Highlights : Istanbul,Pergamon,Ephesus,Bodrum,Aphrodisias Pamukkale,Konya,Cappadocia
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Operates : Every two weeks on Tuesdays (15 March to 6 December )
Learn the remarkable Turkish history and culture 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, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport with a sign on which your name is written.Transfer and check in to your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 2 –Istanbul Highlights Tour Breakfast (B) Lunch (L) Dinner (D)
Your guide will meet you at the lobby for a walking tour.First you visit Sultanahmet Mosque . Because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design, Its known also as Blue Mosque.Then lead to Hippodrome.It was an ancient roman sports arena, the center of sporting and political activities. Basilica cistern is one of the magnificient ancient buildings of Istanbul and a big underground water reservoir. Lunch at a local restaurant.Visit Hagia Sophia. Built in the 6 century , It was one of the largest basilicas and today one of the most magnificient museums in the world.Topkapi Palace is a major tourist attraction place and one of the most visited museums in Turkey.Before going hotel, Grand Bazaar will be our last stop.It is the oldest and largest bazaar in the world.Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 3 –Bosphorus Cruise and Asian Side Trip / Flight to Izmir ( B,L,D )
After you have your breakfast, we take you first to Spice Bazaar. It is a bazaar where you can find numerous kind of spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds and also many other things. Bosphorus Cruise, 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.Lunch at local restaurant. Later on, we see Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to see Bosphorus and Istanbul from the Bosphorus Bridge while driving from Europe to Asian side of the city.Camlica Hill, from here there is an absolutely magnificent view, which makes it well worth the climb.End of trip,drive to airport and flight to Izmir .Overnight Kusadasi.
DAY –Ephesus Tour (B,L,D)
Today first stop is Virgin Mary House. It is a world-famous place of pilgrimage and believed to be last home of the Virgin Mary. A principal city of science ,culture and art of its era ,Ephesus had been a residential area starting from the pre-historic era and through the Hellenistic ,Roman,Eastern Roman periods. Have lunch break.Temple of Artemis is known as one of the seven wonders of ancient world.Last stop is the Isabey Mosque.It shows the most elegant architectural features of late Seljuk civilization.Overnight Kusadasi.
DAY 4 – Pergamum Tour (B,L,D)
Pergamon was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient times .It''s architects and sculptors were among the finest in the Hellenistic world. You can see ruin of The Gymnasium,The Temple of Athena,The Library of Pergamon, The Temple of Trajan, Zeus Altar and The Theatre which is one of the steepest theatres in the world.Lunch in Bergama .Before visiting Asclepion,have a lunch.Asclepion was the important health treatment and curing center in ancient Greece and Rome.At the same time,ıt was the worlds first psychiatric hospital providing cures for psychosomatic illnesses.Overnight Kusadasi.
DAY 6 – Bodrum City Tour ( B,L )
Check out from hotel , Drive to Bodrum. Before start the tour, we have lunch. Visit the Castle of St. Peter, the symbol of Bodrum. The Crusader castle was built by the Knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409.The castle also houses the largest underwater archeological museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world. The reconstruction of a ship-wreck the museum itself is worth a visit. The theatre is located on the hillside overlooking Bodrum. Built in the time of Mausolus, it is one of the very few surviving pre-Hellenistic theaters in Asia Minor and thus one of the oldest.
The Mausoleum was classified as a wonder because of its beauty and great value. The decorations and the sculptures were really magnificent .It was built between 353 and 350 B.C and is identified as one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
DAY 7 – Bodrum / Free Day ( B )
You have a free day to explore more. Bodrum is an inviting,colorful crowd full of suprises and a dreamland for you. It is freedom,love; Bodrum is sun,sea and after all it is history.Enjoy your time J. Overnight Bodrum.
DAY 8 –Bodrum / Aphrodisias ( B,L,D )
After check out , on the way to Pamukkale, we are going to visit Aphrodisias Ancient Site. Turkey has hundreds of ancient city.But this site can be one of your favourite place because of its great condition.The sheer size of Aphrodisias is astonishing. Many of the structures at Aphrodisias have now been excavated and are in a perfect condition, which helps create a full picture of what the city looked like in its golden ages.You can see Tetrapylon, the most impressive structure of Aphrodisias The Stadium,Ancient Theatre ,Sebastion and its museum.Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 9- Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)
After a good rest, the sacred Hierapolis of Phrgia is the first.It is one of the antique cities of the Agean and was placed together with Pamukkale, on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1988.Shaped by the hand of nature and extant since the ancient times, Pamukkale is one of the world’s most outstanding legacies. Welcoming thousands of visitors for its ancient monuments and natural wonders every year, Pamukkale is waiting to welcome you as well! Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 10- Konya Mevlana Museum (B,L,D)
Today we leave early for Konya. It is more or less 5 hours drive .Konya Mevlana Museum is our destination for this day.It is located on the heart of Konya and and is a beautiful site. The museum consists of the mausoleum of the famous Sufi mystic Rumi and a dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order lived and conducted their studies.Overnight Konya.
DAY 11- Cappadocia Tour 1 (B,L,D)
From Konya to Cappadocia, It is about 3 hours. En route , we stop at Sultanhani Caravanserai which is one of the best preserved of these Selcuk Caravanserais.Later on , we drive to Ihlara Valley. Before walking in the valley, at Ihlara village we are going to have lunch.The 14 km long valley begins in Ihlara and ends in Selime.Inside the valley,which reaches a height of 100-150 m in some places ,are numerous shelters,tombs and churches. Then we proceed to Kaymakli Underground City.Since the region of Cappadocia was frequently subject to raids, the main objective behind the construction of these cities was the provision of temporary shelter for the population at times of danger. Kaymakli Underground City is one of the biggest in the area . Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 12 –Cappadocia Tour 2 (B,L,D )
Cappadocia,included in the Unesco World Natural and Cultural Heritage List in 1985 as the ‘Goreme National Park and Cappadocia ‘ is one of the most original examples of harmony between nature and human settlements.Today first destinations is Devrent Valley which is famous for different rock formations.This is the most surreal-looking landscape.Next is Pasabagi. Here you can find full of peculiar fairy chimneys which look remarkable.Lunch in Avanos.Then we drive to Goreme Open Air Museum. Open Air Museum still contains the finest of rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes.Esentepe vista point is a stop for a panoromic view of Goreme .Later on, we lead you to Uchisar Castle which is the highest point in Cappadocia and give us a chance for magnificent pictures.Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 13 – Istanbul / Flight Back Home
Transfer to Cappadocia Airport to board with an early flight to Istanbul and say goodbye to our dear guests.End of the tour.
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).
12 Nights Accommodation with breakfast at 4 or 5 star hotels.
Professional licensed guide in English.
Domestic flight tickets as described in the itinerary.
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.