9 Days Turkey Tour
*9 Days Turkey tour package do not include any tours and hotel bookings in Istanbul. This guided Turkey tour starts from Istanbul
Day 1- Travel to Canakkale and Tour of Gallipoli Battlefields
Pickup from hotel at 07:00 am in the morning. We will travel 5,5 hour one way to Gallipoli( Present day Eceabat – Gelibolu Peninsula). Arrival and lunch before we start to explore the battlefields and graveyards with the assistance of our local guide. We will visit numerous important areas where the World War took place on 1915 between Ottomans and Allied powers to gain the control of Dardanelles. At the end of the tour, we return back to Eceabat and half an hour ferry ride to Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 2- Tour of Troy- Drive to Pergamon
Breakfast at the hotel and pickup at time indicated. We will drive half an hour to legendary Troy ancient city. The town of Troy is known by Homer’s Iliad and almost old settlements are scattered in wide area dates back 4,000 years of archaeological evidence that was only discovered within last century. After our visit, drive to Pergamon ( Bergama) for 4 hours. Lunch and visit to Pergamon Acropolis. En route we will stop by Red Basilica (one of the 7 Churches of Revelation) for photo shoot. Drive to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 3-Tour of Ephesus and Visit to Cottage of Mother Mary
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and start the day trip in ruins of Ephesus. Imagine a place that has so much to offer from the ancient history. Ephesus in Turkey allowing thousands years of architectural monuments that has been carefully preserved and maintained. Some restored relics still displays historical power and majesty. The ancient roman capital of Asia Minor, the Ephesus whom we can call as the Pompeii of Turkey. Because many civilizations lived here and fell into oblivion until it was rediscovered by archaeologists in the late 1800s. Visit major highlights and ruins like Temple of Hadrian, Library of Celsus which is considered as the most important image that looks like temple more than a library. Theatre with the capacity of almost 24.000 people during its time. If you would like to have a general idea of the site and how big is the theatre, you can climb up the stairs and admire the landscape and city’s magnitude with a bird’s eye view. Also visit House of Mother Mary, believed spent her last days having been brought here by St. John from the Jerusalem that is located on a hill near Ephesus, still has an important role in the history of humanity. On the way back to our hotel we will stop by the Basilica of St. John that was built on his tomb. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4-Pamukkale Tour and Hierapolis / Travel to Antalya
Early departure from your hotel in Kusadasi with your luggages and travel to Pamukkale for about 3,5 hours. 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 would be one of the best and the most interesting part of your 9 days Turkey tour. 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 Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5- Free Day in Antalya or Optional Tour of Perge Aspendos Ruins
Breakfast at the hotel and free day at leisure at your own pace. You can either spend the whole day at the nearest beach from your hotel or wander through beautiful Old city of Antalya. Overnight in Antalya
Day 6- Free Day in Antalya or Optional Tours Cable Car to Olimpos Mountain
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can spend your day at leisure again or we can book additionally ”Tour of Perge Aspendos and Waterfalls” or ”Cable Car Tour” in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya
Day 6- Flight to Cappadocia
There are direct flight from Antalya to Cappadocia in particular days of the week. Some days in the morning and some days in the evenings. Depending on your date of travel, our sales team will inform you and organize. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8- Cappadocia Tour
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
Day 9- 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
Note:If you would like to return to Istanbul at the end of this day we can also arrange a evening flight back to Istanbul to save some time.
Price:1575 USD per person in double or triple room and 200 Euros p.p. for Hot Air Balloon Tour
What is Included in this 9 Days Turkey Itinerary?
✓ 2 Domestic Flight Ticket in Economy Class with 15 kg Luggage and 7 kg Hand Luggage
✓ Hotel Accommodation in double or triple room with breakfast
✓ Excursions with English Speaking Guide Escort in small groups up to 14 persons
✓ Airport Transfers as mentioned in the tour itinerary
✓ Entrance fees to the Museums, Local Transportation in Latest Model Luxury, Air Conditioned and No Smoking Minibuses
✓ Lunch will be served in restaurants during excursions (Drinks are additional cost)
✓ Local Taxes