Turkey also referred to as Türkiye, is a nation with a distinctive geographic setting because it is split between Asia and Europe. It has acted as a barrier and a bridge between the two continents throughout its history. Because of its historical, cultural, and Mediterranean-style landmarks, Turkey is a well-liked travel destination. Istanbul, the most visited tourist destination in Turkey, is divided into regions built in both Europe and Asia by the Bosphorus Strait. The majestic Kaçkar Mountains and the serene Turkish Riviera coastlines are just two examples of Turkey’s natural beauty and landscapes, which are also major tourist draws due to the country’s transcontinental location. Travellers can embark on an educational journey through Turkey’s captivating wonders with the help of Tripfinder’s comprehensive itinerary, which offers a seamless fusion of cultural experiences, historical sites, and breathtaking natural beauty.
An enchanting Evening Bosphorus Cruise with a sumptuous dinner and mesmerising Turkish folkloric performances kicks off the tour in Istanbul. The Maiden’s Tower, Ortakoy Mosque, and other illuminated landmarks can be seen from the cruise as it meanders along the Bosphorus Strait. Once in Bursa, visitors can take a full-day cable car tour to explore the city’s historical sites, such as the Green Mosque and Silk House, and to take in the expansive views.
A fascinating full-day Ottoman and Byzantine Relics Tour allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in Istanbul’s fascinating history after returning to the city. The tour includes stops at famous sites like the famed Hagia Sophia and the bustling Grand Bazaar, providing a window into the city’s rich cultural heritage. Adventurers continue their journey to Cappadocia, where the Full Day Highlights Cappadocia Tour is waiting for them. This tour offers a truly exceptional chance to discover the area’s extraordinary rock formations, prehistoric cave settlements, and captivating underground city, creating an unforgettable experience of this magical place. Continuing to Kusadasi, the tour unveils the renowned Pamukkale terraces and the ancient city of Hierapolis during the Full Day Pamukkale Hierapolis Tour. The journey concludes in Kusadasi with the Full Day Ephesus City Tour, featuring the House of the Virgin Mary and the majestic Ephesus ruins, including the Great Theatre. Overall, this thoughtfully crafted itinerary promises an unforgettable experience of Turkey’s diverse offerings, leaving travellers with cherished memories of their immersive Turkish adventure.
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|Child (6 - 11yr)||د.إ 5,290.00|
|Child (2 - 5yr)||د.إ 4,890.00|
Arrive in Istanbul, be met and greeted by a representative, and transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Istanbul, Turkey’s Evening Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Folkloric Show, is a well-liked tourist attraction. It offers an unforgettable experience where you can enjoy a delicious dinner on board, be entertained by a traditional Turkish folkloric show, and explore the beauty of the Bosphorus Strait, a natural waterway that divides Europe and Asia.
Typically, the evening begins with hotel pickup and transportation to the cruise ship terminal. You will be given a welcome drink once you get on the boat to get the evening started. You will have the chance to take in the stunning sights of historic sites like Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, Maiden’s Tower, and the Bosphorus Bridge as the cruise departs, all of which are tastefully lit up at night.
Dolmabahçe Palace: Dolmabahçe Palace, Turkey’s largest mono-block palace, is a significant historical landmark dating back to the Ottoman Empire Era. It was commissioned in 1843 and boasted an opulent European-style design, including the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers. The palace’s famous Crystal Staircase, shaped like a double horseshoe, is built of Baccarat crystal, brass, and mahogany.
Ortakoy Mosque: The Ortaköy Mosque, built in 1853–56 by Sultan Abdülmecid I, is an Ottoman Baroque-style mosque with a central domed building and elegant minarets. Its marble-panelled prayer hall, and crystal chandeliers resemble a baroque castle, with large windows capturing sunlight’s effects. The mosque features beautiful calligraphy by Abdülmecid, a master of Arabic writing. The view of the prayer house from the Bosphorus Bridge is a classic and fantastic photo opportunity.
Rumeli Fortress: On the European side of the Strait, the Rumeli Fortress is located in the centre. Built-in 1451 as part of Sultan Mehmet’s plans to annex Byzantine Constantinopolis, it later served as an Ottoman stronghold to guard the Strait and as a jail.
Maiden’s Tower: An Ottoman tower known as Maiden’s Tower (Turkish: Kz Kulesi) is located on a tiny island in the. It is a famous landmark of contemporary Istanbul and offers a breathtaking vista of the entire city. The site of the tower has a very long history because of its advantageous location close to the entrance of the Bosphorus.
