Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...
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Welcome to Istanbul and the beginning of your adventure with On The Go Tours! On arrival you will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to you hotel. The rest of the day is yours free to explore your new surroundings.
Today we have a full day to explore this ancient city.Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents, sits on the Bosphorus - the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia and encompasses the natural harbour - the Golden Horn.. Its illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar with over 6,000 shops, the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market and the colourful street life. Our tour takes in the Byzantine Hippodrome, The Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace including the harem.
After breakfast ,we will drive to Eminönü to visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme, rise from hundreds of olourful muslin bags at every store-front. Then we will have 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 residentials and luxurious apartments.
Today we have a free day in Istanbul to explore at your own leisure.
Today we journey to Gallipolli were we tour ANZAC cove and the battlefield monuments including Anzac Cove , Nek , Conk Bair ,Lone Pine, the 57.th regiment memorial and the war museum. With many untold stories, this very historic site in which will remain with you for years to come. This evening we cross the dardanelles.
Today we continue to Sirince- a beautiful town perched on hilltops in the Aegean hinterland. The town was first inhabited by Ottoman Greeks in the 15th century. The story goes that the Greeks called the town Kirkinca, which the Turkish people pronounced as Cirkince, meaning ‘ugly’. Although the name did not fit the description of the town, it was hoped people would stay away and leave the inhabitants to enjoy the town in peace. As the population increased with Turkish settlers, the name was changed to Sirince, meaning ‘pleasant’. And the town is indeed pleasant – well preserved local architecture is enclosed by vineyards, peach orchards and olive groves.
Today we take a day tour to 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, Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, it became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Our tour includes visits to Ephesus's magnificent library,theater and temples as well as a visit to the House of the Mother Mary before we return to Sirince for the evening.
This morning we say goodbye to this beautiful town with a transfer to Izmir airport to catch our flight to Kayseri. On arrival in Kayseri you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel In Cappadocia.
Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of the area. The rock is believed to have been formed from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and rocks formed in lakes and streams in the area. Begin the day with hot air ballooning over the city before enjoying a full days touring.of the Kaymakli Underground City, Open Air Museum in Goreme and the natural fortress in Uchisar. This evening perhaps take in a Dervish Show- this can be pre booked or arranged locally with your guide.
This morning we climb up to Chaser Natural castle, continue to soganli valley to walk on the moon-like topography of Cappadocia. We then stop to enjoy Lunch in a local recommended restaurant (not included). We will continue our discovery walking through the Derbent and Red Valley. We return back to your hotel after the tour.
Today you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul where our arrangements will end.