Treasures of the Ottoman Empire

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Turkey, a country that embraces two continents, is a land of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning thousands of years. With a glorious past as the intellectual, cultural and political center of the world.

Days
10
Style
Coach/Air
From
$799

Treasures of the Ottoman Empire

This Classical Turkey tour takes you to most important highlights of Turkey. Start your journey in beautiful, cosmopolitan Istanbul, the city that combines history, man-made wonders and welcoming culture. Then continue your journey to Ankara, Tukey’s capital city where you get to visit the Ataturk Mausoleum and learn about the foundation of modern Turkey. Head towards Cappadocia, most famous for unique geological features called fairy chimneys. Your next step will be Pamukkale drawing worldwide attention since the Roma time with its hot springs and naturally formed white limestone cascades. Then wander through the ancient Roman city of Ephesus, to see the magnificent Roman ruin theatre, library and temples. Discover ancient city of Troy and learn the real story behind the legend. lastly, visit Gallipoli and Anzac Cove, the battleground of the former British Empire army against the Ottomans’ in the First World War before returning to Istanbul.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Istanbul, where East meets West

  • Visit the capital city of Turkey, Ankara – to visit mausoleum of Ataturk and its museum

  • Sightsee Turkey's most visually striking region, Cappadocia

  • Stroll through the breathtaking ancient city of Ephesus

  • Learn the real story behind legendary city of Troy

Full Itinerary

Arrive in the extraordinary city of Istanbul, the heart and soul of Turkey. Upon clearing customs at Ataturk International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our Turkish staff and provided with a private transfer to our hotel. Once you are checked-into your room, you are free to relax for the afternoon. Following a long flight, you might want to try an optional Turkish bath. Also called hamam, this is a traditional treatment that blends the four basic elements of dry heat (sauna), moist heat (steam), cold water splash, and body massage. Stimulating, relaxing and restorative, it is renowned for enhancing one’s overall health. There is a hamam located inside the hotel, as well as additional spa services.

Late in the afternoon we will meet with our guide for an initial orientation to our local surroundings. Taking in the Istanbul skyline, studded with domes and minarets, is an unforgettable site.

 

After breakfast, Explore Istanbul city on your own or perhaps join our optional full day city tour. Once known as Constantinople and Byzantium, Istanbul’s position on the Silk Road has made it an economical, historical and cultural center, serving as imperial capital multiple times for the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. With both Asian and European sides to the city, there’s a lot to explore.

Overnight in Istanbul

OPTIONAL: ISTANBUL FULL DAY TOUR: USD 55, MIN 2 PAX

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, home to generations of sultans and their wives, who were closeted in the famous harem. This Palace-turned-museum houses fantastic ancient relics, waterfront views, and, in the warmer months, beautiful gardens. Then visit the Hagia Sofia, once a church, then a mosque, before eventually becoming a museum, it’s also one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. Continue to the largest mosque in Turkey, the stunning Blue Mosque, built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its six minarets, its beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, in the Old City, a place to get your adventurer’s blood flowing. After learning the history of some of the city’s greatest landmarks, experience the culture via the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest marketplaces. Located on the Silk Road of yore, it’s good for anyone who is ready for shopping, eating, and interacting with the locals!

 

After breakfast in the hotel, we depart for Ankara, where you will visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum, the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then drive to Cappadocia, on the way stop for a visit to a picturesque Salt Lake, that dries out and leaves a thick layer of salt that looks like snow every summer!

Overnight in Cappadocia

 

The ultimate way to take in the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia is by floating above it at sunrise in a hot air balloon. For those interested in viewing this dramatic and beautiful landscape from above, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional flight before breakfast.

After breakfast, explore city on your own. Cappadocia is Turkey’s most visually striking region, especially the “moonscape” area around the towns, where erosion has formed caves, clefts, pinnacles, “fairy chimneys” and sensuous folds in the soft volcanic rock. You can know more about this distinctive site in the world by joining our optional full day tour.

Overnight stay in Cappadocia

OPTIONAL: BALLOON TOUR OVER CAPPADOCIA: USD 190, MIN 2 PAX

Cappadocia is one of the world’s most popular destinations for hot air ballooning. We recommend a balloon tour, floating over Cappadocia. The gentle and stable wind conditions are ideal during the first few hours of the day in this region. It is also the ideal time for photography, with splendid colors and contrasts. The deep canyons and gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon.

OPTIONAL: CAPPADOCIA FULL DAY TOUR: USD 55, MIN 2 PAX

Today you will have a full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, the Goreme Open Air Museum and the natural fortress in Uchisar. Enjoy lunch in a local cave restaurant where you can try the famous pottery Kebap.

OPTIONAL: CAPPADOCIA BY NIGHT WITH DINNER: USD 75, MIN 2 PAX

You will be taken to an exclusive caravan inn where you will enjoy a spectacular oriental show. The performance includes belly dancers, folk groups and whirling dervishes from various regions in Anatolia and Turkish singers. Enjoy a three course Turkish dinner.

This morning, we drive to Pamukkale, known as the “cotton castle” or fortress, because of its white limestone cascades. On the way, visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arriving in Konya where you will visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher, Mevlana. Later continue to Pamukkale.

Overnight in Pamukkale

Enjoy the scenery as we drive through towns, villages and farms. Our destination is considered Turkey’s foremost mineral-bath spa because of its natural beauty and curative powers. Water is the sole architect of the gleaming white travertine cliffs of Pamukkale. Hot calcium-laden mineral waters rise from the ground at a temperature of nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cascading over cliffs to build up fairy billows of brilliant, snow-white stone. The cream-colored stalactites formed during this ancient process have created a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world. On arrival, we will check into the Pam Thermal Hotel for our brief, one night stay where we will have dinner and time to enjoy the thermal pools of the hotel

After breakfast, start the visit to Pamukkale by the ruins of ancient Greek city of Hierapolis and its magnificent Necropolis (graveyard) before discovering famous the lime cascade and hot springs. After Lunch, continue your journey to Selcuk where you can visit the Temple of Artemis ”one of the seven wonders of the ancient world”. Later continue to Izmir and check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Izmir

Our drive time to Kusadasi, about 5 hours, will be broken up with a visit to a special treasure, the ancient city of Aphrodisias. Dedicated to the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, the city is a remarkably well-preserved Greco-Roman settlement where great archaeological excavations are being carried out. Renowned for fine marble craftsmanship in its day, the ruins include marble-finished buildings and ornate statues, with the Theatre being one of the best examples.

On arrival in Kusadasi, we will check in to the 5-star Charisma Hotel, a deluxe resort with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea. Tonight we will meet for a relaxing dinner at the hotel.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and a free day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Izmir on your own.

Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey, the second biggest port after Istanbul. Once the ancient city of Smyrna, İzmir is now a modern, developed, and busy commercial center, set around a huge bay and surrounded by mountains. The broad boulevards, glass-fronted buildings and modern shopping centers are dotted with traditional red-tiled roofs, the 18th century market, and old mosques and churches, although the city has an atmosphere more of Mediterranean Europe than traditional Turkey.

İzmir owes its position as an economically and socially dynamic city to its location, climate and the fact that it has been a home to many different cultures and religions. Persians, Ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans are just a few of the dozens of different civilizations that the city has hosted throughout its long history.

OPTIONAL: EPHESUS FULL DAY TOUR: USD 55, MIN 2 PAX

This morning drive to the ancient city of Ephesus located 65 miles south of Izmir. Ephesus is a large archaeological site and one of Turkey’s major tourist attractions. Ephesus blossomed as a Greek city in about 4th century BC. It was later consumed by the expanding Roman empire and eventually became a major Roman city. It was regarded as the most important and largest centers of the old Mediterranean world and is regarded as the best-preserved place of antiquity in Asia Minor. During your visit to Ephesus explore 2,000-year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Enjoy lunch in a nomadic tent in Selcuk and sample Turkish Gozleme. After lunch continue on to Sirince one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. Shop local handicrafts and taste delicious wines of the village before returning to Izmir.

Early morning departure for Bergama to visit the Asklepion of Pergamum, was once the world’s most famous ancient medical center, and is the second-most important site in modern Bergama. The Temple of Asclepios, remains of the library, agora columns and intimate theatre are well signposted. Then continue to Troy to sightsee its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Next, head towards Canakkale for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight in Canakkale

 

This morning after breakfast, drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, named after the acronym from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in World War I. Continue to the Lone Pine Cemetery, which is the location of one of the five memorials on the Gallipoli Peninsula commemorating servicemen killed in the campaign from the former British Empire with no known grave. Late in the afternoon drive back to Istanbul for overnight stay.

Overnight in Istanbul

 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Istanbul International airport for your flight back home!

Inclusions

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch,1 dinner

Transport

  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach;
  • Return airport transfers

Accommodation

  • Accommodation at listed hotel or similar (based on availability)

Activities

  • Sightseeing tours as per the program
  • Services of an English speaking, female Tour Leader
  • 2 evenings of cultural entertainment
  • Gypsy Music and Whirling Dervishes

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Meals

  • Meals not mentioned as being included
  • Beverages with meals

Activities

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Cameras Fees where applicable
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs

Transport

  • International and domestic flights

Gratuities

  • Tips and gratuities

This tour is operated by
Indus Travels

Departing: March 10, 2019

From: $799 USD

Days: 10

Style: Coach/Air

Physical Rating: +2 Light

At A Glance

  • Discover Istanbul, where East meets West

  • Visit the capital city of Turkey, Ankara – to visit mausoleum of Ataturk and its museum

  • Sightsee Turkey's most visually striking region, Cappadocia

  • Stroll through the breathtaking ancient city of Ephesus

  • Learn the real story behind legendary city of Troy

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