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TK06: 14 Days Istanbul - Gallipoli - Troy & Pergamon - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara - Istanbul

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! Coming out from the airport exit, you will find our local representative holding a board that the logo of Agate Travel and your names are written on. On the way to the hotel, the representative will introduce our Turkey holiday packages briefly to you. After checking in, you can have a rest at the hotel to cure tiredness from long-distance flights. Or you can explore Istanbul by yourselves, a famous tourist city and the only city crossing two continents all over the world. You may feel its unique charm of multicultural feature that East and West meet.

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (4 stars)

Day 2: Istanbul old city tour
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at the hotel and then take you to Istanbul old city. We will visit Hagia, the notable religious museum of Christianity and Islam; the old Hippodrome of Rome Empire and Blue Mosque with 6 minarets. Blue Mosque is comparable to Masjid al-Haram of Mecca, and you cannot miss the refracted light via more than 260 small windows there, which is the highlight while visiting.

After lunch, We'll visit Topkapi Palace in the afternoon. It had been the place where the Ottoman emperors worked and lived for more than 400 years. You can see Egyptian relics in the 4th century. After that, we will escort you to the Grand Bazaar with over 4,000 shops to enjoy shopping. When today's tour ends, we will drop you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (4 stars)

  • Hagia Museum
    Hagia museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Grand Bazaar in Turkey
    Beautiful lamps in Grand Bazaar
Day 3: Drive to visit Gallipoli, Stay overnight in Canakkale
This morning, we will drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula in 4.5 hours, 408 km. There is the site of Battle of Gallipoli during World War I, when more than 50,000 soldiers lost their lives here. Nowadays it has been the National War Park of Turkey, in order to remind people of the cruelty of war and the hard-earned peace. The spots we'll visit there include Anzac Cove, the NZ Memorial at Chunuk Bair, the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, and also the Turkish Memorial. After the tour, we'll check in the hotel in Canakkale.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Canakkale Kolin Hotel (5 stars)

Day 4: Troy & Pergamon Tour, Drive to Kusadasi
Our guide will lead you to the ruins of the ancient city of Troy with 1 hour's drive after breakfast. There is a huge wooden horse, which reproduces the famous Troy War vividly. You can also climb up the Trojan horse, but please be careful because the stairs are narrow and steep. After lunch, we'll continue our Turkey holiday deals to Kusadasi by car. After about 3 hours' drive (245 km), we will arrive at famous ruins of Pergamon. There are sites of amphitheaters, public baths, temples and library, like a natural architecture museum. Asclepion Medical Centre inside is known as the first hospital worldwide. Then we will drive for 2.5 hours, 202km to get to Kusadasi, and check in the hotel. Built on a small hillside, Kusadasi is a bustling seaside town with a variety of restaurants and bars, which would make your night more joyful.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (4 stars)

  • Ruins of Pergamon
    Ruins of Pergamon
  • Kusadasi
    Houses on the Kusadasi town
Day 5: Ephesus day trip
As you finish your breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will take you to visit the ruin of ancient Ephesus. Ephesus is the largest and best preserved Greek-Roman city site in the world. Walking on the marble street, you can admire the tall Roman stone pillars to think about the long history. At the end of the street is the Library of Celsus with beautiful ornamental carvings. Besides, there are markets, amphitheaters and public baths, etc. After lunch, we'll go to the Temple of Artemis, one of the largest temples of ancient Greece. It is listed on the seven wonders of the ancient world due to its splendid architecture and large scale. The last stop of today's trip will be the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Virgin Mary spent the last time of her life. At last, we will send you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (4 stars)

  • Ephesus Ancient City
    Celsus Library in Ephesus ancient city
Day 6: Drive to Pamukkale
Our holidays to Turkey today will be easier than those of days before. In the morning, you can have a good sleep. And can also stroll freely along the coast while the breeze blowing from the sea, chat with the old fishing man on the shore, or be in a daze at a café. In the afternoon, the guide and driver will escort you to Pamukkale after hotel pick-up. Approximately 2.5 hours later, about 224 km, we'll arrive and you can relax in the swimming pool in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Doga Thermal Hotel (5 stars)

Day 7: Visit Pamukkale & Hieropolis, Drive to Antalya
After breakfast, you'll go sightseeing to Pamukkale and Ancient Hieropolis City with our guide. Pamukkale is a natural hot spring terrace composed of countless white calcified ponds. The hot spring pools of different sizes look like cottons in a distance, so it is called Cotton Castle. As ancient Romans believed that hot springs benefit human health, Ancient Hieropolis City on the top of Pamukkale was once quite prosperous because both Roman nobles and ordinary people came to the hot springs for their health.

