Flying Carpet Tour – 10 Days

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    Tour Altinkum Travel

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    • Duration:10 Days
    • Service Basis:Sit in minibus (shared basis)
    • Location:Instanbul

    Departure & Return Location

    • Istanbul Airports / HotelsIt 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
    • Istanbul Airport / Sabiha Airport

    Season

    Everyday (All year round)

    Price Includes

    • 2 night accommodation in Istanbul
    • 2 night accommodation in Kusadasi
    • 2 night accommodation in Cappadocia
    • 2 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

    Price Excludes

    • Beverage with meals
    • Tips for the guides & drivers (Optional)

    Available Language(s)

    Tour guide throughout the tour
    • English 

    Good to know

    • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes at the tours
    • Please take your camera with you
    • 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
    • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Underground Cistern
    • 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 addıtıtıonal charge
    • Please take passports or ID

    Highlights

    • This is a customized 10 days package by plane start and end in Istanbul
    • Explore most popular locations of Turkey Such as; Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Antalya with expert local guides in a small group tours
    • Domestic flight tickets, accommodations, Skip-The-Line tickets to the historical sites, and airport transfers provided
    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival to Istanbul

    Upon arrival at Istanbul Istanbul Airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
    (No Meal)

    Day 2Istanbul City Highlights Tour

    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 3Cruising 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 4Full-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 the departure point. Overnight in Kusadasi
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 5Pamukkale 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 6Antalya 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 GateClock TowerKesik 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 7Travel to Cappadocia

    Upon breakfast at the hotel check out and according your public bus departure time meet with your driver and transferred to Antalya bus station for your 10h bus journey to Cappadocia. Upon arrival Goreme bus station greeted by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Check inn. Overnight in Cappadocia.
    (No Meal)

    Day 8Cappadocia Red Tour

    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; 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. Proceed to Zelve; was the name of a village with homes carved from natural tufa and was inhabited until 1950s. The population was moved to further away to a new village and Zelve was made an open air museum. Early churches and houses can be seen in three different canyons intersecting each other.
     
    Next we continues to 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; 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. At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
    (Breakfast-Lunch) 

    Day 9Cappadocia Green Tour

    According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore 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-story city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways. Next; Panorama Esentepe; is a variety of great panoramic viewpoints in Cappadocia for the ones who want to enjoy the stunning views of Cappadocia and also for photographers. Tour continues 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. 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 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)
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