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Turkey Unplugged

Surreal Landscapes 5 Nights And 6 Days

Turkey Unplugged

Starting from $230 / per day

Ancient cities, natural wonders, beachside towns, scenic villages and wine trails – this trip through Turkey journeys through varied landscapes. Featuring the grandest marketplace on earth; one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; a Roman spa city; an ancient Greek site and much more!

Signature Experience: Private cruise along the Bosphorus.

The Journey

1

Welcome to Istanbul

You will be met by our representative at the Istanbul Ataturk airport and transferred to the hotel for check-in (early check-in is subject to availability, but we will do our best to arrange it). At approximately 1300 hours, you will be picked up for a half-day exploration of the city. Visit the Old City Walls, which were laid down over many years to protect the Ottoman empire. Ride down to the Golden Horn, which is the primary inlet to the Bosphorus river; and take the cable car up to Pierre Loti, for spectacular views of the strait. Come back to the shores for a cruise along the Bosphorus coastline, which is a delightful mixture of the past and the present with the splendour and quaint beauty of ancient wooden mansions and marble palaces intermingling with small fishing villages. Along the way, you will see the medieval Rumeli Fortress and the iconic Leander’s Tower, from your boat cruise.
2

Historic Sights and An Ancient Bazaar (Istanbul)

You will be picked up early, for a half-day exploration of the city. Visit Constantinople’s Hippodrome also known as “Square of Horses” – the lively centre of life under the Byzantine empire. Right next to the Hippodrome is the magnificent Sultanahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque for its interiors decorated with 21,000 blue Iznik tiles (only seen from the outside on Fridays). Also, visit Hagia Sophia, which served as the cathedral of Constantinople, and end your day inside the world’s largest and perhaps most well-known marketplace, the spectacular Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays). Spend the afternoon at leisure.
3

Greek History and Wine Trails (Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus – Kusadasi)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport to take the flight to Izmir . Here, you will be met by our representative and depart for your dive to Ephesus for a full-day exploration of this ancient town. Today, we visit one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis, an awe-inspiring structure that took 120 years to build and one night to be destroyed. Experience the mystical charm of Ephesus as you explore the city and its Great Theatre, that was capable of holding 25,000 spectators! You will also have the chance to explore local handicrafts and visit the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary. End the day with a visit to the scenic village of Sirince, located on the top of a mountain and famous for its wine production and tasting. Transfer to the hotel in Kusadasi for check-in, dinner and overnight stay.
4

A City in White (Kusadasi – Pamukkale – Kusadasi)

After breakfast, journey to Pamukkale and begin your day’s excursion at the beautiful snow-white "Cotton Castle" Hierapolis, once a Roman spa city, with ruins that still attract thousands of tourists – including the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. The ancient city overlooks the modern town of Pamukkale in Turkey's Inner Aegean region and is known for its whitewashed characteristic. Swim in a therapeutic bath of hot spring mineral waters and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later, we return to the hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay.
5

Day Off (Kusadasi)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. You have the day to relax and spend at your own pace at the beachside resort town of Kusadasi.
6

Farewell Turkey (Kusadasi – Izmir – Istanbul)

After breakfast at the hotel, check out by 1200 hours. You will be transferred to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to take a domestic flight to Istanbul, from where you board your international flight back home

Journey Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Sight-seeing tours on Seat in Coach
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking driver-guide
  • All arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
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