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11-Day Turkish Panorama Tour from Istanbul

11 Days

Overview

Highlights

    • • istanbul Airport pick-up service
    • • City tour in: ISTANBUL, ISTANBUL
    • • Boat: On the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Lycian tombs in Dalyan
    • • Evening transfer: Taksim Square in Istanbul, Taksim Square in Istanbul

Admission to Suleiman the Great Mosque and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, house of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Ruins of Ephesus , Roman theatre in Aspendos , Greek Temple of Apollo in Side , Gumusler Monastery; Underground city of Kainacli; Goreme Valley; Uchisar , Traditional tea in Safranbolu , Gokgol Magarasi cave , Caves and tombs in Eregli , Suleiman the Great Mosque in Istanbul

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Istanbul

Welcome to Europamundo! Transfer to the hotel and free time. You will be provided with the information required for the start of the trip in the afternoon; otherwise, the information will appear on the information panels in the hotel lobby.

IMPORTANT:- Remember that hotels check-in time is usually at 14:00 hrs. If you require more hours of room availability, consider booking an additional night at the beginning of your trip.
- IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS upon arrival at the hotel, you would have your room booked, but your trip guide would normally contact you at the beginning of the included activities. At the reception you can also find an informative sign, indicating the telephone number and hours of assistance of our staff. YOUR TIME THEREFORE BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS FREE. The hotel staff can help you with all the information you need.

Note: The schedules that you will find in this itinerary are indicative. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the trip, may adjust the schedules.

Day 2 :
Istanbul

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Sighseeing tour. Topkapi Palace .Night transfer to Taksim.

09.00 hrs.- A sightseeing tour of the city. We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. On our tour, we will enter the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent (the largest in Istanbul). We will see the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and we will admire the exterior of Hagia Sofia. After the visit, we will offer tickets and a visit to the Top Kapi Palace, which was the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire, with its magnificent courtyards and its pavilions.

19.30 hrs.- At the end of the afternoon we will provide a transfer to the Taksim neighbourhood, the most commercialised and lively area of the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower. Return to the hotel around 22.00 hrs.

Important: Services during the stay in Istanbul may change order by taking the boat ride on the Bosphorus on the first day and the panoramic visit on the second day.

Day 3 :
Istanbul

Today we include a boat trip on the Bosphorus that will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for Europamundo travellers. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of ??Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. Return to the center of Istanbul.

Rest of the day at leisure. You can go shopping in the Grand Bazaar; visit Hagia Sophia; ... Multiple options in this great capital.

Total distance covered: 560 km.Scenery: Cold lands inside Anatólia.

07.00 hrs.- We will leave early morning from Istanbul.
14.00hrs.- Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor; 2000 years ago it had a quarter of a million inhabitants. We will discover the Basilica of Saint John, and then the house of the Virgin Mary and the archaeological site (tickets included).

18.00 hrs- Ephesus departure. We continue on towards the Turquoise Coast.
18.30 hrs- Kusadasi- Arrival to this popular coastal town with a lot of atmosphere, commercial life and a small castle. Free time in the center to enjoy its bazaars and the city. Dinner and accommodation.

Note: during the high season, from June to September (both included), accommodation may be provided in a nearby town.

Meal
D:Included

Total distance covered: 320 km.
Scenery: Various beautiful sights over the Aegean sea.

08.30 hrs.- Kusadasi- Departure.
10.00 hrs- Lake Bafa- Stop to see the lake, its magnificent nature, history, mystical beauty and serenity is undoubtedly one of the natural wonders to be seen in Turkey.

10.30 hrs.- Bafa Lake, departure.
12.00 hrs.- Bodrum, free time in this beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, walk through its streets which are full of life and tourist activity or its leisure marina. Time for lunch.

15.00 hrs- Bodrum, departure.
17.30 hrs.- Marmaris, arrival to another beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Dinner and accommodation.

NOTE: On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer), some groups can be accommodated in a nearby town.
Meal
D:Included

Total Distance: 335 km

Scenery: Coastal sections and sections between high mountains. Contrasts.

08.00 hrs.- Marmaris - Departure -.
09.30 hrs.- DALYAN - Arrival -. An incredible place beside a beautiful navigable river. Free time for a coffee in one on its many restaurants by the river, and we include a boat trip of around two and a half hours to see the LYCIAN ROYAL TOMBS.

11.30 hrs.- Dalyan - Departure -. We continue our route. Mountain scenery. Stop en route to have lunch.
16.15 hrs.- ANTALYA - Arrival -. We will make a brief visit of this great coastal city of more than a million inhabitants, the Adrian door, the Ottoman district and its large waterfall falling straight into the sea. Dinner included.
Meal
D:Included

Distance covered: 530 km

Scenery: Spectacular contrasts; countryside overlooking the sea. High mountains often with snowy peaks; arid lands of Anatolia.

08.00 hrs.-Antalya - Departure -.
09.00 hrs.- ASPENDOS - Arrival - we visit the Roman theatre that many believe to be the best preserved in the world.

09.45 hrs.-Aspendos - Departure -.
10.30 hrs.- SIDE - Arrival -. A small, very tourist city, full of commercial life. You will have free time. Its Greek temple of Apollo by the sea stands out. Time for a stroll around its port and through its streets full of life.

12.30 hrs.- Side - Departure -. Amidst impressive scenery, we cross the Taurus mountains. The peaks, of more than 3500 metres, are covered with snow for a large part of the year. We stop for a meal along the way in a pretty service area in the mountains.
17.00 hrs.- KARAMAN - Arrival -. A city with an oriental atmosphere. Brief stop to view the exterior of the fortress.

17.45 hrs.- Karaman - Departure -. Great arid plains along the route in the south of Anatolia.

