Relax from your stressful schedule with our 11-day Turkish Long Tour, which departs from Istanbul and travels across a nation that borders Southeast Europe and Western Asia. For decades, travellers have been drawn to Cappadocia, the sparkling Bosphorus strait flanked by the Blue Mosque, the fairy chimneys, cave churches, and subterranean labyrinths of Cappadocia, among many other things. This Turkey tour package from Dubai also includes transportation, food, accommodation in a hotel, an expert guide, and more.
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Welcome to Turkey, a nation mainly in Western Asia’s Anatolia region with a small portion in Southeast Europe’s Balkans. When you arrive in Istanbul, you will be at the historical intersection of Europe and Asia. From here, you will go off on a journey of exploration across historical territories and the conflicting empires that battled to control them. Following immigration and clearance, meet our local guide at the exit and travel to the hotel after Istanbul sightseeing. Check-in at the hotel after arrival. Later in the evening, head to a restaurant for dinner.
Meals: Inflight Meals
Dinner at OUTSIDE TURKISH RESTAURANT ( WALKING DISTANCE 5 MIN )
Overnight at Istanbul 4* SUPERIOR HOTEL in TAKSIM AREA
Breakfast is served at the motel. Spend the day exploring a city where old and modern cultures coexist. During your guided tour, learn more about the power of the Ottoman Empire. See the ancient city, the magnificent Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome to see the treasures that take you back to the sixth century.
Visit Sultanahmet Square or the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which served as public venues for chariot racing. The Greek words hippos (horse) and dromos (way) are the origins of the word hippodrome. The Constantinople Hippodrome served as a venue for gladiatorial matches, official ceremonies, festivities, demonstrations, the torturing of prisoners, and other events. The area, now known as Sultanahmet Meydan, still has some remains of the old building.
The Blue Mosque, the most famous mosque in Istanbul and Turkey, is in the centre of the ancient city. The mosque’s original name is Sultanahmet Mosque. However, it is most commonly referred to as the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is Istanbul’s most popular tourist attraction, and its construction took place between 1609 and 1616.
Hagia Sophia, also known as the Church of the Holy Wisdom, is a significant Byzantine building in Istanbul and a renowned landmark. Under Justinian I’s supervision, a Christian church was constructed there in the 6th century CE (532–537). It was a mosque, a museum, and then a mosque again in later decades. With Islamic minarets and inscriptions among magnificent Christian mosaics, the structure depicts the religious changes that have occurred in the area throughout the years.
Lunch at OUTSIDE TURKISH RESTAURANT
After lunch, visit Grand Bazaar.
Back to our hotel – Free time for rest
Dinner at OUTSIDE TURKISH RESTAURANT
Overnight at Istanbul 4**** SUPERIOR HOTEL in TAKSIM AREA
Following breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Bursa. See the Tophane Clock Tower when you arrive in Bursa, Turkey, which stands 65 feet tall and has six floors. The tower serves as a fire lookout station and features a radio clock. The current clock tower was replaced by a different one after it was demolished. The present tower’s construction started on August 2, 1904, and was completed on August 31, 1905.
Next, we visit a medieval mosque in Bursa, Turkey, called Ulu Mosque, often referred to as the Great Mosque of Bursa. Built between 1396 and 1399, it was commissioned by Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I to honour his significant victory in the Battle of Nicopolis. The mosque, which is one of the most significant mosques in the city and a significant example of early Ottoman construction, is situated in the centre of the old city next to its ancient marketplaces.
In Bursa, Turkey, there is a historic caravanserai called the Koza Han. It is in the middle of the city’s famed market district.
Then, we continue our tour to the Green Tomb in Bursa, Turkey, the mausoleum of Mehmed I, the fifth Ottoman Sultan. After Mehmed II’s death in 1421, his son and successor, Murad II, constructed it. After the tour, have lunch at a Turkish restaurant nearby.
Afterwards, travel to Kusadasi. Check into the hotel upon arrival and unwind at the hotel, where meals will be provided. The evening is spent on an orientation tour to Kusadai and night shopping.
Lunch at OUTSIDE TURKISH RESTAURANT
Dinner and Overnight stay at KUSADASI 5* HOTEL
Check out of the hotel and head to Pamukkale after breakfast. On the way, stop at the Temple of Artemis, also known as Artemesium, a temple in Ephesus, now in western Turkey, that was once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The enormous temple was created by Croesus, the Lydian monarch, in 550 BCE and was reconstructed when Herostratus, a lunatic, set it on fire in 356 BCE.
