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Best of Turkey

Travel back in time on this 8-day tour to Turkey’s most charming corners that have been preserving the country’s rich history, customs and traditions. In addition to Istanbul, your journey will take you to astounding places such as Cappadocia, Rose Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, Roman City of Ephesus as well as quaint Pamukkale.

 

Tour Nights

  • Istanbul: 2 nights
  • Cappadocia: 2 nights
  • Kusadasi: 3 nights
  • Tour CodeTour code: AWTK04
  • Accommodation GradeAccommodation Grade
  • Private TourGroup Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Explore the popular and historical attractions in the Old City, including Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar
  • Enjoy a thrilling tour of Bosphorus to know more about the past and present of the place
  • Visit the quaint corners of Ephesus, including its stunning temples
  • Discover the popular historical attractions in Cappadocia including the Devrent Valley, Monk’s Valley, Göreme and the natural castles of Uçhisar
  • Marvel at the ancient architecture at the Rose Valley and during the Kaymakli Underground City Tour
  • Take a tour of the ancient town of Pamukkale and explore its natural hot water springs amongst other stunning attractions from the past 

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul
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    Upon arrival at Istanbul new Airport, meet with our English-speaking representative who will arrange for your transfer to a hotel by a private vehicle. Check in and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at a local hotel in Istanbul. 

  • Day 2 Full Day Old City Tour in Istanbul
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    After breakfast, you will meet your local guide in the hotel lobby. Today is reserved for the exploration of quaint quarters of Old City. Start by visiting the Topkapi Palace, the seat of government during the Ottoman Empire and a large museum now. Look for the ‘Spoonmaker’s Diamond’, the 7th largest diamond in the world in the treasury section and search for sacred leavings from Prophet Mohammad at the chamber of Holy Mantle. Visit Hippodrome next, one of the largest chariot race grounds in the Byzantine Empire. Your explora tion will then take you to Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century and named after blue Iznik tiles that adorn its interiors. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before you visit St. Sophia, built during the reign of Emperor Justinian in AD537.  The church remained one of the greatest churches in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II who ordered to convert it into a Mosque. Culminate your day by visiting the renowned Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops selling everything from handicrafts, carpets, rare jewels, antiques, home wares, books, copper ware, ceramics, gold and souvenirs. Have dinner at your own expense. Overnight stay at your local hotel.
    Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
    Note
    Entrance fee for Harem section will not be covered
    The lunch at the local restaurant will have set menu; drinks extra 
     
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  • Day 3 Half Day Bosphorus Tour
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    After breakfast, spend some leisurely time till it’s time for your Cable Car & Bosphorus Tour. Meet with your tour guide at the beginning of the tour and proceed towards City Walls and learn about the history of the place. Next, take the bus to Golden Horn area, a natural harbour crucial to the development of Istanbul. Your next stop will be at Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) where you will see heaps of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and other spices and herbs. Take a scenic boat trip on the Bosphorus next, followed by a visit to the Ru meli Fortress. Check out of your hotel and take a direct flight from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can spend the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel.
    Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner 
     
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  • Day 4 Highlights of Cappadocia Tour
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    After breakfast, meet with your local guide in the hotel lobby and usher on your full day regular tour of Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia. Start by visiting the Devrent Valley, popular for its many different rock formations. Don’t miss the small fairy chimneys in the valley that form a lunar landscape. Drive to Paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) next and check out some of the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Have lunch at a local restaurant in the city of Avanos (set menu, drinks extra). In the afternoon, make your way to Göreme and marvel at the ruins of rock-cut churches and ancient Christian settlements. Culminate your visit by visiting the natural castles of Uçhisar. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel.
    Note: You can also book an optional early morning hot air balloon tour to enjoy the aerial view of the valleys this day.
    Meals included: Full Board 
     
