10D Let’s Go Turkey

Explore the wonders of Turkey including famous Spice Bazaar and unique terraces of Pamukkale.

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10D Let’s Go Turkey

Travelling period: 1 Apr 2018 – 31 March 2019 MEALS: 100% / HOTELS: 4* & 5*

Highlights:

  • ISTANBUL Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia Museum
  • CANAKKALE Ancient City of Troy, Trojan Horse PERGAMON Trajan Temple, Pergamon Palace
  • PAMUKKALE Cotton Castle
  • KONYA Mevlana Museum
  • CAPPADOCIA Underground City of Cardak, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Uchisar Castle village
  • ANKARA Ataturk Mausoleum

DAY 01: DEPARTURE / ISTANBUL (Meals on Board)
Meet at the airport for your international flight to Istanbul, the land of Crescent Moon, Turkey.

DAY 02: ISTANBUL / CANAKKALE (Lunch / Dinner)
Explore the highlights of Istanbul on a walking tour. Immerse to the Blue Mosque with its striking blue tiles that gives it the common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close is the Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. Thereafter Lunch, we depart to Canakkale, cross Dardanelle by boat.

DAY 03: CANAKKALE (TROY) / PERGAMON / KUSADASI (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Drive to the Ancient City of Troy for visit infamous tourist attraction in Troy, and see the Trojan Horse. This is a replica wooden horse that was given to the Trojans by the Greek Army. Then, proceed to visit the ancient Roman city of Pergamon, Asklepion, famous for the steepest theatre in Turkey, Trajan Temple, Athena Temple, Agora and Pergamon Palace. After lunch proceed to Kusadasi. Upon arrival visit Local Village Olive Oil & Turkish Delight Product Centre for taste and shopping.

DAY 04: KUSADASI / PAMUKKALE (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Visit the House of Virgin Mary, a typical 4th century AD Roman architecture made of stones. Setting off for Selcuk & explore Ephesus ancient city, one of the largest archaeological sites in existence and one of the 7 Churches of Revelation. You will find structures such as the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Marble Street and Agora. Next, visit the Turkish Leather showroom. After lunch, depart to Pamukkale which is a UNESCO World heritage Site, the magical and unique terraces created by deposits of white limestone from thermal springs.

DAY 05: PAMUKKALE / KONYA / CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Driving to Konya, visit the Mevlana Museum, the former lodge of the whirling dervishes and home to the tomb of the 13th century Philosopher Melvana Celaleddin-I Rumi. The building’s fluted dome of turquoise tiles is one of Turkey’s most distinctive sights. Continue the journey to Cappadocia, one of the most unique and stunning landscapes in the world where all sorts of  volcanic rock formations, including cones ravines and pinnacles.

DAY 06: CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Explore the ancient Underground City of Cardak, one of the largest underground cities in Turkey, cave churches which are nearly 1500 years old. The Goreme Open Air Museum, a compound comprising 29 rock-cut churches including some that date back to the 6th century. Next, proceed to Uchisar, an old village comprising small dwellings carved into a massive rock. Thereafter, visit a carpet factory and showroom and see a carpet-weaving demonstration to learn about the art of weaving Turkish carpets. Continue to their local Cave House and Avanos Pottery Village, set on the banks of the Kizilirmak (Red River). Enjoy the night with a fascinating Belly Dancing & Folk Dance with a drink.

DAY 07: CAPPADOCIA / ANKARA / BOLU (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
This morning, drive past picturesque Salt Lake and arrive into Ankara – Capital of Turkey. Our Ankara sightseeing highlights include the magnificent Ataturk Mausoleum. Lastly, we drive to Bolu for our overnight stay.

DAY 08 BOLU / ISTANBUL (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
This morning, drive back to Istanbul where we will visit the 500 years old Grand Bazaar which has more than 4000 shops selling leather goods, jewellery, handicraft, ceramics, Turkish coffee and other local products. Afterwards have lunch at Chinese Restaurant. The Hagia Sophia, listed as one of the famous dome cathedral in the world. Walk in the cathedral under Roman Constantine and a mosque under the Turks of which is a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Farewell Dinner will be served at Traditional Fresh Fish Food Restaurant at Kumkap? Street with Gipsy Singers.

DAY 09: ISTANBUL / HOME (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Check out from your hotel and join Bosphorus Cruise. Here, you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very best of life in Istanbul. Witness the magnificent architecture of the buildings along the Bosphorus and the interesting activities of our local people. We will get very chance of taking photo of Rumeli Castle and Anatolia Castle build by the conqueror of Istanbul in 1453. Lunch will be served at Fresh Fish Food Restaurant with a lovely Bosphorus and view of the Golden Horn. In the afternoon, just 5 minutes walking distance, visit the Historical Spice Bazaar. Here you will be able to shop for local herbs, spices, gifts and souvenirs during your free time. Lastly proceed to visit the Taksim Square and Istiklal Street; here you will be see local peoples life, theaters, cinema, cafes, pubs, shops and Art Galleries. Spend some free time around this area. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner will be served at well-known Turkish BBQ Restaurant. Transfer to the Airport for your flight to back home. (*Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your departure flight)

DAY 10: HOME

Remarks:

  • The sequence of the itinerary and hotel are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstance.
  • During major conferences, fairs & festivals, accommodation may be located in an alternate city without prior notice.
  • In the event that a place of visitor attraction is closed to visitors, it will be replaced with an alternative if possible.

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