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Destination Tour-Turkiye (8 Days / 7 Nights Tour)

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$2,595.00

8 Days and 7 Night tours of Turkiye, where you will explore must-see places in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya & Pamukkale. This tour is best for those who want to experience major tourist attractions of Turkiye in a week.

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    All about the Destination Tour-Turkiye (8 Days / 7 Nights Tour).

    8 Days and 7 Night tours of Turkiye, where you will explore must-see places in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya & Pamukkale. This tour is best for those who want to experience major tourist attractions of Turkiye in a week. You will be staying at 5- or 4-star hotels, all the transportation within the city and inter-city will be in luxury air-conditioned coaches accompanied by a qualified English-speaking tour guide.

    PRICE & PAYMENT TERMS:

    • US$ 2,595 including airfare from 12 Turkish Airlines gateways in the US, this includes cities of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle to Istanbul, Turkiye.
    • US$ 1,000 nonrefundable deposit to be deposited at the time of booking and the balance 10 days prior to the start of the Tour.
    • Cheques to be issued in the name of “Mavi Tours”.

    Optional:
    Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia not included in the price of the tour. Please inform us if you are interested to ensure the booking for which you must pay the Balloon Company in Cappadocia. The price is around $150 depending on the date of booking.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airfare from the departing city in the USA to Istanbul and back.
    • Pick and drop from the airport to the hotel and back.
    • 8 days and 7 nights sightseeing tour of Turkiye including cities of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Pamukkale, and back to Istanbul.
    • 5 or 4-star hotel stay in a Double room with two single beds including breakfast.
    • Bosphorus cruise with dinner in Istanbul.
    • Whirling dervish dance in Cappadocia.
    • “Fire of Anatolia” is a world-famous cultural dance show of Turkiye in the historic Aspendos Arena in Antalya.
    • Jeep safari in Antalya.
    • Entrance fees at museums.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel insurance and medical treatment costs, if any, in Turkiye.
    • Personal expenses including visa fees etc.
    • Tips to the driver.
    • Tips to the porters for loading and unloading of the language in the bus.
    • Lunches and dinners except Bosporus cruise dinner in Istanbul.
    • Force majeure.
    1. Day 1 21st October 2022, Friday Istanbul:

      On arrival at Istanbul Airport from your departing city in the USA, you will be received by our representative to be transferred to the hotel. (Refer to the last page of this program to see from which cities, Turkish Airlines flies directly to Istanbul).

      Brief about Istanbul: A Cradle of Civilization

      The foundation of İstanbul (Constantinople) was laid in 330 AD. Also called the City of Seven Hills, Istanbul is the largest city and the country’s economic, cultural, and historical center. Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents, both Europe and Asia, divided by the strait of Bosporus. Istanbul, the cradle of civilization that served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires for 16 centuries, continues to be the all-time center of attraction with its unique history.

      A help desk located in Istanbul speaking English, Turkish, Urdu, and Hindi languages will be available to assist you throughout your stay in Turkiye at cell number +90 533 634 95 15.

      Stay at Dedeman Hotel, Istanbul, a 5-star Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) with a double bedroom with two single beds.  (Or similar hotels depending on the availability).

      After resting at around 20.00 hours, we will take you to visit Ortakoy for dinner and shopping.

      The tour will end by 23.00 hours.

      About Ortaköy:

      Ortaköy is a lively area centered on its waterfront square, where crowds gather to listen to impromptu concerts or sip tea on cafe terraces. Stands serving waffles or kumpir (stuffed baked potatoes) share busy alleys with souvenir stalls. The ornate, light-filled Ortaköy Camii mosque sits at the water’s edge in the shadow of the Bosporus Bridge. After dark, upmarket restaurants and clubs nearby draw a chic crowd.

    2. Day 2 22nd October 2022-Saturday: Istanbul

      After breakfast at 9.30 you will be picked up from the hotel to visit:

      • Topkapi Palace
      • Highia Sophia mosque.
      • Hippodrome
      • Blue Mosque (Under renovation, the entrance could be restricted)
      • Covered market

      Lunch break from 12.00 to 13.00 hours.

      Leave Covered market by 19.30 hours for Bosporus cruise dinner at 8.00 pm lasting for about 2 hours. Drop you back at the hotel after the cruise at about 23.00 hours.

    3. Day 3 23rd October 2022- Sunday: Istanbul/Cappadocia

      (Check out from the hotel in the morning as we will be leaving for Cappadocia in the evening)

      After breakfast at 9.00 you will be picked up from the hotel to visit:

      • Dolmabahçe palace
      • Camlica Tower (The tallest tower in Turkiye with a panoramic view of Istanbul).
      • Camlica Mosque
      • Istiklal Street

      About Dolmabahçe:

      Dolmabahçe Palace was the first European-style palace in Istanbul and was built by Sultan Abdülmecid between 1842 and 1853, at a cost of five million Ottoman gold pounds, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. Fourteen tons of gold leaf were used to adorn the ceilings of the palace. At the Center of the hall, the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier can be found; it was thought that it is a gift from Queen Victoria, however, recently a receipt was discovered as evidence that it was paid by the Ottomans. The chandelier has 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tons. Dolmabahçe has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and one of the great staircases has banisters of Baccarat crystal, brass, and mahogany, all in the shape of a horseshoe. Another notable feature is the 150-year-old bearskin, a gift from the Tsar of Russia.

