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Flying Carpet Tour - 11 Days

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Tour Code:
TAT-0011
Season:
Everyday (All year round)
Departure Point:
Istanbul / SAW Airport
! It is highly suggested that the clients reconfirm their departure/pickup times by calling or emailing to the local tour operator no later than 24 hr before the service.
Ending Point:
Istanbul Airport / Sabiha Airport
Duration:
11 Days / 10 Night
Service Basis:
Sit in minibus (shared basis)
 
Available Language(s): 
• Tour guide throughout the tour
• English 
Included Services:
• 2 night accommodation in Istanbul
• 2 night accommodation in Kusadasi
• 3 night accommodation in Cappadocia
• 3 night accommodation in Antalya
• Economic class domestic flight tickets
• Meal plan as mentioned in the itinerary
• Admission fees for all sightseeings mentioned in the itinerary
• Transfer services from/to Airports on private basis
• Land transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle 
Excluded Services:
• Beverage with meals
• Tips for the guides & drivers (0ptional)
 
Hotels Info:
Istanbul 
•Monopol Hotel (3*)
•Recital Hotel (4*)
•Sura Hagia Sophia (5*) 
Kusadasi
•Saturn Hotel (3*)
•Efe Boutique Hotel (4*)
•Charisma De Luxe(5*) 
Cappadocia
•Jerveni Hotel (3*)
•Hera Cave (4*)
•Exedra Cave (5*) 
Antalya
•Mediterra art (3*)
•Best Western khan (4*)
•Ramada Plaza by Wyndham(5*) 
 
Good to know:
•Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes at the tours
•Please print your flight tickets, confirmed tour voucher and bring them with you.
•Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced with Underground Cistern
•Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, will be replaced Arasta Bazaar
•Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays due to Friday prayer we will visit from the garden.
 
Additional Info:
• Contact our dedicated Custom Team for tailor-making your tour with special private service rates even for small groups of 4 people with special rates.
• Clients must be ready at the departure point 15 minutes before the exact pickup time.
• If you cannot find the service you need, please contact our dedicated Custom Team to advise of your requirements.
• Day tours are English guided and shared basis
• Guiding in your own language is upon availability and may require additional charge.

