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DAY 01 ARRIVAL – ISTANBUL  (Lunch/Dinner)  
Upon arrival Istanbul Ataturk International Airport meet and greet your local guide then we proceed to Constantinapole. We have lunch at a local restaurant. Visit; Blue Mosque which is the second largest mosque in Istanbul, built to compete with St. Sophia. Dating back from 17th century. Mosque is Famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Hippodrome Square former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. See the famous Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Wilhelm II fountain. St. Sophiawhich has been a cathedral and a mosque, now is a magnificent museum. Its mosaics, stained glass windows & decorated domes create an atmosphere of breath taking beauty. Dinner and check in hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 02 ISTANBUL - CANAKKALE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  
After breakfast at the hotel,drive to Canakkale. Enjoy driving on the shore of Marmara Sea. We have lunch at Galipoli which is the Battlefield Area for ANZAC Troops during the Worl War I. We get a Ferry Ride to go to Canakkale, make a stop in Çanakkale city center to see the Wooden Horse from Holywood Movie ‘Troy’ After they completed Troy Movie in Malta Island that wooden horse was given as a gift by Holywood to Canakkale City to keep in its original place in the history. Visit Troy Ancient City is the famous mythology city in Homer’s epic poem, lliad, one of the oldest settlements in the world. Overnight in Canakkale.

DAY 03 CANAKKALE – PERGAMON – KUSADASI (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  
After breakfast at the hotel we have Cable Car experience to visit Acropolis. Acropolis is on the highest part of the city. Some of the sites include acropolis Temple of Athena, Temple Of Trojan, Arsenals, Altar of Zeus, and the Library. After lunch in Pergamum we continue to Kusadası on the way we pass by Izmir and panoramic city tour by bus to see famous Izmir Bay. Upon arrival Kusadasi we visit House of Virgin Mary a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days…Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 04 KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  
After breakfast at the hotel we visit St. John’s Tomb and ChurchAfter Jesus Christ was taken up to heaven in Jerusalem   Virgin Mary and St. John went to Ephesus and St. John built his church in Ephesus. Ephesus we will begin as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, you will see impressive structures such as great theatre where St. Paul and St. John met. Arcadian Street,Trajan fountain, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple etc… We visit a Leather Outlet Center to watch a Fashion Show and we can see the most famous Turkish leather (The Silk Leather) After lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to Pamukkale. Cotton Castle is a magical and unique terraces and castles created by deposits of white limestone from thermal springs. This spectecular natural wonder is also in world heritage protection list of UNESCO. We will see Cleopatra’s Antique Pool which was built by the Ceaser of Rome Empire Mark Anthoni. Hierapolis The city was founded in 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, king of Pergamum. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, it reached the height of its development as a Roman thermal bath center. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Don’t forget to bring your swimwear to enjoy the thermal swimming pools of Pamukkale year-round! 

DAY 05 PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  
After breakfast, we drive to Konya City by following Silk Road which starts from China and pass through on the way for Constantinople. Visit Konya city. KonyaSeventh largest city of Turkey. It is the city in central Anatolia which has protected its name for centuries. Legend says that Perseus kills a dragon that had been ravaging the town. The people set up a special monument to honor him, a stone obelisk with an icon of Perseus carved on it. This event gave the name of the city as Ikonyon or Ikonyum. Visit Mevlana’s Museum for whirling Dervishes. Continue from Konya and make a photostop at Sultanhani, one of the best-preserved Caravanserais (inns) in Anatolia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 06 CAPPADOCIA   (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
This morning we enjoy with Hot Air Balloon Tour as our optional choice. After breakfast at the hotel we have full day Cappadocia tour. Kaymaklı Underground City,one of the largest underground cities in Cappadocia,troglodyte cave-cities were excavated as early as Hittite times, and expanded over the centuries as various marauding armies traversed Central Anatolia in search of captives and plunder.you will get a chance to see bedrooms, kitchens, dining halls, wine cellars, chapels, stables and more. After lunch we visit Goreme Open Air Museum which is famous with cave churches and with their frescos. Goreme Open Air Museum: It is registered to the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Explore the rock-carved churches with some of it decorated with scratched frescos. We visit, Uchisar an old village of small dwellings carved into massive rocks. Visit a Cave House there Gather some picture perfect memories at Dervent Valley. On route, make a stop at the Carpet FactoryDinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 07 CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL By Domestic Flight (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Nevsehir airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival proceed to lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit 500 years old Grand Bazaara maze of over 4000 stalls and shops selling jewelery, handicrafts, ceramics, Turkish Coffee and other local products. Free time at your leisure until transfer to dinner. Check in hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 08 ISTANBUL - DEPARTURE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  
After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to full day tour of Istanbul.This morning we start our day with a unique experience between two continents Bosphorus Cruise; we will see the beauty of Bosphorus Channel which spreads over Asia and Europe Continents. This is the great experience to be between Asia and Europe Continents on the boat. We see and take pictures of Ottoman Palaces, Rumeli Castle, Anatolian Castle and the life style of people on the coast line of Bosphorus. We visit Spice Market which is the most popular bazaar in Istanbul for local people where you can find dried fruits,nuts, apple tea etc…  After lunch We visit Topkapı PalaceThe seat of the Ottoman Empire after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. It is today a museum palace with a wide Treasuries, Royal Antiques, Court yards, Holy Relics etc.. In this palace you can see Moes’s stick, St. John’s arm and a part of his scull covered by gold.We have Taksim Walking TourTaksim is known as the non-muslim part of istanbul.It is alive for 24 hours, you can find shopping, dining entertainment, nightlife at Taksim. We will visit the St. Antuan Catholic Church at Taksim. St. Anthony of Padua Church, alternatively known as the Sant'Antonio di Padova Church,  or locally as Sent Antuan, is a basilica and the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul. After dinner, transfer to airport to take flight back home with wonderful memories.


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