On arrival in Istanbul you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Later in the afternoon afternoon proceed for a half-day tour to visit City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Later, enjoy Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus an amazing cruise between the two continents EUROPE and ASIA. Enjoy beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages, Rumeli Fortress and Leander’s Tower (No interior visit). Overnight in Istanbul.
Today after breakfast proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district in the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia church which is one of the marvels of world architecture and its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum).Later visit the Blue Mosque, walk through the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium, finish the tour at the Grand Bazaar where you can shop for carpets and kilms, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, leather goods and more. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Today you will be transferred to airport for flight to Antalya. On arrival day is free at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Antalya. (B & D)
Today discover ancient Hellenistic and Roman treasures, ruins of Perge, the magnificently preserved 15,000 person theater of Aspendos and Kursunlu Waterfalls. Overnight in Antalya. (B, L, D)
Transferred to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination. (B)
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Next day, embark on for the Istanbul city tour. Visit the TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break and then we head to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul in Istanbul.
Free Day until departure for your domestic flight to Denizli. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale
08:00 we depart on our tour of Pamukkale travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Lunch, Pamukkale, and The Travertines of Pamukkale. After Pamukkale tour transfer to coach station for Antalya. It takes around 4 hours. Upon arrival, meet with our representative and proceed to hotel for check in. Rest of the day is yours. Dinner and overnight in Antalya
After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos. PERGE: According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. In the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprise that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After Perge, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way. ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
After breakfast, at 12:00 check out and free time till departure. Then we depart for Antalya airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Dinner and Overnight in Cappadocia. Next day, we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour.
After breakfast you will have free time for shopping in Cappadocia. Then we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
Begin your tour upon your arrival at Istanbul. The cultural and financial epicentre of Turkey, Istanbul is the best combination of old and new, manifested in a stunning mélange of domes, minarets, medieval towers, and sky reaching buildings. A representative will meet you at the airport and ensure your transfer to the hotel and upon check-in, spend some time at leisure. You could also step out to explore the exuberant city with your leisure time. At night, make your way to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
After a filling breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby to head out for breath taking sights of Istanbul. Begin the day with an excursion to Roman Hippodrome, an ancient Grecian stadium known for horse racing and chariot racing. Visit the Blue Mosque, the only mosque with six minarets to marvel at the magnificent domes and towering spires. Get a picture clicked in front of the beautiful German Fountain and then head to the Hagia Sophia - the Church of Divine Wisdom. Once an Orthodox and later Roman Catholic cathedral, Hagia Sophia is now the basilica's immersive museum. Follow your guide to the Grand Bazaar for a demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Enjoy a short stopover to relish a delicious lunch. Satiated, you will make your way to the Topkapı Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that once served as a major residence for Ottoman sultans and features exhibits of historical importance. Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace.
Wake up to a beautiful morning in Istanbul and start your day with a delicious breakfast. Check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the airport from where you would take a flight to Kayseri (own expense). Upon your arrival at the Kayseri Airport, meet a representative who would be assisting you to reach the hotel at Cappadocia. Counted amongst the most incredible sites in Turkey, Cappadocia is a rock wonderland, best known for its unique landscape, underground cities and cave churches. Post check-in, you can spend the rest of your day at leisure. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Cappadocia.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel; prepare to witness dramatic rock formations on a full-day Goreme City Tour. Start your sightseeing with a short stopover at UC Guzeller, the famous fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Go on to roam the Devrent Valley, with dramatic rock formations shaped by the winds to look like camels, seals, snakes, dolphins and other animals. After lunch, venture into Goreme Open Air Museum to explore churches, chapels, and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. After your drop to the Airport, return to the hotel for a tasty dinner and retire to the room for a comfortable overnight stay.
Begin this day with a scrumptious breakfast and embark on an hour long drive to reach Kayseri Airport. Thereupon, board a flight to reach Antalya (own expense), a gateway to the Turkish Riviera. A wonderfully preserved historical city cum port, tucked into a crescent-shaped bay amidst the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is a splendid Roman-era harbour with some of the finest beaches. From the airport, board a shared coach/vehicle (SIC) to reach the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and spend the rest of the day as you please. You could make the most of your free time by exploring the buzzing yet exotic beaches of Antalya (own expense). Make your way to the Lara Beach, an ideal place to indulge in water sports activities like water skiing, kayaking, etc. You could also visit Konyaalti Beach, to the west of the old city, which is lined with plenty of restaurants, cafés, shops and snack bars. After being dropped to the hotel in the evening, relish a scrumptious dinner and a comfortable stay. Next day, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the Antalya airport on a shared basis in a coach/bus (seat in coach). Head back home filled with lasting memories.
Bosphorus Cruise Day 1 13:00 to 17:00 Duration - 4:00 hours 0 Embark on a Bosphorus cruise and marvel at the view of extravagant palaces, Ottoman-era villas and other sights ranged along the European and Asian banks. See the crenelated 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, the bustling cafes on the Asian waterfronts, and pass the Beylerbeyi Palace and elaborate gardens of Yildiz Palace. Disembark and enjoy a panoramic coach drive that lines the Golden Horn, an inlet that separates old and new European Istanbul. Pass through the former Jewish quarter of Balat with its synagogues, balconied townhouses, stepped sidewalks and visit the Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, built entirely from cast iron. Continue to visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Jewish Hospital and explore the remains of Istanbul's Roman- and Byzantine-built city walls. Later, enjoy a cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill and admire the unbroken views of the entire city.
