Turkey Cultural Tour   
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
REQUIRED; One flight;From Istanbul to Trabzon. In this tour;4 nights in ISTANBUL, 2 nights in BLACK SEA AYDER PLATEAU , 2 nights in TRABZON,2 nights in SIVAS , 1 night in ANKARA, 3 nights in CAPPADOCİA. 1 night in PAMUKKALE, 2 nights in KUSADASI, 1 night in CANAKKALE WE VİSİT; Black Sea Ayder Plateau, Kavran Plateau with a free optional hike, Sumela Monestary, Higia Sophia Church in Trabzon, Zagros Bridge, Sivas Sifaiye Theological School, Sivas Cifte Minareli (Double Minaret) Theological School, Divrigi UNESCO Site- old mosque and hospital, Cappadocia , Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Avanos with Pottery and Ceramic(tile) making lesson Kaymaklı Underground City, Pasabag valley, Dervent valley, Rose valley, Optional Whirling Dervish tour, carpet-making lesson, Hattusah -Hittitas city, Yazilikaya Open Air Museum, Pamukkale-Hierapolis, Aphrodisias,Ephesus,Temple of Artemis, Hous of the Virgin Mary,Basilic of St. John,Troy,Akropolis of Pergamum, Anzak Cove,Beach Cemetery,Shrapnel Valley,North Beach,Lone Pine,Quinn's Post, Chunuk Bair, 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.
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Black Sea Heritages with Cappadocia and Western Turkey Tour(18 nights/19 days)
Programme
Day 1 (Istanbul)
Arriving to Istanbul airport.Your tour guide meet you and transfer to your hotel .This evening your guide meets the group to inform you about the tour.Than to have dinner in a local restaurant.Stey and overnight at hotel in Istanbul.
 
Day 2 (İstanbul-Trabzon, Ayder plateau-Black sea) B L D
After breakfast we drive to  Airport to fly to Trabzon.With the arrival to  Trabzon airport we drive to Ayder plateau.The highlands in foothills of the Kaçkar mountain range with their unspoiled natural surroundings and charming highland houses are a must-see.  Lunch is on the way.  The Ayder Highland is the most well-known highland along the Black Sea. With the time permiting we may have an hike in one of the valley of Ayder  Plateau before arriving to hotel. The infrastructure is totally in place and it almost has the appearance of a small town. Besides the abundant plant and wildlife, it is also very famous for its thermal spring. Drive to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 3 ( Ayder-Kavran Highlands) B L D
Today we enjoy the beauty of black sea mountains with its pllateaus , to hire a minibus to go Kavron plateau.There we have an optional hike and lunch.
With an elevation of 1350 m. The Ayder Highland is the most well-known highland along the Black Sea. The infrastructure is totally in place and it almost has the appearance of a small town. Besides the abundant plant and wildlife, it is also very famous for its thermal spring. The hot waters (50 C) bring healing to rheumatism, various stomach and feminine ailments and. The area around this highland village, used as part of the ascent up the Kaçkar mountains, has abundant wildlife. Among the animals that can be seen are curly-horned mountain goats, lynx, bear and wolves. Çamlıhemşin-Aşağı and Yukarı Kavran Highlands The Aşağı Kavran highland, located 19 km in southeast of Çamlıhemşin, can be reached via a 10 km dirt road that starts in Ayder. There are minibuses that provide transportation. It is 3 km from Aşağı Kavran to Yukarı Kavran. It is about 8 km from the highland village of Yukarı Kavran, (elevation 2300 m) to the peak of Kaçkar Mountain (3937 m.). The village is the base camp for climbers on their way to Kaçkar. This village, which has no infrastructure, does have a small market that can provide basic necessities. Mules can also be rented here as pack animals for those climbing Kaçkar Mountain. Than we drive back to our hotel to have some rest and enjoy efternoon. Dinner is at  hotel.
 
