Pamukkale - Hierapolis
Pamukkale - Hierapolis
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Itinerary

This 15 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

2023 - 'Turkish Odyssey Tour'
15 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Sunday

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
Day 2
Monday

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene) and the Hippodrome.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 3
Tuesday

Istanbul, Kuşadası

After breakfast we start with a Bosphorus cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia. In the afternoon we fly south to Izmir and are transferred to Kusadasi.

Overnight Kuşadası
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 4
Wednesday

Ephesus, Sirince

After breakfast, the visits of the day will be amongst the highlights of your tour. We will visit famous Ephesus, site of the Temple of Artemis, The Cave of Seven Sleepers, Isabey Mosque and Sirince Village. Also, we'll see the traditional Turkish craft of carpets making, originally from central Asia, 2300 years ago. The carpet weaving tradition still goes on and as we visit a weaving centre, we learn how Turkish Carpets are made with the double knot technique and what determines its value. To see several of carpets with their different colours and patterns, each with its own story, is being in the paradise of colours.

Overnight Kuşadası
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 5
Thursday

Aphrodisias, Laodicea, Pamukkale

We start the day with a visit to a local handcraft leather goods outlet, where you will enjoy a fashion show and get detailed information about the well-developed leather industry in Turkey. We will then drive to Aphrodisias, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. We will visit, amongst other sites, the temple of Aphrodite, dating from the 3rd century BC, before moving onto the museum. Marble quarries nearby saw the growth of sculpture schools and workshops during the Hellenistic period which reached their peak in second century A.D. supplying the entire Roman Empire with marble sculptures and friezes. We drive on to Laodicea, site of one of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelations. Towards the end of the Roman Republic, Laodicea, benefitted from its advantageous, trade route, location becoming one of the most important commercial cities of the region.

Overnight Pamukkale
4 star
(B, D)
Day 6
Friday

Pamukkale, Antalya

Today's program will start with a visit to one of the wonders of nature, at Pamukkale. This unusual formation is caused by the build-up of calcium carbonate deposits. Nature has created terraces, like water basins, that are known as Travertines. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built near the hot springs and has been used as a spa and healing centre since the 2nd century BC, where doctors used the thermal springs as a treatment for their patients. The great baths were constructed with huge stone blocks without the use of cement. The Tomb of Philip the Apostle is also here. This afternoon we will drive to Antalya, the capital city of Turkish Riviera. You will be free to explore at your leisure, maybe grab dinner at a seaside restaurant.

Overnight Antalya
4 star
(B)
Day 7
Saturday

Perge, Aspendos

After breakfast the tour will start with visits to Perge and Aspendos. In 46 A.D., according to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul journeyed to Perge for his first missionary journey. You will be amazed to see the remains of the Roman Gate, Hellenistic Gate, Roman Bath and Angora in Perge. And at Aspendos, the best-preserved Roman Theatre of antiquity, remains of a basilica, agora, nymphaeum and 15 kilometres of a Roman aqueduct. Our program will continue with the visit of amazing Antalya Archaeology Museum. The remains from Neolithic Period to Ottoman Period will take you to another time.

Overnight Antalya
4 star
(B)
Day 8
Sunday

Alanya, Anamur, Silifke, Tarsus

Today we drive to Tarsus along the Mediterranean coast. As we pass by Alanya, we visit its 3rd century BC castle and fortress overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We continue on to Anamur, formerly known as Anemurium, a Medieval castle complex with the remains of 39 towers, an inner courtyard, hamam and mosque, situated on the southernmost point of the Turkish mainland. Excavations continue on the fortifications, Acropolis and Roman Baths and the several well preserved floor mosaics. Next will be Silifke where we visit Christian site called Meryemlik to see the Church of St. Tekla dating from 5th Century A.D. Another wonder of nature is nearby, known by the local people as Cennet/Cehennem (Heaven and Hell). There are two large natural sinkholes. The larger one called Heaven has a grotto containing the ruins of a monastery built in the 5th century.

Overnight Tarsus
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 9
Monday

Tarsus, Hatay

We start the day with a walking tour exploring Tarsus with its old houses in the narrow streets, old Bazaar, 'Mamul' dealers on the streets will amaze you. Tarsus is also the birthplace and hometown of St. Paul, we will see the remains of the house with its well of St. Paul and the Church that is dedicated to his name. The Roman Cleopatra's Gate takes us back to 1st Century A.D. This is the place where Emperor Mark Antony and Cleopatra first met and fell in love. We continue drive to Hatay. Upon arrival we go to the district Harbiye to see the Titus Tunnel.

Overnight Antakya (Antioch)
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 10
Tuesday

Gaziantep

After breakfast, we will start with a visit to Church of St. Peter. This church is known the first church in Antioch Orontes that is clearly mentioned in Bible. The first Christian activities were started here by St. Peter. After the liberation of Christianity, this church has preserved its importance until today. Next, we will visit amazing Hatay Archaeology Museum famous for its extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine Era mosaics. Before we leave Hatay, take the chance to taste the regional delicious cuisine before we drive to Gaziantep. Upon the arrival, we will visit worldwide famous Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep. The symbol of this museum, the famous mosaic of the 'Gypsy Girl', is waiting for you.

