Western and Central Turkey
Highlights : Istanbul,Troy,Pergamum,Ephesus, Aphrodisias,Pamukkale,Konya, Cappadocia.
Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days
Operates : Every Two Weeks on Thursdays (17 March to 10 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 your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 2- Istanbul Highlights Breakfast (B) ,Lunch (L),Dinner (D)
Today we start the day with must see places of Istanbul.We walk through the Byzantine Hippodrome, closeby to Blue Mosque. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture and one of the most famous monuments of Turkish and Islamic art. Then Hagia Sophia … It is considered as one of the eight wonders of the world, also occupies a prominent place in the history of art and architecture.Later, The Underground Cistern, commonly called the Basilica Cistern. After lunch at a local restaurant , we walk to the Topkapi Palace. It is more than a palace and is an assemblage of museums,containing the collections amassed by the Sultans over almost five centuries.then, we finish the day with Grand Bazaar . Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 3-Dolmabahce Palace / Bosphorus Cruise / Canakkale ( B, L, D )
We check out after breakfast and proceed to Dolmabahce Palace.Out of all the sites to see in Istanbul , Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most impressive and intriguing one. The palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture, and the silk carpets and curtains. Overlooking the Bosphorus ,its beauty is incomparable with 14 tons of pure gold used for interior decoration.
Time for Bosphorus Cruise. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights from your boat. 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.Later on ,drive and overnight Canakkale.
DAY 4 –Troy / Acropolis of Pergamum / Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Today have a breakfast and check out hotel. First to see is Troy including: The Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, The Trojan Wars, The battle between Achilles & Paris, Sacrificial Altars, The 3700 year old city walls, Houses of Troy I, The Bouleterium, The Odeon, Current excavations in progress; and Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX.After we finish our visit to Troy, en route Kusadasi, have a visit to Pergamum. It was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient times .It''s architects and sculptors were among the finest in the Hellenistic world.Overnight Kusadasi
DAY 5–Ephesus ( B, L,D )
We start the day with Virgin Mary House. The house on the top of Bulbuldag is believed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary. It is a world-famous place of pilgrimage. After our visit to Virgin Mary House,we proceed to Ephesus which is a World Heritage Site.It is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in the world and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey.City will come alive as you walk through 2,000 year-old ancient ruins. Then time for lunch in Selcuk .Finally , we go up into the mountains to the lovely little Turkish-Orthodox village of Sirince. Up here, far from the madding crowd, you can wander the narrow streets, where the women sell their handcrafts and oils. You can take a quiet drink in one of the small café’s of Sirince. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 6 – Aphrodisias / Pamukkale ( B, L,D )
After checking out you will be taken to Pamukkale, giving an en route visit to Aphrodisias,whose ruins are considered to be as magnificent as Ephesus., It is one of the oldest sacred sites in Turkey and the home of a renowned school of marble sculpture. There are ruins of a large theater, a stadium and other structures, as well as a museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue through Hierapolis. Upon arrival you will have time to stroll over the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale, or to enjoy the thermal facilities. Overnight Pamukkale
DAY 7- Konya / Cappadocia ( B, L, D )
After we check out ,we start our drive to Cappadocia.En route,,we visit the world famous Mevlana Museum,It also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome, is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It containes the tomb and shrine of the Mevlana, or Rumi, which remains an important place of pilgrimage.Check in hotel.Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 8 –Cappadocia Tour 1 ( B,L, D )
Start the day with a walk in Red Valley, famous for its rocks capes, local culture and historical sites. At the end of your walk you will reach Cavusin Village. Here a spectacular rock castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you.Pasabagi is another stop, also called the Monks Valley. it’s possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot.Lunch in a local restaurant in Goreme town. Goreme Open Air Museum,the world’s most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Panoramic view point Esentepe,where is the spectacular view over Goreme. Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 9 –Cappadocia Tour 2 ( B, L, D )
Pick up from your hotel and first have visit to Mustafapasa,an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses.Keslik Monastery consists of a small church, cells and a frater, the dining room for the monks and a garden outside. Soganli Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Lunch and visit to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved and most visited underground cities in Cappadocia. End of the tour,overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 10 –Istanbul / Flight Back Home (B)
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).
9 Nights Accommodation with breakfast at 4 or 5 star hotels.
Professional licensed guide in English.
Domestic flight ticket 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.