Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 10 Days – 9 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Bursa
Day 1 – Arrıvel Istanbul Aırport
Meet and Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
Depart at 08:30 for the Istanbul city tour. 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. TURKISH & ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
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.
overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 –Bosphorus Cruise (Half Day Afternoon) at 13:15pm wıthout Lunch
We cruise the Bosphorus and from the deck of our cruise boat take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, which is lined with historic villages , grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisari and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans.
Day 4:Gallipoli Tour
06:30am departing for Gallipoli . Visiting Kabatepe Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand memorial. During the tour there will be a lunch break. Late in the afternoon we will arrive in Canakkale.
Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 5 – Half Day Troy Tour –
Visit naval battle area then ferry across the Dardanelles to Canakkale, After Lunch we depart for the ancient city of Troy . Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan horse and Helen of Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archaeological diggings from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870’s to the present day and on going. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to 3500 B.C. A
NOON BUS TO KUSADASI VIA IZMIR AS CONNECTED BUS
Day 6 Ephesus Tour at 08:45am
Today, we are going to visit Ephesus to view the ruins of Ephesus, 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 the Temple of Artemis, 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.
According to many historians and theologians, the divine death of the Virgin Mary took place in Ephesus in the presence of St. John into whose care Christ’s mother was given (St.John, XX, 26-27). After the Ephesus Tours, we will make a shopping tour in which you can discover the ancient arts and crafts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery-making.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 – Pamukkale TourAt 08:15am
we depart for Pamukkale . On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then arrive at Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs.
Evenıng Flıght to Istanbul
Day 8 – Bursa Tour at 08:30am
After breakfast drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital and for lunch you can taste the famous “Kebab of Alexander the Great”. Climb to Uladag , the legendary Mount Olympos, by Teleferik (Cable Car), visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar.
Return To ıstanbul at 23:00pm
Day 9 – Half Day Afdternoon Dolmahce Palace tour wıthout Lunch
Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier.
Day 10 – Istanbul
After breakfast check out from the hotel and we will drive you to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Yuki Tour holiday.
What is included
Internal Flıght tıcket from Pamukkale to Istanbul
Hotels wıth Breakfast
English speaking professional guide ın each regıon
. All transportation
. All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia: 225 Euros per adult cash payment (no child reduction)
Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 40 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.