Circle Tour of Turkey with Ankara and the Turkish Coast

2016

Small group tour Visit Istanbul , Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Bodrum - Marmaris - Kalkan - Perge - Aspendos - Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara

17days/16nights
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Book and pay in full by 30 Dec 2015 and get 50% off on the second person's trip or 100% off on the third person in your party on 2016 departures.  or  Book and pay in full by Feb 28, 2015 and receive US$ 200 off per couple

Turkey Guided Touir from Istanbul Ankara Cappadocia


ITINERARY: - Small Group tour using Historical and Boutique Hotels

Day 1 Sun: Istanbul.
Arrival at Istanbul airport on your own, transfer to the hotel. Evening welcome briefing. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Mon: Istanbul | Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace residents of former sultans, (excluding harem), see the ancient Hippodrome where former chariot races took place in ancient Byzantine times, visit the Blue Mosque famous for its blue ceramic tiles. In the afternoon we visit the Grand Bazaar the world's largest covered bazaar with over 60 streets of shops. Evening optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Tue: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Troy - Assos.  Morning departure on the European side of Turkey for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair. Than cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale to visit Troy on the Asian side with its legendary famous wooden horse. Continue to Assos for overnight. B.D.

Day 4 Wed: Assos - Pergamum - Kusadasi. Depart for Pergamum in the morning an important ancient Greek city. Today we will enjoy a typical Turkish lunch in a traditional local village with locals. In the afternoon we continue to Pergamon and visit the ancient Medical Center, Asclepion which is the oldest known hospital in the world. Continue to Kusadasi . Overnight in Kusadasi.   B.L. D.

Day 5  Thu: - Ephesus - Kusadasi  - Pamukkale. Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus, the best preserved ancient Greek-Roma city in the world with its marble side walks, temples and theatres and the famous Library of Celsius. We drive up the hill to nearby St. Mary’s Cottage, a modest stone hut where the mother of Jesus spent the last years of her life in isolation. We will also visit a local rug making place where you will get a short demonstration on the secrets of  producing the renowned Turkish rugs. In the afternoon we will drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, admire the Cotton Fortress, with its frozen cascading springs formed by hot mineral springs. Overnight at the thermal spring town of Pamukkale. At your hotel   you will have the chance to swim in the warm and curative mineral pools. B.D.

Day 6 Friday: - Pamukkale - Bodrum -  After breakfast at your Pamukkale hotel drive to nearby Hierapolis an ancient Roman health spa, then continue to Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, birthplace of Herodotus, the "father of history". Visit the Castle of St Peter stronghold of the Knights of St John and the nearby underwater Museum which was awarded the best underwater museum title in 2000. Bodrum was the home in ancient times of  the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Overnight in Bodrum. B.  

Day 7 Sat: Bodrum - Marmaris - Late morning departure to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World : the foundations of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Unfortunately the beautiful statues and decorations are no longer visible here, they are on display at the British Museum. Drive to Marmaris and the rest of the day is at leisure at this popular seaside resort. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris. B.D.

Day 8 Sunday Marmaris – Rhodes | Day at leisure at this lovely town of Marmaris or embark on an optional day tour to the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris. B D

Day 9 Mon. : Marmaris - Dalyan - Kalkan - Morning departure for Dalyan. After arrival take a river boat to the famous mud baths with sulphur hot springs. View the Ancient Kings Tombs of Caunos City carved high up in the steep hillside and inaccessible by humans.  Have a relaxing swimming break at Iztuzu Beach a natural shelter and breeding ground for sea turtles and blue crabs. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lovely seaside town of Kalkan.  B.D. 

Day 10 Tue: Kalkan - Myra - Antalya - Morning depart to Antalya. We stop to visit the famous Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)'s the bishop of  Demre and marvel the ancient Lycian tomb carvings on the steep rocks . Continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight . B.D.

Day 11 Wed. Perge - Aspendos - Antalya - Full day tour to Perge an ancient Roman city and to the famous Roman theatre in Aspendos considered the best preserved antique theatre in the world.  Afternoon is free for relaxing or pursuing other private activities. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Antalya. B.D.

