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Ancient Turkey Discovery

Private tour
12 days
6 cities
3nights

Istanbul, Turkey

Being mostly Muslim, mysterious Istanbul attracts tourists with numerous landmarks lying on its European side. The most famous attraction is the Galata Tower that rises dramatically above the same-name neighborhood, founded by Genoese colonists. Plenty of mosques, such as Sultan Ahmet Camii, Hagia Sofia (now known as a museum) and others represent the Islamic heritage of the city. Along with this, no Istanbul tour can be complete without visiting its markets (bazaars) and plunging deep into the fabulous world of colors, flavors, and smells. ...
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to Istanbul, the city which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. It is a city of mosques, tulips and bazars, a city with amazingly rich history, and now you have a great opportunity to discover your own Istanbul!

    Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own.

    Day 2: Discovering the Old Istanbul
    In the morning after breakfast, meet your private guide and driver to embark on a half day tour of Istanbul and discover its most iconic sights. 

    You start the day with a visit to the St. Sophia, one of the finest architectural works in the world. It has been nominated as the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, the Hagia Sofia, which means Church of Holy Wisdom of God, is an important surviving example of Byzantine architecture. 

    Then you proceed to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. It is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. 

    Next on your itinerary for today is the Hippodrome, the former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you’ll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Wilhelm II. 

    As a culmination of the tour you visit the famous Grand Bazaar, experience its bustle and meet its unique characters. As a special treat, at the Grand Bazaar you learn to play the ancient game of Backgammon with the locals. 

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the afternoon at leisure.

    Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise, Topkapi Palace & the Flavours of Istanbul
    In the morning after breakfast, meet your private guide and driver and embark on a full day tour to explore the enchanting sights Istanbul has to offer. 

    You start the tour today with a Bosphorus Cruise, an unforgettable experience providing a great opportunity to admire the beautiful city from water, a strait separating Europe from Asia. 

    After the cruise, you visit the Spice Market, where you meet the spice experts that tell you all the secrets and specialties of spices. Here you also smell the various spices, learn how to distinguish them and use them with different meals. 

    You continue your exploration of Turkish specialties with a visit to the Haci Bekir shop, one of the remnants of the Ottoman times. This special little shop was opened in 1777 by a confectioner Haci Bekir Effendi and has sold Turkish delights for more than two centuries. Now the fifth generation in the family business run this shop, which is the country's oldest company and one of 100 oldest companies in the world! 

    Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi was the first company to sell roasted and ground coffee to the public and today, Turkish Coffee is synonymous with Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi both in Turkey and around the world. Today you get to experience this special coffee during the tour! 

    As a culmination of the tour you visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, its Harem and Treasury. In 1465, Sultan Mehmet, The Conqueror of Istanbul, ordered the construction of the first palace; his successors added new pavilions, thus spreading the palace to a total area of 70,000 sqm (7 hectares). The Ottoman Sultans lived in and reined the empire from this palace until the 19th century. 

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 4: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out, meet your private driver and depart from Istanbul.

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    Yasmak Sultan Hotel
    4-star hotel
    TR, Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:12, İstanbul, 34110
    Yasmak Sultan Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Enjoy a comfortable stay at the 4-star Yasmak Sultan Hotel while Istanbul sightseeing. The hotel is situated within a walking distance from numerous points of interest in the city, such as the Suleymaniye Mosque and Hagia Sophia. There is a restaurant and a bar on the site, as well as a spa and wellness center for your leisurely time.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Premium Half Day Istanbul City Tour
    • Bosphorus Cruise & Topkapi Palace Full Day Premium Tour
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer
    • Departure Private Transfer
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Connection | Istanbul - Canakkale
Private Transfer Sedan

This day tour starts with a meeting with your professional English-Speaking guide-driver. On the way to Canakkale, where you spend the next night, you visit important sites of ANZAC memorials and the battlefields of Gallipoli. Upon arrival in Gallipoli, you have lunch after a long trip from Istanbul and then start exploring the area: you enter the Kabatepe War Museum, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ari Burnu, Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial), Johnston´s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches), View Shrapnel Valley, Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Walker´s Ridge, Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial).
After the tour, you head further and by the evening reach Canakkale city.

Istanbul, Turkey
9 h
Canakkale, Turkey
1night

Canakkale, Turkey

Çanakkale is located in the northwestern part of Turkey and represents a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields - one of the most important and appalling actions in Turkish and British history. But Çanakkale worth to visit also because of other reasons. Our days this is a lively, bright and never-sleeping town full of the young generation, ready to explore and keen on discovering. Southwest of the city is something that attracts more than 600.000 travelers in a year - the archaeological site at Troy, including an ancient theater. Troy, that is overlooking the Turkish Aegean coastal plain, is one of the most famous archeological and ancient landmarks in the world, with its 4,000 years of history. Take a chance to see this beauty and visit Çanakkale. ...
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    Day 4: Arrival
    Upon arrival in Canakkale, you are taken to your centrally located hotel for overnight. 

