Tour Highlights: Tour of St Spohia and the Hippodrome, visit the Blue Mosque and Grand Baaar in Istanbul, ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, Ancient Troy with the famous wooden horse, Ancient ruins of Ephesus, optional Hot Air Balloon ride over Cappadocia, drive over the Taurus Mountains, Ancient city of Perge and Myra and Lycian Tombs in Fethiye. Optional Blue Cruise Extension - Gocek Island, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Domuz Island, Kumlubuk Bay and Cennet Island
Departures: All Year Round
Duration: 12 Days & 11 Nights or 15 days & 14 Nights with Blue Cruise
Cost: From $2255
DAY 1 - Istanbul
Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel for a Welcome Briefing.
DAY 2 – Istanbul
Half-day sightseeing tour of St. Sophia and the Hippodrome. B
DAY 3 – Istanbul
Morning visit to Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. B
DAY 4 – Gallipoli – Troy – Assos
Morning departure for Gallipoli. En route, visit the old Umurbey Vineyard and wine cellar, and taste delicious Turkish wines. Visit ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before crossing the Dardanelles to Canakkale, also visiting Troy en route. Overnight in Assos. BD
DAY 5 – Kusadasi via Pergamum
Drive through Takhta Kuslar Village, and the ancient medical centre, Asclepion, in Pergamum. BD
DAY 6 – Ephesus – St. Mary’s Cottage
Morning tour of the glorious ruins at Ephesus. Explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, theatres, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where she stayed later in life, accompanied by St. John, and also take in the traditional village of Sirince. BD
DAY 7 – Kusadasi – Cappadocia
Fly to Kayseri, and then a short drive to the “moon-like” landscape of Cappadocia. See Soganli Valley, with its churches on which are inscribed the exact dates of construction. Optional Tour Whirling Dervishes Performance in a cave setting. BD
DAY 8 – Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional Tour : Hot Air Balloon over Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit the Byzantine-frescoed chapels at Goreme. Continue onto Ozkonak, see Pigeon Valley at Avcilar, the eight-storey underground city, as well as a local pottery making village, Avanos. Finally, visit the home of a traditional Turkish family. Dinner tonight at the Cultural Museum Restaurant, built within an old Turkish home incorporated in the Ethnological Museum. BD
DAY 9 – Cappadocia – Antalya
Set out for Antalya through the Taurus Mountains and visit the ancient Roman city
of Aspendos before heading onto Perge. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. BLD
DAY 10 – Antalya
A free day on the Mediterranean Coast to relax, or join an optional tour to the
Archaeological Museum of Antalya, combined with a cruise from the old
Roman Yacht harbour. BD
DAY 11 – Myra – Finike – Kalkan
Drive to the ancient city of Myra, where we visit the church home to St. Nicholas.
Overnight in Kalkan. BD
DAY 12 – Kalkan – Fethiye – Return
Visit the Lycian Tombs in Fethiye this morning. Later, transfer to Dalaman Airport for your afternoon flight to Istanbul (Flight ticket is not included – please contact Touchdown Tours for special fares)
OPTIONAL BLUE CRUISE EXTENSION
DAY 12 – Kalkan – Fethiye Cruise
Early this morning, our representative will escort you to your gulet cruise. Sail to unique and beautiful islands before finally hoisting at Gocek Island. Following lunch and a swimming break, we will cruise to the Yassaca Islands to spend the night on board. BLD
DAY 13 – Bedri Rahmi Bay – Domuz Island – Aga Limani Cruise
Cruise to Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after a famous Turkish artist who set voyage on one of the first “Blue Cruises” in Turkey. Continue onto Domuz Island for a swim and anchor in Aga Limani for dinner and overnight on board. BLD
DAY 14 – Kumlubuk – Cennet Island – Marmaris Cruise
Cruise to Kumlubuk Bay early this morning. Anchor at Cennet Island for our last swimming break and lunch. Enter Marmaris Harbour late this afternoon and overnight.
DAY 15 – Marmaris
Disembarkation. Our representative will escort you to Dalaman Airport for your onward flight.
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