Glance of Turky - 08 Days/07 Nights





Day1- Begin Your Tour | Arrive Istanbul | Bosphorus Cruise | Optional Turkish Show
Welcome to you Merair Travel & Tours 'Turkish Delight' tour! Your Merair Travel & Tours representative greets you at the 'meeting point' at the exit after immigration and customs and transfers you comfortably to your hotel (check in after 1400 hrs). Later embark, on the Bosphorus Cruise, with opportunities to photograph the shoreline with its landmarks - Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi palaces, Ortakoy Mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorous Bridge. This evening you have an option of enjoying a Turkish Show. (D)

Day2-Onto Cappadocia | Ankara City Tour
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara. Upon arrival, visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then proceed to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch, onto the mysterious Cappadocia. (B, L, D)
Day3-Onto Cappadocia | Cappadocia Tour
Today, visit Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open Air Museum - a complex of several painted cave-churches. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. In the afternoon, visit Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rocks by early Christians to evade invading armies and completely self contained and then onto Avanos Village. You have some free time here for shopping. (B, L, D)
Day4-Onto Pamukkale | Selcuk Caravanserai Sultanhan | Mausoleum of Mevlana
Drive to Konya. En route, visit the 13th century Selcuk Caravansarai Sultanhan, an ancient fortified waystation, where caravans found safety during night. Continue to Konya & visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana. Proceed to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress, which rises above the fertile Menderes Valley. (B, L, D)
Day5-Onto Kusadasi | Visit Hierapolis | Visit Ephesus
Stroll through the ancient city of Hierapolis and strolling through its ruins see the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, a large and extensive Necropolis and an ancient thermal pool. Visit the ruins of Ephesus, which played a major role in the development of architecture, religions, governmental and economic systems and arts. The temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of ancient world and centre of pagan religion for 15 centuries. (B, L, D)
Day6-Onto Canakkale | Pergamon | Troy
This morning, visit Bergama (ancient Pergamon) , here Parchment was invented. This was the home town of Galen, renowned doctor and surgeon The library once held 200,000 books; all parchment. After lunch visit Troy, the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and Trojan Horse, which was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. (B, L, D)
Day7-Onto Istanbul | Blue Mosque | Hippodrome | Topkapi Palace | Grand Bazaar
Ferry crossing over the Dardanelles Strait,drive to Istanbul. On arrival, proceed to pay a visit to the last great Imperial Blue Mosque. Leaving the mosque, we proceed to the Roman Hippodrome, an open-air stadium built by Roman Emporers in 203 AD. Proceed to Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. Lastly, visit the Grand Bazaar, the biggest "souk" with nearly 4000 shops, selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs. (B, L, D)
Day8-Homeward Bound
Good times need never end! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home, relive the high points of your Merair Travel & Tours Turkish Delight tour. We are confident you will join us again, sometime soon… (B).