Toda Turquia

Duration

12 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Istanbul

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Istanbul; Bandirma; Efeso; Kusadasi; Bodrum; Marmaris; Dalyan, Aegean Region; Antalya; Aspendos; Side; Karaman; Nigde; Cappadocia; Ihlara; Konya; Egridir; Pamukkale; Izmir; Bursa

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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.

Distancia total realizada:  360 km.
 
Paisajes:  Tierras frías en el interior de Anatólia. 
Nota:  La salida de nuestro ferry es muy temprana. No podemos garantizar la prestación de un servicio normal de desayuno (desayuno continental sustitutorio sería dado en el ferry). En ocasiones se toma ferry de Estambul a Yalova (en lugar de Bandirma).
Tomamos ferry rápido para cruzar el mar de Marmara desde Estambul (Yenikapi) hasta las costas de Asia. Los horarios de los ferrys son variables. Normalmente nuestro ferry estará saliendo a las  07:00 hrs  de la mañana (salida del hotel a las 06:00 hrs). Un barco muy moderno nos hace cruzar el mar de Marmara. Duracion de travesía unas dos horas.


09:00 hrs  (variable).-  Bandirma . Llegada y continuación por Anatolia. Bonitos paisajes en la península de Anatolia. Parada en ruta para almorzar.
14:00 hrs.- Éfeso – Llegada.  Nos encontramos en este fantástico complejo de ruinas romanas, la ciudad antigua mejor conservada de Asia Menor; hace 2000 años la ciudad contaba con un cuarto de millón de habitantes. Conocemos  (entradas incluidas) la Basílica de San Juan, la casa de la Virgen María y el impresionante recinto Arqueológico. 


18.00 hrs.- Efeso- Salida. Viajamos hacia la costa del Egeo.
18.30 hrs.- Kusadasi.-  Llegada a esta popular ciudad costera del Egeo con mucha vida comercial, bazares y con pequeño castillo. Tras un tiempo para pasear por el centro nos dirigimos a nuestro hotel donde tenemos la cena incluida.   

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. .

Total distance covered: 530 km.
  
Scenery: Spectacular contrasts; landscapes on the sea. High mountains often covered with snow; arid lands of Anatolia.

08.00hrs.- Antalya- Departure.
09.00hrs.-  ASPENDOS.  We will visit the Roman theatre, for many, it is the best preserved in the world. 

09.45hrs.- Aspendos- Departure.
10.30hrs.-  SIDE,  arrival. We will be able to admire the Greek temple of Apollo by the sea. There’s time to walk through its port and streets that are full of life. 

12.30hrs.- Side. Departure. Travelling through breathtaking landscapes, we cross the Taurus mountains – their peaks stand at over 3500 meters high, and are covered in snow for most of the year. We stop for lunch en route, in a beautiful service area by the mountains.

17.00hrs.- KARAMAN  arrival to this city with oriental atmosphere. . We will visit  TARTAN EVI,  an old Ottoman mansion. 

18.00hres.- Karaman. Departure. We continue on to the Cappadocia region, great arid plains on the route in southern Anatolia.
20.15 hrs.- NIGDE. Arrival. We suggest you take a walk around its bazaar, its old mosque and its fortress.  Dinner  included.

Total distance covered:  120 km.  
Scenery:  We continue amid the beautiful landscapes of Cappadocia. Spectacular scenary. Picturesque towns.
Notes: Today it is again necessary to wear comfortable shoes as we continue to explore Cappadocia. 


09.00hrs.- Nigde. Departure. We enjoy a full day in the fantastic region of  CAPPADOCIA , with its lunar landscapes, its churches and troglodyte villages. 

We start by visiting  GUMUSLER,  an incredible underground monastery of the 7th century with perhaps the best Byzantine frescoes in Turkey. In  KAIMACLI  we will visit the underground city that could house 30,000 people.  Then, we will visit  UCHISAR , a natural fortress where we will know its 60 meter rock filled with houses in excavated caves. Time for lunch.

We will discover after lunch the  GOREME  Valley with its open-air museum and its churches carved out of the rocks,  entry tickets  included. 

Hotel in  Avanos . 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. 

At night, after dinner, we suggest attending the "Turkish night" show (optional).

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:  490 km.
  
Scenery:   Impressive suspension bridges crossing the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus Strait.

We will make a short visit to  IZMIR  with our guide. We will tour the  church of Saint Policarp , the oldest in Izmir, which reminds us of the importance of this area at the beginning of Christianity (entry tickets included). We will also discover the  Fort of Kadifecale . 

10.00hrs.- Izmir. Departure. We will travel through the interior of Turkey again. There will be a stop en route to have lunch.
15.30hrs.- BURSA , the fourth city of Turkey whose historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which includes traditional shopping districts, mosques, religious schools, public baths, etc. and its outstanding Green Mosque. 

17.30hrs.- Bursa, departure.
19.45hrs.- Arrival in  ISTANBUL  at the end of the day. 

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