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Explore Historical Sites in Turkey (11 Days / 10 Nights Tour)

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$1,300.00

Historical sites and places in Turkey are waiting for explorers like you, so pack your bags and get ready for this historical tour. Turkey is known as the place where civilization began. UN has included 18 sites of Turkey in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn the amazing history of Istanbul, the Ottoman Empire, the Holy City of Hierapolis, the Underground City and Cave House in Cappadocia, and the Cotton Castles of Pamukkale.

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    Historical Tour
  • Activity Level History
  • Group Size Large Group
    30
All about the Explore Historical Sites in Turkey (11 Days / 10 Nights Tour).

This tour is spread over 10 nights and 11 days, it will take you to the historical sites in Turkey. Travel to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Sogut and Bursa and back to Istanbul. 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.

PRICES & CONDITIONS:

Number of Persons Double Room
2 to 33,850
4 to 52,575
6 to 72,150
8 to 92,025
10 to 151,850
16 to 191,675
20 to 241,575
25 to 291,500
30 to 401,450

For Single Room: Add (530)
For Triple Room: Deduct (150)
Children under 2 are FREE (No extra bed)
Children 3-11 : (425)

  • The prices are valid from 1 April to 31 October 2022.
  • Full Payment for the tour needs to be made in advance at the time of booking at least one 21 days before the start of the tour

Please refer to us if you want to have a custom designed tour according to your preferences.

Tour Departure dates:

  • Valid from 1 April to 31 October 2022
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.
  • Dinner cruise in Istanbul with unlimited soft drinks
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Turkish qualified English-speaking tour guides will be provided throughout the tour
  • Help desk located in Istanbul speaking English, Turkish, Urdu and Hindi will be available to assist you throughout your stay in Turkey
  • Museum entrance fees are included in the price.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transportation Expenses, to and from Tour.
  • Visa and related expenses
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Lunches and Dinners in Istanbul except for during the Bosporus tour.
  • Medical expenses incurred during the tour
  • Insurance coverage for medical emergency or treatment.
  • Expenses incurred including treatment and quarantine in case you are tested Covid-19 positive during the tour.
  1. Day 1 01 November 2021, Arrival in Istanbul-Istanbul Airport

    The foundation of İstanbul (Constantinople) was laid in 330 AD. Also called 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 which straddles two continents, both Europe and Asia, divided by the strait of Bosporus. It boasts a population of over 16 million residents, comprising 19% of Turkey’s population.

    Upon your arrival, a friendly Mavi Tour representative will receive you and drive you to your hotel. No tour will be organized on this first day, so you may rest and relax, and overcome jet lag. On your own, you are free to explore the city, and or places in your hotel’s vicinity.

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

  2. Day 2 Istanbul

    Meet at the lobby 8:30 am. –

    Pick up time from hotel: 9:00 am 

    Tour of the old city including historical sites of:

    • Topkapi Palace (Built in 1460 by Fatih Sultan Mehmet)
    • Hagia Sophia (Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Constantius)
    • Blue Mosque (Built in 1609 by Sultan Ahmet)
    • Hippodrome (Built by Roman Emperor Severus in early 3rd Century)
    • The Basilica Cistern (Built in by Emperor Justanian in 532 AD)

    Note: Due to pandemic, some sites may be closed by ministry of tourism.

    Lunch break: 12.00- 13.00. Tour ends at 17.00 hours and the bus will take you to the hotel.

    Whirling Dervishes Live Show at 19.00 (1 hour).

  3. Day 3 Istanbul

    Istanbul sight-seeing Tour:

    Meet at the lobby 9:30 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 10:00 am

    Sight-seeing tour of Istanbul including following sites to see:

    1. Dolmabahce Palace:
    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 was used to adorn the ceilings of the palace. At the centre of the hall, the world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier can be found; it was a gift from Queen Victoria. 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 bannisters 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.

    2. Covered Market:
    Covered Bazar, built in 15th century, is the oldest and the largest covered market in the world. It covers approximately 55,000 sq. meters, and has 21 gates, 51 streets, in addition to over 4,000 shops, selling numerous items, including tiles, ceramics, gold, silver, leather goods, carpets, kilims and myriad other gift items.

    Lunch break 12.00-13.00. Tour will end 17.00 hours.

    20.00-23.00 hours’ Bosporus tour with dinner.

