10D9N CLASSICAL TURKEY

Turkey has a great number of destinations for any age group of any interest. From mind-bending landmarks to natural wonders, it has everything where one can easily spend over a month. Istanbul is a treasure trove of architectural wonders from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi Palace. For many travellers, Turkey is a place for quiet reflection with the war memorials of Gallipoli and echoes of recent history. For others, Turkey is a place of awe and wonder with its incredible natural landscapes. From the calcium terraces of Pamukkale to the underground villages of Cappadocia, there's also plenty of coastline to soak up the sun.

Exceptional Experiences:

  • Visit the Instagram-Famous, Cappadocia – Cappadocia is a beautiful region in central Turkey famed for its fairy-tale scenery, cave dwellings, remarkable rock formations and the hundreds of hot air balloons that soar in the sky during sunrise each morning.

 

  • Visit The Blue Mosque: Make a visit to the famed Blue Mosque that was built between 1609 and 1617. It is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles used to decorate the walls of its interior. The idea to build this monument was to rival against the magnificent Hagia Sophia.

 

  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, one of the oldest historical palaces in the World – The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, is one of the oldest historical palaces in the world. It served as the main place of residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans for nearly four centuries.

 

  • Get a taste of the life in Ottoman-era Turkey at the Grand Bazaar – one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world spanning an area of 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and 4,000 shops.

 

  • Hagia Sophia Museum - It is famous for its massive dome structure and was one of the most important Byzantine structures ever built. It holds historical significance as a culminating feature of the Christian era Roman Empire and stands as a monument to artistic and architectural achievement and was the world’s largest building and an engineering marvel of its time.

 

  • Visit one of the 7 Wonders of The Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis – The original temple was located in the ancient city of Ephesus. Today, this site is on what is now called the modern town of Selcuk. This original temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world.  It has been rebuilt twice, until its complete destruction.

 

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Itinerary:

Day 1: ISTANBUL Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet. 

Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted tour guide. And you will be informed about the tour schedule for the following days. Transfer with VIP exclusive class vehicle to the hotel: You will be taken to your hotel, and after check-in, you will have time for leisure, and the rest of the day is yours.

Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 2 - ISTANBUL - Old City Tour 

Pick up by your guide from the hotel to start the Private Old City Tour. Your private, professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.

Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square is some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column, and Constantine Columns.

The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial Mosque built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.

Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.

Topkapi Palace: The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the palace after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the Ottoman Empire’s administrative center.

Basilica Cistern: Was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in 6C CE. The Basilica Cistern was the main water supply to the Roman Palace and the churches. It has over three hundred columns within and houses the head of the ancient Greek figure Medusa. The head is the base of two columns and is viewed upside down and right-side down.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the Grand Bazaar in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates, and much more eye-pleasing architecture. Your guide will be more than happy to assist you in finding your masterpiece of Turkish art upon your request.

After the Private Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 3 - ISTANBUL - Bosphorus Cruise & Sightseeing Tour 

Pick up by your guide from the hotel to start Private Bosphorus Cruise & Sightseeing Tour. Your professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Bosphorus. You are starting with 2 hours Bosphorus tour on a private yacht.

Today you will be exploring the following highlights of the Bosphorus:

Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar): The Ottomans built the market in the 17th century. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, the Spice market is much smaller but full of beautiful fragrances of mixed spices, herbs, and traditional sweets. It consists of around 100 stores, 2 streets, and 5 gates.

Bosphorus Cruise: The channel divides Istanbul into two continents and stretches about 32 km between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Along the Bosphorus, there are many settlements to see, such as great Palaces, hotels, yali (private houses), etc. While you are on the boat, you will see the highlights of the Bosphorus including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Çıragan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Kuçuksu Palace, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (the second bridge on the Bosphorus), Maiden’s Tower to name a few.

Dolmabahce Palace: The Palace was built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmejid between the years 1843-1856 as the residential palace for the royal family. The Bosphorus locates Dolmabahce Palace. The palace consists of 285 rooms, 43 halls, 6 baths, and gardens.

After the Private Bosphorus Cruise & Sightseeing Tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 4: ISTANBUL  CAPPADOCIA 

You will be picked up after check-out from the hotel, and we organize your domestic flight to Cappadocia with VIP Transfer exclusive class vehicle. After landing at Cappadocia/Kayseri Airport, transfer with VIP exclusive class vehicle to the hotel. After check-in, you will have time for leisure, and the rest of the day is yours.

Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

 

Day 5: CAPPADOCIA - Cappadocia Tour 

Pick up by your guide from the hotel to start the Private Cappadocia Tour. Your private, professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Cappadocia.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Cappadocia.

Fairy Chimneys: What makes Cappadocia so popular are those rock formations, called “fairy chimneys” by the people. Those different rock formations result from millions of years of natural events, such as; rain, wind, erosion. The fairy chimneys had been dwellings, churches, shelters, a natural fortress for many years. Although the locals are living in the towns today, the fairy chimneys can be visited by travellers.

