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HIDDEN GEMS OF TURKEY TOUR

Hidden Gems of Turkey Tour Itinerary

Hidden Gems of Turkey Tour Package

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      ISTANBUL → BODRUMPAMUKKALE ANTALYA

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, ou 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 Bodrum

After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and head towards the airport for the domestic flight to Bodrum. After landing Bodrum Airport, drive to Bodrum and check-in hotel and rest of the day is yours. Bodrum is a resort and local town on the coast of Aegean Sea. After dinner at the hotel, you can spend your time in the city center with shopping or have some drinks at the local cafes or restaurants. Overnight in Bodrum

Note: Breakfast and Dinner at hotel.

Day 5Bodrum Old City Tour

After breakfast start the Bodrum Tour. Visit Bodrum Castle which is also known as St. Peter Castle, built by St. John Knights between 1402-1409. The rooms of the castle are being used as exhition rooms and many findings from Bronze Age, archaic, mycenaean, Hellenistic, Roman as well as Byzantine are on display. The Bodrum Castle is also the largest underwater archeological museum in Turkey. Visit to Mausoleum, built by the Carian King Mausolus in 4C BC, as his tomb and the Mausoleum was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. 

After the Bodrum Old City tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Bodrum.

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

Day 6Didyma, Miletus and Priene Tour

After breakfast start the Didyma, Miletos and Priene Tour. Our first visit is The Temple of Apollon, One of the most important oracles in the ancient World was located at Didyma (Didim). It was designed by Paionios, one of the architects of  the temple of Artemis in Ephesus. The oracle at Diyma, that issued many fateful pronouncements, dates back to the worship of a local Anatolian god in prehistoric times.

Visit to Miletos, the first city in Anatolia to be colonized by Greeks. In about 1700 BCE, in the Middle Bronze Age, Minoans from Crete were attracted by its ideal situation on a defensible peninsula with four natural harbours and good agricultural land. Miletos was the most wealthy city where firstly coins were minted.

Visit to Priene, from the flat valley of the Maeander River we see a dark green band of trees on a broad terrace below the craggy cliffs of Mount Mycale. They mark the site of the splendid city that prospered and gradually declined over a period of eight centuries. It sloped gently to the South offering a prospect over a fertile land towards its harbour and distant mountains.

After the Didyma, Miletos and Priene sightseeing tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Bodrum.

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

Day 7Pamukkale Tour

We pick you up from the hotel after check-out 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 8Antalya Old City Tour

After check-out and breakfast, we will drive to Antalya. We will arrive in Antalya by the noon time and will promptly begin the Antalya Old City Tour.

Antalya was founded by the Pergamon King Attalos and it is beleived that the name of the city derives from Attalos. We’ll be walking among the ancient streets and the first spot is The Hadrian Gate, built by the Romans on behalf of the Emperor Hadrian upon his visit to Antalya in 130 CE. The gate has three arches and Corinthian style Hıdırlık Tower, built in 2nd Century CE by the Romans and it is located on the southwest of the Old Town, by the dominating spot of the cliffs. The tower has a small room in the first floor and in the upper gallery, there is an observation spot where they could follow the ships or any reaching invasion to the city. The Clock Tower, once Antalya, is surrounded with a defense wall but a small part of this exists today. They renovated the last part of the defense wall and added a clock in the honor of Sultan Abdulhamid to celebrate his 25th anniversary of his ascent to the throne. While walking down to the water, near the ancient port we will stop for a while and take a rest whilst following the ships and breathing the fresh Mediterranen air.

After the Antalya Old City tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.

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

Day 9Aspendos, Perge, Side Tour

After breakfast, we shall drive to Aspendos Theatre, built by the Emperor Aurelius and designed with U-shaped style and leaning slopes. It has 5 gates and it still protects its acoustic ability and with 20,000 persons capacity, the theatre is still used today to host concerts. Perge was founded as a colony of Pergamum Kingdom around 300 BCE. During Alexander’s invasion in Anatolia, the residents of Perge served him as his guides. The mathematician Apollonius was born in Perge around 200 BCE. The city passed under Roman control in 188 BCE after Romans inherited Pergamum Kingdom. Side, the city of the navals was founded by the Anatolian indigenus people who spoke a local dialect that was different then Greek. Side was never passed under the control of Pergamum Kingdom. The city’s name means pomegranate which locals are still growing today. Side is situated by the Mediterranean Sea and most of the remains date back to 1-4C CE.

After the Aspendos, Perge, Side tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.

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

Day 10Transfer to Airport

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

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

Hidden Gems of Turkey Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

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

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation at 4 star Hotel
  • Flight tickets from Istanbul to Bodrum
  • Flight tickets from Antalya to Istanbul
  • Entrance fees, mentioned in itinerary
  • Professional tour guide at tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for tours and transfers
  • 9 Breakfast at hotel
  • 7 Lunch at tour
  • 6 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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