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Turkish Delights

November 2019 to March 2020

Turkish Delights

Starting from $175 / per day

Turkish Delights Tour cost:
USD 1750 per adult on twin sharing basis
USD 2000 adult in single room

Duration: 9 Nights and 10 Days

Turkey’s historic sights, natural wonders and exciting nightlife have made it a top choice for travellers in recent years. And winter is a great time to explore this stunning country. Discover Turkey’s delights on this Signature journey – from the fantastical landscapes of Cappadocia to the spellbinding spirituality of Sufi dervishes, an ancient spa town, a little-known Turkish village; coupled with historic monuments, beach-side bars and lots more.

9 Nights- 10 Days, November 2019- March 2020

The Journey

1

Welcome to Istanbul

Meet our representative at the Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. There is something magical in the very air of Istanbul – a confluence of East and West that boasts the legacy of the legendary silk road and a culinary heritage that will leave you craving for more! We have organised a special welcome dinner for you at a local restaurant today. Stay: Hotel Barcelo
2

Exploring Istanbul

A walk through the streets of Istanbul leaves one in awe of its beauty and instils a sense of timeless history of generations, both past and present. Today, we will take you for a full day exploration of the city, including Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Constantinople’s Hippodrome and the magnificent Sultanahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque for its interiors decorated with 21,000 blue Iznik tiles. For lunch, stop at Giritli Restaurant, a family-run Cretan kitchen that serves unique versions of Istanbul fare. Signature Experience: Enjoy an afternoon cup of Turkish coffee at a historical cafe of the Grand Bazaar – one of the largest and most popular markets in the world. Afternoon coffee is a long-standing tradition in Turkey and is often accompanied with fortune-telling from the left-over coffee grounds in the cup. Stay: Hotel Barcelo
3

Istanbul – Cappadocia

Today, we start early for the morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Our representative will meet you at the Kayseri airport to drive you to Cappadocia. After check-in, step out to explore the region, including the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli, which is believed to have been carved out around 2,000 BC. Visit the idyllic Ayvalı village, far from tourist stops, where people still follow a traditional lifestyle. And end at the beautiful Pigeon valley. Signature Experience: In the evening, you will get to witness the mesmerizing spiritual ceremony of “Sema” (whirling Sufi Dervishes). This mystical, ancient ritual blends dance, prayer, meditation and trance for a powerful spiritual experience that is sure to leave you spellbound. Stay: Dinler Hotel
4

Cappadocia

After breakfast, leave for a full-day exploration of the area, including visits to Göreme Open Air Museum – a monastic complex home to some of the finest rock-cut churches and exquisite frescoes; the whimsical Dervent Valley, famous for its lunar landscape and peculiar “fairy chimneys”; the ancient town of Vanessa which features a Roman-era necropolis; and the pink-hued Paşabağ (or Monk’s Valley) known for its extraordinary rock formations. Signature Experience: For dinner, we have arranged a special experience at a local village home. Observe how the family prepares their daily meals and pick up a few secrets of Turkish cooking as you lend a hand in the kitchen. And then enjoy the home-cooked meal over warm conversations. Optional Experience: Soar over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape and get up-close to its “fairy chimneys”. Travelling at heights of up to 1500 feet, the feeling is one of peace and tranquillity as you glide over white-washed landscapes of Cappadocia. Stay: Dinler Hotel
5

Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale

After breakfast, journey to your next destination – Pamukkale, one of the most surreal sights of Turkey with gleaming white limestone cliffs rising from mineral-rich thermal waters. On the way, you will visit Sultanhani Caravanserai, an elaborate stop-over built for travelers and merchants on the silk road back in the 13th century. Then visit the Mevlana Museum, famous for its turquoise tiled tower and exquisite Ottoman calligraphy and inscriptions. Stop over for lunch at a local restaurant, before reaching your hotel in Pamukkale. After check-in, you will have the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Doğa Thermal Hotel
6

Pamukkale – Kuşadası

Today, you will step out to explore the ancient city of Hierapolis – a Roman spa city where people have been coming to heal their ailments since as far back as 2nd century BC. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then leave for Kuşadası, gateway to the port city of Ephesus. Check-in at the hotel and then spend some time at leisure. Stay: Korumar Hotel
7

