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TURQUOISE RIVIERA

11 Days / 10 Nights
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Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Izmir, Bodrum and much more...

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Guaranteed departures on Sundays and Mondays all year round, from Istanbul.

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Istanbul.
  • Tour through inland Turkey with Half Board & Official English-speaking guides.
  • 2-night accommodation in Cappadocia in 4* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pamukkale in 4* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Izmir in 4* hotels.
  • 3-night accommodation in Bodrum in 4* hotels.
  • Full-day city tour in Istanbul with an official English-speaking guide and lunch.
  • Tickets and entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  • Air ticket Istanbul-Ankara (15 kg.+ 8 kg)
  • Air ticket Bodrum-Istanbul (15 kg.+ 8 kg)
  • All transfers as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local taxes.

Not included & Optionals

  • Personal expenses & Gratuities (optional).
  • International air tickets.
  • Ask for extensions to Greece.
  • Add extra nights in Istanbul by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Access our FAQs section for more information on selected hotel categories and properties.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Important: Please note that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed on Sundays.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Turquoise Riviera

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
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ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

After your arrival in the city that was once Byzantium (and later Constantinople), your English-speaking assistant will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in one of our private vehicles.  He will help you with the check-in, inform you about all the details of your trip, offer a brief presentation of the city and its day to day life and answer your questions. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and start enjoying this stunning city.

Alternatively, you can join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus with Dinner & Show or enjoy an hour's pampering at the Hamam Cimberlitas.

Greca Tip: You can also head to Ortaköy, the area for upmarket chic, where you will find a strip of stands serving kumpir, Turkey's answer to the jacket potato. Pick your spud and toppings and savor the seaside views while you eat on your feet.

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After your breakfast, at the agreed time, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest pick-up point, to begin a full-day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central city restaurant and a visit to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations: Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Racecourse, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores.

At the end of the visit, you may linger some more in the old city, enjoying the amazing atmosphere, and finally you will make your own way to your hotel.

Greca Tip: Visit Camilca Hill on the Asian side of Istanbul and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA
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ISTANBUL - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA

In the morning, your English-speaking assistant will pick you up to transfer you to Istanbul airport in order to board your flight to the capital of Turkey, Ankara. In Ankara you will visit the important Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, a national hero and the first president of the Turkish Republic. In the afternoon, you will head towards the magical region of Cappadocia, with its fairytale scenery and fascinating cavern architecture. On the way to your hotel, you will stop at one of the biggest underground cities scattered in the region.  Later on you will check in at your hotel, have dinner and enjoy a good rest.

Greca Tip: Consult with your guide about the possibility of joining in an unforgettable hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia (subject to weather conditions).

CAPPADOCIA
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CAPPADOCIA

This day will be fully dedicated to the beautiful region of Cappadocia.  After a filling breakfast you will start by visiting the Göreme Valley, its open-air museum with the villages of prehistoric cave dwellers and underground cities.  It is here where the ideas of Christianity were unified by St Basil the Great and his Christian brothers. You will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries, with their ancient frescoes painted on the walls.

Your next destination will be the troglodyte village of Uçhisar and the valley of Avcilar, which has a spectacular landscape.

You will continue through the Devrent valley, also known as Imaginary Valley, with its pointed, mushroom-like structures, many of which are said to resemble animal shapes. Finally, you will visit local artisan workshops, such as carpet-making or jewelry shops with the popular translucent onyx stones.

You will return to your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night.

Greca Tip: At sunrise fly over the historic cave dwellings of Goreme Town in a hot-air balloon or watch the balloons from the rooftop garden of your hotel.

FROM CAPPADOCIA TO PAMUKKALE
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FROM CAPPADOCIA TO PAMUKKALE

Early in the morning, and after a delicious breakfast, you will depart for Pamukkale, meaning 'cotton castle' in Turkish. On your way there you will stop at the Old Palace and Medieval Fort of Caravanserai, built along the trade route that once lead to Persia. Here, in former times, merchants from the east and west used to rest, stock up on supplies and socialize.

Upon your arrival, you will have free time to familiarize yourself with the city and maybe visit Pamukkale's travertine terraces or white calcium cascades formed by the activity of the hot thermal springs in the area. You will enjoy dinner and a good rest at your hotel.

Greca Tip: You may use your free time to take a dip in the thermal pool of your hotel.

PAMUKKALE - EPHESUS - IZMIR
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PAMUKKALE - EPHESUS - IZMIR

Breakfast at your hotel and, at the agreed time, you will visit the archaeological site of Ephesus, the vast and beautiful Greco-Roman city, a vibrant and rich metropolis. In Ephesus you will visit the ruins of the Odeon, a small roofed theatre for plays and concerts, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, which once held nearly 12,000 scrolls, the Greco-Roman theater as well as the Agora and the Basilica of Saint John, built during the reign of the the emperor Justinian in the 6th century.

A major tourist attraction is Maryemana, the house, which is believed to be the last resting place of Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Afterwards, you will stop at a leather production center, where you can pick the 'silk leather' item that you like at much reduced prices.  You will then continue to Izmir, have dinner and rest.

Greca Tip: You can also visit the brilliant Ephesus museum with the finds from the ancient city, including an exquisitely carved Artemis statue and the Gladiator Room.

IZMIR - BODRUM
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IZMIR - BODRUM

After a lovely breakfast at your hotel we will transfer you to Bodrum.  The rest of the day is free for you to explore this coastal town with its cobbled alleys and shiny marina.

Greca Tip: For an essential taste of local life be sure to wander through the mayhanes, the traditional Turkish tavernas.

BODRUM
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BODRUM

After your breakfast, you will have this day free to explore this beautiful and vibrant city located on the so-called Turquoise Coast (or Turkish Riviera) and its wonderful beaches that make it one of the meccas of European and nautical tourism. 

After a whole day exploring this wonderful place you will have dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Bodrum.

Greca Tip: The beaches of Bitez and Camel are some of the options recommended by our passengers.

ANOTHER DAY FREE IN BODRUM
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ANOTHER DAY FREE IN BODRUM

This day will begin with a delicious breakfast and then, you will have the day to discover Bodrum at your own pace: walking its streets, window shopping, resting for a revitalizing drink, visiting the bazaar, diving in its blue waters, enjoying the local cuisine and discovering its history. Bodrum also has an arsenal of interesting historical sites that you should not miss.

Greca Tip: We recommend visiting Saint Peter's Castle, the fortress built by the Knights on the site of the palace of Mausolus, the Persian governor of Halicarnassus.

BODRUM - ISTANBUL
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BODRUM - ISTANBUL

Breakfast and, at the agreed time, we will transfer you to Bodrum airport to board your flight to Istanbul. Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Greca Tip: In the back streets of Bodrum town centre you can buy your souvenirs from a host of small, quirky shops with unique items, such as beautiful handmade sandals.

SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!
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SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!

You will enjoy your breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will transfer you to Istanbul airport to board your international flight.

From all of us at Greca, we wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again soon to create more wonderful moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

Have a nice trip! Or you may also say: "Iyi yolculuklar!"

Greca Tip: If you think that your stay in Istanbul was too short, you can add additional nights at the time of your booking.

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