    Day 5: Tour of the Troy Archeological Site & Departure from Canakkale
    Meet your private guide for a half-day tour of one of the most famous archeological sites, tightly connected with love - Troy Ancient City.

    While learning about Paris and Elena, you explore the site and its various remnants like the Sacrificial Altars, 3700-year-old city walls, Houses of Troy I (3000 BC-2500 BC), The Bouleuterion (Senate Building), The Odeon (Concert Hall) and other public buildings, as well as the model of Trojan Horse, which stands as a symbol of the Trojan War, used at the time.

    After the tour you continue your driving to your next destination.

     

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    Hotel Des Etrangers
    3-star hotel
    , Kemal Pasa Mah Yali Caddesi No: 25/27, Canakkale, 17100
    Hotel Des Etrangers
    Deluxe Double Room Breakfast Included
    Hotel Des Etrangers is situated in a one-of-a-kind historic building, having remarkable elements of Ottoman and Greek styles. This centrally located hotel provides comfortable rooms with wooden floors and all the facilities needed for your comfortable stay: flat-screen TV, private bathrooms and breakfast services each morning. ... show more
    2 days / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    • Half-Day Tour of the Troy Archeological Site
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Connection | Canakkale - Izmir
Private Transfer Sedan

Meet your local guide in the morning for a full-day tour around the historical landmarks of the region until you arrive in Izmir.
The first stop on the way is Asos, where the first philosophy school was established by famous philosopher Aristotle. then you proceed to Behram to step by the ruined Temple of Athena nad imagine it in its previous glory.
Further, your local guide takes you to Bergama, or ancient Pergamon city, which used to be rich and powerful ancient Greek city and capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon. There you explore necropolis, temples and Roman theaters.
In the evening you arrive in Izmir.

Canakkale, Turkey
9 h
Izmir, Turkey
2nights

Izmir, Turkey

One of the three largest Turkish metropolises, Izmir, belongs to the 7 cities that claim to be Homer's birthplace. Even the most curious and sophisticated will get excited seeing the ancient ruins and numerous relics exhibited in the Izmir Archeology Museum. The latter is found at the Konak Square where you may also see the Izmir Clock Tower, a major local highlight. Decorated in the peculiar Ottoman style, the tower is supposed to be Izmir oldest landmark and main symbol....
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    Day 5: Arrival
    Welcome to Izmir, located on Turkey’s Aegean coast! This city was founded by the Greeks, taken over by the Romans and rebuilt by Alexander the Great before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. 

    Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. After check-in, the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy the city on your own.

    Day 6: Ephesus Full Day Tour
    In the morning after breakfast, you meet your private guide and driver for a full day tour of Ephesus, located just 1 hour away. 

    Ephesus, a UNESCO site and one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world, is a must for those who are interested in archaeology and culture. Ephesus, once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia, is one of the top highlights of Turkey. Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World" has once been located here as well. Together with your guide you enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 25,000 spectators, which was the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival. 

    You stop for a traditional Turkish open-air lunch just outside of Ephesus (lunch is not included) before continuing the tour. After a break for lunch, you proceed to the Archeological Museum, where you are escorted through the nine exhibits tracing the religious and chronological history of the ancient city. Filled with attractively displayed mosaics, statuary, and other artefacts, the museum exhibits several marble statues of the Mother Goddess Artemis. The Open Air Museum and the Archeology Museum combined give you a very fulfilling idea of the city of Ephesus and its importance in the ancient times. 

    Today you also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Although this sights has never been officially recognised by the Catholic Church as the home of Mary, a lot of gestures made by the popes authenticated its history in the eyes of the faithful and House of the Virgin Mary became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. 

    Another sight on your list for today is the ruins of St. John’s Basilica. It is believed that the evangelist St. John spent his last years in this region and was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of St. John, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church of St John was changed into a marvellous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian. 

    Please note: The site requires stair climbing at the entrance and walking over uneven ground, stones and gravel walkways. The site has some fallen ruins and some light climbing will be required. 

    After the tour you are transferred to your hotel in Izmir and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 7: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out, meet your private driver and depart from Izmir.

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    Renaissance Izmir Hotel
    5-star hotel
    TR
    Renaissance Izmir Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Ephesus Full Day Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer
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Connection | Izmir - Pamukkale
Private Transfer Sedan
Izmir, Turkey
4 h
Pamukkale, Turkey
2nights

Pamukkale, Turkey

Incredible Pamukkale beckons visitors from all over the world with its fantastic views as no other place on the planet may boast such landscapes. Day after day people come to the Pamukkale geothermal sources to improve their health and delight their eyes with the so-called "Cotton Fortress". The UNESCO-listed ancient water terraces with cascading sky-blue mineral waters were established as baths for royalty. The plateau over the river is covered with smooth snow-white travertine, making the area a unique natural phenomenon. ...
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    Day 7: Arrival
    Today you arrive in Pamukkale and have a transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

    Day 8: Pamukkale Thermal Springs & Hierapolis Ruins Tour 
    After breakfast you meet your local guide and start exploring the amazing region of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.

