Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey. You will be met on arrival at Istanbul airport by our staff and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours, free to explore.
Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
Pick-up from your hotel at approximately 8.00am for your full-day city tour which includes:
- The Hippodrome – once the scene of ancient chariot races, and with its four monuments: the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Thedosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
- Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque – across from the Sophia, and built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior, which is decorated with thousands of blue Iznik tiles.
- Hagia Sophia – built by Constantine the Great in the 4th Century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, this ancient basilica is one of the greatest architectural marvels of all time.
- Grand Bazaar (covered market) In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops organized into different trade areas – the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand-painted ceramic plates, copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyxware, meerschaum pipes and more.
- Lunch served at a local restaurant (Drinks are extra).
- Little Hagia Sophia Mosque – a former orthodox church, which was converted to a mosque around 1506. Built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian, its early domed-basilica is similar in style to that of the famous Hagia Sophia. Dating back to the 6th Century, it is one of the oldest churches in Istanbul.
- Topkapi Palace – the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Today it houses an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry, thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle and the Chamber of Sacred Relics which is a collection of religious items gifted to the Ottoman Sultans, including some items associated with Muhammed. (Note: the Harem is not included in the program, and a visit to the Harem is subject to an additional entrance fee).
After finishing the tour, return to the hotel. Free evening tonight or optional Istanbul evening shows or Bosphorus dinner cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner.
Overnight in Istanbul (B, L)
Day 3 – Istanbul – Antalya
Pick up from your hotel. We start the tour with a drive along the old city walls which have only been breached twice – the first breach was during the Fourth Crusade in 1204, and the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
We then continue our drive along the Golden Horn, a natural and secure harbor which divides the European shore of Istanbul into two and has played an important role in the development and protection of Istanbul. Approximately 8km long, the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus.
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) – where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of every conceivable herb and spice, including cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme.
Boat Trip on the Bosphorus – we finish our tour with a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus between the two continents of Europe and Asia, passing Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions, going up to the Rumeli Fortress (viewed from the sea – no interior visit) which was critical to the conquer of Istanbul by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II in 1453.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. (Drinks are extra)
After lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your domestic flight to Antalya. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Antalya.
Overnight in Antalya (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Antalya – Waterfall tours
Antalya’s lush green countryside is home to some beautiful waterfalls which we visit on this tour:
Duden Waterfall: An interesting river reflecting the characteristics of the underground rivers of the region. The river surfaces after 9 km underground, creating 2 waterfalls, one inland and one right on the coast. The shade and cool, moist are a great way to beat the summer heat.
Kursunlu waterfall: A waterfall where you can step into the coolness of the clear waters cascading off a cliff into a small lake full of fish and geese. The walking route around the fall, under entwined plants and ivy is a lovely way to explore this site.
Overnight Antalya. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Pamukkale Tour
We make an early start today for our drive to Pamukkale, where we will visit the ruins of ancient Hierapolis, formerly an ancient Greco-Roman city in Phrygia co-located with hot springs in South West Anatolia.
Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the 2nd Century B.C.E. and people came to soothe their ailments with many of them retiring or dying here.
Some of the highlights include the large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, the main street with the gates and latrines, cathedral, the theatre and St. Philips tomb. The hot springs causing cascades which are often called the “Cotton Castle”. After finishing the tour, transfer to the hotel in Pamukkale.
Overnight in Pamukkale (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour
This morning we drive to the town of Selcuk (approximately 3 hours) where first we will visit Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, standing today next to Ephesus antique city. Then we will drive to Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the most important harbor cities in antique world and also it is mentioned in the book of Revelations as one of the seven churches. Also Celsus Library and theater in Ephesus are the other highlights.
In Ephesus we will see the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the fountain of Trajan and the Theater. We will have lunch in a local Turkish restaurant and drive to Virgin Mary’s house. This place was discovered by Lazarist priests after a German nun described the house and the mountain as the last residence of Virgin Mary after she had some visions.
Today this place is an important place for both Muslims and Christians, and is under the care of Lazarist Fathers who still celebrate mass here. Our last stop is Saint John’s Basilica in Selcuk on Ayasuluk Mountain. Our tour finishes at approximately 16:00. You will be dropped back to your hotel.
Overnight in Kusadasi (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Izmir – Home via Istanbul
Your Western and Southern Turkey Tour ends after breakfast. Check out from the hotel then transfer to the airport for your onwards flight. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Glorious DMC Turkey Tour. (B)
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- 2 nights hotel in Istanbul on BB basis
- 2 nights hotel in Antalya on HB basis
- 1 night hotel in Pamukkale on HB basis
- 1 night hotel in Kusadasi on HB basis
- 6 breakfasts, 5 local lunches, 4 local dinners
- Guided Istanbul City Tour on SIC basis
- Guided Cappadocia City Tour on SIC basis
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicles
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfers for all mentioned airports
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Children 0-3 years are free of charge.
Children 4-11 years are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour.
- The Mercure Hotel Taksim 4*
- BW Khan Hotel 4*
- Colossae Thermal Hotel 5*
- Marina Hotel 4*
Quoted price per person on a twin share basis
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