TURKEY in 15 Days / 14 Nights


TURKEY in 15 Days / 14 Nights

 

Destination: Turkey

Trip Type: Romantic


Quotation Price:
 1,390 USD/person

 
Inclusions (all included in the package price)

Breakfast 
Lunch (All lunches during full day tours) 
English Speaking Guides 
Entrance fee/Museum charges 
Government Taxes/VAT/ Service Charges 
Sightseeing / Tours / Excursions (All excursions including entrance to all museums, etc. as per itinerary) 
Transfers (Private transfers in VIP AC Car
Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Cappadocia
Private airport-hotel transfers in Izmir ( Kusadasi)
Private hotel-airport transfers in Antalya  
Private airport-hotel and hotel - airport transfers in Istanbul
Tour transfers- seat in coach , special AC Non-smoking tour buses
Intercity transport from Pamukkale to Antalya

Regular SIC tours

            1 Full day Tour of Oldcity Istanbul and Topkapi Palace
            1 Full day Tours in Cappadocia and Goreme Open Air museum
            1 Full day Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis
            1 Full day Tour of Ephesus and House of St. Mary
            1 Full day Tour of Demre, Myra and the Sunken City of Kekova, Antalya
            1 Full-Day Tour of Perge, Side, Aspendos in Antalya
            1 Full day Tour of Bursa and Mount Uludag
            1 Full day Tour of Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

Airport Transfer: Arrival

            Private airport-hotel transfers in Cappadocia 
            Private airport-hotel transfers in Kusadasi (Izmir)
            Private airport-hotel transfers in Istanbul

Airport Transfer: Departure

            Private hotel-airport transfers in Kayseri 
            Private hotel-airport transfers in Antalya 
            Private hotel-airport transfers in Istanbul

Other Inclusions

            Accommodation at 4* hotels 
            Domestic Flights 
            Hotel pickups and drop-off during tours and excursions 


Exclusions

International Flights 

Visa 
Private Tours 
Other Exclusions
            Lunches and dinners (except the meals stated above), 
            Drinks with meals 
            Personal expenses, extra expenses at the hotels 
            Tips to the guide and driver 
Extra Tours
            Dinner Cruise and Bosphorus by Night - 75 USD/adult
            Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia - 135 USD/adult
            Half day Tour of Golden Horn, Eyup Sultan Mosque and Miniaturk- 35 USD/adult

 


Day 1 : ISTANBUL ( Inbound international flight to Istanbul) ( Extra- Dinner Cruise and Bosphorus by Night)
Arrive Istanbul Airport. Following the passport control and customs, meet and greet by our representative at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel. Free rest of the day. Overnight at your hotel.
In the evening you may join an extra Dinner Cruise and Bosphorus by Night- Watching one of the best silhouettes in the world with Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the Leander's Tower will be your exceptional experience to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face…Dinner with a rich variety of specialties from the Turkish and international cuisine including unlimited local drinks on board of a Bosphorus yacht. Belly Dancers and Folklore Show will accompany your dinner program of unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise. You will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight

Day 2 : ISTANBUL (Full day Tour of Old City Istanbul and Topkapi Palace) (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a full day tour of Old City Istanbul and Topkapi Palace. Meet you guide at the reception and drive to the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantian and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Visits will start with the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.  Then visit The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, displaying art collection from different civilizations of Anatolia. Continue with the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque), famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and then Saint Sophia (Aya Sofya), primarily a church – turned mosque – turned museum, which takes the breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and magnificent dome, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Exploration of Istanbul's treasures continues with the visit to the bustling Grand Bazaar (Covered bazaar - Kapalicarsi), biggest “souk” in the World with its more than 4000 shops and stalls. Enjoy shopping for almost anything (jewelry, antiques, carpets, textile, garments, spices, souvenirs, etc.).
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. Following the lunch afternoon visits will continue with the spectacular Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans. Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands the views of the Sea of Marmara, The Bosporus, and the Golden Horn. It was the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire for many centuries (1453-1852). Visit the extravagant Imperial Treasury, Sacred Islamic Relics of Prophet Mohammed, Sultan Portraits, Imperial Kitchen, where up to 800 cooks prepared as many as 6,000 meals a day with valuable collection of golden dining sets, the priceless Chinese and Japanese porcelain, Weapons and Armors Section, Calligraphy Section, and the Imperial Harem ( extra) encompassing more than 400 rooms … Tour will continue with the Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 3 : ISTANBUL (Free day) (Domestic Flight to Kayseri) / KAYSERI / CAPPADOCIA
A free day in Istanbul to explore the city highlights on your own. In the afternoon private transfer to Ataturk Airport for your flight to Kayseri. Fly to Kayseri. Arrive Kayseri and meet and greet by our transferman at the airport. Private transfer to Cappadocia with VIP AC minivan to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel

