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10-day Tour in Turkey

Date:2018-02-14 15:24Source:Turkey InsidersBy:ErinEditor:ErinViews:16339
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Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul and meeting at the airport just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name then transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Istanbul Old City Tour 

Breakfast at the hotel. After you meet with your guide at the lobby, you will begin your 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. Next, we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

In the afternoon we continue our tour at Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. 

 Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque

Day 3 Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour - Flight to Izmir 

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. After the tour, we will transfer you to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Izmir. Fly Izmir. Upon arrival Izmir, we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. 

Spice Bazaar

Bosphorus

Day 4 Pamukkale Tour 

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will journey inland to Pamukkale to enjoy the spas, pools, and terraces of this natural wonder, called the "Cotton Castle". This name is truly fitting, the brilliant white calcified terraces do truly resemble a castle made of cotton. We will also spend time in Hierapolis, with one of the largest and most diverse necropolis in the world. 

Pamukkale

Hierapolis

Day 5 Ephesus Tour - Flight to Antalya

First, we will visit Ephesus ruins starting from the upper gate and see famous Celsus LibraryHadrian Temple and Ephesus Antic Theatre which has a capacity of 25000. Next, we will stop by at Temple of Artemis once was one of the seven wonders at ancient times. Then we will head to Virgin Mary’s House where she spent her last years.

After the tour, we will be transferring you to Izmir Airport for your flight to Antalya. Upon arrival Antalya, we will meet and transfer you to your hotel.    

Hadrian Temple

Ephesus Antic Theatre

Day 6 Perge Aspendos & Side Tour 

This is a day trip to well-known Pamphylian cities Perge and Aspendos. Perge was the capital city of Pamphylia, a vast Roman province, with a combination of Roman, Greek and Byzantine cultures and a stadium with a capacity of 12000. After Perge, we move onto Aspendos. Aspendos theatre is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters on the Asian continent. 

After the lunch break, we will move onto Side where is a peninsula, famous for the roman type of theatre. Side used to be one of the most important trade center in antiquity and now it's one of the most popular holiday resorts in Southern Turkey.

Aspendos theatre

Side

Day 7 Antalya to Cappadocia 

After check out, we will meet and transfer you to Antalya Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Fly Cappadocia. After arriving Cappadocia, we will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Hot-air balloon in Cappadocia 

Day 8 Cappadocia North Tour

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 church 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.

Devrent Valley

Cavusin Village

Day 9 Cappadocia South Tour

Uchisar Rock Castle: Uchisar is the name of the town and the fortress in the town. This 60mt. (200ft) high fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocian formations.

Rose Valley: It has beautiful rock formations with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net.

Rose Valley

Day 10 Flight Back to Istanbul - Flight Home

We will meet at your hotel lobby and transfer you to Cappadocia Airport for your flight to Istanbul. We will say our goodbyes here. Upon arrival Istanbul Airport, continue to the international terminal for your homebound flight.

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