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Classic Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Izmir

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,062

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover Turkey’s golden triangle on this journey to Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Izmir. In Istanbul, see the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, explore the wonderful fairy-chimneys of Cappadocia, and explore the ancient cities of Izmir and Ephesus on the Aegean Coast.


This 10-day Turkish vacation takes you to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, and Ephesus to explore the nation’s classical wonders and fascinating landscape. It features first-class accommodations and small group tours. 

Your journey begins in Istanbul, the Turkish capital, the only national capital that straddles two continents. Known as Constantinople during antiquity, Istanbul has long been one of the world’s centres of art and cultural influence. A classical tour of the city will showcase some of its many highlights from the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras. Start at Hippodrome Square to see where chariots used to race for massive crowds, before visiting the religious and cultural monuments of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. Close out your tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, where you can journey through colourful corridors of markets to barter for all sorts of goods. You’ll have another day at leisure to explore on your own. Visit the Basilica Cistern, a magnificently restored ancient waterworks, or hop between cafes and restaurants to enjoy Turkish favourites from coffee to shawarma 

Connect by air to Cappadocia, the fairy tale region of rock chimneys and caves that resembles the surface of the moon. A tour through the region will showcase its breathtaking landscape. You’ll visit Devrent (Imaginary Valley) to see its rock formations, Pasabag, known as the Valley of the Monks, where mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys and rock dwellings abound. Swing by Uchisar Rock-Castle, a fortification carved into the rock that offers excellent views of the valley, and finally the village of Avanos, where you can buy some traditional pottery. You’ll have another day in Cappadocia to continue exploring the landscape. If you really want a magical experience, book a hot air balloon ride above the valley.

Continue on to your final destination, Izmir. One day, you’ll journey to nearby Ephesus to trace the history of early Christianity. Visit the House of the Virgin, where the Virgin Mary apparently spent her later years, before visiting Ephesus to follow in the footsteps of St. Paul and see the ruins of Roman temples, libraries, theatres, and baths. In the afternoon, swing by the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You’ll have another day at leisure to explore the Greek-Roman city of Izmir on your own. Head up Mount Kadifekale to see the ruins of an ancient citadel or steal away a few quiet hours along Kara Lake. 

At the end of your journey, you’ll connect back to Istanbul and return home. 


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,062

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Day 1

Istanbul Airport to Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Radisson Hotel President Beyazit Istanbul

Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of Radisson Hotel President Beyazit Istanbul. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary decor and offer views of the historic city.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Hotel President Beyazit Istanbul

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    Radisson Hotel President Beyazit Istanbul



    Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of Radisson Hotel President Beyazit Istanbul. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary decor and offer views of …

    Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of Radisson Hotel President Beyazit Istanbul. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary decor and offer views of the historic city.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Classical Tour of Istanbul

Drive to old town and visit Hippodrome Square, the scene of Chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life. Then visit Blue Mosque, built in early 17th century and known as Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration with blue Iznik tiles. Continue to St. Sophia Museum, the world's largest church for many centuries and today is the fourth largest one. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, built by Sultan Mehmet II after the conquest of Istanbul in 15th century. The palace housed the sultans and their exotic entourage until mid-19th century. After having served as a mosque for 481 years, the building become a museum in 1934 by the order of Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Today the museum displays priceless collections of the imperial treasury, numerous pieces of Chinese porcelain, traditional costumes of the sultans and their families. Last stop will be at famous historical Grand Bazaar, the largest "souk" covered oriental shopping mall in the world, where you will find 4,400 shops under one roof where each trade has its own street.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Istanbul Hotel to Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Istanbul to Kayseri: One way flight

Duration1 Hour

Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Perissia

Perissia Hotel is a 4-star property situated in the town of Urgup known for its buzzing nightlife, with a variety of bars and restaurants and its history and unique landscapes. Urgup is located in the central historical region of Cappadocia, near the Cave Churches of Goreme (10km). The hotel offering panoramic views of the town, an outdoor pool surrounded by lawn and terraces perfect for relaxation. The hotel's decor and rooms are blended by comfort and convenience with simplicity and neutral colors. Just 45 minutes drive from Nevsehir Airport and a 15-minute drive from Goreme National Park - where you will find the famous sites such as Three Beauties rock formations, Open Air Museum (Lovers Hill), and Devrent (Imaginary Valley).

