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Magic Explorer of Turkey 12 Days Tour

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Duration

12 days 11 nights

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

20 people

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Languages

English

Overview

This 12-day tour starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. More

This 12-day tour starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Old City of Istanbul, once Constantinople and capital of Eastern Rome.
  • Explore the 9 layers of legendary Homeric Troy.
  • See the famous Celsus Library in Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient Roman city in Turkey.
  • Visit the Aphrodisias, an ancient Roman city dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty.
  • Enjoy the balloon flight over the unique landscape and volcanic rock formations of Cappadocia.
  • Visit the Gobekli Tepe oldest temple complex in the world.
  • See World War I memorials in Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, and Chunuk Bair.
  • Visit the well preserved ancient hospital in Pergamon.
  • Going off the tourist track and see the temple of Apollo in Claros and Laodicea.

Itinerary

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Day 1 Saturday Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to
your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours,
free to explore. Overnight Istanbul

Day 2 Sunday Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of
the only city to span two continents, visiting the
Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace
and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul
Breakfast

Day 3 Monday Gallipoli Battlefields

One of the most emotionally touching places in
Turkey, today we visit the WW1 Battlefields of
Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek,
Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.
Overnight Canakkale
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Tuesday Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy,
home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour
the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its
impressive temples and library made Pergamum a
renowned cultural and political center in its time.
Overnight Kusadasi
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Wednesday Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided
tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the
Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of
the ancient city and theatre before continuing to
the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its
fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in
Turkey and at the carpet village, we learn how the
carpets are made by hand and what determines
their value. Overnight Kusadasi
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Thursday Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally
handcrafted leather goods before heading to the
magnificent white calcium terraces, known as
Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the
the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst
ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used
in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
Overnight Pamukkale
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Friday Silk Road, Konya

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting
Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum
in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the
optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!
Overnight Cappadocia
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Saturday Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia
today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air
Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the
many levels of an underground city.
Overnight Cappadocia
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Sunday Mt Nemrut, Karatay Caravansaray, Kahramanmaras

Departure in the morning from Cappadocia, we cross the Tekir plateau towards Adiyaman and Mt Nemrut. Along the way, our first stop will be the Seljuk Karatay Caravansaray. The next stop will be Pinarbasi for a short tea break then onto Kahramanmaras which produces Turkey's best ice cream! From here we pass through Adiyaman and visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Severus (Cendere) Bridge and the Karakus Tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. This evening we will go to Mt Nemrut, ascend the
mountain, watch the magical sunrise over the plateau and visit the massive ancient rock statues.
After the sunset, we return to Adiyaman.
Overnight Adiyaman
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10 Monday Gobekli Tepe, Sanliurfa, Harran

Today we drive to Sanliurfa, visiting Ataturk Dam, Turkey's largest, along. After a short break, we drive to Gobekli Tepe, predating Stonehenge by some 6,000 years, some believe it is the site of the world's oldest temple. Lunch will be in Sanliurfa
and after lunch, we visit the Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the book
of Genesis where Abraham spent the last years of his life. we will visit the ruins of Harran including
city walls, oldest Islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. We then drive back to
Sanliurfa where we will stay and you will have a chance to see the Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, where you
can see the Prophet Abraham Cave and the Pools of the Holy Carp surrounding it, then wander
around the oriental covered bazaar.
Overnight Sanliurfa
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Tuesday Gaziantep, Istanbul

Departure from Sanliurfa for Gaziantep where you can see the famous Mosaic Museum, the largest
in the world and home to the famous 'Gypsy Girl' mosaic. This museum exhibits superb mosaics
discovered at the roman site of Belkis - Zeugma before Birecik Dam flooded most of the site. After
lunch, we catch a flight to Istanbul from Gaziantep airport
Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 Wednesday Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight

Included/Exclude

  • Inbound - Istanbul airport transfer
  • Outbound - Istanbul airport transfer
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, vehicle
  • Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
  • Tips except for driver and guide
  • Domestic flight between Gaziantep and Istanbul and transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • International airfares
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - driver and guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance

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