Description
Full Itinerary
Rates

Description

Type of Tour: Semi-private tour
Operates: Departs daily
01 Nov – 20 Dec 2020
01 Jan – 31 May 2021
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Visit: Istanbul – Izmir/Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Izmir/Kusadasi – Cappadocia – Istanbul
Includes:
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Turkey
    7 nights’ accommodation
  • Local professional English speaking guide in each location
  • Full day tour of Istanbul including a visit to Topkapi Palace
  • Domestic flights Istanbul – Izmir, Izmir – Kayseri & Kayseri – Istanbul
  • Ephesus tour
  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour
  • Cappadocia sightseeing
  • Half-day Istanbul sightseeing including Bosphorus cruise
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner)
Excludes:
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Extras at hotels and meals not mentioned as well as any drinks
  • Travel insurance, visa cost, and tips
Notes:
  • The tour operates with a minimum of 2 persons.
  • The order of sites visited on the tour is subject to change. Such a change may occur due to certain sites being closed on certain days (for instance Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays).
  • This tour operates on a private basis unless other ITT passengers happen to be scheduled on the same day for any sightseeing.
  • Domestic flights in Turkey have a limit of 8kg carry-on luggage and 15kg check luggage.
Accommodation:
  • Istanbul: Holiday Inn Old City Hotel (4*) or similar
  • Kusadasi: Hotel Charisma Deluxe (5*) or similar
  • Izmir (to be used instead of Kusadasi during June, July & August): Ontur Hotel (4*) or similar
  • Cappadocia: Hotel Crystal Kaymakli (5*) or similar
Istanbul

Full Itinerary

Day 1:  ISTANBUL
After arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be transferred to the hotel. What remains of the day will be at your leisure.
Overnight:  Istanbul

Day 2:  ISTANBUL
Today you will explore Istanbul’s historical heart. The first visit will be to Topkapi Palace, the court and residence of the Ottoman Sultans and home to the imperial treasury. Then continue to the Saint Sophia, ‘The Church of Holy Wisdom’, a marvelous basilica built in the 6th century and widely regarded as a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest church in the world for an entire millennium and its interiors are decorated with stunning golden mosaics. After lunch the exploration will continue to the Blue Mosque signified by its six elegant minarets and home to a striking display of blue Iznik tiles and intricate patterns on the inside. Then you will take a stroll through the ancient Hippodrome that once served as the centre for sports and entertainment in the ancient Constantinople (as Istanbul was once known) as well as a very important political spot. Thereafter visit the Basilica Cistern, an impressive underground water reservoir from the 6th century. The final visit of the day will be to the Grand Bazaar, considered to be largest and most attractive covered bazaar in the world.
Overnight:  Istanbul  (BL)

Day 3:  ISTANBUL – IZMIR/KUSADASI
After breakfast you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport for the flight to Izmir. On arrival in Izmir you will be taken to Ephesus, once the holy city of Artemis and the Roman capital of Asia Minor and today one of the most attractive archaeological sites in the world. You will see the ruins of the Odeon, Hadrian’s Temple, the Celcus library, Fountain of Trajan and many more. You will see the immense theatre that was built here seating over 20 000 people with some really amazing acoustics, so amazing in fact that even today it still occasionally serves as a venue for big international concerts. After lunch you will then visit the House of St. Mary, where it is said that Mary the mother of Jesus spent her final years on earth. Continue then to a leather shop in the city where you will attend a small fashion show and have some time to appreciate the leather goods for yourself.
Overnight:  Kusadasi  (during the months June, July & August overnight in Izmir instead)  (BLD)

Day 4:  IZMIR/KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE – IZMIR/KUSADASI 
Today you will visit Pamukkale, a famous natural site often called the “Cotton Castle” due to the dazzling formation of white calcium cascades. The calcium comes from the mineral springs at the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis which you will also visit. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel and whatever remains of the day will be at your leisure.
Overnight:  Kusadasi  (during the months June, July & August overnight in Izmir instead)  (BLD)

Day 5:  IZMIR/KUSADASI – CAPPADOCIA
This morning you will be transferred to Izmir Airport for the flight to Kayseri Airport. On arrival in Kayseri you will transfer to Cappadocia and immediately begin sightseeing. Your first visit is to Goreme Valley, home to magnificent rock-hewn churches with decorated Byzantine frescoes. The next stop after that is at the breathtakingly beautiful Avcilar Valley. After lunch you will visit Pasabag Valley (Valley of the Monks), known for Kayamakli underground city where monks used to live in seclusion. Afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight:  Cappadocia  (BLD)

Day 6:  CAPPADOCIA
You may wish to pre-book a Cappadocia balloon tour for early this morning before breakfast. Viewing Cappadocia and its beautiful surroundings from this unique and special angle is an experience not to be missed (not included, not suitable for children under 6, approximately USD 280 per person until May, thereafter increase likely). After breakfast your first visit will be to the Red Valley, also called Devrent Valley. Then you will visit Uchisar Castle from which some of the most dramatic and astonishing views of Cappadocia can be seen. Your next destination Avanos, famous for its pottery and rugs since biblical times, here you will visit a carpet manufacturer and pottery workshop. After lunch you will be taken to Ortahisar village where you will have some leisure time to go exploring by yourself. The village is to this day a quaint farming village and it is the perfect place to take a seat at a café and just observe and talk with the people to get a better understanding of life in the Turkish countryside. Your final visit before returning to your hotel will be at Cavusin village.
Overnight:  Cappadocia  (BLD)

Day 7:  CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
In the morning you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport for the flight back to Istanbul. On arrival you will go on a boat trip on the Bosphorus, the river also known as The Strait of Istanbul forms part of the natural border between Europe and Asia splitting Turkey into a European and Asian part. Cruising along the river is a really nice and relaxing way to see the beauty of the area as the shores are dotted with forests, palaces, mosques, picturesque small villages, Ottoman summer mansions and fortresses. Thereafter you will visit the Spice Bazaar with its exotic aromas. After lunch you will have some leisure time in the Beyoglu district, letting you discover things like the fish market, flower passage, numerous churches, markets and coffeehouses at your own pace.
Overnight:  Istanbul  (BL)

Day 8:  ISTANBUL
After breakfast you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport.  (B)

Rates

AMAZING TURKEY– Min. 2 pass.
Semi-Private tour

8 Days
7 Nights

(flights included)

Currency Per Person Sharing Single Room Supplement
2 – 3 Persons sharing
1 Nov 2020 – 20 Dec 2020 from:
1 Jan 2021 – 31 May 2021 from:
Istanbul – Istanbul USD 1 613 413
4 – 7 Persons sharing
1 Nov 2020 – 20 Dec 2020 from:
1 Jan 2021 – 31 May 2021 from:
Istanbul – Istanbul USD 1 201 413
Optional supplements:
Early-morning Cappadocia Balloon Tour on Day 6 – approximate price per person.
Children under the age of 6 not permitted.
USD 318

Includes: Arrival and departure airport transfers in Turkey; 7 night/8-day tour including accommodation (4- and 5-star hotels); Professional local English-speaking guides in each location; Istanbul day tour and half-day tour; domestic flights Istanbul – Izmir, Izmir – Kayseri & Kayseri – Istanbul; Ephesus tour; Pamukkale tour; sightseeing and entrance fees; meals as indicated.

Note: Single room supplement refers to a third person wishing to stay in a single room. This tour is not available for single travelers.
Domestic flights in Turkey have a luggage limit of 8kg carry-on and 15kg check luggage.
This tour operates on a private basis unless other ITT passengers happen to be scheduled on the same day for any sightseeing.

All rates will be converted at time of final payment according to ITT’s bank selling rates. Please double check the final ZAR amount with us on day of payment. All services are subject to availability at time of booking and subject to the General Terms and Conditions of ITT Inspirations Travel & Tours (PTY) LTD.

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