Turkey

Code: TUKR
11 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS
Category:
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Description

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Francisco International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare Accommodations
2 days cruise Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

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Itinerary

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Day 1

 

 

Visit the Gelata Tower – one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. At 63 meter (206 feet) this tower provides a panoramic view of the old town. Tonight, enjoy the ride of Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Enjoy dinner on board the cruise prepared by your chef as you get entertained by a Belly Dance performance on board. Overnight in Istanbul.

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Day 2

 

 

Today, visit the Vialand Theme Park – Turkey’s first Theme Park. Enjoy an adrenaline kick, a shopping fix and non-stop entertainment with an action-packed day out at Vialand theme park, including admission tickets and round-trip transport from Istanbul. With a theme park, shopping mall and entertainment complex, there’s no chance of being bored at Vialand. Test your nerves on the Breath Taker rollercoaster, treat the kids to a cruise down the lazy river, then max out your credit card at shops like Armani, H&M and Tommy Hilfiger. That’s not all: there’s also a multiplex cinema, bowling alley and food court.Later, visit Sealife Aquarium – one of the biggest aquariums in Europe. Its more than 10,000 fish of 1000 different species within 40 exhibits takes you through different sea environments, ranging from the Deep Mediterranean and Docks and Piers to The Great Barrier and Dangerous Sea Creatures. Today, you also have some free time for shopping at the Forum Istanbul Mall.

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Day 3

 

 

Today, proceed to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Here, visit the Red Valley – one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia with its different kind of rock formations in variety colours, the Pigeon Valley it got its name because of all the pigeon houses which have been carved into the mountain. You really need to see this in order to believe it because there really is that many of them and the Camel Rock – an imagination valley of which Camel Rock is a part, tests your imagination when it comes to associate rock shapes with animals or other things.

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Day 4

 

 

This morning, you can opt for a 40 minute Hot Air Balloon Ride. Highly experienced pilots will take you for a memorable flight through and over the valleys. After breakfast visit the Devrent Valley – is also known as Imaginary Valley and also as Pink Valley. The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. Visit the village of Uchisar – situated at the highest point in Cappadocia. Visit the Citadel and from the top of the Uchisar Castle, enjoy a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance. Later visit The Goreme Open-Air Museum, it resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. Visit the Kaymakli underground city. Built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli the people of Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. Overnight in Cappadocia.

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Day 5

 

Today, drive towards Antalya. En route visit Konya – located on the ancient Silk Road. Here visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. Today, enjoya vegetarian packed lunch. Later, drive to Antalya – a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Overnight in Antalya.

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Day 6

 

 

Today, visit the city of Perge. The historical site of Perge, 18 kilometers east of Turkey, holds the vast remains of what was once the most prosperous city of the ancient world. Visit the Perge Excavations – The Perge excavations are the longest-running in Turkey. Over 65 years, archaeologists have unearthed 20 to 25 percent of the ancient city. Among those ruins are two thermal baths, city gates, an agora, streets, three fountains and some parts of houses. During the latest excavations archaeologists found mosaics and the street of the ancient city. Later, enjoy time at leisure in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.

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Day 7

 

 

Today, drive to Pamukkale – meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The area is famous for its hot springs and enormous white terraces of travertine, a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water. Visit the Hierapolis Thermal Terraces and marvel at the spectacle created by nature. What makes Hierapolis different from most places on Earth is that it is not built on land, neither on water, but on limestone deposits above the mineral springs in the area. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the ruins that are littered all over the city, including the necropolis that houses the sarcophagi of important ancient figures like Marcus Aurelius. Overnight in Pamukkale.

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Day 8

 

 

Today, drive to Kusadasi – one of the Turkish Mediterranean’s most popular cruise ship ports. This harbor town is all about sun, sea, and fun holidays. Known for its bargain shopping and lively entertainment scene, it has become, over the past few decades, a favorite destination for visitors from around the world. Overnight in Kusadasi.

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Day 9

 

 

Today, proceed on a day trip to Ephesus – apparently the last home of the Virgin Mary. Nesting on the western show of contemporary Turkey, near small resort Kusadasi, the once influential trading and spiritual place of Ephesus was regarded as the most important and largest centers of the old Mediterranean world, and is regarded as the best preserved places of antiquity in Asia Minor. Here visit the Artemis temple – constructed in the mid-6th century BCE. It was located in Ephesus (modern Turkey), and was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit the Library of Celcius – this library is one of the most beautiful structures in Ephesus. It was built in 117 A.D. It was a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsius Polemaeanus, the governor of the province of Asia; from his son Galius Julius Aquila. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary – the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Later enjoy time at leisure and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

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Day 10

 

 

Today, proceed to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Later, proceed on a guided tour. Visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Later we visit The Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet. Visit the Topkapi Palace Museum and Treasury. Topkapi was seat of Ottoman Empire for more than 400 years before they moved to other palaces in 19th Century. Also visit Hagia Sofia – a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. Later, stop at Grand Covered Bazaar dating back to 15th century. It has over 4,000 shops under one roof. Overnight in Istanbul.

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Day 11

 

 

Today, proceed to the airport for your flight home.

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