8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS TURKEY PACKAGE (ISTANBUL + CAPPADOCIA + ANTALYA)
Package Validity Dates : 15 February – 31 December 2019
From Euro 540/= p/p On Sharing
DAY 1) ISTANBUL – ARRIVAL (No Meals)
Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport (flight details to be advised) you will meet with English speaking Travel Ideas representative holding a name sign outside the luggage claim area at the airport, transfer to hotel by a private vehicle for check-in & rest. (Early check-in upon availability) Remainder of the day at your own leisure. Overnight at hotel in Istanbul.
DAY 2) ISTANBUL – FULL DAY OLD CITY TOUR
(Buffet Breakfast & Local Lunch included)
After your breakfast meet with your English speaking professional guide at the hotel lobby for your REGULAR (SIC) Istanbul Old City tour.
First you will visit the magnificent TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. The construction of the Topkapı Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire.
In the Treasury section, you will see breathtaking displays, including the 7th largest diamond in the world, the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond”. At the chamber of Holy Mantle you can see the sacred leavings from Prophet Mohammad (PBU). (Entrance fee for Harem section is not included.)
Next you will visit the HIPPODROME, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. Here you can see the Egyptian Obelisk brought from Egypt by Emperor Theodosius; the Serpentine Column (Tripod of Plataea) from Temple of Apollo at Delphi and the Tiled (Walled) Column erected by Constantine Porphyrogenitus at 10th century AD.
Then you will visit the serene BLUE MOSQUE one of Istanbul’s most valuable monuments. It was built in 7 years (1606-1609 AD) with the order of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. From the courtyard you will enjoy the striking view of the cascading domes and semi-domes. Once inside you will see how the mosque got its name, viewing the colorful blue Iznik tiles that adorn the interior. These tiles were made at the peak of Iznik tile production in the early 17th Century.
Lunch will be served at a Local Restaurant.
After lunch you will visit the ST. SOPHIA, the church of the Divine Wisdom. The architectural marvel of all time. It was built during Emperor Justinian reign (AD537) and it remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II who ordered to convert Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. In 1934, proclaimed as a museum.
After St. Sophia, you will visit the GRAND BAZAAR, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of handicrafts, carpets, rare jewels and souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other. The merchants are selling everything from antiques, home wares, books, copper ware, ceramics, gold and souvenirs. Venture into the hidden courtyards or hans, lookout for marble fountains and ornate kiosks. Streets are named according to the trades and the most oriental atmosphere in Istanbul is found in the bazaar.
At the end of your tour, back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel in Istanbul.
DAY 3) HALF DAY BOSPHORUS TOUR – CAPPADOCIA
(Buffet Breakfast& Local Dinner included)
After breakfast at hotel, morning Bosphorus Tour starts. Meet with the tour guide at hotel lobby. Tour starts with City Walls that are the first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. Drive by bus to go golden horn area, a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spices.
Boat trip on the Bosphorus, an amazing cruise between the two continent, Europe and Asia; along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress. The Rumeli Fortress (from the sea) Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453, but it managed to defend itself with the help of Roman city walls.
In the afternoon, pick up from hotel and transfer to Ataturk Airport for direct flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Dinner at Hotel and overnight.
DAY 4) CAPPADOCIA – HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
(Breakfast & Local Lunch & Dinner Included)
(It is possible on this day to book an optional, early morning hot air balloon tour to enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys from the air.)
Meet with your guide at hotel lobby and depart from hotel to have full day regular (SIC) Cappadocia tour. First visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-
chimneys. Drive to Paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos. Lunch at local restaurant as set menu (drinks extra). In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles of Uçhisar. After tour back to hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight.
DAY 5) CAPPADOCIA – ANTALYA
(Breakfast & Local Dinner Included)
Breakfast at hotel, check out and transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport to take a flight to Antalya. Upon arrival to Antalya airport, private airport transfer to your hotel. Free time. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Antalya.
DAY 6) Antalya – Aspendos & Perge Kursunlu Waterfall Tour
(Buffet Breakfast & Local Lunch & Dinner included)
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and join our full day city tour. First stop being Perge that is 18 kms East of Antalya. In this area the Hittites settled in 1500 BC and St. Paul reportedly stopped on of his journeys. Here, you will be able to see some fine examples of the old colonnaded streets, agora, bath, stadium and theatre.
Drive to Kursunlu Waterfalls where is located 19 km from Antalya at the end of a 7 km road branching off to the north of the Antalya-Serik-Alanya highway at a point 12 km from Antalya. The waterfalls are on one of the tributaries of the Aksu River and its situation in the midst of a pine forest is of quite exceptionally beauty. The countryside around the water forms a lovely picnic and pleasure spot only twenty minutes from the center of the city of Antalya. Lunch will be at a local restaurant near Aspendos.
Drive to Aspendos Ancient Theater, which is the site of one of the best-preserved amphitheaters of all times and still used today for many live performances of Ballet, Opera and classical works of art due to its fabulous acoustics and large seating capacity (5000). Close to the theatre, the remains of the largest aqueduct in ancient Anatolia can also be seen.
After tour return back to hotel. Dinner at hotel, and overnight.
DAY 7) PAMUKKALE TOUR
(Breakfast & Local Lunch & Dinner Included)
Breakfast at hotel. Today you will have full day Pamukkale tour from Antalya. Departing your hotel, the first visit will be to Hierapolis Ancient City.You will see the large necropolis, Great Baths, Frontinus Street, Theatre, Martyrion of St. Phillip and the antique pool also known as Cleopatra’s pool. Finally be amazed by travertines, (the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) on which you can enjoy a barefooted walk. After tour transfer back to Antalya. Dinner & overnight in Antalya.
DAY 8) ANTALYA – ISTANBUL DEPARTURE
(Buffet Breakfast included)
After your breakfast & check -out (12:00pm) free time until your departure. Then proceed to Antalya Airport to fly back to Istanbul. Arrive to Ataturk Airport and connect to your International departure flight at the airport. END OF OUR SERVICES…
All above rates are NET in EURO currency.
- No rooms blocked in advance, availability and rates are subject to change.
- Package rates are not valid during festive periods.
- Child Policy;
- 0-2 Years Infants FREE OF CHARGE
- 3-6 Years Kids, pays 35% of an adult fare in double room
- 7-11 Years Kids, pays 70% of an adult fare in double room
OUR PACKAGE RATE INCLUDES
- Private return airport transfers in Istanbul ( Ataturk Airport)
- Private return airport transfers in Cappadocia (Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport)
- Private return airport transfers in Antalya (Antalya Airport)
- A/C Luxury vehicles used; Mercedes Benz Vito (6 Seater) or Sprinter (12 Seater)
- 2 Nights accommodation at hotel in Istanbul on BB basis.
- 2 Nights accommodation at hotel in Cappadocia on HB basis.
- 3 Nights accommodation at hotel in Antalya on HB basis.
- Daily buffet breakfast at selected hotel. (Not included on arrival day)
- 1 Full-day regular (SIC) old city tour in Istanbul on Day 2 with lunch.
- 1 Half-day (afternoon) regular (SIC) Cable Car & Bosphorus Tour in Istanbul on Day 3. (no lunch)
- 1 Full-day regular (SIC) Cappadocia tour on Day 4 with lunch.
- 1 Full-day regular (SIC) Ephesus Ancient City & Sirince Village city tour on Day 6 with lunch.
- 1 Full-day regular (SIC) Pamukkale city tour on Day 7 with lunch.
- All meals as stated above.
- Licensed professional local guides in English language.
- Entrance fees to all museums, parks, and historic sites as marked on the itinerary.
- 18% VAT taxes.
OUR PACKAGE RATE EXCLUDES
- Any international flight tickets
- Domestic flight ticket from Istanbul to Cappadocia (Around per person one way 60&70 Euro)
- Domestic flight ticket from Cappadocia to Antalya (Around per person one way 60&70 Euro)
- Domestic flight ticket from Antalya to Istanbul (Around per person one way 60&70 Euro)
- Any visa fees
- Any drinks during meals.
- Gratuities to the Guide & Driver
- Personal expenses of the guests
- Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour (Costed separately) – 125 Eur pp agency rate