Circle Tour of Turkey with Ankara and the Turkish Coast

2018

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 Feb 28, 2018 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 Thu:  Istanbul.
Arrival at Istanbul airport on your own, transfer to the hotel. Evening welcome briefing. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 Fri: 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. View the magnificiant Hagia Sofia Chruch the largest Byzantine church ever built and the largest building in the world for centiuries. 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 Sat: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale.  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 for overnight.  B.D.

Day 4 Sun: Troy - Pergamum - Izmir.
Visit Troy on the Asian side with its legendary famous wooden horse. Guided tour around the ruins of the famed city from the Ilyad. Depart for Pergamum, 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 Izmir, the largest city on Turkey's Aegean Coast. Overnight in Izmir.   B.L. D.

Day 5  Mon: - Ephesus - Izmir. 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. Retuen for Izmir. Tonight is free for own activities or join us for an optional dinner at a local restaurant.  B.

Day 6 Tue: - Izmir - Pamukkale
 
Today we drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, famouse for its Cotton Fortress, with its frozen cascading springs formed by hot mineral springs. Visit Hierapolis the ancinet Roman spa town.  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 7 Wed: Pamukkala - Bodrum
After breakfast drive to Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, birthplace of Herodotus, the "father of history". Free time on your own. You can 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. For dinner you have several options around the harbour dotted with many cafes, taverns and restaurants. Overnight in Bodrum. B.  

Day 8 Thu: Bodrum - Fethiye - 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 Fethiye located near Olu Deniz (Dead sea) one of the most popular seaside resorts on the coast. Dinner and overnight in Fethiye. B.D.

Day 9 Fri : Fethiye - Myra - Antalya -
Morning depart to Antalya. We stop to visit the famous Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)'s the former bishop of Demre in Byzantine times and will marvel the ancient Lycian tomb carvings on the steep rocks . Continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight . B.D.

Day 10 Sat: Perge - Aspendos - Antalya 
Excursion 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 11. 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. Continue to Cappadocia and visit one of the famouse underground cities , Saratli used by local Christans during enemy invasions.  It is a whole complex of  secret corridors, walkways, galleries and house with kitchens, storage and defensive systems. Dinner and overnight in Cappdocia.  B.D.

Day 12. Fri. Cappadocia.
Early morning optional hot baloon ride over the exotic landscapes of Cappadocia: hillsides dotted by beehive dwellings, pink valleys and mushroom like rock formations for those not afraid of heights. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast 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. Optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D.

Day 13 Sat: Cappadocia - Ankara
Morning departure to Ankara, Turkey's capital city where we visit the famouse Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a former 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. Dinner and overnight. in Ankara. B.D.

Day 14 Sun: Ankara - Istanbul
Morning departure to Istanbul. In the afternoon join an optional 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 15 Mon: Istanbul - Transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

2018 PRICES  Per Person IN US$ 

Departure dates in 2018

P/P in DBL

Single Supplement P/P in TRPL
Apr 19, May 3, 17, 31,
June 14, 28
Aug 23,
Sep 6, 20,
Oct 4, 18, 2018
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Children (ages 5-11 sharing with two adult) : 25% reduction

Price includes:

  • First Class hotel accommodation (Special Category - Historical and Boutique Hotels)
  • 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, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Mevlana Mausoleum, the original Church of St Nicholas in Demer, Aspensons, Saratli underground city, Goreme UNESCO site. Museum of Ancient Civilizations in Ankara.
  • 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: W Hotel Bosphorus (SPC)
Canaccale: Kolin hotel (SPC)
Izmir: Swissotel (SPC)
Pamukkale: Doga Thermal (SFC)
Bodrum : Doria Hotel (SFC+)
Fethiye: ECE Boutique (SFC+)
Kalkan : Patara Prince (SPC)
Antalya: Puding Marina (SPC)
Cappadocia: Gamirasu Cave hotel (SPC)
Istanbul: W hotel Bosphorus (SPC)

   

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