Grand Tour of Turkey
4 nights Istanbul - 1 night Gaziantep - 1 night Urfa - 1 night Mardin - 1 night Diyarbakir - 1 night Malatya - 2 nights Cappadocia - 1 night Pamukkale - 1 night Izmir - 1 night Canakkale
Visiting Halfeti, Mount Nemrut, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy & Erdine
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour
What's included
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Flights  Flights
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Flights  Flights
  • International Flights from the USA and Canada, and domestic flights within Turkey.
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Accommodations  Accommodations
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Accommodations  Accommodations
  • Four Nights Istanbul Radisson President Beyazit Hotel, Occidental Taksim Hotel, or Similar.
  • One Night The Greenpark Gaziantep Hotel or Similar.
  • One Night Nevali Urfa Hotel or Similar.
  • One Night Mardin Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Hotel or Similar.
  • One Night Anemon Diyarbakir Hotel or Similar.
  • One Night Movenpick Malatya Hotel or Similar.
  • Two Nights Perissia Urgup Cappadocia Hotel or Similar.
  • One Night Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel or Similar.
  • One Night Movenpick Hotel Izmir or Similar.
  • One Night Parion Hotel Canakkale or Similar.
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Meals  Meals
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Meals  Meals
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Ten Dinners.
Sightseeing in Turkey  Included Sightseeing
Turkey Sightseeing  Included Sightseeing
  • Half-day tour "GOLDEN HORN.” Including visiting cafe Pierre Loti, Cathedral of St. George, the walls of Constantinople, and Mosque of Soliman.
  • Half-day tour "BOSPHORUS tour, includes boat cruise and visit to the Spice Bazaar ( Egyptian market ).
  • Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome and The Blue Mosque.
  • Archaeological museum of Zeugma in Gaziantep.
  • Boat cruise of the Euphrates River in the old town of Halfeti.
  • Archaeological museum of Sanliurfa exhibits the oldest sculpture in the history of humankind, the Urfa Man or "Balikligol statue".
  • The Grotto of Abraham and the Sacred Lake in Urfa.
  • The Gobekli Tepe ancient sanctuary; a Neolithic archaeological site near the city of Urfa.
  • The traditional town Dara, where you find a Necropolis and Roman cisterns.
  • The traditional town of the Syriac monastery of Deyrul Zafaran including the Zinciriye Madrasa and ancient bazaar.
  • The 4th century Zerzevan Castle & Temple of Mithras.
  • Walking tour of Diyarbakir historic center. Including a tea stop at the Hasan Pasa Hani caravanserai, Great Mosque, and the Minaret of the four feet.
  • Mount Nemrut, one of the most extraordinary sites in Turkey also a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987; includes visit to King Antiochus burial site.
  • Night stay in the town of Malatya, known for its apricots.
  • The rock formations of Cappadocia tour including visits to The famous 'Three Beauties of Urgup', and the town of Ortahisar.
  • Cappadocia’s underground city of Ozkonak.
  • Cappadocia’s Monasteries of Goreme and panoramic tour of the Guvercinlik Valley.
  • The Seljukian Caravanserai "Sultanhani,” located on the legendary Silk Road.
  • The travertine pool formations of Pamukkale.
  • The ancient spa city of Hierapolis.
  • The Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in Turkey.
  • The Basilica of Saint John, built by Emperor Justinian.
  • The Asclepion, the famous hospital of the ancient world, in Pergamon.
  • Troy with visit to the Troy Museum.
  • Night stay in Canakkale, on the banks of the Dardanelles Strait.
  • Panoramic tour of the city of Edirne, where the Selimiye Mosque stands.
Provided by a guided sightseeing coach bus tour.
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Services & Fees  Services & Fees
Grand Tour of Turkey Tour Services & Fees  Services & Fees
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • Transfers.
  • Entrance Fees.
  • Taxes (except local room hotel tax).
Not included:
  • Turkey Tourist Visa Fees, online before departure www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
  • Local room tax approx. 4 € per room, per night paid locally.
  • No drinks are included.
  • Customary tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff, etc.
  • Airline advance seat selection or checked-in luggage fees ( when applicable ).

Itinerary

Flight Home
Flight Home
Board your International flight to Istanbul; we offer departures from most major Cities in the USA and Canada.
Required valid Canadian or American Passports with empty pages. Valid for at least six months past your intended return date.
Istanbul - Blue Mosque
Istanbul - Blue Mosque
Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Turkey Accommodations
Radisson President Beyazit Hotel, Occidental Taksim Hotel, or Similar
Turkey Meals
No Meals
Golden Horn
Golden Horn
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for half-day tour "GOLDEN HORN": We will start by visiting the famous cafe Pierre Loti which is on the top of the hill in the Eyup neighborhood and has a beautiful view of the Golden Horn. Free time to enjoy the view with the possibility of having a coffee or tea (at your own expense). Then we will go to the Cathedral of St. George, and it is the fifth church in Constantinople that has housed the ecumenical patriarchate since the 15th century. Formerly a convent for Orthodox nuns, Bishop Matthew II converted it into patriarchal offices (1598-1601). On the way, we will see a part of the walls of Constantinople, once an impenetrable fortification, stretching for seven kilometers from the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn. Next, we will visit the Mosque of Soliman, the magnificent, considered to be the most beautiful of the imperial mosques of Istanbul, which was built between 1550 and 1557 by Sinan, the famous architect of the Ottoman Golden Age.
