World Heritage of Turkey Tour (16Days & 15Nights)

World Heritage of Turkey Tour

Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights

Transportation: Private van for your group

Visited Places: Istanbul, Bursa, Safranbolu, Ankara, Hattusha, Cappadocia, Mount Nemrut, Sanliurfa, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Pergamon, Troy and Gallipoli

2016 Recommended Departure Days: April 15th, May 02nd and 20th, June 11th and 28th, September 02nd and 18th, October 05th and 23rd  (possible to modify the dates)

TYPE OF THE TOUR: PRIVATE TOUR FOR YOUR GROUPworld-heritage-tour1-1024x500

Day 1 (Arrival to Istanbul) 

After your arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Our driver and guide will meet you in front of the exit gate at the international terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel in Old City area (Sultanahmet). After a few hours of rest, you will meet with our guide and talk about the details of the tour.

Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet

Day 2 (Full day Walking Tour, breakfast and lunch included) 

After having the breakfast at the hotel and we will start touring with Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia) Museum, bearing the symbols of Christianity and Islam together. The church has been constructed in 537 AD. by Roman Emperor Justinian and has been converted in to a mosque in 15th century.

You will visit the site about 1 hour and see the courtyard, entrance hall, main gallery and upper gallery. The next visit will be The Basilica Cistern (Sunken Palace) built in the 6th century with the structures taken from the collapsed Roman buildings in the area. There are 336 columns in the cistern and we will be in the cistern about 30 minutes.

The final visit of the morning will be The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) decorated with some of the best examples in Turkish Tile Art History. Built on the 17th centuryBlue Mosque is a symbol of Istanbul standing in the heart of the city.bluemosque

Lunch will be in the famous Puding Shop Restaurant, overlooking the Hippodrome (At Meydani).

The tour will continue with a walking through The Hippodrome which was once used for chariot races, celebrations, riots, executions and other important events through Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

The walk through The Hippodrome will be about 45 minutes. You will also visit The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum located in Hippodrome which houses notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, especially the nomad groups.

The final visit of the day will be Topkapi PalaceOttoman Sultan’s Residance, built on the slopes of Sarayburnu looking Bosporus and The Sea of Marmara.

Topkapi Palace is a combination of different architectural styles. Topkapi Palace is the most visited museum in Turkey and you will be able to see the Ottoman Empire treasuryDynasty clothing, Harem life and Sacred Relics. The tour in the museum will be around 2 hours. The tour will end around 5:00pm. Istanbul is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Turkey from 1985.

Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet

Day 3 (Drive to Bursa and visiting the city, breakfast and lunch included) 

Today, our journey will start with a ferry to Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. We will then keep driving to Bursa to see the former capital of Ottoman Empire. We will visit Ulucami (The Grand Mosque) and Kozahan respectively and then have a break for the lunch. Bursa is very famous with its “kebap of Alexander The Great“. After lunch, we will have a short drive to Cumalikizik Village, which was one of the first Ottoman Villages in Turkey. It is also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2014. The village is located on the skirts of a mountain and has very different-colored houses. After seeing the village and a break for coffee, we will drive back to the hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Bursa

Day 4 (Drive to Safranbolu and visiting the city, breakfast, lunch and dinner included) 

After having an early breakfast, we will start driving to Safranbolu for about 4 hours and have our lunch after the arrival. We will then begin touring in Old Safranbolu Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. The Old Town preserves many old buildings, with 1008 registered historical artifacts. These are: 1 private museum, 25 mosques, 5 tombs, 8 historical fountains, 5 Turkish baths, 3 caravanserais, 1 historical clock tower, 1 sundial and hundreds of houses and mansions. Also there are mounds of ancient settlements, rock tombs and historical bridges.