  4. Day 4 Istanbul / Cappadocia (760 km from Istanbul, about 8-hour drive)

    Meet at the lobby 8:30 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 9.00 am 

    Discover the fairy tale landscape of the Cappadocia region

    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 Turkey or the world.  A fascinating history, and topography of honeycombed hills, unfathomably large boulders , and rock formations define this area of Anatolia in central Turkey. Thousands of years ago, people carved a tunnel and chamber complex into the soft rock and in  the 4th century, an underground urbanisation 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 chiselled out of rock, fairy chimneys, as well as the open air museum in Goreme. Subterranean cities of Kaymakli and rock fortress of Ortahisar are also among the most visited sites in Capadoccia. A truly unique hospitality experience.

  5. Day 5 Cappadocia

    Balloon Ride: Optional (2-3 hours) costing around US Dollars 100

    Your tour begins with hotel pick up one hour before the sunrise. Experience a one-hour hot balloon ride across Cappadocia.

    What to expect:

    • Take a scenic hot-air balloon ride through Cappadocia’s the rocky crags, stone peaks,
    • Admire Turkey’s most unique attraction with a thrilling airborne flight. A bird’s eye panorama of Turkey’s most surreal heritage site.
    • Your pilot gives you background on the Cappadocia region as you glide through the air,
    • Balloons hold up to 16 people, perfect for larger groups

    Meet at the lobby 9.00 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 9.30 am 

    With the guidance of our experienced professional guides, you will see the main places to visit in Cappadocia such as Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Love Valley, Three Beauties Fairy Chimneys. You can also see traditional carpet weaving techniques in Cappadocia’s crafts center Avanos, as well as watch pottery making in pottery making workshops and even try making pottery.

    Lunch break: 12.30 to 1.30 – Dinner at 8.30pm

  6. Day 6 Cappadocia: Tour of Underground cities

    Meet at the lobby 9.00 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 9.30

    It is believed that the underground cities of Cappadocia were initially built during the eighth and seventh centuries BCE by the Phrygians, who carved their living spaces into the region’s soft volcanic rock. There are around 200 cities in total in Cappadocia, with the most visited including Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.

    We will be taking you to one of the most famous underground cities in Cappadocia is Derinkuyu, built during the Byzantine era, when its inhabitants used it to protect themselves from Muslim Arabs during the Arab-Byzantine wars between 780 and 1180 CE. The multi-level city was composed of many passages and caves lying at around 60m (197ft) under the ground and was able to shelter around 20,000 people as well as their livestock and food.

    Lunch break: 12.30 to 1.30 – Dinner at 8.30pm

  7. Day 7 Cappadocia to Konya (3 hours 15 minutes, 275 km)

    Meet at the lobby 9.00 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 9.30

    The Central Anatolian City of Konya, once a capital of Anatolian Seljuk Empire, is the seventh largest city of Turkey with a population of 2.2 million. It is a pilgrimage destination for Sufis, and was the hometown for Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, a Persian Sufi mystic, and his master Shams Tabrezi. It is also known as lodge of whirling dervishes.

    The main attraction for tourists coming from all over the world is the tomb of Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, built in 1274.

    Reach Konya by 13.00 hours

    Meet at the lobby 14.00 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 14.15

    Mevlana Museum- 1 hour
    The symbol of Konya is this tekke (Sufi lodge) complex that holds the tomb of the 13th-century religious leader, philosopher, and poet Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, who founded the whirling dervish sect of Sufism. The museum is set within lovingly tended rose gardens

    Tile Museum (Karatay Medresisi)- 1 hour
    This old madrassa (theological college) was founded in 1251 by the Seljuk emir Celaleddin Karatay. The sheer beauty of this tiled building makes it one of the top attractions in Konya.

    Konyanuma Panorama Museum- 1 hour
    Konyanuma panorama museum shows Konya’s social life in the 13th century. The Panorama Museum details the historical medreses, its mosques, the walls, the soldiers, Sultans, and houses many sculptures from various nations around the globe.

  8. Day 8 Konya / Pamukkale (395 km with 5 hours’ drive)

    Gathering at the lobby 8:30 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 9:00 am

    Drive to Pamukkale, famous for its mineral-rich hot springs and it’s white terraces. Visit the Necropolis, and the ancient city of Hierapolis ”Holy City,” a UNESCO a World Heritage Site, situated uphill from the Pamukkale hot springs. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a therapeutic thermal spa since the 2nd century B.C. Water of Pamukkale is known to have miraculous healing powers, not only in recent times, but for thousands of years. Universities have researched and proven that it is good for skin, veins and it keeps one young.

