10 Days Turkey Elements

Itinerary

DAY 1:     ARRIVE ISTANBUL
Arrive Istanbul Atatürk Airport; met by our representative and transferred to the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

Dinner tonight is on your own.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Note:
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

DAY 2:    ISTANBUL CITY TOUR & GRAND BAZAAR (B)
In the morning, visit the massive Hagia Sophia which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times.

Across from St. Sophia, is Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque - built in the 16th century, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets, it is also known as the Blue Mosque. Next, nearby, we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place.

And at the sprawling Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans, see The Treasury with its amazing collection work of art in the form of thrones, armoury, swords, costumes, heirlooms, jewellery and holy relics

After lunch, you will be taken to the Grand Bazaar; in this labyrinth of streets and passages there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.

After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul.

NOTE: Hagia Sophia is open every day however Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays while Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these
days,  you will be offered to visit the Underground Cistern instead of Topkapi Palace Museum, and Grand Baazar is replaced with Spice Bazaar.

DAY 3: BHOSPORUS CRUISE. ISTANBUL-IZMIR/KUSADASI (B,D)
In the morning, enjoy a delightful Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. Take in the array of modern and ancient sites from your boat deck. If time permits, before lunch, stop at the Spice Market (aka Egyptian Bazaar).

After lunch, proceed tor Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your domestic flight to Izmir (included in the rate).

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 4:    KUSADASI-EPHESUS-SIRINCE VILLAGE (B, L & D)
A tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world shows off edifices such as the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary.

After lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. Then, we will do a Turkish Village Tour of Sirince where their houses on the slope are all with white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey, especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers.

On the way back to Kusadasi, we will visit one of the famous leather production centres of the region, where you will have the opportunity to purchase at factory prices.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 5:    KUSADASI-PAMUKKALE (B, L & D)
In the morning, a three hours drive brings you to Pamukkale for both of your lunch break and hotel stay.

Afterwards, we shall visit the ruins of Hierapolis and the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) where you will have an option to walk around this natural phenomenon and to lie in the waters of the natural springs.

Overnight in Pamukkale.

DAY 6:   PAMUKKALE-ANTALYA (B, D)
Today, from Pamukkale to Antalya, is by luxury public bus. This service is door to door, you will be picked from your hotel and dropped off at Denizli bus station. And again picked from bus station in Antalya and dropped off at your hotel in Antalya. Tea, coffee, snacks and TV are available on the buses.
The drive to Antalya takes five hours inclusive of one break at midway.

By late afternoon, check into your hotel.

Overnight in Antalya.

DAY 7:    ANTALYA-PERGE & ASPENDOS TOUR (B, L & D)
After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos.

PERGE: 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.

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.

Overnight in Antalya.

DAY 8:    ANTALYA-CAPPODOCIA (B, D)
After breakfast, 12:00 hrs 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.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Note: If you wish to join the optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please inform your guide because it will take place early the next morning.

DAY 9:     CAPPADOCIA TOUR (B, L & D)
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result, phallic like rock pillars have formed naturally in this unbelievable strip of land, that is both enchanting and mysterious.

Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.

After lunch, proceed to Avanos to visit a pottery workshop and at Pasabagi, see Cappadocian hand woven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia.

Expect to be back at your hotel by six in the evening.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 10:    CAPPADOCIA-ISTANBUL. DEPART ISTANBUL (B)
Proceed to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul (included in the rate). Upon arrival, connect to your international flight and depart Istanbul.

Hotels

Hotels
Hotel List Class Turkey Elements
Rate Per Person(in RM)
April-October 2017 °
2N Istanbul FERONYA
4*
RM 4795


2N Kusadasi: MARINA 4*
1N Pamukkale: TRIPOLIS 4*
2N Antalya: BEST WESTERN PLUS KHAN 4*
2N Cappadocia: TASSARAY 4*

 

Remarks

- Rate per person is on twin share basis; minimum 02 adults

- (°) Rate is subject to change; actual rate to be informed upon booking on your selected dates
    
- Rate may change on irregular fluctuations in the currency exchange rate.

Departure dates are from Istanbul.
Therefore, depending on your international flight schedule, you might have to do a pre or post tour stay (excluded from the rate).

Excludes any international flights; includes three Turkey domestic airfares.


Package Includes:
Airport transfers, two domestic Turkey airfare (Istanbul-Izmir, Antalya-Kaysari & Kaysari-Istanbul), accommodation, meals and
tours with transportation, guide and entrance fees.

Package Excludes:
Airfares (international), domestic airport tax (if applicable), pre or post tour land arrangements, peak season surcharges,
optional tours, soft drinks & beverage, additional meals, gratuities and personal incidentals.

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