Grand Tour of Turkey

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€1279 per person
11 Days
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Departure Location
Malta International Airport
Return Location
Istanbul Airport

Grand tour of Turkey

VISITING Cappadocia, Kusadasi, Pamukkale & Istanbul

All excursions & meals included according to programme

Group 1   18th – 28th August
Group 2   8th – 18th September
8th September – National Holiday


Day 1 :
We meet at the airport at 8.30am for our Turkish Airlines flight taking us to Cappadocia via Istanbul departing at 10.35am. On arrival at 7.05pm we are transferred to our 4-star hotel and have dinner.

Day 2 :
(Optional: Hot air Balloon riding 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 shape. We then have lunch and time to visit Avanos, the wellknown pottery and craft centre before we enjoy some free time to shop for some jewellery. We return to our hotel in time for dinner. (b,l,d)

Day 3 :
Today after breakfast, we check out and we go for a walk through the Rose Valley, the old Christian village of Cavusin and the Pigeons Valley. We stop for lunch before we continue to see Kaymaklı Underground City. We stop at a view point from where we can see the beauty of Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle. Afterwards we are transferred to Kayseri airport for our late internal flight to Izmir. On arrival our coach will take us to Kusadasi, check in and overnight. (b, l)

Day 4:
Today after breakfast, our Turkish guide will take us by coach to Ephesus. We will start discovering Ephesus by a walking tour which will take us to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the five terraces of apartment houses, the steam baths of Scholastic, the temple of Hadrian and impressive library of Ephesus. We return by bus through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After the lunch break we will visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built in honour of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature and fertility. We then return to our hotel. (b,l,d)

Day 5 :
After breakfast we take a 3 hour drive to reach Pamukkale (Hierapolis). 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). After lunch we can go into Cleopatra’s Pool (extra). Cleopatra Pool is warmed by hot springs and littered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. We return to our hotel in Kusadasi. (b,l,d)

Day 6:
After breakfast free time to enjoy Kusudasi and we will visit 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. Afternoon is free where one can walk along the beautiful promenade filled with all kind of shops. (b,l,d)

Day 7 :
Breakfast and transfer to airport for our flight to Istanbul. On arrival we are transferred and free time to start enjoying this magnificent city. (b)

Day 8 :
After breakfast, we go on a full day excursion to Byzantian and the Ottoman Relics Tour. We begin our tour at 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 Harem Section), which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle 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,l)

Day 9 :
Breakfast and today we go on a half day excursion to the Spice Market and on a Bosphorus cruise tour. Driving by bus to the Golden Horn we admire this natural harbour of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. We will visit the Spice Market (EGYPTIAN BAZAAR). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. We later go on a short cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress. The afternoon is free for personal sightseeing or shopping. (b)

Day 10 :
After Breakfast we continue to discover Istanbul. Today we go on a full day excursion that will take us to visit Dolmabahçe Palace, the Yildiz Palace Garden. After lunch we cross the Bosphorus bridge and we will visit the Beylerbeyi Palace (the Ottoman Summer Palace) and Camlica Hill. We return to our hotel and enjoy our last night by going to an optional belly dancing show with dinner (extra). (b,l)

Day 11 :
Breakfast and today we have a free morning for personal sightseeing. Early afternoon we go to the airport for our return Turkish Airlines flight departing at 5.15pm and arriving in Malta at 6.45pm.

Price per person:

€1279 Adult in Triple
€1329 Adult in Twin
€1639 Adult in Single
€899 Child sharing with 2 adults

Price Includes:

Turkish Airlines flights to Cappadocia via Istanbul and return from Istanbul to Malta
Internal flight to Izmir
2 nights in Cappadocia
4 nights in Kusadasi
4 nights in Istanbul
Meals as indicated on programme
Airport transfers
All excursions as indicated in the programme
Services of tour leader
Professional English speaking guide during sightseeing
All taxes
Insolvency Fund

Not Included in Price:Belly Dancing show in Istanbul
(including transfers) €55
Hot Air Balloon (including transfers) €260

* All above prices are subject to change
Note: Hot Air Balloon excursion is not covered by insurance. It is suggested to be booked with deposit to secure activity.

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Grand Tour of Turkey

€1279 per person
11 Days

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