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TURKEY AT A GLANCE

ISTANBUL & ANATOLIA

Duration: 8 Days

Day 1 / Istanbul

Arrive to Atatürk Airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome briefing at the hotel. For dinner, meet your guide at the Hotel for an evening to remember in Istanbul Maiden’s Tower Restaurant dates back 2,500 years, relentlessly accompanying the amazing city of Istanbul through history it has been an eyewitness to everything the city has encountered—Greek occupation, Byzantium, the Crusades, the Ottomans and the restaurant is located in the middle of the Bosphorus Strait.

Return to the hotel, viewing the magnificent city of Istanbul by night with all the famous monuments.

Dinner at Maiden Tower (included) http://www.kizkulesi.com.tr/Home

Overnight at Citadel Hotel   http://www.citadelhotel.com/

Day 2 / Istanbul – Afternoon Tours

This tour is a great alternative for those willing to experience more than just monument visits and interested in local cultures, cuisines. The tour starts with a mosque visit to salute the 600 mosques of the city. Rustem Pasha Mosque is from 16th century and unique with its İznik tiles.

A short walk from the mosque through interesting 17th century streets where not much had changed ever since will take you to Spice Market. The bazaars of Istanbul are the most colourful sights of the city offering great shopping experiences. At Spice Market, you will have the opportunity to learn how to shop for Turkish/Oriental cooking. Next stop will be Grand Bazaar, you can go crazy with great shopping opportunities the bazaar offers or relax at a side walk café to enjoy watching the crowds shopping as you get your Turkish coffee. You will have the opportunity to visit open and modern section of the Grand Bazaar which offers the best artworks and most reliable shopping. During your time in the Grand Bazaar, you will be taken for a presentation on the unique art of Turkish carpets and given additional time to shop.  After Grand Bazaar you will continue to have your cooking class. A two hours cooking class with English speaking Turkish Chefs will teach you to prepare a 6 course Turkish meal and furthermore, it will inspire you for several easy to make Turkish food options for the future. Dinner of the day is eating what you cooked along with local wine and sharing with your Turkish Chef. After Dinner, your guide will take you to your hotel back.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Dinner (Cooking Class) at Yaşmak Sultan Hotel http://hotelyasmaksultan.com

Overnight at Citadel Hotel   http://www.citadelhotel.com

Day 3 / Istanbul

Did you know that the Turkish bath all started years ago with Cleopatra? It is said that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, complained of incurable long-lasting headaches. The doctors of that time couldn’t find a remedy for the illness; however, one day a young man presented a solution which many found hard to believe. It was a soap-massage in a Turkish bath. If you sometimes complain of body pains, long lasting headaches, excess body weight, or simply have the desire to feel fresh and young, then a trip to the “Hammam” will leave you feeling like a new person. A Turkish bath is a great experience and the perfect way to relax and unwind.

From the pier, you’ll be transferred to the Turkish bath, or hammam as called by the locals. You may either bring a bathing suit or use the pashmina clothing provided at the venue. You’ll enjoy a scrubbing massage which will open the pores of your skin, followed by a foam massage to relax your body.  The Turkish bath is a unique and memorable experience that will leave you feeling renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Basic package: bath + rubbing + bubble/foam bath. And then your day will continue with Topkapi Palace (including Harem section) which is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with items of historical importance. You will have lunch with ottoman cuisine at a special restaurant in the palace. Then return to Hotel for leisure. For dinner, meet your guide at the Hotel for the Whirling Dervishes which trace their origin to the 13th century Ottoman Empire. The Dervishes known as Mevlevi Order are “Sufis”: a spiritual offshoot of Islam. Sufis are known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of Allah). You will witness rhythms of this spiritual concept, which survives even today.

