Turkey Tours & Travel Packages : Grand Tour Turkey 01 (16 Days)
Duration: 16 Days / 15
Highlights: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Assos,
Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Blue Cruise, Olympos,
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
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
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
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
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
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
DAY 16 : Departure
Arrive to Sultanahmet. Transfer to the hotels or airport,
end of services. Additional nights can be added in Istanbul.
* 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
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