10 Days Private Turkey Trip
However our package tours for Turkey and Greece offers a lot of flexibility within small groups for those who is travelling on budget; we have catered a private Turkey trip with more intimate care who wants to absorb the historical legacy and also more attention of local private guides to their heart’s content. If you have more time to spend or wishing to visit other parts of Turkey which is not in the Turkey tour itinerary below, just shoot us an email by filling out the enquiry form and let us make a customised travel itinerary for you. We can also combine this trip with Greek Islands Tours or 7 days cruise to Greek Islands
1st Day-Travel to Istanbul and Free Time(No Meal)
Meet the team in the Istanbul airport upon your arrival and private transfer to your selected hotel. Check-in to your room and have some rest. If your time is within Office hours, one of our agent will pick you up and bring to our Office to pay the balance and receive your documents as well as brief info about country and your package tour. If not, just relax tonight as you will have a busy day tomorrow. You can walk around your hotel to seek out a local diner where you can taste your first Turkish meal nearby your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
2nd Day-Private Tour of Istanbul Old City
Ready to enjoy a full day walking tour of Istanbul right after having your open buffet Turkish breakfast? You will have an opportunity to see the fascinating contrasts of history and today, which makes Istanbul a unique place for numerous emperors since the past. Commence our day trip from the Hippodrome Square where sport competitions used to take place during Romans. Continue to 17th century Ottoman Mosque with its six minarets touching to skies also known as Blue Mosque by non-muslims due to its 21 thousands blue İznik tiles within from top to toe. Right across the Blue Mosque we will visit legendary monument of Byzantine era the, St.Sophia Museum which was once a Church and a former Mosque during Ottomans. Lunch in a Turkish Restaurant and afterwards we will pay a visit to Topkapi Palace which had as a administrative headquarters of Ottoman dynasty for almost 400 years and finish our day wandering the labyrinth streets of Grand Bazaar housing over 3.500 shops. Overnight in Istanbul
Meal:Breakfast and Lunch
3th Day-Scenic Cruise on the Bosphorus/Spice Bazaar & Dolmabahce Palace
Breakfast at the hotel and meet your guide at hotel lobyy at 09:30. We will commence today by visiting the Spice Market which is located in Eminonu district. Continue to pier and board the boat and sail over the Strait of Istanbul that connects Marmara and Black Sea known as Bosphorus. There are 3 bridges over the Bosphorus and we will be passing under two of them. Lunch in a local restaurant. Drive to Asian part to observe Istanbul over a hilltop called Camlica by passing over one of the bridge that we sailed under during the cruise on the Bosphorus. Return to European side back again and Visit to the last palace of Ottoman Dynasty, Dolmabahce Palace. We will sip our teas in a waterfront cafe overlooking the Bosphorus once we finish our tour. Return to our hotels. Overnight in Istanbul
Meal:Breakfast and Lunch
4th Day- Flight to Denizli / Pamukkale Tour / Travel to Konya by Land
Pick up from hotel in Istanbul and transfer to airport early in the morning. Upon your arrival our team will transfer you to a small hotel where a room is assigned to you where you can have some rest until your tour departure at 10h00-10h30. You can also enjoy a nice breakfast before you start off another day full of fun and history. You will commence the tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis from the top of the mountain. This remarkably well-kept remains of Greek-Roman era with full of supreme combination of human-made structures and natural wonders. Its strictly forbidden to walk with your shoes or slippers to avoid damage over this delicate white deposits but this is a really good thing as you let this surface message your soles while walking its warm healing waters grazing your toes. If you are not willing to swim, you can simply rollup your pants but its recommended to wear your swim suits to splash its mineral waters during your hiking and you may also succumb to your childlike instincts and jump to these natural infinity pools to the best of your ability. Your guide will give you some free time to linger on these White terraces made of limestone deposites and take some pictures for making your family and friends jealous.
The original Hellenistic constructions had been devastated by earthquakes in the first century so majority of the historical artifacts we will visit today are from the Roman era. The antique pool of Cleopatra(additional local cost applies) offers us a rare opportunity to swim in warm healing water amongst the collapsed marble columns of Apollo (divine founder of the city) Temple which was toppled into the water after many successive earthquakes.
