Turkish Express (9 Days / 8 Nights)

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TURKEY: A city immortalised in art, history and literature, Istanbul is a sprawling metropolis combining the ancient and the contemporary. Hold on to your fez cap, it's full steam ahead on this 9-day Turkish Express tour, through some of the most incredible sights in Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, and Istanbul. See the spectacular Blue Mosque, the Wooden Horse of Troy, the enchanting rock chapels of Goreme and much more.
Itinerary
  • Day 1
    • Flight: Johannesburg (JNB) to Istanbul (IST)
  • Day 2-9
    • Escorted Tours: Turkish Express (8 Nights / 9 Days)
  • Day 10
    • Transport: Izmir Private Transfers
    • Flight: Izmir Turkey (ADB) to Istanbul (IST)
  • Day 11
    • Flight: Istanbul (IST) to Johannesburg (JNB)
Full Itinerary

Turkish Express (8 Nights / 9 Days)

Turkish Express (8 Nights / 9 Days)
Tour Code: TEX

Day 1: 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: Istanbul (Breakfast)
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 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. Your last stop 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. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara (Breakfast and Dinner)
Depart on an optional tour of cruise along Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. The tour will be ended in Asia side and drive for the capital city of Ankara for overnight.

Day 4: Ankara - Cappadocia (Breakfast and Dinner)
Morning departure to view Hittite artefacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Visit the underground city of Sarhatli. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5: Cappadocia (Breakfast and Dinner)
Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Visit the underground city of Sarhatli

Day 6: Cappadocia - Pamukkale (Breakfast and Dinner)
Drive to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Day 7: Pamukkale - Kusadasi (Breakfast and Dinner)
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit to the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centres of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 8: Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Kusadasi (Breakfast and Dinner)
Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's Cottage. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. Afternoon Optional (at an additional cost): tour of Sirince.

Day 9: Kusadasi (Breakfast)
Return transfer to pier.

City hotels or similar:
Istanbul - Renaissance Bosphorus or Le Meridien
Ankara - Swissotel
Cappadocia - Crowne Plaza Hotel
Pamukkale - Colossae Hotel
Kusadasi - Charisma Hotel.
Terms & Conditions

High season supplement apply
Block out dates apply on selected departures.
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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