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CULTURAL TURKEY TOUR

Cultural Turkey Tour Itinerary

Cultural Turkey Tour Package

      Please click to read the destinations that you are visiting;     
      ISTANBULEPHESUS → PAMUKKALEKONYACAPPADOCIA

Day 1Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet.
Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive to Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted by a Romos Travel Representative at the meeting area.

Transfer to the hotel: You will be taken to your Hotel and after check-in, you will have time for leisure and rest of the day is yours.

Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Old City tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.

Hippodrome: Ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. There are some Roman remainings; Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Constantine Column.

The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque which was built by the Sultan Ahmet I. in 1609-1616, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.

Hagia Sophia: Once was the biggest cathedral of the Christianity when was built in 532-537 by the Roman Emperor Justinian, converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.

Topkapi Palace: The palace was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinopol. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family, headquarters and administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Grand Bazaar was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates and many more eye pleasing architecture. Within the bazaar are many Turkish handicraft stores such as: rugs, carpets, kilims and beautiful Turkish tiles. Upon your request ,our guide will be more than happy in assisting you to find your masterpiece of Turkish art.

After the Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included.

Day 3Bosphorus Cruise, Two Continents Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Bosphorus tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Bosphorus.

Today you will explore the following highlights of the Bosphorus:

Spice Market ( Egyptian Bazaar): The market was built by the Ottomans in the 17th century. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, the Spice market is much smaller but full of beautiful fragrances of mixed spices, herbs and traditional sweets. It consists of around 100 stores, 2 streets and 5 gates.

Bosphorus Cruise: The channel divides Istanbul as two continents and stretches about 32 km between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Along the Bosphorus there are many settlements to see such as great Palaces, hotels, yali (private houses) etc. While you are on the boat, you will see the highlights of the Bosphorus including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Çırağan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Küçüksu Palace, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ( the second bridge on the Bosphorus) Maiden’s Tower to name a few.

Beylerbeyi Palace: After the sultans westernized the Ottoman Empire, they built some Palace’s with modern-western architectural styles. The Beylerbeyi Palace is one of them, located on the Asian side by the Bosphorus. The garden is full of statues and the rooms with handcrafted arts will take you back in time to the 19th century.

Çamlıca Hill, the highest hill of Istanbul, situated on the Asian side. The walking path with 360 panoramic views will let you to take best pictures of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

After the Bosphorus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included

Day 4Flight to Izmir / Ephesus Tour

After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and head towards the airport for the domestic flight to Izmir. At Izmir Airport your professional guide will start the tour.

Drive to Virgin Mary’s House, upon the dream of German nun Anna Katherina Emerich, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house 1891. According to Catholic belief Mary was taken here by St. John and she spent rest of her earthly life there.  After the Virgin Mary’s House we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, which was the capital city of the Asia Minor during the Roman era. Acording to myht, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BCE. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the remainings such as; State Agora, a market place and meeting point. Odeon (Bouleuterion), concert house and council. Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary. Domitian Square, a complex consists of temple, fountain and a bath. Curetes Street, collonaded and monumental Street in Ephesus. The Hadrian Temple, dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, dating to 200 BCE. Latrines, the public toilets. Celsus Library, proves us that how Ephesians were intellectual, dates back to 200 BCE. And the library had 12,000 scrolls. Forum, a commercial center located by the port.The Great Theater, the largest ancient theater with 25,000 capacity.

After Ephesus ancient city we drive to lunch at a local restaurant. And the next stop is Isa Bey Mosque, built in 1375 by the Anatolian Seljuks. Unlike the Modern and Ottoman architecture, It has geometrical architecture, roof and two minaretes. The mosque is still functoining for the five times prayers. After Isa Bey Mosque we drive to Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven ancient wonders of the World.

 After the Ephesus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 5Pamukkale Tour

We will pick you up from the hotel and drive to Pamukkale or Cotton Castle, one of the most popular and beautiful spots of Turkey. The town is located in Denizli province, southern Turkey. Pamukkale has hot springs that have come from underground for 14,000 years. The hot springs colour the slopes in white because the water consists of calcium and carbonate. This site not only attracts tourists but many people visit Pamukkale upon Doctors advice. The spring water is good for the skin and bones. It is believed that Cleopatra and Marcus Antonio also came to Pamukkale and swimmed in the ancient pool together.

Pamukkale also has an ancient city which is called Hierapolis. This city was founded by the Pergamon king Eumenes in 2 BCE. When the city passed to the Romans, they built ancient theatres, baths, forums, agora and many waterways. Hierapolis has the largest ancient cemetery of all times. After the apostle Philipe was martyred in 80 CE, the city became a pilgrimage centre for the Christianity. Today, apostle Philipe has a monumental tomb in Hierapolis/Pamukkale.

