Turkey Cultural Tour   
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Land only;No flight. In this tour;4 nights in ISTANBUL, 1 night in SAFRANBOLU,1 night in ANKARA,3 nights in CAPPADOCİA,2 nights in ANTALYA,1 night in FETHİYE,1 night in PAMUKKALE, 2 nights in KUSADASI,1 night in CANAKKALE. We visit;Hagia Sophia(Church of Divine Wisdom),St.Savior Chora(Kariye)Museum,Taksim Squere, Bosphoros cruiseSpice Market(Egyptian Bazaar)Bosphoros criuse,Topkapi Palace,Blue Mosque,Underground cistern,Grand Bazaar.Safranbolu,old Ottoman houses,Anatolian Civilizations Moseum,Mauseleum of Ataturk,Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride,Goreme Open Air Museum,Uchisar Castle,Avanos with Pottery and Ceramic(tile) making lesson,Zelve Open Air Museum,Kaymaklı Underground City,Pasabag valley,Dervent valley,Rose valley,Optional Whirling Dervish tour, Aspendoc theatre Perge site, Antalya Arkeological Museum, Myra Roman city,Church of St. Nicolas, Dalyan river cruise,Iztuzu Beach,Caunos ancient city, Aphrodisias Roman site and Museum of Aphrodisias, Pamukkale,Ephesus, Basilika of St John,Virgin Mary,Temple of Artemis,Sirince village.Acropolis of Pergamon,Troy,Gallipoli,Beach Cametery,Anzac Memorials at Lone Pine. 16 Dinners,14 lunches and breakfasts are included.
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Premier places of Turkey Tour (17 nights/18 days)
Programme
 Day 1(Istanbu) 
Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transferman will meet us at the airport. We transfer to our hotel downtown, and have a brief orientation late in the afternoon.
This evening, we can discover any of the Turkish restaurants in the area as we enjoy dinner on our own.
 
Day2 (Istanbul) B D
This morning we visit Hagia Sophia, the "Church of Divine Wisdom." Completed under the Emperor Justinian in AD 537, the magnificent dome of the Hagia Sophia was once the pre-eminent architectural wonder of the Byzantine world. The massive building was a Christian church for almost a thousand years, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. The building served as a mosque until 1934, when the revolutionary leader and founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed it as a museum. This impressive structure has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of Istanbul including visits of St. Saviour in Chora - (Kariye Museum) Originaly formed the center of a Byzantine Monastery complex. Only the church section which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour, has survived.Continue your tour with the visit of Taksim Squere.We have lunch on our own, and then board the Old Tram for a ride down Istiklal Street to the heart of Art Nouveau Istanbul. Istanbul has many Art Nouveau buildings; several were designed by the Italian architect Raimondo Tommasso d'Aronco, the chief palace architect for the last Ottoman sultan, Abudulhamid II, who ruled from 1876 to 1909. D'Aronco drew heavily Ottoman and Islamic architecture and art, reinterpreting them through the lens of the then-popular European Art Nouveau movement and its organic, floral forms. The results can be seen in the many beautiful palaces and grand private homes he designed for Istanbul's government and its elite citizens.
Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar built in the 17th century, this is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. On to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where the pungent and savory aroma of exotic oils, herbs and spices have perfumed the arched stone corridors for nearly 350 years. Now also proferring nuts, honey, dried fruits, traditional sweets and herbal remedies, the Spice Bazaar’s redolent wares will transform you into a veritable spice trader!.This afternoon, we take to the water for ourBosporus cruise. You can look north to the “European” district of Galata, or east to the Asiatic side of the Bosporus and the Maiden’s Tower. In ancient times, the Golden Horn could be closed off to warships with a giant chain stretching from here to Seraglio Point.Drive to hotel dinner is on your ovn.
 