Day 4 : CAPPADOCIA (Hot Air Balloon Tour-extra) (Full day tour of Underground City and Ihlara Valley) (B,L)
If interested extra Hot Air Balloon tour will be the start of your day in Cappadocia. A very early wake up for your balloon tour before sunrise. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the take off site. Snacks and beverage service before the flight. Charmed with incredible panoramic views of the Cappadocia, the stunning volcanic rock formations as you fly up approximately 500-1000m. above the ground. The flight takes between 45-65 minutes. Receive your flight certificate after landing. Transfer to your hotel.
Your daily program begins after breakfast. The visits will begin with the underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu which are refuges carved out in the early Christian Era as safe-heavens from persecutors. Then continue with the Ihlara Valley, famous for its churches decorated with frescoes with a unique style and furthermore its landscape of the canyon... The next visit will be to Avanos which is world famous with pottery making. Return to hotel and overnight

Day 5 : CAPPADOCIA ( Full day Excursions in Cappadocia , Uchisar , Goreme Open Air Museums Tour) (B,L)
After the breakfast our excursions will start with full day tour of Cappadocia where the sights of the Fairy Chimneys are phenomenal especially when seen for the first time. The natural wonder of Cappadocia is a result of volcanic deposits being eroded away by wind and water over millions of years. These soft rocks were hollowed out by early Christians and used as secret dwellings as they were being sought first by their Roman and later by Byzantine persecutors. We will also visit many churches that have been decorated with vivid frescoes which have withstood the corrosive effects of time. The excursions will start with the natural citadel of Uchisar which will enable you to get a panoramic view of the region. And then the Goreme Valley which is the highlight of the day. This valley houses, the Goreme Open Air Museum with its churches hewn out of rock and the colorful frescoes which decorate them. The next stop is Zelve and the caves of this ancient village continuing with the Cavusin Village. Following the tour return to your hotel. Overnight

Day 6 : CAPPADOCIA / KAYSERI ( Domestic Flight to Izmir) / IZMIR / KUSADASI (B)
After the breakfast free till you meet the transferman at your hotel for a private transfer to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Izmir (Kusadasi). Fly to Izmir. Arrive Izmir, and meet our transferman at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel. Free rest of the day. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 7 : KUSADASI / SELCUK ( Tour of Ephesus and House of St. Mary) / KUSADASI (B,L)
After breakfast depart for Selcuk for a full day excursions to town of Selcuk and ancient city of Ephesus. First visit the Basilica of St. John, who came here with the Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel. To the southwest of the Basilica stands the Isa Bey Mosque and further in the same direction Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. We will also visit the Museum of Selcuk. Close by is the House of the Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last years. On August 18th. 1961. Pope John XXII proclaimed the House of Virgin Mary at Ephesus to be sacred. You will have a chance to take some of Holy Water from the Sacred Spring. Transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight

Day 8 : KUSADASI ( depart in the morning drive to Pamukkale) / DENIZLI / PAMUKKALE ( Tour of Hierapolis) (B,L)
After the breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and depart for Denizli (Pamukkale). Drive to Denizli and in about 3-3,5 hours arrive Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) where thermal spring waters laden with calcareous salts running off the plateau edge have formed dazzling white travertine cliffs. Continue with the Tour of Hierapolis where the Romans founded a therapy center. The thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 B.C and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Highlights include the Roman Baths, the Temple of Apollo and the Nymphaeum... Following the tour and excursions transfer to your hotel. This evening you will relax in the hot springs at the hotel. Overnight

Day 9: PAMUKKALE (drive to Antalya) / ANTALYA (B)
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel meet the transferman for your transportation to Antalya. Drive to the south to Antalya, the most famous resort city in Turkey on the Mediterranean. Arrive Antalya to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight.

