Highlights of Turkey - Turkey (11 Days / 10 Nights)

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TURKEY: Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world's treasures. Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its capital, Istanbul, to the legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.
Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Turkish Airlines
  • Day 2-11
    • Escorted Tours: Highlights of Turkey (10 Nights / 11 Days)
Full Itinerary

Highlights of Turkey (10 Nights / 11 Days)

Highlights of Turkey (10 nights / 11 days)
Tour Code: HLT

Day 1 Thu: Istanbul
Upon arrival you will be met by a Neon Tours representative with a Neon Tours signboard and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul (B)
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1453-1852 (excluding harem). Visit the hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world's greatest architectural, wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional (at an additional cost) dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale (B, D)
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, and then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight.

Day 4 Sun: Troy - Pergamum - Izmir (B, L, D)
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight.

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Izmir (B)
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a first-hand experience of this unique art form. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant. (at an additional cost).

Day 6 Tue: Izmir - Pamukkale (B, D)
Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel's thermal pool.

Day 7 Wed: Pamukkale - Bodrum (B)
After breakfast visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapoli and later drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St. Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Overnight in Bodrum.

Day 8 Thu: Bodrum - Kos (B, D)
After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional (at an additional cost) day trip to Greek island Kos Dinner and overnight in Bodrum.

Day 9 Fri: Bodrum - Antalya (B, D)
After breakfast depart for Antalya, en route visit famous Termesso Ancient City, and then continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 Sat: Perge - Aspendos - Antalya (B, D)
This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 11 Sun: Antalya (B)
Transfer to airport.

Deluxe & Superior First Class Hotels or similar:

Istanbul - Conrad Istanbul
Canakkale - Kolin Hotel.
Izmir - Swissotel Grand Efes.
Pamukkale - Doga Thermal Health and Spa.
Bodum - Doria Hotel
Antalya - The Marmara
Terms & Conditions

High season airfare supplement applies:
Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.

Exclusions

All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance. Optional tours, customary tips to guide and drivers.


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