 After the Pamukkale sightseeing tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 6Konya to Cappadocia

We pick you up from the hotel after breakfast and check-out then drive to Konya Mevlana/Rumi Museum, the Islamic philosopher, theolegian and poet Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was born in 1207, in Khorassan. The meaning of Mevlana is “our master and president” and implies the love of people for him. Although he lived in Konya, also went to Damascus and Tebriz, he attended the lectures of different scholars. Mevlana is known as the founder of Mesnevi and the leaders of the Dervishes. After his death, they built a tomb in 1274 where the other derwishes are also buried. The Mausoleum consits of library, madrasah, kithen, graves and rooms of dervishes. After lunch, we drive to Cappadocia and on the way we have a break at Sultanhanı Karavansarai which was built by the Seljuks in 12C AD. The ancient travellers and the merchants used to stay at those ancient hotels safely. After the break, we drive to Cappadocia.

After the Konya sightseeing tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant

Day 7Cappadocia / Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast, we pick you up from the hotel. Then, start to Cappadocia Tour.

Devrent Valley, known as imagination valley or pink valley. The geological situation of Cappadocia gives different shapes and colours to the rocks. Some of them look like animals or human. In here, prominently there is a camel-shaped rock formation. Dervent valley is located in the North of Cappadocia between Urgup and Avanos road.

Love Valley, the valley is situated a few kilometers away from Goreme. Mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys are located here. Some of those cones split into severel cones on the upper side of the valley.

Avanos, situated on the North of Cappadocia by the Red River which is the longest river in Turkey. The name of the river derives from its red clay which they still make the most beautiful potteries in Turkey. Avanos is a local town where ancient streets, dwellings and the artisans can be seen there.

Goreme Open air Museum, dates back to the 2nd century A.D where the ascetic monks who adopted seclusion lived. They had their own independent churches and monasteries where they created a community. Today, the museum houses; St. Basil’s Church, Elmalı Church, Boys and Girls, St. Barbara Church, Serpent Church etc…

Esentepe Hill, located on the way to Goreme and Avanos road. As an observation hill, it gives you an opportunity to explore the landscape of Cappadocia where you can see the fairy chimneys and take remarkable photos.

Uchisar Castle, almost the peak point of Cappadocia which can be seen miles away, about 60 meters high and located on the edge of Goreme. It served as residential place to the locals for many years. The caves and the dwellings still exist on the slopes.

After the Cappadocia sightseeing tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 8Cappadocia Day Tour

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and then start the Cappadocia Day Tour.

We will now be visiting other highlights of Cappadocia.

Fairy Chimneys: What makes Cappadocia so popular are those rock formations, called as “ fairy chimneys” by the people. Those different rock formations are the results of millions years of natural events, such as; rain, wind, erosion. The fairy chimneys had been dwellings, churches, shelters, natural fortress for many years. Although, the locals are living in the town today, the fairy chimneys can be visited by the travellers.

Red Valley: a hiking trail and famous for its red-rose colour. The valley is located in the middle of Goreme town where they appreciate with sun-rise and sun-set. The Red Valley houses some abandoned churches; Uzumlu Church, Hacli Church and Direkli Church with murals and frescoes.

Cavusin Village: Located on the way to Avanos. The rarest residents where still some people follow the ancient attitudes by using the old staff. You can see those villagers, farming, making potteries and carving. Cavusin Village houses two churches; one dedicated to St. John the Baphtist and the other Nicephorus Phocas. Until 1920’s the Turks and The Greeks were living there together. After the exchange population, The Greeks left the village.

Kaymakli Underground City: Rather then Derinkuyu and the other underground cities, Kaymakli Underground City is different as it has much lower and narrower passage ways. But it has more levels then the others. In recent years, four other floors have been unearthed. And some chapels, wineries, kithens, stalls have been discovered.

Pigeon Valley: one of the panoramic spots of Cappadocia which is located between Uchisar and Goreme. There has been feeding the pigeons here since the ancient times resulting in the carved soft tuff on the slopes to make dovecotes. You can also see Uchisar Castle from a different perspective and may feed the pigeons around you.

 After the Cappadocia sightseeing tour, we drive back to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 9Cappadocia to Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel, Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul to connect your International flight.

After completed amazing Cultural  Turkey Tour, Romos Travel wishes all guests very healty and wonderful life ahead…

Cultural Turkey Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

  • Istanbul Airport & Sabiha Gokcen Airport – Can be supplied depends on your International flight details.

Price Includes

  • 8 Nights hotel accommodation at 4 star Hotel
  • Special cave hotel in Cappadocia
  • Flight tickets from Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • Flight tickets from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Entrance fees, mentioned in itinerary
  • Professional tour guide at tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for tours and transfers
  • 8 Breakfast at hotel
  • 7 Lunch at tour
  • 5 Dinner at hotel

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras at hotel & additional meals
  • Visa & International flight tickets
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