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TURKEY

TURKEY

April 1, 2024 - 11 Days/ 10 Nights

  • Departure from CUN/IST on April 1, 2024, Monday, arriving on April 2, 2024, Tuesday, in ISTANBUL. Arrival and reception at the airport. Transfer to the Elite World Hotel (5*) or similar. Accommodation.

  • April 2/3, 2024, Wednesday, in ISTANBUL: Full-day excursion, including the most significant monuments of Istanbul: the Hippodrome Square, built in the Roman Era. Visit to the Blue Mosque, the most famous work of Ottoman architecture, known for its interior decoration with Iznik tiles. Visit to Hagia Sophia, which was a church for 916 years and a mosque for 477 years, finally converted into a museum in 1936. Lunch, and in the afternoon, a visit to Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans. The last stop will be at the Grand Bazaar. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. (D, L)

  • April 3/4, 2024, Thursday, in ISTANBUL: Half-day visit starting with the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market), named after the variety of spices imported from this country. It is a unique shopping center, full of life and the most typical oriental atmosphere. Cruise through the Bosphorus (strait separating the two continents, Asia and Europe), where you can admire the beautiful Ottoman villas, Dolmabahçe, Çiragan, and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Rumeli Fortress, etc. Lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to Beylerbeyi Palace. Climb to Çamliça Hill, with a beautiful panoramic view of the Bosphorus and Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. (D, L)

  • April 4/5, 2024, Friday, ISTANBUL-ADANA: Breakfast. Transfer to Istanbul Airport. Flight (TK 2480 10:25-12:00) to Antioch. Arrival and transfer to Seyhan Hotel (5*). Lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Sabanci Mosque, the Roman Bridge, and the Archaeological Museum of Adana. Dinner and accommodation. (D, L, D)

  • April 5/6, 2024, Saturday, ADANA-TARSUS-CAPPADOCIA: Breakfast. Departure to Tarsus. Arrival and visit to the ancient ruins and the city where Saint Paul was born: Cleopatra's Gate, Saint Paul's Well. Lunch on the way. Continue to Cappadocia, arrival, and visit to the Gumusler Church, where the image of the Smiling Virgin is located. Transfer to the Perissia Hotel (5*). Dinner and accommodation. (D, L, D)​

  • April 6/7, 2024, Sunday, CAPPADOCIA: (Optional: Balloon ride over the valleys of Cappadocia) Breakfast and visit to the spectacular region of Cappadocia, unique for its fascinating and original landscape formed by the lava ejected by the Erciyes and Hasan volcanoes three million years ago. Visit the numerous monasteries and chapels of Göreme, carved into the rocks and decorated with frescoes from the 10th century (some of them well-preserved). We will pass by Uçhisar Fortress and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, a visit to the village of Avanos, famous for its craftsmanship, and the Güvercinlik Valley. Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Ozkonak, or one of the 36 underground cities of Cappadocia that served as a refuge for Christians. Visit the carpet and onyx craft center. Return to the hotel and dinner. (D, L, D)

  • April 7/8, 2024, Monday, CAPPADOCIA-KONYA: Early departure to Konya, the capital of the Seljuk sultans in the 11th century. Visit to the Sultanhan Caravanserai, where camel caravans used to stop on the Silk Road. Visit to the Karatay Museum and lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Church of Saint Paul (possibility of a mass). Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas were in the city of Iconium and there they met Saint Thecla. Dinner and accommodation at Hilton Garden Inn (5*).

Sunset in Ramadan
  • April 8/9, 2024, Tuesday, KONYA/PAMUKKALE: Breakfast and departure to Catalhoyuk. CONTINUATION to Pamukkale. We will pass by Beysehir where we will see one of the most interesting mosques in Asia Minor: Esrefoglu. Deviating a few kilometers from the route, we will see a Hittite temple dedicated to the water gods in a spring that has brought water for 4 thousand years. Arrival and visit to Pamukkale, a spectacular place unique in the world, with its dazzling white waterfalls and natural pools. We will get to know the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis that contains more than 150,000 tombs. Accommodation and dinner at the Richmond Hotel (5*) in Pamukkale. (D, L, D)

  • April 9/10, 2024, Wednesday, PAMUKKALE-AFRODISIAS-IZMIR: Breakfast. In the morning, we will visit the city of Aphrodisias. Lunch. Accommodation and dinner at the Movenpick Hotel (5*). (D, L, D) If possible, add LAODICEA AND SARDIS on this day.

  • April 10/11, 2024, Thursday, IZMIR/EPHESUS/IZMIR: Breakfast. Departure to Ephesus. Greco-Roman city, ancient capital of Asia Minor, and one of the best-preserved in antiquity where we find the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the theater, the Library of Celsus, the Church of the Virgin Mary, where the Third Ecumenical Council was held in 431, etc. Lunch. Visit to the House of the Virgin. Visit to the Church and Tomb of St. John the Evangelist. Return to the hotel. (D, L, D)

  • April 11/12, 2024, Friday, IZMIR-ISTANBUL-AMMAN: Breakfast. Transfer to Izmir Airport. Flight to AMMAN. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon or possible city tour depending on the arrival time.

TURKEY

April 1, 2024 - 11 Days/ 10 Nights

INCLUDED SERVICES: TURKEY

  1. Accommodation for 9 nights in the mentioned hotels or similar.

  2. Assistance upon arrival and departure at the airport after passport control.

  3. 10 Breakfasts and 7 daily dinners at the mentioned hotels.

  4. 9 lunches.

  5. Spanish-speaking guide during the days of the trip.

  6. Bus transportation with Wi-Fi during the travel days.

  7. Entrance tickets to the places indicated in the itinerary.

  8. International and domestic flights CUN/IST/ADA/TLV/AM

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
 

  1. Border fees and visas.

  2. Drinks during meals.

  3. Approximate cost of USD $280-310 per person for the Hot Air Balloon tour in Cappadocia.

  4. All personal extras.

  5. Tours not mentioned in the previous itinerary.

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