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12 Days Discover Turkey & Seven Churches Tour - 12/11
12 Days Discover Turkey & Seven Churches Tour
DAY 1- ARRIVAL AND OVERNIGHT
Arriving to the airport in Istanbul and greeted by our staff and private transfer to the hotel. You will find yourself in the heart of a city which was once the capital of Christianity.Overnight stay in Istanbul.
DAY 2 -OLD ClTY TOUR
Explore the beautiful ancient Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmark of lstanbul, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive activities and social events. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome .Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping bazaar which is situated in the centre of old city and biggest in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. Topkapi Palace, main residence of Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years.Now exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, section. (B, L)
DAY 3- BOSPHORUS TOUR
After breakfast we start to visit Spice Bazaar then visit Golden Horn , Dolmabahce Palace was the residence of the ottoman sultans.After lunch we take on boat to see shore of Bosphorus between two continents.See the Rumeli fortress from boat and old mansions.The cruise lasts two hour.Seen from boat Rumeli Fortress, Berleybeyi Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Ciragan Palace. Than back to hotel and free afternoon.Overnihgt in Istanbul (B,L )
DAY 4- CAPPADOCIA
Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport then fly to Cappadocia, Kayseri airport . Our first stop in Cappadocia is the Dervent valley which has various type of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. We visit Pasabag's “fairy chimneys”, From here we pause at Avanos, center of terra cotta art in center of Anatolia.We will see how to make tiles and painted by local masters.We will have lunch at a local restaurant by the red river. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum with its astonishing rock hewn architecture, has several oldest churches of Cappadocia with great frescos.We conclude the tour with a visit to the Goreme Panorama, giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. (L,)
DAY 5 -CAPPADOCIA
We spend the day at the magical site of Cappadocia, visit extraordinary volcanic landscape whole underground city of Kaymakli, 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 houses.Uchisar Castle is the highest point of the cappadocia region,top of the castle has a great panorama of the surrounding area.Love valley has a palatial view of funny shaped fairy chimneys.Overnight in Cappadocia
DAY 6 -KONYA - PAMUKKALE
Great journey through the mainland of Turkey ,exploring spectacular city of Konya, the capital of Seljuk Empire. Mevlana Museum is Monastery of the dervishes, the founder of the order of Whirling Dervishes.Then continue to Karatay Medrese where was theological school now a museum displaying rich colored turkish tiles.Then drive to Pamukkale.Overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 7 -PAMUKKALE – HlERAPOLlS
Today visit the fascinating white calcium terraces known as Travertines, cotton castle which is the center of the natural spring water .We continue to explore the archaeological site of Hierapolis ancient city , necropolis,churches and baths.We also see roman sacrophagi, burial chambers,temples and oracular temple of Apollo..End of the day drive to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi
DAY 8 –PERGAMON-ACROPOLIS
A day exploring the ancient city of Pergamon, Acropolis .Our exploration include Red Bailica and Asclepion which was famous as a healing center . After lunch continue to Akhisar, visit the remains of the church Thyatira. After tour back to Kusadasi.Overnight in Kusadasi
DAY 9 –SARDES-PHlLADELPHlA
Today we see the ancient city of Laodicea, visit one of the seven Churches and the remains of the Cathedral still exist. Continue to Philadelphia in Alasehir, visit the scanty remains of the Cathedral. Drive to Sardis, capital of the ancient Lydia, see the Temple of Cybele & Diana, which later became a church, the golden River Pactalos and the royal Road. End of the day back to hotel in Kusadasi.Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 10–EPHESUS-SN JOHN
We spend the morning at the magical 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 Artemis temple which was one of the seven wonders of ancient world.
Our tour culminates at Virgin Mary House where she spend her last years. End of tour transfer to airport and fly to Istanbul.Overnight in lstanbul (B, L )
DAY 11- ISTANBUL
A choice today: Either visit by yourself hidden part of lstanbul or join an optional traditional food tours.Overnight in Istanbul
DAY 12- ISTANBUL
After breakfast our tour concludes and we transfer you to airport for your international flight.We thank you very much for choosing to spend your vacation in Turkey.We say Good bye to our new friends.
All airport transfers,
Lunch during tour
Breakfast at hotel