Tour Start Date: Departs every day all year around
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From the city tour of Istanbul to the underground cities of Cappadocia experience 12 days of excitement and wonders as we cover the major historical and tourist spots of Turkey, Gallipoli, Helen of Troy, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, Turkish Village Tour, the hot springs of Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Istanbul. A great tour for those that have two weeks up their sleeves.
Day 1 - Istanbul Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (Breakfast included) We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul City Tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive to our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience The Bosphorus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus, which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is your to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 3 - Gallipoli Battlefields Tour (Breakfast included) 06:30 am After your breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel/hostel and join your group and depart for Canakkale. The group will arrive in Eceabat at noon and begin the fully guided Gallipoli tour. Visiting Kabatepe Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston \'s Jolly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand memorial. During the tour there will be a lunch break. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive in Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Helen of Troy Tour - Kusadasi (Breakfast included) After breakfast at 08:45am we depart for the ancient city of Troy. Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archeological diggings from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870\'s to the present day and on going. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to 3500 B.C. After Troy we will depart for Kusadasi, late arrival into Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi / Selcuk.
Day 5 - Ephesus Tour (Breakfast and lunch included) We depart at 08:30 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world \' Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour, we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Kusadasi / Selcuk. Day 6 - Daily Trip to Turkish Village Sirince (Breakfast and lunch included) Sirince\'s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Orginal with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope are all Orginal with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the entrance of the vilage and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its buiding style, house, streets and apple wine made by the vilagers. In 1922 the anatolian Greeks immigrated back to greece and Turks coming from Grece settled there. There are remains of 42 Churches and Monastires in and around the village that is why Sirince is also known as Ephesus in the mountains. Sirince is one of the Government Protected Areas (G. R. A) Of Izmir and so most of its Original Authentic buildings are well preserved, especially the two Churches in the village Center. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 - Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast and lunch included) At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then arrive at Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards we shall 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. Overnight in Pamukkale. Day 8 - Pamukkale & Cappadocia (Breakfast included) After breakfast, you can enjoy the thermal pool and sun till 10.00am, then departure for Cappadocia. (9 hour drive).The night is yours to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 - Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included) Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Our guided tour will start at 09:30 and cover Avcilar, Pigeon Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, Uchisar Castle and the pottery village of Avanos. If you want to join our optional activity of Ballooning, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia. Day 10 - Cappadocia Tour - Istanbul (Breakfast and lunch included) We depart at 09:30 for one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia - Derinkuyu Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. Overnight bus to Istanbul. Day 11 - Istanbul Free Day Check in the hotel and the rest of the day is yours. Stay at hotel or explore the city, shop in Grand bazaar or Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar. Experience Taksim, which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, cafe, cinemas. A street in which is famous for being the centre of the Turkish Film Industry. Enjoy your last day in Istanbul. Day 12 - End of the tour (Breakfast included) After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey. 12 DAYS MAGICAL BUS TOUR INCLUDES: