TURKISH DELIGHTS & THE ENCHANTING LANDSCAPES OF CAPPADOCIA
Visiting: Istanbul, Bosporus Cruise, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Duden Waterfalls, Konya, Cappadocia.
DAY 1 - MALTA - ISTANBUL
Meet the tour manager at Malta International Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your 5* Polat Renaissance Yesilkoy for check in. Meals: Dinner.
DAY 2 - ISTANBUL
Breakfast and pick up from your hotel for a day tour of Istanbul city. Our first visit will be HIPPODROME. Ancient Hippodrome was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Then proceed to SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE. Across from Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, the 16th century building by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Our next visit will be the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, previously known as the Church of Divine Wisdom which is the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For 1000 years, it was once the largest church in the world, decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics but today it is a mosque. After lunch some time for shopping in a unique atmosphere with reasonable prices. Here you will find exotic spices and herbs, Turkish Baklava, Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts, fruits, small souvenirs such as ceramic handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all natrual olive oil soaps and many other goods in shops and stores. Please note: scarves needed for visiting the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia Mosque. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 3 - ISTANBUL - BOSPORUS CRUISE - KUSADASI
After breakfast depart for Bosporus Cruise tour and enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosporus boat cruise and enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat. Proceed to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR where the labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area, the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Transfer to Istanbul Airport for a domestic flight to Izmir and upon arrival transfer to the 5* Korumar Deluxe Hotel for check in. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 4 - KUSADASI - EPHESUS
Breakfast and depart for tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsius Library and the Grand theatre. After lunch you will visit a place which continues to perform as one of the oldest arts of Turkey, a carpet weaving centre and a Turkish Village. Sirince’s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. You will visit the vineyards and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way you will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. After that you will visit Textile. Enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. DAY 5 - KUSADASI - PAMUKKALE Breakfast and drive to Pamukkale. Visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After the tour transfer to hotel for check in at the 5* Doga Thermal hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 6 - PAMUKKALE - ANTALYA
After breakfast depart for Antalya. Upon arrival transfer to the 5* Miracle Resort & Spa for check in. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
DAY 7 - ANTALYA – DUDEN WATERFALLS
Breakfast and drive to Antalya`s old City. Visit the Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret and Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalya’s modern city, also known as the old city of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, the Byzantine Empire, Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The Hadrian’s Gate or The Three Gates is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark of tawny stone in Antalya, Turkey, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. After lunch depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 8 - ANTALYA - KONYA – CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast proceed to Konya. After lunch visit the imposing green tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia and check in at the 5* Gamirasu Cave Deluxe Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 9 - CAPPADOCIA
Breakfast and drive to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Visit the Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. Proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum, the heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and the monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After lunch, you will visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Proceed to the Love Valley Cappadocia which is a hidden valley with scenic formations to say the least. Despite the resemblance to man hood, these amazing rock formations are far from man-made. After Love Valley you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
DAY 10 - CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL - MALTA
After breakfast transfer to the Airport for your flight to Istanbul where you will be in transit for your flight back to Malta.
PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON
THE ROCS PACKAGES INCLUDE
RETURN FLIGHTS MALTA/ISTANBUL/MALTA
ONE WAY FLIGHT ISTANBUL – IZMIR
ONE WAY FLIGHT CAPPADOCIA - ISTANBUL
AIRLINE TAXES AND FUEL CHARGES
9 NIGHTS IN 4*/5* ACCOMMODATION
AIR CONDITIONED MOTOR COACH
ALL EXCURSIONS AS PER ITINERARY
COMPREHENSIVE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING
ACTIVE ITINERARY WITH UNIQUE CULTURAL FEATURES
SERVICES OF A TOUR COORDINATOR THROUGHOUT
SERVICES OF AN EXPERIENCED ROCS TRAVEL TOUR MANAGER
KAKLIK CAVE TOUR PER PERSON (MINIMUM PERSONS 10) € 25PP
HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR (DEPENDING ON WEATHER ): € 450PP
SUNRISE AND BALLOON WATCH (MINIMUM PERSONS 10) € 49PP
1 HOUR 4 X 4 JEEP SAFARI (MINIMUM PERSONS 4) €119PP