One of the most important historical ruins in the Mediterranean is Ephesus (Efes). It was the second-largest metropolis on the globe during its prime in the first century BC, with only Rome holding more power. Here, you can visit several rebuilt buildings and ruins, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit the house of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. After Jesus’ death, Mary and John are said to have resided in Ephesus. Following that, enjoy lunch at a Turkish restaurant. After that, travel to Pamukkale. Check-in at the hotel and relax after your journey, dinner will be served at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at a 5* hotel in Pamukkale.
Following breakfast, we begin our tour at Hierapolis and Travertine Hot Springs (“Holy City”), a historical Greco-Roman city in Phrygia that is situated on hot springs in southwest Anatolia. Its ruins are close to present-day Pamukkale. UNESCO has designated Hierapolis as a World Heritage Site. Since the second century B.C.E., the hot springs there have been used as a spa where people came to get relief from their diseases.
Later, travel to Antalaya for sightseeing. After arrival, check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the Antalya Hotel (4* Superior or 5* Upgraded).
Following breakfast, embark on a guided tour of the nearby region: Perge Ancient City, Aspendos Ancient City and Theatre.
Lunch at OUTSIDE TURKISH RESTAURANT
Hadrian Gate – Clock Tower – Lower Duden Waterfalls – Back to hotel
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Antalya (4* Superior or 5* Upgraded).
DAY 7 – ANTALYA – CAPPADOCIA
Following breakfast, check out and head for Cappadocia (7 hours), along the way, stop in Konya for lunch at a Turkish restaurant. After arriving in Cappadocia, check into the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Cappadocia. 4* Superior or 5* Upgraded.
DAY 8 – UNDERGROUND CITY – PASABAG OPEN AIR MUSEUM & ZELVE VALLEY GALA DINNER – CAPPADOCIA
We depart shortly after sunrise for a hot air balloon ride (subject to weather conditions). If a balloon ride is on your wishlist, there’s just one place to go: the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. Just board and join the multitude of vivid balloons circling over the area’s volcanic peaks and honeycombed hills.
See the Underground City after breakfast. It is a large underground settlement in central Turkey that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and where early Christians lived in both fear and faith.
Explore Pasabag Open Air Museum and Zelve Valley in Cappadocia, also called Monks Valley (Paşaba Vadisi), which is renowned for its flawless fairy chimneys, which were carved out of old lava, ash, and basalt. Hermetic monks used to live in the small cones above the upper portions of the fairy chimneys in Monks Valley. Afterwards, we head to the Church of Constantine and Helen.
On the way to Konya, stop for lunch at a Turkish restaurant.
After that, we travel to Uçhisar, which is located at the highest point in Cappadocia. You can visit Uchisar Castle, the tallest fairy chimney in Cappadocia, and Mother Nature’s Castle, which is a pinnacle of volcanic rock that can be seen for kilometres in every direction. After the tour, return to your hotel. Then, transfer to a Turkish nightclub for a gala dinner and night show with unlimited local drinks.
Dinner TURKISH NIGHT CLUB with unlimited local drinks
Overnight in Cappadocia 4* SUPERIOR or 5* UPGRADED
DAY 9 – CAPPADOCIA – PINK LAKE & FLAMINGO CITY – MAUSOLEUM OF ATATURK
Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check-out, then you are driven to Ankara, and we stop at the Pink Salt Lake and Flamingo Colony on the way. After that, proceed to Ankara. As soon as you arrive in Ankara, visit Antkabir, the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey, as he was the one who led the Turkish War of Independence.
We go for lunch at a Turkish restaurant along the way in Konya. After lunch, continue to the hotel in Ankara, Turkey, and check in there for dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 10 – ANKARA – ISTANBUL – TOPKAPI PALACE – DINNER CRUISE WITH SHOW AND UNLIMITED LOCAL DRINKS
Following breakfast, check out of the hotel and board our bus headed for Istanbul. After arriving in Istanbul, head straight to a Turkish restaurant in Konya for lunch. After lunch, we visit the Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays). Then go on a dinner cruise that includes a Bosphorus show and unlimited local beverages. Drop you off at the hotel so you can check in for a night’s stay at the Istanbul 4* Superior Hotel in the Taksim area.
DAY 11 – DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the Istanbul airport to board your return flight.