MAGIC CARPET TOUR
Mar. to Dec. : Istanbul & Gallipoli & Troy & Pergamum & Ephesus & Pamukkale / Hierapolis & Cappadocia & Istanbul
Tour Itinerary (10 days & 9 nights )
DAY 1 ARRIVAL DAY: WELCOME TO ISTANBUL
Today is the arrival day. A private transfer awaits at the Ataturk International Airport. Today we will meet our guide and perhaps go out for a meal and a few drinks.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL CITY TOUR (B. D.)
This morning after breakfast, we partake in a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. We will visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia Museum and Hippodrome.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL TO GALLIPOLI (B + LB. D.)
Today we depart Istanbul and drive to the World War I Battlefields of Gallipoli. We stop for lunch in a nearby town and this afternoon we are guided round this now serene site. We will commemorate the fallen in an emotional day as we visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, Johnston's Jolly, The Nek and the Anzac Museum.
DAY 4 GALLIPOLI TO KUSADASI VIA TROY & PERGAMUM (B. D.)
After breakfast, we drive for the famed ruins of Troy and the Trojan Horse for a fully guided tour. We continue South along the Aegean Coast for lunch in the small village of Bergama. This afternoon sees us exploring the ruins of Pergamum, Tonight we rest in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 EPHESUS TOUR - PAMUKKALE (B. D.)
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the city and stadium where chariot and horse races were once held. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey. At the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 6 PAMUKKALE - KONYA(B. D.)
Tour the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale, followed by the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers and then continue to Konya. Overnight Konya.
DAY 7 KONYA TO CAPPADOCIA (B)
Today we visit Mevlana Museum. The Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes is a mystic group whose members are followers of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. We then visit ancient Silk Road Caravanserais. Afternoon trek through the wildy beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore one of the largest underground cities, Derinkuyu. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 8 CAPPADOCIA TOUR (B. D.)
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 9 CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL VIA ANKARA (B)
In the Nations capital, Ankara, we visit the award winning Ancient Civilisation's Museum. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 10 TOUR FINISHES (B)
After breakfast, we bid farewell to our new found friends and guide as our tour cocludes.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, LB = Lunch Box, D = Dinner
4 Nights 3 Star AND 5 nights 4 star Hotel Accommodation,
All transportation in Turkey by private a/c tour coach,
All meals as stated in itinerary, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, 9 breakfasts
professional English speaking guide and guided tours of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale/Hierapolis and Cappadocia
Entrance fees to the various sites