Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 12 Days -11 Nights
Departures : On request
Highlights : Istanbul, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Cappadocia, Goreme Open Air Museum, Trabzon, Sumela, Rize, Uzungol, Istanbul
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
13:00 pm – You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a the fragrance of the exotic East. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 17:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
8:30am – Picked-up from hotel and met by your tour guide for a full day to discover the city of Istanbul. The tour will include visit to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, GRAND COVERED BAZAAR, Topkapi Palace and the Rustem Pasa Mosque. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.
Evening flight to Pamukkale
Overnight Colossae Thermal Hotel
Day 3 – Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. It is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pamukkale is now a world heritage site.
Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire
Evening Flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in a very good cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 4 – North Cappadocia Tour 1
Today after breakfast meet with your tour guide and visit Devrent Valley and Pasabag (Monk's Valley) where you will find the world famous fairy chimneys. Break for lunch in Avanos. Then on to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries were carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. A visit to Ortahisar natural rock castle for panoramic views. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 6:00 pm.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 – South Cappadocia Tour 2
Breakfast & check out the hotel in Cappadocia. Today meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby and transfer for a full day tour of Cappadocia sites. Visits include Derinkuyu Underground City Underground City which was built as a defence and hiding site during the period of spreading Christianity. Then on to Cavusin Old Christian Village where you will find a triple Apse church and the monastery of St John the Baptist. In Sinasos Old Greek Village you find old Greek and Ottoman houses. The days touring includes an easy grade 3km hike through Red Valley offering some great scenery that would otherwise not be accessible by car and a visit to Uchisar natural rock castle.
Day 6 : Morning Drive to Ankara for afternoon Flight to Eastern Black Sea Tour
Arrive Trabzon. Overnight in Trabzon.
Day 7 SUMELA MONASTERY, ZIGANA, KARACA CAVE
After arriving at Trabzon Int'l Airport, we begin our trip with visiting the 4th century Sumela Monastery and Altindere National Park. Later on we drive you up to Zigana Mountain, crossing the mountain with spectacular views of villages on Pontic Mountains. We arrive at Gümüshane to visit Karaca Cave , considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colours and formations. Drive back to our hotel located at the centre of Trabzon. Check-in to hotel, dinner and overnight at Hotel Usta (D)
Day 8 TRABZON CITY TOUR, UZUNGOL
Today we will explore the highlights of Trabzon city; study the extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes in the 13th century church of St. Sophia, visit Ataturk's Mansion on Soguksu hill facing Black Sea, Girls' Monastery on Boztepe Hill, Sera Lakeon the way to Akçaabat, lunch at a seaside restaurant serving famous Akcaabat Meatball. In the afternoon we drive to Uzungöl (long lake). It's a hidden paradise in the Pontic Alps. We hike around the lake and village and check-in to our wooden hotel, dinner and overnight at Inan Kardesler Hotel & Bungalows (S) (B,D)
Day 9 RIZE, CAMLIHEMSIN, ZILKALE, AYDER
Today we are leaving from Uzungöl. Short break at Rize for panoramic view of the city from the Botany Garden, we visit kiwi and tea plantations here, then we arrive to Firtina (Storm) Valley which takes us to Ayder Plateau. Before arriving in Ayder we will see Camlihemsin, Konaklar, Senyuva Bridge,
Zil Kale. Gentle trekking to Goksu Fall which is the highest and most beautiful in the region. we arrive in Ayder before sundown, check-in our wooden hotel, dinner and overnight at Hasimoglu Hotel (S) (B, D)
Day 10 AYDER, TRABZON
Today we have time to explore that beautiful Alpine Plateau which is Ayder until noon. Traditionally dressed village ladies, thermal springs, waterfalls dropping down from hundreds metres and beautiful plateau houses are going to interest you. In the afternoon we drive to Turkish – Georgian border on Eastern Black Sea coast, after viewing Georgia from Sarpi Gate, we drive along the Black Sea coast back to Trabzon Airport for the flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 – Princes' Islands Tour
Departure from European side and accross the Bosphorus by the first bridge. Drive along the Asian side through Kadiköy all the way to Bostanci admiring the different facets of Istanbul.
Once we reach Bostanci you'll have a chance to see one of the most beatiful districts of Istanbul. After having little time in Bostanci, embark the boat going to Princes' Islands. Disembark at Buyukada which is the largest and the most famous of this chain of islands. There are several small hotels where people stay for the weekend. Some of the historical buildings are Aya Yorgi Church and Monastery from 6th century, Ayios Dimitrios Church, Hristos Church and Monastery and enjoy the lunch in a nice waterfront restaurant.
After a small tour in the town centre, listening to the history of Princes’ Island , you'll have free time to enjoy the beautiful island shores by renting a phaeton (horse-drawn carriage) or bicycle until the departure time.
As there are no cars alllowed on the island, this promenade will be an unforgettable memory for you.
Day 12 :Free Day / Departure
Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of Our Services.
What is included
- Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
- Domestic flight tickets (Istanbul to Pamukakle and Pamukkale to Cappadocia and Ankara to Trabzon and Trabzon to Istanbul)
- All Hotels with Breakfast basis (Pamukkale Hotel Dinner included)
- All meal mentionned in the itinerary
- All sight-seeing Tours with lunch (only half day tour in Istanbul without lunch)
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tour
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Hotels, Prices, Booking
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Hotels we use
Antalya ANTALYA - ALP PASA HOTEL http://www.alppasa.com
Canakkale Helen Hotel http://www.helenhotel.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel http://www.dedelikonak.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Deluxe Hotel http://www.dedelidelux.com
Gaziantep ASUDE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.asudekonak.com
Istanbul Hotel Sokullu Pacha http://www.sokullupasahotel.com/
Kahta ZEUS HOTEL **** http://www.zeushotel.com.tr
Kars SIMER HOTEL *** http://www.simerhotel.com
Konya Hich Hotel http://hichhotel.com/
Kusadasi Palm Hotel *** http://www.palmhotel.com.tr
Mardin ZINCIRIYE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.zinciriye.com/tr
Pamukkale Colossea Thermal Hotel **** http://www.colossaehotel.com
Sanliurfa MANICI HOTEL **** http://www.maniciurfa.com
Tatvan KARDELEN HOTEL *** http://www.kardelenotel.com
Trabzon SAYLAMLAR HOTEL **** http://www.hotelsaylamlar.com
Van T AMARA HOTEL **** http://www.tamaraotel.com