NORTH & WEST TURKEY TOUR - 11 DAYS (ISTANBUL-TRABZON-ANKARA-CAPPADOCIA-EPHESUS-A
The tour includes Trabzon on the Northern Turkey and continues with visiting Ankara, Cappadocia, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Istanbul. The tour starts with a flight to Trabzon and ends with a flight from Izmir to Istanbul. Remaining transport is provided with major bus companies or private vans. All your local tours and transfers are private.
1st Day – Flight to Trabzon
You will be met at the airport and lead to the domestic airport to take the first flight available to Trabzon. You will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
2nd Day – Trabzon Tour
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel by your private guide and car and drive to Sumela Monestry located within Altindere National Park. The monestry history dating to the 4th century and curved into the rocks. In the afternoon, you will visit Hagia Sophia Museum in Trabzon dating to 13th century and Trabzon Castle. The tour ends with a city tour of present day Trabzon. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Ankara. Transfer to your hotel. Stay in Ankara.
Breakfast and lunch included.
3rd Day – Ankara Tour
You will visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you can see the objects discovered mostly in Hitit ancient cities of Anatolia like Hattusas. The lunch will be served at one of the traditional Ankara Houses by the Castle serving as a restaurant today. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the bus station for the bus to Cappadocia. Transfer to your hotel. Stay in Cappadocia. . Breakfast and lunch included.
4th Day - Northern Cappadocia Tour
The tour starts about 09.30 am from your hotel in the morning, you'll drive to Devrent Valley where the geografical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you'll take a stroll among the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there driving to Avanos to have lunch. Cappadocia is also famous with traditional pottery producument where you will also attend a work shop. The next visit is to Goreme Open Air Museum keeping the best preserved Byzantine cave churches in the area. Then return to the hotel about 17.30. Stay in Cappadocia. Breakfast and lunch included.
5th Day – Southern Cappadocia Tour
Depart from your hotel at 09.30 am and the day starts with a 4km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. The next visit is to Christian&Greek village of Cavusin. We will have the lunch in Pigeons Valley unique with small niches curved in the rocks. Cappadocia has several underground cities used by the residents to escape from their enemies and Kaymakli Underground City is among the famous ones being on our visiting list. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle offering a beatiful view over the valley. Then return to the hotel about 17.30. Stay in Cappadocia. Breakfast and lunch included.
6th Day – Flight to Izmir
You will be transferred to the airport for an early flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to Ephesus ancient city, the most splendid ancient city in Turkey and requires about 2 hours to visit. The next visit is to Virgin Mary’s House where it is believed she spent the last years of her life and burried. After the lunch, you will visit the remaining important places to see in the area : Ephesus Museum where the objects discovered in Ephesus are exhibited, Diana Temple which was one of the 7 wonders of ancient world, St. John Castle and the remains of Church situated at the top of Ayasoluk Hill and Isa Bey Mosque being the most important structure belonging to Turkish heritage. Stay in Kusadasi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
7th Day – Aphrodisias Ancient City, Hierapolis and Pamukkale Tour
Departure from the hotel at 08.30 am and drive to Aphrodisias ancient city, the famous sculpture school and center of ancient Asia Minor. Aphrodisias Museum keeps some of the best examples of Greek and Roman sculpture works. We arrive to Pamukkale about lunch time famous with white colored rocks formed by thermal waters containing calcium bicarbonate. The ancient city Hierapolis at site was a famous healing center and the hotels are site still preferred for thermal water pools in present day. The Roman Pool at site is still in use. After the tour you will be transferred to the airport for a late afternoon flight to Istanbul. You will be met and transfer to your hotel. Stay in Istanbul. Breakfast and lunch included.
8th Day –Istanbul Old City Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel by your guide at 09.00 am to visit the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics found in Sultanahmet area. The tour is on foot as the places of visit are walking distance to eachother. You will visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Harem of the Palace and Basilica Cictern. The tour ends with Grand Bazaar tour, the most popular historical shopping center of Istanbul. Stay in Istanbul. Breakfast and lunch included.
9th Day – Dolmabahce Palace & Bosphorus & Pera Tour
Departure from your hotel at 08.30 am and start the day by visiting Dolmabahce Palaca, the last residance of Ottoman Sultans located on the shores of Bosphorus. Following the palace, you will get on Bosphorus boat for a tour of about 2 hours. You will view Ciragan Palace, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace and Maiden’s Tower during the tour from the sea. In the afternoon, you will visit Istiklal street and Pera District packed with an arbitrary scattering of music and bookstores, movie theaters, cafes, restaurants and bars. You will have the lunch at a kebap restaurant in the area and walk through street with visits at site. At the end of the tour, public transport will be used for getting back to the hotel. Stay in Istanbul. Breakfast and lunch included.
10th Day – Golden Horn Tour
Departure from your hotel at 08.30 am and drive to Suleymaniye Mosque, the imperial mosque of Ottoman Empire constructed by Architect Sinan. The next visit is to Chora Church Museum, a small but impressive building dating to 11th century and unique with Christian frescoes and mosaics inside. The best spot looking over the Golden Horn is Pierre Loti Hill where there is a tea house today for breaks. The tour will go on with a short boat tour in Golden Horn to see the site from the sea. In the afternoon, you will drive to Asian side of the city with visits to Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residance of Ottoman Sultans and Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul offering a panaromic view of the city. The tour ends around 17.00. Stay in Istanbul. Breakfast and lunch included.
11th Day – Departure from Turkey
You will be transferred to airport for your internatinal flight.