TURKISH EXPRESS: Istanbul - Kusadasi

  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights, departing Fridays
  • Nights: Istanbul (2), Ankara (1), Cappadocia (2), Pamukkale (1), Kusadasi (2)
  • Start: Istanbul, Finish: Kusadasi
  • Tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers.
  • Departs ISTANBUL on FRIDAYS: 12 January - 21 December 2018 (2018 printer friendly version PDF)
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2018 Itinerary:
Day 1 (Friday)                         ISTANBUL
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.
 
Day 2 (Saturday)                     ISTANBUL
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the World’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment.(B)
 
Day 3 (Sunday)                        ISTANBUL – ANKARA
An optional tour of St. Sophia, achurch built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders.This is followed by an optional Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait separating Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, wooden villas, hotels, parks, gardens, restaurants and cafés.Afternoon departure for the capital city of Ankara for overnight. (B,D)
 
Day 4 (Monday)                       ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA
Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artefacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artefacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia touring a 13th century caravanserai en route. Visit the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Cappadocia.  Optional: Evening Whirling Dervishes performance.  (B,D)
 
Day 5 (Tuesday)                       CAPPADOCIA
Early Morning Optional:hot air balloon tour and experience floating through the volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in the region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B,D)
 
Day 6 (Wednesday)                  CAPPADOCIA – KONYA - PAMUKKALE
Drive to Pamukkale. Visit the Mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher, Mevlana, in Konya en route. This building was also the lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)
 
Day 7 (Thursday)                     PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI
Visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Proceed to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
 
Day 8 (Friday)                         KUSADASI – EPHESUS & VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE – KUSADASI
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsus, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see the stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production centre for a firsthand experience of this unique art form.
Optional: afternoon tour of Sirince.(B,D)
 
Day 9 (Saturday)                     KUSADASI PORT
After breakfast transfer to port. End of tour. (B)
2018 DEPARTURE DATES
-Fridays-
Per Person
in Double
Single Per Person
in Triple
January: 12
February: 16
March: 2, 16, 23
$1330 $2010 $1305
March: 30
April: 6, 13, 20, 27
May: 4, 11, 18, 25
June: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July: 6, 13, 20, 27
August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September: 7, 14, 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19, 26
$1525 $2290 $1455
November: 2, 9, 23 $1385 $2110 $1345
December: 21
$1430 $2195 $1385

Tour Includes: Accommodation in listed hotels (or similar); Daily breakfast & 8 dinners; Arrival (day 1) and departure (day 8) transfers from and to airport/port; Air-conditioned vehicles; Licensed English speaking guides and entrance fees; Luggage handling; Local taxes and service charges

Superior first class hotels with private facilities used (or similar): Istanbul – Renaissance Bosphorus, Ankara – Crowne Plaza Ankara; Cappadocia – Cappadocia Lodge, Pamukkale – Colossae Hotel, Kusadasi – Charisma Hotel

*Please note: Once special booking prices have been paid they are non-refundable.

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