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If you've been looking for a memorable destination with a rich history, spectacular landscapes, history, culture, great beaches, and special culinary lessons, then you must come to Turkey. The best tour in Turkey, including Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, and Cappadocia; this is an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides, just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortably and relaxed!
TravelShopTurkey uses mostly four-star, five-star, or boutique hotels for your convenience and comfort. For example, in Istanbul and other regions, they have four or five-star hotels wherein Cappadocia and such areas, TravelShopTurkey uses classy cave resorts. On guaranteed tours, they declare the accommodation venues but it may differ for private ones within the same category, with good reviews.
If this hotel list is not available at the time of your booking then TravelShopTurkey will arrange similar other hotels for your group. If you prefer a different category hotel, there might be an additional cost. For more information, please send an inquiry.
Welcome to Turkey, arrive in Istanbul. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel. You will be offered a welcome drink and a chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine. Tonight, you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to the friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food, and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
After a morning orientation, sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you'll participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson. During your Istanbul cooking tour, you will taste various flavors of Turkey from different regions, preparing lunch which you will enjoy!
After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
You will also visit Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Hippodrome, ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, depart for a Bosphorus cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus boat cruise and spice market tour starting at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Bosphorous by boat is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
Have a lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After lunch, depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for the domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Have dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
At 8:30 a.m., depart from the hotel. Have a guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre, and afterward, you will have a lunch break at a small Turkish restaurant.
After lunch, visit Sirince Village, which also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey, especially fruit wines. Visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish winemakers. In the evening, you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way to the hotel, visit a place that continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving center. Have dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
At 8 a.m., depart for Pamukkale. Check-in at the hotel around 12 noon and have a lunch break until 1:30 p.m. Afterward, visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs.
As a small district in the Aegean region, you will have the chance to taste Aegean cuisines in Pamukkale during your dinner today. You will cook by yourselves and eat what you will cook. Have dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Today, depart from Pamukkale to Antalya. You will have one break on the way after 2.5 hours; only a five-hour drive to Antalya. Have dinner and overnight at your hotel in Antalya.
After breakfast, visit the Duden Waterfalls. The Duden Waterfalls make a pleasant side trip from Antalya and its surrounding gardens are a popular picnic spot with locals. The Duden River extends from the Taurus Mountains all the way to the Mediterranean and creates two cascades known as the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Today, taste Mediterranean flavors, the Mediterranean kitchen is famous for its salads and mezzes. Have dinner and overnight in Antalya.
After breakfast, check out at 12 noon and have free time till departure. Then, depart for Antalya Airport for your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri Airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Have dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
After having had breakfast, participants will take part in another cooking lesson in Cappadocia. You will have the opportunity to taste the great food of Central Turkey, including pancakes and tasting kebabs. In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the "Heart of Cappadocia". Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
The next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses, visit a pottery workshop to see how to make potteries. Then you'll go to Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. Have dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today, depart for Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul and then back home. TravelShopTurkey hopes your tour was a memorable one and they would like to see you in the future in one of their tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
All of the tours include professional and knowledgeable tour guides. The guides have all the information that may be requested by yourself whether historically, culturally, or locally with very good English spoken. Although regular tours will have an English-speaking guide, for private tour options, you will have multi-lingual professional tour guides available as you may need.
Nine open buffet breakfasts, one welcome dinner, and seven dinners, as well as one wine tasting, are included in the package price. Dinners are usually served in the hotels on a half-board category. Lunches will be served in restaurants on the destination route. Meals are mostly served as a set menu or open buffet style. If you have meal preferences or special diet requirements, please inform TravelShopTurkey beforehand for necessary arrangements during your tour confirmation.
On the tour routes, TravelShopTurkey includes all the “must-see” museums and sight-seeing venues in the itinerary. This service is included within the tour price. Some museums have different operation days and times but you will have similar sites to fill in for them.
Turkey is a great destination for shopping opportunities especially Turkish rugs/carpets, jewelry, leather, textile, ceramics, and many other hand-made artifacts. During the tours, TravelShopTurkey recommends some of the reliable and reasonable shopping venues to be visited. The shopping stops consist of trustworthy, guaranteed vendors. The guide will direct you to such stores during the tours. You may get informed by the guide in regards to shopping matters while on the tour. Some of the shopping venues may apply a group discount that you may want to take advantage of.
Most of the major sightseeing and museums are included within the tour prices. However, some of the activities and excursions that are not favored by everyone are not included, such as hot-air ballooning, paragliding, dinner cruise, Turkish night dhows, Whirling Dervishes ceremony, and Turkish bath visits, these may be extra upon requests.
The prices for such exclusions are available upon request. TravelShopTurkey recommends that you book before the booking of your tour to make sure of the availability. You may not find space for some of these activities at the last minute or once you have arrived.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Istanbul New Airport
TravelShopTurkey will provide your airport transfers for arrival and returns. Please, provide the flight details when purchasing the tour for proper arrangements with flight code, destination, date, and arrival timing. The airport officer will be present to welcome you after you pass the customs, luggage claim, and greet you with a name board outside the gates.
Many of the tours include domestic flights. These flights have a limitation of 15 to 20 kilograms of luggage with eight kilograms of in-cabin weight, depending on the airlines. Please abide by these in-flight regulations. You should be present at the airport an hour prior to flight times.
TravelShopTurkey reserves and books your flight tickets a week before the travel dates with the names provided by yourselves. If there is a typo or a lettering mistake on the names, the company holds no responsibility for any inconvenience that may be experienced so it is best to have a copy of the passport provided to your representative.
The vehicles differ in line with group sizes. For 8 pax, they have Mercedes Vito, over 14 pax, they provide Sprinter, for over 29 pax, they have midibuses, and finally, for up to 45 pax, they have coaches available. Taking into consideration of guests’ luggage, they make an arrangement as below:
The vehicles are fully equipped with A/C, refrigeration, clean, comfortable, and brand new or latest models. For long bus rides, you will have regular breaks in rest points on highways for a quick coffee and food, restroom breaks, and such necessities.
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