With “Best of Turkey Tour” itinerary you are able to see some of the best that Turkey has to offer on this short but sweet tour which introduces you the dramatic landscape of Cappadocia, the natural wonder that is Pamukkale’s travertine pools and some of the best classical ruins in the World, before heading back to see the iconic sights of Istanbul. View all of our Best Guided Tours of Turkey.
Arrive in Istanbul meet and greet at the airport by our reps. Transfer to the hotel on the vehicle. Arrival at hotel and check in.Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour.
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul.
It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
After lunch break we begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast we drive towards the nation’s capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Ataturk before continuing on to the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Today we tour the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag and Uchisar castle. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget! Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
This morning we visit and explore Kaymakli underground city. Then leaving Cappadocia we head south, towards Konya, along the ancient Silk Road, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, just as the ancient traders did. Once in Konya we tour the Mevlana Museum and Alaeddin Mosque. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Konya.
Today we head for Pamukkale and it’s calcium travertines. Along the way we visit the ancient site of Sagalassos. Conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, earthquakes and plague saw its demise in 541-2. Today it is one of the best preserved sites in Turkey and is on the UNESCO Tentaice list. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale.
Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
You will see the best preserved Ancient City in Turkey. Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
After breakfast will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Optional Bosphorous By Night Dinner Cruise. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. You may have relax at your hotel or discover the city by yourself until your departure time. According to your flight schedule you will departure from your hotel and transfer to airport for your home bound flight or continue your journey to your next destination.
Istanbul Port Bosphorus Hotel or similar
Cappadocia Gul Konaklari or similar
Konya Hilton Garden Inn Konya or similar
Pamukkale Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar
Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or similar
Istanbul Port Bosphorus Hotel or similar
This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.
Ankara – Ataturk’s Mausoleum
Cappadocia – Kaymakli – Underground City
Cappadocia – Uchisar – Citadel
Ephesus – UNESCO Heritage site
Goreme Open Air museum
Goreme – UNESCO Heritage site
Istanbul – Blue Mosque
Istanbul – Cruise on the Bosphorus
Istanbul – Hippodrome
Istanbul – Old City – UNESCO Heritage site
Istanbul – St. Sophia Museum
Konya – Alaeddin Mosque
Konya – Mevlana Museum
Pamukkale – Calcium Travertines – UNESCO Heritage site
Pamukkale – Hierapolis
Sagalassos – Ancient Site
Site of the Temple of Artemis
01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
€ 1,099.- Per Person in a double/twin room
2019 Jun 14,28 / Jul 12,26 / Aug 09,23 / Sep 06,20 / Oct 04,18 / Nov 01,15
2020 Mar 27 / Apr 10,24 / May 08,22 / Jun 05,19 / Jul 03,17,31 / Aug 14,28 / Sep 11,25 / Oct 06,23
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