Istanbul Holidays

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Day 1: Istanbul

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 2: Istanbul

A short visit to the Grand Bazaar before the most enjoyable cruise starts between the two continents, Europe and Asia.

Day 3: Istanbul

Enjoy a guided tour exploring the ancient city includes Topkapi Palace, (closed Tuesday's), the main residence of Ottoman Sultans, Hagia Sofia - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian (closed Monday's), ancient seat of Byzantine Church, stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles, then Roman Hippodrome once used for Chariot races; finally the Spice Bazaar

Day 4: Istanbul - Cappadocia

After Breakfast, we transfer you to Ataturk Airport for our domestic flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival, visit the 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 Open Air Museum in Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years.

Day 5: Cappadocia

We will start our tour with 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.

Day 6: Cappadocia - Canakkale

Transfer to Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to Canakkale. Be ready, today is a big travel day ahead.

Day 7: Canakkale

After breakfast we will drive to Gallipoli; where you will visit naval battle that took place in the Dardanelles prior to the army landings. We will see Kabatepe Museum which houses a collection of historic items relating to the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I. We then continue to Johnston's Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches & tunnels), Brighton Beach and Beach Cemetery and Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held on Anzac Day every year, Ari Burnu Cemetery, where the Dawn Service was held until 1999, Australian Memorial at Lone Pine and The Nek where the tragic charge of the Light Horse took place, The New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair and Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial.

Day 8: Canakkale - Kusadasi

After Breakfast, drive to Kusadasi through Assos. A stop is made at the ancient ruins of Pergamum, home to one of the steepest, vertigo - inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre). We continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast.

Day 9: Kusadasi

Today, we explore legendary Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, revelling in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. We have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celsus, the gymnasium of Vedius, Stadium, and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. Continue to the Virgin Mary’s cottage and the Temple of Diana this afternoon before heading back to your hotel.

Day 10: Kusadasi - Pamukkale

We will visit to Aprodisias and driving east, we arrive at Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they are a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines.

Day 11: Pamukkale - Marmaris

We drive to the coastal town of Marmaris today. Arrive in Marmaris and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 12: Marmaris - Istanbul

After breakfast, we drive to the Dalaman airport for your flight back to Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 13: Istanbul

Departure transfer to the airport.

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