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Turkish Discovery
   
Holiday Length: 8 days
Departs: selected Fridays
Start city: Istanbul
End city: Izmir/Kusadasi
Type of Holiday: Coach Tour

 

With 2 nights in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Kusadasi, and 1 night in Pamukkale this tour assures you will not mist any of he 'must see' sights of Turkey.  At the end of the tour you can depart by ferry to Samos in Greece, or fly to any part of Turkey for more exploration and discovery of Turkey.


ITINERARY                      

 
Day 1 - Friday


Istanbul
Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

   
Day 2 - Saturday


Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, a guided tour to Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar will commence. The day ends with an overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)
   
Day 3 - Sunday



Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia
After breakfast depart for Ankara to visit Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, arrive in Cappadocia for an overnight stay. (B,D)
   
Day 4 - Monday





Cappadocia
Early in the morning an optional Balloon tour is available. Then spend the day exploring Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, Open Air Museum in Goreme and natural fortress in Uchisar. Today also offers the opportunity to discover the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx and pottery. Optional night tour with a Turkish show and dinner is available. Overnight stay in Cappadocia (B,L).
   
Day 5 - Tuesday



Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arrival in Konya. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, continue to Pamukkale for an overnight stay (B,D).
   
Day 6 - Wednesday



Pamukkale - Izmir
After breakfast, visit the ancient Hierapolis with the magnificent Necropolis, graveyard and the lime cascade. Next continue to Selcuk to visit the Temple of Artemis ''one of the seven wonders of the ancient world''.  Continue to Izmir for overnight stay (B,D).
   
Day 7 - Thursday




Izmir - Ephesus - Sirince - Izmir
Morning drive to the ancient city of Ephesus to tour its magnificent library, theatre and temples. Lunch today will be Turkish Gozleme in a nomadic tent in Selcuk. Continue to the beautiful village if Sirince for some shopping and perhaps taste some of the wine of the region.  Return to Izmir for overnight stay. (B, L, D)
   
Day 8 - Friday

Transfer to Kusadasi or Izmir
Transfer to either Kusadasi port for the ferry to Samos (Greece)  or Izmir airport. (B)
   

Holiday inclusions:

 

 

 

* Arrival and departure transfers. (Sabiha Gokcen Airport in istanbul is subject to surcharge)
* Accommodation with private facilities
* Meals as indicated
* Professional tour guide
* Luggage handling in the hotels
* Local taxes
* Museum entrance fees
   
Holiday exclusions:

* Personal expenses
* Tips to your guide & driver

   

 

 



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