Min group size: 2 people
Best time to go: All year round
TURKEY AS A TOUR AND HOLIDAY VACATION
In part owing to their Islamic heritage, in part to their origins as nomadic herdsmen on the steppes of Central Asia, the Turks are an incredibly hospitable, open and friendly people.
But the thrill of holidaying in a different culture amongst some of the world’s friendliest people is not sufficient to explain why Turkey attracts some 35 million visitors a year. With over 1,700 miles of Aegean and almost 1,000 miles of Mediterranean coastline, Turkey is a major draw for visitors looking for a beach-based holiday.
Another major joy of exploring Turkey is its ancient sites – the Aegean and Mediterranean littoral is liberally strewn with superb Graeco-Roman ruins, from well-know places like Troy and Ephesus to little-visited wonders such as Arykanda and Sagalassos. Most sites are easy enough to visit either on an organised tour or by hire car.
Istanbul is a fascinating city, uniquely located in both Asia and Europe. These two influences collide in a colourful history, once the centre of Christianity, now a modern Islamic city. Explore the Grand Covered Bazaar, one of the largest and most famous in the world, and haggle at the Egyptian spice bazaar. Sail along the Bosphorus and visit the grand sights of Istanbul: the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Turkey for your next holiday vacation!
ISTANBUL ARRIVAL DAY (No Meal)
Upon arrival in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport meet and greet by our English speaking assistant who will transfer you to your hotel for check in process. Free and easy day for leisure
Ps: Check in time in Turkey in between 1200hrs/1400hrs. There is welcome cocktail and tour briefing will be provided in the hotel at 1800hrs. Meeting location will be hotel reception.
ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast start istanbul tour with following places: Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
then to Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.
In the evening time take a domestic flight to Cappadocia and overnight in the hotel.
CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 we visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles.
In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years and then to Kaymakli Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors.
Later there will be shopping time in the well known area before returning to the hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia
CAPPADOCIA - KONYA - PAMUKKALE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today’s ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to Konya to visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Then continue on to Pamukkale and overnight
PAMUKKALE - KUSADASI (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we visit the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis" , the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace.
After which we proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight stay.
KUSADASI (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In the morning we visit the Ephesus area with Artemis Temple, Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. Selcuk Ephesus Museum.
Later there will be time for shopping. Overnight in Kusadasi
KUSADASI - CANAKKALE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Early departure for Bergama and visit the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. In the afternoon continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, we drive to Canakkale for overnight
CANAKALE - ISTANBUL (Breakfast ,Lunch)
After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. We arrive in Istanbul in the late afternoon and then transfer to the international Ataturk airport for our flight back home…
NB. International return flight schedule should be at evening time after 2200hrs at Turkish local time in order to complete all the places of interest at day 6 in Kusadasi.
To see what is included with these prices read the 'what you get' box above and the itinerary.
Prices displayed are per person in MYR. Click on the hotel/room name for its description.
|HOTEL||SINGLE SUPP||TWIN/TRIPLE SHARING|
|Istanbul Wyndham International Hotel 5* or similar
Cappadocia Dinler Nevesehir Hotel 4* or similar
Pamukkale Richmond Thermal Hotel 4* or similar
Kusadasi Tatlises Hotel 4* or similar
Canakkale Akol Hotel 4* or similar
|RM 4,220||RM 3,300|
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