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Turkey The Thrilling 2024
By Irfan BIYIK
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Turkey is a country that boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. A visit to this magnificent destination can take you on a journey from the vibrant streets of Istanbul to the tranquil beaches of the south. You can immerse yourself in the ancient ruins, savor the delectable Turkish cuisine, and relish the warm hospitality of the Turkish people. A trip to Turkey promises to be an unforgettable experience. First, start in Istanbul. ( If New York is a city that never sleeps, Istanbul never even takes a nap - you'll see! ). Next, fly to Ephesus and walk on the very streets where St. Paul, the Virgin Mary, Alexander the Great and, many Roman emperors once did. Then, drive to Bodrum, the queen of the Aegean to visit a wonderful castle which houses one of the best underwater archaeology museums in the world. Next, head for Pamukkale to see the white travertines and soak your feet in its spring waters with curative properties. Next, off to Fethiye and find yourself watching the phenomenal sunset over its otherworldly coves and islets. Then, head to Konya. With its wealth of cultural and historical importance, Konya is a city that holds a special place in the central Anatolian region. Next, drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It's a bustling and vibrant destination situated in the heart of the country. Its cultural history, stunning architecture, and lively markets make it a must-visit location for travelers. 

In a nutshell, Turkey is always ready to welcome you, guaranteeing you'll have a terrific time as many have...

DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

Check into the hotel  and relax

DAY 2 ISTANBUL / EPHESUS

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 iconic Hagia Sophia, 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. Then, see the15th century Topkapi Palace from which the Ottoman Empire was ruled for 400 years. Late in the afternoon, we are off to the airport for our an hour flight to Izmir. 

 

DAY 3 EPHESUS / BODRUM

This morning, we depart to visit Ephesus, the largest archeological site in Turkey. First founded around 2000 BC, Ephesus is one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities with its Great Theater, Terrace Houses, elaborate water systems and beautiful mosaics. Following lunch, we are departing for Bodrum, located on the spectacular Aegean coast. 

 

DAY 4 BODRUM / FETHIYE

This morning, we'll enjoy strolling along the beautiful town of Bodrum and 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 most found in the Aegean and Mediterranean. In the afternoon, we'll drive to Fethiye, a true paradise for cruising. Depending on the weather, accommodation may be in a resort or on a boat.

DAY 5 FETHIYE

Enjoy the spectacular Aegean Sea touring around the little islands.

 

DAY 6 FETHIYE / PAMUKKALE 

Today, we depart for the UNESCO-listed spa town of Pamukkale, best known for its healing waters since Roman times. We'll first walk through the ancient city of Hierapolis, where you can explore the ruins of once the thriving city of the Romans.  Afterward, head to the famous white terraces of Pamukkale, where you can soak in the warm mineral waters and take in the stunning views.

DAY 7 FETHIYE / KONYA

Following breakfast, drive to Konya. As the 5th largest city in Turkey, Konya is rich in history and culture, so famous for its local cuisine, such as the Konya etli ekmek, a delicious meat and bread dish.

 

DAY 8 KONYA / CAPPADOCIA

Today, depart for Cappadocia to discover the surreal volcanic moonscape. Whittled into unique formations by wind and rain over millions of years. During our visit over this vast region, you'll understand what really happened here in the course of centuries.  In the 3rd century, for instance, Christians fleeing Roman persecution lived in churches and villages entirely carved into the volcanic rocks…

 

DAY 9 CAPPADOCIA

Depart hotel to take photos at the best vantage points such as Uchisar and then visit the deep underground city of Kaymakli, dating back to the era of the Hittites. The underground city is a fascinating historical site located in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. This ancient city was carved out of volcanic rock and visitors can explore the intricate network of tunnels, rooms, and passages that make up this unique place.

 

DAY 10 CAPPADOCIA / ANKARA

This morning, we're heading for Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It is a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture, Ankara is a must-visit destination for any traveler. Here, we visit the Ankara Castle, a historical landmark that has stood the test of time. Located in the heart of the capital, it offers visitors a glimpse into the country's rich past. 

DAY 11 ISTANBUL

Today we are flying back to Istanbul and 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.

 

DAY 12 ISTANBUL

Free time until dinner.

 

DAY 13 DEPARTURE

 

Transfer to Airport

 

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

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  • 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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