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The Old Town is situated in a deep ravine in a fairly dry area in the rain shadow of the mountains.  The name of the town derives from ‘saffron’ and the Greek word ‘polis’ (city), since Safranbolu was a trading place and a center for growing saffron.  After a few hours of walking in the city, we will check-in to our hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Safranbolu

Day 5 (Drive to Ankara and visiting the city, breakfast and lunch included) 

Today, we will drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, to visit Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum and Ataturk’s Mausoleum. The museum is housed in a 15th-century bedesten (covered market). The central room houses reliefs and statues, while the surrounding hall displays exhibits from Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartians and Lydian periods. The eternal resting place of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Mausoleum is at the same time a museum harboring many towers. It is possible to see and understand the entire process of founding the republic with the artifacts and written documents in the museum section. Then, we will drive you to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Ankara

Day 6 (Drive to Hattusha and visiting the city, breakfast and lunch included) 

After the breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the Capital City of Ancient Hittites: Hattusha. This ancient city is dating back to almost 4000 years. The site, discovered in 1834, was not comprehensively excavated until 1906, which was the memorable date of the discovery of a copy of a peace treaty between Hattushili III and the Pharaoh Ramses II, which made possible the identification of Hattusha. Since then, joint efforts on the part of German and Turkish archaeologists have made decisive progress in knowledge of the Hittite capital. In the 13th century, the city was surrounded by a system of double walls forming a perimeter of roughly 8 km. It was protected at the east end by the Kayalı Bogaz outpost, 1.5 km from the Royal Gate. To the north, beyond the walls, were located a necropolis cut into the rock at Osmankayası and the great rupestral sanctuary of Yazılıkaya, whose walls decorated with bas-reliefs are the undisputed masterpiece of Hittite art.hattusha1

We will also visit Yazilikaya Open Air Sanctuary. It was the religious center of the Hittites who were known as ” the country with 1000 gods“. The most remarkable monument is the great temple, dedicated to the god of storms and the goddess of the Sun, Arinna, and surrounded by an array of buildings including stores. Thousands of cuneiform tablets were found in this area. Slightly to the north of the temple is the Assyrian settlement’s karum with its houses built around a central courtyard. Part of it dates back to the pre-Hittite period. After visiting the site, we will drive you to the hotel in Ankara. Hattusha has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. We will then drive to Cappadocia.

Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 7 (Full day Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included) 

-(Optional)-Standard hot air Balloon tour

We will start touring in magical Cappadocia. The tour will begin with a panoramic view point in Goreme to give you the information about the geography, formation and history of Cappadocia as well as seeing the most famous valleys in Cappadocia. You will be able to see The Pigeon Valley, Rose and Red Valleys, Goreme and Uchisar Villages from this point. After driving about 30 minutes, we will visit Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cappadocia. the most impressive aspect of the Kaymaklı Underground City is the organised, structured and very well thought nature of the entire city. It had everything from living quarters, sleeping rooms, stables and communal kitchens to a church and a graveyard as well as being well fortified to protect its inhabitants.uchisar1

After experiencing the life in underground, we will drive you to Pigeon Valley to see Uchisar Castle and the valley from a panoramic point. We will have our lunch at a local restaurant in Avanos. We will then see the kick-wheel pottery demonstration in Avanos which is the oldest art in the area. We will visit Pasabag (Monks Valley) which is also known as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The fairy-chimneys in Pasabag are the best-protected ones in the area and it gives the best idea about the formation of a fairy-chimney. Finally, we will visit Devrent Valley in which you will see the camel-shaped fairy chimney and much more different shapes than usual. The tour will end around 5:00pm and we will drive you back to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 8 (Full day Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included) 

After the breakfast, we will start the hike in Red & Rose Valleys in which you will be able to see lots of pigeon houses and some rock-cut churches. The hike will take about 1,5 hours. The hike will end in Cavusin Village which is an abandoned village with amazing view. The village was abandoned because of the falling rocks in 1950s. After seeing the panoramic view of the village, we will climb up to Uchisar Castle which is the highest point in Cappadocia. You will be able to see all the valleys of Cappadocia from one point there. We will drive to Bizim Ev Restaurant to have our lunch after this visit. You can get the famous “Pottery Kebab” in this restaurant. After lunch, we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in Cappadocia area. The Dark Church which has an extra admission fee will be included at your visit. We will then drive to Mustafapasa (Sinasos) Village. This village housed both Turkish and Greek people until the population exchange compulsory has been fulfilled in 1924. Then we will stop in Urgup to see beautiful examples of fairy chimneys. After this visit, we will drive you to your hotel around 5:00pm.

Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 9 (Drive to Kahta, breakfast, lunch and dinner included) 

We will start driving around 08:00am and drive to our first stop, Karatayhan Caravanserai from 13th Century. Caravanserais were used for centuries as road side inns where travelers could restand keep their animals in safe places. Caravanserais supported commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe. We will then drive to Kahramanmaras to have our lunch and also to taste the world-wide famous goat milk ice-cream. After about 3 hours of driving, we will check-in to our hotel in Kahta or Adiyaman. The dinner will be served at the hotel.nemrut2

Overnight accommodation in Kahta

Day 10 (Climb up to Mount Nemrut, visiting Urfa, breakfast, lunch and dinner included) 

We will wake-up quite early this morning around 03:30am to climb up to the summit of Mount Nemrut. Mount Nemrut has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. We will hike up to summit about 30 minutes after arriving to the entrance of the national park. After seeing one of the best sunrise in the world, statues of gods and kings, we will drive down from the mount to see Arsemia Ancient city, Cendere Bridge and Karakus Tumulus. After having the breakfast at the hotel, we will keep driving toSanliurfa. We will first visit Gobeklitepe in Urfa. Gobeklitepe has been proved by the scientists that it is the oldest temple in the world from 11,500 years ago. Having lunch in Sanliurfa, we will see Prophet Abraham’s Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp. We will then drive about 1 hour to Harran to see the mud-brick beehive houses which are at the Tentative World Heritage List of UNESCO since 2000. We will also visit the first Islamic University building in the world there and then drive back to check-in our hotel in Sanliurfa. We will have the dinner at the hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Sanliurfa

Day 11 (Visiting Mosaic Museum, breakfast and lunch included) 

We will start the day around 08:30am and then drive about 2 hours to Gaziantep to visit Zeugma Mosaic Museum there. Zeugma Mosaic Museum is one the best and biggest mosaic museums in the world. After visiting the museum, we will drive you to Gaziantep Airport to fly to Izmir airport. After landing at the airport, our driver will meet you in front of the exit gate at the domestic terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation in Selcuk

Day 12 (Full day Ephesus Tour, breakfast and lunch included) 

We will start the day around 09:30am and drive to Ephesus Ancient City, one of the biggest excavations in the world. We will visit the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastica, Hadrian and Domitian Temples, impressive library of Celsius. We will then visit The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached. The theatre was the largest one in ancient times with capacity of 24.000 seats.ephesus3

The walk in the Ephesus ruins will be around 2 hours and then we will have the lunch. After lunch, we will visit The Artemis Temple which is one the Seven Wonders of the World in Ancient World. We wil drive to The Virgin Mary House which is believed that she lived there for a while with St. John the Evangalist. The tour will end around 4:30pm and we will drive you back to your hotel. Ephesus is in the Tentative List of UNESCO since 1994.

Overnight accommodation in Selcuk

Day 13 (Full day Pamukkale Tour, breakfast and lunch included) 

After the breakfast, we will start driving around 09:00am to Hierapolis Ancient City. We will visit the biggest Necropolis (cemetery) in Turkey, The Domitian and Byzantium Gates, Main Street and The theatre, which has a capacity of 20.000 seats. After visiting the theatrei, you will have some free time to enjoy a possible swim in Cleopatra Pool. There is an extra 10 Euro entrance fee for this pool. The walk in the Hierapolis ruins will end with the arrival to Travertine terraces.

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The travertine pools are very strange formations caused by thermal springs which contains huge amount of calcium bicarbonate , chalk and limestone. The travertines cascade down the hills naturally and very much resemble a frozen waterfall. The tour will end around 4:00pm and then we will drive back to the hotel. The travertine terraces and Hierapolis Ancient city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Overnight accommodation in Selcuk

Day 14 (Full day Pergamon Tour & drive to Canakkale, breakfast, lunch and dinner included) 

The breakfast will be served at the hotel and then we will drive about 2 hours to get to Pergamon Ancient City, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. . Acropolis is located on top of a hill and it is reached by a cable-car. By walking down from the Acropolis, you can visit The Gymnasium, The Temple of Athena, The Library of Pergamon which once had more than 200.000 books, The Temple of Trajan, The Zeus Altar and The Temple of Dionysos. You will also visit The Theatre which is one of the steepest theatres in the world which a capacity of 10.000 people.We will also visit The Asclepion Health Center. It is believed that Asclepion, built in the name of Aesculapius, the god of Health and Medicine, has existed since the 4th century BC. In Asclepion Health Center, the dreams of the patients were analyzed by their doctors (priests) about 2000 years before Sigmund Freud did and the ancient city became very important. You will be able to see the Roman Theatre, the North Stoa, the South Stoa, the Temple of Asclepius and a circular treatment center, the healing spring, an underground passageway and a library. After visiting Asclepion, we will drive to Canakkale.

Overnight accommodation in Canakkale

Day 15 (Full day Gallipoli and Troy Tour, breakfast and lunch included) 

Our day will start with the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the “Trojan Horse” and”Helen of Troy“.  Troy is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey. You`ll also see and hear about the Trojan Wars, the battle between Achilles and Paris Sacrificial Altars the 3700 year old city walls ,Houses of Troy I , 3000 B.C. – 2500 B.C. The Bouleterium (Senate Building). The Odeon (Concert Hall) Current excavations in progress. Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX. After this visit, will start touring in Gallipoli area and you will visitBrighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemoration Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches & tunnels), 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. 

Then we will have the drive to Istanbul.

Overnight accommodation in Sultanahmet

Day 16 (Transfer to the airport) 

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home

The total cost of this itinerary will be as:

3750 Euro per person in double room 

2650 Euro per person in triple room 

Single Supplement: 800 Euro

The tour is guaranteed on the mentioned dates.

The rate includes:

  • Domestic flight tickets (Gaziantep – Izmir)
  •  All the airport transfers with private van
  •  15 Nights Accommodation, all with breakfasts
  •  Professionally-licensed and experienced English speaking guides (All of our guides graduate from 4-year university course to be a tour guide. You will have one guide for the entire trip.)
  •  All admission fees to museums on the itinerary (except the entrance to Harem in Topkapi Palace and Terrace Houses in Ephesus)
  •  14 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  •  Parking fees
  •  Service Charges and taxes
  • The tour covers 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey out of 15 of them. The only missing ones are in reverse directions and hard to get. Please let us know if you would also like to include the rest of the sites into your itinerary and offer you a completely private tour for you.

Exclusions:

  •  International flight tickets (possible to book through our agents)
  •  Personal expenses during the tours
  •  Beverages
  •  Optional tips to drivers and guides

Please send us an email to get detailed information and make your booking. We will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.

The hotels in this package will be as (depending on the availability):

Istanbul : Ferman Sultan Hotel (standard room) or Yusufpasa Konagi Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Bursa: Grand Heykel Hotel or Artic Hotel  on Bed & Breakfast basis

Safranbolu:  Imren Butik Hotel or Cincihan Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Ankara : Angora House Hotel or Gordion Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Cappadocia : Koza Cave Hotel or Mithra Cave Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Kahta : Zeus Hotel or Grand Isias Adiyaman Hotel on Half-Board Basis (breakfast and dinner)

Sanliurfa : El-Ruha Hotel or Grand Cevahir Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Selcuk:  Nilya Hotel or Ephesus Suites Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis

Canakkale: Buyuk Truva Hotel or Kervansaray Hotel on Half-Board Basis (breakfast and dinner)

Please do not hesitate to send us an email to get more detailed information and we will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.