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ISTANBUL, ÇANAKKALE, KUŞADASI, PAMUKKALE, CAPADOCIA

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On the byroads of Asian and the European continents is located Turkey. All the tourists who plan to spend their vacations in this country are offered a perfect blend of western cultures and eastern traditions. Istanbul which is truly unique and magnificent city of Turkey offers a perfect blend of historical facts and numerous scenic beauties. It is one of the most popular holiday destination amongst visitors due to its temperate oceanic climate. Country’s national drink "Tea" is must to drink while on a visit.

Day 1
Arrive at Istanbul

After arrival at Istanbul, meet English speaking guide who will escort you to the hotel. Settle down and relax for a bit or spend the day at your leisure exploring magnificent city which is a base of several historical and scenic beauties. On the first day of your trip during evening embark on a high adventure Bosphorus cruise tour. Spend overnight in Istanbul in the comfort of your bed at the hotel.

Day 2
Istanbul City Tour

Post breakfast at around 8.30 a.m., leave the hotel to explore Old Istanbul City. The first destination on the second day trip is St. Sophia which was once a church and now a museum. Hajia Sophia is visited by hundreds of tourists everyday for its most unique history. Proceed to the second destination i.e. Topkapi Palace which is considered as one of the oldest and largest palace in the world. The key places that ought not be missed include Imperial Gates, the Harem, Tower of Justice and the rooms around the ftariye Baldachin.

Further head towards Blue Mosque- world famous mosque for its impressive architecture. The name Blue Mosque has been kept because of the blue tiles that surrounds the interior of the mosque. Non worshipers are allowed for only half an hour before the daily prayers. In the afternoon before lunch take a tour of Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.

Post lunch explore Grand Covered Bazaar where you can shop at more then 4,000 shops of different trade. As the day retires you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 3
Istanbul City Tour

The itinerary of this day will include visit to the battle fields of Gallipoli. At around 6 in the morning the chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and it will take around 5 hours. After 2 hours 30 minutes you can give rest to your back and foot during the relaxation break. On arrival at Gallipoli around 12 satiate your hunger with scrumptious meal, relax a bit and pull up your socks to explore the battle fields. Before heading to the battle fields visit Kabatepe Museum. Çanakkale Epic Presentation Center is the center of attraction. A normal tour to the battlefields include visit to Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove, then visit to Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. You can easily spend the whole day exploring the peninsula, beaches and monuments. With this you can call it a day and head back to your hotel for a nice sleep to spend overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4
Troy Tour- Pergamon- Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

On fourth day you can visit the other nearby places of Istanbul. After complimentary breakfast at your hotel, continue on the fully guided tour to Troy in a 30 minutes drive. Explore the renowned archaeological and mythological site of Troy including, the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy and remains of various cities from Troy 1 to Troy 9. Troy tour concludes with lunch at around 1 pm followed by the departure to magnificent acropolis of Pergamon- once the ancients world major centre of learning and the arts. In the noon itself we will leave for Kusadasi. En route visit Bergamon for 30 minutes only. On arrival at Kusadasi at around 18 hours you will be dropped off at your hotel to spend overnight.

Day 5
Kusadasi-Ephesus Tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Ephesus- one of the 12 cities of Ionian League on a fully guided tour. Being a port city it is a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.

On the way offer prayers at Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary. You can also enjoy a bath that gives the sense of relaxation at famous Roman Baths. Enjoy strolling in the elegantly decorated Curetes street followed by a visit to Grand theatre- the place where St. Paul preached and Celsus Library. Post lunch visit a rug maker or bazaars to find out about the local craft for which Kusadasi is famous for: carpet weaving. Spend overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6
Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

On sixth day after breakfast you will be transferred to Pamukkale which in literal terms means cotton castle. After enjoying a three hours drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale at around 12 in the noon check in the hotel and enjoy delicious lunch till 1330 hours. Post lunch visit the huge breathtaking site of Pamukkale- also a UNESCO heritage site. Enjoy the stunning views while walking on the calcium deposit terraces of Pamukkale. Grab the opportunity to swim and relax at the ancient pools of Cleopatra where the water temperature is 32 degrees. Explore the natural ruins of Hierapolis where St. Philip the apostle is martyred. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Day 7
Kuşadası-Izmir to / Kayseri Airport & Cappadocia

After breakfast, depart for Izmir Airport to board domestic flight to Cappadocia. Get transferrred from Kayseri airport to hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Cappadocia at your own convenience. Overnight in Cave Hotel, Cappadocia.

Day 8
Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

The tour will begin after breakfast with pickup from your hotel in the company of a professionally licensed, English speaking guide who are well versed with Cappadocia history and culture. Cappadocia is a geological formation of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty. The tour begins with a visit to Uchisar Castle which is the tallest point in Cappadocia and is nothing but a natural rock citadel. Head towards the Göreme Open-Air Museum which is most famous sight in Turkey's Cappadocia region. If visiting during summers try to visit early in the morning else the scorching heat will not let you enjoy. Next stop is Cavusin which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.

Want to try your hand at pottery making, then Avanos is the place to be. Post lunch visit a pottery work shop where you can see workers making household pottery as well as industrial materials like building blocks and roof tiles. While returning from Avanos on the road to Zelve visit Pasabagi famous for its three-headed fairy chimneys located in the middle of the vineyard. While walking you will be astonished to see several tuff cones standing right next to the road. Next head towards another workshop of handwoven carpets and kilims.

Another spot to be visited on Cappadocia Tour is Dervent Valley or the imagination valley or the pink valley. The fact is that it does not boast any church like the other valleys of Cappadocia . Dervent valley is famous for the lunar landscape which is formed by the small fairy chimneys. The valley also has many animal shaped rock formations. There is a rock pillar which almost look like Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Planning to have a Hot Air Balloon Flight then Urgup is the place to be. The tour will come to an end at 1800 hours and you will be transferred back to hotel to have a peaceful sleep.

Day 9
Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour

After breakfast enjoy strolling the local markets and shop for some famous things of Istanbul to have them as a memoir. Later depart for Kayseri Airport for domestic flight to Istanbul for further flight to home.

  • Return airfare on Air Astana Airlines (DEL -IST -DEL).
  • All Arrival & Departure airport trasfers in each city mentioned in the program above
  • Domestic flight ticket from Izmir to Kayseri
  • Domestic flight from Kayseri to Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 1 night hotel in Canakkale
  • 3 nights hotel in Kusadasi
  • 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Any other services that is not shown in the inclusion above
  • Any items of personal nature like telephone, beverages, laundry etc. which are not mentioned above are not included in the services.
  • Govt Service Tax(3.61%) Extra.