Turkey Package Tours
(Bus Tour #6)

GALLIPOLI, TROY, (PERGAMUM), EPHESUS, PAMUKKALE, CAPPADOCIA

6 Days & 6 Nights


Everyday departure bus tours from Istanbul

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Day 1 :  Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale (L)
Pick up from Istanbul hotel early in the morning at around 06:30 am arriving in Canakkale by bus at around noon time.
Half day afternoon Gallipoli tour including transfers, entrance fees, guide and lunch box.
Visiting - Kabatepe Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial)
Hotel accommodation in Eceabat / Canakkale. Private rooms with air condition and bath/WC

Day 2 : Troy Tour - Evening bus to Kusadasi. (B)
Breakfast in your hotel included
Half day morning Troy Tour at 08:45, including transfers, and entrance fees.
Free time in the afternoon, until bus departure
Evening bus to Kusadasi. Transfer to hotel.
Hotel accommodation in Kusadasi
PS: If it matches with your dates, Pergamum tour can be included on the way to Kusadasi, with an extra 50 Euro pp cost. Please ask available dates if you are interested.

Day 3 : Ephesus Tour & Hotel in Kusadasi (B/L/D)
Breakfast in your hotel included.
Full day tour of Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary, including transfers, entrance fees, guide.
From Kusadasi, you travel north to St. John’s Basilica, passing the Byzantine fortress at Selcuk and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. Continue to Ephesus Open Museum then up to the House of Virgin Mary located in Bulbul Mountain. After the visit head for the upper gate of Ephesus. By the end of touring Ephesus, return to Kusadasi.
Lunch during the tour is included.
Dinner in your hotel is included.
Overnight in Kusadasi hotel included

Day 4 : Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour. Overnight bus to Cappadocia. (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel included
Pamukkale & Hierapolis tour including transfers, entrance fees, guide.
A miracle of Nature (Pamukkale) and one of the most prominent city of ancient times (Hierapolis) are just next to each other waiting to be discovered by you. You must not miss this ! Visiting the amazing white colored travertines, hot spring pools and water terraces have been created by nature in millions of years on the mountain slopes of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest ancient Necropolis in present Turkey with 1200 gravestones.
Lunch during the tour is included
Overnight bus to Cappadocia, arriving next morning.

Day 5 : Morning Arrival - Cappadocia Tour & Hotel (L)
Your bus will arrive to Cappadocia next day early in the morning. Get ready for a day full of surprises.
Full day Northern Cappadocia tour including transfers, guide and entrance fee. This tour will cover the most famous parts of the region such as Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Urgup,  Dervent Valley and other sites.
Lunch will be served during the tour in a nice Turkish Restaurant. .
Transfer back to hotel at the end of the tour.
Overnight in hotel in Cappadocia

Day 6 : Cappadocia Tour - Overnight Bus to Istanbul (B/L)
Breakfast in your hotel included
Full day Southern Cappadocia Tour including transfers, entrance fees and lunch.
One day is never enough to see the wonders of the vast Cappadocia region, which partially covers 3 provinces of the country. Minimum 2 day tour is a must after coming all the way. You have so many things more to see on your second day, your eyes wide open in amazement. The second day's itinerary will be like this. This tour will cover Pigeon (Guvercinlik) Valley, Uchisar Castle, Kaymakli Valley and other minor sites.
Lunch in a typical Turkish Restaurant during the day tour.
Overnight bus to Istanbul with non-smoking new model long distance coaches with air-condition and flexible seat-backs suitable for taking a nap. There will be reasonable breaks along the way for food, drinks and personal needs.

Day 7 : Morning Arrival in Istanbul
End of our service with your arrival to the main bus station in Istanbul, next day at around 7:30-08:00 am.
 

PS: The order of Cappadocia tours can be interchanged, and minor changes are likely in tour programs.