Turkey Accommodations
Radisson President Beyazit Hotel, Occidental Taksim Hotel, or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast
Turkey - Dolmabahce Palace
Turkey - Dolmabahce Palace
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for half-day tour "BOSPHORUS". Includes a boat cruise on the Bosphorus, a strait that separates two continents and joins the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. From the boat, we can admire the Dolmabahce Palace, the Mosque, the bohemian neighborhood of Ortakoy, the Rumeli and Anatolian Fortresses, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the typical "yali" wooden houses, etc. Next, we will visit the Spice Bazaar, also called the Egyptian Bazaar. It is one of the oldest markets in Istanbul and one of the best places to buy typical spices, sweets, or nuts.
In the afternoon visit the Hagia Sofia; unquestionable one of the most fantastic buildings of all time. Continue by visiting the Hippodrome that belongs to the Byzantine era. Finally visit the famous Blue Mosque.
Turkey Accommodations
Radisson President Beyazit Hotel, Occidental Taksim Hotel, or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast
Turkey - Gaziantep - Halfeti
Turkey - Gaziantep - Halfeti
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Istanbul’s airport for a domestic flight to Gaziantep. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Turkey Accommodations
The Greenpark Gaziantep Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Halfeti, Urfa
Turkey - Halfeti, Urfa
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will visit the archaeological museum of Zeugma, the most important Roman mosaics museum in the world. A modern facility with all the latest generation technology transports us to the richness of the Roman Villa in the ancient valley of Mesopotamia. We will leave the city of Gaziantep to continue towards the Euphrates and Halfeti. Upon arrival at Halfeti, we embark on a small and comfortable boat to cruise the Euphrates River. Continuation to Urfa, the ancient city of Mesopotamia known as "the city of the prophets,” where the prophet Abraham was born. Urfa was known as Edessa or Urhai in ancient northwest Mesopotamia. Visit the archaeological museum of Sanliurfa. This fantastic museum can see art and sculptures from the Gobekli Tepe site. It should be noted that this museum exhibits the oldest sculpture in the history of humankind, the "Balikligol statue," which is extraordinary and shows us an aura of mystery and exquisite enigma. Then we will visit the sacred and mythical points of interest in the city of Sanliurfa, the Grotto of Abraham, and the Sacred Lake.
Turkey Accommodations
Nevali Urfa Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Sanliurfa UNESCO
Turkey - Sanliurfa UNESCO
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning departure, visit Gobekli Tepe, an ancient sanctuary that rises at the highest point of an extensive mountain range located about 15 km. The site, which Turkish and German archaeologists are currently excavating, was built by hunter-gatherers in the 10th millennium BC. (ca. 11,500 years ago). Mysteriously, this entire complex of stones, pillars, and sculptures were deliberately buried around 8000 BC, remaining abandoned for 500 years. After, departure to Mardin, the city of the Christian-Syriac religion, where the liturgy is still performed in Aramaic. We will visit the traditional town, Dara, on the route to find Necropolis and Roman cisterns.
Turkey Accommodations
Mardin Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Mardin Mesopotamian grassland
Turkey - Mardin Mesopotamian grassland
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will visit the traditional town of the Syriac monastery of Deyrul Zafaran, one of the oldest in the world. For 640 years (until 1932), the monastery was the residence of the Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch. The site was named Deyrul Zafaran (Saffron Church) for the saffron grown in its surroundings. Assyrians from all over the world come every year to pray and be blessed here.
Next, we will visit the center of Mardin. The city stretches along the slopes of a mountain crowned by its fortress. It is a caramel-hued villa with the massive dome of the Ulu Camii Mosque, an Iraqi Seljuk built in the 12th century, located in the small but intricate labyrinth of alleys in the urban center. We will pass through the Zinciriye madrasa, whose minarets rise in the middle of the historic center. The main artery of the old town is Cumhuriyet Street. The vast and chaotic bazaar is scattered, like delicate works in copper and brass or the famous Aleppo soaps, and where the smell of fresh bread is never lacking.
Later, departure to Diyarbakir, one of the most important cities in the area, known in classical times as Amidiya, was annexed by Rome in 297 AD and became an essential part of the defense line between the Roman Empires and Partosanida of Persia. On the route, we will visit Zerzevan Castle. It was the first temple built by the Eastern Roman Empire in the 4th century as a military base on the old trade route between Diyarbakir and Mardin, which was in use until the 7th century. This houses the last temple of Mithras discovered in the world. Archaeological excavations at the site revealed the existence of underground structures. Arrive in Diyarbak1r, and we begin the visit of the historic center and its religious monuments on foot, entering its walls, to walk through its narrow, bustling, and full-of-life streets. We stopped at the Hasan Pasa Hani caravanserai, now a mandatory stop for tea, before visiting the Great Mosque, the most important of the twenty-two in the city and the oldest in Anatolia, built initially as a Christian cathedral called "Santo Tomas.” We continued visiting the Minaret of the four feet, built by Kasim Khan.