Kuşadası – Ephesus – Izmir

After breakfast, step out to explore the ancient city of Ephesus, an outstanding example of a Roman port city established in 10th century B.C and home to Temple of Diana – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, one of the most important highlights in Turkey for Christian pilgrims. And end your day in Izmir. Dinner will be served at the Adabeyi Pier Restaurant, situated at the famous Konak pier – with delectable seafood and exquisite sunset views over the horizon. Stay: Renaissance Hotel
8

Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale

After breakfast, you will be picked up for a trip to the ancient cities of Pergamon and Troy. The acropolis of Pergamon bears fascinating remnants of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. And in the city of Troy, you can see a wooden replica of the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of an equally legendary couple: Helen and Paris. You will end your day at Çanakkale. Stay: Kolin Hotel
9

Çanakkale – Istanbul

After breakfast, depart for Istanbul where you will spend the last night of your journey. You will reach the city by the afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to spend at your own pace. In the evening, we have a special farewell dinner planned. Stay: Hotel Barcelo
10

Farewell Istanbul

Say goodbye to your Turkish travels as we take you back to the airport for your flight back home.

Inclusions

Hotels:
  • 3-nights’ accommodation at Hotel Barcelo or similar in Istanbul
  • 2-nights’ accommodation at Dinler Hotel or similar in Cappadocia
  • 1-night accommodation at Doğa Thermal Hotel or similar in Pamukkale
  • 1-night accommodation at Korumar Hotel or similar in Kuşadası
  • 1-night accommodation at Renaissance Hotel or similar in Izmir
  • 1-night accommodation at Kolin Hotel or similar in Çanakkale
Meals:
  • Daily breakfast at hotels listed above
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners (4 at hotels, 1 at local restaurant, 1 home-hosted dinner)
  • 1 welcome, 1 farewell dinner
Entrance fee for Whirling Dervishes ceremony Transportation is by deluxe a/c 44-seater coach throughout the program English speaking guide and headsets throughout the program Entrance fees to the museums and historical sites as per the mentioned program Gratuity to guide and driver Tips to hotels and restaurants Service charges & VAT

Exclusions

    • Lunches and dinners otherwise mentioned
    • Beverages at any meals
    • Any personal expenses
    • Optional hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia (USD 225 per person)
    • Any international or domestic flights
    • Turkish Visa
    • Travel Insurance
    • GST
Signature Experiences
  • Afternoon coffee at a historic café inside Grand Bazaar, a unique way to immerse in the local lifestyle
  • A mesmerising “Sema” (or whirling Sufi Dervishes) ceremony for a powerful spiritual experience
  • Home-cooking and dining with a Turkish family in Cappadocia
  Sightseeing
  • Istanbul: Explore the top highlights of the city on a guided exploration
  • Grand Bazaar: Experience daily Turkish life and traditions inside one of the largest and oldest markets in the world
  • Cappadocia: Visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli and the little-known village of Ayvalı
  • Göreme Open Air Museum: See Cappadocia’s most famous attraction and its spectacular examples of Byzantine art
  • Dervent: Let your imagination loose in the whimsical landscape of Dervent – the valley of “fairy chimneys”
  • Sultanhani: Step back in time on the silk road, inside this 13th century caravanserai
  • Mevlana Museum: Discover exquisite examples of Ottoman calligraphy and inscriptions
  • Hierapolis: Find the healing touch at this ancient Roman spa city with hot springs in use since the 2nd century BC
  • Ephesus: Visit the ancient roman port city, home to Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • The House of Virgin: See the place where St. Mary is believed to have lived
  • Ruins of Pergamon: Explore this ancient centre of learning, home to monumental temples, theatres, porticoes, gymnasium, altar and library
  • Ruins of Troy: Visit the city immortalised in Homer’s Iliad, where nine separate layers (periods) of history have been discovered
  Culinary
  • Giritli restaurant: Situated in the old city of Istanbul, the owner serves her family’s favourite Cretan dishes here, along with unique Turkish fare
  • Adabeyi Pier restaurant: Enjoy delectable seafood and stunning sunset views across the horizon
  • Cappadocia: Dine with a local village family and learn tips of Turkish cooking
Trip starts and ends at Istanbul
    • Start Date      End Date
    • Fri Dec 13      Sun Dec 22
    • Fri Jan 17      Sun Jan 26
    • Fri Feb 14      Sun Feb 23
    • Fri Mar 13      Sun Mar 22
Tour Cost
    • USD 1750 per adult on twin sharing basis
    • USD 2000 adult in single room
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