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Tour Pricing:
625 Euro per person in single room
555 Euro per person in double room
510 Euro per person in triple room
Winter Discount: 5 % winter discount from November 01-March 31, except Christmas period (December 23-January 03)

Tour prices include:
All taxes. Various surcharges may apply for credit card payments (you will be informed in advance).
4 nights accommodation in private rooms at 3 star or equal quality special class/boutique hotels.
Mentioned 6 guided tours in English, including all entrance fees for museums,
Meals as mentioned above in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Long distance transportations by non-smoking, air-conditioned coaches with flexible seat-backs.
All connecting transfers in between the tour period.

Possible additions :
Airport hotel transfers, hotel accommodation and daily city tours in Istanbul before or after this tour package.
Hot air balloon flight at sunrise before the Cappadocia tour on the 5th day with highly discounted prices
Extra day in Cappadocia + Ihlara Valley tour if requested.
Extra hotel and other daily tours in Kusadasi can be added.

Payment and reservation:
We will request 15-20 % of the total tour price in advance to complete your tour reservation. You can make the advance payment from our secure online payment link or by mail order. The remaining payment can be made when you arrive to Istanbul. We accept all major credit cards and cash payments can also be also made in Euros Turkish Liras, US Dollars, British Pounds or other international currencies from local cross rates valid on the payment date.

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What is a package tour ?
A package tour is the combination of variety of local tours in different cities in the most practical and economic way, which can be done by professional travel agencies only. Please kindly note that these are package tours rather than typical group tours and you will actually be independent in hotels and during the transportation (bus or plane) except join other people during the daily excursion tours included in the itineraries. The itineraries are organized considering best transportation options. Our agency's basic function here is that, everything will be organized by us and will be ready for you (bus or plane tickets, hotels vouchers, tours as well as most connecting transfers) in advance, and you will not have to deal with each separately, and besides pay much less than you would book them by yourself.

You can customize these tours
Tour prices are valid for mostly 3, some 4 star or similar quality boutique hotels. Each of these tours can be upgraded or customized for your personal requirement. Hotels can be upgraded to 4 star, or 5 star hotels and additional hotel accommodation + free day can be added to each tour at any destinations you prefer, bus rides can be replaced with domestic flights where available, Istanbul departure and arrivals can easily be replaced by other cities of Turkey. .

Important Notice:
Except peak summer season, Istanbul Airports are where almost all international flights lands when you come to Turkey. Istanbul leg is not included in any of these packages. To be able to join them comfortably, you need to add minimum 1 night stay in Istanbul to the end & beginning of these package tours - unless your international flights are matching perfectly and you do not want to risk consequences of any possible delays. We can additionally book your hotels and tours in Istanbul if requested. Some tours can also be arranged starting from / ending in other major cities as well.

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INFORMATION
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Gallipoli
This area is known for the war cemeteries and memorials for the Turkish and foreign soldiers killed during the World War I, around Canakkale Province in 1915. There are sunken ships, trenches, castles, towers and hundreds of remains of the war. In total, there are graves and memorials of around 250,000 Turkish soldiers, and 250,000 from Australia, New Zealand, England and France. Thousands of people visit the war cemeteries every year, and it is one of the most famous sites in Turkey.

Troy
Ancient city of Troia (Troy), which was immortalized in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey epics. According to archaeologists, Troy is only one of nine cities which were built on top of each other, the oldest of which dates back to 3000 BC. Its history covers an area beginning from the north side of the Edremit gulf, and reaches the southern shores of the Marmara Sea. To the south is Kazdagi (Ida Mountain), an attractive area to visit 30 km. away from Canakkale, in Hisarlik. Archeological excavations revealed the different time periods of various settlement areas, city ramparts, house basis, a temple and a theater. A symbolic horse made up of wood reminds the big Trojan war. Historical port, Alexandria - Troas was constructed during 3rd century B. C. St. Paul had visited here two times, and his third missioner voyage to Assos was started from here.

