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Grand Tour of Turkey | 14 Days

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14 Days
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 6
Max People : 16

Grand Tour of Turkey | 14 Days

As the meeting point of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Turkey contains a striking diversity of experiences. With the fusion of Asian and European cultures, physically divided by the Bosphorus Strait, and surrounded by the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, Turkey is proud of its history reflected by the legacy of great civilisations. Join us and discover the heritage and culture of this nation through its main cities: Istanbul, with its magical palaces, mosques and bazaars and its legacy of ancient Byzantium, later Constantinople; A tour that goes through in the incredible 1001 shades of green colors of Black Sea Adventure and then fly to Cappadocia, with a fairytale landscape like no other in the world and where nature has been especially generous.
You’ll also get to see UNESCO Site Hierapolis and Then will swim in miraculous waters of famous cotton pools and waterfall of Pamukkales; and Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities of the Mediterranean basin. and Meryemana, said to be the location of the Virgin Mary’s house. Heading to Northern Aeagean land to visit Bergama Asclepion and legendary Troy of Odyssey, you will never forget Galipoli when you pass across Anzac Cove which will touch your heart.
This is not just an ordinary travel. It is a journey of unforgettable memories. Enjoy it!
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul to Istanbul

Pick-up & Drop-off Time

Flexible

Price Includes

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  • 13 nights accommodation  
  • Domestic flights ; Istanbul / Trabzon & Trabzon / Ankara 
  • English speaking professional guide throughout
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • All taxes and service charges
  • All transfers and transportation in air conditioned vehicle with wi-fi on board
  • Meals: 13 Breakfasts , 2 lunches, 8 Hotel Dinners
  • Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia

Accommodation

  • 5 nights Istanbul  4**** Yigitalp or Grand Gulsoy or similar
  • 1 night Uzungöl (Mountain hotel) Special Category İnanlar or Sezgin or Vadi or similar
  • 1 night  Çamlihemşin Special Category Dere or Naliya similar
  • 1 night Ankara 5***** Point ou Latanya or similar 
  • 2 nights Cappadocia 4**** at Dinler Hotel (Possibility to upgrade to a Cave Hotel)
  • 1 Night Pamukkale Thermal Hotel 5***** at Colossae or Richmond or similar 
  • 1 Night Izmir 4**** Hotel Kaya Prestige or Blanca or similar
  • 1 night Çanakkale (Gallipoli) 4***** Iris, Akol or similar 

Price Excludes

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  • Before / After flights
  • Tips to the guide and driver 
  • Personal expenses, drinks during meals, mini-bar etc
  • Travel insurance covering Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Baggage Coverage, Travel Medical Expense, Repatriation,etc)

COVID-19 RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RULES IN TURKEY

Eskapas is committed to fulfill the following regulations to protect its customers from the risk of Covid-19 :
1 – Eskapas will fulfill all safety rules mentioned in the “Safe Tourism Certification” prepared by Turkish Ministry of Tourism; that plan covers all aspects of the journey from the aircraft to the airport, transfers, touring and hotels (tga.gov.tr/about-safe-tourism-program/ )
2 – Eskapas staff is trained to follow all hygiene rules when in service of our customers; they will respect the social distance
3 –Vehicles will be sanitized regularly as imposed and controlled by Turkish Ministry of Health, 
4 – All hotels used to accommodate our customers are certified by “Hotel Association of Turkey”; they all are committed to use maximum 50 % capacity
Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul Arrival

Arrival to Istanbul . Meet with english speaking assistant at the airport . Transfer to the hotel for check in .
Overnight : Istanbul Meals : N/A

Day 2Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel . Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace ( harem section entrance free is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans . Free time at Grand Bazaar . ( closed during the first day of the religious holidays ) . Lunch at local restaurant . After panoramic visit of the City following the visit of Taksim / Istiklal Street which is the center and the heart of the City where you can find several shops , restaurants , bars and movie theater along with antique monuments and houses that go back to 17th and 18th century . Transfer back to the hotel .
 
Overnight : Istanbul Meals : Breakfast – Lunch
 
Take a public boat to cross the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul; the seagulls will come close to catch the bread pieces that traditionally may Turkish throw from upper deck. As you put your feed on the Asian bank, take a lovely walk in the picturesque marketplace with vegetables, fruits and fish sellers. You can taste the Turkish coffee prepared on wood coal or buy the traditional rock candies at historical Haci Bekir Confectionery. Take the public boat back to European side while admiring the silhouette of the Old City. Free time at leisure in the colorful Spice Bazaar to smell the aromas of the spices of the Orient. (Meals Breakfast – Lunch)
Important Note: For the first time travelers to Istanbul, we recommend to book pre accommodation and join classical day excursions.

Day 3Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping . Free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs Bosphorus Cruise excursion along the Bosphorus , that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe . During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul , with its forest , Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents . Lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) , Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia . Free time at Grand Bazaar .

Overnight : Istanbul Meals : Breakfast – Lunch
 

Day 4Istanbul - Trabzon (Norther Black Sea) Flight

 
Breakfast at the hotel , transfer to the airport of Istanbul and take a domestic flight to Trabzon ( included .) Arrival to Trabzon Airport . Departure to our first visit, which is the Monastery of Sumela (UNESCO Tentative list of World Heritage Sites ), embedded between heaven and earth , an evoking example of the art of Byzantine . Our next visit is Uzungol , on the way to Uzungol , we will stop at Surmene region which is famous with it’s handmade knifes. We will have a short stop at the local knife shops .Free time for lunch . Continue for Uzungol ( Long lake ) , we will have a walk around the lake to enjoy the beauty of the nature . Transfer back to the hotel . Dinner and overnight at the hotel .
Overnight : Uzungöl Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 5Uzungöl - Ayder Plateau - Çamlıhemşin

Breakfast at the hotel. Our fist visit will be the Ayder Plateau , we will be entering the plateau through the Valley of Fırtına . Photo stop the Waterfall of Gelintulu where we will have a short walk following a photo stop . Free time for lunch . Continue with the visit of the Castle of Zilkale which was build during the 14th century , 750 meters above the sea level . The next stop will be the Waterfall of Palovit where the water descends from 15 meters . Transfer back to Camlihemsin .
Overnight : Çamlıhemşin Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 6Çamlıhemşin - Çayeli - Trabzon - flight to Ankara

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Cayeli , which is the production center of the clothing items of ‘indian hemp’ . Here we will see the local shops full with souvenier items that is made with famous local pattern ‘ Feretiko’ . Continue to Trabzon , drop off at the center of Trabzon where we will have a walking that includes the panoramic visits of Gulbahar Hatun Mosque ( a mosque constracted to the name of the mother of the Emperor Yavuz Sultan Selim ) , the Church of Santa Ana and the Mosque of Ortahisar . Free time for lunch . After lunch , we will visit the Mosque of Santa Sofia ( ex Museum & church ) which is situated on a hillside , overlooking the sea. On the interior walls of the monument there are some frescos . Transfer to the airport and take domestic flight to Ankara ( included ) . Arrival to Ankara.
Overnight : Ankara Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 7Ankara - Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel . Visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you will see the Neolithic & Paleolithic ruins from Urartu , Hatti, Hittite, Phrygia civilizations, then proceed to Mausoleum of Ataturk , the founder of Turkish Republic. In the afternoon drive to Cappadocia . En route visit the Underground city that is one of the biggest underground city in the region, constructed by the first Christians to protect themselves from the attacks …We dcontinue to proceed to the Derwish House to attend Whirling Dervishes Ceremony which represents the mystical journey of spiritual ascent of man using love, the search for the truth and get to the “Perfection”.Overnight at the hotel . Check in to the hotel at Cappadocia .

Overnight : Cappadocia Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 8Cappadocia

Breakfast . Full day visit at Cappadocia . Visit Göreme Open Air Museum – a UNESCO Heritage site , a fantastic region with it’s cave churches located on the valley. Then proceed to Uchisar Village and then the spectacular fairy chimneys. Visit Derbent Valley with and explore the natural rock formations and get a chance to attend the workshops of carpets and onyx-stones .
 
Optional Tour | HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR
In the early morning departure from your hotel . a chance to live this unique experience, an overlooking to Cappadocia from the sky , see the beauty of the region the rock formations, fairy chimneys, natural formations, lunar landscapes ..
 
Overnight : Cappadocia Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 9Cappadocia - Pamukkale

Travertine terraces of Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
After the breakfast at the hotel , drive to Pamukkale. En-route visit Sultanhan Caravansarai that was built during Seljuk Empire and used long years as a stop over for the travelers and merchants. Continue to Pamukkale . Visit Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing thermal water. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Overnight : Cappadocia Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 10Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir

Breakfast . Drive to Selcuk – Ephesus . Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city that was dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora .Then proceed for Virgin Mary House – has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus . Then stop at Leather Production Store . Proceed for Izmir (Ancient Symirna)
Overnight : Izmir Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 11Izmir - Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale (Dardanelles)

Çanakkale, Turkey – July 19, 2014: The wooden horse used at the movie of Troy. It was given to the city of Canakkale as a present in 2004. Now, it is located and displayed at a public park near the coast of Canakkale city in Turkey.

Breakfast . Drive to Pergamum ( Bergama ) region and visit the ruins of Asclepion which is the first hospital of Asia Minor in human history . Then continue to Troy , visit the famous city that evokes the poetic name of Homer’s Iliad. Continue to Canakkale .

