Turkey Tours & Travel Packages : Grand Tour Turkey 02 (18 Days)
Duration: 18 Days / 17
Highlights: Istanbul, Bosphorus, Canakkale,
Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale,
Fethiye, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Safranbolu
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 : Arrival in Istanbul
Upon clearing customs and immigration, you will be greeted
by a company representative and driven to your hotel.
Once you have completed the hotel check-in, you will
be taken for an orientation walk in the surrounding
neighborhoods of your hotel (dependant on your time
of arrival). Your first night will be spent in Istanbul.
DAY 02 : Ottoman and Byzantine Relics
Your second day will be filled with sightseeing in Istanbul,
beginning with a visit to the Hippodrome, then onto
the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi,
the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Colossus. Your tour
continues with a visit to St.Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
Before lunch you will visit Istanbul’s bustling
Grand Bazaar, after which you will proceed on to Topkapi
Palace and conclude today with a visit to the Rustem
DAY 03 : Bosphorous Cruise and Asia Tour
The morning begins with a visit to the Egyptian Market
(Spice Bazaar), after which you will board the ferry
at Eminonu Harbour. The Bosphorus ferry will take you
from the European to Asian shores of Istanbul city.
From there you will travel over the Intercontinental
Bosphorus Bridge and along to Camlica Hill, the highest
hill in Asiatic Istanbul where you will enjoy breathtaking
views of two shores. You will return to Europe with
a stop at Dolmabahce Palace.
DAY 04 : Drive to Canakkale and Gallipoli
Check out early this morning and begin your travel to
Eceabat. On arrival you will break for lunch before
visiting the Gallipoli Battlefields and Memorials Tour.
The guide will escort you to the Kabatepe Museum, ANZAC
Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly
(Turkish & Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek
and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. After sightseeing
you will take the car ferry to Canakkale and then be
transferred to your hotel. The evening is yours to do
with as you please, or for those who wish, there is
a screening of the 4 Corners Documentary ‘Fatal
Shore’ and the "Gallipoli" movie starring
DAY 05 : Troy and Pergamum City Tour
Today you will travel to Troy, a city which has existed
for over 4000 years, famous for the Trojan War’s
that occurred during the sixth and seventh centuries.
One of the most famous and oldest works of literature,
Homers' 'Iliad' was believed to have take place in Troy.
You will then travel to Pergamum to visit the Acropolis,
an impressive structure that houses the Temple of Trajan,
the Heroon Shrine, the Sanctuary of Athena and the Altar
of Zeus. From here your tour will stop at the Theater
and the Library of Pergamum, whose collection came second
only to that of Egypt's Alexandria.
DAY 06 : Ancient Ephesus Sightseeing Tour
Your destination for today is the Ancient City of Ephesus,
one of the best preserved Greco-Roman Cities in the
world. After a relaxing lunch, your tour will depart
for the House of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have
spent the last of her days. The tour also includes a
visit to the remains of Artemis Temple and with time
permitting, a visit to the old Greek Village of Sirince.
DAY 07 : Aphrodisias and Pamukkale Tour
/ Bus to Fethiye
After check-out you will begin you journey to Aphrodisias,
where numerous explorations have yielded important discoveries,
including an unprecedented array of well-preserved buildings
and splendid sculptures from the Greco-Roman period.
From here you will continue the day with visit to Pamukkale,
the home of the hot springs known as "cotton castles".
At the end of the tour the guide will transfer you to
Denizli Central Bus Station for the drive to Marmaris
with local intercity bus. On your arrival to Fethiye
Central Bus Station, you will be meet for the transfer
DAY 08 : Day at leisure in Fethiye
Breakfast and remainder of day at leisure to swim, catch
some sun, relax by the pool or head into town for some
great cafe's, bars and shopping.
DAY 09 : Travel on to Antalya
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Fethiye Central
Bus Station for the drive to Antalya with local intercity
midibus. On your arrival to Antalya Central Bus Station,
you will be meet for the transfer to your hotel in Antalya.
Rest of the day will be at leisure.
DAY 10 : Mediterranean Jewels Tour
The tour today begins with a visit to Perge, an important
city of ancient Pamphylian, Perge was originally settled
by the Hittites around 1500 BC. St. Paul preached some
of his first sermons here. You will then proceed to
Aspendos one of the best preserved theatres in the world
with seating for 15,000. Nearby stand the remains of
a basilica, agora and one of the largest aqueducts in
Anatolia. It is commonly believed that Aspendos was
founded by colonist from Argos. Your evening will be
free to discover the treasures of Antalya.
DAY 11 : Bus to Konya / Free Day in Konya
After check-out from your hotel you will be transferred
to the Antalya Central Bus Station, to board the intercity
day coach to Konya. Upon arrival, you will be greeted
and transferred to your hotel in Konya. The remainder
of the day will be at your leisure to explore Konya,
the capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century
and home of the Mevlana Museum is also known for its
theological school of whirling dervishes.
DAY 12 : Bus to Cappadocia
Your morning is free to spend as you please.before you
are transferred to the Konya Central Bus Station for
the intercity day coach to Cappadocia. Upon arrival
in Cappadocia, you will be met and transferred to your
hotel, leaving the remainder of day at your disposal.
This evening will offer you the unique opportunity to
sleep in a traditional Cappadocian cave hotel.
DAY 13 : North Cappadocia Tour with Goreme
Your journey today begins with a visit to Devrent Valley
and then onto Monk's valley (Pasabagi) where you will
find the world famous fairy chimneys. After lunch in
Avanos your tour continues on to the Goreme Open-Air
Museum where you will visit the numerous rock carved
churches and monasteries. Next stop, the panoramic views
of Esentepe and on to the natural rock citadel of Uchisar.
DAY 14 : South Cappadocia Tour with Ihlara
Another full day touring begins with a visit to the
famous Derinkuyu Underground City, eight floors at a
depth of approximately 85m. Afterwards your tour will
take a short hike through the green Ihlara Valley stopping
in Belisirma for lunch and on to Selime for a panoramic
view of the Ihlara Canyon. During the tour there will
have a stop at the Agzikarahan Caravansarai.
DAY 15 : Day bus to Safranbolu
Upon check-out you will be transfered to Cappadocia
central bus station to board the intercity day coach
to Safranbolu via Ankara. On arrival in Safranbolu,
you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel with
your evening free to discover the Old and New Towns
of Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.
DAY 16 : Day at leisure in Safranbolu
Today is at your disposal to further explore Safranbolu.
The Old Town preserves many old buildings, with over
1000 registered historical artifacts as well as a large
number of ancient settlements, rock tombs and historical
bridges. The Old Town is situated in a deep ravine in
a fairly dry area in the rain shadow of the mountains.
The town derives its name from saffron, since Safranbolu
was a trading place and a center for growing saffron.
DAY 17 : Day bus to Istanbul
Check-out from your hotel where you will be met and
transferred to Safranbolu central bus station. From
here you will board the intercity day coach to Istanbul
(approximately 5 hours travel). On arrival in Istanbul,
you will transferred to your hotel with the remainder
of the evening to explore the only city in the world
that overlaps both the Asian and European continents,
DAY 18 : Transfer to
After check-out from your hotel, we will arrange your
transfer to Istanbul International Airport for your
return or onward flight
* 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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