotel Euro star (or similar)

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  Drive to Pamukkale (app. 3 hours).
  •  Full day Pamukkale tour (Karahayit Springs, Hierapolis ancient city).
  •  Visit the temple of Apollo, Roman bath, St. Philip, Martyrium
  • Special walk on the travertine “bare-foot”.
  • Transfer to airport, flight back to Istanbul.
  • Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

PAMUKKALE – the white springs phenomena
The Karahayit springs also known as Kirmizi Su (Red Water). Then your next stop will be Hierapolis ancient city. Your guide will lead you from northern necropolis to southern necropolis. On your way, you will learn the story of this sacred city and explore its basilica, theatre, Temple of Apollo, roman bath, St. Phillip Martyrium and other parts of the city. You will also have a chance to swim in the historical roman pool of Hierapolis. Among these archaeological treasures, the highlight of the excursion will be walking bare-foot on the travertine terraces.

 

DAY 10
Istanbul

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  Free fay to visit the Taksim area or last minute shopping at grand bazaar.
  • Transfer to airport for evening flight to Amman , Jordan
  • Hotel Intercontinental (or similar)

 

DAY 11
Amman – Petra “The Rose Red City “

Hotel Marriot (or similar) www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mpqmc-petra-marriott-hotel/

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to Petra, a full visit.
  • Lunch at the Basin Restaurant “Red Cave restaurant”
  • Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
The must see red rose city, Petra

Petra, Jordan

 

Petra
No visit of Jordan will be complete without having seen the capital of the ancient Nabatean kingdom, Petra. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. It’s a mystical and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabatean spice routes. It originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About two thousand years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabataean Empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Aretas IV, was even mentioned in the Bible. The natural richness of the mountainous area combines in a superb way with the refined culture and massive architecture of the Nabateans, who carved their theatre, temples, façades, tombs, monasteries, houses and roads entirely into the rose-red sandstone rocks. No wonder UNESCO placed Petra on its World Heritage List.

 

DAY 12

Wadi-Rum / Dead Sea

Hotel Marriot Dead Sea (or similar) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/qmdjv-jordan-valley-marriott-resort-and-spa/

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to visit Wadi Rum (2 hours excursion 4×4 Bedouin Jeep)
  • Lunch at the Bedouin Camp at the desert of Wadi Rum.
  • Continue to visit the Dead Sea.
  • Overnight and dinner at the dead sea Marriott “or similar”

Wadi Rum
Heading south to the largest of Jordan’s deserts of Wadi Rum, Valley of the Moon, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolution against the Ottomans during World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area. There are many monuments in Wadi Rum you can see such as; Lawrence spring, Khazali Siq, Sand Dunes, Thamodic inscription, Burdah Bridge, and more.

 

DAY 13

An amazing advature through the dessert.

Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Dead Sea

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free day at leisure to enjoy beautiful sea, have a mud bath and float in the dead sea

The Dead Sea
This is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes on earth. It lies on the western frontier of Jordan and is well-known to be the lowest spot on earth, 400 meters below sea level. The unusually salty and mineral rich water, and black rich mud along the shoreline, the thermal mineral springs are healing both for your body and your soul. They have attracted kings, emperors, traders and prophets since antiquity.

Just float on the dead sea

Dead Sea Beautiful experience

DAY 14
Dead Sea / Flight back home

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  Flight back to Toronto

 

 

Trip Price Includes the following:

  •  All international flights Toronto/Amman/Istanbul /Toronto
  •  All domestic flights, 3 domestic flights in Turkey.
  •  All hotels in 5 stars or 4 stars deluxe.( check hotels above)
  •  All transportation and transfers in A/C buses
  •  Sightseeing entry fees
  •  Tour guide fees
  •  Most of the meals and bottled water throughout the trip, meals schedule will be provided.
  •  Entry Visas for Turkey and Jordan

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Trip Price Does not Includes the following:

  • Tips for different service throughout the trip.
  • Any alcohol or non alcoholic beverages at meals.
  • Personal Expenses

Important:
Please note that the sequence of the trip might change to accommodate, flight schedule and traffic flow. Hotels will be booked based on availability, if hotel is fully booked similar standard hotel will be booked.

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