If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best Turkey package for a short visit in Turkey, including Istanbul, Antalya, Konya, Capppadocia, Ankara and back to Istanbul. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed. By booking that tour, you will be able to see Istanbul, Mediterranean Region and Central Anatolia. An Ideal tour for these who love history, culture, sea, sand and parties for their holiday in Turkey!

ISTANBUL
Originally named Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia and encompasses the natural harbour of 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 colourful street life.

Sultanahmet, the compact old city of Istanbul, is full of parks, gardens and stunning sights. The Blue Mosque is famed for its blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets. The Hagia Sofia, constructed in the 6th century, reigned as the grandest and biggest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when it became a mosque. Just around the corner is Topkapi Palace, a fascinating insight into the sultans that once ruled Turkey, from the opulent pavilions to the incredible jewels housed in the Treasury.

Istanbul was a capital city for many empires from the Romans to the Byzantines and and Ottomans. It may not be a capital today but it is still a thriving, eclectic city with a fascinating mix of architectural styles including Islamic, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau, as well as famed nightlife and excellent cuisine options.

CAPPADOCIA
If there is one place on the planet that is guaranteed to blow your mind, it is Cappadocia. Situated in Central Turkey and consisting of thousands of bizarre conical shaped rocks with pointed tips, this fascinating landscape is utterly unique in the world. The rugged plains stretch out for miles all around and are a reddish hue in colour. While nature has certainly done her bit to make this region one of the most spectacular on earth, man has contributed to its impressiveness as well by carving a network of caves and tunnels in to the surprisingly soft rock.

The main attraction within the Cappadocia region is Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage listed village that boasts a staggering 30 Byzantine rock churches. This little town, nestled within the imposing rocks, feels like it has stepped straight out of a fairytale. Goreme is also the home of a vast open air museum, which is where the churches and their accompanying frescoes are located. The structures date back to the 10-12th century AD, yet the vivid colours used in the paintings still retain their original splendour.

There are numerous ways to explore this rocky region but the most exciting is, without a doubt, taking a hot air balloon ride over the plains. The aerial view afforded to those who float is breathtaking and unrivalled in sheer beauty.

KONYA
Konya is an eclectic mix of antiquity and modernity and is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia. The juxtaposition of then old and new is prevalent throughout the entire city and contributes significantly to its allure. It is possible that this region has been inhabited since 7000 BC, meaning that Konya has a long past and an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Nowadays, the city is an economic stronghold within Turkey and is gaining in importance by the day. Situated along the famous Silk Road, it is renowned as a trade centre.

The single most important thing that defines the city of Konya is the fact that it is the home of the world-famous whirling dervishes. The religious ritual of ‘whirling’ dates back to the 13th century and is attributed to Rumi, a devoted Sufi Muslim and poet who preached messages of love and tolerance. Stepping in perfect synchronisation, the dervishes have perpetuated Rumi’s unique method of demonstrating his admiration and love for the divine.

In addition to the spiritual dervishes, Konya has numerous other attractions. One of these is the Melvana Museum, wherein lies the tomb of Rumi. The Azizye Mosque is another place of interest and is a spectacular sample of beautiful Ottoman Art. Both inside and outside, the mosque is gloriously decorated with rich colours. There is also a bazaar that takes place outside of it, which is worth perusing leisurely if you are looking for some knick knacks to take home with you.

 

1

Wednesday

Istanbul – Arrival Day – (Dinner included):
* Meet at the Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel.
* You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
* Overnight in Istanbul.
2

Thursday

Istanbul City Tour – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
* Visit St. Sophia; this ancient basilica; built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century; is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
* Then visit the Sultunahmet Imperial Mosque; across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet; is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
* The Ancient Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races; with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius; the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
* Lunch break at 13:00pm.
* After lunch the Tour will then take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar; in this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4;000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street; the carpet sellers; Turkish arts and crafts; such as hand-painted ceramic plates; hand-honed copper-ware; brass-ware and trays; water ewers; onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
* After the tour; transfer back to your hotel.
* Overnight in Istanbul.
3

Friday

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul – Antalya – (Breakfast lunch and dinner included):
* After breakfast depart on a Bosphorus Cruise tour.
* Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30.
* Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar).
* Bosphorus by boat is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
* Lunch break at a Turkish restaurant.
* After lunch; depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Antalya.
* Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Antalya.
* Your hotel in Antalya will be All inclusive concept which means that you can take soft drinks and alcoholic drinks during the meals.
* Overnight in Antalya
4

