After your arrival to Istanbul (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), pick up at the exit of first gate by driver. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel.
There is no schedule on your programme today. Get some rest – relaxing – refreshment to being your tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
After having open buffet breakfast in the hotel, you have free day to explore Old City on your own.
If you like to have professional guided tour, we can also arrange for you Istanbul Old City Tour with guide.
OPTIONAL Full day Istanbul Old City Tour BY walk (59 EURO PER PERSON – Lunch included)
* Visited Sights : Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque – Topkapi Palace – Hippodrome – German Fountain of Wilhelm II – Column of Constantine – Obelisk of Theodosius – Serpentine Column and Grand Bazaar
Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, the world’s one of the greatest and unique religious structure used as a mosque,a church and also as a museum.
Hagia Sophia is housing two completely different cultures inside it, East and West.
When you take a step into the structure you can feel the dance of two opposite civilizations and come across the eye-popping blend of Islamic and Christian influences with extraordinary interior mosaics and an effective history.
For more visual description you must witness it with your own eyes, surely you will admire it.
Then our duty is to reconnoitre the other masterpiece, Blue Mosque, built in early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet, and for this reason known as Sultanahmet Mosque in Turkey.
Words are inadequate to explain its magnificence and beauty. With its sequental domes and sin slender minarets, Blue Mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul.
The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles, giving the mosque its famous name, are very much worth to see.
Hippodrome and Other Relics
We are going on exploring the ancient remains of Constantinople. Our next station is the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments – the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
Because of Byzantine emperors’ passion for chariot races in thre afternoons, the Hippodrome was the changeless center of sportive and political activities in Constantinople for 1000 years.
Are you ready to be astonished at Topkapi Palace (CLOSE ON TUESDAY), because it has many bewildering sides different from most of the world’s museums.
Topkapı Palace was the administrative, educational and art center of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years.
It is a great sample of oriental architecture and includes a variety of activities such as exhibitions of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics.
More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years.
Our last station is the Grand Bazaar (CLOSE ON SUNDAY), Turkey’s the largest covered market at the heart of the Old City, offering excellent shopping.
It has lots of shops in it, and you can find almost whatever you want, such as beautiful Turkish carpets, pottery, tiles, cotton, wool and leather products and so on.
This part of the tour is optional, either you can turn back to your hotel with your guide or stay there. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3: Full day Gallipoli Tour (Lunch included)
In the early morning, pick up by the driver around 06:30-07:00 am and depart to Gallipoli.
Arrival to Gallipoli after driving 5 hours and then we will visit to Gallipoli, is one the most touching places in Turkey and a hallowed ground for many nations, especially Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
Places to Visit
Our destinations follow: Memorials of Dardanelles, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnstons Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.
DAY 4: Full day Troy and Pergamum Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the ruins of legendary Homer’s Troy with its famous Trojan wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other.
The ancient city of Troy, was immortalized by Homer in his epic the “Iliad and and Odissey.’’
Ancient City of Pergamon
Before we get to Asclepion, we will enjoy lunch in a traditional, small village. After that, we will visit the Pergamon, an ancient city, reached the height of its influence during the Hellenistic period.
The celebrated, culturally rich with an extensive library at its heart built with Roman Tiles, Roman City of Pergamon will fascinate you.
It is also known for centuries for its monuments such as magnificent acropolis and one of the steepest theatres.
Its impressive temoles, library and medical facilities made it a renowned cultural and political centre during Roman and Hellenistic civilizations. At the end of the tour we will continue to Kusadasi to stay there overnight.
DAY 5: Full day Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Visited Sights : Calcium spring terraces, Hierapolis museum, Hierapolis Theatre, Roman Bath, and Temple of Apollo, Cleopatra hot spring thermal pool
In the very early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and then we will drive to Pamukkale meaning ‘’Cotton Castle’’ and you will feel like you are in a dream, and get to Hierapolis ancient city.
Before we start we will have lunch and then begin to tour the city.
Bests of Pamukkale
We will visit Pamukkale, Calcium spring terraces, Hierapolis museum, Hierapolis Theatre, Roman Bath, and Temple of Apollo. Finally we will visit Cleopatra hot spring thermal pool (fee will be extra), where you will be able to swim and have a relaxing moment in an awesome, unique place.
While you are swimming you may think that you are in a pool where once Cleopatra swam thousands years ago, may feel the nature and history together inside yourself.
At the end of the tour, we will drive to Kusadasi. When we arrive at Kusadasi, you will be transferred to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 6: Full day Ephesus – Virgin Mary House – Artemis Tour & Flight to Cappadocia (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Visited Sights : Ephesus – The House of Virgin Mary – The Temple of Artemis
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and drive to full day Ephesus tour.
First of all, we will visit ancient Greek city, Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary, a marvelous place hidden in the green, with our professional guides.
During the day, we will visit the most worth seeing remains of the city such as The Marble Street, The Odeon, Bouleterion, The Temple of Hadrian, The Trajan’s Fountain, The Mosaic street, The Agora, The Baths, The house, The Great Theatre, Harbour Street and the third largest library of the Ancient world: The famous Celsus Library.
Other Landmarks around Ephesus
After the lunch we will visit the House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days, preferred to live in this remote place rather than in a crowded place.
Then we will visit the Temple of Artemis, which is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and built in an area of Ephesus.
Today one can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns’ capitals and shafts.
Flight to Cappadocia
At the end of this priceless day, you will be taken to the Izmir Airport for your Cappadocia flight. (Some days direct some days via Istanbul flight).
After your arrival to airport, you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. Then you will be transferred to your Cappadocia hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 7: Full day Northern Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Visited Sights: Devrent Valley – Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) – Avanos – Goreme and Open Air museum.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and go on a full day Northern Cappadocia tour starting with Devrent Valley with its eye catching, unique chimneys, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), fascinating Avanos, the beauteous valley of Goreme and Open Air museum where the remains of churches and early Christian dwellings, hewn from the soft rocks and stones, dating back thousands of years, are still standing.
After this stunning and priceless experience, we will transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 8: Full day Southern Cappadocia Tour & Flight Back to Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch included)
* Visited Sights: Red and Rose Valley – Gulludere Valley – Cavusin Village Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City – Ortahisar – Uchisar Castle- Pigeon Valley – Three Beauties Valley
After having breakfast at the hotel, our tour’s second section starts.
We will set off again for a full day Southern Cappadocia tour by seeing the famous and unforgettable rock churches in the Red and Rose Valley where the colour of rocks changing throughout the day and little hiking through the Gulludere Valley.
Historical Sites in Cappadocia
In old Greek Cavusin Village we will visit the houses and churches of the Cristian clergymen such as Saint John the Baptist and Nicophoras Phocas.
Afterwards, we will go on to a city rich in historical culture and natural beauties,Kaymakli (or Ozkonak),and visit the underground city where the early Christians sought refuge.
Our last destination is a natural castle at Ortahisar then Uçhisar Castle, the highest point of the Cappadocia. This is a great opportunity to get some great panorama shots of Cappadocia and the fairy chimneys.
Pigeon Valley offers a nice view over Uchisar Castle and it has pigeons still living in pigeon houses. The last visit to Three Beauties Valley which is famous with its vine factories and stunning view.
At the end of this priceless day, you will be transferred to the airport for your Istanbul flight. After your arrival to airport, you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit.
DAY 9: Free day in Istanbul (Breakfast included)
There is no schedule on your programme today. You will be free to discover the city on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 10: Transfer to Airport (Breakfast included)
According to your international flight time, you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) 4 hours. You will be able do self check-in. End of our service.