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A fascinating country, the meeting place of Orient and Occident, Imam and nightlife, a colorful mixture between tradition and modernity. Here you can find everything your heart, soul and mind desires: beautiful landscapes, breathtaking history and cultural depth as well as great hospitality and one of the best cuisines you will ever taste.

One of the highlights is of course ISTANBUL:
Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with Same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most Beautiful place on earth.

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Strategically situated at the juncture of two continents (Asia, Europe) and two seas (Black Sea, Mediterranean), this was the ideal center for an empire that combined Person-Islamic, Turku-Mongol, and Roman Byzantine Traditions of universal sovereignty. Istanbul today is a creative Translation and fusion of a multifaceted identity that seems as compressed and vital, a model of the larger globe as you could find

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Group or Private tours with the best guides in Turkey. Byzantine Churches, Ottoman in heritage, and other a la carte tours are available in Istanbul on request. In fact your guide can help you design a city tour in Istanbul which would fit your personal interest:
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  Programs
  >> 10 days Turkey Tour
  >> 8 days Turkey Tour
  >> Cappadocia 1 Week (Private Tour)7 Days / 6 Nights
  >> 12 days Western Turkey and Eastern Black Sea Tour12 Days -11 Nights
  >> Mediterranean Days - Honeymoon Tour7 Days / 6 Nights

 

>> 10 days Turkey Tour

Day 01 Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Tonight we have a welcome dinner, you will meet our friendly crew and while enjoying traditional Turkish food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 Istanbul City Tour
Breakfast Included and start Istanbul city tour. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans ,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 and then we head to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour you have the option to experience The Bosphorous Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorous which is connecting Asia to Europe.Overnight in Istanbul
Day 03 Istanbul to Izmir / Kusadasi
Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi
Day 04 Ephesus Tour
A fully Guided Ephesus Tour starts at 09:00, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in Kusadasi / Ephesus.
Day 05 Pamukkale Tour
Day trip to Pamukkale and we depart at 09:30 we depart on our tour of Pamukkale travertine's and the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Lunch, Pamukkale Museum, and The Travertine's of Pamukkale. Overnight in Kusadasi / Ephesus.
Day 06 Izmir - Kayseri Airport - Cappadocia
After breakfast, we depart for İzmir Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 07 Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast we shall start our Cappadocia tour including Göreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, and Pasabağ Valley. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Free evening. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Before the tour there is an option to go hot air ballooning The Hot Air Balloon descends at sunrise and the ride lasts for approximately 45 minutes; in which we will float through valleys, between fairy chimneys and caves. The balloon will rise approximately 1000 feet in which you will experience the extraordinary views Cappadocia has to offer. On landing, champagne will be served to toast arrival. It is a fantastic journey made by the eccentric landscapes and the rising sun.
Day 08 Cappadocia Tour - Istanbul
After breakfast we head to one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia: Kaymaklı Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. The second part of our Cappadocia Tour will include Uçhisar Castle, Avcılar, and Pidgeon Valley. After the tour we will rest at the hotel and have a free afternoon until transfers to the airport for our flight back to Istanbul. After the Cappadocia depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 09 Istanbul
Today you don't have to wake up early. At 10:30 we will start a different city tour of Istanbul. We will visit the Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar, Taksim District, which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, café, cinemas a street in which is the centre of the Turkish Film Industry. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 10 Istanbul
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again .After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to airports

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>>8 days Turkey Tour

Day 01 Istanbul
Meet at the airport and 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
Day 02 Istanbul
Fully Guided Istanbul Walking Old City Tour Visiting Topkapi Palace, (closed on Mondays) Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia Museum, (closed on tuesdays) Underground Cistern, Covered Bazaar. (closed on Sundays) Overnight Istanbul
Day 03 Bosphorus & Two Continents
Pick up at 08:30 from the hotel for the tour of Bosphorus and the Asian part of Istanbul. During the tour we will cruise the Bosphorus, Lunch and visit the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Asian side. Tonight we have an evening flight to Cappadocia
Day 04 Cappadocia
Our day starts with a 9:30 pick up and Ttur of the local highlights of Cappadocia. You will visit : Devrent Valley, Monk´s valley (Pasabag), Avanos (lunch in avanos), Goreme open air museum, Uchisar (Natural Castle) Accommodation in Cappadocia.
Day 05 Cappadocia
You will be picked up from your hotel at 09:30 for the second day tour of Cappadocia. You will visit: Red valley (4 km hiking), Rose valley (visiting the churches),Cavusin (Old Christian village), Lunch in Pigeon valley, Kaymakli (Underground City), and Ortahisar Castle After the tour we will depart on a domestic flight to Izmir and then transfer to Kusadasi / Ephesus
Day 06 Ephesus
When you arrive Kusadasi/Selcuk you will be met to take you to your hotel. Pick up time is 09:30 for the Tour of the ancient city of Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House. You will visit: The Temple of Diana, The Old City of Ephesus, Temple of Hadrian and Serapis, Library of Celcius, Lunch in Selcuk, The Last Abode of Virgin Mary. Accommodation in Kusadasi / Ephesus
Day 07 Ephesus
the day is yours. You don't have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach & crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you have to choose from. These include Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour and many more. Tonight we have a transfer to Izmir for your domestic flight to Istanbul.
Day 08 Istanbul
drive to Istanbul airport in the morning end of our service

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>>Cappadocia 1 Week (Private Tour)7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 01 Istanbul- Cappadocia
Take the flight from Istanbul Ataturk airport to Nevsehir on Morning or afternoon.Arrival at the Airport and, Meet and Assist, and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon. Pigeon valley. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 02 Cappadocia 
After the breakfast drive to visit Pasabag (Fairy chimneys ) where the voice of wind mix with the songs near Zelve  then continue  to center Terra Cotta to see the work of art  and demonstration in traditional launch, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.  Overnight Cappadocia
Day 03 Cappadocia
After breakfast, can be Hot Air ballooning at sunrise (extra) Or Tour to Kaymakli ,Soganli Valley, an Open Air Lunch and visit of Sahinefendi newly discovered (in May 2002) mosaic houses & archaeological excavation site. Continue with KeslikMonastery near Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. The tour will come end with a visit to Mustafapasa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 04 Cappadocia – Konya (Rumi) &Catalhöyük 
After breakfast Drive to Konya, visit to SultanhaniCaravanseria, a roadside In Konya center, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Mevlana is the founder of Sufism and whirling Dervishes. Catalhoyuk, 45 km south of Konya Overnight Cappadocia 
Day 05 Cappadocia
Meeting at the hotel reception
Drive to Gulsehirand stop at Aciksaray (Open Palace). The village is remarkable for its facades and the odd-looking formations, some resembling huge mushrooms. Visit to St. Jean Church (KarsiKilise):The two floor church of St. Jean, found upon entering Gulsehir, wine cellar, graves, water channels and living quarters on the lower floor, and a church decorated with Biblical scenes on the upper floor. According to the inscription on the apse, the church dates back to 1212. Walking for about 5 km in one of the most attractive valleys of Cappadocia :Red Valley , with its fabulous volcanic rock formations, is in the heart of Cappadocia but far from the madding crowds. Rock-hewn hermit churches with frescoes and paintings fit with the valley's meditative atmosphere, remained intact since the beginning. End the day by the Bayramhaci Hot Spring with Thermal pools. Overnight Cappadocia
Day 06 Hattusas (Capital of Hittites)
after breakfast Drive to Hattusas, capital of the Hittite empire in the 2nd millennium BC. The ancient city is on the outskirts of present-day Bogazkale, just over 125 miles east of Ankara. The Hittites were the first true empire in the Anatolian area, and is mentioned in texts from other empires outside the area and in The Bible. Lunch and visit the temples and the castles. The two rows meet on the north wall where the most important images in the shrine of Yazilikaya are to be found: The God of Tempests Teshub and the Goddess of the Sun Hepatu. The largest relief in the main gallery however is the one representing King Tudhaliyas IV, thus giving as a date in the second half of the 13th century B.C  . Transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia and overnight. 
Day 07 Cappadocia – Istanbul
After breakfast   Drive to Ihlara, visit to Guzelyurton the way. The ancient name of the town was Gelveri. It is known to be the town of one of the old church fathers of Cappadocia. Guzelyurt has abandoned cave houses and hidden underground cave monasteries. Walking in IlharaCanyon, a "mirage" in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: "Valley of the Sky" along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches spread across a wild plantation, Lunch at local restaurant by the river. a village with cave houses at the end of the canyon and a "Star Wars" like landscape. Transfer to airport and take a flight to Istanbul.

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>>12 days Western Turkey and Eastern Black Sea Tour12 Days -11 Nights

Day 01 Arrival in Istanbul
Arrival at the Airport and, Meet and Assist,and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02 Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
after breakfast drive to discover the city of Istanbul. The tour will include visit to ST SOPHIA, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, GRAND COVERED BAZAAR, Topkapi Palace and the Rustem Pasha Mosque. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped. Back to hotel and AtEvening flight to Pamukkale.
Day 03 Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour
as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.(Pamukkalemeans cotton castle in Turkish- Pamukkale is now a world heritage site. ) Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire
Evening Flıght to Cappadocia. Overnight in a very good cave hotel inCappadocia
Day 04 North Cappadocia Tour 1
after breakfast drives to visit Devrent Valley and Pasabag (Monk's Valley) where you will find the world famous fairy chimneys. Break for lunch in Avanos.Then on to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries were carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. A visit to Ortahisar natural rock castle for panoramic views. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel Overnight in Cappadocia
Day 05 South Cappadocia Tour 2
Breakfast & check out the hotel in Cappadocia. Transfer for a full day tour of Cappadocia sites. Visits include Derinkuyu Underground City Underground City which was built as a defence and hiding site during the period of spreading Christianity.Then on to CavusinOld Christian Village where you will find a triple Apse church and the monastery of St John the Baptist. In Sinasos Old Greek Village you find old Greek and Ottoman houses. Then an easy grade 3km hike through Red Valley offering some great scenery that would otherwise not be accessible by car and a visit to Uchisar natural rock castle.
Day 06 Morning Drıve to Ankara for afternoon Flight to Eastern Black Sea Tour
Arrive Trabzon. Overnight in Trabzon
Day 07 SUMELA MONASTERY, ZIGANA, KARACA CAVE
After breakfast driveto visit the 4th century Sumela Monastery and Altindere National Park. Later on we drive you up to Zigana Mountain, crossing the mountain with spectacular views of villages on Pontic Mountains. We arrive at Gümüshane to visit KaracaCave, considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colours and formations. Drive back to hotel located at the center of Trabzon. dinner and overnight
Day 08 TRABZON CITY TOUR, UZUNGOL
after breakfast drive to explore the highlights of Trabzon city study the extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes in the 13th century church of St. Sophia, visit Ataturk's Mansion on Soguksu hill facing Black Sea, Girls' Monastery on Boztepe Hill, Sera Lakeon the way to Akçaabat, lunch at a seaside restaurant serving famous Akcaabat Meatball. In the afternoon we drive to Uzungöl  (long lake). It's a hidden paradise in the Pontic Alps. We hike around the lake and village and check-in to our wooden hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 09 RIZE, CAMLIHEMSIN, ZILKALE, AYDER
after breakfast leaving from Uzungöl. Short break at Rize for panoramic view of the city from the Botany Garden, we visit Kiwi and Tea plantations here, then we arrive to Firtina (Storm) Valley which takes us to Ayder Plateau. Before arriving in Ayder we will see Camlihemsin, Konaklar, SenyuvaBridge,Zil Kale. Gentle trekking to Goksu Fall which is the highest and most beautiful in the region. we arrive in Ayder before sundown, check-in hotel, dinner and overnight
Day 10 AYDER, TRABZON
Drive explore that beautiful Alpine Plateau which is Ayder until noon. Traditionally dressed village ladies, thermal springs, waterfalls dropping down from hundreds meters and beautiful plateau houses are going to interest you.  In the afternoon we drive to Turkish - Georgian border on Eastern Black Sea coast, after viewing Georgia from Sarpi Gate, we drive along the Black Sea coast back to Trabzon Airport for the flıght to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 Princes' Islands Tour
Departure from European side and cross the Bosphorus by the first bridge. Drive along the Asian side through Kadiköy all the way to Bostanci admiring the different facets of Istanbul.
Once we reach Bostanci you'll have a chance to see one of the most beautiful districts of Istanbul. After having little time in Bostanci, embark the boat going to Princes' Islands. Disembark at Buyukada which is the largest and the most famous of this chain of islands. There are several small hotels where people stay for the weekend. Some of the historical buildings are AyaYorgi Church and Monastery from 6th century, AyiosDimitrios Church, Hristos Church and Monastery, Lunch in a nice waterfront restaurant.
After a small tour in the town center, listening to the history of Princes' Island , you'll have free time to enjoy the beautiful island shores by renting a phaeton (horse-drawn carriage) or bicycle until the departure time.
As there are no cars allowed on the island, this promenade will be an unforgettable memory for you.
Day 12 Free Day / Departure
Transfer to Istanbul Aırport.

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>>Mediterranean Days - Honeymoon Tour7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 01 Istanbul - Arrival Day
(Welcome dinner included)
Arrival in Istanbul. Transfer from the airport & check in to your hotel. Tonight you and your special loved one will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will be introduced to Turkish cuisine and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 02 Istanbul City Tour
after Breakfastwe start Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient HIPPODROME, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive to our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia ( 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. After the tour you have the option to make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewelry. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 Istanbul - Private Blue Cruise
This morning we depart via domestic flight to Dalaman Airport. Transfer from Dalaman Airport to FethiyeHarbour. Enjoy some swimming or snorkelling at the tranquil Ag Bay where lunch will be served as well. Our first night is spent in Cleopatra's Bay, where we can swim in the ruins of an ancient bath and enjoy an exquisite dinner & romantic sunset drinks. Overnight onboard your Private Blue cruise.
Day 04 Private Blue Cruise
After breakfast we cruise to Blue Voyagers who in 1973 painted a fish on a rock. Here you can swim or take a walk on the island. We have lunch at Flat Island, and have a swim in the shallow waters at the small beach. Dinner and your second night is spent nearby Tersane Island. Overnight onboard your Private Blue Cruise.
Day 05 Private Blue Cruise
Today we are cruising to Gocek to swim, snorkel or just soak up some sunshine. After lunch we cruise along a few more bays and have our last swimming stop at Red Island before returning to FethiyeHarbour. Upon arrival to the harbour, you will transfer to Dalaman Airport for a domestic flight back to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 06 Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour
After breakfast departs for Istanbul BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise, a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of YildizPalace.Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 07 Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again

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