10-Day Classic Turkey Tour
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Wander around the Topkapi Palace, the former Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans
- Learn about the stories of Christian cave churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum
- Get fantastic views from the ramparts to the bay when standing in the Bodrum Castle
- Marvel at the magnificent architecture in the ruins of Ephesus
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Day 2
After breakfast, be transferred to a 1-hour scenic cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, which is boundary of Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Later, you will visit the Rumeli Fortress, built in an incredibly short time in 1452. Continue on to explore the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase.
- Day 3
This morning, ascend to Topkapi Palace, and take in the views of its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Continue to visit the Imperial Harem, another palace inside the Topkapi. Explore the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles decorating interior walls, considered the landmark of Istanbul. Discover the Basilica cistern, was constructed by Justinian in 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace primarily. Later, you will visit the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and others.
- Day 4
After breakfast, drive to the airport for a short flight to Capadoccia. Upon your arrival at Cappadocia, be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a private tour to discover the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia at Devrent Valley and Pasabagi Valley. In the afternoon, you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the cave-churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to drive to the Uchisar Castle, to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pigeon Valley.
- Day 5
Optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon flight is available, regular 1 hour flight, join-in tour with 14-20 people capacity Balloons, balloon flight pick up is at 04.30 am in the morning. Ticket not included.
Today you will visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then descend into the subterranean city of Kaymakli, caved in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution. Continue to drive to Cavusin Valley to uncover the troglodyte dwellings where people lived for centuries. After lunch pay a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, where is known for its fertile vineyards benefit from the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
- Day 6
Enjoy time of leisure in Cappadocia before drive to the airport for a direct flight to Bodrum with a stopover in Istanbul. Upon arrival at Bodrum airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.
- Day 7
Enjoy a private city tour of Bodrum and visit St. Peter's Castle, a beautiful castle built by the Knights of St. John. After you will go to the remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then proceed to see one of the windmills, a symbol of the region. En route, you will visit the ancient amphitheatre. (Karia Princess and Underwater Museum's entrance fees at the castle are not included and need to be paid on the spot.)
- Day 8
Be transferred to Izmir from Bodrum (about 3.5 hours drive) in the morning by private vehicle. You will then have a full day tour in Ephesus en route, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. After the tour, drive to your hotel in Izmir for overnight.
- Day 9
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour with a drive to the Agora, the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna located at the foot of the Pagos Hills and now been arranged into the Open Air Museum of Izmir. Next visit the Kizlaragasi Hani, originally an inn for trade caravan from the East carrying silk and spices, and the Asansör, and old water operated elevator system. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Shrine of Virgin Mary and Basilica of St. John. After the tour, drive back to Izmir for overnight.
- Day 10
Enjoy time of leisure in Izmir before drive to the airport for your onward flight.
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