    The first stop for today is at the famous white stepped cliffs of Pamukkale, where you have a chance to walk in the warm waters while learning more from your guide. After enjoying the relaxing waters of Pamukkale, you head to visit the ancient ruins and other unique sights located nearby.

    The theatre of Hierapolis is one of the best-preserved entertainment destinations that dates back to the second century, the audience section could hold up to 10,000 and be used to show everything from music, religious ceremonies and even performing live shows. While the theatre isn’t used to put on live entertainment anymore, the seating all around can be explored and used by visitors. Don't hesitate to take as many pictures as you like!

    Next stop for today's itinerary is a historical landmark of Agora, which used to be an ancient market where traders would have come to do shopping or to exchange their goods with other people who traveled.

    Another destination of this tour is the Karahayit Red Springs. Unusual spring waters are found only five kilometers from the Pamukkale and are believed to have a healing effect. The water comes from hot spring that flows out at 56 degrees and is rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphur.

    After your day of exploring ruins and relaxing in legendary healing waters, you will be taken back to your hotel.

    Day 9: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and depart from Pamukkale.

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    Doga Thermal Health & SPA
    5-star hotel
    , Karhayt Mah., 147 Seyir Sokak 9/1, Pamukkale/Denizli, 20020
    Doga Thermal Health & SPA
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    This luxury 5-star hotel offers all the facilities for your comfortable stay. All guests have at their disposal: a spacious garden and two pools with free parasols and sun loungers. All rooms have flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom, an AC and a balcony. From the rooms you can enjoy a mountain view and a pool view. ... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour
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Connection | Pamukkale - Konya
Private Transfer Sedan
Pamukkale, Turkey
5 h
Konya, Turkey
2nights

Konya, Turkey

Konya is a famous attracting destination for Sufis, wishing to visit one of the most important religious treasures of the country - the tomb of the founder of the Mevlana order. The Mevlana Museum is one of the biggest pilgrimage centers in the country and the building itself counts as one of Turkey's most recognizable sights. Take a chance to spend time in Konya and discover this beautiful city....
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    Day 9: Arrival
    Welcome to the great cultural center of Turkey - Konya! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

    Day 10: Half Day City Tour & Whirling Dervishes Show
    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start exploring Konya city. You begin with a visit to Mevlana Museum, which holds a great collection of Mevlevi musical instruments, calligraphy specimens, and various fabrics and carpets and located in mausoleum dating from 1247. 

    Then you proceed to Karatay Tile museum and Alaaddin Mosque and Palace, the oldest historical building in Anatolia from Seljuk period. 
    This touring day finishes at a local bustling Bazaar, where you stroll through the spices and carpets, teas and fruits, local delicacies and authentic city spirit. 

    As the final touch to delve into the cultural heritage of the region, you visit Whirling Dervishes Show at Mevlana Cultural Center of Konya. This show is the perfect way to understand the story of Sufism, Sufis and the ritual of the Mevlevi.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.


    Day 11: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Konya.

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    Hich Hotel
    4-star hotel
    , Aziziye Mh. Celal Sk. No:6 Karatay, Konya
    Hich Hotel
    King Room with Panoramic View Breakfast Included
    One of the biggest advantages of the Hich Hotel is its location - right in the heart of the city with a walking distance to impressive Mevlana Museum. The property offers accommodation in the 200-year-old building with tastefully decorated in eclectic style rooms, comfortable furniture and all the facilities for making you feel at home: a LED TV, an iPad docking station, free Wi-Fi, an electric kettle with free tea and coffee set up.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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Connection | Konya - Istanbul
Business Class Seat
Konya, Turkey
5 h 18 min
Istanbul, Turkey
1night

Istanbul, Turkey

Being mostly Muslim, mysterious Istanbul attracts tourists with numerous landmarks lying on its European side. The most famous attraction is the Galata Tower that rises dramatically above the same-name neighborhood, founded by Genoese colonists. Plenty of mosques, such as Sultan Ahmet Camii, Hagia Sofia (now known as a museum) and others represent the Islamic heritage of the city. Along with this, no Istanbul tour can be complete without visiting its markets (bazaars) and plunging deep into the fabulous world of colors, flavors, and smells. ...
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    Day 11: Arrival
    Welcome to Istanbul, the city which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. It is a city of mosques, tulips and bazars, a city with amazingly rich history, and now you have a great opportunity to discover your own Istanbul!

    Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own.

    Day 12: Departure

    Today is your last day in Turkey! Following breakfast your private driver transfers you to the airport. We wish you a safe flight and hope to see you again! 

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  • Included in your trip
    Yasmak Sultan Hotel
    4-star hotel
    TR, Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:12, İstanbul, 34110
    Yasmak Sultan Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Enjoy a comfortable stay at the 4-star Yasmak Sultan Hotel while Istanbul sightseeing. The hotel is situated within a walking distance from numerous points of interest in the city, such as the Suleymaniye Mosque and Hagia Sophia. There is a restaurant and a bar on the site, as well as a spa and wellness center for your leisurely time.... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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