9 DAYS MUSLIM AND HISTORICAL TURKEY TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and
the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Atatuk Airport is 20 km away from
city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer
from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen
airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour
After breakfast at 08:30 we have Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe Tour. Istanbul is
the center of religion for centuries. After the ottoman period Islamic Religion
separatedthroughout the city. The first mosque in Istanbul was built in Kadikoy
on the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353.
The first mosque on the European side of Istanbul was built inside the Rumeli
Castle in 1452. The first grand mosque which was built in the city proper is the
Eyup Sultan Mosque (1458). Next to Eyup Sultan Mosque we will visit the tombs of
the Sahabe, which is very famous in Turkey by being the first generation of
Muslims, who had come as far as Istanbul and besieged the city. The small Sahabe
Cemetery just outside Egrikapi Gate may seem like a standard Muslim cemetery.
The Süleymaniye Mosque becomes most meaningful when understood in its historical
and cultural context. It was built during the latter part of Süleymans long and
prosperous reign, which stretched from 1520 to 1566. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul - Bursa Tour
After breakfast at 07:30am depart from the hotel and drive to Bursa for a daily
guided tour in Bursa.Today we will visit Bursa with all famous and Islamic
heritage places. We will visit to Ulucamii (Great Mosque), Cumalikizik Village,
Green Mosque, Green Tomb, Ozdilek Factory. After Bursa City tour depart for
Istanbul back. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the
4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the
architectural marvels of all time. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the
Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite
collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans
and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the
Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL
MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet,
is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of
blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races,
with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine
Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch
Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of
streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own
area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such
as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays,
water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to
your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 - Gallipoli Tour
07:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we
will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli
around 12:00am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for
the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with
Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had
started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the
tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 6 - Troy Tour - Pergamon - Kusadasi
We depart at 08:30 and driving 30 minutes for to Troy. Visit the famous
archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan horse and Helen
of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 13:00pm
and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon.
Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political
center at that times. Pergamon is a famous city for its jewelry, stones and
silver. So on the way, we will visit a jeweler center for 30 minutes. Arrival to
Kusadasi around 18:00pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best
preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis,
Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of
the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a
place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet
weaving center. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince's
construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope
are all original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic
reputation for making some of the best wines nonalcoholic in Turkey - especially
fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make
fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about
your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous
leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to
get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant
nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey.
Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of
the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we
have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces
of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this
natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural
springs. Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 9 - Pamukkale - Denizli to Istanbul - End of Tour
Today we depart for Denizli Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then
back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you
in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks
for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
9 DAYS MUSLIM AND HISTORICAL TURKEY TOUR INCLUDES:
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Return airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Domestic flight from Denizli to Istanbul
- Airport Transfer from Pamukkale to Denizli Airport
- 4 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 1 night hotel in Canakkale
- 2 nights in Kusadasi
- 1 night in Pamukkale
- 8 breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul Islamic and Sahabe tour
- Guided Bursa tour
- Guided Istanbul Old City tour
- Guided Gallipoli tour
- Guided Troy tour
- Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.
If this hotel list is not available at the time of your booking then we will arrange similar hotels. If you prefer a different category hotel, there might be an additional cost.
What are the discounts for children?
Under 2 years of age, your child will travel free of charge by land. Flight ticket insurance cost will be 20 Euro only.
Children under 6 years of age are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul.
Children 7-11 years of age are charged at 75% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul.
Children above 11 years are full priced adult fares.