Overnight Gaziantep
3 star
(B, D)
Day 11
Wednesday

Urfa, Harran, Gobekli Tepe, Mt. Nemrut, Adiyaman

Today we will head to Sanliurfa (Urfa), known in Turkey, as the centre of the Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will see the Ayni Zeliha Lake that locals call 'Balikligol', cave of the Prophet Abraham, and the narrow streets of the old bazaar where we will see traditional copper workshops. We continue on to Harran, one of the earliest culture and science centres, first inhabited in the Chalcolithic Age (6th millennium BC). But its main claim to fame are its mud-brick beehive houses. Next visit will be the mysterious Gobekli Tepe, dating back 12,000 years, it is possibly the world's first temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognising it as "one of the first manifestations of human-made monumental architecture". After a break at Atatürk Dam, one of the largest in the world, we continue to the burial tumulus of King Antiochus, at Mt. Nemrut. The terraces here are decorated with the huge statues of mythological gods and goddesses. We will view the sunset from the West terrace before heading for Adiyaman.

Overnight Adiyaman
4 star
(B, D)
Day 12
Thursday

Cappadocia

After breakfast, we make our way to Cappadocia, another breath-taking wonder of nature. Its spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion, rock-hewn sanctuaries, churches, dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground cities, the remains of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century, can also be seen there. Upon arrival we check in the cave hotel, it will be another unforgettable memory to you.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 13
Friday

Cappadocia

Today we explore the unusual and interesting formations of Cappadocia with the visits to the Goreme Open Air Museum, Underground City, Fairy Chimneys, and several valleys where you see the most beautiful landscape of formations.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 14
Saturday

Cappadocia, Istanbul

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you'll be transferred to our hotel. This is a leisure day in Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 15
Sunday

Istanbul

After breakfast, the tour concludes. As we say goodbye to all our new friends, you will be transferred from hotel to the airport.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 40.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. We require a copy/image of your passport in order to book flights. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights. Domestic flight times may vary due to various circumstances.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Domestic flight between Istanbul and Izmir and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Cappadocia and Istanbul and transfers
  • 14 nights - accommodation.
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Istanbul
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Kuşadası
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Pamukkale
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Antalya
    - 1 night
    Boutique
    Tarsus
    - 1 night
    Boutique
    Antakya (Antioch)
    - 1 night
    3 star
    Gaziantep
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Adiyaman
    - 2 nights
    Boutique Cave
    Cappadocia
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Istanbul
  • 14 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
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Highlights

  • Alanya Castle
  • Antakya - Church of St Peter
  • Antalya Archaeology Museum
  • Aspendos - Ancient Site
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Red Valley
  • Ephesus - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
  • Göreme - Open Air Museum
  • Harran - Beehive Houses
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Mt. Nemrut - Ancient Site
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Ayni Zeliha Lake (Balıklıgöl)
  • Selcuk - Isabey Mosque
  • Sirince - Village
  • Tarsus - Cleopatra Gate
  • Tarsus - Well of Paul
  • Anamur (Anemurium) - Castle
  • Antakya - Titus Tunnel
  • Aphrodisias - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Ataturk Dam
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley
  • Ephesus - Cave Of The Seven Sleepers
  • Erdemli - Heaven and Hell (Cennet and Cehennem) Caves
  • Göbekli Tepe
  • Göreme - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Hatay - Archaeology Museum
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Cruise
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Laodicea - Ancient Site
  • Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Perge - Ancient Site
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Cave of the Prophet Abraham
  • Silifke - Aya Tekla Church (Meryemlik)
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Tarsus - St Paul's Church
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Turkey

Adiyaman
White Star Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Yunus Emre Mah.
Atatürk Bulvarı No:384
Merkez
Adiyaman
Ph. :
+90 416 225 01 01
White Star Hotel
White Star Hotel
White Star Hotel
Antakya (Antioch)
Sam Franss Boutique Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Şehitler
Kurtuluş Cad. No:88
Antakya (Antioch)
Ph. :
+90 326 215 54 53
Sam Franss Boutique Hotel
Sam Franss Boutique Hotel
Sam Franss Boutique Hotel
Antalya
Ring Down Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Altındağ Mah.
Anafartalar Cd. No: 71
Muratpaşa
Antalya
Ph. :
+90 242 243 15
Ring Down Hotel
Ring Down Hotel
Ring Down Hotel
Cappadocia
Gamirasu Hotel
Standard : Boutique Cave
Address :-
Ayvali Koyu
Ürgüp
Cappadocia
Ph. :
+90 (0384) 354 5815
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Gaziantep
Ibis Gaziantep
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Yaprak Mah. Istasyon Caddesi
No 78 Sehit Kamil
Gaziantep
Ph. :
+90 (0342) 211 0030
Ibis Gaziantep
Ibis Gaziantep
Ibis Gaziantep
Istanbul
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Kılıçali Paşa Mah
Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:13
Karaköy
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 (212) 247 00 00
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Kuşadası
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Atatürk Blv. No: 42
Kuşadası
Ph. :
+90 (0256) 614 7608
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Pamukkale
Adem Pira Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Karahayıt Mah.
113 Mustafa Sezer Sokak No:5/1
Pamukkale
Ph. :
+90 (258) 271 42 20
Adem Pira Hotel
Adem Pira Hotel
Adem Pira Hotel
Tarsus
Elif Hatun Konagi
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Şehitkerim Mah. 3416
Sk. No: 28
Tarsus
Ph. :
+90 324 666 00 03
Elif Hatun Konagi
Elif Hatun Konagi
Elif Hatun Konagi
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Prices

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per person in twin share accommodation
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S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
01 May 2023
31 Oct 2023
2,729.00
750.00
Current 'Hot Deals' for Turkish Odyssey Tour :
 
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15%
Deposit Option available for Turkish Odyssey Tour :
 
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$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for Turkish Odyssey Tour :
 
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* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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