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Trans-Anatolian Express | 9 Days with train-plane-bus

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9 Days
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 6
Max People : 16
Tour Details
Traveling is not only about visiting some place and taking photos. It’s more about experiencing the local culture, the local food, learning more about the lifestyle of local people!  When traveling, you meet, eat and talk with locals, which gives the amazing travel experience. Experience deeply the local culture and lifestyle! 
 
This amazing trip starts from Istanbul and flies to Cappadocia then continue to Konya with a local bus to discover the whirling dervices city. You will then take the evening train in a Wagon-lit private room to sleep and experience this local travel until İzmir. Visit the famous Ephesus and Hierapolis. The trip concludes in Istanbul. This is the long version with 9 days. See also the short version (7 days) without Gallipoli part.
 
This is more than an ordinary vacation itinerary. It has everything ! 

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul

Departure Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • 8 nights 4**** accommodation Istanbul (2), Cappadocia (2), Train Private Wagon-lit (1), Kuşadası(2), Çanakkale(1)
  • 1 Domestic flight (upon specific flight request, supplement applies) Istanbul / Kayseri (or Nevsehir)
  • Guide: Shared sightseeing and English speaking guide during visits
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches & 3 dinners
  • All transfer per itinerary and A/C transport during visits
  • Entrance fees to the museums which are mentioned in the program
  • Local taxes
 

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses (mini bars, drinks during meals, etc)
  • Visa and travel insurance fees
  • Before/After flights
  • Tip for the guides (optional)

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

Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: N/A Mileage: 40km

Day 2Istanbul / Cappadocia

Stroll through Sogukcesme Street with typical wooden house which are now landmark buildings of ottoman architecture. Arrive to Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans used to live; admire the gardens, kitchens, the treasury section as well as terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Photo stop at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet the 3rd and explore Saint Sophia, the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture dating back to the VIth century. After lunch, visit the Blue Mosque covered by more than 20.000 Iznik tiles and continue with the Roman Hippodrome where the char races used to take place. Discover the handcrafts of Anatolia and shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. Transfer to airport and flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Continue to Cappadocia.
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Mileage: 140km

Day 3Cappadocia Classics

Entire day to enjoy the natural beauty and the cultural depth of this unique region : explore the frescoed interiors of Goreme’s cave churches, which date from the 8th century, take a walk in Avcilar, Pasabagi and the red valley of Dervent where you will admire the chimney like volcanic formations and a brief photo stop at Uchisar.
Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner Mileage: 100km

Day 4Cappadocia / Konya / Train (wagon lits)

Take 08:30 public bus to Konya. Arrive at 11:30 and continue to Mevlana Museum to see the tomb of the founder of Whirling Dervishes Order and learn more about Sufi philosophy. In the afternoon discover more in this city which used to be the capital of Seldjoukide Empire in XIIIth century; Karatay Museum which was a school of astronomy and the monumental gate of Inceminare Mosque. In the evening, take 19:00 train to Izmir. Overnight at wagon-lit cabin with 2 single beds, air conditioning, sink and mini fridge.
Overnight: Wagon-Lits Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Mileage: 240km

Day 5İzmir / Ephesus / Kusadasi

Arrive in Izmir at 07:00 AM. Free time for breakfast (at own expense) and transfer to Ephesus. Explore the antique city by wandering along its 2,000 year old marble streets to such famous sites as the theatre and the Celsus Library. In the afternoon, visit the home of the Virgin Mary and a photo stop nearby the Temple of Artemis where only a column remains to indicate where one of the Seven Wonders of the World was.
Overnight: Kuşadası Meals: Lunch Mileage: 110km

Day 6Kusadasi / Pamukkale / Kusadasi

Drive to Pamukkale, popularly known as the ‘cotton castle’. Here, immense tiers of white limestone cascading down a barren hillside you will enjoy the beauty of the terraces. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Return to Kusadasi and overnight.
Overnight: Kuşadası Meals: Breakfast- Lunch Mileage: 360km

Day 7Kusadasi / Canakkale

Continue to Pergamon, the city where parchment was invented and discover the Acropolis with hellenistic theater, Trajan Temple and remains of the library. Drive to Canakkale and overnight.
Overnight: Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast- Lunch Mileage: 395km

Day 8Canakkale / Istanbul

In the morning, depart for Troy and visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, 3700 years old city walls and houses, Senate Building, Odeon. Cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit 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. Transfer back to Istanbul at 17:30 and arrive at around 23:00. Drop-off to your hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Mileage: 330 km

Day 9 Istanbul Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Airport for your onward flight.
Overnight: N/A Meals: Breakfast Mileage: 40km
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