Tour Code: CS – 06
Tour Style: Regular Tour or Private Custom Tour
Duration: 07 Days / 06 Nights
Departures: April 1 to October 31 Every Monday (Except Anzac Week)
All year round for Private Packages
Max. Group Size of Regular Tours: 14 Pax (take place on a regular basis with a group)
Private Tours: For those who prefer to be accomodated on a more personalized basis and enjoy the flexibility and privacy of an individual arrangement, we would recommend our private tours.
Highlights: Gallipoli Anzac and New Zealander Monuments – Troy – Pergamon Acropolis – Ephesus– Pamukkale – Konya and Cappadocia
DAY 1) FROM ISTANBUL DRIVE TO GALLIPOLI –O.N. IN ECEABAT OR CANAKKALE
Hotel Pick Up in Istanbul:06:30am
Driving Distance (Istanbul to Eceabat): Approx.4,5hours
Duration: 06:30am to 18:00pm
Pick up from hotels will be early in the morning in between 06:30am and 07:00 am, it is going to be over 4 hours driving to Eceabat where we will have our lunch.
Gallipoli Tour: Later on proceed to Gallipoli peninsula, the battle field of WW1, our guide will give you the whole history of Gallipoli, visit Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, bee point Cemetery, and Lone Pine, Johnston's Jolly, the Nek and Chunuk Bair. Then transfer to the hotel. (L, D)
DAY 2) TROY – PERGAMON -KUSADASI –O.N. IN KUSADASI
Hotel Pick Up in Canakkale:08:30am
Duration: 08:30am to 20:30pm
Driving Distance(Troy to Pergamon): Approx. 3,5hours & (Pergamon to Kusadasi) Approx. 2,5hours
Today will be long but legendary, panoramic and historical.
Troy Tour : In the morning we will take departure to Legendary Troy to discover the famous Archaeological and Mythological site, to get details of Trojan horse.
11.00am End of the tour and Depart for Pergamon
14.30pm Lunch in Pergamon
Pergamon Tour: Then drive to Pergamon, once called the thrown of Satan by the early Christians. It is one of the locations to the Seven Churches of Revelation, Acropolis of Pergamon very stunning, temple of Trajan and the remains of library will impress you very much. Overnight stay in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
15:30-17:30 Pergamon & Acropolis tour
Arrival time to Kusadasi at around 20.00pm
DAY 3) EPHESUS TOUR –O.N. IN KUSADASI
Driving Distance (Kusadasi to Ephesus): Approx.30min.
Full Day Ephesus Tour: Today will be short driving and more relax than the previous days, from Kusadasi to Ephesus is only 25-30 minutes driving distance. Mosque of Isa Bey from 14th century is going to be the first venue, afterwards we will be visiting ancient Ephesus; it is much larger than you expected. Even though, the history of Ephesus goes back to the 2nd Millennium BC. Remains that you will be visiting start from the 3rd Century BC.Such an important place for Jewish and Christian Heritage. St. Paul preached. In the Great Theater, the conditions of Odeon Celsus Library, marble road temples will surprise you very much. Open buffet lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Overnight stay in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Shopping: In the afternoon we will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. End of the tour Fashion show in leather outlet center. (Included if Regular Group tour required)
DAY 4) PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS THEN O.N. IN PAMUKKALE
Driving Distance (Kusadasi to Pamukkale: Approx.3,5hours
Evening Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines (Approx.Flight Duration:80min.)
Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour: After breakfast, you will be picked up at 09:30 - 09:45 am for a full day tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale which means cotton castle, has been formed over time by the natural hot springs, rich in calcium and carbonate, that flow down the slope. We will also visit the ancient Roman Health Spa of Hierapolis, made most famous for it is thermal springs, theatre, Agora and the Necropolis. End of the tour transfer to your hotel and Overnight stay in Pamukkale(B, L).
