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Geo 09 Grand Tour of Turkey GW 13 Nights

Geo 09 Grand Tour of Turkey GW 13 Nights

The most comprehensive and comfortable land tour of Turkey, visiting all points of interest with the most economical rates at deluxe hotels.
(Istanbul, Canakkale, Troy, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara) Guaranteed Departures Every Thursday ! (Please check availabilities in advance)

Day 1 Istanbul (-)
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing at the hotel with one (non alcholic) soft drink. Overnight at the hotel

Day 2 Istanbul (B)
Full Day Istanbul sightseeing tour including Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Haghia Sophia, the most influential church of Byzantium. Originally built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, reconstructed by Emperor Justinian in 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th century, it still stands today as one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. The magnificent interior is testament to the unique east-west synthesis that is manifest in Istanbul. Shimmering biblical mosaics juxtapose huge plaques bearing the names of Islamic caliphs. Blue Mosque, another of the world’s most important religious buildings. Built in the 16th century the mosque is unique for it’s 6 minarets and it’s celestial interior decorated with the famous blue Iznik tiles. The Hippodrome, scene of chariot races. Although little remains of the great stadium which, in its hey day, is thought to have held 100’000 people, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine are highlights. Grand Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultan’s from the 15th to the 19th century. With its impressive treasury, exquisite harem, attractive courtyards and pavilions housing huge collections of antiquities, Topkapi Palace offers a true insight into the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 Gallipoli / Dardanelles / Canakkale (B, D)
After breakfast departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair and Gabatepe War Museum then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4 Troy ¬Pergamum / Kusadasi (B, D)
After breakfast early departure for Troy, visit ancient TROY, see its legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse. Then procced to Pergamum and continue to Kusadasi for overnight.

Day 5 Ephesus & St. Mary’s House / Kusadasi (B, D)
Leave for Ephesus, veritable cradle of early Christianity Visit the HOUSE of the VIRGIN MANY, where she spent her last days. Proceed to Ephesus, and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are recently excavated. See the ODEON, BOULETERION, FOUNTAINS, TEMPLES, BROTHEL, LIBRARY, AGORA, GREAT THEATER, (Act.19-20) GYMNASIUMS, DOUBLE CHURCH, STADIUM. Visit a local carpet production center. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 6 Kusadası / Pamukkale (B, D)
Drive to Pamukkale ( the cotton castle ) one of the most spectacular sites. See the wonderful formations of stalacties and watch the cataracts falling into the basin at the bottom of the mountain. Walk around the ancient city of HIERAPOLIS, the MONUMENT and THERMAL BATHS. See the architectural genius of the PLUTONIUM, THEATER and magnificently well preserved NECROPOLIS. Year round swimming possibility in the natural hot spring pools, enjoy the thermal pools of the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7 Pamukkale / Perge¬ / Antalya (B, D)
Morning drive to Antalya, arrival at mid¬noon,pay a visit to the ancient city of Perge. Enjoy a relax afternoon by the Mediterranean coast. Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Day 8 Antalya (B, D)
Today is a free day you may pay attention to small local shops or you can get lost in European style Shopping Malls or take one of the optional tours such as the day cruise, or jeep safari. Overnight in Antalya.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 9 Antalya / Aspendos / Konya (B, D)
After breakfast depart for Konya. En route visit the famous theatre in Aspendos. Arrival in Konya and visit Mevlana Mausoleum and Karatay Museum, Koran School, then overnight in Konya. Tonight Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance.

Day 10 Konya / Cappadocia (B, D)
Morning departure for Cappadocia , on the way visit 13th century Agzikarahan caravansary the land of Fairy Chimneys . We pay a visit to the famous underground city of Kaymaklı before we check in our hotel. Local dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 11 Cappadocia (B, D)
After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.

Day 12 Cappadocia / Ankara (B, D)
Morning departure for Ankara capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history dating back 3000 years. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum that also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then, visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13 Istanbul (B, D)
After breakfast drive to Istanbul.
Tonight farewell dinner in a first class restaurant.

Day 14 Istanbul (B)
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Inclusions
* 13 nights accommodation
* 13 breakfasts
* 11 dinners as per itinerary
* Return airport transfers on SIC basis
* The tours as per itinerary with English speaking guidance on SIC basis by DLX Buses.
* Entrances
* Tips and portrage at hotels

Exclusions
* Flights
* Personal expenses
* Lunches
* Drinks at meals
* Tips to the driver and the guide

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