Turkish Treasures

 

Day 1 – Istanbul
• Depart Istanbul start Turkish Treasures tour…

Day 2 – Istanbul to Bursa (3h 30min)
• Upon arrival at Istanbul, cross the Marmara Sea by ferry and transfer to Bursa – the first capital of the Ottoman Empire between 1335 – 1413
• Visit Ulu Cami mosque.
• Visit silk cocoon market, Koza Han—also used as a caravanserai as Bursa was the last stop on the great Silk Road from China.
• Overnight in Bursa.

Day 3 – Bursa to Golyazi (25min) – Manyas (2h) – Troy (3h) – Izmir (5h)
• After breakfast, head to Golyazi Village.
• Visit Manyas Bird Paradise National Park with its 266 bird species, 188 plant species, various reptile species and 23 fish species.
• Continue visit to the ancient city of Troy—well-known in history and in legend. See its famous wooden horse.
• Travel to Izmir—a grand port city. Visit the Clock Tower, designed by the Levantine French architect, Raymond Charles Pere.
• Free leisure time at Kordon (the esplanade) after dinner.
• Overnight in Izmir.

Day 4 – Izmir to Kusadasi (1h 30min) – Sirince (40min) – Pamukkale (2h 30min)
• After breakfast, visit a leather outlet. Enjoy a leather fashion show and time for shopping.
• Selcuk Village and explore the ancient city of Ephesus—one of the world’s most outstanding archaeological sites. View structures such as the Library of Celsus—the 3rd richest library in ancient times; Hadrian’s Temple—a beautiful well-preserved temple built before 138 AD; Marble Street; and Agora—the center of the commercial world in ancient Ephesus.
• Visit to Şirince Village. There is a story that the village was settled in by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (“Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them. The village’s name was changed to Şirince in 1926.
• Depart to Pamukkale. Visit the extensive ruins of the Hierapolis and explore Cotton Castle.
• Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 5 – Pamukkale to Konya (6h 45min) – Cappadocia (4h 15min)
• Stop and enjoy shopping at a textile factory outlet.
• Travel to Konya— the famous old capital of the Selcuk, to visit a 700-year-old ancient Tepesidelikhan caravanserai—a ‘hotel’ for ancient traders and travelers on silk road.
• Continue tour to the Underground City of Serhatli, once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians. View ancient bedrooms, a church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight-storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways.
• Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6 – Cappadocia
• Cappadocia, a region in Central Anatolia, is known for its fairy chimneys and historical heritage.
• Experience a Turkish carpet weaving course.
• Visit Pasabag Valley (Monk Valley), where remarkable fairy chimneys stand in the middle of a vineyard. Hermits once hid in the upper sections to distance themselves from the world.
• Visit St. Simeon’s Chapel – built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads.
• Proceed to Devrent Valley.
• Visit Pigeon Valley—one of Turkey’s most beautiful landscapes, and photo stop at the village of Uçhisar Castle—the tallest fairy chimney in the region.
• Proceed to Avanos Pottery Village set on the banks of the Kizilirmak (Red River).
• View semi-precious Turkish turquoise.
• In the evening, enjoy a belly dance and folk dance performances with unlimited drinks in a local cave restaurant.
• Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7 – Cappadocia to Bolu (6h 45min)
• Drive past a picturesque salt lake and arrive Ankara—the capital of Turkey.
• Ankara sightseeing highlights includes the magnificent Ataturk Mausoleum and Museum – the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of Modern Turkey.
• Overnight in Bolu.

Day 8 – Bolu to Istanbul (3h)
• Visit the magnificent Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque.
• View the only remains of Hippodrome of Constantinople, which consists of 3 monumental columns and a fountain. This is where chariot races took place in the past.
• Visit St. Sophia Museum, a former Eastern Orthodox Church converted to a mosque. It is a must-see attraction because of its religious and architectural significance.
• Proceed to the 500-year-old Grand Bazaar.
• Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9 & 10 – Istanbul to Depart for Home
• Free at leisure before transfer to airport for departure flight home.

Optional Tours
• Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia
• Turkish bath experience
• Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul
• Spice market visit in Istanbul

Fees Included
• Cotton Castle
• St. Sophia Museum
• Ancient city of Ephesus
• Underground city of Serhatli
• Ancient city of Troy
• Full Air Con. Bus with Luxury Coach
• Professional English Speak Guide
• 8 Night Hotel Acc. Incl. Breakfast, Hotels 4 and 5 Star.

Tour Price Per Person is; 1299 USD…

 

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