Contrastes de Turquia

Duration

11 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Istanbul

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Istanbul; Ankara; Cappadocia; Ihlara; Konya; Egridir; Pamukkale; Efeso; Kusadasi; Bodrum; Marmaris; Dalyan, Aegean Region; Antalya

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time. 

You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.

09.00hrs.- Istanbul.- A  sightseeing tour  of the city taking in the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and Taksim. We will skirt round the Topkapi Palace and admire the exterior of Hagia Sophia. On our tour, we will include a  cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti  viewpoint and we will look round the  Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent  (the largest in Istanbul). We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. Views over the Bosphorus, with its huge mosques and ramparts: the city has magnificent sights. The visit is accompanied by a local guide, and lasts about two hours (admission to the monuments is not included).  
Free time. 

19.30 hrs - At the end of the afternoon we will provide a  transfer to the Taksim neighbourhood,  the most commercialised and lively area of ??the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower. 


Today we include a  boat trip on the Bosphorus t hat will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for Europamundo travellers. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of ??Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. 

Free time.

Total distance covered:   750 km.
   
Scenery: Crossing over the suspension bridge spanning the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia. Plateaus of Anatolia. 

06.30 hrs.- Istanbul. We leave the hotel to go to the Istanbul-Pendikque train station. Today we travel by train departing at 08.55 hrs (the schedule can be modified) from the station in the Asia district,  we take the most modern and fast train in Turkey,  a pleasant 4-hour trip through the Anatolian landscapes, perhaps having a coffee in the train café. 

13.07 hrs (estimated) Arrival in  ANKARA,  the modern capital of Turkey. After a time to have lunch in the area of the station, With the coach, we take you to discover the immense museum-mausoleum of Ataturk , the "father of modern Turkey",  

15.00 hrs.  - Ankara - Mausoleum –Departure-.  We continue by coach through the arid regions of Turkey´s interior that take us into Cappadocia. We travel past the salt lake . Brief stop en route to take some photos of the lake.

19.15 hrs.- Arrival at the end of the afternoon in  AVANOS (CAPADOCIA) ,  pleasant town in the center of the  region of Capadocia known for its pottery, its attractive old town with cobbled streets and its views over the river. Time to enjoy the hotel facilities or walk through the streets. Dinner is included. 

Total distance covered: 290 km.
  
Scenery: We continue amid the beautiful landscapes of Cappadocia. 
Notes: Today it is again necessary to wear comfortable shoes as we continue to explore Cappadocia. In Konya, we visit places considered "holy" for the Dervish sect: please wear appropriate clothing. 
 
07:30 hrs  - Nevsehir –Departure-. In the morning we will visit the  PASABAG Valley or Monks Valley derived from some cones carved in tuff stones which stand appart. 

09.00 hrs.- Driving along minor roads we enter areas that are less frequented by tourists. Small characterful towns mark the Ihlara Valley.  
09:45 hrs - Ihlara Canyon  –Arrival-. Refreshed by the cooler air by the river, we explore churches that are carved into the rock of the canyon. 
11:45 hrs -  Ihlara Canyon –Departure-.  
13:00 hrs. - Sultanhan  –Arrival-. Here one of the most beautiful caravanserai is preserved. This magnificent building reminds us of the great caravans of camels that, in the past, marked these lands. Time to explore and have lunch. 
14.45 hrs -  Sultanhan –Departure-. Landscapes with large herds and arid plains. 
16.00 hrs - Konya  –Arrival-. In the center of Konya, we explore the MEVLANA MAUSOLEUM, a holy place for Dervishes, the Muslim sect known for their whirling "trance" dancing. Admission to the exhibition is included. Later, we suggest a stroll through the bustling bazaar. Dinner included.


At night, we suggest that you attend the dance performance of the whirling dervishes in the cultural centre.

Total distance covered: 430 km.
  
Scenery: Varied: mountain areas and lakes. Fantastic "cotton mountain" at the end of the day. Notes: We recommend that you also bring shoes that are easy to remove and carry in Pamukkale... and if you wish, bring your bathing costume to this place! 

08.00 hrs. - Konya –Departure-. We continue our journey through Turkey´s interior. 
11:15 hrs. -Egridir.  Located on the shores of a lake with the same name, this is a picturesque town with its walls and mosques where we can walk and have lunch.  
13:30 hrs. - Egridir –Departure-.  
16:15 hrs. - Pamukkale  –Arrival-. Admission included. At the "cotton mountain", our coach will drop passengers at the top of the mountain so that - having admired the ruins that date to the Roman era - you can descend on foot between the hot springs and the "baths". The colours at sunset are fantastic. Our coach will collect you at the area below. Finally you will have time in the hotel at which point you can enjoy its thermal pools. Dinner included.      

Total distance covered:  370 km.
 
Scenery: Various: proximity of the sea in region at the end of the stage. 
Note: Again, for the Ephesus visit, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.   

08.00 hrs.  - Pamukkale –Departure-.  
11:30 hrs. - Ephesus – Arrival-. We now visit a fantastic complex of Roman ruins. 2,000 years ago, this city had a quarter of a million inhabitants. We will discover with our guide the house of the  Virgin Mary,  the  Basilica of Saint John  and the impressive  ruins at Ephesus (tickets included) . Time for lunch.

17.00 hrs- Ephesus departure. We continue on towards the Turquoise Coast, which has magnificent landscapes. 


20.15 hrs- Bodrum , the former Halicarnassus is nowadays one of the most prestigious tourist spa towns in Turkey.  Di nner included.

Total distance covered:  165 km.
 
Scenery:  Various beautiful sights over the Aegean.
Free morning in  Bodrum , a beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, walk through its streets which are full of life and tourist activity or its leisure marina. Time for lunch.

14.30 hrs- Bodrum, departure.
17.15 hrs.- MARMARIS,  arrival to another beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains.  Dinner a nd accommodation.

NOTE:  On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer ), some groups can be accommodated in a nearby town.

Total distance covered:  335 km.
  
Scenery: Varied: mountain areas and beautiful coast. Fantastic 
Notes: We recommend that you also bring comfortable shoes and if you wish, bring your bathing costume and towel to this place! 

08.00hrs.- Marmaris. Departure.
09.30 hrs.- DALYAN,  arrival to this incredible place next to a beautiful navigable river. We include a  boat ride  of about two hours to see the  ROYAL LYCIAN TOMBS . Also by boat, we will continue on to a large lake where we will stop at the hot springs. If you wish, you can swim in its warm waters or take a mud bath! We allow time to eat at one of the many Dalyan restaurants by the river. 

13.30hrs.- Dalyan departure. We continue our route between mountains.
17.15hrs.- ANTALYA,  arrival. We will have a brief visit to this great coastal city of more than one million inhabitants; Hadrian’s Gate, the Ottoman district and its great waterfall that falls directly to the sea.  Dinner included. .

After breakfast, end of our services.


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