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  • Day 5 Rose Valley & Kaymakli Underground City – Kusadasi
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    After meeting your guide in the hotel lobby, proceed towards to the Red Valley and admire the quaint rock-cut and colourful churches. Next on your list is the old and charming village of Çavuşin, Cappadocia’s most serene corner dotted with houses and churches of the Christian Clergymen. After lunch, visit the Pigeon Valley that takes its name from many pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. End your day by visiting Kaymakli Underground City, located within the citadel of Kaymakli and used in the Byzantine era for protection from Muslim Arabs during the Arab–Byzantine wars. After return to the hotel, transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport with your luggage for your flight from Cappadocia to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, transfer to Kusadası. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel.
    Meals included: Full Board 
     
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  • Day 6 Ephesus Tour
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    Meet your local guide and begin your tour with a visit to Temple of Artemis. Afterwards, explore the world-famous Roman City of Ephesus. Stop by the Arcadian Way, Roman Baths, Temple of Hadrian, Celsius Library, and the Antique Theatre. Later, drive towards the Sirince Village for lunch. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
    Meals included: Full Board 
     

  • Day 7 Pamukkale Tour
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    The first stop on your itinerary today will be the Hierapolis Ancient City where you will find stunning attractions such as the large necropolis, Great Baths, Frontinus Street, Theatre, Martyrion of St. Phillip and the antique pool also known as Cleopatra’s pool. Later, enjoy a barefooted walk along the travertines before you drive along the Meander River valley to reach your accommodation in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel in Kusadasi.
    Meals included: Full Board 
     

  • Day 8 Kusadasi - Istanbul –Departure
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    You can request for a private tour of Pergamon or a gulet cruise of the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts for extending your holidays. Else, you will be transferred to the airport for a direct flight from Izmir to Istanbul where you can find a connection for your onward international journey.
    Meals included: Breakfast 

Dates & Guide Prices

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Hotels

  • Metropolitan Taksim Hotel
    Metropolitan Taksim Hotel
    Star Rating Istanbul
  • Burcu Kaya Hotel
    Burcu Kaya Hotel
    Star Rating Cappadocia
  • Suhan Cappadocia Hotel & Spa
    Suhan Cappadocia Hotel & Spa
    Star Rating Cappadocia
  • Korumar Hotel De Luxe
    Korumar Hotel De Luxe
    Star Rating Kusadasi
  • Crowne Plaza Old City Hotel
    Crowne Plaza Old City Hotel
    Star Rating Istanbul

Suhan Cappadocia Hotel & Spa Star Rating

Cappadocia
  • Suhan Cappadocia Hotel & Spa

SUHAN CAPPADOCIA placed at central Avanos, Nevsehir, near Kizilirmak River. On the banks of the Kizilirmak River, this upscale fortress-style hotel is an 8-minute walk from the underground ceramics museum Güray Müze, and 13 k

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Korumar Hotel De Luxe Star Rating

Kusadasi
  • Korumar Hotel De Luxe

Set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, this polished hotel is 3 km from Kusadasi and 16 km from the ancient city of Ephesus.

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Crowne Plaza Old City Hotel Star Rating

Istanbul
  • Crowne Plaza Old City Hotel

The hotel is within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Basilica Cistern and the Topkapi Palace. It is located 5 km away from the Taksim Square as well as Nisantasi, Osmanbey an

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Metropolitan Taksim Hotel Star Rating

Istanbul
  • Metropolitan Taksim Hotel

located in Taksim at the heart of Istanbul within talking distance to the Istiklal Avenue, the famous shopping district. Metropolitan Hotels Taksim offers a unique accommodation experience to its distinguished guests wit

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Burcu Kaya Hotel Star Rating

Cappadocia
  • Burcu Kaya Hotel

Located in Ortahisar District of Cappadocia; Burcu Kaya Hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with views of the surrounding fairy chimneys. The town centre of Ortahisar is a 5-minute walk from the property. Goreme Open Air Museu

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What's Included?

  • Transfers on private basis by air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Sightseeing tours on Seat-in coach basis.
  • Accommodation at specified hotels or similar.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of professional tour guide in English languages.
  • Service charges & local taxes.

What's not Included?

  • International Flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Domestic flights if any.
  • Gratuities to the Restaurants, Guide & Driver.
  • Any personal expenses such as: phone calls, laundry, drinks, etc..
  •  Porter service in hotels and airports.
  •  Chirstmas & New Year period supplements.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing. 
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