Day 10: ANTALYA (Full day tour of Demre, Myra and the Sunken City of Kekova) ( B,L)
After the breakfast you will join a full day tour which will open you the pages of Anatolian history while visiting the ancient city of Myra, the church of St. Nicholas in Demre, and Kekova Sunken City on Kekova Island. Discover the stunning Demre district on the Turkish Riviera and enjoy a boat trip to the sunken island of Kekova. All these ancient places are situated in most beautiful locations of present Antalya province. Starting with the fascinating boat trip to Kekova sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century, then explore the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena (Kalekoy), and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa (Ucagiz). Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. Lunch at a local restaurant will be followed with the visits to an ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. Our tour finishes after visiting the church of St. Nicholas in Demre city which is very famous all over the world as a place of pilgrimage to St. Nicholas. Return to Antalya to your hotel and overnight

Day 11 : ANTALYA (Full day tour of Perge, Aspendos, Side) ( B,L)
After the breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day tour starting with the drive to Perge. This ancient city’s history dates back to 1000 BC. St. Paul and St. Barnabas stayed and preached in the city during their journey through Asia Minor. The tour of Perge will include the Theatre, the Roman Stadium, the Hellenistic Gate, Baths, Basilica and the Acropolis. You’ll continue with visits to Aspendos, with its best preserved ancient theatre (for 30.000 pax) in Turkey, The tour of the city will include the Gymnasium, the Ancient Baths, the best preserved Roman Theatre, the Acropolis and the Agora. After the Manavgat Waterfall, the last stop is Side meaning “pomegranate”, dating from 7th century B.C. union of ancient & modern cities and Perge; the most important Pamphilian city especially famous with its city walls and stadium The tour will include the Hellenistic Walls, the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, Basilicas, Baths, the Aqueducts and the Museum. Return to Antalya to your hotel and overnight.

Day 12 : ANTALYA ( domestic flight to Istanbul) / ISTANBUL ( extra- Half day Tour of Golden Horn, Eyup Sultan Mosque and Miniaturk) (B)
After the breakfast meet the transferman for your flight to Istanbul. Private transfer to Antalya Airport. Fly to Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul Ataturk Airport and meet our transferman and transfer to your hotel. Free in the afternoon to explore the city highlights. Overnight.
If you are interested you may join an extra Half day Tour of Golden Horn, Eyup Sultan Mosque, Pierre Loti Coffee House and Miniaturk in the Afternoon.
Tour will start with the visits to Eyup Sultan Mosque and his Tomb, one of the most sacred sites in Istanbul where thousands of faithful people visit every day. Eyup-El-Ensari was the flag bearer of Prophet Mohammed and died here during the Arabic siege of the city in the 7th century. The old trees, pigeons, praying believers and the visiting crowd create a mystical and colorful atmosphere around the mosque. Then, take the cable car to Pierre Loti Coffee House named after the French author and poet who was very fond of Istanbul and wrote as he sat in this coffee house which is located on a hill among beautiful trees where you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Golden Horn. Have a coffee or tea with snacks while enjoying the view. Later visit the favorite site for children, Miniaturk, “a story land”, the most influencing open field miniature park exhibiting scaled models of the most known masterpieces which create a fairy tale environment of Istanbul, Anatolia and the former Ottoman territories. It reflects the revival of Turkish culture and history in all its magnificence. Countless human figure models situated throughout the park such as a railroad worker, Muslims in a mosque courtyard, Jews praying in a synagogue, flower seller, etc., portray lifestyle of the society through ages. You will mostly enjoy the colorful shopping center where you may find the best souvenirs from Istanbul. Return to hotel and overnight

