Turkey only Itinrary

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Turkey only

10 Days, 9 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
  • 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.

 

DAY 3
Istanbul

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free day to enjoy Istanbul, Shopping and option sports play, tennis, jogging, swimming 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).

 

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 sun screen 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.

 

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.
  •  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

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 / Flight back home

  •  Breakfast at the hotel.
  •  Free fay to visit the Taksim area or last minute shopping at grand bazaar.
  • Transfer to airport for evening flight home.

 

Trip Price Includes the following:

  •  All international flights Toronto/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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