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Turkish Delight Tour

Turkish Delight Tour TourCode : 1267
Duration  7 Nights / 8 Days
Destination  Turkey
Route  Delhi-Istanbul-Cappadocia-Ankara-Pamukkale-Kusadasi-Canakkale-Pergamon-Troy-Istanbul-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise – Optional Turkish Show
Welcome to your Cox and Kings ‘Turkish Delight’ tour, at the exit after immigration and customs and transfers you comfortably to the hotel (check in after 1400 hrs). Embark thereafter, on the Bosphorus Cruise, with opportunities to photograph the shoreline with its landmarks – Dolmabahce & Beylerbeyi palaces, Ortakoy Mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress,BosphorousBridge. This evening you have an option of enjoying a Turkish Show. Dinner & overnight stay inIstanbul.

Day 2: Onto Cappadocia – Ankara City Tour
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara. Upon arrival, visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. After lunch proceed to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch, proceed onto mysterious Cappadocia.Dinner & overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Day 3: In Cappadocia – Cappadocia City Tour
After breakfast, visit Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open Air Museum – a complex of several painted cave-churches. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. In the afternoon, after lunch visit Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rocks by early Christians to evade invading armies and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground then, Avanos Village. You have some free time here for shopping. Dinner & overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Day 4: Onto Pamukkale – Selcuk Caravanserai Sultanhan – Mausoleum of Mevlana
After breakfast drive to Konya. En route, visit the 13th century Selcuk Caravansarai Sultanhan, an ancient fortified waystation, where caravans found safety during night. After lunch continue to Konya & visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana Pamukkale, the cotton fortress, which rises above the fertile Menderes Valley. Hot mineral waters burst from the earth and cascade over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters here are known for ages. Dinner & overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Day 5: Onto Kusadasi – Hierapolis – Ephesus
After breakfast, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis and strolling through its ruins see the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, a large and extensive Necropolis and an ancient thermal pool. Next lunch on enroute and visit the ruins of Ephesus, which played a major role in the development of architecture, religions, governmental and economic systems and arts. The temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of ancient world and centre of pagan religion for 15 centuries. Here Marc Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession, St. Paul preached in the Great Theatre and in a little house outside the city the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Dinner & overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Day 6: Onto Canakkale – Pergamon – Troy

After breakfast, visit Bergama (ancient Pergamon), here Parchment was invented. This was the home town of Galen, renowned doctor and surgeon and site of his temple devoted to healing, the Asclepion. The library once held 200,000 books; all parchment. After lunch visit Troy, the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and Trojan Horse, which was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. Dinner & overnight stay in Canakkale.

Day 7: Onto Istanbul – Blue Mosque – Hippodrome- Topkapi Palace – Grand Bazaar

After breakfast drive through the Ferry crossing over the Dardanelles Strait, drive to Istanbul. On arrival, proceed to pay a visit to the last great Imperial Blue Mosque. Leaving the mosque, we proceed to the Roman Hippodrome, an open-air stadium built by Roman Emporers in 203 AD. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, Constantine Column & German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Lunch on enroute and Proceed to Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, the biggest “souk” with nearly 4000 shops, selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware & souvenirs. Dinner & overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 8: Homeward Bound – Hagia Sophia – Beyoglu District

After breakfast, visit Hagia Sophia, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century. Drive to Beyoglu district, the most active art , entertainment & nightlife centre ofIstanbul. The Istiklal street has shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and discos surrounding it. Good times need never end! As you proceed to the airport for your flight back home, relive the high points of your Cox & Kings Turkish Delight tour. We are confident you will join us again, (B either on the train or onboard the flight)

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 and Pergamum .
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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