Sleepless in Turkey

6 –16 November, 2019 | 11 Days/10 Nights

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Turkey is a charming land, where the earth is a work of art, filled with fairy chimneys and valleys, and the skies are an endless blue. There are hot air balloon rides at the crack of dawn and underground dwellings waiting to be explored.

We begin our trip in the historical city of Istanbul. Istanbul is everything you have read about, everything you have dreamt about, and more! It draws you in with its history, its magnificent architecture, its spice markets, and, in more recent times, its rocking night life.

Soak up the atmosphere in Istanbul – take a ride across the Bosphorus, shop, eat, and do all the wonderful things that your mind conjures up when you think about the city.

We then visit the ‘cotton castle’ – Pamukkale. Tread the path of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, its thermal springs, cascading milky pools, and well-preserved ruins, including a necropolis.

Walk the lanes of the 10th century Greek city of Ephesus, the site of a succession of ancient civilizations. It is considered one of the greatest outdoor museums of all times. The Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus, and a huge amphitheatre will truly leave you awestruck.

Experience the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia by staying in a cave hotel! You are also in for a gastronomical treat when you sample local fare at a Cappadocian house in Mustafapasa. And, then, top everything off with a whirling dervish performance.

Explore this incredible landscape. Join Wonderful World on a sojourn to Turkey.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy enough leisure time in Istanbul to soak in the place
  • Relax in the travertine pools in Pamukkale
  • Visit the ancient city of Ephesus
  • Visit two villages – Sirince and Kirazli – in the heart of Turkey
  • Sample local cuisine and eat with a local family
  • Stay in luxurious, central hotels, and a beautiful cave hotel in Cappadocia
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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • Transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary, including bottled water for the table
  • All tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All admission fees to the museums and sights on tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tickets and transportation for the whirling dervishes performance in Cappadocia
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, including bottled water (except on table in meals included in the itinerary)
  • Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia (ranges between USD 180 and 200 per head)
  • Any personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, porterage, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities (Guide USD 3 and driver USD 2 per person per day)
  • Any items or services not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Wednesday, 6th November (includes dinner) Istanbul – Arrival -Arrive at the Istanbul Ataturk airport and group transfer to the hotel. (Please check flight timings with us before booking.) Overnight at Richmond Hotel and Suites or similar
Day2
Day 2 – Thursday, 7th November (includes breakfast and lunch) Istanbul - After breakfast, enjoy the Istanbul sightseeing tour. - The tour starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, which was the centre of civil activities during the Hellenistic and Roman times. At the Hippodrome the chariot and horse races and athletic runs took place for the entertainment of the people of Constantinople. - Nearby is the Blue Mosque, which was built between 1609 and 1616. Its 20,000 blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles and unique 6 minarets are unique features of this mosque. - Break for lunch. - Next we visit the Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world. A former cathedral of Constantinople, it is renowned for its mosaic decoration as well as architectural style. Back in Byzantine times, most emperors were crowned in this cathedral after a special ceremony. - Finally visit the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets, for shopping in this labyrinth of more than 4,000 shops. Choose from leather, carpets, jewellery, and copper crafts, but be sure to bargain! - We will then visit another example of Ottomans glory, the Suleimaniye Mosque, built by the architect Sinan by the order of Suleyman the Magnificent. - Evening at Leisure Overnight at Richmond Hotel and Suites or similar
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