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UNCOVER TURKEY - 7N/8D

Turkey, country that occupies a unique geographic position, lying partly in Asia and partly in Europe. Throughout its history it has acted as both a barrier and a bridge between the two continents. It is a modern country with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary and of East and West. Learning about Turkey is a wonderful and enriching experience as you discover ancient traditions, a friendly Turkish culture, historical sites as well as places and destinations that will make a wonderful country for your holidays or to live. Turkey has a very colorful history and evidence has been found of the earliest forms of civilizations living in the lands that now are classed as part of this country. A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, scenery from beaches to mountains and the great city of İstanbul. Our Turkey trip includes a mix of different flavors of Turkey and gives you the chance to explore and to discover history, culture and art, nature and geography, traditional culinary culture, real Turkish lifestyle and more.

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TRIP ESSENCE

History / Photography / Nightlife / Adventure

Blue Mosque

Pamukkale Hot Springs

Hot Air Balloon

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul International Airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. The rest of day is at leisure so that you can relax.

Day 2 – Full Day Ottoman and Byzantium relics City Tour

This comprehensive sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this one day sightseeing tour you will see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul’s four “must- see” historic sites. Formally called Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe’s wealthiest metropolis, and is now the largest city in Turkey. Discover the splendor of Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul, the ancient city of Constantinople, on this fascinating 9-hour history tour led by an expert guide. Walking in between Byzantine and Ottoman History included informative guided tour service for Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Little Hagia Sophia.

Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Blue Mosque will not be visited on Fridays.

Day 3 – Half day Istanbul Bosphorus Tour and then Overnight Bus to Cappadocia

You will have a Half day Bosphorus Cruise Tour. You will visit: Golden Horn (from the bus), Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and then have a boat cruise on Bosphorus by public boat. You will also view Imperial gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and Beylerbeyi Palace during the tour. After the cruise you will be dropped to Taksim Square for shopping. Post this we would board the Overnight Bus to Cappadocia.

Day 4 – Arrival at Cappadocia, Full day Cappadocia Tour

Arrival at Cappadocia around 7.30 AM. Breakfast is included for today as well.

After Breakfast, the departure time is 9:30 AM as you will be picked up from your hotel, we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Zelve Valley, Devrent Valley, Cavusin Village, Avanos.

Goreme Open Air Museum:Resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by- side, each with its own fantastic church. It is obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia, standing as it does in the very center of the region with easy access from all directions. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness.

Zelve Valley:Fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit’s shelter built into such fairy chimney with three heads.

Devrent Valley:Devrent is 1 km from Zelve Valley. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.

Cavusin Village:One of the oldest settlements in the area. The churct of st. John Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintings date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region.

Avanos:A center terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. The clay which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both land and local economy.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5 – Private transfer to Pamukkale, enroute we will do Koyna Sightseen

After breakfast, proceed to Konya (It’s a long Journey. On the way, you will visit the 13th century Selcuk caravanserai called "Sultanhan". After lunch at Koyna, you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ''Whirling Dervishes''. From here, you will proceed to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress, which rises above the fertile Menderes Valley. Overnight at Pamukkale.

Optional – Famous Hot Air Balloon (Early Morning)

Day 6 – Pamukkale Tour and then transfer to Kusadasi Hotel

Early morning breakfast and later checkout and 08:00 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour (2.5 hours drive). Visiting Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/ mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls". After lunch, visiting Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil`s Hole, and the Masterpiece Theater. Swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool`s hot spring mineral waters (but not in the Cascade Pools) is one of your year-round options, before returning back to your hotel. Check in to Kusadasi Hotel.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7 – Ephsesus Tour with Sirince Village and then transfer to Izmir Airport Hotel

09:15 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Following this, we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient word. Visiting Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city`s great wealth many years ago. Our last stop is the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and spent her final days.

First you will head to Ephesus, one of the Seven Ancient Cities of the World and a highlight of any trip to Turkey. Then its onto the Temple of Artemis and Virgin Mary House. In the afternoon, we will make our way over to Sirince Village, a beautiful hillside town famous for its grape and fruit wines. Return back to the hotel around 5:00 pm.

Overnight in Kusadasi airport Hotel.

Day 8 – Adieu Turkey

Breakfast. Take a transfer to the Izmir Airport.

Cost Includes

Departure Date- 16th Nov 2019 | 7 nights & 8 days
Cost-INR 44,999 + Airfare Extra

Cost Includes

  • ~3* Deluxe Stay for all locations as per itinerary
  • ~In Cappadocia – we will stay at Cave Hotel
  • ~Daily breakfast
  • ~Airport and internal transfers
  • ~Full Day Ottoman and Byzantium relics City Tour
  • ~Half day Istanbul Bosphorus Tour
  • ~Volvo AC Bus ticket from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • ~Cappadocia Full day Tour
  • ~Koyna Sightseen
  • ~Pamukkale Full day Tour
  • ~Ephesus with Sirince Village Day trip
  • ~All taxes
  • ~Tour Leader

Cost Excludes

  • ~​Lunch & Dinner
  • ~Int’l Airfare
  • ~Personal Expenses​
  • ~Tips, Laundry etc
  • ~Visa & Insurance – INR 9900 (If you have valid US, Schengen Visa then cost is INR 4500 per person)

NOTES TO REMEMBER

Stay will be at City Centre Hotels.

Age : 21 -55years

Total Group Size : 15 members