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Grand Tour of Turkey (6720) - 2015 / 2014

13 Day Tour from Istanbul to Istanbul


Grand Tour of Turkey
The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus
The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus
The Byzantine city of Istanbul is the largest city in Europe
Ankara
Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople
Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire
Visit the unique rock dwellings in Cappadocia, Turkey
Stroll through the Spice Market and enjoy the many different aromas
Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Ephesus Full Day Whilst staying in the lovely port town of Kusadasi, which is built around the shores of a glittering bay and often referred to as " Bird Island", don't miss the opportunity to join a guided excursion to Ephesus. On the way you will visit the House of Mother Mary, where she is supposed to have spent her last years together with St. John. Then on to Ephesus, which is the best preserved ancient city in Turkey and famous for its Celsus library, great theatre, marble streets, temples and baths. It has been long known throughout history for its Temple of Artemis, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There will be time to wander around on your own and also for a stop for lunch in the nearby area.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person


Turkish Folklore An evening out with something quite different to see and remember. You will be taken to a local venue to enjoy a lively and colourful show of oriental dances and folklore. During the evening you will be offered a choice of a drink and even more appetizing, a sample of some Turkish specialities.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Typical Cappadocia Village With a local guide you will discover the fascinating lunar landscape of Cappadocia with its rock formations in the Devrent valley and so called "fairy chimneys" where the voice of the wind mixes with the "songs of fairies". You will see the underground city of Ozkonak, Avanos, Uchisar Avcilar, Guvercinklik and Dervent. After a stop for lunch at your discretion, the tour will continue to visit Cavusin village and Pasabaglar before returning back to your overnight hotel.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person


City Sightseeing Despite its long history, the capital of Turkey, Ankara is a thoroughly modern and well-planned city with its wide avenues, green parks, elegant shops, embassies and government buildings. The city has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age and on this fascinating sightseeing tour with a local guide you will be shown all the top sights - The Museum of Anatolian Civilization which details the flow of cultures that have passed through the area. A stop will also be made to see the Antikabir, which is the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, the national hero who founded the Turkish Republic.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person


Bosporus Cruise Take an unforgettable cruise on the Bosphorus with views of old Turkish wooden houses and beautiful scenery. The Bosphorus is a long strait which joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul and actually separates the continents of Europe and Asia. On the cruise you will also see the elegant Dolmabahce Palace and cruise under the Bosporus Bridge. There are refreshments available on board if you wish for something to eat or drink whilst sitting back on this relaxing boat cruise.

Approximate value: €33 EUR per person


By Night with Dinner Istanbul takes on a different light as night approaches. After a drive through the illuminated streets of the city you will be taken to a well-known nightclub for a dinner with Turkish specialities and wine. Then after dinner sit back and relax and enjoy a show with singers, belly dancers and folk groups from various regions of Anatolia.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Historic Half Day Tour Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents - one arm reaches out into Asia and the other into Europe. The city is a fascinating mixture of past and present, old and new, modern and traditional. On this historical tour with a local guide you will drive first to Topkapi Palace, the historical residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the mid 15th to the 19th centuries, and now a museum. Then visit the most magnificient Byzantine Church of all times - the Haghia - Sofia. It is one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world and has been nominated as the 8th wonders of the world by many historians. The last stop on this interesting historical tour is at the world-famous Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a place that will tempt even the non-shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and other numerous souvenirs.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person


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