Mystical Turkey

Mystical Turkey

[8 Days Tour]

Mystical Turkey

See historical highlights in Istanbul, the geological wonderland in Cappadocia, admire Turkey’s beautiful capital city, Ankara, and relax on its mesmerising Mediterranean Coast, on this memorable eight-day tour of some of Turkey’s most impressive sights. Stroll the beautifully arranged streets of Istanbul and visit the fascinating Topkapi Palace, used by the Ottoman Sultans, visit the famous Blue Mosque, a unique piece of architecture built for Sultan Ahmet I, and catch a glimpse of the magnificent ancient Hippodrome. Then, catch sight of Antalya, praising its imposing mountains and relaxing beaches and continue your adventure in Cappadocia, with the spectacular Goreme open-air museum, the lunar landscape, and the Uchisar rock castle, where you have the chance to enjoy a panoramic view of the valleys below. End this unforgettable trip with wandering around Ankara, the fascinating capital city of Turkey, before returning to Istanbul.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Istanbul: Served as a capital city to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, this Euro-Asian city never fails to enthral, with its beautiful buildings in the old city of Sultanahmet overlooking the Bosphorus strait which separates the city between Europe and Asia. You can find anything you might be looking for and more in beautiful Istanbul.

Antalya: Wander around the beautiful Mediterranean city of Antalya, admiring its imposing mountains, relaxing on the sunny beaches, and exploring its many shopping malls.

Konya: Enjoy a stop in charming Konya, home of the Whirling Dervishes.

Cappadocia: The Ancient region in central Anatolia, situated on the rugged plateau north of the Taurus Mountains, in the centre of present-day Turkey boasts a lunar-landscape and early Christain churches carved out of volcanic rock.

Ankara: Stroll the lovely streets of Turkey’s capital city and visit the renowned Ataturk Museum and Mausoleum.

What’s included?

TOUR GUIDE:  

  • Fully escorted by English- speaking tour guide on shared basis 

ACCOMMODATION: 

  • Seven nights accommodation in indicated category of hotels 

MEALS:

  • 7 breakfasts
  •  6 lunches on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: old city in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar, Bosphorous Cruise. In Antalya visit the Kaleici,  old marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret and Hidirlik Tower, Lower Duden Waterfalls; Mausoleum of Mevlana, Derinkuyu, Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Pasabagi, wine tasting in Urgup, Salt Lake, Ataturk Museum and Mausoleum

TRANSPORT:

  • Local airport transfers as per itinerary
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicles.

OTHER: 

  • All applicable government taxes and fees. 
  • Meet & Greet on day 1.

Exclusions

  • International and domestic flights, airport fees of any kind
  • Meals, other than specified in itinerary
  • Optional offered tours and events 
  • Beverages
  • Porterage
  • Tips

Please note

  • Day 3: Istanbul – Antalya flight is not included and our recommendation is to book a flight later than 17:00 hrs. Recommended flight number TK2420 IST-AYT.
  • Sophia museum is closed on Mondays
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice.

What do I need to bring?

Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings in Turkey. Shoes should be removed before entering a mosque or private house. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1,2,7 Istanbul:

  • Superior Hotel Category = Dosso Dossi Old Town Hotel or similar 4*

Day 3, 4 Antalya:

  • Superior Hotel Category = Best Western Khan Hotel or similar 4*

Day 5, 6 Cappadocia:

  • Superior Hotel Category =  Taskonaklar Cave Hotel or similar 4*

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 75% if booking is cancelled 10 days or less before event

Day 1 :  ARRIVAL ISTANBUL

Arrive at Istanbul airport where a representative will meet and greet you before you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, relaxing in the hotel or exploring the surroundings on your own.
 
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 :  ISTANBUL

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast before you are picked up from the hotel to start a tour in the old city, known as Sultanahmet. The first stop is Topkapi Palace – the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures and the Holy Mantle, as well as relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Stop for a tasty lunch and then see Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque located across from St. Sophia and built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Continue with visiting the ancient Hippodrome and admiring the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Afterwards, wander around the Grand Covered Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages, there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area, such as the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, and many other surprises. You can end your day in Istanbul with an optional 1001 Nights Dinner Show.

Overnight in Istanbul. Lunch included. 

Day 3 :  ISTANBUL – ANTALYA (700 KM – 1 hr by flight + 1.5 Hr by land)

After having a delectable breakfast, start the tour with a fascinating Bosphorus Cruise. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), old city walls, Topkapi Palace, and many other beautiful landmarks. Luxuriate in a mouthwatering lunch at a local restaurant and head towards Istanbul Ataturk airport to catch your flight to Antalya. On arrival, enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel in Antalya. The flight to Antalya is not included.

Overnight in Antalya. Lunch included. 

Day 4 :  ANTALYA

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and continue your adventure driving to Antalya’s old quarter, known as Kaleici. Visit the delightful old marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret and Hidirlik Tower. Kaleici was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then later inhabited by the Byzantines, Seljuks and finally the Ottomans. Hadrian’s Gate is a triumphal arch built in the name of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD and Hidirlik Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone. After a delightful lunch, the tour moves on to the Lower Duden Waterfalls, which is where all the streams from the Taurus Mountains find their way into the Mediterranean Sea by pouring over Antalya’s cliffs in a spectacular display. Enjoy the rest of day at leisure. 

Overnight in Antalya. Lunch included.

Day 5 :  ANTALYA – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (540 Km – 7 Hrs)

Begin your day with a rich breakfast at the hotel. Then, at the indicated time, we depart for beautiful Konya. On arrival, we stop at a restaurant for a tasty lunch and then we visit the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour, we continue to Cappadocia arriving in the evening and checking into the hotel.

Overnight in Cappadocia. Lunch included.

Day 6 :  CAPPADOCIA

A new day brings more surprises, right after a lovely breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in Cappadocia, reaching 55 metres below ground and having eight levels open to visitors. We then visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia for a panoramic view of the valleys below. After Uchisar, we visit Goreme Open Air Museum where early Christian churches carved out of the rock are decorated with beautiful religious frescoes dating from the 10th century. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. Then, we enjoy a relaxing lunch stop at Avanos and continue with a visit to a pottery workshop, to see how the local ceramics are made. Afterwards, we move on to Pasabagi where you can see rock formations in the shape of three-headed fairy chimneys and visit a workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then, we go to a wine shop in Urgup for a memorable tasting session. Our last stop is the Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys, famous for being the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end in the evening when you are returned to your hotel. You can also add an exciting hot-air balloon ride, an entertaining Whirling Dervish show or a relaxing Turkish bath to your beautiful day in Cappadocia. 

Overnight in Cappadocia. Lunch included.

Day 7 :  CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – ISTANBUL (740 Km –9hrs)

After breakfast, depart to Ankara and enjoy a four-hour drive, stopping on the way at Salt Lake, a natural salted and the second biggest lake in Turkey. Arrive in Ankara just in time to indulge in a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Ataturk Museum and Mausoleum and depart for Istanbul, having a refreshment stop on the way and arriving in Istanbul after a pleasant five-hour drive.

Overnight in Istanbul. Lunch included.

Day 8 :  DEPART ISTANBUL

Enjoy a tasty breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included.

  • 8 Days
  • From : Istanbul
  • To : Istanbul
  • Tour
  • Guide : English
  • Minimum age : - Years Old

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