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If you want to explore an exotic and beautiful country, as well as discover its culture, this holiday is just what you need! During this exquisite tour, you will visit the most important cities and ruins of Turkey, including Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, and Cappadocia. You will also learn about the world-renowned Turkish wine and get to try delicious, local food along the way. Do not miss this memorable holiday!
These are the suggested hotels for this trip. All hotels are four or five stars. In case one of them is not available at the time of booking, a similar hotel will be arranged for the group. A different category hotel can also be arranged, but there might be an additional cost.
Experience breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea at this Antalya hotel, close to many historical sites and beautiful waterfalls. The Best Western Plus Khan Hotel is located in the city center, only a short distance from Antalya Airport (AYT). A short walk away from this hotel, you will find the historic Old Antalya surrounded by modern businesses and eclectic shopping opportunities.
Come experience historical Antalya Castle and other ancient architecture that intermingle with Antalya's modern buildings. Nearby Konyaalti Beach offers you resort-style attractions and breathtaking, sunny shores. Outdoor activities nearby include white water rafting, winter sports, hiking stunning waterfalls, and exploring archeological ruins.
This hotel offers you the most comfortable of accommodations. The cheerful, reliable staff will ensure the newly remodeled rooms and amenities please guests of all ages. Relax and unwind by the outdoor pool and sundeck or spend time in the on-site game room. All rooms offer all the comforts of home, including cable television and telephone.
Charisma Hotel has 116 standard rooms, six connected rooms, seven family rooms, two suites, one king suite, and one suite deluxe. Rooms offer direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, Jacuzzi, fire alarm, mini-bar, wake up service, safety box, balcony, 24-hour room service, LCD television, satellite television, wireless internet, and split air conditioning. Rooms with sea view are available.
The hotel features two meeting rooms with a total capacity of 350 persons. Meeting rooms include wireless network, wireless microphone, table microphone, illumination system, DVD player, stage, lectern, projection screen, Barco vision, flip chart, writing board, fax, air conditioning, and laser pointer.
Services such as medical room, babysitting, wake-up service, secretarial services for businessmen, internet, market, dry cleaning, laundry service, power generator, and parking lot are available. An outdoor swimming pool with a children section, an indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, healing center, beauty salon, and mini club can also be found.
The hotel offers many activities to choose from. To begin with, you can play table tennis and billiards. Water sports can also be practiced, including windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing, parasailing, pedal boating, jet skiing, and banana riding. If you want to learn how to dive, there is a school nearby.
Colossae Hotel offers 207 are standard rooms, three rooms for disabled guests, three king suites, and 18 suites. All rooms have direct-dial telephone, bathroom, hair dryer, mini-bar, wake-up service, balcony, 24-hour room service, satellite television, internet connection, wireless internet, central air conditioning, split air conditioning, fan, fire detector, electronic safe, and makeup mirror. King suites also have refrigerators.
The hotel has six meeting rooms with a total capacity of 950 persons. These rooms have wireless network, corporate internet connection, sound system, collar microphone, wireless microphone, table microphone, voice recording system, illumination system, DVD player, VCD player, VCR, stage, lectern, music broadcast, slide projector, projection screen, Barco vision, overhead projector, flip chart, television, fax, and air conditioning.
Facilities and services include medical room, services for disabled people, wake-up service, secretarial services for businessmen, internet, market, laundry, power generator, parking lot, and parking garage. It is also possible to get a room with a garden or a mountain view.
At the hotel, you will find a thermal pool, pool for children, Turkish bath, sauna, massage, fitness center, healing center, coiffeur, aqua therapy, solarium, garden, playground, mini club, night club, disco, and beauty center. Here, you can practice trekking, jogging, tennis, table tennis, squash, billiards, volleyball, basketball, mini football, professional football, and soft animation. There is also an aquapark nearby.
Iris Hotel has 74 rooms, of which one is a suite and 73 are standard rooms. Sea, garden, mountain, and city views are available. All rooms have direct dial telephone, music, balcony, minibar, safe box, television, satellite tv, split and central air conditioning, shower, bathtub, WC, and hair dryer.
The hotel also features gardens, television room, game room, internet, business center, laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, safety box at reception, market, gift shop, 24-hour room service, power generator, doctor, parking without fee, outdoor swimming pool, and children swimming pool. In addition, pets are allowed.
Iris Hotel offers one meeting room with a maximum capacity of 100 persons. It features a screen, whiteboard, slide projector, sound system, microphone, video player, DVD player, television, fax, air conditioning, and light system.
