Stay: Istanbul 3N - Cappadocia 2N - Antalya 3N
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Day at Leisure.
A full day with complimentary lunch exploring the Asian side of the city crossing the Bosphorous and visiting Camlica Hill, Beylerbeyi Palace and Baghdad street followed by a cruise of the Bosphorous, a great way to capture the ‘essence’ of this amazing city, passing by many of its’ famous sites. Beginning with the Bosphorous Bridge, which connects the European and the Asian sides of Istanbul, this was built in built in 1973 and affords a spectacular view of Istanbul’s modern and ancient sites while travelling over 60 metres above sea level. The highest point in Istanbul is Camlica Hill and we stop here for a panoramic view over the city provided that Istanbul chooses to show its beauties and blesses the visitors with a clear day. Moving on from here we visit Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman sultans. The rooms are kept with their original furniture and visitors can imagine being house guests to the Imperial family. Baghdad Street, once the grouping point for the merchants who were set to travel the ancient Silk Road, this popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul has elegant boutiques and shopping alternatives. This will be a perfect chance to see the urban lifestyle of modern Istanbul. Lunch is served at a local restaurant before the tour continues with a cruise of the Bosphorous. Along this cruise, you will pass by the Rumeli Fortress, built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror; Ortakoy, a very famous area for handicrafts and nightlife; Bebek, a popular wealthy residential district under the Ottoman rule, and continues to be so today; Besiktas, a commercial district of the new city; Dolmabahce, the magnificent 19th century palace, which was the home to the Ottoman Sultans in the last century of the Empire; Ciragan Palace, a magnificent marble palace built by Sultan Abdulaziz and designed and constructed by the Balyan family between 1863 and 1867; today it serves as luxury suites for the five star Kempinski hotel; Kizkulesi (Maiden’s Tower), an ancient lighthouse which has inspired many legends; Yali (wooden wealthy houses) constructed by the water’s edge of the Bosphorous and usually built with an architectural concept that takes into account the characteristics of the coastal location, mostly dating from the 19th century; Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest, lavishly furnished 19th century summer residences of the Ottoman Sultans. A short visit to the Spice Market is the surprise of the tour. In this oriental shopping area, where you experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold. (Aphrodisiacs are available too!)
Bosphorus Cruise The best way to see the Bosphorus in all its beauty is to take a boat trip. This is the waterway connecting the Black sea to the Marmara, and dividing Istanbul into two continents. It’s sure to be a night you’ll remember for a lifetime. A Memorable night once in a life, between two continents.... Don’t forget your camera! Your tour will start from your hotel. You will be transferred from your hotel to our boat by our non-smoking and air-conditioned shuttle buses. You will be welcomed by our staff and will be directed to your table. Also Turkish delight will be presented you as you welcome so that you can taste it. Our staff escorts you to your seat. When you sit your table appetizers will be brought and you will commence your wonderful night with it. And then smiling our waiters will take your order. Main course contains from 3 different options such as grilled sea bass, grilled meatballs and grilled chicken.
Day at Leisure.
The day begins with a morning drive to Ihlara Canyon which is a 16 km long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia. Here was the first settlement of Christians escaping from invading armies and also hundreds of old churches in the volcanic rock caves. After walking through the canyon by Melendiz stream we will have lunch at Belisirma then visit the huge and sprawling Selime Monastery which was carved out of the rock by Christian monks in the 13th. Century AD. Then our next stop will be Yaprakhisar Village to take some photos. There are a lot of fairy chimneys and it has a fantastic view of Selime Monastery. People built houses, storage, churches and shelters by carving into these fairy chimneys. Next on the way back we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City. There are many underground cities at Cappadocia, but the biggest and deepest one is Derinkuyu. This fascinating complex houses wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, living quarters, chapels and the ventilation shaft used to ventilate the underground city. Our last stop is Pigeon Valley where you can enjoy spectacular views and take memorable photos of the natural cliffs and man-made caves. Finally, you will be transferred to your hotels.
Day at Leisure.
Get an early start on the day with 6am pickup in Antalya, then begin the 150-mile (240-km.) trip to Pamukkale, with a stop for breakfast in Korkuteli (breakfast is not included in the price of this tour). Upon arrival at the Pamukkale Thermal Pools, slip into your bathing suit for a soak in the natural hot springs. The travertine terraces have been popular since ancient times, and they make up an otherworldly landscape—Pamukkale is known as the “cotton castle” in Turkish.
Start your journey into history with a visit to the ancient city of Aspendos. It is situated 50 km east of Antalya on the banks of Köprüçay River (ancient name Euromydon). Aspendos was one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, its cultural and economic centre. Now it is a very popular tourist sight famous for the Roman amphitheatre built in 155 AD by the architect Zenon during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. The theatre of Aspendos is one of the best preserved examples of Roman theatre architecture in the world. Walk up steps of the theatre's tiered seating area, admire all the beauty of its galleries and stage decorations. With a capacity of up to 15,000 people, the amphitheatre is still in use for important cultural events and festivals. Every summer it hosts the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. The world-famous Turkish dance group Fire of Anatolia presents a new program ‘Aspendos Efsanesi’ (meaning Legend of Aspendos) on the stage of the ancient theatre from May till November. So do not miss the opportunity to visit this gorgeous amphitheatre to fully appreciate its grandeur and undeniable historical value. After lunch we explore the ancient ruins of Side. This spectacular city is situated on a peninsula about 1 km long and 400 m across. Side is a city with a long and rich past, as testified by the numerous ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. What can be seen while walking through the ancient city: nymphaeum (fountain), remains of city walls, agora, amphitheatre, colonnaded streets with many of the marble columns, city gates, ruins of the Roman bath, basilica and three temples. The most spectacular sight is a temple of Apollo, situated in the old harbour of Side. Definitely walk down there to enjoy the ancient columns and stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea. On the way back to Alanya we visit the famous Manavgat Waterfall. It is situated 40 km from Alanya. The width of the waterfall is about 40 m. Although it falls from a low height (about 3 meters), the white foaming water of the Manavgat Waterfall flows powerfully over the rocks. Shady tea gardens, fish restaurant, cafeteria and souvenir shops near the waterfall make it a great resting spot. This is a place of exceptional beauty, green nature and clean air. During this tour you may also visit the town of Manavgat (the third largest town in the Antalya region) and its mosque (one of the biggest on the Mediterranean side of Turkey, with four minarets and beautiful ornaments inside).
After breakfast, Transfer from hotel to airport for return flight.
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