At the end of the tour you will be treated a late lunch before we set off on a journey to Cappadocia by our private vehicle. Enroute we will stop by Konya for paying a short visit to this spiritual Sufi city and saviour a delicious Konya style Turkish Pide called Etli Ekmek. Continue our journey and reach to Cappadocia at midnight. Free time and overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
5th Day- Tour of Cappadocia with Local Expert Guide
Rise and shine after sleeping like a baby in an original cave room of your hotel(Regular stone rooms are also available on application for those having claustrophobia). If you want you can wake up early before to snapshot the balloons over the sky before we admire the landscape from sky on the following day. Departure for the 1st day excursion at 09h30 with our guide in small group and visit Devrent Valley where you should let you mind run wild with a lot of different shapes that you need to liken to different creatures; Monks Valley where you can admire some of the most striking shaped and sculptured uniquely by nature, Avanos (Vanessa) by Red River and Pottery Workshop for enjoying demonstrations by a craftsman on a 3000 years traditional Hittite style kick wheel. Lunch will served in a local Turkish Restaurant. Our next stop will be legendary official Goreme Open Air Museum. We will finish the day by sipping our tea overlooking the fabulous panorama of Goreme from a hilltop. Return to our hotels. Evening free at your own pace and mingle with locals and other international tourists in Goreme and have your own dinner to savour some more delicious Turkish food. Overnight in Goreme
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
6th Day- Balloon Ride in Cappadocia and South Region Tour of Cappadocia
To make the most of your stay, every morning bright and early hot air balloons of Cappadocia are flying over clouds. You can take part in an optional Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia that enables you to admire land forms and mushroom shaped chimneys of Cappadocia with stunning panorama of the Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos and surrounding area with bird’s eye view. We will stay more or less one hour in the air depending on the weather conditions. Return transfer will be around 07h30-08h00 back to our hotel depending on the seasonal time change of sunrise. You will have enough time to have a quick shower and breakfast. You can pack up your luggages and leave them in the reception. Departure from the hotel and start our day trip with a 3 km hiking in red valley. You would leave no stone unturned on this journey through Cappadocia. During this slow hiking you will have a chance to see many hidden cave dwellings and natural formations while ending up our trail in Cavusin Village where you can picture the oldest church in the region dedicated to St.John. Lunch in a local restaurant and continue paying a visit to underground city of Kaymakli which is considered as the architectural masterpieces of Hittite people dug in the ground almost 3000 years ago. These Groundscapers were the ideal residential areas to the contrary of today’s world skyscrapers. We will see their ventilation shafts, round stone doors for protection from enemy attacks, winery and much more. Evening at leisure on your own and overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
7th Day-Travel to Ankara/Flight to Canakkale
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Ankara by our private vehicle. We will stop by the Salt Lake and one of the most important Caravanserai of Seljuk times. Arrival in Ankara and Panoramic tour of Ankara and some free time in old city center. Transfer to airport and one hour flight to Canakkale. Upon your arrival, our local team will meet in the airport and transfer to your selected hotel in the heart of Canakkale overlooking the Dardanelles. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale hotel.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
8th Day- Troy Tour and Visit to Gallipoli Battlefields
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and drive to Troy for half an hour. We will take a closer look and in-depth historical analysis over the ruins by the narrations of our private local guide with multitudes of different eras. In comparison with what is left on soil nowadays, this land hosted seven different cities established, flourished and disappeared in the stage of history due to fires, earthquakes and invasions since the very first one on 3000 BC onwards. We will drive back to Canakkale and embark the ferry to cross the Dardanelles and reach to the battlefields of WWI in Gallipoli following a lunch and some rest. We will visit all the major areas, trenches, memorials and battlefields and head off to Istanbul through admiring the beautiful landscape of Thrace region of Turkey. Arrival in Istanbul hotel late at night. Check-in and overnight in Istanbul.
9th Day- Free Day in Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can explore the modern part of Istanbul with a private driver assigned to you. There are numerous shopping centers, museums and lively districts where you can enjoy all day. We can also arrange a day trip to Bursa which used to be the former capital of Ottoman Empire before Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
10th Day- Transfer to Airport
3 hours prior to your hotel international flight, we will arrange a private transfer to airport. End of our services.
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