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9 DAYS LEGENDARY TURKEY TOUR

Location

Turkey

Duration

9 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.
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Brief

If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. Come to Turkey and enjoy first-class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Trojan Horse of Troy. You will also visit Pergamon which offers one of the Seven Churches of St John from the Bible before reaching the ancient city of Ephesus, the white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale, and the beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya.

Day 1

Istanbul 
Meet at the airport 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 - Canakkale
At 6:30 in the morning, you will depart for Gallipoli to visit the battlefields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes to relax at a restaurant area. You will arrive at Gallipoli around noon and have a lunch break, where you can relax a bit before departing for the battlefields. You will visit Kabatepe Museum. You will then visit the fields of Ari Burnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove where the war started. You will go to Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge's Plateau. 

Overnight in Canakkale (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 4

Canakkale – Kusadasi
You will leave at 8:30 to drive 30 minutes towards Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After a tour of Troy, you will leave for a 3-hour drive to Pergamum. Lunch break around 13:00, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political center at that time. Pergamon is a famous city for its jewelery, stones and silver. So on the way, you will visit a jewelry center for 30 minutes. Arrival to Kusadasi around 18:00.

Overnight in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 5

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 6

Kusadasi - Pamukkale 
At 08:30 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 transfer to hotel for check in. 
Overnight in Pamukkale (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 7

Pamukkale - Antalya
After breakfast, at 10:00 you will leave for Antalya. After two hours you will have coffee break, and then continue to Antalya. 

Overnight in Antalya (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 8

Antalya 
After breakfast at 8:30, drive to Antalya's Old City (Kaleiçi) Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian's Gate, Broken Minaret Mosque, and Hıdırlık Tower. Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalya’s modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then it belonged to the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turks. The Hadrian's Gate (aka Hadrianus Gate or the Three Gates) is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya's broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2ndC AD, and thus did not have a minaret originally. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in the Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2ndC AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past.

You will have lunch and then depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region find their way into the Mediterranean and pour down the slopes of the Taurus, and whether they go overland or underground they will reach their destination, resulting in lovely waterfalls of which there are more than twenty. After the tour come back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Antalya (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 9

Antalya 
Today you will depart for Antalya airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul, where you can prepare to return home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you again in the future.

(Breakfast).

package code: TR21693
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