Ephesus
During both the Hellenistic and Roman periods Ephesus was the most important port and cultural center of the eastern world. The remains of the city are still spellbinding today. Of all the ancient cities of Turkey, Ephesus is the best preserved and most visited in all ages and is as popular as it was in ancient times. This is due to the miraculous discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary. The city had splendid buildings and was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, whose temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The main monuments that we will see during the visit of this fascinating city are: the street of Arcadiane, the majestic theatre, marble road, library of Celsus, market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic state agora, prytaneion, odeon. The town of Seljuk, is dominated by a Byzantine citadel close to the basilica of St. John built in the 5th century, on the site of tomb of the Apostle. Seljuk has also an exceptionally fine archaeological museum.

The Artemis Temple was destroyed in 356BC, and when Alexander the Great passed through in 334 BC he offered to pay for the cost of a new construction, provided it was dedicated to him. The Ephesus people declined, and rebuilt it with great success.

When the Romans made Ephesus their provincial capital, it became a busy town with great commercial, trading and political importance, and a population that grew to around 250,000. A significant Christian community grew, and the city was visited by St John the Evangelist in the 1st century, then by St Paul, who was there between 51-53 AD and wrote some of his epistles. It was also the venue of two Ecumenical Councils.

But the success of Roman Ephesus began to dwindle, mainly because of problems connected to the harbour, which was the main source of trade. The Cayster River was pushing silt up the harbour and despite attempts to dredge it and rebuild the harbour, the sea was pushed back to Pamucak, 4km away, and therefore Ephesus lost its source of wealth. By the 6th century, the city was unliveable and was shifted near to St John’s Basilica, and by 1090 it was taken over by the Turks.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis
Pamukkale is one of the most enchanting and remarkable sights in the whole of Turkey with the great dazzling white plateau, almost 400 feet high, rising in a curtain of stalagmites and shallow pools, giving one into another on hundreds of different levels, and ancient city of Hierapolis located on this plateau. The great baths were constructed in the second century and are so well-preserved that they now serve as a museum. The impressive and recently restored theatre, the Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle of the 5th century – a colonnaded street erected by Domitian, a monumental gate of the same period, another bath stretching on for over a Mile, the necropolis with a fascinating variety of tombs and sarcophagus are the famous monuments of this antique city.

Cappadocia
In ancient geography, Cappadocia or Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya) was the name of the extensive inland district of Asia Minor (modern Turkey).Cappadocian region is the place where nature and history come together most beautifully within the world. While geographic events are forming Peribacalari (fairy chimneys), during the historical period, humans had carried the signs of thousand years old civilizations with carving houses and churches within these earth pillars and decorating them with frisks.

Cappadocia contains several underground cities, largely used by early Christians as hiding places before they became a legitimate religion. The Cappadocian Fathers of the fourth century were integral to much of early Christian philosophy. It also produced, among other people, another Patriarch of Constantinople, John of Cappadocia who held office 517–520. For most of the Byzantine era it remained relatively undisturbed by the conflicts in the area, first with the Sassanid Empire and later against the Islamic expansion led by Arabs.

The area is a world famous and popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features.The region is southwest of the major city Kayseri, which has airline and railroad service to Ankara and Istanbul. The Cappadocia region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago (late Miocene to Pliocene epochs). The rocks of Cappadocia near Goreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. The volcanic deposits are soft rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. Goreme became a monastic center between 300-1200 AD. First period settlement in Goreme reaches to the Roman period from Christianity. Yusuf Koc, Ortahane, Durmus Kadir and Bezirhane churches in Goreme, houses and churches carved into rocks till to Uzun Dere, Baglidere and Zemi Valley carries the mystical side of history today. The Goreme Open Air Museum is the most visited site of the monastic communities in Cappadocia and is one of the most famous sites in central Turkey. It is a complex comprising more than 30 rock-carved churches and chapels containing some superb frescoes, dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries.
 



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