Essential Turkey

Essential Turkey


Tour Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Ephesus, and Troy.

Essential Turkey

Day 1 : Friday - Arrive Istanbul

Upon arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel for overnight.

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Day 2 : Saturday - Istanbul

After breakfast a full day excursion in Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia Church; the Blue Mosque; the Byzantine Hippodrome and the Topkapi Palace. Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul. (B-L)

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Day 3 : Sunday - Instanbul / Ankara / Cappadocia

After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Ankara. Upon arrival, visits in Ankara -the capital city of Turkey-, including the Anatolian Civilization Museum, where archaeological pieces dating as far back as the prehistoric age are exhibited; the Mausoleum of Ataturk, where the founder of the Turkish Republic lies; and finally a visit to the Ancient Citadel. After lunch in Ankara depart for Cappadocia. Dinner at hotel in Cappadocia. (B-L-D)

Boumalne Dades, Morocco      Ouarzazate, Morocco      Marrakech, Morocco     

Day 4 : Monday - Cappadocia

After breakfast a visit to the natural citadel of Uchisar; then visit the Subterranean City of Kaymakli, built in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several floor levels. After lunch, visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, the Cavusin; the Pasabag Valley, and finally Avanos Village. Dinner at hotel. (B-L-D)

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Day 5 : Cappadocia / Konya / Pamukkale

Departure for Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana. Lunch en route to Pamukkale. Arrive in Pamukkale in the evening. Dinner at hotel (B-L-D)

Marrakech, Morocco      Essaouira, Morocco      Barcelona, Spain     

Day 6 : Wednesday - Pamukkale / Aphrodisias / Kusadasi

After breakfast at hotel, first proceeding to Hierapolis, and visit to the antique city's Roman and early Christian remains, and Pamukkale's Thermal natural-pools. Continue to Aphrodisias, lunch upon arrival, and then a visit to the antique city. Continue to Kusadasi or Izmir. Dinner at hotel in Kusadasi. (B-L-D)

Barcelona, Spain      Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain      Zaragoza, Spain     

Day 7 : Thursday - Kusadasi / Ephesus / Kusadasi

After breakfast visit the Ephesus, and the Shrine of Virgin Mary. After lunch return to Kusadasi. (B-L-D)

Zaragoza, Spain      Logrono, Spain     

Day 8 : Friday - Kusadasi / Pergamum / Troy / Canakkale

After breakfast departure for Pergamum. After lunch visit to the Pergamum Antique City, visiting the Asclepium Sanctuary and the Acropolis. A visit to Troy on the way. Dinner at hotel in Canakkale. (B-L-D)

Zaragoza, Spain      Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain      San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain      Haro, Spain     

Day 9 : Canakkale / Istanbul

After breakfast, depart for Istanbul, cross Dardanelles by a ferry. Visit Gallipoli, the famous WW 1 frontline. Lunch en route. Arrive at hotel in Istanbul. (B-L)

Boumalne Dades, Morocco      Haro, Spain     

Day 10 : Sunday - Istanbul

Today we enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus with a stop at the Egyptian Market, After lunch we drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill on the Asian side for a panoramic birds-eye view of Istanbul, then visit Beylerbeyi palace and Fishermen’s Village. Overnight in Istanbul. (BL)

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Day 11 : Monday - Depart Istanbul

After breakfast transfer to airport for our flight back home. (B)


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