8 Days / 7 Nights - Eyes of Turkey Tour: If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. The best package for a short visit to Turkey, including Istanbul – Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara and back to Istanbul. This is an exquisite tour with all the bells and whistles. Incorporating a domestic flight and comfortable coach travel, you will be able to see Istanbul, the Mediterranean Region and Central Anatolia. An ideal tour for those who love history and culture which also includes a visit to the Mediterranean Coast.
On day 1 you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul – overnight. (There are two airports in Istanbul, Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from the city centre and Sabiha Gokcen which is 55 km away. The transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included; if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates).
Day 2 includes a tour of the fascinating city of the major sights of old Istanbul, visiting the ancient basilica of St Sophia built originally in the 4th century AD; the impressive Blue Mosque; Hippodrome, scene of chariot races and finishing with a must-do exploring the labyrinth of streets which make up the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4,000 shops. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 there is a magical boat tour along the Bosphorous which separates Europe and Asia followed by a visit to the Spice Bazaar. After lunch the tour departs to Ataturk airport for the domestic flight to Antalya.
Day 4 is spent exploring the delights of this Mediterranean city, visiting the old quarter known as Kaleici and after lunch, Duden waterfalls where the mountain streams from the Taurus Mountains pour off the cliffs into the sea. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5 at approximately 8.00 the tour departs for Konya, a two and a half hour coach journey. At Konya we visit the green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of the Sufi sect and home of the Whirling Dervishes. In the afternoon, the tour then moves on by coach to the spectacular region of Cappadocia in central Anatolia, arriving around 18.30. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 is a full day visiting the many wonderful sights in the area, beginning with a trip to Derinkuyu underground city. One of the best preserved, this city is 55m deep and was inhabited by up to 20,000 people and was fully formed during the Byzantine area as protection from invading Arab armies. Also visited is Goreme Open-air Museum where there are religious frescoes from the 10th century AD. The distinctively formed fairy chimneys, now the symbol of Cappadocia are also visited and there are visits to carpet and pottery workshops as well as a chance to taste some of the region’s famous wine. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 departing at 8.00 the tour drives to Turkey’s capital, Ankara (approximately 4 hour journey). On the way there is a stop at Salt Lake, the second biggest lake in the country. After lunch we visit Ataturk Museum at the Mausoleum (Ataturk was the founder of modern day Turkey). In the afternoon, there is a coach journey back to Istanbul arriving around 19.00. Overnight.
Day 8 after breakfast there is the transfer back to Ataturk Airport. Includes:
All Airport transfers as per itinerary (except Sabiha Gokcen Airport)
Domestic flight from Istanbul to Antalya
3 nights hotel in Istanbul
2 nights hotel in Antalya
2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
7 open buffet breakfasts
6 lunches at restaurants during to tours
Guided Istanbul city tour
Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
Guided Konya tour
Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
Guided Ankara tour
All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
Professional English - speaking tour guides
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from Istanbul Ataturk Airport on the first day.
Duration: 8 days.
Start/opening time: At 8:30am on day 2.
End/closing time: After breakfast on day 8.
For private tours : English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.
Includes: Accommodation is in 4 and 5 star hotels.
Please note: For infants under the age of 2 there is a flight ticket insurance charge for the domestic flight which will appear during your booking process.