Day 13 : ISTANBUL / BURSA ( Full day Tour to Bursa and Mount Uludag) / ISTANBUL (B,L)
After the breakfast Tour of Bursa (former capital of Ottoman Empire before Istanbul) will follow. Drive to the port for ferryboat to Yalova. Arrive Yalova and drive to Bursa enjoying the lovely countryside. Arrive to Bursa, one of the most visited tourist sites in Turkey. Lunch at a known local restaurant will be the famous “Kebab of Alexander The Great“. Drive to the 600 years survivor Inkaya Plane Tree and coffee break on the way to Uludag. Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by cable car (if the weather conditions are inconvenient and Uludag is cancelled, extra sightseeing in Bursa will be supplemented), visits to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight

Day 14 : ISTANBUL (Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour) (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel.  Pickup from your hotel and drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 km. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Pass by Golden Horn, a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines, the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other minorities. Continue to your excursions with the Spice Bazaar full of mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, etc. Tour will proceed by a memorable boat trip on the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residents and luxurious apartments. While passing by, vision the Imperial Gardens of Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace from the sea. Disembark at Rumeli Fortress (no interior visit), where you will have a lunch.
Afternoon visits will start with the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace, on the Bosphorus, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Built in Turkish Renaissance style between 1843 and 1856, the palace has 285 rooms, 46 halls, four grand salons, six galleries and six baths, famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Then, drive through the Bosphorus Bridge and pass between continents, a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in minutes. See Istanbul from Camlica Hill exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 15 : ISTANBUL ( Free day / Homebound International Flight) (B)
After breakfast, free till you meet the transferman at your hotel. If you have a late evening flight you will have the chance to self explore the beauties and treasures of the city. You may stroll around in the city on your own interests... May spare some time for shopping. Visit Grand Bazaar and / or Spice Bazaar for your last shoppings. Drive to Taksim Square and to Nisantasi area to visit some international boutiques, modern and deluxe malls. Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. Return to hotel and meet your transferman for your private transfer to the airport. Fly back to home with pleasant and unforgettable memories…Thank you for your preference of N&M Tourism and Travel services.

 
Hotel Details: 

Night 1,2, Best Western Plus President Hotel 4*, Istanbul,
Booking.com Rating: 8.5 Very Good
Room Type: Standard
Hotel is located in the heart of Istanbul, 100 meters from the Grand Bazaar, very close to the main tourist attractions (Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque) in the Old City Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Area within walking distance. Sultanahmet (the old city)700 m where the Grand Bazaar ( Kapali Carsi) is around 100 m. and the Eqyptian Bazaar(Spice Bazaar) is1,3 km from the hotel. Taksim Area is about 7 km. and Ataturk Airport is 15 km. from the hotel.
Hotel's soundproofed rooms are equipped with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, safe box and private bathrooms. Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace.
Web site: http://www.bestwestern.com.tr/en/hotels/best-western-plus-the-president-hotel-istanbul-78001?iata=00167570&gclid=CL3V56iUwtQCFQmdGwodGzkN0g  

Night 3,4,5, Cappadocia Inn Hotel 5*, Cappadocia,
Booking.com Rating: 9.3 Wonderful
Room Type: Superior Cave Room
Located in Goreme National Park, across Kizil Valley, Love Valley and Zemi Valley are both within walking distance... Built in, the hotel offers a terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding area, a large garden and stone or cave rooms. The rooms of Cappadocia Inn Hotel include air conditioning, electric kettle and a minibar. All rooms are soundproofed and free Wi-Fi is available. There is also a spa bath or a private hammam in some rooms.
Web site: http://www.cappadociainn.com/

Night 6,7, Charisma De Luxe Hotel 5*, Kusadasi,
Booking.com Rating: 7.8.Very Good
Room type. Standard (sea view)
One of our top picks in Kusadasi. Featuring a 60 m private beach, the 5-star Charisma offers an infinity pool with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. It is a 15-minute walk from Kusadasi shopping and entertainment area, located 20 km from Ephesus and 45 km from Miletus and Priene. All standard rooms have a sea-view balcony and spa bath. LCD TV with satellite channels, and a minibar is standard for each room type. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel’s public areas. Relaxation options at the Charisma De Luxe Hotel include a heated indoor pool with a Turkish bath, sauna and a beauty centre. Water sports and a diving centre are available at the hotel’s beach.
Web site: https://www.charismahotel.com/

