Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Turkey has gorgeous sandy beaches along its Aegean, Mediterranean & Black Sea coasts, warm climate and famous monuments and landmarks mean it now has one of the most successful tourism industries in the world. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Turkey's numerous historical and archaeological sites each year, with many more also visiting its beautiful beaches.
FACTS & FIGURES:
OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti).
Date of foundation: 29 October 1923
LOCATION: Southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia.
AREA: 301,381 sq mi (780,576 sq.km).
National currency: Turkishe Lira (1 lira = 100 kurus).
Population: approx. 72 millions
Languages: Turkish (official language), Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek
Religions: Islam (99% of the population), Christianity, Judaism
Legislature: National Assembly.
LARGEST CITY: Istanbul.
Climate: Although Turkey is situated in a geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, there are significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other. While the coastal regions enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolia plateau experiences a dryer climate with hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall
DAY 1 - ISTANBUL - ARRIVAL DAY
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Early check in is subject to availability. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
DAY 2 - ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Lunh break at the Turkish restaurant. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.l. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 - ISTANBUL CITY TOUR AND ISTANBUL TO IZMIR AND KUSADASI
After breakfast visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 4 - KUSADASI - EPHESUS TOUR - TURKISH VILLAGE SIRINCE
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en - route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre and do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Orginal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 - KUSADASI - PAMUKKALE TOUR
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will arrive around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After Pamukkale tour come back to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 6 –KUSADASI –IZMIR AIRPORT TO ISTANBUL - END OF TOUR
Today we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Flag.
- Accommodation in standard room on bed & breakfast basis for 3 nights
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per programme
- Services of an English Speaking Chauffeur Guide for groups up to 6 pax.
- Professionally qualified English speaking national guide will accompany groups above 7 pax.
- International Air fare
- Visa Charges
- Video and Camera permits
- Lunch & dinner throughout the tour
- Any entrance fees and cost of boat
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Any other services not specified above
- Boat Ride