Garimasu Cave Hotel offers 18 rooms, which can be classified as one king suite, two honeymoon suites, two suites, two connected rooms, 14 non-smoking rooms, and eight standard rooms. All rooms have a phone, shower, private bathroom, music, hair dryer, central heating, and Jacuzzi in suites.
There are valley and garden views available. To ensure your comfort, the following services and facilities are offered: room service, animals are allowed, balloon tours, outdoor parking without fee, hairdresser, garden, internet, laundry, ironing, and doctor on call.
Ramada Hotel and Suites Istanbul Golden Horn is located in Beyoglu, near Golden Horn, in the center of Istanbul. The hotel is close to Halic Congress Center, Miniaturk, Musiad headquarters, Istanbul Trade University, Halic University, Koc Museum, Vialand Theme Park, and Bilgi University. It is 10 minutes away from many places of interest, such as Historic Feshane, Taksim, Besiktas, and Levent.
All of the rooms are decorated with the latest technology and comfort to simplify your journey. Equipped with a shower, private bathrooms include a hairdryer, bathrobes, and bathroom amenities. The hotel also has meeting halls, a ball hall, a spa center, a vitamin bar, laundry and dry cleaning service, doctor on call, babysitting service, and transfer and car services on request.
You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul, where you will spend the night. Dinner is included for this day.
Today, you will leave the hotel at 08:30 for a day tour of Old Istanbul City. You will visit Saint Sophia, to begin with. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century and reconstructed by Justinian in the sixth century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
You will have lunch at a Turkish restaurant. After lunch, you will head to Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, which is across from Saint Sophia and was 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.
You will also stop by the Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Later, a tour around the Grand Covered Bazaar will show you some of Turkey's crafts and arts.
In this labyrinth of streets and passages, there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area. Here, you will find hand-painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, meerschaum pipes, and more. After the tour, you will go back to your hotel. You will spend the night in Istanbul. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, you will depart for the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Your Bosphorus Cruise and spice market tour will begin at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat, including the Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Bazaar. This is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
Later, you will have lunch at a Turkish restaurant. After lunch, you will depart for Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) for a domestic flight to Izmir. You will spend the night in Kusadasi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
At 08:30, you will leave the hotel for a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world. You will visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes Street, the famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, the Grand Theater, and the House of Virgin Mary. Lunch break will be around 13:00.
After lunch, you will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey: a carpet weaving center. You will also do a Turkish village tour. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints.
Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey, especially fruit wines. You will visit the vineyards and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening, you will be tested on your knowledge of making fruit wine.
On the way, you will also visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey.
You will get to enjoy the shopping experience while gaining knowledge from the ancient craftsmen. You will spend the night in Kusadasi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
Today, you will depart for Pamukkale at 08:30. You will check in at the hotel around 12:00 and have lunch until 13:30. Afterward, you shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale, known as the cotton castle, and the ruins of Hierapolis. Walk around this natural phenomenon and relax in the waters of the natural springs. You will spend the night in Pamukkale. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, at 10:00, you will depart for Antalya. After a two-hour drive, you will have a coffee break and then continue to Antalya, where you will spend the night. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, at 08:30, you will drive to Antalya Old City, Kaleiçi, to visit the marina, the Clock Tower, Hadrian's Gate, the Broken Minaret, and Hidirlik Tower. Kaleiçi is a small, historic part of Antalya’s modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history, it was once the sprawling, modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, Seljuk, and the Ottoman Turkish town.
Hadrian's Gate, or the Three Gates, is a triumphal arch built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya's broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built as a Roman temple in the second century AD and, thus, did not have a minaret at all. Hidirlik Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park.
The tower is believed to have been built in the Hellenistic era on a square plan and turned into a circular tower in second century AD. It was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. After lunch, you will depart for Düden Waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim to find their way into the Mediterranean and pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes they overland underground, resulting in lovely waterfalls.
After the tour, you will return to the hotel and the rest of the day will be yours to continue exploring Antalya. You will spend the night in this city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, you will drive to Konya early in the morning, at 08:00. Two hours and 30 minutes later, you will have a break for coffee. You will have lunch in Konya at 13:00. Later, you will visit the imposing, green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect.
After the Konya Mevlana tour, you will drive to Cappadocia. Arrival at Cappadocia will be around 18:30. If you wish to join the optional activity of ballooning for Monday, let your guide know. You will spend the night in Cappadocia. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
You will be picked up approximately 09:30 and taken to Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu Underground City is 55 meters deep and eight levels are open to visitors. Then, you will visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia.