      About Galata Port:

      Galataport Istanbul is a historical city harbor and a world-class cruise liner port and touristic destination. With its accessible low-rise buildings, an architectural design embraces the historical tapestry of the area. Galataport Istanbul offers a breathing, healthy and safe environment for culture & arts, work, shopping, and dining which includes coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and other entertainments. 

      An exemplary project on the global scale, Galataport Istanbul features an underground terminal using a hatch system, first of a kind in the world. The historical harbor maintains its status as Istanbul’s maritime gateway into the world.

      Galataport Istanbul welcomes around 25 million visitors per year, including 7 million foreign tourists. The project also attracts about 1.5 million cruise liner passengers to Istanbul every year.

      About Istiklal Street (Taksim)

      İstiklal Avenue, historically known as the Grand Avenue of Pera is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkiye, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.

      Istiklal Street which means “Independence Avenue” is 1,5 km. long colorful pedestrian street and grand boulevard cutting through Beyoglu and full of all kinds of shops, restaurants, cafes, and street shows, and it is located by Taksim Square. The nostalgic tram runs through the length of Istiklal Street.

      Istiklal Street is lined with 19th-century former palaces, mansions, and embassies which are now home to high street brands. It is just as busy at night with numerous great shops, bars, cafes, discos, clubs, and restaurants.

      Leave at 17.00 hours for Istanbul airport for the flight to Kayseri TK2232 at 20.15 to arrive at 21.35 hours. Pick up from the airport on way to Cappadocia. Have dinner at a restaurant in Kayseri.

      Stay at Crowne Plaza Cappadocia in a double bedroom with breakfast, or similar hotels depending on the availability at the final booking of the tour.

      About Cappadocia:

      A geological peculiarity, world heritage site, and area of exceptional natural wonders, the fairy tale landscapes of Cappadocia fire the imagination like nowhere else in Turkiye or the world.  A fascinating history, and topography of honeycombed hills, unfathomably large boulders, and rock formations define this area of Anatolia in central Turkiye. Thousands of years ago, people carved a tunnel and chamber complex into the soft rock and in the 4th century, underground urbanization was created here.  The landscape is a honeycomb of man-made caves, places to live, work, and worship.  Entire towns were formed by tunnel complexes.

      There are many popular attractions in Cappadocia such as fresco-adorned churches chiseled out of rock, fairy chimneys, as well as the open-air museum in Goreme. Subterranean (Underground) cities of Kaymakli and the rock fortress of Ortahisar are also among the most visited sites in Cappadocia. A truly unique hospitality experience.

    4. Day 4 24th October 2022- Monday: Cappadocia

      Hot Air Balloon on the ride (optional)

      Pick-up time for the hot air balloon ride is 5.00 am in the morning and the tour will last for about 3 hours including departure from the hotel and back with a one-hour balloon ride and breakfast. Drop back to the hotel around 8.00 am. (This is optional for which the price is not included in the package, please inform us in advance if you want to have confirmed the booking.)

      At 9.30 you will be picked from the hotel to be taken to:

      • Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu.
      • Churches of Goreme Open-Air Museum
      • Zekve Open-Air Museum
      • Uchisar Rock Citadel
      • Avanos-A pottery village

      Lunch break from 12.30 to 13.30.

      At 7.30 we will leave for the whirling dervish dance show for an hour at Saruhan Caravanserai built in 1249 and return to the hotel after having dinner.

      About Underground cities:

      This is an ancient multi-level underground city, extending to a depth of approximately 85 meters (279 ft). It is large enough to have sheltered as many as 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkiye and is one of several underground complexes found throughout Cappadocia. Caves might have been built initially in the soft volcanic rock of the region in the 8th–7th centuries BC.

      The city at Derinkuyu was fully formed in the Byzantine era when it was heavily used as protection from Muslim Arabs during the Arab-Byzantine war (780–1180 AD). The city was connected with other underground cities through many kilometers of tunnels.

      These cities continued to be used by the Christian natives as protection from the Mongolian incursions of Timur in the 14th century

    5. Day 5 25th October 2022-Tuesday: Cappadocia/Konya/Antalya

      Cappadocia/Konya:

      Leave the hotel after breakfast at 9.00 hours for onward drive to Konya. It’s 31/2 hours drive. In Konya have a lunch break and visit:

      • The mausoleum of Maulana Jelaleddin Rumi

      Rumi, also called the honorific Mawlānā, was born on September 30, 1207, Balkh-Afghanistan, and died on December 17, 1273, Konya-Turkiye, the greatest Sufi mystic, and poet, famous for his lyrics and  Masnavi (“Spiritual Couplets”), which widely influenced mystical thought and literature throughout the world.