Day 3 (Istanbul)  B
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, including Topkapi Palace. Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures—capital heads and columns-- that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, and carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 (Istanbu, Safranbolu) B L D
After breakfast,we drive toSafrnbolu,Safranbolu is a town boasting a glorious collection of old Ottoman Houses.,with a rich collection of piecesof artwhich represents traditional Turkish life and cultur.Its rich history included  itself on the UNESCO World Haritage List.The  town  known for its old Turkish houses from 19'th century Ottomans era.Visitors enjoying walking along the old narrow cobbold streetsand seeing some of the triditional crafts and trades that are still practised today. After lunch in a local Restaurant , we visit Hıdırlık Hill to see old town from the top,and walk along the old streets.We walk to our Hotel which is an old Ottoman House for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5 (Safranbolu, Ankara) B L D 
After breakfast , we drive to Ankara. Turkey’s capital and second largest city.After lunch in a local restaurant, our first stop will be the fascinatingMuseum of Anatolian Civilisations (The Hittite Museum) with its display of treasures and artefacts from the Assyrian trade colonies, the mighty Hittite Empire, and the Phyrgian and Urartu civilisations..Drive to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6 (Ankara, Cappadocia) B L D
 After breakfast we also visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk. This magnificent tomb is in memory of Kemal Ataturk, commander of the Army for National Independence and the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey. You will be absorbed by the fascinating, life size depiction of life in the trenches, from the Turkish perspective, during the Gallipoli War. Than drive to Cappadocia. Lunch is on the way.Upon arrivel to Cappadocia we drive to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7 (Cappadocia) B L D 
Today you may have an optional Hot-Air Balloon Ride Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most fanciful and recognizable landscapes, and during this optional hot-air balloon flight, we’ll soar over its amber terrain and fairy-tale chimneys, savoring a unique panorama in the quiet, rosy light of dawn. 
Please note: The cost of this tour cannot be refunded to passengers who cancel less than 24 hours prior to the flight .
We’ll drive to the famous Goreme “open-air museum,” a group of ancient churches carved from the rock. Most of these chapels have colorful frescoes inside, which date from the tenth to the 13th centuries. Than we drive shortly to Uchisar Castle which is the panoramic watching point Cappadocia. Many rooms, steps, tunnel and galleries inside the castle. Lunch in a local restaurant.Avanos, the latter providing us with the opportunity to purchase some of the hand-turned pottery and tile that has been shaped here for millennia and some of the techniques still used date back to Hittite times to 2000 BC. This afternoon we visit Zelve open -Air Museum.This nature site is the perfect place to take photos of remarkable landscape of tufa cones.Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 8 (Cappadocia) B L D
Ths morning we drive to Kaymaklı Underground City.During the Hittite era, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, underground cities were built as a uniquely defensible community, approximately eight stories underground. We can explore some of the hundreds of rooms, wandering the many narrow, sloping passageways between kitchens with enameled food storage areas, water cisterns, stables, and living spaces—all well ventilated by air shafts. At one time, several thousand people lived here. Following our underground city discovery, we'll see more of this scenic area of Cappadocia.Such asPasabag Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. Pacha means "General", the military rank, in Turkish and it is a very common nick name. This site is also called Monks Valley.See another interesting rock formation called Dervent valley The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature After lunch we havehike toRose Valley is a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages, and it is divided into many smaller valleys: Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir and Zindanonu valleys. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions. Return to hotel or before dinner we have an optionalWhirling Dervish tour,you can be witness the "Ritual of Sema." The Semazens, also called “whirling dervishes,” believe that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 9 (Cappadocia, Antalya) B L D
After breakfast we drive to Antalya .Lunch on the way. When we arrive to Antalya our sightseeing tour starst with visiting of Aspendos - Dominating the site is the best preserved Theatre of antiquity seating 15.000. The Galleries, stage decorations and the acoustics all reflect the success of the architect. Close to the Theatre Basilica and Agora, the remains of an aqueduct, which was one of the largest in Anatolia. After tour transfer to Hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Antalya.
 
Day 10 (Antalya) B L D
After breakfast we drive to visite Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylia. Visit the Theatre noted for the marble relief work of its stage and its three sectioned memorial fountain. Then visit the city gate flanked by two lofty towers, a long colonnaded way that was once lined with shops and mosaic pavements, the Agora and buildings that once Houses the Baths and Gymnasium. After lunch,We drive to the Antalya Aechaeological Museum, that houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the Stone Age to the present in several exhibition halls and an open-air gallery.Afternoon at leisure in Antalya to explore at your own pace
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Antalya.
 
Day 11 (Antalya, Fethiye) B L D 
This morning we depart Antalya for a drive to seeRoman ruins of Myra. We walk in the theatre,still very much intact with mask frizes in the stage area.The site of Myra also features house-tombs carved into the cliffs which are a source of amazement on thir own.Built in the fourth century BC.They are the oldest examples of Lycian tombs.Lunch in a local restaurant.Our next stos is a visit the Church of St. Nicolas in Demre.St.Nicolas was the bishop of this area and known as a protector of children,showering them with ğifts at every opportunity.Next we drive to Fethiye known one of best touristic resort in Turkey.Dinner and overnight at hotel in Fethiye.
 
