Turkey Expert Tour (Istanbul, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Ankara, Bursa Tours)

Number of days: 14

Departs from: Istanbul

Tour departures: All year round only for groups

Tour ends: Istanbul

only for groups

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: The Arrival

    Meet and greet. A short orientation tour. Then transfer to the hotel for a welcome briefing. Evening is free. Overnight in Istanbul.

    Hotel : Germir Palas Hotel Special Class

    Hotel : Eresin Crown Hotel starstarstarstarstar

  • Day 2: Istanbul

    Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. Visit the Royal TOPKAPI PALACE, home of the Ottoman Sultans, the BLUE MOSQUE, unique with six minarets, the Roman HIPPODROME SQUARE and the ST.SOPHIA CHURCH which is considered one of the worlds greatest architectural marvels. Then visit the Grand Covered Bazaar with over 4,000 tiny shops. Evening at leisure.

    Hotel : Germir Palas Hotel Special Class

    Hotel : Eresin Crown Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 3: Istanbul - Troy - Canakkale

    Drive to GALLIPOLI, through the European lands of Turkey. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferryboat. Visit ancient TROY, see its legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.

    Hotel : Akol Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Kolin Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 4: Pergamon - Izmir

    Drive to Bergama. Visit the ACROPOLIS, the steepest theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Trojan, Library. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit ASCLEPION, the ancient healing center and the RED BASILICA which is one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse (rev:2-12). Evening at leisure. Overnight in Izmir.

    Hotel : Double Tree by Hilton Alsancak starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Wyndham Hotel Izmir starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 5: Ephesus - Izmir

    Leave for EPHESUS, cradle of early Christianity (rev:2-1-7). Visit the HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY, the ancient Ephesus, the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM and the TEMPLE OF DIANA which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Return to Izmir. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Izmir.

    Hotel : Double Tree by Hilton Alsancak starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Wyndham Hotel Izmir starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 6: Sardes - Pamukkale

    Drive to SARDES (rev:3-1-6) capital of ancient Lydia. Visit the Temple of Cybele which later became a church, the famous SYNAGOGUE from the third century, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. See the Golden River Pactalos. Lunch en route. Proceed to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel : Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Colossae Thermal Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 7: Hierapolis - Aphrodisias - Antalya

    Morning tour of PAMUKKALE, noted ancient spa, where pure white travertine forms frozen waterfalls. Observation of carpet weaving at one of the local workshops. Drive to APHRODISIAS, the city of the Goddess of Love, see the well preserved stadium, the Odeon, the theater and the agora. Continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight.

    Hotel : Best Western Khan Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : The Marmara Antalya starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 8: Antalya

    Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of PERGE and ASPENDOS and to the award winning ANTALYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Dinner and overnight.

    Hotel : Best Western Khan Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : The Marmara Antalya starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 9: Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia

    Early departure to KONYA. Visit the Mevlana Museum, 13th century Whirling Dervish Monastery. After lunch continue to CAPPADOCIA where nature has scoured surrealistic moonscape shapes and where the persecuted Christians dug underground cities and churches during the 9th century. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Tonight, an OPTIONAL Folk and Belly Dance Show at one of the cave restaurants in Cappadocia.

    Hotel : Peri Tower Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Dinler Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 10: Cappadocia

    Full day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town, the natural citadel of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

    Optional: Balloon Tour
    Pick up from the hotel roughly one hour before the sunrise (App. 05:00 o’clock) and transfer to the base. After serving tea, coffee and cookies while waiting for the other participants proceed to the take-off field designated for that day. After a safety briefing delivered by the pilot, climb in to the baskets and take off. Rise to the altitudes of several hundred meters to have a good view of the area and drift through the valleys and canyons for some 60 minutes. On landing, have a traditional celebration party with champagne and cakes. Thereafter transfer back to the hotel.

    Per Person Group Rate : 150.-Euro

    Hotel : Peri Tower Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Dinler Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 11: Cappadocia - Ankara

    Morning sightseeing in Cappadocia. After lunch, visit the Agzikarahan Caravanserai from the Selcuk period. Drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, via Salt Lake. Evening at leisure. Overnight in ANKARA.

    Hotel : Ickale Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : HiltonSA Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 12: Ankara - Bursa

    Visit the ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATION MUSEUM and the MAUSOLEUM of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara. Drive to BURSA. Dinner and overnight.

    Hotel : Kervansaray Bursa City Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Kervansaray Thermal Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 13: Bursa - Istanbul

    Visit the Green Mosque, the Green Tomb and Bursas colorful Silk Bazaar. Drive to Istanbul. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

    Hotel : Germir Palas Hotel Special Class

    Hotel : Eresin Crown Hotel starstarstarstarstar

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  • Day 14: The Departure

    Transfer to Istanbul airport per your departure time. End of services.

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