Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Self-Drive Turkey

Day 01:  Cappadocia
Arrival at Kayseri airport meet and assist and transfer to the hotel in Cappadocia.
Cappadocia which is unique in the world and is a miraculous nature wonder is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia

Day 02: Cappadocia
Early morning hot air balloon ride. Transfer back to the hotel for breakfast. Late morning North Cappadocia Tour. The north tour includes visit to the Goreme valley with all churches,the Uchisar castle and Valleys Pasabag,Dervent and Pigeons valleys,Cavusin.Dinner and Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 03:  Cappadocia
Today we shall be touring the South of Cappadocia. Visit Ihlara valley with all churches,Selime Cave village and Underground city Kaymakli. Dinner and Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 04: Kusdasi
Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Izmir. Arrive and transfer straight to Ehpesus for sightseeing. Ephesus, once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia , is one of the highlights of Turkey that awaits the exploring tourists. The city was established as a port on the mouth of the river Cayster and was one of the foremost cities of the world for its being on a strategic trade route in Anatolia.The city itself and the ruins are all on the sides of a fertile valley. The extensive ruins including the theatre, library or gymnasium create the special atmosphere of Ephesus, and appeal to every visitors. Ephesus has been a "center" during the date. Once a trade center of the ancient world , a religious center of the early Christianity and today, a unique tourism center proving all its perfectas to the visitors through the world.
Transfer to Kusadasi. Kusadasi, which means "bird island", is set in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey and is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and large marina with a capacity for 600 boats. A glorious ancient city stands beside it, Ephesus with hundreds of thousands of visitors from tours each year. Numerous holiday villages and hotels line its shores and hundreds of restaurants serve food from all around the world.Dinner and Overnight in Kusadasi

Day 05: Pammukale - Bodrum
Today drive to Pammukale. Sightseeing of Heirapolis and Cotton Castle. Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey.Arrive and transfer to your hotel.Late afternoon visit unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Drive onwards to Bodrum. Overnight in Bodrum

Day 06: Bodrum
Half day tour of Bodrum including visit to the Castle and the Museum. One place of Bodrum that no visitor to this great city should miss is the famous Bodrum Castle, which overlooks the harbor and the international marina. This castle was constructed by the Knights of Rhodes in the 15th century during the crusades of the middle ages, and it was given the name The Castle of St. Petrus, or Petronium. Dinner and Overnight in Bodrum

Day 07: Bodrum
Day at leisure.  Dinner and Overnight in Bodrum

Day 08: Istanbul
Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Istanbul. Istanbul - The Former capital of three successive empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Istanbul today honors and preserves the legacy of the past while looking forward to a modern Future. Istanbul of the day conforms the definition of a great city, not only with her population and the area she covers but also with the variety of cultures and ways of living. This cultural structure which enables a good number of elements that contradict with each other and yet exist together even one in another, is the produce of an accumulation of about one thousand years. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit famous spices market, Rustem Pacha mosque from the XVI century and end your day with the cruise on the Bosphorus and from the deck of our cruise boat take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, that is lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisarı and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 09: Istanbul
After breakfast, depart for a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque; “Istanbul's imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Sultan Ahmet Camii) is called the Blue Mosque because of its interior tiles, mostly on the upper level and difficult to see unless you're right up there with them. Forget the blue tiles! The mosque (built 1603-17) is the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Aga. It's built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the southeastern side of the Hippodrome” and Hippodrome; “The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a horse-racing track that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and the largest city in Europe. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with only a few fragments of the original structure surviving.” Finish the tour at Grand Bazaar.Overnight in Istanbul

Day 10: Istanbul
Today depart on a day picnic to Princess Islands. The Princes' Islands are composed of nine islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara. There are regular passenger ferries and fast passenger ferries (sea bus) to the four of the islands from different piers of the city; from Sirkeci, from Kabatas, and from Bostanci districts. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the islands except the ones belonging to local municipality for public works, so people walk or rent a bicycle or horse-drawn carriage, even a donkey.The name of the islands come from the Byzantine period, when princes and empresses were exiled there. But during the Ottoman period, especially around 19th century with the use of steamboats, these islands became a popular resorts for Istanbul's rich people, building their wooden houses. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 11: Istanbul – Mumbai
Transfer to the airport to take flight back

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