Legendary Turkey Tour

The Legendary Turkey Tour is for you, if you are looking for something special and extraordinary. Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites. See Istanbul and the battlefields of Gallipoli. The Trojan Horse of Troy. Pergamon offers one of the Seven Churches of St John from the Bible before reaching the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit he white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale. Experience beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya and back to Istanbul by domestic flight.

At a GlanceLegendary Turkey Tour view of the ruins at pergamon
Sat     Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Sun    Full Day Istanbul tour
Mon  Depart for Gallipoli Battle Fields. Overnight in Canakkale
Tue    Visit Troy and Pergamon. Arrive in Kusadasi
Wed  Full Day Ephesus and Turkish Village tour
Thu   Depart for Pamukkale and tour the Calcium terraces
Fri     Depart to Antalya
Sat    Antalya City and Waterfall tour
Sun  Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour

Meeting place of the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey has always been a land of contrasts.

Cosmopolitan Istanbul stood at the head of the Byzantine Empire for a thousand years.  Its Islamic successors, the Ottomans, ruled the Mediterranean and beyond for six centuries more.

This long Christian and Islamic history has left a legacy of historical sites. While Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline has long been famous for its beaches and wild nightlife. Travel  east into the interior, however, and a more traditional land unfolds where life moves slowly and the legendary Turkish hospitality lives on.

Classical ruins, Bazaars, Cuisine and more…

Turkey’s teeming cityscapes, magnificent classical ruins, chaotic bazaars, and rich, complex cuisine testify to the country’s unique position at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Istanbul, astride the strategic Bosphorus Strait, has been the capital of three empires—Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman—and has the tile mosaics and dome-and-minaret skyline to prove it.

Ruins of legendary towns dotting Turkey’s long Mediterranean coast—Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Bodrum and Troy—preserve in stone the secrets of ancient civilizations. In sprawling bazaars, carpets, spices, silks and other exotic goods for sale reflect millennia-old trade routes still traversing the country.

Inland, even geologic wonders have cultural depth. The cascading mineral pools of Pamukkale once fed royal baths. And Turkey’s food is revered as one of the world’s great cuisines: chicken with apricots and almonds, slow-roasted eggplant with garlic and lemon, lamb shish kebab, honey pastries and lots of yogurt.

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Saturday

Istanbul – Arrival Day (Dinner included)
* Meet at the airport for transfer to your hotel.
* You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
* There are two airports in Istanbul.
– Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
– Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
– Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
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Sunday

Istanbul City Tour  (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* Pick up at 08:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
* Visit Topkapi Palace; the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal; silver; and Chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families; the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury; miniatures; the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
* Sultanahmet 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 13:00 pm.
* Afterwards your tour guide will take you to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian bazaar).The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon; caraway; saffron; mint; thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice
* The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul
* Overnight in Istanbul.

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Monday

Gallipoli Tour  (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* At 07:30am depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields.
* A Coffee break is taken after two hours in a restaurant area.
* We arrive in Gallipoli at around 12:00pm for lunch ; relax a little and depart for the battle fields.
* Visit Gabatepe Museum, the Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery; Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau.
* After the tour drive to your hotel.
* Overnight in Canakkale.
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Tuesday

Troy Tour – Pergamon – Kusadasi  (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* Depart the hotel at 08:30 and travel to Troy.
* Visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy; home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm.  After lunch depart on a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that time.
* Pergamon is also famous for its jewelry; stones and silver. So on the way; stop at  a jewelry center for 30 minutes.
* Arrival in Kusadasi around 18:00pm.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.
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Wednesday

Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Turkish Village Sirince (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* 08:30 Departure from your hotel on a fully guided tour of Ephesus; one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world.
* Visit the Temple of Artemis; Curetes street; famous Roman baths; Celsus Library; Grand theatre and the House of the Virgin Mary.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm.
* After lunch; stop at a carpet weaving centre.
* Continue to Sirince; whose construction style today belongs to the Anatolian Greeks.
* The houses on the slopes are all original with their white painted walls.
* Sirince Village has a reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines.
* We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers.
* On the way back to your hotel visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region; where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.
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Thursday

Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included)
* At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale and on arrival check in at your hotel.
* Lunch break until 13.30.
* Afterwards visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis; then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of experiencing the waters of the natural springs.
* Overnight in Pamukkale
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Friday

Pamukkale to Antalya  (Breakfast and dinner included)
* After breakfast; around  10:00am leave for Antalya.
* After a 2 hour drive stop for a coffee break and continue to Antalya.
* Overnight in Antalya
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Saturday

Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls (Breakfast; Lunch and Dinner included)
* After breakfast around 08:30 am tour Antalya old City (Kaleini) Marina; Clock Tower; Hadrian’s Gate; Broken Minaret; Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalya’s 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 was originally built 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.
* After lunch depart for the Duden waterfalls.
* All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean as they pour down the slopes of the Taurus; sometimes overland sometimes underground and on reaching their destination; result in lovely waterfalls; of which there are more than twenty.
* After tour return to hotel .
* Overnight in Antalya.
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Sunday

Antalya to Istanbul – End of Tour
* Today we depart for Antalya airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul and then back home.
* Services end at Antalya airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Turkey experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 1st October 2016 to the 15th April 2017
* Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
* Domestic flight ticket from Antalya to Istanbul
* 2 nights in Istanbul
* 1 night in Canakkale
* 2 nights in Kusadasi
* 1 night in Pamukkale
* 2 night in Antalya with All inclusive concept
* 7 buffet breakfasts
* 8 local dinners at hotels
* 6 local lunches during to tours
* Guided Istanbul city tour
* Guided Gallipoli tour
* Guided Troy tour
* Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour
* Guided Ephesus tour
* Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
* Guided Pamukkale tour
* Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
* Professional English – speaking tour guides
* Return airport transfer

The Tour leaves Istanbul on the following dates:     
 2017: JAN 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 
 2017: FEB 4 – 11- 18 – 25 
 2017: MAR 4 – 11 – 18 – 25 
 2017: APR 1 – 8 – 15 

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 1st October 2016 to the 15th April 2017.

* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 1st October 2016 to the 15th April 2017.

The Tour leaves Istanbul on the following dates:     
 2017: JAN 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 
 2017: FEB 4 – 11- 18 – 25 
 2017: MAR 4 – 11 – 18 – 25 
 2017: APR 1 – 8 – 15 

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Turkey exterior of Topkapi Palace
Turkey view of Antalya airport with waterfalls in foreground
Turkey view of Antalya with mountains and ocean in the background
Turkey calcium terraces of Pamukkale
Turkey village of Sirince with white houses
Turkey ruins at Pergamon
Turkey view of grave stones at Gallipoli with sea in the background
Turkey exterior of Topkapi Palace
Turkey view of Istanbul with mosque in foreground