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Classics of Turkey
Holiday Length: 11 days
Start City: Istanbul
End City: Istanbul
Departure Dates: see grid
Holiday type: Coach Tour


ITINERARY                

 
Day 1

Istanbul

 

Arrive Istanbul International Airport .Welcome to Turkey. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local agent and transferred to the Renaissance Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul. Remainder of day at leisure. Tonight meet your tour companions on your Classics of Turkey coach tour at a welcome briefing. Your accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

   
Day 2
Istanbul
 

Depart for a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. (B)
Tonight, optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

   
Day 3
Istanbul - Ankara
 

This morning, optional tour to St. Sophia and Bosphorus Cruise.
Afternoon departure for Ankara and late arrival. (B,D)

   
Day 4
Ankara - Cappadocia
 

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world.  Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey.  Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravanserai en route.  Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Join an optional whirling Dervishes performance.
Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

   
Day 5
Cappadocia
 

Optional early morning hot air balloon tour to experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise.
Visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period.  Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region.  Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware.  Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

   
Day 6
Cappadocia - Pamukkale
 

Drive to Pamukkale.  En route visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher, Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner & overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

   
Day 6
Pamukkale - Kusadasi
 

Today visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades, formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis.  Proceed to Kusadasi.  Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

   
Day 8
Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Kusadasi
 

This morning visit the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John.  Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a first hand experience of this unique art form.
Afternoon optional trip to Sirince.
Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

   
Day 9
Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale
  Visit the ancient Medical Centre Asclepion in Pergamum and continue to a traditional local village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale for dinner & overnight. (B,L,D)
   
Day 10
Dardanelles - Gallipoli - Istanbul

Morning departure for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WW1. Visit   Anzac Cove,  Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then drive to Istanbul for overnight. Farewell Dinner. (B,D)  

   
Day 11
Istanbul departure
  Transfer to airport for your onward or return flight. (B)

INCLUSIONS







Accommodation as per itinerary (or similar)
Meals as per itinerary
Licensed professional guides
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Arrival/departure transfers
Local taxes & charges
Air conditioned transport
Travel Notes

   
NOT INCLUDED


Optional tours
Tip to Guide and Driver
Personal Expenses
   
NOTE

If you are arriving or departing Istanbul on any days other than the arrival and departure days of the tour the transfers will not be included in the price of the Coach Tour.





   

 

 

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