    Lunch break 12.30 to 13.45 – Dinner at 8.30pm

  9. Day 9 Pamukkale / Sogut (360 km with 5 hours’ drive)

    Gathering at the lobby 7:30 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 8:00 am

    One hour stop in Sogut

    Lunch break at 12.00 to 12.30

    Sogut is a small town in the province of Bilecik. This town is notable as the founding location of the Ottoman Empire; given to Ertugurul Gazi (“Kayi Tribe”) by Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad. The Mausoleum of Ertugrul Gazi, his wife Halime Hatun and his Alps are situated here.

    Sogut / Bursa (130 km with 2 hours’ drive)

    Probably founded in 3rd century BC, it is the fourth largest city of Turkey and the first Capital of the Ottoman Empire, conquered by Sultan Orhan Gazi, son of Osman Gazi, founder of Ottoman Empire.

    On arrival in Bursa, you will be on your own to explore the areas around the hotel.

    Dinner at 8.30

     

  10. Day 10 Bursa

    Gathering at the lobby 8:30 am. – Pick up time from hotel: 9:00 am

    Tour of the city includes Mausoleums of Osman and Orhan Gazi; Green Mosque (build in 1424 by Sultan Mehmet Celebi); Ulu Mosque, also called Grand Mosque of Bursa (build in 1399 by Sultan Bayezid I); and Covered market, famous for its silk and gold shops, next to Ulu Mosque (built in 1335 by Orhan Bey).

    Lunch break: 13.30 to 14.00  

    Bursa/Istanbul: (169 km from Istanbul, about 2-hour drive)

    Leave Bursa after lunch to arrive in Istanbul at 5.00 pm

    Taksim:

    After arriving in Istanbul, you will be staying on the European side in an area called “Taksim”. You will explore this liveliest part of Istanbul, at your leisure.

    The Taksim Square is a cosmopolitan communications hub, and an important commercial, entertainment and sightseeing area for both locals and tourists. Taksim Square is also a popular meeting point, and an ideal place to conduct an Istanbul city walking tour, including a long colorful pedestrian street, also known as “Istiklal Street”. It is a 24-hour hot spot for people young and old, local, and foreign.

    You will find “The Galata Tower” at the end of Istiklal street, built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinianos in 507-508AD. The Genoese rebuilt the current tower in 1348-49, it is a medieval stone tower with cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic view of Istanbul.  It is a nine-story tower with an observation deck and was the city’s tallest structure at the time it was built. Year 1717 AD onwards, the Ottomans used the tower for assessing the incoming naval threats coming up the Bosporus, in addition to spotting city and forest fires.

  11. Day 11 Istanbul

    Depart for the Airport. Time to be decided depending on the flight timings.

Istanbul

Topkapi Palace

Whirling Dervishes Live Show

Dolmabahçe Palace

Bosporus Tour

Cappadocia Region

Konya

Pamukkale

Mausoleum of Ertuğrul Gazi

Bursa

Hotels

1. ISTANBUL – Somerset 3 nights/Bed and Breakfast (BB)
https://www.discoverasr.com/en/somerset-serviced-residence/turkey/somerset-maslak-istanbul

2. CAPPADOCIA – Double Tree by Hilton 3 nights/ Breakfast and Dinner (HB)
https://www.hilton.com.tr/oteller/turkiye/nevsehir/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-avanos-cappadocia

4. KONYA – Anemon 1 nights/ Breakfast and Dinner (HB)
https://www.anemonhotels.com/en/default.aspx

5. PAMUKKALE – Lycus River 1 night/ Breakfast and Dinner (HB)
https://lycusriver.com/home.php

6. BURSA – Hilton 1 night/Breakfast and Dinner (HB)
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/btzhihi-hilton-bursa-convention-center-and-spa/

7. ISTANBUL – Eresin Taxim 1 night/ Bed and Breakfast (BB)
https://www.eresin.com.tr/eresinpremier

or similar Hotels depending on availability.

Hotel accommodations: Bed and Breakfast in Istanbul, Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner) in other cities.

Note: All the above hotels are certified as safe for tourism by the ministry.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?
  • Dinner cruise in Istanbul with unlimited soft drinks
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Turkish qualified English-speaking tour guides will be provided throughout the tour
  • Help desk located in Istanbul speaking English, Turkish, Urdu and Hindi will be available to assist you throughout your stay in Turkey
  • Museum entrance fees are included in the price.
What is not included in this tour?
  • Transportation Expenses, to and from Tour.
  • Visa and related expenses
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Lunches and Dinners in Istanbul except for during the Bosporus tour.
  • Medical expenses incurred during the tour
  • Insurance coverage for medical emergency or treatment.
  • Expenses incurred including treatment and quarantine in case you are tested Covid-19 positive during the tour.

 

Explore Historical Sites in Turkey (11 Days / 10 Nights Tour)

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