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Perissia

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    Hotel Perissia



    Perissia Hotel is a 4-star property situated in the town of Urgup known for its buzzing nightlife, with a variety of bars and restaurants and its history and unique landscapes. Urgup is located in the central historical region of Cappadocia, near the Cave Churches of …

    Perissia Hotel is a 4-star property situated in the town of Urgup known for its buzzing nightlife, with a variety of bars and restaurants and its history and unique landscapes. Urgup is located in the central historical region of Cappadocia, near the Cave Churches of Goreme (10km). The hotel offering panoramic views of the town, an outdoor pool surrounded by lawn and terraces perfect for relaxation. The hotel's decor and rooms are blended by comfort and convenience with simplicity and neutral colors. Just 45 minutes drive from Nevsehir Airport and a 15-minute drive from Goreme National Park - where you will find the famous sites such as Three Beauties rock formations, Open Air Museum (Lovers Hill), and Devrent (Imaginary Valley).

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Bike Rental
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Games Room
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Kids club
    • Massage Treatments
    • Night Club
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Sun Terrace
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court
    • Volleyball
    • WiFi

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Day 5

Classical Tour of Cappadocia

Your first stop will be the Devrent Imagination Valley where you will walk through this lunar landscape. Then visit Pasabag, also know as Valley of the Monks, it is one of the most popular areas in Goreme with its mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys and rocks. Next stop is Uchisar Rock-Castle, the highest point in the region, which gives you a spectacular panoramic view of Goreme valley and Goreme Open Air Museum which consists of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from second half of 9th century. Continue to visit the villages of Avanos. It is a small town famous for its pottery. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak (Hayls River), the longest river originated and ending within the borders of Turkey with 842 miles of length. Those who want may also enjoy famous "testi kebab" as well, the traditional kebab in the Cappadocia region.

Duration7 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Cappadocia Hotels to Kayseri Airport

Duration1 Hour

Kayseri to Izmir: One way flight

Duration1 Hour

Izmir Airport to Izmir Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Best Western Hotel Konak

The Best Western Hotel Konak, with its 80 standard rooms and 4 suites, offers you the completion of all your needs for modern life. The Meltem Restaurant, overlooking a magnificent view of Aegean Sea, offers a rich selection from Turkish and international cuisines. At the end of the day visit the warm atmosphere of the Bora Bar, it is the ideal meeting place for music and drinks. The Best Western Hotel Konak is located in the city center, which is within walking distance to the shopping and business districts of Izmir.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Best Western Hotel Konak

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    Best Western Hotel Konak



    The Best Western Hotel Konak, with its 80 standard rooms and 4 suites, offers you the completion of all your needs for modern life. The Meltem Restaurant, overlooking a magnificent view of Aegean Sea, offers a rich selection from Turkish and international cuisines. At the …

    The Best Western Hotel Konak, with its 80 standard rooms and 4 suites, offers you the completion of all your needs for modern life. The Meltem Restaurant, overlooking a magnificent view of Aegean Sea, offers a rich selection from Turkish and international cuisines. At the end of the day visit the warm atmosphere of the Bora Bar, it is the ideal meeting place for music and drinks. The Best Western Hotel Konak is located in the city center, which is within walking distance to the shopping and business districts of Izmir.

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Day 8

Full Day Ephesus Tour

Today you will visit Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity. On this tour, you will visit the House of The Virgin Mary where she supposedly spent her later days. Proceed to Ephesus and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which have only recently been excavated. See the Odeon, the Bouleterion, Fountains, the Temples, the Brothel, the Library, the Agoras, the Great Theatre, the Roman Baths, the Gymnasiums. After lunch, visit the Temple of Artemis. The Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known as the Temple of Diana, is a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The temple was completely rebuilt twice, once after a devastating flood and three hundred years later after an act of arson; it now stands today in its final form as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Duration9 Hours
Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Izmir Hotels to Izmir Airport

Duration1 Hour

Izmir to Istanbul: One way flight

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesdays-Fridays:  April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Istanbul
  • 3 nights first class accommodations in Cappadocia
  • 3 nights first class accomodations in Izmir
  • Flights Istanbul-Cappadocia (Kayseri)-Izmir-Istanbul
  • Private transfers between hotels and airports throughout
  • Small group tour of Istanbul (max 16 guest)
  • Small group tour of Cappadocia (max 12 guests)
  • Small group Ephesus Tour (max 20 guests)
  • Tickets and entrance fees to;
    • Topkapi Palace
    • St. Sophia
    • Blue Mosque
    • Goreme Open Air Museum
    • House of the Virgin Mary
    • Ephesus and Temple of Artemis
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Excursions not specifically indicated
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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