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Treasures of Turkey Tour 15 Days

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CODE                      :  TRK01

DURATION             :  15 DAYS

GROUP SIZE           :  12 - 36

PRICES                   : Per Person   3.260 EURO   -    Single Suplement 890 EURO

TURKEY                  : Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale – Troya - Pergamon – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Fethiye - Kas – Demre – Antalya – Konya - Cappadocia – Ankara

TOUR DISTANCE     : 3000 Km

ACCOMODATION     : 4 * - 5* Hotels
 
ITINERARY

DAY 1 -  ISTANBUL

Arrive to Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport meet with local guide transfer to the hotel.
As today is an arrival day, there is no formal sightseeing planned. If you arrive early enough, you can wander and absorb the vibrancy of this exciting city Istanbul is one of the great cities of the world, with a history spanning thousands of years. It has been through several incarnations, firstly as Byzantium, Ottoman Imperior and finally Istanbul. In the evening there will be a Welcome Meeting about tour rute information in the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.  BB.
 
DAY 2 -  ISTANBUL - ANKARA
After Breakfast  start to trip with our guide  firstly  the treasure trove of the historic old town. Visit the iconic 17th century Blue Mosque, it was built for Sultan Ahmet I and a unique piece of architecture because of its six minarets rather than the usual four found across the rest of the Muslim world. Another strikingly feature is its 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles in Blue Mosque. The ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are also visited. Departure to Ankara from Istanbul at around midday , with a private minibus to Ankara. Arrive and overnight in Ankara. HB
Breakfast

DAY 3 -  ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA - GOREME

Ankara is the capital of  Republic Turkey. Visiting the Anatolian Civilisation Museum of Ankara exhibiting a rich collection of archeological objects found during excavations in Anatolia. This Museum is the biggest in Turkey. After visit ATATURK Mausoleum ( Anitkabir ) than drive to Cappadocia through the Anatolian landscape via a salt lake (tuz gölü), one of the richest salt beds in the world.  Approximately 350,000 tons of salt per year is produced by this lake ( it takes 60% of total salt production in Turkey). On the road visit 13th century Agzikarahan Caravanserai, which was built by Alaettin Keykubad I of the Seljuk sultan,  'Caravanserais,' were developed along old trade routes to provide shelters and protection to nomadic traders. These centuries-old buildings were built of stone and housed Caravaneers and their cargos plus their horses, donkeys and even camels as they made their way along the old Silk Road trading route that stretched all the way from China.Arrivel and overnight in Cappadocia. HB
 
DAY 4 -  CAPPADOCIA - GOREME

We start to visit the Göreme Open Air museum, There are several cave chapels to explore, most of them decorated with exquisite and colourful biblical frescoes. The people of Cappadocia region, realised that the soft rocks of the area could be easily carved out to form firstly  houses and monasteries, churches. This Christian sanctuary contains soo manysamples  of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. All frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from the 10th - 12th centuries. We discover the local handcraft of the region and visit a carpet workshop, a tradition that reveals the nomadic origins of the Turkish people. in the afternoon we embark on walking through the unusual 'Love Goreme. There is an opotunity of enjoying a traditional Turkish night, folk dance Show, Whirling Dervish ‘’ Sema ‘’ performance in the othantic  cave restaurant.Overnight in Cappadocia. HB
Please not that ; you have great oportunity to make Air Ballon tour in the morning in Cappadocia. Keep in touch with Alsero Tour guide.
 
DAY 5 -  CAPPADOCIA - GOREME

After the early breakfast we take a walk toward Red Valley ( Kizilcukur ) , where its magnificently sculptured, red rock formations have created arguably the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia. Small valleys,  peaks, cones, fairy chimneys blend harmoniously with fascinating cave chapels that date back to the early Christian period. We drive to the unique Pasabaglari Valley, where multiple fairy chimneys hewn from the earth and shaped by centuries of erosion lend a moon-like landscape and atmosphere to the valley.
A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter are built into one of the fairy chimneys, which appears to have three heads! We walk more today please come edequate walking shose, these have to be confurtable. You can freshen in a Turkish Bath and left all daily fatigue . Overnight in Cappadocia. HB

 

DAY 6 -  CAPPADOCIA - KONYA

We startthe journey with incredible underground city of Derinkuyu, with some dwellings containing rooms expanding seven levels beneath ground level.
For early birds, there is the possibility of rising before dawn to take an awe-inspiring optional hot-air balloon ride over the 'other-worldly' Cappadocia landscape and witness an amazing sunrise in the process. Those preferring a more leisurely start to the day can relax over breakfast before leaving the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia behind and driving to the village of Belisirma in the Valley of Ihlara on the slopes of Mount Hasan, one of the volcanos responsible for the forming of Cappadocia. From here we embark on a wonderful walk along the Melendiz River and experience traditional village life, as we walk through the beautiful Ihlara Valley to Ihlara village. There are dozens of Byzantine cave chapels to explore along the way and most of them are decorated with exquisite biblical frescoes  walking around 1 – 2 hours. We then leave the area of Cappadocia behind and drive to Konya. Please note that Konya is a very religious town, so it is best that we dress conservatively during our time here . Overnight in Konya HB.

