TURKEY (ISTANBUL-CAPPADOCIA-ANTALYA)

Code: #SHAN9
Category:

Description

image_pdfimage_print

Your Itinerary

1

Day 1 : Welcome to Turkey

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the old city, Sultanhmet and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace. Most short-stay visitors spend all their time in Sultanahmet, home to Istanbul’s main sightseeing attractions. The monumental architecture, attractive parks and gardens, street-side cafés, and the benefits of a relatively traffic-free main road combine to make this area pleasant for both sightseeing and staying. Overnight Istanbul. D

2

Day 2: Best of Istanbul

08:30 Visit natural harbour and former commerical center of the city Golden Horn, cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill named after the famous French novelist and traveler. Traditional and unforgettable boat cruise along the Bosphorus River, flows right through the heart of Istanbul, bridging the gap between Europe and Asia. It’s a quintessential experience as you seek out major landmarks, scenic viewpoints each having their own character, and cultural hubs. This cruise takes you on a journey to Istanbul’s lesser-known Asian Continent too, for a short orientation walk in the local/fish market. Make a link with Marmaray, world’s first underwater tunnel that connects two continents. It was inaugurated and opened after four years of construction delays that were largely due to the discovery of ruins dating from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. In theory, it brings closer the day when it will be possible to travel from London to Beijing via Istanbul by train! Visit Spice Bazaar (stock up on bargain saff ron, spices, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and Turkish delight here!).

After lunch, your first stop is the Hippodromme Square sporting and social centre Byzantine Empire for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400. Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue tiles, boasting magnificent curves and six towering minarets sees countless worshipers pass through its main doors every day. Visiting the Basilica Cistern an ancient underground water tank replete with carved and fluted Corinthian columns and a puzzling head of Medusa. Visitors walk on walkways suspended above the clear, now shallow water. It’s very cool and peaceful. Before tour’s end, discover Hagia Sofia Museum, built by Emperor Justinian. Once a church, then a mosque, today it is a museum. B,L

This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. On arrival you will be
met and transferred to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is an extraordinary national treasure and is
perhaps even the jewel in Turkey’s illustrious crown. Turkey’s most visually striking region,
where erosion has formed caves, clefts, pinnacles, fairy chimneys and sensuous folds in the soft
volcanic rock. Overnight Cappadocia. (B, L)

Route Distance DistanceFlight time
Istanbul-Kayseri (Miles) (Kms) (NON-stop)
473                                         773                    1 hour

Route Distance Distance Drive time
Kayseri-Cappadocia (Miles) (Kms) (NON-stop)
41                                                 67                        1 hour

 

3

Day 3Comprenhensive Cappodocia; After breakfast09:30 Start the tour by visiting Esentepe, a hillside with spectacular views over the Goreme Valley. Here, take photos of the magnificent, lava-formed landscapes as a taster of what’s to come, and then set off with your guide to explore properly. Visiting Devrent Valley, where mushroom-shaped pinnacles cover the hillsides. Drive to the pottery town of Avanos where the longest river Kizilirmak (Red River) in Turkey passes through. Have the chance to view the pottery making demonstration and even try your hand at making your own unique pot. Then Monk’s Valley of Pasabag where fairy chimneys are widely regarded as the best in the region. Over night Cappadocia B,L,D

Optional Hot Air Ballooning – 05:00 Start the day with a balloon ride over the moonscapes of Cappadocia. Discover the stunning landscape of the region from a hot-air balloon! Admire Cappadocia’s beautiful scenery of tall, volcanic rock spires and high plateaus from the air on a 1-hour flight.

Toast to your unforgettable experience with a glass of Champagne during the post-flight celebration and receive a souvenir medal. Your Cappadocia hot-air balloon flight includes a complimentary pre-flight buffet breakfast and convenient round-trip hotel transportation.

4

Day 4: Cappadocia-Antalya

This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Antalya. You will meet upon arrival and transferred to your hotel located in the sea side town of Belek or Side, approx. 1 hour drive east along the Mediterranean coast from Antalya. Overnight Antalya. (B, L)

5

Day 5 Kaleici, Observation Deck, Duden Waterfall

Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as “Heaven on Earth,” Antalya is an international resort city that has become a prime destination in Turkey. Long popular among yachters, the city also offers the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast, fantastic beaches, and world-class shopping, in addition to historic ruins in the surrounding region. Enjoy a full-day at leisure with your own driver or follow our suggested itinerary below if you are not sure where to go or what to do. The choice is yours. Kaleici is the picturesque old quarter in the center of present day Antalya. With its narrow winding streets and historic wooden houses, bars, restaurants and Ottoman-style boutique hotels, it’s a lovely place to wander around. Imposing Hadrian’s Gate is a glorious example of Roman architecture and was constructed in 130 AD to commemorate Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Kaleici.
Get the best view in all of Antalya City from the Observation Deck admire the capital of Turkish Mediterranean and popular landmarks, such as Konyaalti Beach, dramatic backdrop of the Beydaglari Mountains and more. Before tour’s end, we’ll enjoy a 1-hour boat trip from the old harbor to the spectacular Duden Waterfalls National Park. The Duden river extends from the Taurus mountains all the way to the Mediterranean and creates two cascades know as the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls. The Upper Duden waterfall is 15m (49ft) high and 20m (65ft) wide and set in a pretty valley. A natural cave has formed behind the falls and it is possible to sit here and watch the cascades. There are restaurants, boardwalks and picnic tables in the gardens immediately surrounding the falls to help you make the most of this scenic spot. Overnight Antalya. (B,L, D)

