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TURKEY by Irfan Biyik Discovery Tours 

Specializing in Turkey and World's Top Destinations

USD 3,999

 

Istanbul

The Blue Mosque

Hagia Sophia

Topkapi palace

The Bosphorus

 

Pamukkale

Hierapolis

The White Travertines 

Cappadocia

Goreme Open Air Museum

Underground City

Fairy Chimneys

Cave Dwellings

 

Bodrum

The Castle of the Knights

 

 

Antalya

Aspendos Theatre

Old city

 

Ephesus

The Antique City

The Great Theater

 

ITINERARY

 

APRIL 01 ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL

 

Welcome to Istanbul. Check in the hotel and relax until welcome dinner in town

 

APRIL 02 ISTANBUL  / CAPPADOCIA ( Approx. 1 hour 15 min flight )

 

Today we get over jet lag by spending an exciting day seeing the many sites of the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. Highlights will include the Blue Mosque, or Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I, one of the biggest mosques in the world whose 17th century blue tiles and 6 minarets help shape the skyline of Istanbul; the iconic HagiaSophia, built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century and converted to a mosque some 900 years later; and the Hippodrome, which was the former center of coronations and chariot races in what was then Constantinople. Late in the afternoon,  we are off to the airport for our an hour and fifteen minute flight to Cappadocia and check in to our cave ! Yes, Cave !

 

APRIL 03 CAPPADOCIA

 

This morning, we depart our hotel to discover Cappadocia's surreal volcanic moonscape, whittled into unique formations by wind and rain over millions of years. In the third century, Christians fleeing Roman persecution carved churches and entire villages into niches in the volcanic tuff. We will tour the Goreme Open Air Museum, a vast monastic complex of frescoed medieval cave churches cut into the tuff and the four-story deep underground city of Kaymakli, dating back to the era of the Hittites.

 

 

APRIL 04 CAPPADOCIA / ANTALYA  (  534 Km )

 

Today we leave the hotel for Antalya. En route, we'll visit the 13th century roadside inn SULTANHAN where once traders travelling on camel back used to be accommodated then continue on to Antalya to see the best preserved Roman Theatre in the world dating back to the 2nd century.

APRIL 05 ANTALYA

 

Today, we head to Antalya's old town to discover its little, winding streets which house some great Roman and Selcuk Empire buildings.The city is the provincial capital of the Mediterranean region and due to its great climate and crystal clear waters, it is one of the top destinations in the world and rightfully deserves to be one! . In the afternoon, we are back to the hotel and you are free to enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean see.

DAY 06 ANTALYA / PAMUKKALE ( 240 Km )

 

Today our departure is for the UNESCO spa town of Pamukkale best known for its healing waters since Roman times. The white terraces formed by its mineral waters attract visitors from all corners of the world. 

 

APRIL 07 PAMUKKALE / BODRUM ( 246 Km / Approx. 2,5 hours )

 

This morning we head for Bodrum located on the spectacular Aegean coast, here we'll visit the Castle of St. Peter, a 15th century crusader fortress that now houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology to see its impressive collection of items excavated from ancient shipwrecks found along the Turkish coast.

 

APRIL 08 BODRUM / EPHESUS, IZMIR ( 171 km  )

 

Today, following a three hour drive, we are arriving at Ephesus, the largest archeological site in Turkey. First founded around 2000 BC, Ephesus was once home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities with its Great Theater and Terrace Houses and elaborate water systems and beautiful mosaics. 

 

APRIL 09 IZMIR TO ISTANBUL ( Approx.  1 hour by flight )

 

Today we are off to the Izmir Airport to fly back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, we drive to see the 15 th century Topkapi Palace from which the Ottoman Empire was ruled for 400 years and then walk to the Grand Bazaar to see thousands of shops within one covered market. Late in the afternoon, we'll be heading to the pier to cruise along the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia. During the private boat ride you'll be seeing great Ottoman Palaces and some of the most luxurious and expensive houses in the world. Farewel Dinner in the evening.

APRIL 10 DEPART

 

Private transfer to the Istanbul International Airport.

 

COST : USD 3,999

 

Includes :
Private Transportation, Private Guiding, Entrance fees, Breakfasts & Dinners, Domestic flights
 
Excludes : 
International Flights, Drinks, Lunches

Hotels : ( For details please click on the hotel names below. The hotels could be replaced by the same or upper category  ones )

http://www.stregisistanbul.com  ( or similar )

 

http://www.yunak.com ( or similar )

https://www.themarmarahotels.com/the-marmara-antalya-hotel.aspx ( or similar )

http://www.colossaehotel.com ( or similar )

http://www.themarmarahotels.com/the-marmara-bodrum-hotel.aspx ( or similar )

https://www.charismahotel.com ( or similar )

 

    IRFAN  BIYIK STYLE OF TRAVEL

 

  • Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers

  • Accommodation in the very best luxury hotels

  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations 

  • Tailor made itineraries that perfectly fit your preferences, interests and schedule

  • Upgrades

  • VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations, performance tickets, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, top restaurant reservations, private airport transfers, internal transportation

  • Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip

  • Unique, insider travel experiences and access to Irfan Biyik network of experts around the world

 

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Irfan BIYIK Has Got Plenty.

Let him know!

Address : Yediemirler Sk 64 Fatih 34240 ISTANBUL / TURKEY

Tel:  +905323116144

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