Day 4  (Ayder, Trabzon) B L D
After breakfast wa drive to Trabzon , Before we leave Ayder region  you may have chance to have an Optional Rafting tour in Fırtına River. Than continue to drive for the lunch. After lunch on the way to see Sumela Monestary which is UNESCO World Haritage Site.Its construction began in AD 385. Clinging perilously to the sheer face of a cliff overlooking a lush valley, the 72-room monastery complex dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We have traditional black sea  foods for lunch. Trabzon, situated along Turkey's Black Sea coast, pausing for lunch en route. Trabzon is birthplace of Suleiman the Magnificent, the most influential and longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire.Drive to hotel for dinner and overnight in Trabzon.
  
Day 5 (Trabzon) B L D
Half day tour of Trabzon to seeHigh Sophia Church in Trabzon.Aya Sofya, a Byzantine-era cathedral adorned with spectacular frescoes.
Leaving the Aya Sofya, we discover more of Trabzon as we stroll from the Zagros Bridge to our hotel, where we enjoy dinner together this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight at hotel in Trabzon.
 
Day 6 (Trabzon, SIVAS) B L D
The province of Sivas is located at the eastern part of the Central Anatolian Region and is located on the course of the historical Silk Road and the Kings Road. The province of Sivas provides interesting vacation possibilities for visitors with its natural beauties, historical background and thermal springs. After lunch we visit highlights of Saljuk Turkish State and Mongolians buildings.Şifaiye Theological School: The structure is located at the city center inside the Seljukian park just opposite of the Double Minaret Theological School. The structure was constructed by the Sultan of the Seljukians I. İzzeddin Keykavus in 1217. The theological school was one of the oldest and greatest of the Anatolian Seljukian Medical schools and hospitals. The Sultan of the Seljukians I. İzzeddin Keykavus died in 1220 and rests at a mausoleum south of the Şifaiye Theological school as he had willed. Çifte Minareli (Double Minaret) Theological School: The theological school is located in the city center. The building was constructed by the vizier of İlhanlı, Şemseddin Mehmet Cüveyni in 1271. Only the original eastern side of the structure is still standing. Than drive to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7 ( Sivas- Divrigi UNESCO Site) B L D
The magnificent building called Divriği Ulu Camii and Daru'ş-şifa (old Mosque and Hospital) in the World Art History was built by lord of Mengücek Feudal Ahmet Şah in 1228. Şifahane (Hospital) was built by Ahmet Şah's wife Melike Turan. Divriği Ulu Camii is also known as Fatma Hatun Camii or Ahmet Şah Camii.
This building has some differences from the others. For example, the 3D geometric styles and botanic designs were said "unique" by art historians and architects. Designs which embroider on doors and walls are asymmetric and every square have over then a thousand patterns. The foreman had always renovated himself. All the styles were arranged for showing unity of God.
Divriği Ulu Camii and Daru'ş-şifa has four doors. They are Şifahane Taç Door, North Taç Door, West Taç Door, Şah Mahfili Taç Door. Each of them is different from the other and glorious. Divriği Ulu Camii is a marvellous architecture and engineering example with it's every units. After lunch ,we drive back to Sivas to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
 
Day 8 ( Sivas- Hittite site ,Ankara) B L D
After breakfast we drive to see Hittites capital city and open air temple.The archaeological site of Hattusha in UNESCO Sites List, former capital of the Hittite Empire, is notable for its urban organization, the types of construction that have been preserved (temples, royal residences, fortifications), the rich ornamentation of the Lions' Gate and the Royal Gate, and the ensemble of rock art atYazilikaya. The city enjoyed considerable influence in Anatolia and northern Syria in the 2nd millennium B.C.Afternoon we drive to Ankara city which is capital of Turky..Dinner and overnight at hotel in Ankara.
 
Day 9  (Ankara, Cappadocia) B L D
After breakfast 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. we drive to Cappadocia on the way we will have lunch.Upon arriving cappadocia we visit 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 Than we drive to hotel for dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
 
Day 10  (Cappadocia) B L D
Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most fanciful and recognizable landscapes,Today you may have an Optional Hot Air Balloon tour 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.turkey-cappadocia-tourThis nature site is the perfect place to take photos of remarkable landscape of tufa cones.Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 11  ( Cappadocia) B L D
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 calledcappadocia-valleys-turkey 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 have the unique opportunity to have hike to Rose Valley is a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages,cappacocia-valleys-tour-1 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 optional Whirling 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 12 ( Cappadocia, Pamukkale)  B  L  D
After breakfast drive to the petrified white lime cascades ofPamukkalehot-springs-formations-tour-turkey. Lunch is a local restaurant on the way to Pamukkale. Pamukkale, "The Cotton Castle" with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. At nearby Hierapolis we will see the stadium and take a fascinating stroll through the tombs of the Necropolis .
 