Turkey Accommodations
Anemon Diyarbakir Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Diyarbakir & Malatya
Turkey - Diyarbakir & Malatya
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, departure to visit Mount Nemrut, which preserves impressive statues created in 38 BC by order of King Antiochus to surround his tomb. It is one of the most extraordinary sites in Turkey at an altitude of 2,000 meters and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Arrive at Mount Nemrut and visit the King Antiochus burial mound made with small, conical stones and with a height of around 50 meters. On both sides, on two terraces, we can admire the colossal representations of Greek-Babylonian gods. Continue to Malatya, known for its apricots.
Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Turkey Accommodations
Movenpick Malatya Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Cappadocia Rocky Mountains
Turkey - Cappadocia Rocky Mountains
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure to the Cappadocia region, where the indescribable harmony of a kaleidoscope of colors turns the red and brown tones into gray, green, and yellow. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, we will see the famous 'Three Beauties of Urgup', where you can see the mushroom-shaped rock formations and a panorama of the city of Urgup. Next, we will visit the small and beautiful town of Ortahisar that stood out with its castle of a high geological formation at 86 meters and converted into a dwelling by the Hittites. At night you can optionally join a whirling dervish ceremony (Sema).
Turkey Accommodations
Perissia Urgup Cappadocia Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Cappadocia
Turkey - Cappadocia
Optional at an extra cost: spectacular hot air balloon ride at sunrise.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to visit this fantastic region, where Saint George was born, with its fascinating and original landscape, formed 3 million years ago by the lava thrown from the Erciyes and Hasan Volcanoes. Visit the underground city of Ozkonak (or another similar one) built by the Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. We will make a stop at a carpet and kilim workshop. In the afternoon, visit the many monasteries and chapels of Goreme, dug out of the rocks and decorated with frescoes. We will also pass through the Guvercinlik valley and admire a fantastic panoramic view of the Uchisar castle, located on top of a volcanic rock promontory pierced by tunnels and windows. In the end, we will make a stop at an artisan workshop of decoration, typical stones, and Cappadocian jewelry.
Turkey Accommodations
Perissia Urgup Cappadocia Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Pamukkale
Turkey - Pamukkale
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure to visit the Seljukian Caravanserai "Sultanhani,” located on the legendary Silk Road, served as a stopping place for trade, a pilgrimage, or military caravans.
Continuation to Pamukkale, or "cotton castle,” a small town famous for its petrified white travertine pools formed by the lime contained in the water from the thermal springs that emanate in the area.
Turkey Accommodations
Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Ephesus Celsus Library
Turkey - Ephesus Celsus Library
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit Hierapolis, an ancient spa city founded around 190 BC. by the King of Pergamon. Prospering greatly during Roman times, it was built on top of the pools with a beautiful theater and large necropolis. Then, we depart to Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in Turkey built in 1,000 BC (the remains that we see today are from the 4th century BC), highlighting the Library of Celsus Hadrian's temple and its great theater. Later, we will visit the Basilica of Saint John, built by Emperor Justinian over the tomb of the Apostle Saint John, who died in Ephesus. It was constructed in 548 at the foot of the ancient Acropolis of Ephesus and was destroyed by wars, conflicts, and earthquakes.
Currently, only its ruins remain. In the end, we will make a stop at one of the places for the leather fashion show.
Turkey Accommodations
Movenpick Hotel Izmir or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Canakkale & Troy
Turkey - Canakkale & Troy
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Pergamum. An important Greco-Roman city left a tremendous cultural legacy: Here, the parchment was invented! Arrival and a visit of Asclepion, the famous hospital of the ancient world, dedicated to the god of health, Aesculapius. Here lived the renowned doctor, Galen. The sleeping tunnels, the small theater for patients, the swimming pools, the long old street, and the courtyard with the Ionic columns are the monuments that have come down to us from those splendid times. Continue to Troy. A mere mention of its name evokes a series of characters and places full of adventures, heroes, and destruction of the mystical city. Schliemann, back in 1872, used as a guide the oldest account of the Trojan War, Homer's Iliad, which showed that the mythical city was part of universal heritage. We visit its ruins and the famous "Horse" replicated in wood. Later, we will visit the Troy Museum (European museum award of 2020), which consists of historical artifacts discovered during archaeological excavations in the Trojan region. Departure for Canakkale, located on the banks of the Dardanelles Strait.
Turkey Accommodations
Parion Hotel Canakkale or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast and Dinner
Turkey - Edirne Selimiye Mosque
Turkey - Edirne Selimiye Mosque
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the city of Edirne, founded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. It was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for almost a hundred years, until the conquest of Constantinople.
Arrival and panoramic visit of the city where the Selimiye Mosque stands, famous for its tallest minarets and the largest dome of the mosques in all of Turkey. Continue to Istanbul. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Turkey Accommodations
Istanbul Radisson President Beyazit Hotel, Occidental Taksim Hotel, or Similar
Turkey Meals
Breakfast
Flight Home
Flight Home
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport.
End of Tour.
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