Honeymoon Paradise

8D7N Ravishing Turkey Escape

Tour Code: HP8DRTE

Turkey offers a wealth of destination varieties to travellers: from dome-and-minaret filled skyline of Istanbul to Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from heavily indented coastline against a mountainous backdrop of Lycia and wide and sunny beaches of Pamphylia to cold and snowy mountains of the East, from crazy "foam parties" of Bodrum to Middle Eastern-flavoured cities of Southeastern Anatolia, from verdant misty mountains of Eastern Black Sea to wide steppe landscapes of Central Anatolia, there is something for everyone's taste - whether they be travelling on an extreme budget by hitchhiking or by a multi-million yacht.

 

Istanbul / Bursa

LUNCH • DINNER

Welcome to Istanbul! We commence with sightseeing in Istanbul, covering the following: Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), a 16th century’s religious center and the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 minarets. Hippodrome square where horse carriage and gladiator fights took place during the Byzantian Empire. It is decorated today with an Egyptian Column, Serpentane Column and Ibrahim Pasa Palace. St. Sophia Museum, a unique combination of Christianity and Islam religion in the same holding place.

Next, Topkapi Palace – a museum palace with a wide collection of Porcelains, Treasuries, religious collect peace. It is the first Great Imperial Palace of Ottoman Dynasty. We depart to Bursa by ferry, which is first capital Turkish Ottoman Dynasty. Check in to hotel overnight in Bursa

Bursa / Kurdasi

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

Welcome to the first Capital of Turkish people Bursa. Visit Ulucami (Grand Mosque) – the largest Mosque in Bursa with the most striking example of Ottoman Turkish art and impressive calligraphic wall decorations from 1399 AD. Next, Koza Han, which means the "silk cocoon market". Koza Han was built in 1491 by sultan Beyazit II. It was both used as a caravanserai and a silk market because Bursa was the last stop on the great Silk Road from China. Since 1491, the Han has remained the center of the silk industry and trade.

Next is Cumalikizik Village an early ottoman settlement area. The village has maintained it’s historical character and presents one of the finest examples of early Ottoman architecture. After lunch, drive to Kusadasi, we stop over at a Turkish Delight and Apple Tea Outlet in Kusadasi.  Overnight in Kusadasi.

Kusadasi / Pamukkale

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

We start our day with an upbeat fashion show showcasing high quality leather products made in Turkey. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last years Next, we set off for Selcuk and explore Ephesus ancient city, one of the world’s most outstanding archaeological sites. Walk in its well-preserved marble streets to the Library of Celsius, the Odeon, Grand Theatre, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Bath etc.

Next visit Artemis Temple, which is one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. After lunch we depart for  Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), visit the extensive ruins of Hierapolis & Necropolis - known for its thermal baths and health center. Thereafter, see “Cotton Castle” or Pamukkale’s magical and unique terraces & castles created by deposits of white limestone from thermal springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

Today, travel to Konya. Visit a 700-year-old ancient caravanserai (a ‘hotel’ for ancient traders and travellers on silk road). Next, visit the museum of 13th century Philosopher Melvana Celaleddin-i Rumi, which used to be the cloister for Mevlevi Dervishes.

Mevlana was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions are more or less truth. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to men of all sects and creeds. Continue to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia 

Cappadocia

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

Hot air ballooning over the charming landscape during sunrise is optional this morning time. Today, be enchanted by the Underground City of Kaymakli, once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight-storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways.

Next, get the rare chance to experience the beauty and work of Turkey’s handmade crafts through a Turkish carpet-weaving course. Following this, a visit to the Pigeon Valley and the fascinating frescoed rock churches and chapels at Goreme Open-Air Museum. Photo stops will be made at Uchisar “castle” village, a fantasyland of strange and wonderful works of man and nature. If time permits, visit one of the local cave houses.

Then, proceed to Avanos Pottery Village, set on the banks of the Kizilirmak (Red River). Finally, a chance to view Turkish semi precious Turkish turquoise (the name given by Marco Polo which means color of Turks). Overnight in Cappadocia

Cappadocia / Ankara / Bolu

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

This morning, drive pass picturesque Salt Lake and arrive into Ankara – capital of Turkey. Our Ankara sightseeing highlights include the magnificent Ataturk Mausoleum. Next, Ankara city tour where you will get some free time for shopping. It helps to know where to go to find what you are looking for.

There are a lot of options with regards to shopping in Ankara – between the supermarkets, department stores, and weekly bazaars, you are sure to find what you need.  Overnight in Bolu 

Bolu / Istanbul

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER

After breakfast in Bolu hotel drive to Istanbul and start the Istanbul full day city tour covers 500-year-old Grand Bazaar, a maze of over 4,000 stalls and shops selling leather goods, jewelry, handicrafts, ceramics, Turkish coffee and other local products. Next, start Bosphorous Cruise trip, Here, you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very beat of life in Istanbul.

Witness the magnificent architecture of the buildings along the river and the interesting activities of our local people. We will get very chance of taking photo of Rumeli Castle and Anatolia Castle build by the conqueror of Istanbul in 1453.  Overnight in Istanbul

Istanbul – Home

BREAKFAST

After breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home, bringing back wonderful memories and superb souvenirs from your Turkish vacation

 

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PERKS:

  • Welcome Flower at the airport
  • Welcome Gift at the airport (Turkish handmade pottery)
  • Welcome Message from Travel Agents
  • Turkish Bath in Istanbul or Cappadocia (Inclusive of foam massage, scraping, oil massage, face mask, Jacuzzi)

ACCOMODATION

  • Istanbul Hilton Golden Horn Hotel 4 Stars Deluxe Sea View or similar
  • Cappadocia Dinler Urgup Hotel 5 Stars or similar
  • Bursa Almira Hotel 5 Stars or similar
  • Pamukkale Colossea Hotel 5 Stars or similar
  • Kusadasi Kismet Hotel 5 Stars or similar
  • Bolu Koru Hotel 4 Stars or similar

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 7 night accommodation
  • Tours and transfers as per itinerary (Private)
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Portage Service
  • Water during meals. One bottle of water daily in the bus per pax.
  • Parking fees
  • English speaking guide

TOUR EXCLUDES

  • Return flight ticket
  • Airport taxes and surcharges
  • Compulsory tip for guide - USD$8
  • UniSure Leisure Travel Insurance - $6
Remarks
  • Any unused tours, services or rooms are non-refundable
  • Shahidah Travel & Tours has the right to change the prices of proposed itineraries if there are changes on tax policies, exchange rates, transport or fuel costs.