Discover the Potential – Turkey - 7 Days

The fantastic country of Turkey features wonderful beach resorts, sparkling blue seas, never-ending sunshine and a staggeringly beautiful coastline. It is also a land with magnificent past, and everywhere you turn during your holiday in Turkey you stumble across relics of ancient civilizations. Ancient, modern, and infused by the exotic, Turkey holiday deals offer a great escape from the ordinary.

Overview

There is something for everyone, whether it is lazing on the beach or scuba diving, playing golf or haggling for souvenirs, exploring a quiet hilltop village or dancing the night away in bustling cosmopolitan resort. There is a wide range of accommodation available, including active resort hotels, family, spas and sport hotels. This vibrant eastern Mediterranean country is fast becoming our best-loved holiday destination.

Although Turkey is situated in a geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, the diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts, result in significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other. 

Season and Climate in Turkey Turkey is a year-round destination depending on your itinerary. Although the tourist “high season” (with associated higher rates) is from mid-June through mid-September, Spring and Fall are the best seasons to travel. The sun is warm and skies are generally clear. You can expect mild to warm temperatures and some rain during this time. 

Itinerary

Day 1
ARRIVE ISTANBUL

On arrival in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred by our local representative to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus the winding water strait separating Europe and Asia and visit of Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2
ISTANBUL - ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning transfer to Istanbul airport for an early flight to Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ankara, destination is the mysterious Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 3
CAPPADOCIA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning enjoy city sights of Cappadocia. Enjoy in this unique corner of the world. Visit to Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Lunch at a typical restaurant of the region and visit Avanos in Zelve Region and time for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 4
CAPPADOCIA - KONYA - PAMUKKALE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Konya. En route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. Continue to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress. Visit the hot mineral waters burst from the earth and cascade over cliffs forming pools and stalactites. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 5
PAMUKKALE - APHRODISIAS - KUSADASI

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stroll through the ruins of ancient Roman City Hierapolis and transfer to Kusadasi. En route lunch at a local restaurant and visit Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite and famous for the sculpture school. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6
KUSADASI - EPHESUS - IZMIR - ISTANBUL

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St.John. Drive to Izmir airport for the flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 7
DEPART ISTANBUL

Meal: Breakfast

This morning enjoy morning sightseeing of Istanbul city. Visit Byzantine Hippodrome and Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet. Finally the Grand Covered Bazaar, which covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Later you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport for your flight back home.

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Places to Visit

Since most forts and palaces in Istanbul are built on the riverside, it is advisable to start your sightseeing with a Cruise tour that lasts for about 2 hours and covers the important destinations in the city. The cruise first takes you to the Blue Mosque. Also called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish, the mosque is known for its overwhelming size, majesty and splendour and remains to be the most popular tourist attraction in Istanbul. Hagia Sofia is another major monument and sightseeing destination in the city. Once a mosque, it is now converted into a Church and is famous for its exceptional architecture, considering that it is one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. 

Topkapi Palace is a good example of Ottoman architecture and contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals. The palace served as the royal residence of the Ottoman Sultans and contains holy relics including Prophet Muhammad’s cloak and sword. Hippodrome is the city centre of Istanbul and is usually associated with Constantinople’s days of glory. After marvelling at the historical richness of Turkey, indulging into shopping at Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar is a good idea.

Shopping 

As much as it is essential to visit the Blue mosque in Istanbul, exploring the renowned Grand Bazaar is equally important for any tourist who visits the city. Turkey’s largest covered market, Grand Bazaar is famous for its beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed tiles, porcelain, copper and brassware, leather and silk. While the high prices may put you off initially, it is a good place to hone your bargaining skills for a better deal. Taksim Square is another major shopping destination for tourists and the natives alike.

Fashion is a booming industry in Istanbul with a whole generation of Turkish designers emerging over the past decade. Istanbul is considered to be a jewellery-lover’s paradise and is also famous for its handmade shoes, kaftans, hand-woven rugs, ceramic pomegranates, lamps and ethnic motifs.

Istanbul’s Spice Market is another famous market with a collection of spices, teas and souvenirs.

Nightlife

The nightlife in Istanbul is slightly overrated and is restricted to only some parts of the city. For a Turk, nightlife means sitting by the riverside and enjoying a peaceful meal. However, there are a few good pubs and bars in the city. Weekend concerts are a highlight of the nightlife in Istanbul. Sheesha / Hukka is a speciality in Turkey and is commonly available in all pubs and restaurants. The shore-facing restaurants and nightclubs in Bosphorus have various local and international culinary delights and some amazing views of the shore to enjoy while devouring your food.

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