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Day 0: MANILA/ ISTANBUL (D)
Day 1: ISTANBUL – BURSA – KUSADASI (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel departure depart for Bursa (155 km/approx. 2 hr 30 min). Bursa which is the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Bursa is known for its mosques, thermal Turkish Baths, and its production of silk. On the way we will stop by a famous Turkish Delight Shop. After arrival we will visit the Grand Mosque, and Green Mosque of Bursa; two fascinating Ottoman mosques. Later, we will also have a photo stop in Koza Han which is a silk bazaar one of the symbols of Bursa, whose history dates back to 1492. For lunch we will enjoy the famous Iskender Kebap which is one of the most famous kebap in Türkiye. Then we will depart for Kusadasi (430 km/ 5hr) After arrival dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Ephesus (230 km/approx. 2 hr 30 min). Ephesus is the most important and best-preserved ancient city. It is an outstanding universal value of the world for all time, and its history dates back to 6000 BC. It is also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Later, we will visit the House of Virgin Mary. It is believed that the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, supposedly spent the last years of her life in this house.
After lunch at Bizim Ev Hanimeli, proceed to Leather Factory and enjoy the fashion show. Proceed to Pamukkale (190 km/ 3hr) and visit Cotton Castle and Hierapolis Ancient City. Pamukkale travertines were created by thermal water depositing the calcium carbonate they contained. The natural wonder of Pamukkale travertine deposits spans a 160 m tall and 2700 m long cascade. The white cascades are little terraces filled with mineral-rich hot springs. Treat yourself to a visit to these mesmerizing therapeutic ponds. Taking your shoes in your hand, you can walk on some of them. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 3: PAMUKKALE - CAPPADOCIA (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for Cappadocia (605 km/10hr). On the way, we will stop at Afyon and taste famous the yogurt with poppy seed and honey. We will also stop by Sultanhani Caravansarai. It is a historical caravanserai with its history dating back to 1229. It takes attention to its amazing stonemasonry. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA (B/L/D)
Optional Tour: Hot Air Balloon
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum where you can enjoy the complex with rock cave churches, and houses. Then, we will move to one of the Underground City. Ensuring the security of the inhabitants is the main reason for the construction of the cities under the ground. We will have a chance the see where the people have lived during the wars, and natural disasters. After lunch at Cappa Gusto, we will visit the famous Carpet Workshop where you can see carpets decorated with motifs reflecting a cultural richness and learn how to weave carpets. Proceed to Pasabag Valley; Pasabaglari Archaeological Site ‘Pasabagi’, formerly known as ‘Valley of the Priests’, attracts attention with its unique fairy chimneys. Inside the fairy chimneys, which are multi-bodied and multi-headed, chapels and seating spaces are carved. We will move to Avanos. Today’s last visit will be the Pottery Workshop where you can learn how to make pottery which is a tradition of 4000 years in Avanos. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum where you can enjoy the complex with rock cave churches, and houses. Proceed to Pasabag Valley; Pasabaglari Archaeological Site ‘Pasabagi’, formerly known as ‘Valley of the Priests’, attracts attention with its unique fairy chimneys. Inside the fairy chimneys, which are multi-bodied and multi-headed, chapels and seating spaces are carved. After lunch at Cappa Gusto, we will visit the famous Carpet Workshop where you can see carpets decorated with motifs reflecting a cultural richness and learn how to weave carpets.
Then, we will move to one of the Underground City. Ensuring the security of the inhabitants is the main reason for the construction of the cities under the ground. We will have a chance the see where the people have lived during the wars, and natural disasters. Today’s last visit will be to the Turkish Jewelry Store. After that transfer to hotel.
Optional Tour: Jeep Safari Tour
Optional Tour: Turkish Night in Cave Restaurant (No Dinner)
DAY 6: CAPPADOCIA - BOLU (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have photo stops Pigeon Valley which is named after pigeon nests carved into rocks, Devrent Valley which is famous for its Camel Rock, Uchisar Castle which is the biggest fairy chimney seen all over Cappadocia. We will also visit the Turkish Jewelry Store where you can find a rich collection that takes attention with its high qualities. We will move to Avanos.
