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TURQUOISE DREAM TOUR

Overview:

Tour Code: CS-11
Highlights: Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, 4-Day/3-night “Blue Cruise”, Olympos,
Departure Location: Istanbul
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Departure Dates: Tuesdays, from May 22 to September 30, 2017

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ARRIVAL AND OVERNIGHT

On arrival to Istanbul, meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 2: ISTANBUL FULL DAY TOUR

Today we will explore the ancient Istanbul and explore of the remains of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. We are going to start with Topkapi Palace (Harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome (center of the chariot races) and keep going with the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine church which was converted to a mosque in 15th century. We will continue our ancient Istanbul tour with the Blue Mosque and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar and will have free time to discover 4000 tiny shops in the passageways of the world’s largest covered bazaar. Overnight stay in Istanbul. (B, L)

 

Day 3: ISTANBUL- IZMIR – EPHESUS TOUR, KUSADASI

Early in the morning take flight to Izmir. From Izmir to Ephesus is an hour driving distance. Mosque of Isa Bey from 14th century is going to be the first venue, afterwards we will be visiting ancient Ephesus; it is much larger than you expected. Even though, the history of Ephesus goes back to the 2nd Millennium BC. Remains that you will be visiting start from the 3rd Century BC.such an important place for Jewish and Christian Heritage. St. Paul preached in the Great Theater, the conditions of Odeon Celsus library, marble road temples will surprise you very much. Open buffet lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the carpet demonstration to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Fashion show in leather outlet center. Overnight stay in Kusadasi. (L, D)

 

Day 4: PAMUKKALE

From Kusadası to Pamukkale takes about three hours, on arrival to Pamukkale which is known as Cotton Castle, we will be visiting Hierapolis ancient city from Roman era, it has the largest ancient cemetery with different types, Main road, ancient roman bath and the theater are worth to see. Pamukkale, very unique natural formation with calcium terraces it famous with thermal baths. Bus to Fethiye. Overnight stay in Fethiye. (B, L)

 

Day 5: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

On board to gullet Cruise Departure from Fethiye Harbor in between 11 to 12 a.m. first stop will be at Samanlik Bay for relaxing and swimming – lunch on board, or depend on the sea and weather condition, to Butterfly Valley for lunch, optional visit of this natural beauty, has 135 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Later on we sail to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon) Option for paragliding available. We will complete the day with a stop at St-Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

In the morning, cruise to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan town for breakfast – swimming. Sail to Kas where we will have our lunch – we will be visiting village. Of ancient Antiphellos, Kas known, with Lycian rock-cut tombs – sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are the remains today. In the afternoon we keep cruising to Kekova and stop for swimming, dinner.(B, L, D)

Day 7: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

Cruise to Sunken City of Kekova Lunch will be at. Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. Optional water sports are available. Dinner, relax in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn (B, L, D)

 

Day 8: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

After breakfast, we have a look at the Pirates Cave. If weather conditions permitting before cruising to Andriace harbor then we will have lunch. In the afternoon, bus transfer to the ancient city of Myra, for the St.Nicholas Church, shopping and banking upon request. Bus transfer to the Olympos takes about two hours. (B, L, D)

 

Day 9: OLYMPOS

Free day in Olympos. Spend all your day on the beach. In the evening bus to Antalya (duration 2 hours). End of Turkey Tour plus Blue Cruise or add on Cappadocia or Istanbul extension. (B)

 

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • 4 nights accommodations at 4-Star Hotels*
  • Meals on tour and cruise as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Transportation by non-smoking, air-conditioned mini/midi bus
  • Services of a professional English-speaking escort/guide
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited, per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and services charges
  • 3-night Gulet cruise (including cabin with private WC and shower; bed linen and bath towels (beach towels not provided); late afternoon tea and cookies; crew services (captain, chef and deck-hand); use of onboard recreational equipment (fishing tackle, snorkeling gear); charter and berth taxes, harbor and port formalities; mooring fees and marine fuel; yacht insurance; government tax (VAT) NOTE: Children of 6 years or older are allowed on this cabin cruise if they stay in their parent’s cabin and is charged at full price.
  • Transfer from Olympos to Antalya

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Gratuities to tour staff and Gulet crew
  • Domestic flights
  • All items of a personal nature (laundry, taxis, etc.)
  • Beverages on tour (except for those served with breakfast)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on cruise (except for coffee and tea served with meals)
  • Optional shore excursions and entrance fees to museums and historical sites
  • Visa fees

* Upgrade to 5-Star or Boutique Hotels available (rates on request)

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Minumum 2 participants

  Departure Period Per Person in Double Occupancy
May- June- October $ 1120
July- September $ 1155
August $ 1175
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