Sweet Western Turkey Tour

If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best tour in Turkey. Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul. The battlefields of Gallipoli and 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. The white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale. Beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya and back to Istanbul by domestic flight.

At a GlanceSweet Western Tureky Tour aerial view of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Sat    Welcome to Istanbul
Sun   Full Day Istanbul tour
Mon  Gallipoli Battle Fields. Overnight in Canakkale
Tue   Visit Troy and Pergamum. Arrive in Kusadasi
Wed Full Day Ephesus and Turkish Village tour
Thu  Depart for Pamukkale and tour the Calcium terraces
Fri   Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour

Cosmopolitan cities brimming with modern delights, archaeological sites filled with ancient splendour, curious landscapes straight out of a storybook and picture-perfect coastlines frequented by the jet set… this is tantalising Turkey! Visitors won’t be able to forget travelling through this exotic land. Which sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, yet displays a fair bit of Middle Eastern flair.

Step back in time…

Step back to a time when Sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world’s treasures. Explore a ‘mezze’ of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its capital, Istanbul, to the legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

With its pristine coastline and fascinating ancient cities, Turkey is fast becoming one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. A comfortable flight away is an exotic land of architectural wonders and natural beauty with a diverse cuisine inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.

The historic city of Istanbul is home to one of the world’s great skylines. Dotted with incredible Byzantine and Ottoman churches and palaces. Whilst the ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergamum feature incredibly preserved Roman ruins of temples and amphitheatres. The surreal landscape of Cappadocia and its underground villages is guaranteed to enchant whilst the natural phenomena of Pamukkale’s calcium terraces will leave you in awe.

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Saturday

Istanbul – Arrival Day  (Dinner included):
* Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel.
* You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
* Early check in is subject to availability.
* Overnight in 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 08:30am 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 and the Holy Mantle; enshrining the 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 13:00pm.
* After the lunch you will be taken 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 we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields.
* Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area.
* We arrive in Gallipoli at around 12:00pm and we have lunch break; relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields.
* Visit the Gabatepe Museum.
* Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started.
* Then visit the Beach Cemetery; Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau.
* After the tour drive to your hotel in Canakkale.
* Overnight in Canakkale.
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Tuesday

Troy Tour – Pergamon – Kusadasi (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* We depart at 08:30 and drive for 30 minutes to Troy.
* Visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy; home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.
* After Troy tour; we have a 3 hour drive to Pergamon.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm and after the lunch depart for a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon.
* Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that time.
* Bergamon is a famous city for its jewelry; stones and silver.
* So on the way; we will visit 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 hotel for a fully guided tour of Ephesus; one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en – route; visiting the Temple of Artemis; Curetes street; famous Roman baths; Celsus Library; Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm.
* After lunch; we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre.
* We will also visit a Turkish Village; Sirince; the construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks.
* The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic 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.
* In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine.
* On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region; where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate.
* On this guided tour; you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.
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Thursday

Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale.
* We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30.
* Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis; then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs.
* Overnight in Pamukkale
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Friday

Pamukkale – Denizli to Istanbul – End of Tour (Breakfast included):
* Today we depart for Denizli Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
* Services end at Denizli Airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Turkey experience. We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
* Domestic flight ticket from Denizli to Istanbul
* 2 night’s in Istanbul
* 1 night in Canakkale
* 2 night’s in Kusadasi
* 1 night in Pamukkale
* 6 open buffet breakfasts
* 6 local dinners at hotels
* 5 local lunches 
* 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
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in AC, non – smoking coach
* Professional English – speaking tour guides
* Return airport transfer

NOTE:
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 7 Jan to 15 April 2017

* 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
* 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.
NOTE:
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 1st October 2016 to the 15th April 2017

* 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
* 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.
NOTE:
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Saturday from the 1st October 2016 to the 15th April 2017

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Turkey view of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Turkey woman walking in the calcium terraces at Pamukkale
Turkey view of the Hieropolis
Turkey virew of the ruins of the ancient Celsus library
Turkey view of grave stones at Gallipoli
Turkey view of Mosque at Ortakoy across the water
Turkey exterior view of St. Sophia/Hagia Sophia
Turkey view of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul