11Days 10nights ENCHANTING Turkey
Travel Date: September 14-24, 2019
Day 01- MANILA
Sep. 14- Depart Manila for flight to Ataturk airport.
Day 02- ISTANBUL (-/L/D)
Sep. 15 – Arrival at Ataturk Airport, meet with the tour guide and start walking tour of the Old City. Visit the The Sultan Ahmed Mosque commonly known as the Blue Mosque, it is one of the most revered masterpieces of the Islamic world, it is famous with its blue ceramic tiles and six minarets., Byzantine Hippodrome was the center for entertainment, amusement and sports in the city during the Roman and Byzantine Empires. The Egyptian Obelisk, the serpentine column and the German fountain of Willhelm II are sites to be visited. Hagia Sophia ( 1500 years old basilica from Byzantine times, converted to a mosque during the Ottoman times and now open as a museum). Transfer to hotel. Free time and Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 – ISTANBUL – BOLU (B/L/D)
Sep 16 – After breakfast, start the tour with The Topkapi Palace or the Seraglio, it is a large museum built in the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Bosphorus cruise, while cruising you will see the Dolmabahce Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisari Fortress, and beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus. End of the tour. Overnight in Bolu.
Day 04 – BOLU – CAPPADOCIA (B/L/D)
Sep. 16 – After breakfast, we will visit the magnificent Mausoleum of Ataturk, after lunch you can see the magnificent view of Salt Lake on the way to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 05 – CAPPADOCIA (B/L/D)
Sep. 18 – After breakfast, start the tour with Love Valley where you can discover the spectacular rock formations, magical fairy chimneys while our guide tells you about the history of Cappadocia and the volcanic formation of fairy chimneys. Visit Carpet School where you can see different carpet designs. After proceed to Pasabaglari (known as the Fairy Chimney Valley) Here you will have the chance to see many fairy chimneys with one body and multiple caps. Drive to Avanos the town famous with potteries from the Hittities period. Proceed for lunch, then drive to Devrent Valley where you can see mushroom and animal shape fairy chimneys. Go to Ürgup and Ortahisar rock-cut castle to watch the view of old Greek house which was built in the 1800s. After watch the best view of Cappadocia as we drive to Goreme Open Air Museum it is a place where you can visit carved churches, chapels and monasteries. The churches were painted with frecoes from between 10th and 13th centuries. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 06 – CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE (B/L/D)
Sep. 19 – After breakfast, visit Jewellery Workshop Center. Drive toward Konya and visit the Mevlana Museum. Konya was the center of the Selcuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana, famous for his Whirling Dervishes dance (all white garments and long red hat ). Next, visit a 13th century Tepesidelik Han Caravanserai, a “hotel” for ancient traders and travellers. Drive to Capadoccia. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 07 – PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI (B/L/D)
Sep. 20 – After breakfast, visit Pamukkale where you will see the Cotton Cliffs and Hierapolis Ancient City. Your guide will lead you from northern necropolis to southern necropolis. On your way, you will learn the story of this sacred city and explore it’s basilica theatre, temple of Apollo, roman bath, St. Phillip Martyrium and other parts of the city. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 08 – KUSADASI – TROY (B/L/D)
Sep. 21 – After breakfast, we will visit the Outlet Leather Factory & Center in order to have free time for shopping and watch Live Fashion Show. Next drive to the Ancient City of Ephesus. A downhill walk with your guide will take you into the ruins of the Roman capital. Your route then takes you past the Bouleuterion, Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, Temple of Hadrian, The Celsus Library and finally The Great Theater. Overnight in Troy.
Day 09 – TROY – ISTANBUL (B/L/D)
Sep. 22 – After breakfast, drive to Troy and visit the legendary Troy where you can see a replica of the wooden horse. Once thought to be the figment of literary imagination, Troy was uncovered due largely to the efforts of Heinrich Schliemann, who steadfastly believed in its existence using his own money to successively uncover nine different settlements in Troy. Transfer to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 – ISTANBUL (B/L/-)
Sep. 23 – Start the day at the top of Istiklal Avenue, in Taksim Square. Free time for leisure at Spice Bazaar. Visit Pierre Loti Hill by Cable Car located in Eyup, which belongs to Fatih district on the European side of Bosphorus. There is a tea house which has an incredible view of Golden Horn, from Eyup to Eminonu. Transfer to airport in Istanbul.
Day 11 – MANILA
Sep. 24 – Arrive in Manila.
14 SEPTEMBER MNL DOH 2340H 0355H | 15 SEPTEMBER DOH IST 0740H 1210H
23 SEPTEMBER IST DOH 1945H 2350H | 24 SEPTEMBER DOH MNL 0200H 1635H
All transportation in Turkey
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8 nights hotel accommodation
Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
Car park, Gasoline, Highway and Bridge fees
Local taxes and service charge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner based on itinerary
Daily 2 small bottles of water
Bosphorus Tour by Boat
Tips to driver and guide USD 10 per day
Visa fee USD 100
Hot air balloon
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Non-refundable USD 600 down payment to reserve this slot
Philippine passport must be 6 months valid after the travel date
Minimum of 2 persons must be travelling together
Surcharge apply for 1 person
Foreign passport surcharge applies for non PH passport holder