Half day city tour of Istanbul Day 2 07:30 to 11:30 Duration - 4:00 hours 0 The highlights of this tour begins with a a visit to the magnificent Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia. The Byzantine architecture of this church ha served as an inspiration for many other Ottoman mosques.It is now a museum and a component of UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the Blue Mosque one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.Proceed to the Hippodrome the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople.It is one of the most popular place and promenades. It is decorated with monuments brought in from the world such as the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.Later, end the tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar,where you can shop for carpets, jewellery, leatherand souvenirs.
On arrival, you will be transferred from airport in Kayseri to hotel in Cappadocia. En route, visit Red Valley; one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and enjoy hiking through the valley. After hiking, take a short halt at Old Cavusin Village. The village is known for its houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. Relish lunch and visit the Kaymakli Underground City, followed by a visit to the Pigeon Valley. Admire the spectacular views of the natural cliffs and the man-made caves and passes from Pigeon Valley.
Admire the lunar-like geological rock formations, volcanic pinnacles, bizarre shaped boulders, and fairy chimneys. Learn in detail as to how the natural forces eroded these formations over millennia. Continue to Pasabag, known as Monks Valley and get to know about the monks and hermits that once found solitude within these lonely cone shelters. Thereafter, enjoy a pottery workshop in Avanos and relish local lunch. Later, visit the Gerome Open Air Museum, recognised for medieval monastic complex of painted cave churches and dwellings, carved out of the tufa rock by the Christian monks. Also stop for marvelous photo opportunities at the Citadel of Uchisar and Esentepe.
Transfer from hotel in Cappadocia to airport in Kayseri, to board the flight to Antalya (Seat in coach). Transfer from airport to hotel in Antalya (Seat in coach). The rest of the day is at leisure.
City Tour of Antalya. Discover ancient Hellenistic and Roman treasures, including the ruins of Perge. It was one of the most important towns of ancient Pamphylia. Inside the site, walk through the massive Roman Gate with its four arches. Beyond the Hellenistic Gate, with its two huge towers, is the fine colonnaded street, where an impressive collection of columns still stands. Then, proceed to Aspendos Antique Theatre that bears one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Anatolia. Records hold Aspendos’ history goes back as far as 1000 BC and flourishing in the 5th century BC, where it became a center of trade and industry with its abundance of oil, wool, and salt. Continue to Kursunlu Waterfall, a unique place with its backdrop of green nature and one of the most attractive landscapes in Antalya. In the course of the tour, make time for lunch at a local restaurant. Next day, departure transfer from hotel to airport in Antalya to board the flight to Istanbul (Seat in coach). Fly back home with sweet memories of this tour.
Arrival at Istanbul airport. Meet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul
Full Day Regular Istanbul Old City Tour with Lunch. Visit to Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Sultan Tombs. Overnight in Istanbul.
Half Day Cable Car & Bosphorus Cruise Tour. Visit to Boat Trip on the Bosphorus, Pierre Loti Hil by cable car, Golden Horn & City Walls, Overnight in Istanbul.
Transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Antalya. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Antalya
Full Day Antalya City Tour ,visit Perge, Aspendos Ancient Cities and finally Kursunlu Water fallsor Side an cient Cities. Overnight in Antalya.
Full Day Boat Kemer Tour, visit to Cleopatra Bay and Cennet Bay . Overnight in Antalya. Next day, check out and transfer to Antalya airport for your flight back home.
Arrive to Istanbul and transit connection to domestic sector for your flight to Kuşadası (Izmir). You will reach Izmir after 1hr flight, then Kuşadasi 1hr drive to reach your hotel. Next day, embark on tour to Ephesus ancient city the greatest of all ancient sites in Anatolia. Celsius Library, the Temple of Hadrian, Marble Street and the great theatre with 24,000 seats. The House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days.
Early depart for domestic flight to Antalya. The airport representative will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.Today you are free to enjoy this easy city on your own. City center is small enough to have a walk trip. Optional tour ; Perge & Aspendos city tour with supplement cost: The world famous ancient theatre with 50,000 seating capacity and Perge along with Manavgat Waterfalls is available. Overnight in Antalya.
After the breakfast,free day at lesuire on your own.Overnight in Antalya.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul, check-in to the hotel and leave for Half day tour in the afternoon by sailing along Bosphorus Sea. Overnight in Istanbul. Average Pick-up time for Afternoon City Tour: 13:00 Approximate Tour Duration: 04 hrs
Full day tour starts with Hippodrome and Blue Mosque; a 17th century Ottoman Mosque with magnificent interior with blue tiles. St Sophia and Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans. Finally the Grand Bazaar, world famous shopping arcade. Overnight in Istanbul.
After the breakfast, free day at leisure on your own. Overnight in Istanbul. Next day, return home to India with Sweet Memories.
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