10 DAYS ISTANBUL & CAPADOCIA & ANTALYA TOUR


10 DAYS ISTANBUL & CAPADOCIA & ANTALYA TOUR

 

Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
(Breakfast lunch included)
Pick up at 08:00am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch and GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 Istanbul Bosphorus Tour
(Breakfast lunch   included)
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:00. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 – Istanbul to Cappadocia  
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast, we depart for Ataturk Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

Day 5 – Cappadocia Goreme Tour  
(Breakfast lunch Dinner included)
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6- Cappadocia Kaymaklı Undergrand city Tour

(Breakfast lunch Dinner included)

After breakfast around 09:30 Depart visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavuşin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clegymen.After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley . In the afternoon visit Kaymaklı underground city. Where early christians lived in fear and faith.. Overnight in Cappadocia.. Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 7 – Cappadocia to Antalya 
(Breakfast dinner included)
After breakfast Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Antalya & overnight in Antalya

Day 8 – Antalya Aspendos & Waterfalls Tour
(Breakfast lunch dinner included)
After breakfast, visit Perge: It was settled by the Hittites around 1500 B. C. Kestros (Aksu) river, which runs near acropolis, made Perge like a port because it was possible to navigate. An important trade route starting from Side run through Perge. It is also famous by the fact that when St. Paul started his journeys, he visited Perge in 46 A. D. and preached his first sermon here. That’s why it became an important city for the Christians during Byzantine period.

To understand the importance of the city it is necessary to visit its remains. You can see the ruins of the antique theatre (capacity 12, 000 people), its stage has marble relieves depicting the life of Dionysos; a stadium, which is in a shape of “U” for 12, 000 people; remains of the first church built in Perge, an agora, which has dimensions of 76×76 m. and it’s surrounded by Corinthian columns, in the middle of it there is a round temple of Tyche (2nd century A. D. ); a basilica – another structure from Christian Era with three entrances, a good example of a Roman Bath in the southern part of the city, and Hellenistic gates which later were converted into a court of honor by Plancia Magna.

 

Side: The furthest city in the east of historical Pamphylia. Situated on a peninsula about 1000 m long and 400 m. wide, it fulfilled its duty as a commercial port. Naturally, Side used to be one of the most important trade centers in the antiquity and now it is one of the most popular holiday resort in Turkey. Side tan the name “Side” meant pomegranate, the fruit symbolizing abundance and fertility. Like the other Pamphylian cities in general, Side was ruled by Lydia in the sixth cent. B. C. and Persia after 547 B. C. The coins minted in here prove that Side had at least an internal independence. Alexander the Great conquered Side in the first year of the great campaign on Asia in 334 B. C. and was introduced to Hellenistic culture.
Kursunlu Waterfalls, located 19 km from Antalya at the end of a 7 km road branching off to the north of the Antalya-Serik-Alanya highway at a point 12 km from Antalya. The waterfall is on one of the tributaries of the Aksu river and its situation in the midst of a pine forest is of quite exceptional beauty. The countryside around the water forms a lovely picnic and pleasure spot only twenty minutes from the centre of the city of Antalya. Overnight in Antalya

Day 9 – Antalya Free day
(Breakfast lunch dinner included)
After breakfast  free day  & overnight in Antalya

Day 10 – Antalya to Istanbul End of Tour 
(Breakfast included)
After breakfast Today we depart for Antalya Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul for final flight to home.

10 DAYS TURKEY TOUR CONTAINS

  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers in each city
  • 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 nights hotel in Cappadocia
  • 2 nights hotel in Antalya
  • 9 open buffet breakfasts + 5 lunches + 5 dinners
  • Istanbul City Tour
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Tour
  • Cappadocia Goreme tour
  • Kaymaklı undergrand City Tour
  • ASPENDOS PERGE TOUR
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides