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Istanbul - Cappadocia - Pamukkale Tour
Prices include international airfares!
USA Departures (USD)
Boston - New York $1,899
Washington - Chicago - Houston $2,099
Miami - Los Angeles - San Francisco - Atlanta $2,199
Canadian Departures (CAD)
Toronto - Montreal $2,399
Halifax - Winnipeg $2,599
Calgary - Edmonton - Vancouver - Saskatoon - Regina - St. John's $2,799
Weekly Thursday Departures from January 2016 to November 30, 2016.
Price is based on limited seat availability and may be higher during Summer (May 5 to Sept. 10), Christmas & Easter holiday week.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement is $599 USD.
Overview
Explore the history and natural beauty of Turkey, spend 3 nights in Istanbul visiting the iconic sites such as the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. 1 night in Cannakkale to the famous historic site of Gallipoli. 1 night stay in Kusadasi visiting Ephesus the best preserved Roman City in the Mediterranean. Spend 1 night in Pamukkale and visit the famous travertines considered the eighth wonder of the world. Continue to Cappadocia for 2 nights visiting the famous open air museums and the underground Cities.
No minimum passengers required, 100% guaranteed departures. Small groups. All our itineraries are fully customizable with flexible departure dates.
Itinerary
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Thursday - Day 1
Board your international flight to Istanbul, we offer departures from any major city in Canada or the USA.
Friday - Day 2: Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel.
Spend the rest of your day at your leisure.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Accommodation: 4* Yigitalp Hotel Istanbul... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: No meals.
Activities included today: Rest of the day at leisure.
Saturday - Day 3: Istanbul
Breakfast at your Hotel then time to explore Istanbul, enjoy a day tour visiting:
The Blue Mosque: One of Istanbul's most recognized sites built by Sultan Ahmed I in the 17th century to exceed the beauty of Hagia Sophia. This imperial Mosque is a striking sight with its multiple cascading domes and minarets, and inside exquisite blue Iznik tiles cover the walls. When visiting the Mosque you are asked to dress modestly (no shorts), remove your shoes at the entrance, women should cover their heads with a scarf, turn off your flash camera and walk/talk quietly after all this is a place of worship.
Hippodrome: This arena was the center of Byzantium's life used for chariot races and public meetings. It was built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus and was adorned with many monuments brought from different places of the Roman Empire. Many of these monuments are now on display at different Museums. The ones that remain here are The Egyptian Obelisk of Thutmose III, The Serpentine Column and the Walled Obelisk. The Hippodrome is now a popular meeting place for people known as Sultanahmet Meydani, At Meydani, in Turkish.
The Grand Bazaar: The oldest covered market in the world, its passages and alleys lined with over four thousand shops. Here you find anything including specially carpets, spices, art pieces, jewelry and leather, to bargain with the shopkeepers is totally accepted.
After lunch, we will proceed to Topkapi Palace: Visit one of the largest and oldest Palaces in the world, the official residence of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, wander thru its gardens and courtyards and learn about its history. It was built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans housing the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelains, weapons and a calligraphy section.
At the end of the tour, transfer back to hotel and overnight.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Accommodation: 4* Yigitalp Hotel Istanbul... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast and Lunch.
Activities included today: Full day tour of Istanbul visiting the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace.
Sunday - Day 4: Istanbul - Canakkale
After breakfast, drive to the northwestern part of the Country to the Sea Port City of Canakkale on the way you will visit:
Gallipoli: Historically famous for being the site of many battles, particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Today the Gallipoli battlefields are part of the 33,000 hectare Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park (also known as the Peace Park) see the several War Memorials along the way for Turkish and ANZAK soldiers (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) including the Kabatepe War Memorial.
After a lunch break, continue to Troy: Learn the famous history of this ancient city with its legendary walls and Trojan Horse. This is the place where the Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna.
Overnight in Canakkale.
Accommodation: Iris Hotel Canakkale... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Travel by road from Istanbul to Canakkale where you will visit Gallipoli and the city of Troy.
Monday - Day 5: Canakkale - Pergamon - Kusadasi
After breakfast, you will depart for Bergama in the Western Province of Izmir and visit Pergamum; an impressive site of an ancient kingdom. We will visit:
Asclepieum: This is perhaps the world's most famous ancient medical center which was founded by a man named Archias. The Asclepion of Pergamum gained fame through a local physician who studied in Greece and Alexandria before settling in Pergamum as a doctor to gladiators. The methods of treatment used here included blood transfusions, music therapy, and meditation performed.
After lunch at a local restaurant, drive south of Izmir to the lively coastal town of Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Accommodation: Royal Palace Hotel... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Travel by road for Bergama and visit Pergamum where you will visit Asclepieum, followed by driving to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday - Day 6: Kusadasi - Pamukkale
After breakfast, you will have a morning tour to Ephesus area by visiting:
Ephesus Antique City: The city was first developed as a port where it was used as an important commercial center due to its strategic location. Today, Ephesus is a popular tourist destination, but back in ancient times it acted as an important trade center of the world. It contains many acres of carefully excavated ruins.
Continue with Virgin Mary's House: Believed to be the shrine of Virgin Mary, this typical example of beautiful roman architecture is hidden in lush greenery. It is located on top of Bulbul Mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus and is believed to be where Mary spent her last days.
After lunch depart for Pamukkale.
Tour the ancient City of Hierapolis, contain extensive archeological ruins from the Greco - Roman and Early Christian periods and is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the highlights are the Colonnade Street with pillars on each side of the street, a well preserved Roman Theatre situated on the middle of the City and a Necropolis. Hierapolis was once a Roman Spa City.
Hierapolis is located at the top of the amazing petrified waterfalls and terraced basins known as Cotton Palace, visiting these travertine formations is one of the most popular and unique experiences when visiting Pamukkale.
