Turkey Country Side Tours
10 Days 9 Nights with 1 Domestic Flight
Day 01 Istanbul Arrival Day
Upon arrival in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport customer will welcome with Tempel Travel signage. Our English speaking assistant will transfer you to your hotel for check in process. Ps: Check in time in Turkey in between 1200hrs/1400hrs. Free and easy day for leisure
Day 02 Istanbul-Cappadocia (B,-,D)
After breakfast start Istanbul tour with following places: Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia
Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. In the
evening time take a domestic flight to Cappadocia and overnight in the hotel.
Day 03 Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Optional balloon tour. Depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 depending on the arrival time of the participants and visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years and then to Kaymakli Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors. Shopping time for the well-known merits of the area before returning to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia
Day 04 Cappadocia-Konya-Pamukkale (B,L,D)
Today’s ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to Konya to visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Then continue on to Pamukkale and overnight
Day 05 Pamukkale-Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis" , the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight
Day 06 Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Artemis Temple, Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. Selcuk Ephesus Museum. Time for shopping. Overnight in Kusadasi
Day 07 Kusadasi-Canakkale (B,L,D)
Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. In the afternoon continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, drive to Canakkale for overnight
Day 08 Canakkale-Istanbul (B,L,-)
After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrive in Istanbul late afternoon and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 09 Istanbul (B,-,-)
Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The
residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. Long Byzantine City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no
interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 Istanbul-Return (B,-,-)
After breakfast free time for leisure and transfer to airport flight back home….
1105 USD / Per Person in twin room share. 345 USD / Single Supplement.
English speaking guide, transportation, lunch (L), Dinner (D) entrance fees, parking and local taxes, Hotels “Istanbul Wyndham International 5 Stars”, “Cappadocia Dinler Nevsehir Hotel 4 Stars”, “Pamukkale Richmond Thermal Hotel 4 Stars”, “Kusadasi Tatlises Hotel 4 Stars”, “Canakkale Akol Hotel 4 Stars”, Airport transfers.
Tipping guide and driver, Personal Expenses, Domestic Flights “ estimated 1 way domestic trip domestic cost is 95USD per pax. If domestic ticket booking requested by tempel travel please inform us during booking. Airfare rates variable during actual booking day based on schedule and number of pax”, visa expenses if required
All the regular tour prices are valid for the pick-ups/drop-offs from/at the Ataturk International Airport .
All the rates are given in American Dollar and valid for English speaking guides until 31st December 2014.