Hi Light Turkey

Hi Light Turkey - 10 Nights / 11 Days

Itinerary

DAY 01:

Friday // Istanbul

Meet and greet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to the hotel (early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best to arrange it). Afternoon at around 13:00hrs hotel pick-up for half-day tour. Visits to City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Then, Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander’s Tower (from the boat, no interior visit). Lunch and dinner excluded .

Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 02:

Saturday // Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. Hotel pick-up at around 07:50am for half-day city tour. Visits to St.Sophia (closed on Mondays) , Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Afternoon free at leisure. If desired we can leave the clients at Bazaar, and they can return to their hotels by their own. Lunch and dinner excluded.

Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)

DAY 03:

Sunday // Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia

After breakfast at hotel transfer to Ataturk Airport for an early flight to Ankara (Arrival to Ankara needs to be latest at 09:05am). Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (also known as Hittite Museum) and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish Hero. Then, departure for Cappadocia. Lunch en route. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival to Cappadocia.

Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 04:

Monday // Cappadocia

Breakfast at hotel. Visits to Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch at local restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts.

Overnight at in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 05:

Tuesday // Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale

Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Konya. En route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic and Karatay Theological School with its beautiful tiles. Continue to Pamukkale.

Overnight in Pamukkale. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 06:

Wednesday // Pamukkale – Aphrodisias – Kusadasi

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visits to Pamukkale Cotton Fortress, ancient city of Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. After lunch at local restaurant visit to Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and famous for its sculpture school.

Overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 07:

Thursday // Kusadasi

Breakfast at hotel. Morning tour to Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded). Ephesus , Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visits to House of Virgin Mary, Selcuk Ephesus Museum and St.John Church. After the tour transfer back to the hotel .

Overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 08:

Friday // Kusadasi - Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit to Pergamum. Parchment was invented here. This was the home town of Galen, renowned doctor and surgeon and site of his temple devoted to healing, the Asclepion. The library once held 200,000 books; all parchment. After lunch drive to Troy, the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and Trojan Horse, which was destroyed and rebuilt nine times

Overnight in Canakkale. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 09:

Saturday // Canakkale – Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning drive to Istanbul by crossing the Dardanelles Strait. Visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 10:

Sunday // Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure to explore the city on your own .

Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)

DAY 11:

Monday // Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Transfer to the airport.

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