Luxury, Private 15-Day Turkey Classics Tour Depart From Istanbul. If you are looking for something special then look no further to Discover Turkey ! Turkey’s classic sights on this spellbinding 15-day tour that starts and finishes in Istanbul. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert guide, explore the emotive World War I battle sites of Gallipoli, the breathtaking Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, and the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia. In-between, ogle the white rock terraces of Pamukkale, swim in the hot springs at Hierapolis, view the ruins of Troy, discover Safranbolu, enjoy in Abant Lake and much more.
Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to your central Istanbul hotel. After checking in, the day is yours to spend at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at your hotel , enjoy a full-day guided tour of Istanbul by comfortable minibus, taking in the highlights of the old Sultanahmet district. 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.
Explore the labyrinth of streets at the Grand Bazaar. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, you will discover more then 4,000 shops, with a dedicated area for each trade. Walk along alleys full of goldsmiths, carpet sellers, and arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
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. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast we begin our tour at Topkapi Palace , which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapi Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.
After lunch break we begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here a short drive brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultans’ guests at the palace included Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After early breakfast depart for the Gallipoli. Distance from Istanbul to Gelibolu is 275 kilometers and need to drive approx. 4 hours. Arrive in Gallipoli and begin your excursion to the famous World War I sites.
Listen as you guide explains how Australian and New Zealand forces invaded the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 with the goal of sacking Istanbul, then the Ottoman capital Constantinople. Their hopes were immediately crushed by Ottoman Turk soldiers who battled the Aussies and Kiwis for more than six months to a standstill. Learn about the thousands who perished from both sides on these battlegrounds which now serve as a place of remembrance. End of the tour proceed to Canakkale for overnight.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to visit the ancient city of Troy and admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Troy with your guide and learn about this city which existed nearly 4,000 years ago. Then, enjoy a walking tour and gain insight about the history of one of the most popular archaeological sites. Hear how this it was the first link between Anatolia and the rest of the Mediterranean and started as settlements before becoming a kingdom. Then, learn how Troy evolved from the Bronze age, under Greek and Roman reign, and even as a small city in the Byzantine empire before collapsing.
Listen to lore of the Trojan War such as the mythological story about the Trojan prince (Paris) who stole Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta and was the catalyst for the 10-year Trojan War with the Achaeans (Greeks). Next, marvel at the at the wooden Trojan Horse whose iconic image defines this legendary war.
Afterwards proceed to visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamon after giving a lunch break in Bergama.
The Acropolis, which means Upper Town “ has the most important remains of Pergamon. The acropolis has been largely founded on a hill is one of the unique masterpieces of the old settlements as cut-mountain town due the lack of the natural plateu. The places , where the temples, palaces, library, theatre and other necessary edifices have been built, on the big terraces from the begininng of the first settlement.
In order to visit Acropolis ancient city, people needs take a Cable Car from the station located on the east side of the Hill. Cable car ride takes approximately 15 Minutes with nice scenery of Bergama. End of the tour drive to Kusadasi for overnight.
This day-long tour lets you explore the ancient city of Ephesus. See incredible ruins from a range of historical periods, with stops at sights such as Heracles Gate, the Temple of Hadrianus, Celsius Library, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit The House of Virgin Mary where she spend her last days. House of Virgin Mary is located on top of the Bulbul mountain. The House of Virgin Mary hidden withing a beautiful atmosphere of the mountain covered with all trees, nature, and magnificent view. It is the place Blessed Virgin spent her last days.
Afterwards we drive to lovely village of Sirince. You will enjoy the magnificent scenic drive to this authentic village. The village is the perfect synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture, stroll through the streets and see the beautiful typical Greek and Turkish houses. The village is famous for its local grape and other fruit wines and features a charming church dedicated to St. John. During your walk around the village you will have opportunities to taste different types of local cuisine, fruits, olives, homemade bread and Turkish the famous local pastry “gozleme”. Overnight at our hotel in Kusadasi.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Pamukkale (approx.3,5 hrs) that has the meaning of the Cotton Castle in English. Once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Pamukkale terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters. Swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool’s hot spring mineral Waters. End of the tour drive to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 0, 5 miles over of travertine without shoes.
A hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries because the waterfalls can be slippy. Due to the nature of this tour, it is recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs till waterfalls. Bring sunscreen and a hat, as shade is limited and bring swimwear for walking in the water at Pamukkale which is the snow-white “petrified waterfalls.
The day is a “transaction day” because of the long distance between Pamukkale to Cappadocia through Konya with several stops such as visit Mevlana’s Mausoleum, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ”Whirling Dervishes” and visit 13th century Seljuk caravanserai “Sultanhan” in Konya. Lunch on the way to Cappadocia. Drive to the hotel in Cappadocia. Driving Distance approx. 12 hours. Overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
After breakfast meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and proceed to visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey. Further to th e time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Breakfast at hotel. Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahisar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed . In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City where early christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the wineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Drive back to the hotel.Overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, and board your coach to Ankara, Turkey’s vibrant capital. On arrival to Ankara visit to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which there are numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others. Overnight in Ankara.
After breakfast departure at around 09:00 from Ankara to Safranbolu for 233 km long-3 hours. Safranbolu is famous for its charmingly well preserved Ottoman Turkish houses dotted around its cobbled streets, as well as other famed must see architecture. It is one of the most beautiful small towns in Turkey with its extraordinarily Ottoman townscape. In Safranbolu you are able to visit ; Hidirliktepe (Namazgah), Kaymakamlar Mansion, City Museum, Ironsmiths Bazaar, Coppersmiths Bazaar, Arasta, Clock Tower. Then check-in the hotel. Overnight in Safranbolu.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Abant Lake (190 km – 2,5 hours). Abant is most probably the most famous lake in Turkey. The seven kilometer walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to enjoy the area. Those who don’t wish to walk can ride horseback or complete the tour on a horse cart. Abant lake is surrounded with pine trees. The manner in which the lake was formed is a topic of discussion. Its deepest point is 45 meters. The countryside is pleasantly different in each season. Water lilies embellish the surface in summer. It is also famous for its trout. Lunch break at a beautiful alfresco restaurant under the trees with BBQ and fresh bread. After lunch we depart for Istanbul. Arrival to Istanbul at approximately 8pm. Check in to our hotel which is located on the old town of Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel . You may have relax at your hotel or discover the city by yourself. Istanbul is not only famous for historical and cultural sights, its also well know for its fantastic shopping opportunities. You may prefer to make some shopping to your individual needs before your departure.
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 the airport for your home bound flight or continue your journey to your next destination.
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