Itinerary

Highlights:
-Join Full-Day Guided tour to the heart of Istanbul
-Enjoy cruising on the Bosphorus and see wooden houses of Ottomans
-Walk on the ancient roads of the Greco-roman city of Ephesus and see the Holy Mary house.
-Visit Pamukkale and swim in Pools of Heaven on Earth.
-Explore underground cities of Cappadocia, watch the sunset on Fairy Chimneys
-Enjoy a full-day tour of Antalya and see stunning waterfalls
-Visit Roman ruins of Perge, Aspendos and Side
-Tasty delicious foods from Turkish Cuisine
-Experience the life of locals and enjoy the shopping in local bazaars
Overview:
Let's join us to discover the magnificent Turkey 11 Days customized package by plane from/to Istanbul. Visit highlights of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar. Explore the Underground cities of Cappadocia, learn history about early Christians from your local guide, take photos of the fairy chimneys from the best photoshoot points. Walk on the ancient roads of best-preserved greko-city with the House of Holy Mary nearby. Swim in Pamukkale's healing thermal springs. Enjoy the sunset on the Mediterranean from the best panoramic point of Antalya. Walk in ancient streets of Perge, the most popular ancient citys in the Pamphylia region, See magnificent Aspendos theatre; can hold over 20,000 and stil being used for festivals and music concertsDomestic flight tickets, airport transfers, 4* accommadation, day tours with English speaking tour guide, Skip-The-Line tickets to the historical sites, lunch at tours provided.
Day 1 Arrival Istanbul
Upon arrival Istanbul / SAW Airport, greeted by your driver and drives to your hotel. Check-in. Overnight in Istanbul.
(No Meal)
Day 2 Treasures of Istanbul
According your group tour pick up time meet with your guide at the lobby of your hotel and depart for your fullday day tour to heart of Sultanahmet. Visit  Blue Mosque, also known as Mosque of Sultan Ahmet which boats a unique feature of 6 minarets. View its glorious interiors and distinctive blue tiles and proceed to the only remains of Hippodrome of Constantinople, which consist 3 monumental columns and fountain. This is where chariot races took place in the past. Visit Topkapi Palace, once the seat of the Ottoman Empire. Presently, its a musium palace with a wide collection of porcelain, antiques, holy relics and other treasures. After lunch in the local restaurant proceed to Hagia Sophia, the church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 2th century by Emperor Justinian.  St Sophia was largest cathedral in the world for nearly thousand years;it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.After being considered the Patriarchal Basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet ll. Next: Grand Bazaar, One of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5000 shops, where you will find in an authentic oriental atmosphere all kind of gifts, leather clothing, rugs,antiques, jewellery, hand-woven fabrics etc. After tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 3 Cruising on the Bosphorus / Flight to Izmir
According to your group tour pick up time meet with your guide at the lobby of your hotel and depart for half-day Bosphorus cruise Tour. Visit Spice Bazaar; It was called Egyptian Bazaar during the ottoman period because shopkeepers used to sell herbs and spices brought throughout Egypt and Asia. Next;You will be taken to cruising on Bosphorus where you will enjoy a magnificent view. A great history, beautiful nature. The Bosphorus divides EUROPE&ASIA geographically but connects culturally&historically. This cruise will be highlights of your trip to Istanbul. After tour drives to Airport for your 1h 30min domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, greeted by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Check-in. Overnight in Kusadasi.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 4 Full-Day Ephesus Tour
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit The House of Virgin Mary; located 6km to the north of the ruins of Ephesus, a church was built from the 6C AD to the top of the foundations of a house from 1C AD and it is declared by the church to be the final house where Mary spent her last days. Continue with the Ancient Ephesus; An Archeological treasure, The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean. During the 1C AD, Ephesus was the second-largest city on the planet after Rome with more than 250,000 citizens. It was in the center of the known world and played the role of a gateway between the East and the West with its giant harbor, it was also the center of trading in antiquity. It was not only a rich commercial city but also the honeymoon place of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. An impressive city, ıt is also home to one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world, Temple of Artemis. Ephesus is also so well preserved that, walking on the ancient streets among the beautiful monuments such as the third largest library of the ancient world or the largest roman theatre on the Asia continent, gives you the feeling of a time traveler. Next; Temple of Artemis or Artemision was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was very famous in antiquity and made Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place. There were a totally of 127 ionic columns with a height of 19m. The temple is also considered to be the earliest bank of the ancient world. At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 5 Pamukkale Tour / Coach to Antalya
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out and according to your group tour pick up a time meet with your guide at the lobby of your hotel and travel to Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where hot springs were believed to have healing powers so it is considered to be the earliest spa on earth where, in history, people traveled long distances in order to find a cure. The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Today Pamukkale is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Visit; the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site. Theır shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour, drive you to Denizli bus station for your 5 hours bus journey to Antalya. Upon arrival Antalya bus station greeted by your driver and drive to your hotel. Check-in. Overnight in Antalya.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 6 Perge, Aspendos, Side, Kursunlu Waterfalls
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. The first visiting place is Perge, one of the largest and most popular ancient city in the Pamphylia region. Perge was the capital of Pamphylia then eventually came under Roman rule in 133B.C. and this is when it flourished most and indeed most of the ruins that are left today are from that area. You will see the Agora, Roman Baths, Colonnaded Street, Nympharium and also Grand amphitheater which could hold 15.000 people.
