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Geo 14 Diamond of Turkey GD 09 Nights

Geo 14 Diamond of Turkey GD 09 Nights

Combine the triangles to cover the most fascinating places in the country. See the biggest metropolis in Turkey, experience rural life in Cappadocia, visit the glorious civilizations of the past at Ephesus, and pamper yourself at the most popular tourist destination in Turkey, Antalya.

Day 01 Fly / Istanbul (-)
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, depart for a half-day Bosphorus Cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, and the Baroque summer palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After the cruise, visit the Spice Bazaar (closed on Sundays), a thrilling riot of colours, sounds, and the rich smells of exotic spices.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 02 Istanbul (B)
After breakfast, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district at the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum), built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD. This church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next, visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Walk through the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium, which held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Finish the tour at the Grand Bazaar, which was the commercial heart of the old city. Its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays), you may indulge in a little shopping, Ottoman style. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 03 Istanbul / Cappadocia (B/D)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival transfer to Cappadocia and Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Free for the rest of the day.Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 04 Cappadocia (B/L/D)
After breakfast start the sightseeing of the area including;
the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch. In the afternoon visit Open Air Museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castle at Uchisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 05 Cappadocia (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 depending on the arrival time of the participants from the other hotels, for a tour with 4kms hike through the Rose Valley with visits to the churches. Afterwards visit to the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch near Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotels. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 06 Cappadocia / Izmir/Kusadasi (B/D)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Izmir directly or via Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to Kusadasi check in to your hotel.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Kusadasi (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart for the sightseeing of Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity ( rev: 2-1-7.) Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her last days. Proceed to visit 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), Gymnasıums, Double Churches, Stadium. After lunch, visit the Archaeological Museum, Temple of Diana (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.). Overnight in Izmir.

Day 08 Izmir / Antalya (B/D)
After breakfast transfer to the Izmir airport to catch the flight to Antalya. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 09 Antalya (B/L/D)
PERGE, ASPENDOS, SIDE & MANAVGAT WATERFALLS The best possible tour to the ancient ruins and cities of Antalya, which reflects the glorious age of classical era. Perge is the largest ancient settling of both Hellenistic and Roman Age, which possesses a Roman Bath, Colonnaded Street, Agora, Stadium, and Water Aqueduct. These structures are in good order and well protected after the excavation. Second visit to Aspendos may excite the history like clients, as this is the best preserved Roman Theatre in the World which is still in use. This 15.000 seated theatre hosts many concerts and competitions, during the Song Festival. The third impressive site is Side whose name meant “Pomegranate” in antiquity. Today, it is a pretty Resort Town with two sandy beaches, many shops along the ancient street as well as Theatre, Agpra, ancient harbor, archeological museum. This triangle historical tour ends at Manavgat Waterfalls with refreshment break at the edge of showering water drops. This tour is also organized for the clients staying in Side & Alanya. Apart from the above program, the tour includes Antalya instead of Side. (Sun/Mon/Wed/Fri only)

Day 10 Antalya (B)
After breakfast free till check-out (latest check-out time is 1200 hours) and departure transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the next destination via Istanbul.

Inclusions
* 9 nights accommodation
* 9 breakfasts
* 7 dinners at hotels in Cappadocia, Kusadasi and Antalya
* 4 lunches during the full day tours in Cappadocia, Kusadasi and Antalya
* Return airport transfers on SIC basis
* The tours on SIC basis as per itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotel
* Entrances
* Tips and portrage at hotels

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


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