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21 Days Highlights of Turkey Private Tour Package

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21 Days Highlights of Turkey Private Tour Package


Overview

Duration: 21 days
Tour starting point: Istanbul Airport
Tour ending point: Same with departure point
Includes: Private tours, officially licensed local tour guide, private transportation, domestic flight tickets, all mentioned airport transfers, entrance tickets, Hot Air Balloon Ride, Hotel bookings between 10th to 20th days
Excludes: International Flights, travel insurance, hotel booking from 1st until day 10 + day 20, lunch, drinks, gratitudes ( recommended)
Sights to see: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Pergamon, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Mt Nemrut, Gobeklitepe, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Van, Dogubeyazit, Ani Ruins, Erzurum, Trabzon


Inclusions

Private Tours in English
Professional Local Guides
Domestic Flight Tickets
Airport Transfers
Museum/Attraction Tickets
Transportation With Private Vans
Hotel bookings between 10th to 20th days
All state and local taxes, toll fees


Exclusions

International flights
Hotel Bookings from 1st until day 10 + day 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Gratitude (suggested)
Insurance (it should cover every part of Turkey)


Itinerary

We are happy to offer all highlights of Turkey in a tour package to our guests who would like to visit every corner of Turkey. Where East meets west, we will be happy to make your time here, be our guest.

Day 1: Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be met by our representative at the airport holding name sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel with private van. After check in to your hotel free day to enjoy the Istanbul on your own. Overnight in your Istanbul hotel.

*One of our office staff will meet you on your first day in order to explain your tour details and deliver your documents, you can make balance payment to our staff.

Day 2: You will be picked up from your hotel by your private tour guide at 09:00am for a walking tour in Old City of Istanbul to discover the relics of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. As sites of visit are near to each other so van service is not required for the tour.

Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Museum, Hagia Irene Church, Theodosius Cistern Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Sogukcesme Street, Grand Bazaar. After tour your tour guide will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in your Istanbul hotel.

Day 3: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for tour on the Bosphorus to discover the jewels of Istanbul.

Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Taksim Square with Istiklal Street. After tour your driver and tour guide will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in your Istanbul hotel.

Day 4: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for tour to discover Fener Balat districts of Istanbul.

Pierre Lotti Hill, Iron Church, Rahmi Koc Museum, Fener-Balat District Walk, Suleymaniye Mosque.

After tour you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport for flight to Denizli. Upon arrival in Denizli you will be met by our representative at the airport holding name sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your Denizli hotel with private van. Overnight in your Denizli hotel.

Day 5: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for Pamukkale tour to enjoy the natural calcium pools created by thermal water.

Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinus Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium (explanation will be made from outside due to ongoing excavations), Theater and Cleopatra Antique Pool which are all located in Hierapolis.

*As you will have free time to swim in the Cleopatra Pool please take your swimsuit with you.

After tour your driver and tour guide will drop you off to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in your Kusadasi hotel.

Day 6: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for tour in Pergamon and Asklepion to discover the ancient cities and legends.

Pergamon Ancient City, Altar of Zeus, Acropolis, Asklepion.  After tour you will be transferred to your Kusadasi hotel with private van. Overnight in your Kusadasi hotel.

Day 7: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for Ephesus tour to discover the ancient city.

Temple of Artemis, Great  Theater, Celsius Library, Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus, Harbor Street of Ancient City, House of the Virgin Mary, Isa Bey Mosque.

After tour you will be transferred to Izmir Airport for flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at Kayseri airport holding name sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your Cappadocia hotel with private van. Overnight in your Cappadocia hotel.

Day 8: In the early morning you will be picked up from your hotel for Balloon Ride over the valleys of Cappadocia for duration of 1-hour. After Balloon flight you will have a celebration in the valley and ceremony of flight certificate. After the ceremony you will be transferred back to your hotel for brakfast.

Your private tour guide and the driver will meet you at your hotel at 10:00am for tour of North Cappadocia.

Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Valley of Monks, Pasabaglar, Devrent Valley. After tour your driver and tour guide will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in your Cappadocia hotel.

Day 9: Your private tour guide and the driver will meet you at your hotel at 10:00am for tour of South Cappadocia.

Kaymakli Underground City, Soganli Valley, Sobesos Roman Bath, Taskinpasa Madrasah, Mustafapasa – Sinasos. After tour your driver and tour guide will drop you off to your hotel. Overnight in your Cappadocia hotel.

