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Konya Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF TURKEY 759

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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

After breakfast, there is a full day guided tour which includes St. Sophia (closed on Monday's), the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537 which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years, the Byzantine Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500-year-old red granite obelisk brought from Egypt and erected here in 390 AD. The Ottoman Empire produced marvelous architecture and you'll see two of its finest works: Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesday's), home of the sultans, and the famed Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After all these visits, you'll venture into the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar.

Day 3: Istanbul

Start the tour at the Spice Bazaar, then on with the Bosphorus Cruise. The magical journey which covers both European and Asian shores will let you see the marvelous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace and Ortakoy.

Day 4: Istanbul - Canakkale

Depart early morning for your afternoon tour of Gallipoli. After arriving at Gallipoli you will visit, The World War I open air museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. We stop for lunch and then continue your tour. After touring you will be transferred to your hotel in Canakkale.

Day 5: Canakkale - Kusadasi

After breakfast, we drive to legendary Troy, a 5000 years old archaeological city. We visit the reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which was used in Trojan War. We continue our trip south to visit ancient city of Pergamum, one of Turkey's oldest civilized settlements and it has been inhabited from pre-historic times through the Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. It has yielded archaeological treasures whose importance is recognized world-wide. Continue to Kusadasi and arrive late in the afternoon. Overnight Efe Boutique

Day 6: Kusadasi

Take a short drive to enjoy a guided tour at the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like. Then continue to marvelous village of Sirince where you be able to experience one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. You may be able to do shopping and taste delicious wines of the village. Overnight Efe Boutique

Day 7: Kusadasi - Pamukkale

Drive to Pamukkale which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish. Then visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.

Day 8: Pamukkale - Konya

We drive to Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome, is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb and shrine of the Mevlana, or Rumi, which remains an important place of pilgrimage.

Day 9: Konya - Cappadocia

After breakfast, we will drive to Cappadocia. En route visit Sultanhan Caravansarai. Arrive Cappadocia in the afternoon. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Tafoni Cave

Day 10: Cappadocia

Full day touring with valleys to see the remnants of some older churches, rock formations and Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Stop by Avcilar and pigeons valley to experience the moon-like topography of Cappadocia. Continue to Open Air Museum in Goreme to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century) and Pasabagi Valley. Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. Overnight Tafoni Cave

Day 11: Cappadocia - Istanbul

Today you will be transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Zeus Hotel

Day 12: Istanbul

Today we farewell to Turkey with a transfer is to the airport.

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