Our second visiting place is Aspendos Ancient Theatre.  Probably an earlier ancient theatre, was built 2nd century on the site. The Aspendos theatre can hold over 20,000 and ıs still being used for festivals and music concerts.
After lunch at the local restaurant on a nearby river, we depart for Side; one of the most popular and classical ancient citys of Turkey, also became an important base for the Cilician pirates and their slave trade and profited from this. With the defeat of the pirates, Side fell under the control of Rome and became part of the Roman Empire and many constructions took place in Side such as a large theatre, Roman Baths and The Temple of Apollo.
After Side Ancient City we drive back Antalya on the way, you get a chance to see Kursunlu Waterfall Enjoy fresh pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular waterfalls.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 7 Antalya City Tour
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Drive to the Duden Waterfalls National Park located 15 km outside the city. Duden waterfalls are the most beautiful and the most visited in the Antalya region. Walkthrough the beautiful park and listen to the sound of falling water. Enjoy a green environment, fresh air and pine scent, cool atmosphere and spectacular waterfalls. Duden Waterfall is 15 meters high and 20 meters wide. Behind the waterfall, there is a natural cave you can go in and watch the cascades. Do not leave this place without taking great pictures behind the water flow and walking along the river with turquoise waters.
After lunch at a local restaurant with a beautiful panoramic view you will have 1-1,5 hours of free time to explore the old town (Kaleici). You will see top attractions of the city: Hadrianus Gate, Clock Tower, Kesik Minare (Truncated Minaret) and city walls dated back to the 2d century. Old Town with its narrow stone streets is also a great place to explore numerous boutiques, art galleries, and interesting museums. Do not forget to buy some memorable souvenirs from the authentic shops before leaving Kaleici.
The tour will continue the cable car ride 'from sea to sky'. Enjoy amazing views from the top of Tunektepe which stands 1365 mt above sea level. You will see the beautiful coastline of the Antalya region, gorgeous mountains, pine forests, and turquoise Mediterranean sea. Great pictures taken during the trip will remind you of this unforgettable experience. At the end of the tour drive you back to the departure point. Overnight in Antalya.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 8 Flight to Cappadocia
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out and according your flight departure time drives to Antalya Airport for your domestic flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival greeted by your driver and drives to your hotel. Check in. Overnight in Cappadocia.
(Breakfast)
Day 9 Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Goreme Museum; consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colorful frescoes decorating the walls. Next; Devrent Valley; famous for its quirky animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. There is even a rock pillar which looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Take in the unique lunar landscape of the valley and feel like you're in another World. Next; Pasabagi which means: the Pacha's vineyard. This site is also called Monks Valley. The hermitage of Simeon monks was here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon), and a hermit's shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. Pasabag valley contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style is unique even for Cappadocia and these fairy chimneys are named mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. 
Next Avanos; where you will enjoy typical Turkish Lunch and experience make Potter with local experts. Next we continues to Goreme Panaroma, which has one of the best panoramic view of the Fairy chimneys. Next Uchisar the Naturel highest Rock Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area.. At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
(Breakfast-Lunch) 
Day 10 Underground Cities of Cappadocia
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley; is an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink especially during sunset!the minerals in the sandstone have a pink tinge. This pink becomes more and more evident throughout the day, peaking at sunset when the sun glows directly onto the Rose Valley giving it that fine shade of pink so many people come to see. Next Cavusin; is surrounded by a valley, which becomes gradually wider, called as Red Valley. The houses of the village were cut into massive rock formations. The village is famous with its rock-chuches. Next; Pigeon Valley; earned its name from the countless man made dovecotes (Pigeon Houses) that have been carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Pigeon Valley is one of the best spots for walking in the marvelous Cappadocia region.  Next; Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 christians. These settlements were of enormous value to the development of christianity as they provided shelter and worship and were in use until the end of 7C AD. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight-storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways. Tour continue with Ortahisar; famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 11 Flight to Istanbul
Upon breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer you to the Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. You will be leaving from Turkey with unforgettable memories. End of our service.
(Breakfast)

Conditions

•Full cancellation applies in the event of No-Show at specified meeting time.
•The provider cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dressing.
•Its highly recommended to make a travel insurance for your holiday, as the provider can not be held responsible for the incident(s) which may occur during the tour.
•Amendments caused by the flights are upon availability and may require supplement fee.
•Cancellations and changes made on purchased flight tickets are applied according to the cancellation and refund policies of airline companies.
•The provider cannot be held responsible for letter mistakes that may occur from names forwarded to us for the purchase of flight tickets.
Tax: Included
Cancellation Policy: Hotels, Airport Transfers, Tours can be cancelled without any penalties 3 day(s) prior to first service date. Cancellations and changes made on purchased flight tickets are applied according to the cancellation and refund policies of airline companies.