The Best Tour in Turkey including 5 star deluxe hotels and first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, Return Domestic flights from Istanbul to Antalya, Daily Private Boat Cruises in Antalya, Perge, Aspendos and beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya. This tour involves no long bus journey only domestic flights ensuring that your travel is relaxing and comfortable.This tour will bring tears of joy. We want to offer the best and the most luxurious travel throughout Istanbul to Antalya whilst maintaining quality of service, quality of life and value for money.
Day 1: Istanbul. Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul!
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. Topkapi Palace: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome: Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break and then we head to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosporus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosporus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is you’re to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul to Antalya. Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Antalya. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 4: Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour
After breakfast depart to Antalya (30 minute drive). Perge: According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD.
After the tour, departure for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way. Aspendos: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of he Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theater, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5: Antalya (Free Day). The day is yours. You don't have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach & crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you have to choose from. These include Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour and many more.
Day 6: Daily Boat Cruise
You'll feel the uniqueness of having the chance to travel by a romantic wood-yacht by the turquoise-colored south-coast. Our trip will start by arrival at Kemer marina. At Kemer marina, you'll be being awaited by a wood-yacht, which will guide you to Phaselis, passing through the forest of pine trees and the Taurus Mountains. This coast is probably the most charming coast of the Turkish Riviera. You'll have the chance to swim in clear-blue water and dive with snorkels during the trip to Olympus. You'll have your lunch at the boat at Olympus bay. The trip will continue through the three-island location. After a swimming break close to these islands, the trip will continue through Kemer yacht port where the buses are awaiting. The best thing to do during this trip is to trying to make the best of it.
Day 7: Antalya (Free Day). The day is yours. You don't have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach and crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you have to choose from. These include Aqua Park , scuba diving, fishing tour and many more.
Day 8: Antalya to Istanbul. Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9 Istanbul
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Bedesten exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education. Possibility to see jewelery, handicrafts center and leather ware show. Free time provided for shopping. Bosporus on Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace, 300 meters of marble facade faces the shore. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortaköy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Rumeli Fortress: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosporus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. Beylerbeyi palace: The summer residence of ottoman sultans whit its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian. Bosporus Bridge: unique change to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Camilica Hill - the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style. Shopping Possibility at Bedesten Exhibition: the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by The Ministry of national education Possibility to see jewelery, handcrafts center and leather ware show. Free time provided for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10: Istanbul. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. After breakfast check out from the hotel. We make your return airport transfer services. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Travel Shop Turkey. Includes: (B).
Note: This tour is private and a very special tour. This tour runs all year round. This tour needs to be booked at least 6 weeks in advance so we give you these deluxe hotels and keep our promise to you. We can guarantee you one of the hotels mentioned in the itinerary. If you would like to upgrade to the executive club please inform us with your booking. If you wish to change any of the details on the itinerary such as the length of the tour then please let us know as we can make special tailor made itineraries to suit what ever you wish to do during your time in Turkey. Just let us know how long you would like to stay and which places you are interested in visiting.
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