Blue Mosque - Istanbul Tours
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The Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival to Istanbul
Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and meet for transfer to the hotel, remainder of the day and evening free at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 : Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day 3 : Istanbul to Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. (BD)

Day 4 : Troy & Pergamum
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Tour the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum, continue to Kusadasi for overnight. (BD)

Day 5 : Ephesus
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see the stone house where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Optional afternoon tour of Sardis or Sirince. (BD)

Day 6 : Pamukkale
Drive through the lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle, with white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. (BD)

Day 7 : Antalya
In the morning drive to Antalya, arrive midday and pay a visit to the ancient Greek city of Perge, famous for its Temple of Artemis. Also located there is an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. It is also notable for being the home of the renowned, ancient Greek mathematician Apollonius. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the Mediterranean Coast. (BD)

Day 8 : Antalya
Enjoy a day at leisure or an optional tour of Phaselis, an ancient coastal city, or a lazy yacht cruise along the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean. (BD)

Day 9 : Konya
After breakfast depart for Konya, en route visit the ancient city Aspendos, known for having the best-preserved theater of antiquity. Then on to Konya and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana who was a Sufi philosopher. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Continue to the Karatay Koran School, an 800 year-old building, once a Selcuk Islamic theological seminary, which houses an outstanding collection of ceramics and tiles. Overnight in Konya. (BD)

Day 10 : Cappadocia
In the morning, drive to Cappadocia, the land of the fairy chimneys. En route, visit a 13th century caravanserai. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, optional Whirling Dervishes performance (BD)

Day 11 : Cappadocia
Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon ride and experience floating through the volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave (BD)

Day 12 : Ankara
In the morning, depart for the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world (BD)

Day 13 : Ankara to Istanbul
After breakfast, depart on a scenic drive to Istanbul. In the afternoon join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Finish your last minute shopping in the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic East. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner (BD)

Day 14 : Departure
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. (B)

Highlights

Hotel accomodation including breakfasts & dinners as noted in the itinerary
All noted sightseeing with English speaking tour guide
Main entrance fees to the noted sights
Arrival/departure airport transfers on the indicated days
Pre or post stay transfers not included, optional extra
Local taxes and handing fees
HOTELS:
Istanbul: Crowne Plaza Harbiye
Canakkale: Kolin Hotel
Kusadasi: Charisma Hotel
Pamukkale: Colossae Thermal
Antalya: Crowne Plaza
Konya: Hilton Garden Inn
Cappadocia: Lykia Lodge
Ankara: Crowne Plaza
Istanbul: Hilton Bomonti

Dates & Prices - 2014 Season

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