Night 8, Ninova Thermal & Spa Hotel 4*, Pamukkale,
Booking.com rating: 8.2 Very Good
Located in ancient city of Karahayit, Pamukkale, hosting guests in tranquil of nature and in comfort. The air-conditioned rooms of the property are tastefully decorated with colorful beddings and carpets. They all feature balconies, a flat-screen TV, minibar, a safe and an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower, with bath robes, slippers, hair dryer and free toiletries provided. Hotel offers an outdoor pool, a thermal outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a thermal indoor pool, and a modern on-site spa centre including a hammam, steam room, sauna and massage treatments. Hotel is surrounded by the green hills of Pamukkale and is a 1-hour drive from Denizli Airport. Travertines are 5 km away.
Web site: http://www.ninovathermal.com/EN/index.php

Night 9,10,11, Alp Pasa Hotel 4*,Antalya
A stylish retreat converted from an old Ottoman mansion in the Old Town (Kaleici) in a unique quarter at the heart of the city of Antalya located right next to the most important historical, entertainment and shopping venues. The hotel building dates back to the 18th century, featuring unique historical architecture in harmony with luxurious details. Surrounded by verdant gardens and historical mansions, within walking distance to marina, beach, city centre and shopping malls and only within 100 meters to the famous Hadrian’s Gate (Uckapilar) perhaps the most attractive spot of Antalya.
Ornamented with an interior design loyal to the Ottoman spirit, property expresses style and luxury not only in details but in each and every corner, with its rooms decorated in Ottoman style, a mystical restaurant where masonry is delicately expressed and an outdoor museum where historical remains were unearthed during the renovation works. The hotel features a courtyard ornamented with authentic mosaic stones, a sunbathing terrace and swimming pool.
Hotel is only 12 km from Antalya International Airport, and in close proximity to the ancient harbour, Antalya Cultural Center and so many other attractions.
Web site: http://www.alppasa.com/en/index.asp    

Night 12,13,14, Best Western Plus President Hotel 4*, Istanbul,
Booking.com Rating: 8.5 Very Good
Room Type: Standard
Hotel is located in the heart of Istanbul, 100 meters from the Grand Bazaar, very close to the main tourist attractions (Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque) in the Old City Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Area within walking distance. Sultanahmet (the old city)700 m where the Grand Bazaar ( Kapali Carsi) is around 100 m. and the Eqyptian Bazaar(Spice Bazaar) is1,3 km from the hotel. Taksim Area is about 7 km. and Ataturk Airport is 15 km. from the hotel.
Hotel's soundproofed rooms are equipped with air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, safe box and private bathrooms. Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace.
Web site: http://www.bestwestern.com.tr/en/hotels/best-western-plus-the-president-hotel-istanbul-78001?iata=00167570&gclid=CL3V56iUwtQCFQmdGwodGzkN0g  

Flight Details

International Flights (not included in the quoted price)

Domestic Flights (included in the quoted price) 
Istanbul / Kayseri (Cappadocia) 
Kayseri (Cappadocia) / Izmir (Kusadasi)
Antalya / Istanbul

Cab Details

Private transfers in VIP AC Car

Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Cappadocia 
Private airport-hotel transfers in Izmir ( Kusadasi)

Private hotel-airport transfers in Antalya 
Private airport-hotel and hotel - airport transfers in Istanbul 
Tour transfers- seat in coach , special AC Non-smoking tour buses 
Intercity transport from Pamukkale to Antalya 

 

Terms & Conditions:

Payment:
       30 % Advance Payment is required with booking (non refundable)
       70 % Payment prior to 30 days from tour starting date.

Cancellations (for refundable part):
     100 % refund prior to last 21 days to tour starting date
       50 % refund prior to last 15 days to tour starting date
     Non refundable within 15 days to tour starting date