Bosphorus Bridge: The Bosphorus Bridge, at 1560 metres long when it first opened in 1973, was the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world and the first to link Europe and Asia since a bridge spanning the Dardanelles in 480 B.C. The 21st-longest suspension bridge in the world as of right now.:
The dinner features a wide variety of Turkish dishes, including starters, entrées, and desserts. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased for extra money. Please double-check the package’s specific inclusions before booking.
You will be kept entertained throughout the evening by an enthralling folkloric performance that features traditional dances, belly dancing, live music, and other aspects of Turkish culture. You might even be asked to take part in some of the dances if you’re lucky.
The cruise will eventually make its way back to where it started, and you will then be driven back to your hotel. This unique experience provides a breathtaking and romantic backdrop that you will remember for years to come, as well as an insight into Istanbul’s rich history and culture. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. The Bursa tour is a full-day excursion that begins with a ferry ride across the Izmit Gulf, where you can take in the scenery and the fresh air. A visit to Yalova City for an exhilarating safari tour is the next stop on the tour (optional). It is best known for the nearby spa resort at Termal, which is a preferred summer getaway for Istanbul residents. The town itself is largely modern.
The Turkish Delights Factory in Bursa will be your next stop, where you can sample and buy authentic Turkish sweets. Additionally, you will see the Inkaya tree, a more than 650-year-old natural monument. Inkaya Tarihi Cinar, Turkey’s largest memorial plane tree, is famous for its legendary story of the Weeping Sycamore. The tree, 37 metres tall, tells the story of a Turkish man and a Greek woman’s love story, which was witnessed by the tree’s sap. The memorial plane also features a cafe for refreshments.
A natural bee house on a mountain is the next stop on the tour, where you can observe bees in their natural habitat and discover more about beekeeping in Turkey. On top of the mountain, lunch will be served. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike can enjoy a tasty mixed grill.
The Uluda Mountain Ski Centre, one of the most well-known ski resorts in Europe, is the next stop on the tour. You can ride the cable car to the mountain’s peak while taking in the stunning scenery and clean mountain air.
You will finish the day by learning about Bursa’s rich history and culture by touring the historic Green Mosque, Green Tomb, Silk House, and an old Turkish Bath. Overall, the Bursa tour provides a wide variety of experiences and activities, making it the ideal day trip for tourists in Turkey.
The Osmangazi Bridge can be used by the agency in cases of heavy traffic in place of the ferry. Overnight stay in the hotel in Istanbul.
DAY 3: A FULL-DAY OTTOMAN AND BYZANTINE RELCS TOUR WITH LUNCH
Breakfast at the hotel: Guests are picked up and taken to the Sultanahmet neighbourhood, the city’s oldest and most historic area. The Hagia Sophia will be our first stop of the day as our tour guide describes the significance of this enormous structure that has served as a mosque, a museum, a church, and now a mosque.
Hagia Sophia, built between 532 and 537, was the principal church of the Byzantine Empire in Constantinople and a mosque after the Ottoman Empire conquered the city in 1453. It features a 107-foot diameter central dome supported by four pendentives, making it the second-largest pendentive dome in the world.
Before arriving at the Blue Mosque, we will first pass by the Hippodrome of Constantinople, where we will see the magnificent obelisk. We should make sure to get pictures of the inside and outside of this magnificent structure.
The Hippodrome of Constantinople, located in Sultanahmet/Istanbul, was a public arena for chariot races and various events during the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods. It was built by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in 203 CE and expanded in 330 CE. Constantine, I enlarged the Hippodrome and connected it to the Great Palace of Constantinople, now under the Blue Mosque.
The Grand Bazaar, a sizable, bustling complex where you can find clothing, home goods, food, and more, will be our next stop. We will pass by additional historical sites en route to the bazaar, including the Sultan Ahmet I Tomb, the Firuz Aga Mosque, and the exterior of the Mehmed II Tomb.
Following our tour of the Grand Bazaar, we’ll stop briefly for lunch. We will go to Topkapi Palace in the afternoon, which served as the Ottoman sultans’ main residence for almost 400 years.
Topkapı Palace, built between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, served as the residence of Ottoman sultans and the administrative and educational centre of the state until the mid-19th century. Despite being inadequate for state ceremonies, the palace preserved royal treasures, Holy Relics, and imperial archives. After the Ottoman monarchy’s abolishment in 1922, Topkapı was converted into a museum on April 3, 1924, under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s order.
