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8 DAYS WONDERFUL TURKEY

Location

Turkey

Duration

8 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1119.66
Brief

If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. Come to Turkey and enjoy its extraordinary cities such as Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides, just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed.

Day 1

Istanbul
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
Note: There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk Airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates
Overnight in Istanbul (Dinner).

Day 2

Istanbul
You will be picked up from 8:30 in the morning  from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city. You’ll start at Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19thC housing an exquisite collection, which includes: crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle, an enshrined relic of the Prophet Mohammed.
Across from St. Sophia, the Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque- built in the 16thC by the architect Mehmet- is a valuable site. It is also known as the Blue Mosque due to its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. You will also visit the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, which- due to monuments such as the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine- is as much of a crowd pleaser now as it was in the past.
Lunch break at 13:00. Yo will then be taken to the Grand Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4, 000 shops, with each section dedicated to its own trade: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers and Turkish arts and crafts such as hand-painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware, trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
Note: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 3

Istanbul - Kusadasi
After breakfast, depart for the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy this traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia, and then visit the Grand Spice Bazaar. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After lunch, depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 4

Kusadasi
You will start your morning with a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the most well-preserved ancient sites in the world. You will get to see the Temple of Artemis, Curetes Street, famous Roman baths, Celsius Library, the Grand Theater, and the House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00. After lunch, you will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey: a carpet weaving center.
You will then go on a village tour. The Sirince construction style you see today belonged to the Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints. Sirince also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. You will visit the vineyards where you will learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine.
On the way you will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well-known in the markets of Turkey, enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen
Overnight in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 5

Kusadasi
At 8:30 you will depart for Pamukkale. You will get to visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis. You will walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After the tour you will return to Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 6

Kusadasi - Cappadocia
After breakfast, you will depart for Izmir Airport for your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure to explore Cappadocia.

Overnight in Cappadocia (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 7

Cappadocia
You will be picked up approximately 9:30, when we will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the most well-preserved and deepest underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu Underground city is 55m deep with 8 levels open to visitors. You will then go to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you will visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to the 10thC describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop will be at Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you will go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. Afterwards, you will visit a pottery workshop to see the craftsmen in action. Then, you will go to Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you will visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations that look like animals. You will then head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia.
Overnight in Cappadocia (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 8

Cappadocia 
After breakfast you will have free time to shop in Cappadocia. Today you will depart for Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul and then return home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. 
(Breakfast).

package code: TR21690
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