We will visit the Pottery Workshop where you can learn how to make pottery which is a tradition of 4000 years in Avanos. After that departure to Salt Lake (190km/ 2 hr). The Salt Lake hosts hundreds of bird species, it also draws attention with its endemic plants. Experience wonderful views across this endless whiteness. Later, we will proceed to Bolu (185 km/2 hr). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bolu.
DAY 7: ISTANBUL (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Istanbul (260 km/ 4 hr). We will move to Old City
(Sultanahmet). We will visit Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays); The Ottoman Palace, famous for being one of the most beautiful landscapes that make up Istanbul’s skyline, is a treasure trove of history on the historical peninsula. After lunch at Dubb Kebab we will move to Hagia Sophia Mosque; with its innovative architecture, rich history, religious significance, and extraordinary characteristics has been fighting against time for centuries, was the largest Eastern Roman Church in Istanbul. Constructed three times in the same location, it is the world’s oldest and fastest-completed cathedral.
We will proceed with the tour by visiting the Blue Mosque. The original name of the mosque is Sultanahmet Mosque, but it is called the Blue Mosque because of the beautiful blue tiles inside the mosque. we will a brief stop at the Hippodrome; was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople. Then we will move to Grand Bazaar and enjoy some free time for shopping.
After dinner at Sur Balik Sarayburnu, transfer to hotel.
DAY 8: ISTANBUL - DEPARTURE (B/L/-)
After the breakfast at the hotel, we will departure from the hotel around 10:00 and proced to Eminonu to get on the private Bosphorus Cruise. During the tour, you will have the chance to see both the European Side and the Asian Side of Istanbul. On the European Side, you will see many historical monuments and buildings such as; Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and Rumeli Fortress. On the Asian Side of Istanbul and see Kucuksu Palace which was built in the 19th century and used as a hunting lodge by the Ottoman Empire After lunch at Fish Port Restaurant, proceed to Emirgan Park to enjoy the Tulip Festival. Later we will have free time at Taksim area for shopping. After that transfer to airport and fly back to Manila.
Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Grand Mosque, Bosphorus Cruise, Topkapi Palace - Ottoman Empire, Grand Bazaar, Sveti Stefan Church, Taksim Istiklal Street, Emirgan Park (Tulip Festival)
Green Mosque, Koza Han
The House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus
Heirapolis, Cotton Castle, Caravanserail Sultanhanı
Kaymakli Underground City, Pasabag Valley, Pigeon Valley, Devrent Valley, Uchisar Castle, Village of Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum, Salt Lake
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
Roundtrip Economy Class Airline Ticket
First Class Hotel Accommodation with 2 nights Cave Hotel Experience (4-5 STAR)
Full Board Meals
Local Tour Guide all through-out
Filipino Tour Escort
Daily Bottled Water
Travel Kit & Souvenir
EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:
Turkey Visa: USD210/pax (subject to change)
Airline and Travel Taxes: USD160 (subject to change)
Tips for Driver & Guide: USD10/day
Travel Insurance with COVID 19 Coverage
Airport / Hotel Porterage
Drinks and Beverages
DEPARTURE DATE: APR 05-12, 2023
TOUR COST: USD 1650
** Minimum of 20 passengers to run this program
USD300 per person deposit upon reservation (NON-REFUNDABLE)
Full payment should be settled 45 days before departure
Cancellation made after issuance of visa will automatically forfeit the deposit
Payment is NON REFUNDABLE once ticket is issued regardless if visa is approved or denied
If the group fall below minimum required, Tour Operator has the right to cancel or reschedule the tour or supplement fee may apply
Applicable surcharge for Non-Filipino passport holders
Passport must be valid 6 months before departure