Return to your Hotel for Dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Pamukkale.
Accommodation: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Tour the ancient City of Ephesus, Visit Virgin Mary's House, afterwards depart by road to Pamukkale.
Wednesday - Day 7: Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia
After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive to famous Cappadocia. On the way, you will visit:
Sultanhan Caravanserai: This is one of the largest caravanserais in the world, and is considered one of the biggest masterpieces in the Seljuk Period. This massive structure was built by the famous architect Muhammad bin Havlan el-Dimiski between 1228 and 1229. During the Seljuk Period this caravanserai was used by merchants as a road side Inn.
After lunch in Konya, you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana: founder of the mystical movement of "Dervishes". Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was a Sufi mystic and poet who's poetry is celebrated all over the world for its beauty and spirituality. Highly ornamented, the mausoleum room honors the people who accompanied Mevlana and his family on his journey to Turkey.
Arrive in Cappadocia on time for dinner.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Accommodation: Dinler Hotels Nevsehir... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Travel by road from Pamukkale to Cappadocia, on the way visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai, and then the Mausoleum of Mevlana.
Thursday - Day 8: Cappadocia
After breakfast, depart for your Cappadocia tour where you will visit the Volcanic Valleys sculpted by erosion with fascinating natural rock formations. You will also get to see famous "Fairy chimneys". Highlights of your Tour:
Ozkonak or Kaymakli: is the widest of the 36 ancient Underground Cities in Cappadocia. These troglodyte underground cities were excavated as early as Hittite times and continued over the centuries during times where armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives. Kaymakli is built under the Citadel of Kaymakli and was first open for visitors in 1964.
Continue driving to Pasabag: It is also known as the "Monks Valley" with its mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Some of the cones split into smaller cones in their upper sections and were once hiding places of stylites and hermits. One of the three cones contains a chapel that is dedicated to St. Simeon. Pasabag Valley contains some of the most breathtaking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.
Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos: You will visit the old village with a lively center including a modern Turkish bath oriented towards tourists. On Fridays a large travelling market visits Avanos making Fridays a good day to visit. The town has been the center of terra-cotta art since 3000 BC. Avanos is where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river in Turkey meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries.
After lunch, visit the Open Air Museum: This museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984. The museum is composed of complex monasteries places beside one another, each containing its own church. The rock churches still have beautiful frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible that still have their original colors and freshness. This wonderful example of Byzantine art stands in the very center of the region and easily accessible from all directions.
Stop by Pigeon Valley: Located just outside Goreme in Cappadocia, witness one of Turkey's most beautiful landscapes. The rock formations are due to water and wind erosion on soft volcanic rock and are known as fairy chimneys. These tall rocks are sprawled over the valley floor and have holes in their tops for birdhouses. Pigeons have an important history when years ago, they would carry messages from this region and reside inside the rocks and cliffs of the valley.
You will then have time for some shopping and dinner in the area.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Accommodation: Dinler Hotels Nevsehir... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Tour the UNESCO Goreme National Park including the Famous rock formations of Cappadocia, and the Underground Cities.
Friday - Day 9: Cappadocia - Istanbul
After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Istanbul. Lunch will be served on the way.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodation: 4* Yigitalp Hotel Istanbul... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast and lunch.
Activities included today: Travel by road from Cappadocia to Istanbul. Rest of your day free at leisure.
Saturday - Day 10: Istanbul - Tour Ends
Our representative will assist you with your arrangements for your return home.
Featured Highlights Banner
Blue Mosque at night
The Blue Mosque
Byzantine Hippodrome in Istanbul
Grand Bazaar
Topkapi Palace
Gallipoli Battlefields - Trenches
City of Troy
Temple of Trajan - Pergamum
Asklepieion Library and Theater
Temple of Hadrian - Ephesus
The Grand Theatre - Ephesus
City of Hierapolis
Pamukkale Travertines
Sultanhani Caravanserai
Mevlana Mausoleum
Kaymakli - Underground Cities
The Pasabag Valley
Avanos Village
Goreme Open Air Museum
Pigeon Valley
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Included in your Price:
Flights:
  • International airfare we offer departures from most major cities in the USA and Canada.
Accommodations:
  • Three nights of accommodation at the 4* Yigitalp Hotel Istanbul.
  • One night of accommodation at the 4* Iris Hotel in Canakkale.
  • One night of accommodation at the 4* Royal Palace Hotel in Kusadasi.
  • One night of accommodation at the 4* Richmond Hotel in Pamukkale.
  • Two nights of accommodation at the 4* Dinler Nevshir Hotel in Cappadocia.
Sightseeing:
  • Guided full day tour of Istanbul includes Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Bazaar.
  • Visit the Historic Battle site of Gallipoli.
  • Visit the Ancient City of Troy.
  • Tour Pergamum including a visit to the Asclepieum.
  • Guided tour of the ancient City of Ephesus Antique visiting Virgin Mary's House, and Hierapolis.
  • Visit The Sultanhan Caravanserai and Mausoleum of Mevlana.
  • Visit the underground City of Kaymakli.
  • Tour the Cappadocia Valley
All sightseeing tours are provided by an English speaking Turkish Tour Guide.
Meals:
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Seven Lunches.
  • Five Dinners.
Services and Fees:
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • All Transfers Airport - Hotel - Airport.
  • Road transfers between Cities.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions.
  • All entrance fees.
  • All taxes.
Price Excludes:
  • Visa fees, American and Canadian Passport holders are required to have a visa to enter Turkey, you can obtain a visa at the point of entry.
  • Visa fee is $60 USD per person cash for Canadians and $20 USD for Americans.
  • Customary tips to Drivers, Guides, etc.