DAY 7 -  KONYA – ANTALYA - ASPENDOS

After Breakfast  visit We visit Mevlana's Mausoleum and the museum housing manuscripts of his works, as well as various artefacts relating to the mystic sect that he founded .Konya  was the capital of the Seljuk Turks from the 12th to 13th Centuries and home of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, who founded a mystic Sufi order popularly known as the 'Whirling Dervishes'. After lunch drive to coastal city Atalya one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. Visit  the beautifully preserved theatre at Aspendos - one of the finest in the ancient world. Arrivel and overnight in Antalya  HB.

DAY 8 -  ANTALYA – PHASELIS – DEMRE - KAS


After breakfast drive to Lycian city of Phaselis, which was founded in the 7th Century BC and flourished as a commercial trading centre where anything could be bought and sold, including citizenships for 100 drachmas! The Phaselians were more concerned about preserving the affluence of their commerce than with staking any political independence, so they pragmatically accepted any conquerors that came their way. The city thrived until the 12th Century when it was superceded in importance by the nearby ports of Antalya and Alanya. The beauty of Phaselis is in its picture postcard setting. It is built around three small bays, each with its own beach, surrounded by fragrant woods and mountains.Visit St Nicholas in Demre We continue on to the beautiful seaside village of Kas. This has charming White washed houses graced with bougainvilleas as well as an ancient Greek theatre. This fishing village is a wonderful place to sample the local cuisine and we have a two nights here to soak up the atmosphere in the quaint town centre. Overnight in Kas   HB.


DAY 9 -  KAS - KEKOVA BOAT CRUISE


After breakfast  we drive to Kekova, where we will board our local boat for a relaxing cruise through a series of peaceful and picturesque islands, all with very distinctive rock formations. Look out for some ancient houses that are submerged under the clear water! On board we are cooked a home made Turkish meal by our host family for the day. Our cruise also takes us to the settlement of Ucagiz and also the quaint village of Simena, with its stone houses covered in bougainvilleas. We can enjoy a spectacular view from the castle. We also sail from large bays to beautiful protected inlets, where we have the opportunity to enjoy a swim off our boat. All in all a day of relaxation and beautiful vistas. We return and overnight in Kas.  HB


DAY 10 -  FETHIYE 


This morning we drive to Fethiye visit the Lycian site of Xanthos, which was once the capital city of the Lycian Federation. Because of its remoteness, Xanthos is usually not overcrowded with tourists and the place has retained a tranquil atmosphere. We continue from here through pine trees and over a mountain, which commands breathtaking views, before arriving at the Greek ghost town of Kayakoy. Kayakoy is seemingly an instant, became a derelict town and was further destroyed by ensuing earthquakes. Visit magnificent  bay  Olu deniz , Fethiye rock tombs,  driving to the culturally rich town of Fethiye, situated on a bay surrounded by pine forests and full of islands. We have a free evening to enjoy a meal and the views from a waterfront restaurant. Overnight in Fethiye HB


DAY 11 -  PAMUKKALE


After breakfast drive to Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle' and a truly unique sight. This magical and spectacular natural phenomenon was created by deposits from thermal waters that cascaded down the mountainside over hundreds of years, forming a myriad of pools and terraces. As the water overflows from the pools, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites are formed that, from afar, resemble cotton or snow. The pools are filled with hot spring waters that supposedly have healing properties for a person's circulation and digestive systems. Close to Pamukkale are the ruins of Hierapolis, which was founded by the King of Pergamon in 190 BC and by the 2nd Century AD it had become an important Roman bath centre. The extensive ruins of Hierapolis are well worth exploring and include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis. Overnightl in Pamukkale.



DAY 12 -  EPHESUS - KUSADASI


After breakfast drive to Ephesus,  distence aprox  3,5 hours. to Selçuk, which is our base for visiting Ephesus - one of the best-preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean and a great example of Roman architecture. possibly the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world and definitely a highlight of your trip! Always an important religious centre, Ephesus was founded by Ionian Greeks in the 11th Century BC and flourished under Roman rule. The Greeks replaced the cult of the Anatolian fertility goddess Cybele with Artemis and built a fabulous temple in her honour. With the arrival of the Romans, it became the Temple of Diana and was one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. We visit the vast amphitheatre, walk the marble street once trodden by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and wonderfully restored Library of Celsus. An orientation tour familiarises us with Selçuk, a sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill. Those who wish can take an option visit to the last home of the Virgin Mary, who as legend states came here accompanied by St John and lived out her days in this beautiful spot. Arrivel and overnight in Kusadasi. HB