      Konya/Antalya:

      Leave Konya for Antalya at 14.00, it’s a 4 hours drive to reach by 18.00 hours.

      Stay at Holiday Inn Lara, a 4-star hotel (Bed and Breakfast) in a double room with two single beds. (Or similar hotels depending on the availability).

      At 8.30 after dinner on our way, we will take you to Aspendos arena for the most successful Turkish dance show called “Fire of Anatolia” to start at 21.30 to 23.00. Drop back to the hotel after the show.

      About Fire of Anatolia:

      This is a Turkish dance group consisting of 120 dancers and several choreographers. The group has performed in more than 85 countries from the United States to China and Japan, in front of an audience of approximately 20 million people altogether. Fire of Anatolia holds two Guinness records, one for the fastest dance performance with 241 steps per minute and another for the largest audience, 400,000 people in Turkiye.

      Note: If this is canceled for any reason, we will refund the amount paid to you in Turkey.

    6. Day 6 26th October 2022-Wednesday: Antalya

      Pick up from hotel at 10.00 after breakfast for:

      • Jeep safari-5 hours with lunch.
      • Duden waterfall
      • Old city tour.

      Back to the hotel at 21.00 hours after dinner and tour of the old city.

    7. Day 7 27th October 2022-Thursday: Antalya/Pamukkale:

      Pick up from the hotel at 9.30 am after breakfast to visit Pamukkale, it’s a four hours (240km) drive from Antalya with a tea/coffee break.

      Stay at Hotel Lycus River Thermal Hotel- Pamukkale a 4-star hotel (Double room with two single beds including breakfast and dinner) Or similar hotels depending on the availability

      About Pamukkale:

      The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built on top of the travertine formation which is in total about 2,700 meters (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide, and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley, this area has been drawing visitors to its thermal springs since the time of classical antiquity. The Turkish name refers to the surface of the shimmering, snow-white limestone, shaped over millennia by calcite-rich springs. Dripping slowly down the mountainside, mineral-rich waters collect in and cascade down the mineral terraces, into pools below. People have visited the area for thousands of years, due to the attraction of the thermal pools

      In Pamukkale we will visit:

      • Hierapolis
      • Cleopatra Pool
      • Travertines of Pamukkale
      • Paragliding (Optional)
    8. Day 8 28th October 2022-Friday: Pamukkale/Istanbul:

      Pick up from the hotel at 6.00 after breakfast for the airport at Denizli, an hour’s drive, for flight TK 2577 at 8.35 to Istanbul airport to reach by 9.45.   Catch a flight onwards back to the USA.

    Istanbul

    Topkapi Palace

    Whirling Dervishes Live Show

    Dolmabahçe Palace

    Bosporus Tour

    Cappadocia Region

    Konya

    Pamukkale

    Mausoleum of Ertuğrul Gazi

    Bursa

    Hotels
    1. Stay at Dedeman Hotel, Istanbul, a 5-star Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) https://www.dedeman.com/EN/7-Oteller/8-Dedeman-Istanbul/
    2. Stay at Crowne Plaza- Nevsehir a 5-star Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/gb/en/navnc/navnc/hoteldetail
    3. Stay at Holiday Inn Lara, a 4-star hotel (Bed and Breakfast) https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/antalya/aytlg/hoteldetail?cm_m mc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-TR-_-AYTLG
    4. Stay at Hotel Lycus River Thermal Hotel- Pamukkale a 4-star (Bed, Breakfast and Dinner) https://lycusriver.com/home.php
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    What is included in this tour?

    • Airfare from the departing city in the USA to Istanbul and back.
    • Pick and drop from the airport to the hotel and back.
    • 11/day and 10 nights sightseeing tours of Turkiye including cities of Istanbul,
    Ankara, Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Bursa and back to Istanbul
    • 5 or 4-star hotel stay in a Double room with two single beds including breakfast.
    • Dinner outside Istanbul for 7 days.
    • Bosporous cruise with dinner in Istanbul.
    • Medical Tourism presentation in Istanbul.
    • Whirling dervish dance in Cappadocia.
    • “Fire of Anatolia” a world-famous cultural dance show of Turkiye in the historic
    Aspendos Arena in Antalya.
    • Jeep safari in Antalya.
    • Entrance fees at museums.

    Optional:

    The hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is not included in the price of the tour. Please inform us if you are interested to ensure the booking for which you must pay the Balloon Company in Cappadocia. The price is around $150 depending on the date of booking.

    What is not included in this tour?

    • Travel insurance and medical treatment cost, if any, in Turkey.
    • Personal expenses including visa fees etc.
    • Tips to the porters for loading and unloading of the language on the bus.
    • Tips to the driver.
    • Lunches and dinners except outside Istanbul.
    • Force majeure.

    Destination Tour-Turkiye (8 Days / 7 Nights Tour)

    $2,595.00