Upon your arrival to Istanbul our tour guide meets you at hotel and drive to historical peninsula with our new brand tour transportation vehicle (in about 15 minutes).
Topkapi Palace – A huge walled complex hugging the Bosporus, the former palace of the Ottoman sultans is now a museum with an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels including the Topkapi Diamond.
Hagia Sophia – The Emperor Justinian built St.Sophia when Istanbul was Constantinople. This magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome, a lengthy nave and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones and pillars from Ephesus.
Blue Mosque – Six graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city’s most recognized landmarks. The superb interior is decorated with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome – The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum and could seat 100,000 spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor. Overnight in İstanbul.
Meet at the hotel and Continue for a full day tour;
Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar), it was built in 1664 as a part of the Yeni Cami complex which is located next to it. Misir in Turkish means Egypt and it is called the Egyptian Bazaar because the shopkeepers used to sell spices and herbs which were brought from or through Egypt. During the Ottoman period it was known as a place where shops sold only spices. Today there are only a few spice and herb specialists. The rest sell dried fruit, borek, basket work, jewelry, haberdashery, drapery and suchlike. The bazaar has an “L” shape with six gates.
Bosphorus Cruise, Discover the absolute best of Istanbul by sea for a memorable Bosphorus Cruise between two continents Asia and Europe.
Beylerbeyi Palace, Beylerbeyi, built by under Sultan Abdulaziz by another member of the talented Balyan family of architects in the Europoean style of Dolmabahce, was the second palace to be built on the Bosphorus and served as a summer residence and guest quarters for visiting dignitaries during thie visits to the city.
Bosphorus Bridge, Also known as the First Bosphorus Bridge, the Bosphorus Bridge is just one of the two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey. It spans the Bosphorus Strait and bridges the gap between Asia and Europe. The other bridge across the Bosphorus Straight is the Second Bosphorus Bridge, more formally known as the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.
Camlica Hill, After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Hotel and continue for a half day tour;
Dolmabahce Palace: Built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk transferred all government functions to the youthful capital but on his visits to Istanbul Ataturk occupied only a small room at Dolmabahce Palace as his own. He stayed, welcomed his foreign guests and made a practical center for national, historical and language congress and for international conferences.
Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.
After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
Morning or Afternoon Optional (extra charge): Turkish Hammam.
We will pick you up from your Hotel. Upon entering the hammam, you will be given a key for a locker on a wristband for you. You will also be given a a cotton wrap-around sarong (pestemal), a pair of slippers or wooden clogs to wear around your feet. You go to a cubicle to change into just the “pestemal” (you can leave you swimwear if you like). You leave your clothes and valuable into the lockers and off we go.
You’re taken to a steamy,warm, humid room surrounded with marble-lined sitting, marble wash-basins running hot and cold water to mix to dowse yourself using traditional metal bowls. This is where you relax, enjoy the steam. Soft and relaxing light is diffused from the little round glass holes in the ceiling.
In the center of the Hamam (Turkish-bath) is a raised marble platform “gobektasi” (navel stone). This is a bearable hot platform for you to relax, sit, lay, work up a sweat, get your scrub and soap massages. You will get a brisk rub of your body with a coarse loofah mitt to remove layers of dead skin.
Then you will get a soap massage. Masseuse willcover you head to toe with rich white frothy bubbles, using a cloth bag . Then will massage all over your body with a gentle pressure on your bones. You will have eased muscles you never knew you had. You will love it. It is heaven!
Finally you will take a shower. You will be given a thick cotton towel to cover yourself and be left in a cool room for relaxation. you will be offered drinks of your choice here.
o We will spend the morning in the Goreme Open Air Museum.
o Devrent Valley.
o Avanos-world famous pottery centre.
o Stop at the Uchisar Castle.
o (Optional) Evening at caravanserail to see a Whirling Dervish ceremony.
o Overnight in Cappadocia
Morning Optional: Sun rise balloon flight in Cappadocia.
o Breakfast in a village house with Turkish Style breakfast.
o Walk around the RED VALLEY.
o Lunch in the village.
o Under ground city of DERINKUYU.
o We can stop at the carpet cooperative where people from the village make carpets.
o Overnight in Cappadocia
Early in the morning meeting in the Hotel. Ihlara Valley near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz (two of the three volcanoes of Cappadocia) is a canyon with a depth of approximately 100m and was formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago. It begins at Ihlara village and ends with Selime Monastery at Selime village after making 26 bends along 14 kilometers.
It is believed that the valley housed more than four thousand dwellings and a hundred cave churches decorated with frescoes. Around eighty thousand people once lived in Ihlara Valley.
There are 4 entrances to Ihlara valley. The first one is at the start of the valley in Ihlara Village. The second one opens to the 4th kilometer of the valley and it is the most popular entrance.
Following your pick-up from the hotel, the tour begins in the city of Priene. This 2,500-year-old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets. Set dramatically at the foot of a mountain side, Priene overlooks the Meander River.
The tour then moves onto the ruins of Miletos, near the Aegean Sea. Here you can explore the ancient theatre, built around the 4th century BC, which once accommodated more than 15,000 spectators. You will also visit the well-preserved Bath of Faustina ,named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius who ordered its construction.
Finally the tour moves to Didyma, which was once connected to Miletos by a sacred road during the antiquity period. Here you will visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest temples from the Hellenistic Period. After tour transfer back to your Hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi
This excursion allows you to visit Pamukkale and neighbouring Hierapolis. Pamukkale is an example of mother nature at its best ! It is formed by hot thermal springs which poured down the hillside forming amazing terraces, Travertines of Carbonate minerals. The waters are famous for their medicinal properties.
Hierapolis is an Ancient city walking distance from Pamukkale. The Hierapolis Archeological Museum has been located in what was originally a former Roman bath since 1984. It has artifacts from Laodiceia, Colossae, Tripolis,Attuda and other towns in the Lycos valley.
UNESCO have warranted it a World Heritage Site, it was founded as an Ancient Healing Centre in 190B due to the healing properties of the waters.
You will also have time to wander Pamukkale and bathe yourself in the waters. Lunch is taken in the hotel. After the excursion we transport you back to your Hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
After breakfast transfer to Antalya airport and flight to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon half day tour Underground Cistern of Yerebatan. And have a walk to Galata bridge to see the fisherman’s of Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.