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Independent Touring from Istanbul for 14 days  Daily Departures
2015

Istanbul - Izmir, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Sirince, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia
with locally guided tours

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The best tour in Turkey if you are looking for a flexible and independent tour with the security of private guides and first class services. Stay in authentic boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia., dip into the spa waters of Pamukkale, visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus, Perge, Aspendos and marvel the beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya before flying to Cappadocia famous for its underground cities carved in soft tufa rock. You could conveniently start the tour on any day. There are no long bus rides but domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortably and relaxed.
You will be with a tour guide on all the tours listed and picked up at your hotel. All transfers between airport / bus station and hotels are provided by private cars. In between cities either flights or local deluxe scheduled bus transportation will be used. 


TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 - Istanbul 
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul!! 

Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
Breakfast, then departure at 08:30 for the Istanbul city tour to visit  TOPKAPI Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break and then we head to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. The rest of the evening is yous to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir & Kusadasi
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 4 - Kusadasi & Ephesus Tour
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
A fully Guided Ephesus Tour starts at 08:30, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.

Day 5 - Kusadasi & Half day trip to the Ghost Village of Sirince
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast at 09:00am depart for a Village Tour. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Original with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance  of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, houses, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated (sic) back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. There are remains of 42 Churches and Monasteries in and around the village. Sirince is one of the Government Protected Areas,. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.

Day 6 - Kusadasi & Pamukkale Tour
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
08:30 we depart on our tour of Pamukkale travertine's and the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Lunch, Pamukkale, and The Travertine's of Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 7 - Pamukkale to Antalya
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast depart to Antalya (5 hour drive). Antalya in ancient times it governed all Pamphylia,  "the land of all tribes". Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the Pergamon King Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 BC. It is known that it was visited by St. Paul on his way to Perge in 46 A.D., and that it was also an important trading centre in the 2nd century A.D. Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 A.D. was commemorated with new monuments. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 8 - Antalya & Perge Aspendos Tour
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast at 08:30 am depart to Antalya (30 minutes drive).
PERGE : According to the geographer Strabon, Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign of Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After the tour, departure for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won) During the reign of he Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is considered the best preserved Roman theatre of the world. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Dinner at your Hotel. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 9 - Antalya & Cappadocia
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast, we depart for Antalya Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 10 - Cappadocia Tour
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast at 09:00 am we shall start our Cappadocia tour including Goreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, and Pasabag Valley. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in to get acquainted to the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery making. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled by local venders. Overnight in Cappadocia. Before the tour there is an option to go hot air ballooning:
The Hot Air Balloon descends at sunrise and the ride lasts for approximately 45 minutes during which we will float through valleys above fairy chimneys and caves. The balloon will rise approximately 1000 feet to  experience the extraordinary views Cappadocia has to offer. On landing, champagne will be served to toast arrival. It is a fantastic journey made by the eccentric landscapes and the rising sun.

Day 11 - Cappadocia Tour
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast at 09:00 am we head to one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. The second part of our Cappadocia Tour will include Uchisar Castle, Avcilar, and Pidgeon Valley. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 12 - Cappadocia to Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast you will have free time for shopping in Cappadocia. In the evening we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 13 - Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast at 08:30am we depart for a Bosphorus Cruise by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, with its 300 meters marble facade facing the waters. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect the Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. BEYLERBEYI  Palace was the summer residence of Ottoman sultans kept its original furniture, magnificent gardens and the Harem Through the BOSPHORUS BRIDGE you'll have the chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) Visit CAMLICA hill at the highest point in Istanbul where you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style. SHOPPING POSSIBILITY at the BEDESTEN Exhibition where silk weaving girls demonstrate their traditional skills. Free time for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 14 - Istanbul
After breakfast check out from the hotel, transfer to the hotel.


14 DAYS Turkey Independent Tour includes: 
•Airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
•Domestic flights from Istanbul to Izmir
•Domestic flights from Antalya to Cappadocia
•Domestic flights from Cappadocia to Istanbul
•13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
•4 nights hotel in Istanbul
•3 nights hotel in Kusadasi
•1 night hotel in Pamukkale
•2 nights hotel in Antalya
•3 nights hotel in Cappadocia
•1 Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
•1 fully guided Istanbul City tour
•1 fully guided Ephesus tour
•1 fully guided Turkish village tour
•1 fully guided Pamukkale tour
•1 fully guided Antalya tour
•2 fully guided Cappadocia tour
•All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
•Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach - local bus transportation
•Professional English-speaking tour guides

 

Price in US Dollars per person 

Prices  Period of 1 Jan -4 March 2015 
Hotel Category Per person based on double Per person in single
3Star hotels 1530 1730
4Star hotels 1682 1996
5Star hotels 2125 2821
  Period 5 March - 5 Nov 2015
3 Star hotels 1786 2065
4 Star hotels 2008 2448
5 Star hotels 2592 3500

 

Hotels Used on the Tour

DESTINATION

5 Star Hotels

4 star Hotels

3 Star Hotels

ISTANBUL

The Central Palace Princess Old City or similar Hamidiye Hotel or similar
KUSADASI Charisma De Luxe or similar Derici Hotel or Similar Albora Hotel or similar
PAMUKKALE Polat Thermal Hotel or similar Richmond Thermal or Similar Kocak Hotel or similar
ANTALYA Dedeman Hotel or similar Nazar Beach Hotel Hotel Royal City or similar
CAPPADOCIA Gamirasu Cave Hotel or similar  Spelunca Cave Hotel or similar Cappadocia Palace or similar

History of Anatolia

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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