After lunch, we are going to drive for 3.5 hours, 240 km to Antalya, the terminal of today's itinerary. Antalya is a beautiful seaside city known as the pearl of the Mediterranean. In the evening you can walk through the narrow alleys in the old town to feel the sea breeze. Architecture here is in the Ottoman style with red roofs and white walls. There are many shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and craft shops on roadsides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Lara (4 stars)

  • Cotton Castle Turkey
    Hot spring ponds in Cotton Castle
  • Hierapolis Ancient City
    Hierapolis Ancient City
Day 8: Perge & Aspendos
On the Turkey holiday packages today, we will firstly visit the ruin of Ancient Perge City with our guide and driver after picking up at your hotel. 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) far away from Antalya, there are Greek city gates, public baths, an arena, an amphitheater and long colonnades in the ruins the ancient city of Perge, which is called architectural museum of Antalya. After lunch, we'll visit Aspendos, the ancient theater built in 155 AD. It had a diameter of 96 meters (105 yards) and a stone-level auditorium with a capacity of 7,000 people. With a history of 2,000 years, it is the most complete ancient Roman theater by far. Afterwards, you'll be escorted back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Lara (4 stars)

Day 9: Drive to Konya
This morning, we'll drive to the next destination, Konya, one of Turkey's oldest cities and the traditional center of religions and culture of Turkey. About 4 hours later for about 303 km, we arrive in Konya and have lunch at a local restaurant with a short break. You will be guided to visit Mevlana Mausoleum in the afternoon, where Mevlana, the creator of Turkish Whirling Dervishes, was buried. It is also a museum that keeps the world's largest and smallest Qurans. Then, visit Karatay Tile Museum. Out last stop will be a 13th-century Sultanhan Caravanserai. After tour transferred to hotel and stay overnight in Konya.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Konya (5 stars)

  • Roman Theater in Aspendos
    Ancient Roman Theater in Aspendos
  • Mevlana Mausoleum
    Mevlana Mausoleum, also known as the Green Dome
Day 10: Konya to Cappadocia & North Cappadocia tour
We'll go on our trip and drive to Cappadocia with the guide and driver today. It will take 4 hours and about 330KM to get there, the most attractive place for tourists in Turkey because of its strange landscape like the surface of the moon, long history and splendid culture. You will have exciting Turkey holiday deals with the guide to North Cappadocia. You'll visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a World Cultural Heritage with more than 30 cave churches constructed by Christians who migrated to Cappadocia to escape persecution. You'll also go to Avanos Valley, a small pottery town; Pasabag Monk Valley, also called Fairy Chimney Valley; Devrent Valley and Kizilirmak River. On the way back, we will pass by Love Valley, where you can take photos of magnificent evening views in Cappadocia. Check into a local cave hotel.

Tips: Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia is available. Please tell us in advance if you wish to book it with limited seats.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kayakapi Premium Caves (5 stars)

  • Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia
    Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia
Day 11: South Cappadocia tour
The first stop today is Uchisar Castle, the tallest and largest Fairy Chimney in Cappadocia. It had been a defensive fort in ancient times. You can overlook the whole Cappadocia here, so please leave enough memory for your camera. Then you'll go hiking in the Red Valley famous for its many stone carved churches. About 2 hours later, you'll get to Cavusin village with two noted churches: Great Basilica and Cavusin Church. After lunch, we'll drive to visit Pigeon Valley and Kaymakli Underground City with over 100 tunnels, which is the largest-scaled underground city in Cappadocia region. After the visit, you'll be sent back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kayakapi Premium Caves (5 stars)

Day 12: Drive to visit Ankara
After breakfast, we will leave Cappadocia for Ankara, with about 4.5 hours' road trip for 350 km. On the way you will have an opportunity to see Tuz Golu Lake, the lagoon regarded as the sky of Turkey. With different salinity and temperatures, the lake water shows different colors, such as blue, green, and pink. We'll stop over for you to take pictures.

Ankara is the capital as well as the center of politics and economy in Turkey. On the cheap holidays to Turkey in Ankara, you'll be guided to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which was an ancient caravan post in the past. Precious relics of all eras are displayed here, including those of Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, Ural, Roman and Lydia Eras. You'll also visit the Ataturk Mausoleum built in honor of Kemal, the founder of modern Turkey. At last, check in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Wyndham Ankara (5 stars)

  • Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara
    Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara
Day 13: Drive back to Istanbul
After you have your breakfast, you'll come back to Istanbul by car with the guide and driver. The journey will take about 5 hours, 448 km to arrive. After check-in at the hotel, enjoy your lunch at a local Turkish restaurant. This afternoon is leisure for you, so you can visit Spice Bazaar, explore the Basilica Cistern, or take a cruise to travel on the Bosphorus Strait.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (4 stars)

Day 14: Departure from Istanbul
Please check out before 12:00. Depending on your flight time, our driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport. Hope you have had a great time with Agate Travel, and hope to serve you again. Nice trip!

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Transfers in private A/C vehicle with experienced driver.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • All government applicable taxes and service charges.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Istanbul.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Turkey Visa Fee.
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