DAY 5) FROM PAMUKKALE DRIVE TO KONYA THEN CAPPADOCIA –O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
Hotel Pick Up in Pamukkale: 06:30am
Driving Distance (Pamukkale to Konya)Approx.6hours & (Konya to Cappadocia) Approx. 3hours
Duration: 06:30am to 21:00pm
Pick up from hotels will be early in the morning in between 06:30am and 07:00 am. Departing from Pamukkale to Cappadocia through Konya it is going to be over 6 hours driving to Konya where you will have your lunch.
Konya Tour: Visit 13th century Selcuk caravanserai "Sultanhan" in Konya then visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ''Whirling Dervishes''. Drive to your hotel and Overnight stay in Cappadocia.(B, L)
DAY 6) CAPPADOCIA TOUR–O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
Optional: Hot Air Balloon Flight Approx.60min. (Between 05:00am to 08:00am)
Full Day North Cappadocia Tour
Tour Highlights; Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum
Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag's "fairy chimneys", where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from this period. We complete the tour with a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.(L)
Optional: Uchisar Castle can be added into the itinerary (If private tour required, entrance fee belongs to the guests)
DAY 7) CAPPADOCIA TOUR–FLY TO ISTANBUL
Evening Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines (Approx.Flight Duration:90min.)
Full Day South Cappadocia Tour :
Tour Highlights; Kaymakli Underground City, Red Valley, Cavusin, Ortahisar, Pigeon Valley
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley Through Cavusin Village and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 2 km. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches... After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. On the way back visit the Ortahisar town. End of the tour airport transfer for return flight to Istanbul.(B, L)
Upon your arrival to Istanbul then you will be met by holding a name board and transferred to your hotel. Our service ends.
We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Luxury Istanbul Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.
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Tour Price Includes;
From/to Airport transfers
Services of a professional English-speaking escort/guide
Entrance fees to the various sites as per the itinerary
Transportation by non-smoking Air Conditioned mini-midi bus
Lunch (Included for Regular Group tours)
End of the tour Hotel/Airport/Hotel transfers in Pamukkale and Istanbul
Tour Price Does Not Include;
Hotel Accommodation will be added separately if private tour required
Domestic Flights will be added separately if required
Lunch & Beverages (if private tour required; in order to give flexibility to our guests)
Tip to driver and tour guide
Anything unless specified being included
PS: Clients who join for regular Small Group tours need to arrange arrival flight early in the morning and departure flight earliest 19:40 PM
PS: Clients who arrive with latest flights will be missing some parts of the schedule and no refund is given for missing visits.
PS: No restrictions are available for the arrival and departure times on the private tours; however, those who arrive on later flights will be missing some parts on schedule and no refund is given for missing visits stemming from the late arrivals.
Additional Note: You will be treated to an optional traditional hand-made carpet demonstration, please let your tour guide know if you are interested in. (If private tour required)
Additional Note: In the afternoon we will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. End of the tour Fashion show in leather outlet center. (Included into the itinerary if Regular Group tour required)
Special Notes: for Ephesus and Cappadocia
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10 - 30 steps. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
(Approx. 30min drive from Kusadasi to Ephesus)
Special Notes: for Pamukkale
Guests must be able to walk approximately 0, 5 miles over of travertine without shoes. A hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries because the waterfalls can be slippy. Due to the nature of this tour, it is recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs till waterfalls. Bring sunscreen and a hat, as shade is limited and bring swimwear for walking in the water at Pamukkale which is the snow-white “petrified waterfalls. (Approx. 3-3:30hours drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale)
How to book tour: 30% percent of the total amount is required for reservation and rest of the amount will be charged after you arrive in Istanbul. The deposit payment can be done by credit card or by bank transfer or by paypal. The balance (70%) of the total amount needed to be paid in cash or by card upon arrival.
If however, our wide range of itineraries do not suit your needs, we are flexible to offer tailor-made itineraries to our clients upon request. Depending on your group size, we can arrange custom tours from Istanbul; vans, coaches or luxury vehicles to suit all needs.
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