DAY 13 -  PERGAMON – TROY - CANAKKALE


Early this morning, after breakfast we begin the drive to Çanakkale, located on the shores of the Dardanelles, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea and touches both Europe (with the Gelibolu Peninsula) and Asia (with the Biga Peninsula). On the way, we visit an important historical site PERGAMON visit  Acrapol,  Gymnasiom, Red Basilica. Continiu  Troy(Truva) was a city that existed over 4.000 years ago and was known as a major ancient civilization. For many years people believed that it was the city mentioned only in the tales and never truly existed, as the area had become known as Ilium, or New Ilium. Archaeological digs subsequently proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement. (3000 BC-AD 400) on what became accepted as the site of ancient Troy. Each successive period of habitation lies on top of its former incarnation. Here we can see the remnants of the ancient city walls in addition to a replica of the famous wooden horse. Historian's are still at odds as to whether or not this fable or indeed the battle itself is stuff of lore or reality. Arriving in Çanakkale where we have the remainder of the day free to wander around this vibrant waterfront town and perhaps view the Trojan horse used and subsequently gifted to the city by the producers of the movie Troy filmed in 2004.Arrivel and overnight in Canakkale.


DAY 14 -  GALLIPOLI - ISTANBUL


We cross the Dardanelles and return to 'Europe,' and visit the Gallipoli Peninsula - a place of enormous significance to Australians and New Zealander's. Located at Turkey's most westerly point this area is now serene, but the role it played in April 1915 during the First World War is now firmly etched on the psyche of the New Zealand and Australian nations. We visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill to pay homage at the poignant memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. The latter the highest ground secured in the campaign on the 8th of August, 1915 (by New Zealand and British troops) before being beaten back due to lack of reinforcement. From the Ataturk Memorial at this spot we can view the Allied troops goal - the Dardenelles. We can look down upon the rough and barren hills and gulleys that became the graveyard for so many thousands of young men from both sides. Around this area we can find remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers. After touring the former battlefields we head back to where our adventure began - Istanbul. We will arrive back in Istanbul in the late afternoon or early evening and the remainder of the evening is free. This unique city that is built embracing two continents (Europe and Asia), Overnight in Istanbul BB.


DAY 15 - ISTANBUL


After breakfast , Visit Dolmabahce Palace , Bosphorus Boat Cruise , Agyptian Bazaar and free time. Istanbul is a great place to spend our final night together, indulging in a true feast for the senses! Overnight in Istanbul.


DAY 16 – BACK TO HOME


Our journey ends after breakfast, in Istanbul. Free on board depend of  the flight time. Transfer İstanbul Airport. Hope to see you an other Alsero Tour organisations.
   


Terms and Conditions


PRICES       : Per Person     3.260 EURO  /   Single Suplement :  890 EURO
 
PAYMENT POLICY :

·         Advance payment minimum % 80 non refundable. Rest Payment  90 Days befor tour date.

CANCELLATION POLICY :

·         You have first major justification, to declare with official document ( Healt problem, accident and smilar ) we refund    % 20. Payment back date, 90 days  after your request .
·         Non justification cansellation non refundable. As a contract.
·         Cancellation After the total payment 61 days befor  tour date. % 80 No Show  penalty. Refund  % 20
·         Cancellation 60 days befor % 100 no Show penalty . Not refund.


PRICES INCLUDE  
                                           

·         16 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
·         4 to 5 star hotel accommodation .
·         Sightseeing and entrance fees to monuments listed.
·         All internal transport by private bus, minibüs, jeep or car.
·         English speaking tour guide throughout
·         Domestic  flights valued at us $150
·         Entrance fees to museums and sites as detailed
·         Arrival and departure  transfer to hotel

PRICES NOT INCLUDE 
    

·         Meals not indicated in the itinerary
·         Soft and alcoholic beverages.
·         Personel expences such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
·         Tips, gratuities and priavate requests.
·         International flights
·         Airport and departure taxes
·         Visa Travel Insurance

   


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REMARKS

 
ACCAMODATION

Hotels  4  - 5 stars depend of the tour rute availablety .
 
TOUR ROUTE CLIMATE

West  and souty part of Turkey has a very soft  climate. But East parth with great extremes of heat and cold between summer
and winter. With the exception of the northern slopes of the Mountains  are confined to the winter and spring months. Summers are warm to hot withalmost continuous sunshine.
 
WHAT YOU CARY

You will be required to carry all your luggage between hotels and transportation. On sightseeing
days you will be required to carry a day pack with your camera, water proof clothing and any
other personal items you may require during the day.
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is
provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).
 
VEHICLE SAFETY

During the course of your trip, we will use a variety of vehicles, all which are fit for purpose
and the conditions encountered. It should be noted that laws governing transportation safety
may differ from those in your home country and on occasion some vehicles may not have seat
belts fitted. While game viewing within a national park could be one example. Whilst we do
not include animal rides some part of our trips, there are occasions where it may be possible to
undertake them optionally and to do so is at your own risk. Note that helmets and professional
riding equipment are not available in all circumstances.

   


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