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CHRISTMAS TOURS TURKEY

Overview:

Tour Code: CS-TTX
Highlights: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Kaymakli Underground City, Fairy Chimneys
Departure Location: Istanbul
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Departure Dates: Upon request

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive

On arrival to Istanbul you will be assisted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

 

Day 2: Istanbul-Full day city tour

Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome was the center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar is the most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jeweler, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. Topkapi Palace was the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy. (B, L)

 

Day 3: Istanbul-Bosphorus Cruise, Half Day. Kusadasi

Through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments, Rumeli Fortress, Historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus which is a unique example of military architecture free afternoon. Take flight to Izmir on arrival to Izmir transfer to Kusadasi for overnight stay. (B, D)

 

Day 4: Kusadasi – Full day Ephesus Tour

The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an Ancient City Ephesus Ephesus which is located on the west coast of Asia Minor, stroll past the Celsius library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street to the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. At the end fashion show will be at leather outlet center Proceed to House of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Finally proceed to Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: Kusadası Pamukkale

Once known as Hierapolis which is famous with its healing thermal / mineral Baths beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls”. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths and Masterpiece Theater. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: Pamukkale Konya Cappadocia

The day is a “transaction day” because of the long distance between Pamukkale to Cappadocia through Konya with several stops such as visit Mevlana’s Mausoleum, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader who founded the sect of ”Whirling Dervishes” and visit 13th century Seljuk caravanserai “Sultanhan” in Konya. Lunch on the way to Cappadocia. Drive to the hotel in Cappadocia. (B, L)

 

Day 7: Cappadocia–Full day Tour

Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art. A visit ceramic &tile center to see how the ceramics are made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. Complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle to give you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L)

 

Day 8: Cappadocia – Full day Tour

Depart from your hotel and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavusin Village. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon, visit Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today.as storage areas, stables and cellars. On the way back, visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. Take flight to Istanbul for overnight stay. (B, L)

 

Day 9: Istanbul

Free Time till Transfer to airport or Istanbul extension

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide throughout tour
  • Entrance fees to the various sites
  • Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy, single accommodation is surcharge
  • Dinner in the hotels are may not include according to the chosen category
  • B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner as indicated schedule

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included
  • Domestic flight tickets

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