Pearls of Turkey – 7N/8D

$596.00

Istanbul, Cappadoccia, Izmir, Ephesus
You explore the best highlights of of this astounding country. From Istanbul bridging two continents to the Anatolian plateau, and to the sparkling shores of the Aegean, you will marvel at the variety and diversity of this land.

Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel by Orion staff or guide.

 

Following breakfast, we drive to the ‘Old City’ where we visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles, and Haghia Sophia. This church – turned mosque – turned museum takes the breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and magnificent dome. Next we visit the spectacular Topkapi Palace that was built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire for many centuries (1453-1852). We see the extravagant Treasury. Last stop at Grand Bazaar (Sunday closed). Dinner at outside restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

 

Departure from the hotel for a visit to the Spice Bazaar where we will experience the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme rising from every store, the same smells that filled the air over 400 years ago. We then embark on a scenic tour of the Bosphorus, the natural waterway that divides Asia from Europe, viewing imperial palaces, castles, palatial homes, and the two magnificent suspension bridges. On the Asian side we visit Beylerbeyi palace and Camlica Hill which is one of the highest points in Istanbul, offering breathtaking views in all direction. Then transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport to catch your flight to Kayseri.or Nevsehir Pick up from Kayseri airport in the morning and drive to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.

 

After breakfast visit Kizilcukur valley where you will visit Uzumlu (Grape) church. It is hollowed out like a monastic  complex where monks lived. Then we proceed to village of Cavusin, one of many ancient villages of Cappadocia. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches but we still have beautiful fairy chimneys.  Ozkonak   or Kaymakli Underground city is on our program to enjoy.. You will still see pigeons and storage rooms etc. in the Pigeon valley.  Ample time will be allocated to see Turkish carpets, pottery and Cappadocia souvenirs. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia

 

After breakfast we drive to Kayseri airport to catch a flight to Izmir.Transfer to Kusadasi Hotel. Dinner and overnight.

 

The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which called Ephesus, stroll past the celsus library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. At the end Leather Fashion show will be full of fun. Transfer back to Kusadasi.

 

Drive to Pamukkale that has the meaning of   the Cotton Castle in English. Once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Pamukkale terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters.

 

Transfer to Izmir airport to catch a flight to Istanbul & connecting flight to your home

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2 TO GO

Included

  • Hotel accommodations at local 4 star hotels or equivalent
  • Meals are specified in the itineraries as B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner.
  • Service charges,V.A.Tax, professional English speaking guide, baggage handling charges, admission fees as per itinerary.
  • Touring by A/C First Class Coach or Midi-bus or Minibus (Depending on the size of the group).
  • Mineral water will be provided during the tours & meals
  • Should there be any changes in the tax ratio it will be reflected on rates

Excluded

  • Personal expenses, domestic air ticket, soft drinks, tea and coffee during meals, tips to guide and driver.
  • Tipping is a common and expected practice; therefore, USD 5.00 for guide & USD 3.00 for driver per person per day should be included in your budget for the groups
  • In case of a private tour for less than 5 people, minimum of USD 20.00 for guide & USD 10.00 for driver per day should be given.
  • Transfers from/to ATATURK Airport to Hotels in European side of Istanbul USD 10.00 for transferman & USD 10.00 for driver should be given for one way transfer.
  • Transfers from/to Airport SAW to Hotels in European side of Istanbul USD 14.00 for transferman & USD 14.00 for driver should be given for one way transfer.
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