Wonderful Turkey Tour

If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best tour in Turkey, including Istanbul – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale & Capppadocia. 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.

Wonderful Turkey Tour view of the calcium terraces and hot pools at Pamukkale

At a Glance
Sun   Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Mon  Full Day Istanbul tour
Tue    Bosphorus cruise and flight to Izmir/Kusadasi
Wed  Full Day Ephesus and Turkish Village tour
Thu   Depart for Pamukkale and tour the Calcium terraces
Fri     Transfer to Izmir for onward flight to Cappadocia
Sat    Underground City and Open Air Museum tour
Sun   Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour

Stand in awe before the golden mosaics of the St. Sophia, cruise along the Bosporus, see the sultans’ treasury, and step barefoot into the world famous Blue Mosque.

Discover a virtual treasure trove of relics, ruins, and remnants of the roots of modern civilization on this Turkey Tour. Explore Cappadocia’s ancient rock cut dwellings and vast underground cities, complete with stables, markets and churches. Visit world-renowned archaeological sites including the House of the Virgin Mary, Temple of Hadrian, Celsius Library, and the Great Theatre of Ephesus plus Hierapolis.

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.

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Sunday

Istanbul – Arrival Day  (Dinner included):
* Meet at the 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.
* 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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Monday

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.
* 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 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.
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Tuesday

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi  (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* After breakfast we depart for 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: Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar).
* Bosphorus by Boat; a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
* Lunch break at a Turkish restaurant.
* After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir.
* Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi.
* Dinner and 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 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 the House of the Virgin Mary.
* Lunch break around 13:00pm.
* After the lunch; we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre.
* Turkish Village Tour; Sirince’s construction style today belongs to the Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint.
* 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 arrive around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30.
* Afterwards we will 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.
* After Pamukkale tour come back to Kusadasi.
* Overnight in Kusadasi.
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Friday

Kusadasi – Izmir to Nevsehir / Kayseri Airport and Cappadocia (Breakfast and dinner included):
* After breakfast; we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia.
* Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel.
* The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia.
* Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
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Saturday

Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum (Breakfast; lunch and dinner included):
* You will be picked up 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 has 8 levels open to visitors.
* You will 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 its 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 potteries.
* 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 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 to your hotel.
* Overnight in Cappadocia.
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Sunday

Cappadocia to Istanbul – End of Tour  (Breakfast included):
* After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia.
* Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
* 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.

* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Sunday from the 2nd October 2016 to the 16th April 2017

* All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary
* Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
* Domestic flight from Izmir to Kayseri / Nevsehir
* Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
* 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
* 3 nights hotel in Kusadasi
* 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
* 7 open buffet breakfasts
* 5 lunches
* 7 dinners
* Guided Istanbul City Tour
* Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
* Guided Ephesus tour
* Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
* Guided Pamukkale tour
* Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
* Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
* Professional English-speaking tour guides

* 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.
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Sunday from the 2nd October 2016 to the 16th 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.
* The tour leaves from Istanbul every Sunday from the 2nd October 2016 to the 16th April 2017

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Turkey view of Topkapi palace
Turkey hot air balloons floating over Cappadocia
Turkey view of the Goreme open air museum
Turkey view of Uchisar castle in Cappodocia
Turkey view of the calcium terraces at Pamukkale
Turkey view of the ruins of the temple of Artemis
Turkey view of Topkapi palace
Tureky the ancient hippodrome in Istanbul
Turkey view of Istanbul with the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia