Turkey Long Package Tour #1
23Days-22Nights Magic Coast Line Tour
Day 01 -Arrival Istanbul 14 Miles
Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be met and assisted to check in to your selected hotel. Free day at leisure .Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local seafood restaurant. (D)
Day 02 -Fullday Istanbul Tour 7 Miles
Full day city tour visits Hagia Sophia Church, built in the 6th century AD, at one time the largest Christian Church in the world; Topkapi Palace, the Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, with its priceless collections of artifacts, jewelry and rare porcelain; the unique Blue Mosque, with its six minarets and famous for its blue Iznik tiles; Hippodrome Square where ancient chariot races were held; and then enjoy a visit to the world famous Grand Covered Bazaar, with over 4,000 tiny shops. (B,L) Optional Turkish Night.
Day 03 - Bosphorus Tour 11 Miles
Visit the Spice Bazaar in the morning, then take a leisurely boat tour along the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus. Lunch at a local seafood restaurant. Then visit Rumeli fortress and Chora Church. Returning to the hotel, Evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 04 -Istanbul – Troy – Assos 236.3 Miles
After breakfast ,driving to Canakkale lies on both sides of the Dardanelles which connects the sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea. Its shores touch both Europe (with the Gelibolu Peninsula) and Asia (with the Biga Peninsula) and there are ferries here between the two sides. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferryboat. Visit ancient Troy, which Homer immortalized in his Illiad. Archeological digs in Troy (Truva) have proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement, where you will see its legendary walls and a replica of the wooden horse. Then drive to Assos ,visit the temple of Athena . It is founded on the site of Assos where there is the famous Temple of Athena built in the 6th-century BC. The panoramic view of the Gulf from the top of the acropolis is breathtaking and the remains of Assos, surrounding the acropolis are worth visiting. Dinner and overnight in Assos.
Day 05-Pergamon- Izmir 150 Miles
Drive to Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, the famous library and royal palaces, the Temple of Trajan, the 3rd century Theater of Pergamon (one of the steepest theaters in the world), the Temple of Dionysos, remains of the Altar of Zeus (Seat of Satan), and a view of the Red Basilica (St. John's Church). Lunch included in town. Visit the Archaelogical Museums and the ruins of Asclepion, a medical center of the ancient world. Drive to Izmir Overnight in Izmir.
Day 06-Izmir- Ephesus- Kusadasi 63.5 Miles
Leave for Ephesus, the veritable cradle of early Christianity. Visit the Shrine of The Virgin Mary en route, where it is said that she spent her later days. At Ephesus see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which have only recently been excavated. See the Odeon, Bouleterion, fountains, temples, brothel, library, the Agoras, Great Theater, Roman baths, gymnasiums and the stadium. After lunch visit the Archaelogical Museum, Isa Bey Mosque, St.John's Basilica and his tomb and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Day 07-Visiting Samos (Greek Island) 18.3 Miles
Buffet breakfast in the Morning ,then transfer to harbour at 07:50,after the passport control,only 1 and half hourse sailling to Greece,Arrival to Samos at 10;30.Free time in Samos,At evening at 17;00 Pm ferry to Kusadasi.Transfer back to Hotel.Overnight in Kusadasi. You may book an Optional Tour in Samos,visit the temple of Hera,Water Tunnel,Ptygorio.
Day 08-Afrodisias & Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) 240 Miles
Drive to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of love. The archaeologists named the city Aphrodisias because they found so many statues of her here. The New York University is leading and supporting the excavations financially.We will see the Stadium which seated 35,000 people and is the most well-preserved in the world, the Hadrian Baths, the Theater, the Agora and the Archaeological Museum where many Aphrodite statues are on display. Continue to Pamukkale--the Cotton Castle. See the white travertine’s; there are underground hot water springs in Pamukkale. This water contains many minerals including calcium. The calcium deposits formed the white Pamukkale hill over thousands of years. The city of Hierapolis in Pamukkale was a spa center during the Roman period. There are still tourists coming to Pamukkale for its hot spring waters. Dinner at the hotel. Swimming is available at the indoor or outdoor hot spring pool of the hotel. It is said that this water is good for the eyes, for the stomach, and has an aphrodisiac effect.Then drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kusadasi. (B.L.D.)
Day 09-Priene- Miletos- Didyma 108 Miles
Depart for Bodrum. Visit Priene, which is a well preserved ancient Greek city. Then see Miletos which has a beautiful Greco-roman theater where St. Paul gave a speech to spread Christianity in the 1st century. Proceed to Didyma to see the Temple of Apollo, famous for its oracle. Lunch at a local fish restaurant in Didyma, then continue to Bodrum for dinner and overnight at the deluxe Marmara Hotel overlooking Bodrum Castle and the Marina. Bodrum is famous for its night-life. Many shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants are open until the small hours of the morning. After dinner, we will have a short walk in the city. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 10-Fullday Bodrum Tour 5 Miles
We start the day with a tasty breakfast at our hotel. Our first visit is to the antique theater in Bodrum overlooking Bodrum Marina. Then we visit the Mausoleum, the tomb of King Mausoleus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the famous Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century. In Bodrum Castle, we will first visit the Underwater Archaeology Museum which is one of the largest in the world, then we will experience a wine tasting at one of the tower rooms where Crusaders used to drink six centuries ago. We will have a late lunch in a typical small Turkish village, and observe their relaxed lifestyle. We return to our deluxe hotel for dinner and overnight. During dinner, there will be a small lottery, and the winner (one of the tour participants) will receive a real Turkish gold coin. The gold coin in Turkey is a perfect gift for weddings and for other important events, and it is the symbol of love and respect.
Day 11-Visit Kos (Greek Island) 15.5 Miles
In the morning ferry to Kos Island ,About 09;00 am. Arrival to Kos at 10:00 am.As soon as you shall set your eyes on Kos, the island of Hippocrates, after you have seen its overall allurement, you will realize the reason why Kos is considered to be one of the most popular resorts of the Dodecanese Islands cluster and the Agean Sea. the first thing that you will see when you arrive at the port, and the Castle of the Knights, with the double surrounding walls and the stank, at the entrance of the town, are truly stunning.Free time in Kos,At evening return to Bodrum at 17;00 pm, You may book an optional tour in Kos
Day 12-Bodrum-Marmaris 95.4 Miles
In the morning drive to Marmaris,Free time at leisure in Marmaris. Overnight in Marmaris.
Day 13-Visit Rhodes (Greek Island) 117.4 Miles
In the morning ferry to Rhodes Island ,About 09;00 am. Arrival to Rhodes at 10:30 am.As soon as Rhodes is often called "The Pearl of the Mediterranean" and is known for its natural beauty, historical, and archaeological treasures.Rhodes was an important center in the 5th to 3rd centuries BC as part of both the Roman and Byzantine empires. The Knights of St. John conquered and occupied Rhodes in 1306 and the medieval walled city is still a famous landmark in Rhodes town. Rhodes was recently declared a world cultural heritage monument by UNESCO. The fabulous climate, night life, beaches, and wealth of tourist offerings make it a great holiday destination year round.At evening return to marmaris at 17;00 pm ,then drive to Dalyan .Overnight in Dalyan, Optional tour in Rhodes.
Day 14 -Fullday Dalyan Tour – Fethiye 42 Miles
This morning we get a boat we sail on the Dalyan River ,seeing to Rock Cut Tombs King Tombs),Lunch on dalyan river,After that sail to Iztuzu Beach,Free time swimming at the beach. At evening turn back to Dalyan, Meet with our bus at the dock, then drive to fethiye for overnight.
Day 15 -Fethiye – Xantos - Patara- Kas 57.4 Miles
We have a long driving to Kas,On the way visit the Xantos, This is the oldest and the largest city of the mountain province of Lycia, Until the Persian invasion it was an independent state. When the people of Xanthos,who had bravely tried to defend their city, realized that they could not repulse the invasion, they first killed their women committed mass suicide by throwing themselves into the flames. About 80 surviving families and people who immigrated there rebuilt the city, After Xantos, visit Patara , The painted ceramics found in the acropolis prove that the city existed in the 5th century B.C. Patara opened its doors to Alexander the Great, thereby earning the status of an important harbour city, in addition to having been the birth place of St. Nicholas. After we will arrive to Kas, Today's Kas is a coastal city of the Lycians. "Phellos" is the Greek word for "stony place" and this name is very well suited to Kas. Its well preserved rock tombs and theater are well worth seeing. Kas today is a small and charming coastal resort.Overnight in Kas.
Day 16 -Sailling Lycian Coast – Sunken City- Simena Castle Kas 14 Mile
It is lazy day today,we sail to Sunken City , This is reached by sea from Ucagiz. The beauty of Simena lies in its blending of history, sea and sun. Here, one is fascinated by the remains of ancient civilizations lying under the blue and translucent waters of the Mediterranean. Kale's history dates back to the Lycian era. Roman and later eras are piled on top of each other. The theatre carved out of the rocks is one of the smallest of Lycia. The walls were built in Roman times but it is thought that additions were made in later eras.Free time for swimming ,Lunch one of the un touch bay , after the that visit Kale city and Simena Castle .Overnight in Kas.
Day 17 -Kas - Myra - Antalya 100 Miles
After the breakfas we drive to Myra , Situated between Finike and Kas, It was one of the most important cities among the other six Lycian cities. The rock tombs, the theatre and St. Nicholas Church have survived to make it a place worth visiting.St. Nicholas, born in 245 A.D. in Patara near Fethiye (known variously as St.Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Heilige Nikolaus and Pere Noel) died in 326 A.D., having spent his life in Anatolia which is birth place of Father Christams,visit his church,than visiting to Myra ancient City,after the lunch we drive to Antalya,on the way visit the Phaselis ancient city.Overnight in Antalya.(B,L)
Day 18 -Freeday At Leisure in Antalya
Freeday At Leisure in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 19 -Aspendos Theatre- Perge 51 Miles
Fullday seight seeing in Antalya,Visit the Antalya archeological museum, then drive to Aspendos.After lunch visit Aspendos, is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient amphitheatre. The theater which was built in the 2nd century A.D. was periodically repaired by the Seljuks who used it as a caravansaray. The theater holds 7000 spectators, with an additional 500 in the orchestra. Today it is used for concerts, festivals and grease wrestling events. Perge, one of Pamphylia's foremost cities.Skylax, who lived in the fourth century B.C. and was the earliest of the ancient writers to mention Perge, states that the city was in Pamphylia. In the New Testament book, Acts of the Apostles, the sentence "...when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perge in Pamphylia" suggests that Perge could be reached from the sea in ancient times. Just as the Kestros provides convenient communication today,At evening drive back to Antalya.Overnight in Antalya.
Day 20 -Antalya –Konya –Cappadocia 303 Miles
Early departure to Konya. Visit the Mevlana Museum, and the 13th century Whirling Dervish Monastery. After lunch, continue to Cappadocia where nature has scoured surrealistic moonscape shapes into the rocks. It is here that persecuted Christians dug underground cities and churches during the 9th century. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 21 -Cappadocia Tour 30 Miles
Full day sightseeing in the environs of Cappadocia, including Goreme Open Air Museum, the pottery making town of Avanos, the natural citadel of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakli. Tonight you may chose to enjoy an optional show at an outdoor cave restaurant with folk and belly dancing, or a show including a Whirling Dervish* performance.
Day 22 -Cappadocia-Ankara 185 Miles
Morning sightseeing in Cappadocia, before departing for Ankara. After lunch, visit the Agzikarahan Caravanserai from the Selcuk period. Visit the Ataturk Mausoleum and Museum in Ankara. Evening at leisure. Optional Baloon Tours in Cappadocia.
Day 23 -Transfer to Ankara airport 16 Miles
Transfer to Ankara Airport for your flight homeward via Istanbul on board Turkish Airlines.
22 Nights accomodation in 4 star or S Class Hotels.
Land transportation by private air-conditioned modern vehicles.
Professional, English-speaking tour director at your service throughout the tour.
Meals indicated by code letters.
Daily Boat Trips
Sightseeing as described in the itinerary, including entrance fees
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Some meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic & International flights.
Customary tips to drivers and guides, which are made at the travelers discretion.