While you are watching the ceremony, a Dervish dinner and traditional Ottoman drink, “Sherbet” will be served.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch at Konyalı Restaurant in the Palace http://konyalilokantasi.com/topkapi-index.html

Dinner at Daruzziyafe http://daruzziyafe.com.tr/?lang=en

Overnight at Citadel Hotel   http://www.citadelhotel.com/

Day 4 / Cappadocia  

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to domestic airport and fly to Cappadocia. After arrive to Cappadocia, you will have leisure time at your amazing hotel. For dinner and traditional Turkish Show, meet your guide at the Hotel.  The magical Turkish Night! Belly dancing, regional folk dances, traditional costumes, all-you-can-eat and drink, in a cave… You enter the underground palace through an overstated entrance and follow an extended tunnel. As you approach the end music fills the air adding to the growing anticipation of a fun evening. Then drive back to Hotel.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Dinner at Uranos Restaurant http://www.uranossarikaya.com/

Overnight at Cave Suites Hotel https://cappadociacavesuites.com/en/

Day 5/   Cappadocia – Antalya   

Cappadocia is a landscape that you will have never witnessed before in your lifetime. This makes it one of the most popular spots in the world to go up in a Hot Air Balloon.  As you take off for sunrise you will start to be hypnotised by the spectacular and surreal landscape that lies below you. You will gently drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards. The different colours of the diversified landscape will leave you breathless.

Then we will proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and Monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Then your day will continue with pottery demonstration in Avanos. Pottery has been produced in the Avanos area for centuries and some of the techniques still used date back to Hittite times to 2000 BC. Before leaving from Cappadocia you will have lunch at culture museum. Then you will drive to Antalya and overnight in Antalya.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch at Culture Museum Restaurant http://www.culturemuseum.com/home.php?Sayfa=sayfahtml&Id=25&mid=15

Dinner at your Hotel

Overnight at Antalya http://www.minyonhotel.com/en.htm or http://tuvanahotel.com/

Day 6/ Antalya

Rafting tour from Antalya takes you out on an unforgettable adventure in the natural beauty of Köprücay River in the Köprülü canyon. A professional and experienced team of rafting enthusiasts will take you along on an adrenaline-infused journey down the Köprücay River. This whole day rafting tour has many breaks in between in which you can enjoy lunch, photography, swimming and also tour nearby area.

Return to hotel and leisure time until dinner. For dinner, meet your guide at the Hotel and walk to restaurant in the Castle.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch at Köprülü Canyon

Dinner at Seraser Restaurant http://seraserrestaurant.com/

Overnight at Antalya http://www.minyonhotel.com/en.htm or http://tuvanahotel.com/

Day 7/ Antalya

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Turkish Riviera from 2365m. The Olympos Cable Car offers a unique combination of two classical holiday destinations, namely the sea and the mountains. On Mt Olympos, sea, sun and snow come together. A dream comes true with a spectacular ride to the peak, giving merit to the “Sea to Sky” slogan.

It offers a great panorama of the Turkish Riviera and its hinterland. The beautiful nature is unforgettable; steep rocky slopes, pine forests, turquoise blue sea and untouched nature. Then you will drive to Ulupınar village for lunch on the waterfall. Then return to hotel.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Lunch at Şelale Restaurant http://www.selalerestoran.com/en/index.html

Dinner at your Hotel

Overnight at Antalya http://www.minyonhotel.com/en.htm or http://tuvanahotel.com/

Day 8/ Departure

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home.

Breakfast at the Hotel

TOUR  INCLUDES

7 Nights BB accommodation at Boutique hotels. (Standard rooms if not specified)

All Transportation (10-15 participation operated by Midibus/ 27 Seats, 20 + participation operated by Bus.)

Welcome gift set: (Refreshing Towel – Evil Eye – Region map – Survey)

A professional English-speaking guide throughout the tour

All museum and site entrances as per the itinerary above

All taxes of the services within the itinerary

Porterage at the airport & the hotel.

Parking fees and all toll fees

7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Domestic flights.

 TOUR EXCLUDES

Tips and gratuities

Visits, other entrances not mentioned above

Visa fees to Turkey (if required).

Meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Beverages at meals unless otherwise mentioned.

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