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Turkey – Be Our Guest - 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. 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.

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 Sophia 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.

Sightseeing

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.

Day 1
Arrived in 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

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

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

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

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

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
Final departure

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.

Inclusion

  • Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus the winding water strait separating Europe
  • Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
  • Pamukkaley - Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
  • Kusadasi - Ephesus - Izmir - Istanbul

Exclusion

  • Tips for guides, escort, drivers etc.
  • Optional shows and meals mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, postage, communications and beverages.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other changes caused by the acts of god, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change , strikes, war, riot, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident.
  • Any items not specified in the plan.
  • Visa fee
  • Airfare

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Customer Reviews

Gabriel Max
Gabriel Max
12:57 25 Aug 19
Shishu tours were fantastic, nothing was a problem for them as they go out of their way to make sure your trip is fantastic! From guides to porters they do a wonderful job, thanks for some amazing memories.read more
orla santiago
orla santiago
12:44 25 Aug 19
I visited Nepal in early 2015 for the Shishu Tours' Everest Base Camp trek. It was well organised, with a thorough briefing from Sonu before we started. The guides, led by Hari, were knowledgeable, friendly and skilled. They ensured everyone in the group was save and well looked after, as well as being informative, conveying a true sense of love and awe for the environment. The accommodation in Thamel was good and out on the trek it was as good a standard as could be expected. This was my second trip to the Everest region and I if I get the opportunity to go again, I would certainly consult with Sonu and her Shishu Tours team.read more
chilou zhuu
chilou zhuu
12:42 25 Aug 19
I hiked with a group of 11 people with the goal of Everest Base Camp. When I got to Namchee Bazaar, I had a lot of diarrhea and fatigue. I discussed with my head guide that I did not feel I had the stamina to continue to higher elevations. The head guide arranged for a porter to accompany me back to Lukla over the next 2 days. All arrangements for accommadations and flight back to Kathmandu were arranged by Shishu Tours. The rest of the group successfully went to Everest Base Camp. I am very grateful for the excellent adaptability of the head guide Hari to help my special situation. And I appreciated the help of my porter Krisha on the trip back down to Lukla. Shishu Tours did a great job with all the travel arrangements.read more
felix yeap
felix yeap
12:34 25 Aug 19
This was a magic experience and the team at Shishu tours where exactly what we needed. They looked after us, where professional and most I felt safe in their hands. Would recommend them to anyone wishing to trek in the Everest especially if it is your first time trekking and first time in Nepal.read more
oliver rim
oliver rim
12:32 25 Aug 19
I can't recommend Shishu Tours enough. Throughout the trip, it really did feel like MY trip. Any extra/ side trips I wanted to make, any extra days I wanted - my guides were more than happy and quick to accommodate.read more
babu kaji maharjan
babu kaji maharjan
12:26 25 Aug 19
I have just returned from what I can only describe as a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek to Everest Base Camp. Thank you so much to Sonu who were my points of contact for the trek. When my flight got cancelled due to poor weather , Santosh did everything he could to get me to Lukla so I would not miss the trek and stayed at the airport with me until a helicopter was arranged. Sonu met me in Lukla and was a great porter and guide for the entire duration. He helped me get through my altitude anxiety and we made it to base camp on the most beautiful day ever. Santosh kept in contact with me the whole way and was very helpful advising me to drink lots of water, stay hydrated and not to sleep during the day ( all of which are very useful tips for the trek).Trusted his advice 100 percent especially since he has summited Everest. Thank you so much...Would love to do Annapurna in future perhaps !read more
Gautam sharma
Gautam sharma
12:23 25 Aug 19
It was my first time to Nepal, first time trekking, and a friend of mine recommended Shishu to me as she already went with them before so I did EBC trekking with them. From the minute they picked me up from the airport, I knew everything is gonna be alright. Guys were so cheerful and paid a lot attention to my needs. I felt like traveling with friends, we talked a lot, shared a lot, with the great view of Himalayas and delicious meals. This has been one of my best trip and not the last. Go with them and you won't regret!read more
shrisha gurung
shrisha gurung
12:17 25 Aug 19
We went to EB trek with Shishu Tours last November, it’s kind of surreal. In the middle of nowhere and then you come across this amphitheater of a town with coffee shops and bakeries. Most travel through it going north but it worth ha gong out for a couple of days. Go to the art shop and buy something special for yourself. So genuine and humbleread more
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