Turkey is a land of myth, a crossroad of civilizations and home to amazing natural beauty. Bridging the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is a diverse country where East meets West. 13-Day Splendours of Turkey Tour itinerary covers most famous and highlight historical places / museums and attractive cities of Turkey. This tour a good option to visit most of important historical landmarks of Turkey such us Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias and Ephesus.
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.
Early in the morning check out from your hotel and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport to fly to Ankara and start the tour .
First visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then continue on to Cappadocia.Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
After breakfast meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and 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 the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) 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.
After breakfast 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 (or Ozkonak) 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 vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery.
After breakfast depart for Antalya. On the way visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Konya. Visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Then continue on to Antalya. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Antalya.
After breakfast departure in the morning and visit to Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed and then proceed to Aspendos that bears one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Anatolia. At leisure in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Antalya.
After breakfast drive to Pamukkale to visit the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery “Necropolis”, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths and the Roman Theatre. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale.
After breakfast depart to tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop’s Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Church of St. John. End of the tour transfer to Izmir airport to fly to Istanbul with evening flight. After arriving to Istanbul you will be met by a driver and transfer to your 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.
Istanbul Nippon Hotel Taksim or similar
Cappadocia Dilek Kaya Hotel & SPA or similar
Antalya Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar
Pamukkale Pam Thermal Hotel or similar
Kusadasi Carina Hotel or similar
Istanbul Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City or similar
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