After Uchisar, you will 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 the monks. The next stop is Cavusin, an abandoned village with old, Greek cave houses.
After Cavusin, you will have lunch in a restaurant in Avanos. Then, you will visit a pottery workshop, to see how to potteries are made, and Pasabagi, where you will see the three-headed, fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi, you will visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.
The next stop is Devrent Valley, also called the Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations that look like animals. Then, you will head to a wine shop in Urgup for a wine tasting. The last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful, fairy chimneys with their hats, the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately at 18:00 and you will go back to Cappadocia to spend the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, you will have free time to shop in Cappadocia. Then, you will depart for Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) for a domestic flight to Istanbul. Hopefully, your tour was memorable and you will leave wanting to come back to Turkey.
The lands of Turkey are located at the point where Asia, Africa, and Europe are closest to each other and straddle the point where Europe and Asia meet. Geographically, it is located in the northern hemisphere at a point that is about halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
Because of its geographical location, the mainland of Anatolia has always found favor throughout history and is the birthplace of many great civilizations. It has also been prominent as a center of commerce because of its land connections to three continents and the sea surrounding it on three sides.
Turkey is generally divided into seven regions: the Black Sea, the Marmara, the Aegean, the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, East Anatolia, and Southeast Anatolia. It is surrounded by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Aegean Sea. In the northwest, there is also an important internal sea, the Sea of Marmara. Between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, there are important waterways that connect the Black Sea with the rest of the world.
Antalya is located on the Mediterranean coast of southwest Turkey, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the center of Turkey's tourism industry, attracting 30% of foreign tourists visiting the country. It features a shoreline of 657 kilometers with beaches, ports, and ancient cities scattered throughout, including the world heritage site Xanthos. The provincial capital is Antalya city.
Three million years ago, violent volcano eruptions covered the surrounding plateau with a deep layer of solidified mud, ash, and lava. The winds, rivers, and rains eroded this soft volcanic rock into hundreds of strangely shaped pillars, cones, and fairy chimneys, creating a vast outdoor museum of stone sculptures in an incredible variety of shapes, layers, textures, and colors. Cappadocia is famous for its rock-cut churches and underground cities.
According to ancient inscriptions, Ephesus is thought to have been inhabited since around BC 3,000, roughly at the same time as Smyrna. Evidence of Ion, Roman, Byzantine, Seljukian, and Ottoman civilizations can still be seen today. The ancient city was a good center for trading, mainly because of its location close to coast and religion.
Istanbul is known as the pearl of the East and the jewel of the West. Historically and geographically, this great city has the weight of a nation behind it and a country that still claims several of the wonders of the world. Every street corner has a story, every building has a past. Istanbul is an amalgamation of east and west and the division between the two. It is the starting point for tourism in Turkey and the crossing point from Europe to Asia.
Kusadasi is reputed as one of the most attractive cities of the Aegean, as it is close to important historical sites, including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos, the main centers of ancient times. Apart from the great historical beauties around Kusadasi, the city also preserves excellent examples of Ottoman and Turkish mosques, such as the Fortress Mosque, the Hanim Mosque, Haji Ibrahim Mosque, the Turkmen Mosque, and the Camiatik Mosque.
The terraces of Pamukkale are composed of layers of accumulated limestone sediment. For thousands of years, an underground spring on the hills above has been pouring out streams of hot, mineral-saturated water. As it flows down the mountainside, its rich mineral content coats them in a smooth layer of white calcareous rock. Since these white slopes resemble castles when observed from the plain, the area is called Pamukkale, which means cotton castle in Turkish.
All the meals specified in the itinerary are included for this holiday. During this trip, you will try Turkish food at restaurants during the tours and see why this cuisine has gained a world-renowned reputation. Breakfasts will be open buffets and dinners will be at hotels. You will also enjoy wine tastings in Urgup and Sirince, where you will also learn how to make Turkish fruit wine.
Charisma Hotel has one restaurant with an indoor capacity of 200 persons and an outdoor capacity of 250 persons. Here, you will find a patisserie, snack bar, a la carte restaurant, lobby bar, pool bar, beach bar, and restaurant bar. Turkish, international, and seafood cuisine are served.
Colossae Hotel has five restaurants with an indoor capacity for 1,200 persons and an outdoor capacity for 500 persons. The hotel features a breakfast hall, snack bar, lobby bar, pool bar, American bar, restaurant bar, disco bar, vitamin bar. Both Turkish and international cuisine are served.
