MarmaraTour



Discover Turkey with a small group!
The Best of Turkey, one of our fully escorted tours will take you to the most important locations of Turkey. Enjoy the luxury of traveling with a same group and having your private guide at all times. In order to realize that tour, group size should be minimum 15 people.
Duration:12 nights – 13 days
Starts from: Istanbul
Ends in: Istanbul
Route: Ankara, Capadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Assos, Pergamum and Troy.

THE BEST OF TURKEY 12 Nights - 13 Days


DAY 1 – ISTANBUL
Welcome to Istanbul. After clearing customs and immigration, our representative meets you at the airport and helps you transfer to your hotel. After check-in to the hotel, afternoon is leisure time. You can rest in your room or you can take a walk around the hotel. Before dinner, gather for an Orientation Briefing. Your tour guide will go over the details of your upcoming trip.



DAY 2 – ISTANBUL
Today we will drive to the Old City to visit Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. Next visit the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years. After lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. (B,D)



DAY 3 – ANKARA
After breakfast depart for Ankara via the Salt Lake which is the second biggest lake of Turkey. Today we discover Ankara that was once a Hittite town, then a Roman city, and now the capital of Turkey. Then visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which is housed in a restored Caravanserai, seeing its Hittite treasures and artifacts. We will continue to the great Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Dinner and overnight in Ankara. (B,D)



DAY 4 – CAPADOCIA
Optional balloon tour. Depart from the hotel at 13:00-14:00 depending on the arrival time of the participants and visit the Imagination Valley where animal-like natural formations like camels and fair chimneys are abundant. Drive on to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock cut rooms. Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. After lunch break visit to the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar. Continue on to Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Shopping time for the well-known merits of the area. Overnight in Cappadocia (B,D)



DAY 5 – CAPADOCIA
Free day in Cappadocia. (B,D)



DAY 6 – ANTALYA
Visit Mevlana in Konya and visit to Antalya. Antalya, first a Pamphylian, and later a Roman city. This day visit the Antalya Regional Archaeological Museum and an orientation tour of the city. Delve further into history in the ancient city ruins of Perge, built in 1,000 B.C. by Greeks from Northern Anatolia, a region of Turkey also known as Asia Minor. The city thrived under Roman rule during the second-century B.C., from which most of the ruins date. The theater at Aspendos has a capacity of 15,000 people and is the best preserved in the Mediterranean Basin. Overnight in Antalya. (B,D)



DAY 7 – ANTALYA
Enjoy a free day in ANTALYA.(B,D)



DAY 8 – ANTALYA
Enjoy a free day in ANTALYA.(B,D)



DAY 9 – PAMUKKALE
After breakfast depart Pamukkale, or white castle in Turkish, is a geothermal feature of terraced hot springs in southwest Turkey. The ancient city of Hierapolis was constructed atop the springs and many ruins remain. Overnight at a thermal hotel in Pamukkale. (B,D)



DAY 10 – IZMIR / EPHESUS KUSADASI
After breakfast we drive to the ancient city of Ephesus and first visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. Impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary. We stay overnight at our resort hotel in İzmir. (B,D)



DAY 11 – ASSOS / CANAKKALE
After breakfast drive to Homer's Troy, and the site of King Priam's Treasures. Probably the most famous city of classical times - who doesn't know the story of the Trojan Horse. After Troy, you will enjoy a scenic drive through Thrace to visit the hauntingly beautiful the ancient city of Pergamon. You will visit the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the 200,000 volume library, and The Asclepieum of Pergamon. Enjoy dinner at our hotel on the beach in Canakkale. (B,D)



DAY 12 – ISTANBUL
This morning we will explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin - a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Then we take a Bosphorus Cruise Sightseeing Boat Trip * (2 hr boat ride) up Istanbul's winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas - you'll see Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Ottoman summer mansions and Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge - one of the world's largest suspension bridges, all alongside passing fishing boats, yachts, huge cargo ships and tankers. After lunch we will drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to reach the highest point of Istanbul called Camlica Hill. There you can enjoy an absolutely magnificent view of the whole city. Then walk around Uskudar which was anciently known as Chrysopolis meaning The City of Gold. (B,D)



DAY 13 – ISTANBUL
Departure transfers by our representative to the Istanbul Airport for your flight to the next destination. (B)



Booking & Payment:
You will be required to pay all cost 15 days prior to departure date. Please read Terms & Conditions before booking. In order to booking please contact with Turkey office or our representatives.

Accomodation:
3 star and 3+ star hotels.

Include:
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation in 3 star hotels.
  • Everyday breakfast and dinner.
  • Airport transfers to/from your hotel.
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non smoking coaches.
  • Licensed professional private guide throughout tour.
  • Entrance & museum fees to all the sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Luggage handling.
  • Local taxes and service charges.

  • Excluded:
  • International airfares.
  • VISA needed for Turkey.
  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff etc.
  • Items of a personal nature.

  • Prices:
  • Per person in Double Room: 750 € /995 $
  • Single Room: 1110 € /1470 $