Overnight : Izmir Meals : Breakfast – Dinner

Day 12Çanakkale - Gallipoli - Anzac Cove - Istanbul

Breakfast . We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial,The Nek,Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Continuation to Istanbul for overnight.
Overnight : Istanbul Meals : Breakfast
Gallipoli

Day 13Istanbul

Breakfast and free time at leisure in Istanbul. You can make your last shoppings or take an optianal Hammam Experience (Turkish bath) just for realexing before your return.
Overnight : Istanbul Meals : Breakfast

Day 14Istanbul Departure

Transfer to Istanbul Airport for your onward flight or extend in Istanbul. (B)

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Janet A. Grappin

Couple Traveller

This was the best guided trip we have ever taken and we have visited over 35 countries. It exceeded all of our expectations. The tour included areas of natural beauty and historical and spiritual significance. The restaurants for the included meals were all top quality with excellent Turkish food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and exceptional levels of cleanliness. The hotels were all very good and well located with very helpful staffs. On days that we had to leave before breakfast, the hotels packed us boxed meals, when requested. Some hotels were in beautiful locations with charming rustic character, such as that in Uzungol, the Inanlar Hotel, and in Camlihemsin, the Dere Hotel. While appearing rustic, they still had all modern comforts. We had the best fresh trout dinner of our lives and a fantastic view at the Dere hotel. Our guide Gokhan made it possible for us to attend a Turkish wedding reception at the Dere hotel, an experience of a lifetime!

There is much more to be said of the beautiful and moving areas we visited, however, the outstanding part of the tour was the guides. Gokhan Demir in the Black Sea region and Nadir in Istanbul and the central and western parts of our trip.

Gokhan was a great guide. In addition to his excellent knowledge of all the areas we visited, he went out of his way to give us experiences beyond what was included in the tour. At the Ayder Plateau, he talked to the owner of an authentic cabin behind all the new buildings, who told to us about her life and invited us into her home. He also arranged for us to attend the Turkish wedding reception at our hotel. Another delightful part of the Black Sea experience was the music playlist he used during our traveling times. It was a mix of all types of music and included Turkish music. It was all very positive and uplifting.

Nadir was our guide for the rest of the trip. He is an incredible man with a depth of knowledge that few possess. A true renaissance man that speaks many languages and is well versed in science, history, literature, and spirituality. He also has a wealth of personal experience that made him a fascinating guide. He has a refreshing sense of humor and went out of his way so MANY times to find us authentic Turkish restaurants and recommend various Turkish foods and experiences. He was always concerned for our welfare and made the transportation, accommodation and other arrangements effortless for us.

Before the trip, I had been concerned about how we were going to get our PCR tests and other COVID requirements met. All of this was made easy for us by Nadir. He personally took us to the labs and talked with the staff for us. We also had the option of having the testing done at the hotel. For people concerned about COVID (which I am not), all the venues were very, very clean and took extra steps to reduce contamination, such as buffet food served by restaurant employees rather than self serve.

The bus driver for the main part of our tour was excellent too. A very good driver, we always felt very safe and the bus was very new including WiFi and charging ports at every seat (that really makes longer bus trips fly by). However, the best part of the bus trip was the big smile the driver always had for us!

The logistics of a fairly complicated trip were seamless and easy for us due to the arrangements made by Ismail (Eskapas) before and during the trip. Communication with him was excellent and quick. He helped me make adjustments to our trip and helped with insurance and other items. All communication with Eskapas was very efficient. We were able to plan our trip with ease and include special experiences such as the Hamam and the Cappadocia balloon ride. We highly recommend both of these optional add-ons. Transportation to and from the airports were all on-time, comfortable and reliable.

Our experience in Turkey was incredible due to the friendliness and exceptional hospitality of the Turkish people. It was also enhanced by the very small group size. We expected a small group of up to 16. However, our first days in Istanbul and the Black Sea part were just my husband and me. Then the rest of the tour included about 20 Spanish speaking people and only one other English speaker. Because of this, the 3 English speakers had a private guide (Nadir).

October 11, 2021

Martin K.

Couple Traveller

We had a GREAT time! Culturally relevant! Excellent guide (Nedril) and guide! Flexibility as necessary or requested! Especially appreciated the help as our flight reservations kept changing and your involvement kept us satisfied to remain on this Turkey tour. We loved the whole thing, including textile, leather, carpet showroom / presentations. We loved the viewings, the history lessons, the other travelers! The small group size, the Mercedes van, most hotels ,especially the ones on the water/lake /sea fronts with views and with 4 star .

We are are very pleased with Eskapas and all the excellent help from you and your office.

Priscilla and Martin Kuhn, Tucson, Arizona USA

October 6, 2021

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