Exploring Glorious Turkey

  • 13 Days , 6 Cities
  • From $3,600
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The Cappadocia region is the place where nature and history beautifully come together. In strange rock formations shaped during the historical period, humans carried the signs of civilization by carving houses and churches and decorating them with frescoes. Because of the Byzantine artwork inside the churches, Goreme National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Countries Visited Turkey
Places Visited İstanbul, , Kuşadası, Pamukkale, Konya
Suggested Duration 13 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey!

    Welcome to the Istanbul!

    Upon arrival, meet with your driver and transfer to your accommodating hotel. Spend the day at leisure to relax and rest after your overseas flight in this stunning city.

    What's included?

    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Istanbul - Full Day Exploring the City

    After breakfast, pick up from the hotel, and our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. We visit the Topkapi Palace, including Harem, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Free time at Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, etc.

    Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 3

    Canakkale - Visit World War I battlefields, Anzac Cove

    After breakfast, depart for Canakkale. En route to Gallipoli, we will visit World War I battlefields, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, and Lone pine Cemetery. Then we will take the ferry across the Dardanelles Strait to Canakkale for overnight at your hotel in Canakkale.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 4

    Kusadasi - Explore the mythological site of Troy and ancient city of Pergamum

    Visit Troy's famous archaeological and mythological site, home of the "Trojan Horse" and "Helen of Troy." In the afternoon, depart to visit the city of Pergamon with its breathtaking Acropolis and Asclepion, the ancient health center.

    Departure for overnight at your hotel in Kusadasi.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 5

    Kusadasi - Visit the Artemission Temple and one of the 12 cities of Ionia, Ephesus

    After breakfast, we’ll first visit the Artemission Temple, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia and one of the best-preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean dating back to 2000 years. After Ephesus's visit, you can see some traditional carpet weaving techniques and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets at a local handicraft center. Afternoon, visit the House of Virgin Mary, located in the Aladag Mountains, 5 miles from Ephesus. The third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Overnight at your hotel in Kusadasi.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 6

    Pamukkale - Visit city of the arts, Aphrodisias and discover the Hierapolis

    After breakfast, we’ll drive to Pamukkale. On the way to visit.
    Aphrodisias was primarily known as the center for the arts, specifically sculpture. The Aphrodisias School of Sculpture had a distinctive style and circulated well throughout the Greek and Roman world. Upon arrival in Pamukkale, we’ll discover Hierapolis and the travertine terraces: one of the most spectacular natural wonders and the unique natural site of white limestone terraces cascading down the mountain slope.

    Overnight at your hotel in Pamukkale.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 7

    Konya - Explore the city of Sufi order, Mevlevi, Mevlana Rumi

    Today we will depart to Konya, the city where Mevlana Rumi is buried, the founder of the most well-known Sufi order, Mevleviye. In Konya, we will visit the Mevlana Museum. Then proceed to Karatay Theological School, where beautiful tiles are on display. Transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight at your hotel in Konya.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Cappadocia - Visit Sultanhan Caravanserai

    Drive to Cappadocia. En route visit Sultanhan Caravanserai; caravanserais are inns built by Seljuk Turks to ensure the travel and trade safety of the merchant caravans traveling on the Silk Road. Transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight at your hotel in Cappadocia.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 9

    Cappadocia - Underground City Tour and More!

    After breakfast, tour Kaymaklı Underground City is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Continue to Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different styles Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Lunch break, and visit to Sahinefendi newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, which hides its frescoes behind a thin smoke layer that we can only see by torchlight. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with spectacular old Greek houses and excellent examples of late Greek settlements and architecture.

    Overnight at your hotel in Cappadocia.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 10

    Cappadocia - Admire the famous Goreme Open Air Museum

    Today meet the famous lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley, a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, visit Pasabag "fairy chimneys" where the voice of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies" near Zelve. Lunch break in Avanos, the center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight at your hotel in Cappadocia.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 11

    Ankara - Ataturk Mausoleum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum

    Drive to Ankara, and visit Ataturk Mausoleum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum.

    Overnight at your hotel in Ankara.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 12

    Istanbul - Grand Bazaar and Boat trip on a Bosphorus

    After breakfast, drive to Istanbul through Bolu. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. In the afternoon, free time at Grand Bazaar for shopping. Then join a boat trip on the Bosphorus, a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.

    Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 13

    Gule Gule! (Good Bye)

    Today is the final day of our journey. Morning is yours to relax and have breakfast until your departure. Later, check out at noon and private transfer to Istanbul Airport for your departure flight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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Starting from $3,600 per person

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What’s Included?

  • 12 nights of accommodation at 4 stars & 5 star – hotels and boutique hotels
    2 nights in Istanbul
    1 night in Canakkale
    2 nights in Kusadasi
    1 night in Pamukkale
    1 night in Konya
    3 nights in Cappadocia
    1 night in Ankara
    1 night in Istanbul
  • BB accommodation in Istanbul / HB Accommodation during the tour (breakfast and dinner in hotels)
  • Transfers & Transportation with private vehicle (with A/C) (Mercedes Vito)
  • Professional English-speaking guide services.
  • Entrance fees to the museums/sites (as mentioned in your program)

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Istanbul – Visit the Topkapi Palace, including Harem, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and free time at Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)
  • Gallipoli – Explore the World War I battlefields, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, and Lone pine Cemetery
  • Troy – Visit the famous city of Homer’s “Iliada” among the remains of nine levels dating from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the Roman period.
  • Pergamon – is one of the seven churches addressed in Revelation. Visit the majestic Acropolis with the Altar of Zeus (Throne of Satan), the Theater, Temples, Palaces, the Gymnasium, and the Asklepion (the ancient medical center)
  • The Artemission – Visit the temple which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Ephesus – Explore the Antich city which is one of the 12 cities of Ionia and one of the best-preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean dating back to the 2000 year, and the House of Virgin Mary
  • Aphrodisias – Discover the city of Aphrodite.
  • Pamukkale – Admire the Antich city – Hierapolis – and the travertine terraces: one of the most spectacular natural wonders and the unique natural site of white limestone terraces cascading down the mountain slope
  • Konya – Visit the city where Mevlana Rumi is buried, the founder of the most well-known Sufi order, Mevleviye, and the Mevlana Museum and the Karatay Theological School
    Discover the Sultanhan Caravanserai which were inns built by Seljuk Turks
  • Cappadocia – Admire the spectacular town and Open-Air Museum Goreme in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes, and visit the Kaymaklı Underground City, Soganlı Valley, Keslik Monastery, and stop to visit Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town
  • Cappadocia – Explore the Devrent Valley, the Pasabag “fairy chimneys” near Zelve, and the Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia
  • Ankara -Visit the Ataturk Mausoleum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum
  • Istanbul – Stop at Gran Bazaar for shopping, and admire the Bosporus by boat

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