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Turkey Tours & Travel Packages : Grand Tour Turkey 01 (16 Days)

Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Assos, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Blue Cruise, Olympos, Cappadocia
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All Turkey tour packages are modular and you can use these itineraries as a starting point and we can help modify this itineraries to accommodate your personal requirements and desires to find your perfect holiday.

DAY 01 : Arrive in Istanbul
Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and meeting agency representative for transfer to hotel . On the way our guide or office staff will inform you for pick up time for the next day. Rest of the day free.

DAY 02 : Fascinating Istanbul Tour
Full day tour to include some of the most fascinating sites of Istanbul. The Ancient Hippodrome, St. Sophia Museum, a cruise on the Bosphorus 1.5 hrs, lunch at Galata Bridge and then the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem) and Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque).

DAY 03 : Drive to Canakkale / Gallipoli Battlefields Tour
Early morning drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula along the Thracian coastline viewing the countryside and villages on the European soil of Turkey. Lunch en- route at Tekirdag. Arriving to the Battlefields and fully guided tour of Anzac Cove, Brighton Beach, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, The Nek, trenches, Simpson's Cemetery then across the Dardanelles Strait by ferryboat to Canakkale for BBQ dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 04 : Troy & Pergamum Tour / Drive to Assos
After breakfast we visit Ancient Troy and see the current excavations, 9 layers of old cities, the Trojan Horse, and you will hear and see from your guides remaining of the Trojan War. We then drive to Assos famed for its fascinating ancient ruins, clean sea and fresh air, delicious fish and lovely scenery all contribute to the attraction of Assos where one can look across to see the Greek Island of Lesvos.

DAY 05 : Assos / Drive to Kusadasi
Free time in Behramkale Village (Assos). Late check out from the hotel and afternoon coach to Selcuk/Kusadasi and arrive there evening or you may take our return coach to Istanbul.

DAY 06 : Ephesus Ancient City Tour
After breakfast leave for Ephesus, cradle of early Christianity (rev:2-1-7) and one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. Harbour Street, Celsus Library, Gymnasium, Agora, a complete guided tour that will take you back to those times. Then visiting the house where the Virgin Mary spent the last years of her life; see the remains of the Temple of Diana which used to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Kusadasi for free time. Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 07 : Pamukkale & Hierpaolis Tour / Drive to Fethiye
Noon drive through fertile valley's to Pamukkale (white lime cascades), the noted ancient spa, where pure white travertine forms frozen waterfalls. Visit Hierapolis where you will have a chance to swim on top of ancient Roman ruins. Dinner at Pamukkale village and continue to Fethiye.

DAY 08 : Blue Cruise
Departure from Fethiye Harbour between 11 and 12 a.m. to Samanlik Bay for swimming & lunch. Butterfly Valley (sea conditions permitting) is our next stop for a swim & to visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Afterwards we cruise to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon). Last stop of the day is St-Nicholas Island. Visit the Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner & 2nd night.

DAY 09 : Blue Cruise
Around sunrise departure to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan for breakfast & swimming. Cruising to Kas where we stop in the harbour for lunch & visit of this charming fishing village. Of ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known, only Lycian rock tombs & sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left. But the charm of the town remains! In a bay near Kekova we stop for swimming, dinner & the 3rd night.

DAY 10 : Blue Cruise
Breakfast . Departure to Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian- Roman archaeological site is protected, so only looking!) Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay water sports are available. Dinner, relax in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn. 4th Night.

DAY 11 : Blue Cruise / Drive to Olympos
After breakfast we have a look at the Pirates Cave before cruising to Andriace harbour (lunch). Bus transfer to the archaeological site of Myra, and to Demre for the St-Nicholas Church, shopping and banking when requested. Bus transfer to all tree houses in Olympos where we arrive between 4 and 6 pm. Overnight Olympos, maybe on top of a tree?.

DAY 12 : Free Day in Olympos / Bus to Cappadocia
Free day at leisure, 8:00 pm overnight coach to Goreme Cappadocia.

DAY 13 : North Cappadocia Tour
Arriving at apx. 7:00 am to Cappadocia, this miracle of nature with unique mushroom-shaped landscape, fairy chimneys, strawberry-coloured hills, cave dwellings and colourful little Byzantine churches and monasteries. After breakfast visit Goreme natural park, an open-air museum, a complex or rock churches and chapels covered with frescos carved in rock. Visit the pottery workshop in Avanos and lunch in the village, Pasabagi (Monk's Valley). Then Uchisar which is the highest view point of the region before returning to Goreme. Overnight in a cave dwelling.

DAY 14 : South Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast we drive Pigeon valley and then to Derinkuyu underground city dug 80 mt. underground into the soft tufa rock and used by the local Christians during enemy invasions and Roman persecutions. We then trek 3.5 km of the amazing Ihlara Canyon and stop at the village for lunch. On the way back we visit the 13th century Agzikarahan caravansary. Overnight in Goreme.

DAY 15 : Flight to Istanbul
Free day in Goreme village. Optional hot air ballooning, horse riding, rock climbing. 8:00 pm overnight coach to Istanbul. Or you may chose to fly from Kayseri to Istanbul (optional).

DAY 16 : Departure
Arrive to Sultanahmet. Transfer to the hotels or airport, end of services. Additional nights can be added in Istanbul.

What's Included:
* Hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* Noted sightseeing tours on regular group or private guided basis
* Main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
* Meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegeterian meals available
* Required land & or internal flight transportation
* All roundtrip airport transfers with A/C minivans
* Local taxes & handling services
* All tours & travel packages are insuranced by TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies)



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