Day 12. Thurs. Antalya  - Konya - Cappadocia  Depart in the morning for Cappadocai, en route visit the famous Mevlana mausoleum of the Sufi mystic philosopher. The mausoleum was also the  the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, known as the order of the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Konya.  B.D.

Day 13. Fri. Konya -Cappadocia. Departure to Cappadocia, the land of volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with On the way visit a 13th century caravanserai and the underground city of Saratli built by early Christians as a hiding place from intruders. It is a whole complex of  secret corridors, walkways, galleries and house with kitchens, storage and defensive systems.  Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Optional Whirling Dervishes performance. B.D.

Day 14. Sat. Cappadocia. Early morning optional hot balloon drive over the exotic landscape of Cappadocia, hillsides dotted by beehive dwellings, pink valleys and mushroom like rock formations. After breakfast e visit the pink valley of Goreme with its many byzantine rock churches, and monastery dwellings. Continue on to Pasabagi, the Red Valley  and Avanos pottery village.  Dinner at a special restaurant. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D

Day 15 Sun. Cappadocia - Ankara - Safranbolu - early morning departure to Ankara where we visit the Ataturk  Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding a rich collection of Hittite and other artifacts from Anatolia, some dating back to to the Bronze Age and are over 7000 years old. Continue to the Ottoman town of Safranbolu (Saffron city), a UNESCO heritage site for dinner and overnight. B.D.

Day 16 Tue: Safranbolu - Istanbul - Morning visit the old part of Safranbolu then continue to Istanbul. In the afternoon join an ptional half day tour to the St Sophia, symbol of ancient Byzantium and a Bosporus cruise sailing through the straight that divides two continents. On both sides you can enjoy views of typical villages, seaside resorts, cafes and gardens. Your optional excursion ends at the Spice market for those interested in last minute shopping. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner in Istanbul.

Day 17 Wed: Istanbul - Transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

2016 PRICES  Per Person IN US$ 

Departure dates 2016

P/P in DBL

Single Supplement P/P in TRPL

Apr 03, 17, May 01, 15, 29
Oct 02, 16, 30 2016

2,195  789  2,145
Jun 12, 26, Jul 10,24,Aug 07, 21, Sep 04, 18 2016 2,295  842 2,245

Pre and post tour accommodation rates in Istanbul:
US$ 108 per person based on double
US$ 183 per person based on single
US$ 87 per person based on triple

Children (ages 5-11 sharing with two adult) : 25% reduction

Price includes:

  • First Class hotel accommodation (Special Category - Historical and Boutique Hotels)
  • Small groups maximum 22 people
  • Meals as indicated on itineraries (B,L,D) lunch with locals and special meals
  • English speaking guides throughout the land tours 
  • Entrance fees and guided visits to Topkapi Place, Grand Bazaar, Ancaz Cove, Troy, Ephesus, Virgin Mary's house, Pamukklae, Bodrum's castle, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Mevlana Mausoleum, Caunos, Xantos, Patara, the original Church of St Nicholas in Demer, Aspensons, Saratli underground city, Goreme UNESCO site. Museum of Ancient Civilizations in Ankara, Safranbolu.
  • Private air-conditioned transportation, luggage handling
  • Arrival and departure transfers on first and last day of the tour.
  • Local taxes and service charges

Price excludes:

  • Personal expenses, optional tours, customary tips to guide and drivers

Hotels used on the tour :
Istanbul: Innova (SPC)
Canaccale: Nazlihan Boutique hotel (SPC)
Kusadasi:  Carina (SPC)
Pamukkale: Colossae (SFC)
Bodrum : Doria Hotel (SFC+)
Marmaris: Fantasia (SFC+)
Kalkan : Patara Prince (SPC)
Antalya: Puding Marina (SPC)
Konya Hilton Garden Inn (SFC)
Cappadocia: Dilek Kaya (SPC)
Safranbolu: Cincihan (SPC)

   

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