West Turkey11 Days

Day 1 : ISTANBUL

Arrive Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of leisure. Overnight in Istanbul at the Hotel. 

Day 2 : ISTANBUL

Full day tour of the old city by coach and guide. Byzantium in the 7th century BC, this ancient city was renamed Constantinople in 326 AD by Constantine the Great when he moved the capital of the Roman Empire to what is now Istanbul. The city received its current name from Mehmet II in 1453 and is the only city in the world that spans two continents. We will also visit several of Turkey's most famous museums and mosques, such as Topkapi Palace which was first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and was the home of the Sultans until the 19th century. St. Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian of the Roman Empire and it was completed in 537 AD and ruled as the greatest Christian Church in the world for more than 1000 years. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet in 1603 and was constructed with the intention of rivaling St. Sophia. If time permits, visit the Military Museum and enjoy a concert performed in traditional costume by the world's first established military marching ensemble. Transfer back to your hotel .Overnight. 

Day 3 : ISTANBUL

Breakfast and half day bosphorus trip by boat. Before the first stop of the boat which is going to be on the european side, you shall see the second residence of the Ottoman Sultans which is called Dolmabahce Palace. It was built in 1849 by Balyan brothers. The boat is going to have the ride close to the European side for a while, and you shall be seeing one of the other works of the Balyan brothers called Ciragan Palace and pass by the Ortakoy area which is especially very important for the summer nightlife of Istanbul with its restaurants, bars and cafes. It is also the area for the three religions.There is church, a mosque and a synagogue. After passing under the first bridge which was built in 1973, you shall see two fancy night clubs on the European side and Beylerbeyi Palace on the Asian side. There will be an artificial island that you shall pass by. On the Asian side there is going to be a massive building with two towers. That is the military high school of Kuleli which was built in 1861. As you go on the way you shall see massive fortress on the European side which is called Rumeli Fortress. It was built in 1452 by the Ottoman Turks. The second bridge was built in 1988. You may have something to eat in a cozy fish restaurant or you may go to the medieval fortification to have a look at the Bosphorus and the entrance of the Black Sea. Disembark and drive back to the hotel by coach 

Day 4 : ISTANBUL-KAYSERI-CAPPADOCIA

Breakfast and transfer to domestic morning flight to Kayseri, short visit the old Seljuk city and continue to Cappadocia area. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 5 : CAPPADOCIA

After breakfast, we will enjoy the unique landscapes of the wind and rain eroded volcanic formations. Carved directly into stone, Cappadocia's amazing subterranean cities include ancient underground churches hand-hewn from solid rock by Christians. While in Cappadocia we will enjoy an excellent lecture and a demonstration on Turkish carpets and kilims. We will visit handicraft shops as well as enjoy a folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 6 : CAPPADOCIA - PAMUKKALE

Breakfast and depart Cappadocia and head back towards the coast for today's destination, Pamukkale. Along the way we will stop briefly in Konya. While in Konya we will visit the Whirling Dervish Museum, a very holy place for Turkish Muslims.There are exhibits of dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and various thnological artifacts. We will arrive in Pamukkale in the late afternoon.Check into your hotel, which has a hot mineral pool for your enjoyment. In the morning we will visit the snow-like travertines of calcium at Pamukkale. This is an area with strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will amaze you. Hieropolis is the ancient name for the Greco-Roman city above the travertines.Dinner and overnight. 

Day 7 : PAMUKKALE-IZMIR (Aphrodisias, Sardis)

Breakfast and drive for about one hour to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was constructed in honor of the Roman Goddess Aphrodite. It was also an ancient center of Roman art. We will visit a well-preserved stadium which used to seat 35,000 people. In the height of the Roman Period, gladiators performed in this stadium. We will drive through Philadelphia to Sardis, where money was first minted. We will see one of the world's oldest Synagogues in Sardis, as well as see the excavations, the gymnasium and the Artemis Temple. Overnight. 

Day 8 : IZMIR

Breakfast, then visit Ephesus and its colossal Greco-Roman Theater. This theater is still used for just a few things that we will be seeing. We will pay a visit to the Ephesus Archeological Museum. We will also visit the house where St. Mary lived her final Days and transferred to your hotel, for an overnight. 

Day 9 : IZMIR - CANAKKALE

After breakfast, you will be driving early morning departure to ancient Pergamum, You will visit the remains of the Asclepion and the library which once held 200,000 scrolls. Continue to Sardis, one of the wealthiest cities in the ancient world, with its vast temple of Artemis, ancient synagogue and Roman gymnasium. Arrivat at Canakkale. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 10 : CANAKKALE - ISTANBUL

In the morning, departure from Canakkale . You will continue onto the site of one of the most famous wars of ancient times - Troy. A reconstructed wooden horse at the entrance pays homage to Homer's Iliad, overnight in Canakkale You will cross the The dardanel through-Sea of Marmara by ferry into Asia you will see the memorial to one of the most tragic battles of modern times, the Battle of Gallipoli. Overnight 

Day 11: DEPARTURE FLIGHT BACK HOME

Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Istanbul Airport where you will be assisted with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. 

 

Tour Includes; 

4* Hotel accommadation; Istanbul and Izmir on BB, others on HB Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers Airconditioned coach during tour Guide service during tour All enterancess fees Parking fees 

 

Not Include;

Air transportation, if not specified; airport departure taxes; port taxes; passport expenses; visas; laundry, wines, liquor, mineral water, and items of a personal nature; lunch; items not on regular menus; optional sightseeing or services not included in the itinerary; excess baggage charges, health, accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; tipping for personal service; gratuity to guide and driver; or other items not mentioned as included.

 

 

 

 

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