Day 10: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for driving across Turkey’s hinterland, along the ancient Silk Road via Kayseri. On your route you will have time to visit the Karatay Caravansarai before arrival in Adiyaman. Overnight in our Adiyaman Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 11: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide in the early morning to climb Mt Nemrut to watch sunrise over the great Mesopotamia. We visit the outstanding funeral mausoleums at the summit of Mt Nemrut which stands there such as a evidence of ancient kings’ ambitions to survive even after their death. From Nemrut we drive to Ataturk Dam straddling the mighty river Euphrates, and on to Sanliurfa, the ancient city of prophets such as Abraham and it’s famous Lake. Overnight in our Sanliurfa Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 12: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for driving from Sanliurfa to the on-going archaeological excavations at Gobekli Tepe. Although not widely known among the general public Gobekli Tepe is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world as it stands there as first temple of the world where people pray the God together. We drive to Diyarbakir and another ancient settlement; at 5000 years old is one of the oldest cities in the world. Diyarbakir is famous for its surrounding ancient city walls; constructed by the Romans, the current walls, built of massive black basalt blocks is, after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world. Overnight in our Diyarbakir Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 13: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for driving from Diyarbakir to Mardin city which is located on a high hill overlooking the plains of South Eastern Anatolia. After breakfast, we will visit Dair-Al-Zafaran (known as Saffron Monastery), home of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy and still an active monastery. The site of the Saffron monastery has been a sacred place for thousands of years for local citizens of the region. After lunch we will drive to Hasankeyf, situated by the Tigris River; soon to be submerged under the flood waters of a new dam on the Tigris. From Hasankeyf town we go on driving to Tatvan on the western shore of Lake Van. Overnight in our Tatvan Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 14: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for driving to Van via Akdamar Island where we will visit the beautifully restored 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross (known as Sourp Khach) then go on driving to the Van city which is located in the Eastern border of Turkey with Iran. Overnight in our Van Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 15: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for driving to the south, along a branch of the Silk Road (Ipek Yolu) to visit Hosap Castle. The main castle structure of Hosap, built straddling the Silk Road it served as both a means of protecting the road and as a point of charging tolls on travellers. From Hosap we return to Van for lunch, before ending the day with a visit to the 3000 year old Citadel of Van to watch the sun set over Lake Van. Overnight in our Van Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 16: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for driving to Dogubayazit town which is located in Agri city, via Muradiye and the pretty Bendimaahi Falls. In Dogubayazit , we visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace before continuing our journey north skirting around the western edge of Mt Ararat. Mt. Ararat is one of the great natural spectacles of the world, known in Turkish as ‘the Mountain of Pain’ and in Kurdish as the ‘Mountain of Fire’. Armenians know it at as Masis. The name Ararat derives from the Bible (Jeremiah 51:27) and is a transliteration of ‘Urartu’ the name foreigners gave to this region and its inhabitants in Biblical times. Overnight in our Kars Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 17: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am for visiting Ani Ruins to spend the morning at the former capital of the great medieval Armenian Kingdom. The remains of the ruined city include several churches as well as the shell of the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque along with an extensive and well preserved defensive wall. Overnight in our Kars Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 18: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am to follow the Aras river west through the First World War battlefield site of Sarikamis along the river Aras via magical scenery of fields of gorse and fern, pristine river beds and deep ravines by the beautiful six-arched Cobandede bridge and into Erzurum. Overnight in our Erzurum Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 19: You will be picked up from your hotel with private van and private tour guide at 09:00am to drive from Erzurum to Trabzon. We drive north through the Pontic Alps (mountains of Northern Anatolia), in the steps of Xenophon’s Ten Thousand with spectacular views, along the Karasu, the northernmost branch of the Euphrates, to Askale, with its ruined Byzantine fortress. We continue over the 2390m Kopdagi Pass, the Black Sea watershed, into the Coruh valley, passing the huge fortress of Bayburt. We continue down to the spectacular cliff hanging monastery of Sumela; dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this has been a monastic site since the 4th century AD. Perched high in a gorge of the Altindere Vadisi National Park, the present buildings date from 12th century on.  Overnight in our Trabzon Hotel.

*As there are not a lot of hotel options in the city your hotel will be provided by our company in a good location.

Day 20: You will be picked up from our hotel and transferred to Trabzon Airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be met by our representative at Istanbul Airport holding name sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel with private van service. Overnight in your Istanbul hotel.

Day 21: Free day in Istanbul to discover the city on your own. According to your international flight time you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport.

Our service ends here, we hope to have you as our guest again.

**If you would like to skip your last day in Istanbul we can arrange the flights accordingly and upon arrival in Istanbul city you can connect with your international flight and depart for your home. Please advise if you want to revise the program according to your flight schedule.

It was a pleasure for us to have you as our guest here, our service ends here, we hope to have you as our guest again.


F.A.Q.

Q: Is it possible to change the tour route?
A: Of course, as this is a private tour we can change the tour route and make a new program according to your wish however it may take a bit longer time a sit's 21 days tour package.

Q: What are the language options?
A: We can operate your tour in English, Spanish and Italian upon request. Please contact us for other language options.

Q: Why hotels are not included?
A: As hotels offer good rates in online booking platforms we don't include hotel booking service however we will suggest you the central locations in each destination to book your hotel, so you can make your hotel booking in accordance with your priorities.

Q: What is the pick up time from my Istanbul hotel?
A: Depending on the flight time, hotel pick up changes however in order to make a satisfying tour program and not to spend your day on the road, you can fly to Ephesus with an early morning flight.

Q: How safe is Eastern part of Turkey for travellers?
A: It's safe to travel around Turkey now, however your tour consultant will advise you tour details and safety on your tour days. Please note that you will stay away from Syrian Border during your tour here so you won't need to worry about it.

Q: How to meet my tour guides?
A: Your tour guides will be waiting you at the lobby of your hotels for departure. Also you will see our represantatives with name signs at each airport to meet you for transfer.

Q: Can we add another site or choose the sites of visit to our program?
A: Please advise us in advance if you would like to choose the sites of visit or add another site of visit to your tour itinerary, so we can revise it accordingly.

Q: Are we alone with the guide or will there be a group?
A: As this is a private tour service, you/your family will be alone with your tour guide.

Q: What kind of vehicle is used for transportation?
A: Depending on your number vehicle choice is managed however our tours are generally operated with Mercedes vito or Mercedes Sprinter for larger groups.

Q: How to manage hotel reservations in the Eastern part of Turkey?
A: As there are not too many hotel options your hotel bookings will be included in the tour package for Eastern part of Turkey so you won't need to worry about bookings all around Turkey.

Q: Are we going to visit local villages and meet with local people in the region or only visit touristic sites?
A: As this is a private tour operated to discover historic sites, learn about culture and people your tour guide will take you to villages to meet with people and walk out of the well known sites to have unforgettable esperiences.

 


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