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Highlights of Turkey Tour

Highlights of Turkey Tour TourCode : 1268
Duration  4 Nights / 5 Days
Destination  Turkey
Route  Delhi – Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia – Kayseri – Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Turkey Temple

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul
Welcome toTurkey theLand ofExotic Cultures! On arrival inIstanbul, you will be met and transferred by our local representative to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages and visit of Spice Market (closed on Sundays). Overnight stay inIstanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul
Today enjoy full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul city. Visit Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine, followed by the visit to Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet. The last stop is the Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Evening is free or take an optional Istanbul by Night tour which includes visit to one of the best night clubs in Istanbul with limited drinks and dinner. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia
This morning transfer to Istanbul airport for morning flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival meet with assistant and drive to Cappadocia. Visiting Kaymakli or Derinkuyu Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground. Then see the citadel of Ortahisar and the old Cavusin Village and its cave houses. Lunch followed by a walking tour of Red Valley and a visit to Urgup Wine House. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Day 4: Cappadocia
Today visit Dervent Valley, Pasabagi Fairy Chimneys and Avanos Village. After lunch at a typical local restaurant Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar visited, followed by Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Day 5: Cappadocia – Kayseri Depart
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer to Kayseri airport

Sightseeing

Turkeyis the right choice for people with a taste for ancient civilizations. Among the hundreds of sites, the most interesting sites are Ephesus Hierapolis (Pamukkale), Nemrut Dagi andPergamum .
As sites where there are few remains, Bogazkale and Troy are impressive because of their antiquity. You can join the diggings of foreign or Turkish Universities in summer if you like but there is no centralized registry.

Istanbul is bustling and cosmopolitan, the former capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, which has many churches, museums, mosques and opulent palaces. The bustling bazaars and jostling street life are a part of the joie de vivre of Istanbul and there is definitely a sightseer overload in this magnificent city. The visitor could well divide the city into Old Istanbul, the Asian part of Istanbul and the European part. The Old City has many parks and gardens. The residential palace of the Ottoman Sultans, Topkapi, overlooks the Sea of Marma and the Bosphorous, the Blue Mosque is the only one in the world with 6 minarets, St Sophia that was once a cathedral, then a mosque and now a museum are spectacular sights. Don’t miss the underground Byzantine Cistern that is supported by 336 Corinthian columns.

The Asian part of Istanbul is called Uskudar (Skutari) where Florence Nightingale nursed the victims of the Crimean War. Take a walk or drive along the two massive suspension bridges over the Bosphorous for a fabulous and panoramic view of Istanbul.

Tan out at the gorgeous beaches of Bosphorous , a short drive away from Istanbul.

Explore the forts at Rumeli Hisar , the National Park of Mount Uludag and the ruins of Troy. Take a joyous boat ride on the Bosphorous or to the Princes Islands .

The European part of Istanbul is Thrace and its provincial capital is Edirne with a rich historical past. Forests and beaches make up the landscape and the coastal resorts at Yalova, Erdek and Gemlik are well-visited leisure spots. Visit the three Turkish mosques, the Eski Cami, Uc Serefile Cami and the famous Selimiye. Bursa is famous for its elegant Ottoman buildings such as the Green Mausoleum and the Great Mosque.

Ankara is Turkey’s seat of government, sprawling and modern. Popular tourist destinations are Hisar, the Byzantine citadel, the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ataturk’s Masoleum and the Presidential Mansion preserved just as Ataturk left it.

Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved among the hundreds of classical ruins and ancient cities. Known as Ionia in ancient times, it was a flourishing cultural centre. The Temple of Diana is a must visit – Virgin Mary spent her last years here. Take a walking tour; it will take you a day – start early to avoid the noon heat.

Bodrum is South Aegean’s most picturesque resort with its palm-lined streets circling the bays and white cheese cube houses. This is famous for its boating swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. The nightlife is loud and wild here and if you want peace and quiet, this isn’t the place to go.

Antalya is several kilometres off pebble beaches but it is well connected by bus and dolmus to several great beach towns and ancient cities – Side (75km) east of Antalya where Mark Antony and Cleopatra had a secret rendezvous, Alanya (115km), and Patara (a few hundred km) where there are Roman ruins among dunes and an excellent beach which is however closed at sunset to allow turtles to mate!

Museums are generally open from 8 am or 8.30 am to 5pm or 6 pm, closed on Monday and usually at lunch time (12. 30 to 1.30 pm). Archaeological sites are generally open daily from just after sunrise till just before sunset. Mosques that are tourist attractions are usually open most of the time, while others open only for Namaz or Muslim prayer, five times a day. Women must cover their heads before entering a mosque, while both men and women must cover their legs, shorts being considered offensive. Shoes must always be removed before entering a mosque.

Shopping

Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 amto 6 or 7 pm, although some take a lunch break from 1pmto 2 pm.Food shops generally open early 6 or 7 amand close late 7 or 8 pm. One food shop in each neighbourhood remains open on Sunday.
Jewelry, handicrafts, leather apparel, carpets, brass and copperware, and carved meerschaum are all good buys. Bargaining is a must for souvenirs, and also if you are buying several things from one shop, or shopping off-season. You can bargain for hotel rooms too if you are visiting off-season, between November and April, or if you plan to spend more than a few days.

Eating Joints

In Istanbul, the restaurants along Sultanahmet’s “Divan Yolu” serve excellent food but stay out of the tourist zone if you want to keep it inexpensive. The Grand Bazar has small restaurants where you can eat leisurely on a small progression of dishes. Istiklal Caddesi has mouth-watering grill joints – walk up the side streets to the south for the best of them.
Good bottled water is sold everywhere. Beer, Turkish wine and the aniseed raki are popular. Turkish coffee, and Turkish tea are well known but you need to acquire a taste for the coffee that can be a very bitter experience if you have it in a gulp!

Bodrum has booming and blaring discos and is a fun-place to be in if you enjoy loud, throbbing music and evenings that stretch forever!

Istanbul,Ankara andIzmir have opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre. Smaller towns have folk dancer troupes. Cinema and nightclubs are to be found in every Turkish town. Both western and Turkish movies can be seen.

 

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