20.00 hrs.- NIGDE - Arrival -. We suggest a stroll around its bazaar, its ancient mosque and its fortress. Dinner and accommodation.

Meal
D:Included

Total distance covered: 120 km. Scenery: We continue amid the beautiful landscapes of Cappadocia. Spectacular scenary. Picturesque towns.
Notes: Today it is again necessary to wear comfortable shoes as we continue to explore Cappadocia.

09.00hrs.- Nigde. Departure. We enjoy a full day in the fantastic region of CAPPADOCIA, with its lunar landscapes, its churches and troglodyte villages.

We start by visiting GUMUSLER, an incredible underground monastery of the 7th century with perhaps the best Byzantine frescoes in Turkey. In KAIMACLI we will visit the underground city that could house 30,000 people. Then, we will visit UCHISAR, a natural fortress where we will know its 60 meter rock filled with houses in excavated caves. Time for lunch.

We will discover after lunch the GOREME Valley with its open-air museum and its churches carved out of the rocks, entry tickets included.

Hotel in Avanos. pleasant town in the center of the region of Capadocia known for its pottery, its attractive old town with cobbled streets and its views over the river. Time to enjoy the hotel facilities or walk through the streets. Dinner is included.

At night, after dinner, we suggest attending the "Turkish night" show (optional).
Meal
D:Included

Total distance: 520 km.

Scenery: We begin with arid and flat landscapes of the interior of Turkey, as we approach the Black Sea mountains and forests are emerging.

08.00 hrs.- Avanos. Departure towards to the Black Sea. Stop en route to have lunch.
16.30 hrs.- SAFRANBOLU; arrival in this wonderful little city which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was an important stopping point on the caravan routes. Our guide will show some of the most picturesque points of the city and we will include a traditional Turkish tea in an ancient caravanserai! Dinner included.

Note: Some times, due to operational reasons, there will be a brief stop in Ankara.
Meal
D:Included

Total distance covered: 460 km.

Scenery: Forests, valleys, mountains, landscapes on the Black Sea; A rainy and green region different from what you probably have in your mind when you think of Turkey.

08.00 hrs.- Safranbolu. Departure. Today, the leg of our trip follows the Black Sea and its verdant landscapes.
10.00 hrs.- In GOKGOL MAGARASI we provide entry tickets to this magnificent cave with its underground river and its multiple colours.

11.00hrs.- Gokgol. Departure. Our road goes towards the sea.
12.00 hrs.- EREGLI, Arrival. Next to the Black Sea, we set aside time to have lunch. We also include a visit to its impressive Cehennemagzi Magarasi caves and tombs that are overflowing with mythology.

15.00 hrs.- Eregli. Departure. We cross once more the mountains towards central Anatolia. We travel on the highway towards Istanbul. Passing the suspension bridge that separates Asia from Europe.
20.00 hrs.- Arrival in ISTANBUL at the end of the day.

Day 11 :
Istanbul

After breakfast, end of our services.

Note: Remember that hotels check-out time is usually at 10.00 hrs. In most cases, you can leave your luggage at the hotel reception at check-out time, so you can enjoy the city and pick it up at the time you require that same day. If you need more time to use your room, please consider booking an additional night at the end of your tour.

What's Included

  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, hotel and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer.
  • City tour in: ISTANBUL, ISTANBUL.
  • Boat: On the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Lycian tombs in Dalyan.

What's Excluded

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and departure city.
  • Airport drop-off at the end of the tour.
  • All personal expenses including hotel room service and meals; however, you have the option to pay for meals the tour guide arranges.

Additonal Info

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation made within:

  • 33 or More Days – 95% of total purchase amount can be refunded
  • 13 – 32 Days Prior to Departure Date – 90% of total purchase amount can be refunded
  • 04 – 12 Days Prior to Departure Date – 75% of total purchase amount can be refunded
  • 0 – 03 Days Prior to Departure Date – Non-refundable
Please Note:
• A handling fee of 35 euro will be added on the top of the penalty.
SPECIAL NOTES
    • Cancellation policy:
    • – 33 working days and more prior to departure date: 25 Euro applies;
    • – 13-32 working days prior to departure date: 10% penalty + 25 Euro applies;
    • – 4-12 working days prior to departure date: 25% penalty +25 Euro apples;
    • – 3 working days or less prior to departure date: 100% penalty applies.
  • The time we mentioned in the itinerary is for reference only. Please refer to your guide on tour for the actual arrangement. The visiting order and duration might be changed according to actual and practical situation for better service.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator’s name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.
  • If at any point you were to suffer a delay arriving to the meeting point (held during customs check, loss of luggage, etc.), missing a connecting flight or your flight number was changed, you must urgently contact the transfer agent or the emergency phone number that you can find on your travel voucher. In case you failed to notify this information, the transfer agent, after waiting for 1 hour, in the case of airports and 30 minutes in the case of train stations, would leave and you would lose any right to the transfer service. In case you have also requested a departure transfer, please verify with your guide the schedule for our pick-up time on the day of your flight.
  • Please provide your arrival flight information or pickup details at least 7 days prior to the departure date. If you don’t provide the information in advance, you will be responsible for failing to arrange the arrival pickup.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double/Triple Occupancy apply when two/three people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
* Triple price does not guarantee a third bed in the room since each room is equipped with 2 beds. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.
* Prices for child apply when a child of 3-15 stays as the 3rd person in one standard hotel room.
* Children below the age of 3 pay 20% of the double room rate. Please contact our service team to adjust the price manually.

  • * The final tour rates already include possible booking fee, handling fee, and exchange rate loss.

Reservation Info

1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a status update email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

– Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
– Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
– Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
– Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
– Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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11-Day Turkish Panorama Tour from Istanbul
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