8-Day Classical Turkey without Cave Hotel
A Turkey package that is full of highlights and dream-come-true moments from the hidden treasures of the 500 year-old Grand Bazaar, Silk Road and 700 year-old Ancient Caravanserai to the Roman ruins of Ephesus Ancient City and the healing waters of Pamukkale.
DAY 01 HOME – ISTANBUL – CANAKKALE
Upon arrival meeting with your tour director at Istanbul Airport and commence with sightseeing, covering the following: Istanbul City Walls, it boasts several impressive castles a fortification. Massive walls of ancient Constantinople, built by the Emperor Theodosius II over 1500 years ago, are in many places still standing. Next, visit Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), a 16th century’s religious center and the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 minarets. Hippodrome Square where horse carriage and gladiator fights took place during the Byzantian Empire. It is decorated today with an Egyptian Column, Serpentane Column. Next, visit St. Sophia Museum, a unique combination of Christianity and Islam religion in the same holding place. Next, Topkapi Palace – a museum palace with a wide collection of Porcelains, Treasuries, religious collect peace. It is the first Great Imperial Palace of Ottoman Dynasty. Depart to Canakkale via Gallipoli Peninsula, today Gallipoli are protected landscapes covered in pine forest, it is a place where the first war of the world held. We will witness the peninsula while we are crossing the Asia side of Turkey. We will stop for photo break at Troy Hollywood Wooden Horse in pier city center. Once we reach there we will be greeted by the huge replica of a wooden Trojan horse, it is a vivid reminder of the ancient Trojan war. Overnight in Canakkale.
DAY 02 CANAKKALE – BERGAMA – KUSADASI
After breakfast drive to visit infamous Wooden Horse (horse in pier, from troy movie, ancient city not included). In scientific terms, its extensive remains are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C., immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, has inspired great creative artists throughout the world ever since. Then drive to the Bergama Town Center, it is a populour district, we will see the town center and local people living area and we will also get a chance to take a photos of Acropolis from a distance, Acropolis is an architecrural masterpiece that is perched on the city’s highest point. Along the way, feast your eyes on the beautiful Agean Sea view with lush olive trees and some Greek and Turkish islands. After lunch, drive to Kusadasi. If time permits, we may stop over at a Turkish Delight and Apple Tea Outlet in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 03 KUSADASI – EPHESUS – PAMUKKALE
We start our day with an upbeat fashion show showcasing high quality leather products made in Turkey. Next, we set off for Selcuk and explore Ephesus Ancient City, one of the world’s most outstanding archaeological sites. Walk in its well-preserved marble streets to the Library of Celsius, the Odeon, Grand Theatre, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Bath etc. After lunch we depart for Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), visit the extensive ruins of Hierapolis - known for its thermal baths and health centre. Thereafter, see “Cotton Castle” or Pamukkale’s magical and unique terraces & castles created by deposits of white limestone from thermal springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 04 PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA
Today, travel to Konya. We will visit famous lavender village farm. Visit a 700 year old Ancient Caravanserai (Tepesi Delikhan). Next, visit the museum of 13th century Philosopher Melvana Celaleddin-i Rumi, which used to be the cloister for Mevlevi Dervishes. Mevlana was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions are more or less truth. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to men of all sects and creeds. Continue to Capaddocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 05 CAPPADOCIA
Hot air ballooning over the charming landscape during sun rise is optional this morning time. Next, get the rare chance to experience the beauty and work of Turkey’s handmade crafts through a turkish carpet weaving course. Following this, a visit to the Pigeon Valley and the fascinating view at Goreme Valley. Photo stops will be made at Uchisar “Castle” Village, a fantasy-land of strange and wonderful works of man and nature. Photo stop at Esentepe Hill and Fairy Chimneys Valley. Then, proceed to Avanos Pottery Village, set on the banks of the Kizilirmak (Red River). Finally, a chance to view turkish semi precious turkish turquoise ( the name given by Marco Polo which means color of Turks). Today, be enchanted by the Underground City, once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight-storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 06 CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – BOLU
After breakfast, drive and photo stop at Salt Lake, called Tatta in antiquity, is a closed-end lake surrunded by plateaus. He sources that feed the lake are insufficient, the river Melendiz and River Pecenekozu. Next, continue Ankara – capital of Turkey, it is second largest city of Turkey. Our Ankara sightseeing highlights include the magnificent Ataturk Mausoleum, final resting place of founder of modern Turkey. Overnight in Bolu.
DAY 07 BOLU – ISTANBUL
After breakfast drive back to istanbul. Upon arrival enjoy with the Bosphorous Cruise Tour, here, you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very beat of life in Istanbul. Next, proceed visit 500 year-old Grand Bazaar, which has more than 4000 shops selling local products handicrafts. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 08 ISTANBUL - HOME
After breakfast ransfer to the airport for your flight back home, bringing back wonderful memories and superb souvenirs from your Turkish vacation.