Grand tour of Turkey

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€1159 per person
Duration
11 days
Travellers
50
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Departure Location
Malta International Airport
Return Location
Istanbul Airport

Grand tour of Turkey

VISITING:

Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Bursa, & Istanbul

Group 1        17 – 27 August

Group 2         7 – 17 September (8 September – National Holiday)

WEDNESDAY

We meet at the airport at 8.00 am for our Turkish Airline flight taking us to Cappadocia via Istanbul departing at 10.35 am. On arrival at 7.25 pm, we are transferred to our 5-star hotel and have dinner.

THURSDAY

(Optional: Hot air Balloon riding is available early in the morning! A unique experience) After breakfast, we go on a full-day excursion to visit Cappadocia. Here, we can see the main Goreme Open Air Museum situated in the Goreme Valley, home of early Christian churches decorated with unique frescos. We proceed to Pasabaglari (Monk’s Valley) to see the world-famous fairy chimneys which have a unique shapes. Then, we have lunch and visit Avanos, the well-known pottery and craft centre, before we enjoy some free time shopping for some jewellery. We return to our hotel in time for dinner. (b,l,d)

FRIDAY

Today, after breakfast, we check-out, out and start our drive to Konya with a stop at Sulotan Hani Caravanserai. In Konya, we will have lunch and visit Mevlana Mauseleum. It is the mausoleum of Jalal ad[1]Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian Sufi Mystic. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes. We go to our 5-star hotel in time for dinner and overnight. (b,l,d)

SATURDAY

Breakfast, and then we start our trip towards Pamukkale. En route, we will have time to stop for lunch. As soon as we arrive in Pamukkale, we will walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35 degrees. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle). Then, we are transferred to our 5-Star Spa Hotel for check-in, and we can enjoy a swim in the hot red thermal pools of the hotel (extra). Time for dinner and overnight. (b,l,d)

SUNDAY

After breakfast, check out and make our way to Kusadasi. Our first stop will be a visit to a factory outlet textile Burbery shop. On our arrival, we will have lunch and visit the Sirince village (an old Greek Village) where we taste the local fruit wine when we visit the winery. Then, we make our way to our 5-star hotel for dinner and overnight. (b,l,d)

MONDAY

After breakfast, we will join our guide and visit Ephesus. Our first stop will be at the Virgin Mary’s House, where it is said that Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ, and lived out her days here. We then go on a walking tour and see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastic, the temple of Hadrian and the impressive library of Ephesus. We then pass through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. Lunch, and then we will have time to visit the Carpet village. We will also have time to visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built in honour of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility. We return to our hotel for dinner. (b,l,d)

TUESDAY

Breakfast, check-out and we start our road trip towards Bursa, the Old Ottoman capital city. On arrival, we will have lunch in a famous Kebab restaurant. We then start a historical visit at the Covered Bazaar, the old Silk Market, and visit the Green Mosque. We are then transferred to our 5-star hotel for dinner and overnight. (b,l,d)

WEDNESDAY

After breakfast, we check out from our hotel and start our trip toward Istanbul. We go to our 4-star hotel for check-in, and later we can join the leader for a dinner cruise with unlimited local drinks, a Turkish folk dance show and a belly dancer show (optional).

THURSDAY

After breakfast, we go on a full-day excursion to Byzantian and the Ottoman Relics Tour (extra – to be bought directly in Istanbul). We begin our tour in the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. We then visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets and The Hippodrome. After lunch, we visit Topkapi Palace (excluding the Harem Section), which from the 15th to the 19th century was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. The last stop is at the Grand Bazaar, the commercial heart of the old city with its 4,000 shops full of treasures, including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. We have time to wander around the Grand Bazaar and do some shopping. (b)

FRIDAY

After Breakfast, we continue to discover Istanbul. We will have a private boat tour for a cruise on the Bosphorus (tickets to be bought from there). Later in the afternoon, some free time to enjoy Istanbul or take an optional city tour from there, visiting the Miniaturk museum, the Golden Horn and the Sapphire Tower. (b)

SATURDAY

Breakfast, and today we have a free morning for personal sightseeing. In the early afternoon, we go to the airport for our return Turkish Airlines flight departing at 5.15 pm and arriving in Malta at 6.40 pm.

PRICE PER PERSON

Adult in Triple €1159

Adult in Twin €1259

Adult in Single €1579

Child sharing with 2 adults €779

PRICE INCLUDES

Turkish Airlines flights to Cappadocia via Istanbul and return from Istanbul to Malta

2 nights in 5-Star Hotel in Cappadocia

1 night in 5-Star Hotel in Konya

1 night in 5-Star Hotel in Pamukkale

2 nights in 5-Star Hotel in Kusadasi

1 night in 5-Star Hotel in Bursa

3 nights in 4-Star Hotel in Istanbul

Meals as indicated on the programme

All excursions as indicated on the programme

Airport transfers

Services of tour leader

Professional English-speaking guide during sightseeing

All taxes Insolvency fund

OPTIONAL

Hot Air Balloon (including transfers) €195

Dinner cruise with Belly Dancing show in Istanbul (including transfers) €60

Note: Hot Air Balloon excursion is not covered by insurance. It is suggested to be booked with a deposit to secure activity

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Grand tour of Turkey

Price
€1159 per person
Duration
11 days
Travellers
50

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