Highlights of Turkey 16 Days
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Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) is a UNESCO-listed museum that contains Ottoman and Byzantine works. From golden age of Byzantine, this once Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. Listen the history and examine the architecture displays with your professional guide.
Next stop is Topkapi Palace , the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day and also was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400years. Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court. It was centre of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school. The best artist and craftsman’s produced some of the finest work in the whole empire.
Then, make a visit to the Blue Mosque with six minarets, was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I and one of the best preserved and most significant examples of Ottoman architecture.
Continue to Istanbul Hippodrome where chariot races were held and also the centre of Byzantium’s life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400 years and has been the scene of countless political dramas.
Stop by Caferaga Medresesi, of foundation for serving Turkish Culture, also organises various workshop about handicrafts and music.
Then give a little break for lunch in a local restaurant with typical Turkish cuisine.
The next stop is the Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous bazaar around the world. Discover the bazaar with your guide and make some shopping. It is full with jewellery, leather and spices shops.
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) was built between 1597 and 1664, also it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. You can find exotic aromas and various spices. It contains fruit vegetable, flower and fish shops inside.
Rustem Pasha Mosque, for a tour. It was built by a famous Bosnian, Rüstem Pasha and designed by -one the most famous architect in history- Mimar Sinan. One of the most famous mosque in Istanbul for her interior design.
Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Also famous with the great collection of European antiquity. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in the palace and died there.
Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. Bosphorus Bridge, pass through the bridge and watch the beautiful view. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest bridge around the world. Don’t miss this unique chance to pass from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul city and Bosphorus.
Give a little break for lunch here and enjoy the view while you are eating your tasty meal.
Ortakoy, is a cosmopolitan area, bordering waters of the Bosphorus. Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews are leaving here. The neighbourhood hosts many different religious. It is also a popular spot for locals with art galleries, night clubs, and restaurants.
Ephesus, one of the world’s finest examples of a classical ancient city; You will have to see, Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site is one of the seven wonders of the old world; House of Virgin Mary, the spot is thought where she probably spent last years of her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIVth. Century A.D. has a unique architecture in many aspects. The antiquity will just embrace you peacefully.
Hierapolis is one of the sacred sites of Turkey. You will have chance to see the ruins of Hierapolis, Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Pamukkale Museum & The Travertines of Pamukkale.
Saklikent is located near Tauros mountains, between Fethiye and Kas for million of years. Located east of Esençay, Saklikent has been explored recently. People living in this region found Saklikent almost 20 years ago. Being the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey – 18 km’s long Saklıkent is housing a lot of visitors from all around the world. It is so narrow that the sun cannot penetrate the water, being deliciously icy-cold in the summer. Inside, limestone canyon walls, that is sculpted by water rise up above you. Saklikent is a Canyon which is absolutely beautiful, esoteric and fascinating. You can walk about a kilometer along the water to reach Saklikent. Choose your appropriate dress – you will get soaked, and don’t take your expensive unwaterproof cameras!Beaware to bring submersible shoes as you will sometimes be walking shallow water or mud. You can also rent or buy the platic shoes from the River Bar. Also the water will be over pne’s height after a while. You will meet the ca
Afterward, walk through Ihlara Valley for 4 km, watching very famous and interesting valley with many churches and underground caves.
Then visit a restaurant for a delicious, local, otantic Anatolian lunch.
Next stop is Belisirma Village. Although a small village, Belisirma is well known because of various ruins around it. The church ruins of Ala, Bezirhane, Karagedik and Direkli are Byzantine cave churches.
Then drive to Selime who has a breathtakingly beautiful and complex church compound cut into the rock.
South Cappadocia Tour final stop is Nar Lake, a volcanic crater lake, about 36 km southeast of Aksaray inCappadocia.
Afterward drop-off your hotel. Overnight Hotel
Pick up from your hotel at 09:30am and start our full day South Cappadocia tour. Start the day with a hike along the Red & Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. The valleys, with their fabulous volcanic rock formations, are in the heart of Cappadocia but well away from the mainstream tourist haunts. Our hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village, where we will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. The Kaymakli Underground City one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. This city is approximately 40m deep and contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) We will end the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley where we will have a spectacular view of dovecotes, old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar. When our tour finishes we transfer to your hotel.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Local guide
- Bus tickets
- Entrance fees
- Breakfast, Lunch
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drink, unless specified