Islamic and Cultural Turkey
Highlights : Bursa,Pamukkale,Antalya,Konya,Cappadocia, Ankara,Safranbolu,Istanbul
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Day
Operates : Every two weeks on Mondays (14 March to 1 December )
Explore more Islamic parts of Turkey with this tour by following a set schedule with escorted small group tour on certain days.From beginning till end of the tour,your guide will accompany you.Same tour can be operated on private basis for you, couples, families .
DAY 1 –ISTANBUL Dinner (D)
After your arrival to Istanbul, welcome and assist by our representative. Transfer and check in your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 2 – Istanbul / Green Bursa Breakfast (B) Lunch (L) Dinner (D)
Today,we depart to Eskihisar and embark on a ferryboat to Yalova enjoying the countryside drive to Bursa (2.5 hours) ,former Ottoman Capital. The mausoleums of early Ottoman sultans are located in Bursa and the numerous edifices built throughout the Ottoman period constitute the city's main landmarks.After lunch, visit to the Green Mosque,the Green Mausoleum and Ulucami (Grand Mosque).Then, we will have a short drive to Cumalikizik Village, which was one of the first Ottoman Villages in Turkey. It is also declared as a Unesco World Heritage in 2014. The village is located on the skirts of a mountain and has very different-colored houses. After seeing the village, We drive back to hotel. Overnight Bursa.
DAY 3- Bursa / Pamukkale (430km) ( B,L,D )
After breakfast ,we drive to Pamukkale.Visit Pamukkale,where calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. Free time for walking on terraces.Tour the ruins of ancient city Hierapolis.Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 4 – Antalya (B,D)
We take departure from the hotel for Antalya. It is 3 hours drive.First. drive to Duden Waterfalls. Duden Waterfalls make a pleasant side trip from Antalya and its surrounding gardens are a popular picnic spot with locals. After having lunch ,we stop at Cumhuriyet Square for your fotos.We can visit Fluted Minaret Mosque . The mosque's fluted minaret, which is decorated with dark blue tiles, is a landmark and symbol of the city.By walking ,we go to Kaleici (Old town). It is the historic city center of Antalya, Turkey. Until modern times, almost the entire city was confined within its walls. It has structures dating from the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Ottoman and modern Turkish republican eras. Then boat trip for two hours through Mediterranean which will make your trip excellent in Antalya.
DAY 5 – Konya Mevlana Museum / Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Following an early breakfast,we will drive through Konya.Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes.After Mevlana Museum, we will continue to Cappadocia.It is considered to be one of the natural wonders of he World with its surrealistic geological creation. Visit Sultanhani Caravansereai, an outstanding example of the inns used by traders during the Silk Road.Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 6 –Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Today we visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith. Picture stops will be given at Pigeon Valley and at the foots of Uchisar Castle. Lunch will be at Avanos Village followed by the famous local pottery workshop. Then visit Pasabagi and Devrent Valley which has unique volcanic formations.Dinner and overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 7 – Cappadocia / Ankara (B,L,D)
Depart for Ankara ,the capital of Turkey. En route . visit Salt Lake .After lunch , visit The Ataturk Mausoleum –the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk- Father of modern Turkey. The Architecture of the mausoleum is a mix of different styles that represent the various Anatolian civilizations. Later on ,have a visit to Anatolian Civilizations Museum. It is one of the richest archeologic museums in the world with many extensive collection of artifacts, coins, gold, silver, glass and bronze works remaining from different periods. It represents a real cultural and historical treasure and definitely a must-see place. Overnight Ankara.
DAY 8- Safranbolu / Bolu (B,L,D)
Following early breakfast, we proceed to Safranbolu.Safranbolu is a historic Ottoman town which is a unspoiled historic gem of Turkey.It was added to the list of Unesco World Heritage sites in 1994 due to its well-preserved houses and architecture.Among its historical houses and streets, you’ll feel as if you were travelling to the past and you’ll discover not only its history but also its nature, and see how a city improves and protects itself while living there.After lunch, drive to Bolu.Overnight Bolu.
DAY 9 – Bolu / Istanbul (B,L,D)
After breakfast drive to Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul, have lunch. Then visit to the Mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent built on the order of Sultan Suleiman in 1558. Then time for Bosphorus Cruise. One of the highlights of any trip to Istanbul are the Bosphorus cruises. we’ll hop on a boat for a romantic Bosphorus cruise, with Europe and Asia on either side with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments.Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 10 – Istanbul (B,L,D)
After breakfast visit Blue Mosque ,famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Then visit Hippodrome-where chariot races and gladiator sports used to take place. Then visit the marvelous oriental Topkapi Palace was the residence of Ottoman sultans for almost four centuries and is Istanbul’s premier must-see attraction. Then finally drop to the old Grand Bazaar-a maze of more than 4000 stalls and shops. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 - Istanbul Departure (B)
After breakfast ,free&easy time until transfer to airport.
The tour package includes ;
Airport Arrival &Departure Transfers
Enterance fees to sights as described in the itinerary
Transportation with an A/C luxury minivan or minibus
Lunches and dinners as described in the itinerary ( vegetarian meals available - drinks extra)
10 Nights Accommodation with breakfast at 4 or 5 star hotels.
Professional licensed guide in English
The tour package excludes ;
International flight tickets.
All kinds of drinks.
Non-mandatory but customary tips.
Visa for Turkey ( If necessary ) and personal travel insurance.
Aruz Travel is proudly a fully licensed travel company working under TURSAB-License No. A-6645.
Fully escorted small group tour sizes are restricted to a maximum of 15 and minimum of 4 people.