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Tolun Cerkes - Private Guide in Istanbul

 Member Since 2005 

Turkey 7 Nights - 8 Days

Excursion in Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Selcuk, Ephesus, Bergama, Canakkale

Tour Price : $175 Duration : 12 hours Languages: Turkish, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, German

Day 1 Istanbul
After clearing customs, you will meet your guide and the rest of your group in the lobby of your hotel at 4,30 pm for a short briefing. This evening we will take a stroll around the Grand Bazaar and wander through the exotic sights and smells of the Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul
Early check out after breakfast. Visit Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the  cistern of Binbirdirek. Proceed to Topkapi Palace located by the Cathedral of St. Sophia. In Topkapi we will see the kitchens, Divan and the pavilions of Bagdat and Mecidiye. Where you will enjoy nice panoramic views over the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. Drive to the Church of St. Saviour in Chora. In the afternoon driving along the ancient the city walls of Constantinople, we will arrive to Eyup Mosque and it's complex by the end of the Golden horn. Embark the boat for a cruise on the Bosphorus. Disembark at the Asian side and catch the overnight train at 10 pm. ( 2 bunks per compartment.)
Day 3 Ankara - Cappadocia
Arrival to Ankara early in the morning. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Ataturk's Mausoleum. Proceed to Cappadocia. Fruits and nuts will be served in the bus and early arrival to scenic and historic Cappadocia. Uchisar village and pigeons valley will be our first stop in long summer days if not we will proceed to Red Valley to catch the sun set. Sleep in a small Cappadocian village.
Day 4  Cappadocia 
Surrounded by Cappadocia's "fairy chimney" rock formations, walk to the village of Goreme through valleys. Drive to the remote Valley of Onions lying in the end of a silent canyon. While driving there we will make stops in villages and vineyards where we will find fresh fruits and meet local people. When we will get to the valley we will explore the underground dwelling places of the ancient Christian monks and interpret the biblical frescoes found inside the rock dug churches. There will be Mazikoy underground city to visit on our way. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 Cappadocia - Konya 
After breakfast visit Pasabag where you will see lots of mushroom rocks so called fairy chimneys. In Cappadocia we will also have the opportunity to see traditional workshops where women weave carpets, men carve stones or make pottery. Our tour will proceed by the Ihlara Valley where the nature created a canyon of an extraordinary beauty. While exploring this Canyon we will discover Churches carved in the rocks. Konya the capital of the old Seljukian Empire will be our next destination. On our way we will visit an old Caravanserai from the Seljukian times.  Overnight in Konya.
DAY 6 Konya - Egridir
This morning we will explore Konya. Our first stop will be Karatay School where a high education was given to the Seljukian youth in many fields including even the Astronomy. Mevlana's world wide famous dervish monastery will be our next stop in Konya. We will proceed to  Beysehir in the afternoon. In Beysehir we will visit the Mosque of Esrefoglu located by the Beysehir Lake. This mosque was entirely made of wood and has a very particular atmosphere. Our final destination will be Egridir today which a small town located by the lake of Egridir. We will stay in a hotel located by the lake.
Day 7 Egridir - Pamukkale - Ephesus
We'll drive to Pamukkale today, famous for its calcified cliffs and historic Roman ruins. While there, you'll have time to swim and soak in a natural spring pool amid Roman columns. After Pamukkale we will proceed to Ephesus where we will see the house of Virgin Mary and tour the remarkable ruins. Overnight in Ephesus.
Ephesus - Pergamon - Troy 
Drive to Pergamon. This morning we will climb to the Acropolis of Pergamon where we will see the ancient city walls, the Hadrian and Athena Temples, the remnants of the famous library which contained manuscripts made of Parchment paper, the unusual Greek style theater which resembles an eagle's nest, the little tiny temple of Dionysus located nearby, the promenade alley and the remnants of the Zeus Temple which was one of the seven wonders of the world during Hellenistic period and more. Later on we will proceed to the ancient medical center Aesculapion where patients were healed by natural methods and medicines. This visit to Aesculapion will make us understand how much the good morale and the natural medicines could be important and could save human lives. After this visit we will proceed again towards Ayvalik. Going northward we will see olive trees along the right side of the road and the Aegean sea on the left. That will be our main panorama all the way up to Troy located at the south of the Dardanelles. A strait which was a key point during World War I. After having listened to the stories of the Trojan war we will make our way to Canakkale. A charming quiet town situated on the Dardanelles. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 8 Troy - Bursa - Istanbul
Early departure for Istanbul via Tekirdag. Transfer to the airport and end of our services.

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: $175
Duration: 12 hours
Group Size: 9 tourists
Languages: Turkish, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, German
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :NO
Hotel pick-up:NO
Drop-off :NO
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):NO
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :YES
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :YES
Visa support :YES
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :YES
This Tour is Kid Friendly :YES