Saturday

Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* After breakfast at 08:30 am drive to Antalya old City ( Kaleiחi ) Marina; Clock Tower; Hadrian’s Gate; Broken Minaret; Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalyas modern city; also known as the Old City of Antalya.
* In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town; then the Byzantine Empire; then Seljuks; and finally the Ottoman Turkish town.
* The Hadrian’s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate) or The Three Gates is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian.
* Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque; which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD; and thus did not have a minaret at all.
* Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya; Turkey; where Kaleiחi meets Karaalioglu Park.
* It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past.
* We have lunch than depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus; sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination; result in lovely waterfalls; of which there are more than twenty.
* After tour come back to hotel and rest of day is yours.
* Enjoy your dinner with all inclusive drinks at the hotel.
* Overnight in Antalya.
5

Sunday

Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* After breakfast; early in the morning at 08:00 we drive to Konya.
* 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after a short rest; drive to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm
* After lunch we will visit the imposing green – tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana; the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes).
* After the Konya Mevlana tour we will drive to Cappadocia.
* We arrive in Cappadocia at around 18:30pm and check into your hotel.
* If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow; please contact your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.
6

Monday

Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* You will be picked up at approximately 09:30.
* We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city; one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia.
* Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels are open to visitors.
* Then visit Uchisar Castle; the highest point of Cappadocia.
* After Uchisar; you visit Goreme Open Air Museum; the Heart of Cappadocia.
* Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
* Next stop is Cavusin; which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.
* After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch.
* After lunch; you visit a pottery work shop; to see how to make pottery.
* Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys.
* After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.
* Next stop is Devrent Valley; which is also called Imagination Valley; where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals.
* Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting.
* Last stop is the Three Beauties; three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats; which is the symbol of Cappadocia.
* This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.
7

Tuesday

Cappadocia to Ankara City Tour – Istanbul – (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* We depart at 8:00am for Ankara.
* During the trip (about 4 hours duration); we will stop at Salt Lake; which it is a natural salt lake and the second biggest lake in Turkey.
* We arrive in Ankara at around 12:30 and we have lunch break.
* After lunch we visit Ataturk Museum at the Ataturk Mausoleum. (Ataturk is the founder of the modern Turkey).
* Then depart for Istanbul and after 2.5 hours we will have coffee break in a restaurant area.
* After the break we have annother 2; 5 hour drive to Istanbul.
* Arrive in Istanbul at around 19:00pm.
* Overnight in Istanbul.
8

Wednesday

Istanbul – End of the Tour – (Breakfast included)
* After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer back to Istanbul Ataturk airport for your onward / return flight.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Turkey experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Return Flights on Turkish Airlines ex JNB (Specific and Limited seats)                                                                                                     * All Airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary
* Domestic flight from Istanbul to Antalya
* 3 night’s in Istanbul
* 2 night’s in Antalya with All inclusive concept
* 2 night’s  in Cappadocia
* 7  buffet breakfasts
* 6 lunches at restaurants during to tours
* 7 dinners
* Guided Istanbul city tour
* Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
* Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
* Guided Konya tour
* Guided Cappadocia Tour and hot air balloon ride with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
* Guided Ankara tour
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
* Professional English – speaking tour guides

* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Wednesday from the 1st April 2017 to the 30th September 2017 (Excluding school holidays)

Insurance: All types
Turkey entry visa
Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the included section
Seasonal, Weekend & Events Supplements MAY apply
Rates valid at time of publishing and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations, airlines (specific and limited seats) & suppliers rate changes & fuel levies
Excluding School holidays

The tour leaves from Istanbul every Wednesday from the 1st April 2017 to the 30th September 2017 (Excluding school holidays)

Seasonal, Weekend & Events Supplements MAY apply
Rates valid at time of publishing and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations, airlines (specific and limited seats) & suppliers rate changes & fuel levies
Excluding School holidays

The tour leaves from Istanbul every Wednesday from the 1st April 2017 to the 30th September 2017 (Excluding School holidays)

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1st April 2017 to the 30th September 2017 (Excluding school holidays)

Turkey front view of the Blue Mosque
Turkey whirling dervishes with the Mevalna mosque in the background
Turkey view of Uchisar Castle in Cappadocia
Turkey view of the Tomb of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara
Turkey view of fairy chimneys at Pasabag
Turkey view of the Mevlana Museum
Turkey view of the Kocatepe Mosque in the evening
Turkey view of Istanbul across the Bosphorus river
Turkey view of abandoned Greek cave houses in Cavusin
Turkey view inside the derinkuyu underground city
Turkey view of Camel Rock in Devrent Valley
Turkey view of the Duden waterfall in Antalya
Turkey view of Goreme open air museum
Turkey view inside the Grand Covered Bazaar in Istanbul
Turkey view of Hagia Sophia
Turkey hot air balloons over Cappadocia
Turkey Bosphorus river cruise boat
Turkey view of the Blue Mosque
Turkey aerial view of Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara

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