Day 13 ( Pamukkale-Aphrodisias, Kusadasi)  B L D
After breakfast travel by coach to visitAphrodisias, one of Turkey's most important archaeological discoveries of recent decades. These marvellous ruins rival Ephesus and include the aphrodisias-turkey-tourTemple of Aphrodite with its dazzling white marble and a vast, virtually intact amphitheatre.ephesus-tours-turkey-st-johnWe 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.ephesus-private-tour-turkey 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 ephesus-virgin-mary-hous-tourwas 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, pergamum-akropolis-turkey-tour 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, troy-tour-turkeythe 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 ( Caanzac-tour-gallipoli-turkeynakkale- Anzac Cove, Istanbul)
After breakfast we cross the Dardanelles br ferry to ANZAC Cove area. The peninsula is filled with cemeteries, a war museum and many memorials to the tragic events of 1anzacs-lone-pine-memorial-tour-turkey915. 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 toAnzac Cove and Beach 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 the Anzac Memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk BairWe have included lunch in a local restaurant.Afternoon we drive to Istanbul.Dinner and overnight at hotel in  Istanbul.
 
Day 17  Istanbul )  B
After breakfast, 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 architecturalıstanbul-hagia-sophia-tour-turkey 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. Thichora-monastery-mosaiks-tour-ıatanbuls 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.Continue your tour with the visit of 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 bosphoros-tour-ıstanbul-turkeyarched 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 our Bosporus 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. Following our cruise, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant
 
Day 18 (Istanbul) B D
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 theıstanbul-ottoman-topkapi-palace-tour 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,ıstanbul-blue-mosque-tour-turkey 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. Today lunch is on your own.ıstanbul-old-city-sightseeing-tours-turkey
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. we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant,than drive to Hotel.
 
Day 19   B
After breakfast transfer to Ataturk Airport for your flight our.
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 drivers
Notes
REQUIRED;  One flight;From Istanbul to Trabzon.
Book this tour in the middle of Summer whill south Turkey is too hot, It is difficult to wsit  Western and South of Turkey in the middle of Summer (July and August). But this tour gives you opportunity to visit highlands of Turkey in cool weather conditions, to see beautiful  high green mountains with traditional places and historical sits .
RECUESTED; You need to bring good walking shoe or hiking shoe for hiking in one of the valley in Cappadocia , Ayder-Kavran plateau of Black Sea region (hiking is optional and free of charge).
In this tour;4  nights in ISTANBUL, 2 nights  in BLACK SEA AYDER PLATEAU , 2 nights in TRABZON,2 nights in  SIVAS , 1 night in ANKARA, 3 nights in CAPPADOCİA. 1 night in PAMUKKALE, 2 nights in KUSADASI, 1 night in CANAKKALE
WE VİSİT; Black Sea Ayder Plateau, Kavran Plateau with a free optional hike,  Sumela Monestary, Higia  Sophia Church in Trabzon, Zagros Bridge, Sivas Sifaiye Theological School, Sivas Cifte Minareli (Double Minaret) Theological School,  Divrigi UNESCO Site- old mosque and hospital, Cappadocia , Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Avanos with Pottery and Ceramic(tile) making lesson Kaymaklı Underground City, Pasabag valley, Dervent valley, Rose valley, Optional Whirling Dervish tour, carpet-making lesson, Hattusah -Hittitas city, Yazilikaya Open Air Museum,  Pamukkale-Hierapolis, Aphrodisias,Ephesus,Temple of Artemis, Hous of the Virgin Mary,Basilic of St. John,Troy,Akropolis of Pergamum, Anzak Cove,Beach Cemetery,Shrapnel Valley,North Beach,Lone Pine,Quinn's Post, Chunuk Bair, 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.
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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