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Transcontinental Turkey: 8 Days

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Highlights: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Troy, Asklepion, Ephesus, Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, live Fashion Show, production center for leather garments, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar old village, Ancient City of Hierapolis, Calcareous hot springs, Sultanhani Caravanserai, Underground City, Valley of the Birds, Uchisar Castle, Avanos-town famous for pottery and carpets, Whirling Dervishes Show , Folkloric Dance Show, Belly Dance Show, Ataturk Mausoleum, Grand Bazaar in Istanbul (covered market with 58 streets and 4,000 shops)
Destinations Covered:  Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Troy, Pamukkale, Konya, Kappadocia, Ankara, Bolu, Istanbul.
Point of Arrival & departure: Istanbul (IST)
Duration: 7 Nights & 8 Days
Itinerary:
Day 1:  Arrive Istanbul-Canakkale
Upon arrival Istanbul you will get transfered to the hotel by our representative. On  the way visit Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace–the seat of the Ottoman Empire, after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. It is today, a museum palace with a wide collection of Kitchen wares and Porcelains, Treasuries, Royal Antiques, Courtyards, Holy Relics etc.
And we begin a scenic drive down to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles during first world war. And we will cross the second strategic waterway, the Dardanelles (Dardanelles-formerly Hellespont is a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey, 38 miles (61 km) long and 0.75 to 4 miles (1.2 to 6.5 km) wide, linking the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara). We will check-in to our hotel in Canakkale for dinner and overnight stay.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque: The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. It contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. The mosque’s architect, Mehmet Aga, managed to orchestrate the sort of visual wham-bam effect with the mosque’s exterior that Aya Sofya achieved with its interior. With 260 windows with stained glass, beautiful curves the mosque has six minarets and the courtyard is the biggest of all of the Ottoman mosques.Even though the windows are replacements, that still create the luminous effects of the originals, which came from Venice.
Day 2: Kusadasi
Today following breakfast, we proceed to Troy. Referred to in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, Troy has in fact nine cities superimposed one upon another. Troy VI pertains to the famous Trojan War of Homer where the legendary heroes included Agamemnon, Achilles, Ulysses, and Nestor on the Greek side and Priam, Hector, and Paris on the Trojan side.
Then we drive southward to visit Asklepion that is oldest health center of Antique World. Drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 3:  Kusadasi-Pamukkale 
Third day after breakfast we drive to Selcuk to visit Ephesus and to see one of the SevenChurches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (One of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) and the Basilica of St. John from a distance, followed by lunch in the township of Selcuk.
After lunch we will visit the famous local production center for leather garments whereby after a live Fashion Show time will be allocated for shopping. Then continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Ancient City of Hierapolis today called Pamukkale where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. After a picture break, dinner and  spend the overnight at Pamukkale.
Day 4: Pamukkale-Konya-Cappadocia 
Following an early breakfast we will drive through an interesting landscape where peasants make their living, to have lunch en-route before arriving in Konya. Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. After visitingSultanhani Caravanserai on the way, we will continue to Cappadocia. Overnight stay in hotel in Cappadocia.
Konya is a city in Central Anatolia in Turkey, known as the city of whirling dervishes and for its outstanding Seljuk architecture.Konya was once the capital of Sultanate of Rum, known in Turkish as Anadolu Selçuklulari, a situation which resulted in much of the architectural heritage visible today. Despite rapid growth in recent years, and the arrival of many students from out of town in the Selçuk University, founded in 1975, Konya still retains the air of an Anatolian provincial town. Konya derives considerable charm from the adjacency of old and new.
Day 5: Cappadocia Sightseeing
Enjoy a full-day tour through Cappadocia, which boasts a unique landscape sculpted by the wind, sun, rain and snow. Its bizarrely shaped pillars, cones and ‘fairy chimneys’  fantastic spots for snapshots. Explore the Underground City, one of the largest underground cities here, said to have existed since the Hittite period. You will get a chance to see its bedrooms, kitchens, dining halls, wine cellars, chapels, stables and more.. Visit also Goreme Open Air Museum and  Uchisar, an old village of small dwellings carved into massive rocks.
If time permits, you can visit one of the homes in the contemporary village here and experience life ‘on the rocks’. Make photo stops at Valley of the Birds and Uchisar Castle, where you can capture panoramic views of the beautiful plateau.
Uchisar – this old village consists of small dwellings carved into huge rock.  The contemporary village is at the skirts of the rock. If time permits, you may visit one of these homes and experience life in here.
Avanos – a town famous small in pottery and carpets. You may visit one of the factories and learn the art of pottery making and carpet weaving. After that, transfer to hotel for dinner. After dinner, transfer to local cave Restaurant to have first Whirling Dervishes Show, thenFolkloric Dance Show and Belly Dance Show. After that, transfer back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6: Cappadocia-Ankara-Bolu 
Depart for Ankara, the capital of Turkey.  Visit the Ataturk Mausoleum – the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – Father of modern Turkey.  The architecture of the mausoleum is a mix of different styles that represent the various Anatolian civilizations.  Then drive to Bolu for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Bolu-Istanbul
After breakfast at hotel drive to Istanbul. Upon arrival have lunch in local restaurant. Then visit famous Grand Bazaar.
The Grand Bazaar (or Covered Bazaar, Turkish: Kapaliçarsi)  in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops, and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: Departure Transfer
After breakfast and free for leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight.
Package Includes: 
• All hotel accommodations,
• Daily breakfast ( All meals if requested),
• Private air-conditioned vehicle fpr tours and transfers,
• Professional English speaking tour guide,
• All entrance fees mentioned in the Itinerary,
• And all taxes and service charges.
Price as per Request

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