After the historical views, visitors are then taken back to their hotels.
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO IST/SAW ARPORT FOR FLGHT TO CAPPADOCA. OVERNGHT AT CAPPADOCA.
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and fly to Cappadocia. On arrival, check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free for Leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be met at the airport arrival gate and assisted with transportation to the meeting location in Cappadocia to begin the tour. Derwent Valley will mark the beginning of an impressive day. Then we continue with the Pasabag “fairy chimneys,” where you can sense their mystique. At the Avanos Terracotta Art Centre, we’ll take a break. The ceramic from the region, which dates to 3000 BC, has persisted through the ages. A trip to the ceramic and tile centre to observe the handmade creation of ceramics.
We go to the renowned Goreme Open Air Museum after lunch to view the best examples of Cappadocian icons. Stables, churches, and monasteries have been carved out of soft rocks in Cappadocia. A trip to the carpet cooperative to observe the manual creation of Turkish carpets. We’ll take advantage of the sunny day by gazing out towards the Goreme Valley from the base of the Uchisar Rock Castle.
The Kaymakli Underground Ancient City, which dates back to the Hittites and was used by the early Christians, is where the tour comes to a close.
Kaymakli Underground City, the largest excavated city in Cappadocia and one of the most incredible places to visit in Cappadocia dates back to the Hittites and Phrygians Period in 3000 B.C. It is now a carefully guarded UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can still see stables, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and other rooms in the specially constructed underground city that early Christians used to hide from Roman pressure and to save their lives during the war. At least 3,500 people are thought to have resided here in earlier times. There are eight floors in the underground city, but only 4 of them are currently accessible to the general public.
Breakfast at the hotel-check out, and proceed to Izmir by domestic flight. On arrival, check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free for Leisure. – Overnight stay at a hotel in Kusadasi
Breakfast at the hotel. For the tour of Pamukkale, which is the location of natural thermal spring waters with therapeutic properties, you will be picked up from your hotel around 08:00. On the mountainside, stepped water terraces and pure white-coloured travertines have been produced as a result of the chemical characteristics of the water. Its Turkish name, “Cotton Castle,” derives from the way it resembles a pile of cotton. When you get there, you’ll see the travertines and Hierapolis, an ancient city with Anatolia’s largest necropolis and 1200 gravestones. One of the site’s highlights is the Sacred Pool as well (entrance is 130 TL per person, extra self-payment). A beautiful scattering of Roman ruins from antiquity lies beneath the shallow thermal waters that are there.
(Approximately 08:00–16:00 from Kusadasi; 10:00–15:00 from Pamukkale)
Breakfast in the hotel, The House of the Virgin Mary, is the destination of a tour that begins at the Kusadasi port and includes beautiful views of Selcuk’s Byzantine fortress and the Temple of Artemis.
The House of the Virgin Mary: The landscape of Turkey is spread out before you in breathtaking vistas as you travel to Mary’s home along a road that slopes steeply towards Ephesus and is bordered by Cyprus trees and mountains. Mary was brought by the disciple John to this isolated, serene location, where she reportedly preferred it and remained until her ascension into heaven.
Temple of Artemis: Three phases were involved in the construction of the Temple of Ephesus in what is now Turkey. The goddess of birth and hunting, Artemis, was honoured by having it constructed. Additionally, the people of Ephesus saw Artemis as a defender of their city. This location was so well-known that it was included in the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The impressive remains of the enormous basement of what was the well-known temple dedicated to Artemis of Ephesus, also known as the Artemisium, can still be seen, despite the fact that the site is today all but lost to time.
While travelling to the Shrine of St. Mary, one is treated to beautiful views of the valley from a long, winding road. The Vatican regards the tiny home, which is exquisitely positioned in the Solmissos Mountains, as the Virgin Mary’s final resting place. Your tour continues to ancient Ephesus, where you will enter through the Magnesia Gate’s arched entrance and start a leisurely, downhill stroll to the provincial capital of Rome’s ruins. The magnificent Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theatre, which was once used for both political and entertainment purposes, the beautifully preserved Temple of Hadrian, and the stunning Celsus Library with its imposing façade and two-story Corinthian-style columns will all be highlighted by your knowledgeable guide. One of the few buildings that is still in use today is the Dramatic Great Theatre. Although it was once a venue for gladiator matches, it now hosts yearly spring festivals and has 25,000 seats. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, a domestic flight to Istanbul, and a flight back home after a memorable tour.
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