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Treasures of Turkey - 11/10
Treasures of Turkey
Day 1 - lstanbul
Arrive in lstanbul then, our guide meets you then transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 -lstanbul old city
Explore the extraordinary Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, then to Basilica Cistern, Its the most impressive water reservoir, continue to Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which housed in three building.The museum of ancient Orient, the tiles Pavillion,The Alexander Sarcophagus is the highlights of museum, then drive to Chora Church; an exquisite monument from the Byzantine Empire. This little church is one of the 30 ‘must see’ museums in the world. It has many impressive mosaics and frescos illustrating scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, next visit to Suleymaniye Mosque. A splendid 16th centruy mosque.
Day 3- Palaces of lstanbul
A day exploring the palaces of Ottoman era.Topkapi Palace, Canon Gate Palace is a magnificent Oriental palace overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was the imperial residence of the 25 Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the mid 19th century. Today it is one of the richest museums in the world with outstanding collections of Chinese porcelains , imperial thrones, holy relics, sultans khaftans and the imperial treasury. Harem: lt was a seperate world and undoubtedly the most interesting place in the palace.
Dolmabahce Palace, built by Aldulmecit between 1843-1856 it is an example of the turn towards European style by the Sultan. Was home to Sultans and Atatürk.
Beylerbeyi Palace was built as summer residance for Sultan Abdulaziz but used as a guest house for Sultans guest.Some of the furnutire in the palace was made sultan himself. Lunch by the bosphorus Cengelköy.
Day 4- Bosphorus and Bazaars
Today we travel by private boat up to the Bosphorus,the jewel of Istanbul, the majestic waterway that separates Asia and Europa. Continue to unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, like palaces, grandiose waterfront mansions,imposing fortresses.
Spice Bazaar ,One of the lstanbul’s most colorful bazaars with different aromas of various spices and taste famous Turkish baklava then have turkish coffee at old caravanserai. Continue to world famous Grand Bazaar, As one of the oldest and largest historical bazaars in the world the Grand Bazaar is beyond imagination for many travellers. lt has being the center of commerce , trade and industrial activity through out its long history.Lunch at famous kebap house in bazaar.Then continue to dazzling Blue Mosque, is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul.It takes its name from the exquisite tiles and only imperial mosque with six minarets.Afternoon fly to lzmir and overnight in lzmir.
Day 5- Ephesus Tour
A day Exploring the ancient city of Ephesus, once one of the richest cities of Asia Minor.The Celcius Library at Ephesus would have stored 12.000 scrolls and Grand Theatre, 2000 years old marble street,a gymnasium , the temple of Hadrian, The terrace houses of great mosaics, The Artemis temple which was one of the seven wonders of ancient world. Our tour culminates at Virgin Mary House where she spent her last years.End of tour back to hotel.
Day 6- Sardis- Tire local market
Journey to the archaeological site of Sardis, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, the Sardis church is also heavily visited .Then continue to Tire and visit local farmers market. Its the biggest open air farmers market of Turkey. Have lunch at local restaurant, famous tire kofte and tea at local kiraathane.Then back to lzmir and visit lzmir Archaeological Museum which has marvellous collection of antiquities.Finaly visit Kemerlati market.Overnight in lzmir .
Day 7- Winery and farm tour
Today we drive to local winery and wine tasting and have lunch at winery.Enjoy the olive oil farm which is the oldest olive oil press in Urla.Overnight in lzmir.
Day 8- Cappadocia- Underground City
Fly to Cappadocia then transfer to hotel.We spend the day at the magical site of Cappadocia ,visit extraordinary volcanic landscape whole underground city; is the most amazing one in the region among 40 other ones.Pigeon Valley is a panoramic view of thousands of pigeon houses lining step cliffs. Cavusin Village is one of the oldest settlement of Christian times which has lots of cave rooms .Uchisar castle is the highest point of the town, top of the castle has a great panorama of the surrounding area.Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9- Cappadocia-Cave Churches
Enjoy the day with an optional hot air balloon ride. Our tour starts at the glorious landscape of Cappadocia, it’s an exceptionally beautiful journey to the magicland of Turkey, visit Göreme Panorama; is a panoramic point where we view over Goreme town with its wonderful cave houses.
Göreme Open Air Museum with its astonishing rock-hewn architecture, has several oldest cave churches of Cappadocia with great frescos. Avanos is center of terra cotta work in center Anatolia, famous for turkish tiles. Pasabag Valley which has some of the most stunning fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Lunch at local family house .Devrent Valley has various type of fairy chimneys, lunar landscape.Overnight in Cappadocia.
Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia: Flying in a hot air balloon is the best way to discover the deep valleys and rock formation of Cappadocia.Our experienced professional pilots will be delighted to take you on an unforgettable journey over Cappadocia. A voyage beyond words over the most stunning landscape.
Cooking Class at Cappadocia: Cooking classes are taught by a local village woman who will guide you through the process of preparing and cooking a traditional Turkish 3 course meal.This will be include soup,at least 2 type of main dishes and a dessert.
Day 10- Ankara- lstanbul
After breakfast at hotel we drive through the silkroad to Nations capital Ankara, where we will visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the Turkey’s founder.Continue to Anatolian Civilization Museum ,This museum displays an excellent artifact of Hittite era.Fly to lstanbul.Overnight in lstanbul.
Day 11- lstanbul
After breakfast at hotel our tours concludes. and we say good bye to our new friends before being transferred to the international airport.
Professional tour guide,
All museum tickets,
Lunch during tour,
3 domestic flights,
All private transfers,
Breakfast at hotel