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Turkish Civilizations, 9 nights

Cosmopolitan and eclectic Istanbul is a magical city where simply getting lost in its streets, bazaars and cafes is an experience that few forget. With this tour you can enjoy the city and visit the most significant places, letting it be the one who tells her own story. The journey continues in Ankara and Cappadocia where you will visit the essential places such as the Derben Valley, the Goreme Valley-Open Air Museum or the Kaymakli Underground City. Returning to Istanbul by road, you can get to know the ancient civilizations through the archaeological ruins of cities such as Pergamum, Troy or Bursa.

A country between two continents, multicultural wealth and a troubled past are the keys that define the character and identity of today’s Turkey.

 

The trip includes:

 

traslados Assistance at the airport by our representative and transfers airport-hotels-airport included.

alojamiento 9 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.

tour All visits indicated in the itinerary, with a local English-speaking guide and tickets included.

 Daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners in local restaurants (drinks not included).

traslados All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle,

tour Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (dancers) in Cappadocia.

tasas Bed tax, Government fees, Service Charge, fuel and management fees.

seguro Travel insurance with healthcare coverage worldwide from the date of departure to the date of arrival.

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Istanbul
Meet & Greet at the airport. Departure to Istanbul. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation.
Day 2
Istanbul - Bosphorus + Sultanahmet Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping and free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs bosphorus Cruise excursion along the bosphorus , that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe . During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul , with its forest , Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque, Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia. Return to the hotel and free time to explore the city. Accommodation at the Istanbul hotel.
Day 3
Istanbul - Ankara
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace (harem section entrance free is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans. Free time at Grand Bazaar (closed during the first day of the religious holidays). In the afternoon (+/- 13:00) departure from the hotel to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Arrival to Ankara in early evening. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Day 4
Ankara - Cappadocia
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you will see the Neolithic & Paleolithic ruins from Urartu , Hatti, Hittite, Phrygia civilizations, then proceed to Mausoleum of Ataturk , the founder of Turkish Republic. In the afternoon drive to Cappadocia . En route visit the Underground city of Serhatlı that is one of the biggest underground city in the region, constructed by the first Christians to protect themselves from the attacks. Check in to the hotel at Cappadocia. Dinner at the hotel. After dinner proceed to the Derwish House to attend Whirling Dervishes Ceremony which represents the mystical journey of spiritual ascent of man using love, the search for the truth and get to the "Perfection". Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5
Cappadocia
Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour.
In the early morning departure from your hotel . a chance to live this unique experience, an overlooking to Cappadocia from the sky , see the beauty of the region the rock formations, fairy chimneys, natural formations, lunar landscapes. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day visit at Cappadocia: visit Göreme Open Air Museum - a UNESCO Heritage site , a fantastic region with it’s cave churches located on the valley. Then proceed to Uchisar Village and then spectacular fairy chimneys. Visit Derbent Valley with and explore the natural rock formations and get a chance to attend the workshops of carpets and onyx-stones. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6
Cappadocia - Pamukkale
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Pamukkale. En route visit Sultanhan Caravansarai  that was built during Seljuk Empire and used long years as a stop over for the travellers and merchants. Continue to Pamukkale and visit to Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing  thermal water. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7
Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir
Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour
Enjoy one of the most authentic experiences, a hot air balloon flight at sunrise, over the spectacular pools of Pamukkale and the ancient ruins of the city of Hierapolis. After landing, we will enjoy a glass of champagne. * Visit not included in the price Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Selcuk – Ephesus. Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city that was dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora. Then proceed for Virgin Mary House  -  has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus. Then stop at Leather Production Store and proceed for Izmir. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8
Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Çanakkale
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Pergamon (Bergama) region and visit the ruins of Asclepion which is the first hospital of Asia Minor in human history. Then continue to Troy, visit the famous city that evokes the poetic name of Homer's Iliad. Continue to Canakkale. Dinner and overnight at the hotel .  
Day 9
Çanakkale - Bursa - Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bursa (270 km approx), the first capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1326 to 1364. We will visit the medieval city with special attention to the Major Mosque 'Ulu Camii', the famous Silk Bazaar 'Koza Han' and the Green Mausoleum. At the end of the visit we will return to Istanbul. Arrival at the hotel and free afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10
Depart from Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel. At the time according to the departure flight, transfer to the airport.

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