Red Valley: Is a hiking trail and famous for its red-rose colour. The valley is located in the middle of Goreme town where they appreciate with sun-rise and sun-set. The Red Valley houses some abandoned churches, Uzumlu Church, Hacli Church, and Direkli Church, with murals and frescoes.

Cavusin Village: Located on the way to Avanos. The rarest residents were still some people follow the ancient attitudes by using the old stuff. You can see those villagers farming, making potteries, and carving. Cavusin Village houses two churches; one dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the other Nicephorus Phocas. Until the 1920’s the Turks and The Greeks were living there together. After the exchange population, The Greeks left the village.

Kaymakli Underground City: Rather than Derinkuyu and the other underground cities, Kaymakli Underground City, is different as it has much lower and narrower passageways. But it has more levels than the others. In recent years, four other floors have been unearthed. And some chapels, wineries, kitchens, stalls have been discovered.

Pigeon Valley: One of the panoramic spots of Cappadocia were located between Uchisar and Goreme. Since ancient times, they have been feeding the pigeons that they carved the soft tuff on the slopes to make dovecotes. You can also see Uchisar Castle from a different perspective and maybe feed the pigeons around you.

After the Private Cappadocia Tour, we drive back to your hotel.

 

Day 6: CAPPADOCIA - Cappadocia Tour 

Pick up by your guide from the hotel to start the Private Cappadocia Tour. Your private, professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Cappadocia.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Cappadocia.

Devrent Valley: Known as imagination valley or pink valley. The geological situation of Cappadocia gives different shapes and colours to the rocks. Some of them look like animals or humans. In here, prominently, there is a camel-shaped rock formation. Dervent valley is located in the North of Cappadocia between Urgup and Avanos Road.

Love Valley: The valley is situated a few kilometres away from Goreme. Mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys are located here. Some of those cones split into several cones on the upper side of the valley.

Avanos: Situated on the North of Cappadocia by the Red River, the longest river in Turkey. The river’s name derives from its red clay, making the most beautiful potteries in Turkey. Avanos is a local town where you can see ancient streets, dwellings, and artisans there.

Goreme Open Air Museum: Dates back to the 2nd century A.D, where the ascetic monks, adopted seclusion, had lived. There were their independent churches and monasteries where they created a community. Today, the museum houses; St. Basil’s Church, Elmalı Church, Boys and Girls, St. Barbara Church, Serpent Church, etc.…

Esentepe Hill: Located on the way to Goreme and Avanos Road. As an observation hill, it allows you to explore the landscape of Cappadocia, where you can see the fairy chimneys and take remarkable photos.

Uchisar Castle: Almost the peak point of Cappadocia, which can be seen miles away, about 60 meters high, and located on the edge of Goreme. It served as a residential place to the locals for many years. The caves and the dwellings still exist on the slopes.

After the Private Cappadocia Tour, we drive back to your hotel.

 

Day 7: CAPPADOCIA to KONYA  

You will be picked up after check-out from the hotel and drive to Konya. The home of the mystic Whirling Dervishes, you’ll visit the final resting place of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana to gain insights into the traditions and rituals of the Sufi religion. The Museum of Tiles and Sultanhan, the best-preserved Seljuk Caravanserai in Anatolia. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

 

Day 8: KONYA to PAMUKKALE  

You will be picked up after check-out from the hotel and drive to Pamukkale. The ethereal white pools and terraces that cascade down surrounding cliffs are a sight to behold today as you see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

 

Day 9: PAMUKKALE – EPHESUS - KUSADASI 

Your private, professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Ephesus.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Ephesus Ancient City.

We will drive to Virgin Mary’s House, upon the dream of German nun Anna Katherina Emerich, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house 1891 CE. According to Catholic belief, Mary was taken here by St. John, and she spent the rest of her earthly life there.  After the Virgin Mary’s House, we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, the capital city of Asia Minor during the Roman era. According to myth, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BCE. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the ancient remains such as State Agora (a marketplace and meeting point), Odeon (Bouleuterion) concert house and council, Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary, Domitian Square, a complex consisting of temple fountain and a bath, Curetes Street colonnaded and monumental Street in Ephesus, The Hadrian Temple dedicated to Emperor Hadrian dating to 200 BCE, Latrines the public toilets, Celsus Library proves us that how Ephesians were intellectual and dates back to 200 BCE with the library having had 12,000 scrolls, Forum a commercial center located by the port and finally The Great Theatre the largest ancient theatre with 25,000 capacity.

After Ephesus ancient city, we drive to lunch at a local restaurant, and thereafter, the next stop is Isa Bey Mosque, built-in 1375 by the Anatolian Seljuks. Unlike Modern Ottoman architecture, it has a geometrical architecture roof and two minarets. The mosque is still functioning today for the five-time prayers. After Isa Bey Mosque, we drive to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the World.

After the Private Ephesus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.

 

Day 10: KUSADASI to ISTANBUL - Transfer to Airport 

You will be picked up from the hotel with a VIP vehicle and transfer to the airport.

After completing the amazing 10 Days Luxury Turkey Tour Package, wishes all guests a very healthy and wonderful life ahead…

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Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.


This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.

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