Garimasu Cave Hotel offers breakfast lounge, restaurant bar, a la carte restaurant, indoor restaurant, and outdoor restaurant. Both the indoor and outdoor restaurant have a capacity of 35 persons. Ottoman, Turkish, and vegetarian cuisine are served.
Iris Hotel has a breakfast lounge, cafeteria, lobby bar, pool bar, and American bar. It also features an a la carte restaurant, outdoor restaurant for 450 persons, and indoor restaurant for 250 persons. Turkish cuisine is served here.
Drive through illuminated Istanbul and tour the Bosphorus coastline. During this experience, dinner will be served at a first class restaurant with a bottle of wine or a soft drink. You will watch a spectacular floorshow, famous belly dancers, and typical Anatolian Folklore groups featuring popular musical instruments and a Turkish singer.
Being in an Oriental atmosphere, enjoy the Kanun, a typical musical instrument and discover the delights of a typical Fasil orchestra. Then, experience the flavor of words and customs of Turkish folklore and belly dancing. Have Turkish coffee in a Turkish home furnished with lacework all around and, as a finale, enjoy a nostalgic journey into the very heart of entertainment. This dinner show costs 35 EUR per person.
Join a luxurious night out in Istanbul. Enjoy delicious gourmet foods while you dance with the panoramic view of the Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia. As you dine, you will see historical places like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumeli Forthress, Fatih Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace Maiden's Tower, and Istanbul's famous night clubs.
No other Istanbul experience can match this unique romantic ambiance. A combination of fresh food with unparalleled views of Istanbul and live entertainment will create an unforgettable experience. After dinner, you can enjoy the entertaining music provided by a professional DJ and the traditional show, or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the view. The Bosphorus dinner cruise costs 40 EUR per person.
The Turkish night show is organized to let you experience Turkish culture and traditions and have a real entertainment and show after a relaxing Cappadocia day. The show is at a cave restaurant and begins with a short, 10-minute version of the whirling dervishes ceremony. During the whole night, there will be live music performed by a traditional band.
After the dervishes, folk dancers come in their local dresses and the dances start. The dancers, including the bride and groom, who come on the dance floor and perform the traditional way in which a girl gets married in Turkey. After, there are also other performances, such as folk dances, belly dance, a fire dance, a Caucasian dance with knives, and a drum show. The cost is 30 EUR per person.
Sema, or the whirling dervishes ceremony, is the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, as well as part of the Turkish culture, belief, and history in Konya. It symbolizes the different meanings of a mystic cycle to perfection.
The Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through love, finding the truth, and arriving to the perfect. Then, he returns from this spiritual journeys as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection. The cost of this ceremony is 30 EUR per person.
Tandem skydiving is an incredibly easy, safe, and enjoyable way to experience the excitement of skydiving without having to learn it. Jump above the ancient city of Ephesus and enjoy 35 to 40 seconds of free fall from a 3000-meter or 10,000-feet altitude, accompanied by a professional skydiving instructor. This experience is available all year around and beach landings are available upon request. Skydiving costs 180 EUR per person. Video can be taken for 50 EUR extra.
Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot air balloons. The spectacular, surrealistic landscapes and excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards, and vineyards. You will fly through impressive valleys and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. The cost is 120 EUR per person.
The cost of this activity is 75 EUR per person.
Charisma Hotel and Colossae Hotel offer Turkish bath, sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, healing center, and beauty salon. In addition, Colossae Hotel also features a coiffeur, aqua therapy, and beauty center. The use of these facilities and treatments is not included in the price of this holiday.
The Turkish bath is a place where physical and spiritual cleaning takes place and is hundreds of years old. In 1741 Istanbul built its first public bath house in Sultan Mehmet. Natural lighting and izonic colored tiles create a relaxing atmosphere.
When entering the Turkish bath, you will leave all the hastiness of daily life outside, exchange your clothes for a waist cloth, and adorn the traditional clogs. Inside, temperatures go up to 50 degrees Celsius under the central dome of the building.
The heat and humidity open the pores of your body and extracts the fat and oils from the body. This is a preparation for a scrub and a massage. After a gentle soap massage, you will leave the bath and pass to resting room. Here, tea will be offered to you. You will leave the Turkish bath renewed, beautiful, and refreshed. The cost of a Turkish bath is 25 EUR per person.
Please book your flight to arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). Transfer from and to Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) is included. TravelShopTurkey will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) is available upon request.