 Day 12 (Fethiye, Pamukkale) B L D
After breakfast we depart for river cruise in Dalyan, the Dalyan River snakes amid bamboo and cattails, glimmering like the nearby Mediterranean Sea. Named for dalyans, the fishing weirs that have supported locals for centuries, the river reveals abundant birdlife. As we cruise this lovely waterway, we may well see some of the many species of birds that live here, from the shy ibis to the fearless gull. When our small riverboat brings us to Iztuzu Beach, we may also discover the Loggerhead Sea Turtles, depending on the season, who have nested here since the age of the dinosaurs. Here, we may be transported by the tranquil sands, which are bordered by the Dalyan on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. Then, we set out to visit the ancient Lycian site of Caunus, a beautiful ancient site where we clamber around the temples, baths, nympheum, and an ancient theater. We have striking views along the way of Lycian temple tombs hugging a rockLunch is  in a local restaurant.This afternoon we drive to Pamukkale to visit "The Cotton Castle" with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside.Before dinner take time to relax in the thermal pool or spa at your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 13 (Pamukkale-Aphrodisias, Kusadasi) B L D
After breakfast travel by coach to visit Aphrodisias, one of Turkey's most important archaeological discoveries of recent decades. These marvellous ruins rival Ephesus and include the Temple of Aphrodite with its dazzling white marble and a vast, virtually intact amphitheatre.We have lunch in a local restaurant. Later we drive to Ephesus area,tovisit also view the ruins of the sixth-century Basilica of St. John, said to stand over the burial site of the Apostle of Jesus, who is thought to have authored the Book of Revelation and the Fourth Gospel of the Bible while in Ephesus.Than drive to Kusadası for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 14 (Kusadasi) B L D
After breakfast, we drive for less than an hour to the world-famous ancient Greco-Roman site of Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk on the remarkably preserved wide marble streets, flanked by columns and temples. We see the Library of Celsus, a tiered façade decorated with exquisite statues. The amphitheater we’ll see is the same one where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians. And there are also remarkably preserved baths. Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. No longer standing, it was said to be one of the most colossal temples ever built.Lunch in a local restaurant,than . we also visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, nestled high in the hills overlooking the city of Ephesus. Later this afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the old turkish carpet-making tradition of Anatolia, befor we drive to hotel in Kusadası.
 
Day 15 (Kusadasi, Canakkale) B L D
Travelling Nourth down the mountainous coastline of Turkey our first stop will be at the ancient Acropolis of Pergamum, famous for its wealth of archaeological ruins where, from the Temple of Trajan, you will take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.After lunch we then continue down the Nourth Coast to the popular ruins of the ancient city of Troy, the site of the mythological battle Homer immortalized in his Illiad. Archaeologists have proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement here dating back to 3,000 BC. Then we drive to hoteı in Canakkale for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 16 (Canakkale, Istanbul) B L D
Our Gallipoli Campaign begins today. The peninsula is filled with cemeteries, a war museum and many memorials to the tragic events of 1915. As you enter this almost barren land, you can still sense the war and heartache that once dominated the landscape, breaking the silent air.Our first visits will be to Anzac Cove andBeach Cemetery - home to one of Australia's most legendary soldiers,Private John Simpson. We will then trace the steps of the ANZACs up into the rugged hills to visit theAnzac Memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Amongst the numerous sights also visited will be Shrapnel Valley, Walker’s Ridge, the Nek and the surrounding trenches. Our last stop on the Gallipoli Peninsula will be the Kapatebe War Museum with its absorbing collection of war relics and memorabilia. We have included a buffet lunch.Afternoon we drive to Istanbul.Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 17
After breakfast transfer to Atatürl Airport for your flight out.
 
Included
• Hotel Accommodation at below suggested hotels or similar • Sightseeing as per above itinerary • All escorted transfers • Daily breakfast, Lunches & Dinners where indicated. (Beverages are not included during lunches & Dinners) • Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicle depending number of pax • English speaking professional tour guide through the tour • All entry fees to the sites & museums • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff • Service charges & local taxes
Excluded
• Flight tickets (International & National) • Drinks and meals which are not listed at the itinerary • All personal expenses • Tips to the tour guide and driver.
Notes
Requested; This tour is available all year round except for January and February because of winter conditions in Cappadocia only, You need to bring good walking shoe or hiking shoe for hiking in one of the valley in Cappadocia,(hiking is optional and free of charge)
In this tour; 4 nights in ISTANBUL, 1 night in SAFRANBOLU,1 night in ANKARA, 3 nights in CAPPADOCİA, 2 nights in ANTALYA , 1 night in FETHİYE, 1 night in PAMUKKALE,  2 nights in KUSADASI, 1 nighr in CANAKKALE.
We visit; Hagia Sophia(Church of Divine Wisdom),St.Savior Chora(Kariye)Museum,Taksim Squere, Bosphoros cruiseSpice Market(Egyptian Bazaar)Bosphoros criuse,Topkapi Palace,Blue Mosque,Underground cistern,Grand Bazaar.Safranbolu,old Ottoman houses,Anatolian Civilizations Moseum,Mauseleum of Ataturk,Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride,Goreme Open Air Museum,Uchisar Castle,Avanos with Pottery and Ceramic(tile) making lesson,Zelve Open Air Museum,Kaymaklı Underground City,Pasabag valley,Dervent valley,Rose valley,Optional Whirling Dervish tour, Aspendoc theatre Perge site, Antalya Arkeological Museum,  Myra Roman city,Church of St. Nicolas, Dalyan river cruise,Iztuzu Beach,Caunos ancient city, Aphrodisias Roman site and Museum of Aphrodisias, Pamukkale,Ephesus, Basilika of St John,Virgin Mary,Temple of Artemis,Sirince village.Acropolis of Pergamon,Troy,Gallipoli,Beach Cametery,Anzac Memorials at Lone Pine.
16 Dinners,14 lunches and breakfasts are included.
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com