6

Day 6: White calcium formations of Pamukkale

08:00 Driving north, we arrive at Pamukkale – home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they are a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. Today, many of the pools are closed to tourists. However, areas of the travertines can be walked upon, albeit in bare feet. We can also opt to enjoy a unique and very pleasant dip in the warm waters at the Pamukkale Thermal, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns near the centre of the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, which was a was a cure centre founded around 190 BC by the Romans. The Romans were aware of the curative powers of mineral springs and created communal baths.Driving West ,we arrive Selçuk Ephesus – Marienkırche – St. John’s Basilica, Drive to “Ephesus” after breakfast. Visit to the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor. Ephesus is one of the most important Christian cities you can visit in Asia Minor. This is where the Third Ecumenical Council came together and was one of the richest cities in Overnight Kuşadası. (B, L, D)
Route Distance DistanceDrive time
(Miles)      (Kms)          (NON-stop)
Antalya-Pamukkale                          100            160                 2 hours
Pamukkale–Kuşadası                        190           304                 4 hours

7

Day 7: Istanbul

Early morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul for the opportunity to finish up your sightseeing or get in some last minute shopping. You will be transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the new city, Taksim – modern district of Istanbul, built during the 19 century.
The city’s most popular strolling, shopping and snacking street, now reserved for pedestrians, is lined with boutiques, cafes, consulates, restaurants, galleries, both traditional and modern malls, cinemas and banks, with residential apartments above. Day at leisure. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city. Perhaps check out the Grand Bazaar for exotic souvenirs or visit Topkapi Palace Museum, the royal residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. The royal quarters where the sultan, his family and, yes, many concubines lived are there, but be sure not to miss the Chamber of Holy Relics, which has King David’s sword, a fragment of Moses’ staff, and John the Baptist’s arm and a section of his skull. Relics of Mohammed are also on display. The Topkapi Palace provides a headset recorded tour for every entrant to the Palace Museum and it is absolutely not necessary to have a guide. Maybe you would prefer to explore Romantic Princes’ Islands or ‘Adalar’ in Turkish is a group of 9 small islands, only an hour ferryride across the Sea of Marmara. Passing by iconic Kiz Kulesi (also known as Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower), which was featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough. Once an exile for Byzantine Princes, later became popular with families of Greek and Jewish heritage during Ottoman Empire times, a colourful and charming summer Resort where cars except government and municipality officials are banned on the islands, so your transport is either by phaeton (horse-drawn carriage) and foot today. Bring your bathing suit if you want to swim, or perhaps explore the island’s craft shops and waterfront cafés. Overnight Istanbul. (B)
Route Distance Distance Flight time
Antalya-Istanbul         (Miles)                (Kms)            (NON-stop)
448                        718              1 hour

8

Day 8: Istanbul

You are free to depart at any time today. After breakfast your tour draws to a close and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally noon, but luggage storage facilities are available. We are able to organise extra post-trip accommodation and day tours/activities if you wish to extend your stay. Happy travels! (B)

(B) (B – Breakfast, L –Lunch, D –Dinner)
Tour Package İncluding
– Inbound and outbound airport transfers
– Transfers between domestic airports and hotels
– Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking minivan
– Domestic flights as per itinerary
– Professional English-speaking local tour guides
– Guided sightseeing at Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus/Sirince and Pamukkale
– Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
– VIP entry to many sights
– Local taxes and service charges
– 24-hour emergency hotline
– 17 meals: 7 breakfast, 4 lunch, 6 dinner
– 7 nights Hotel Hb
– 2 nights in Antalya 1 night BB 2 Night HB 4* hotel
– 2 night in Cappadocia HBCave seasons Deluxe
– 2 nights in Istanbul BB Courtyard Marriott Hotel
– 1 night in Kuşadası HB hotel Tusan 5*

Tour Package Excludes:
– Entry visas where applicable
– Meals unless otherwise stated
– Passanger extra spending
– Transport to and from Turkey

IMPORTANT: Due to the intricate nature of tailor-made itineraries we do not check the
availability of accommodation when initially planning your trip, although we do avoid including properties that we know are full. Once you have confirmed your wish to proceed with the itinerary we have suggested, we then immidiately start to reserve your accommodation. If any hotels are not available then we will do our utmost to find you a suitable alternative.

Reviews (0)

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “TURKEY (ISTANBUL-CAPPADOCIA-ANTALYA)”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *