Turkey Sightseeing

Antalya Sightseeing
 
No Image Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum (TS)
Drive to Perge, a Pamphylian city. Perge was founded between BC12-13. It is the most attractive and well preserved Pamphylian city. The ancient theater, stadium, towers, Agora, Acropol and the Palaestra which is given to Imperial Claudius are the highlights of the ancient city. Continue to Aspendos, founded in BC 4-5 by the colonists from Argos. Though it is well-known for its theater with a capacity of 30000 people, the city also boasts a stadium and a fountain. All the ruins in the city have remained from the Roman period and the theater is still being used for contemporary concerts. Later, return to Antalya and visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum which houses artifacts and antiques from 2500 years of Anatolian culture.
 
Cappadocia Sightseeing
 
No Image Cappadocia Balloon Ride (TS)
Depart early in the morning for a fantastic hot air balloon tour that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. A hot-air balloon flight is unique from all other methods of flying in that there is no sensation of motion, creating an experience of tranquility unlike any other. Traveling at heights of up to 1500 feet, the feeling is both serene and sublime. Within moments of lifting off, drift over the treetops and discover the spectacular landscape from an unrivaled perspective. The deep canyons and lush, fertile valleys of Cappadocia provide an ideal setting for a memorable flight and it may even be possible to pick apricots from the trees when they are in season
 
 
No Image Full Day Cappadocia (TS)
Depart your hotel for a full day tour in Cappadocia. Visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley to see the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescos depicting various scenes from the Bible. Later, visit the Ozkonak Underground City, an ancient city built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis. The city has many strata made up of volcanic granite. Its larger areas are connected to each other by tunnels. Ozkonak had a built-in communication system of pipes on each of its levels, unlike Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, which have no such systems. Each carved out room had ventilation provided by holes when the city was closed against enemies. Lastly, visit the village of Avanos that is famous for its beautiful old houses, pottery and onyx.
 
 
Half Day Cappadocia Walking Tour with Mehmet
Walk with Mehmet this afternoon, a famous local man who knows the region and valleys better than anyone. He will reveal some of the unknown secrets of Cappadocia on this walk.
 
 
No Image Whirling Dervishes Performance (TS)
Also known as the "Sema Ritual", Whirling Dervish performances began with the inspiration of Mawlana Jalaleddin Rumi who is one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. The captivating dance of the whirling dervishes, which displays infinite spinning in perfect harmony, is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture. It is a rare opportunity to experience a seven-century old ritual, featuring beautiful costumes, live music with flutes, string and percussion, and the amazing sight of the Dervishes whirling on the stage.
 
Istanbul Sightseeing
 
No Image Half Day Beylerbeyi Palace & Camlica Hill Tour 1:30 PM (TS-03)
This afternoon join a half day tour of Beylerbeyi Palace located on the Asian banks of the Bosphorus. The Baroque style palace was originally built in 1865 and served as a summer residence and guest house for the Ottoman Empire. Continue onto Camlica Hill and take in the stunning panoramic view of the city. Enjoy some time at leisure at one of the cafes or tea houses before returning to your hotel
 
 
No Image Half Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Spice Market (TS)
Depart from the hotel for a visit to the famous Spice Market of Istanbul. Afterwards, board a ferry for a delightful Bosphorus cruise. No stay in Istanbul would be complete without this traditional and unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait exemplify the newest link between the East and West.
 
 
No Image Half Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar (TS)
This tours highlights include the Underground cistern &#150 water source of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, the largest of its kind in Istanbul, the structures interior includes a few hundred marble columns. Your tour will also take you to the Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Visit the Treasury section with the crown jewels and the unique collection of Chinese porcelains. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, world famous shopping center where you will have the opportunity to shop for carpets, jewelry, leather and more
 
 
No Image Half Day Sultans Dream Tour 12:30 PM (TS-02/A)
The tour begins with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Our visit includes a stop at its treasury section, with the crown jewels and the unique collection of Chinese porcelains. Continue to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rustem Pasha. Its construction took place from 1561 to 1563. Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs. Departs at 12:30 p.m. Pick-up from the hotel approximately 45 minutes prior to departure time. Drop-off at the hotel.
 
 
Half Day Topkapi Palace & Blue Mosque Tour
Visit Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years, including the spectacular Treasury section filled with crown jewels and a unique collection of Chinese porcelains. Continue to the Blue Mosque, the 17th century Ottoman Mosque with its six minarets and magnificent interior lined with blue tiles
 
 
No Image Istanbul by Night 7:40 PM (TS-04)
Drive through the illuminated avenues of Istanbul and Bosphorus. After a short drive, take in the atmosphere of one of the most popular night club or orient house of the city. Enjoy the famous floor show and cuisine party, with choice specialties of rich Turkish cuisine for you to taste. After dinner, a spectacular oriental show will be performed by well known belly dancers, folk groups from various regions of Anatolia, and Turkish singers
 
 
No Image Tour 01 // Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port or your hotel lobby, and Continue for a full day tour. Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II. Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest. Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family. St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship or your hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $105 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 02 // Full Day Bosphorus Cruise & Asia Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port or your hotel lobby, and Continue for a full day tour. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Beylerbeyi Palace: The last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship or hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $120 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 03 // Full day Jewish Heritage Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port or your hotel lobby, and continue for a full day tour. Jewish Synagogues: Visit the Ahridda, Neve Shalom and Askhenazi Synagogue. Jewish Museum: Visit the Jewish Museum located in Galata Area. St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship or hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $165 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 04 // Half Day Istanbul Classical Tour #1
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Cruise ship port or your hotel lobby, and continue for a half day tour. Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest. St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. After the tour you will be transferred back to your cruise ship or your hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $75 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 05 // Half Day Istanbul Classical Tour #2
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Cruise ship port or your hotel lobby, and continue for a half day tour Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II. Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family. After the tour you will be transferred back to your cruise ship or hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $75 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 06 // Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Cruise ship port or your hotel lobby, and continue for a half day tour Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc.. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. After the tour you will be transferred back to your cruise ship or your hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $80 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 07 // Half Day Dolmabahce Tour
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Cruise ship port or your hotel lobby, and continue for a half day tour. Dolmabahce Palace: The last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. After the tour you will be transferred back to your cruise ship or your hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $80 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 08 // Half Day Shopping Tour
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Cruise ship port or your hotel lobby, and continue for a half day tour. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc. Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, its a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. After the tour you will be transferred back to your cruise ship or your hotel lobby. Rate is based on small group tour. (For private tour based on 2 passengers, rate will be $70 per person).
 
 
No Image Tour 09 // Turkish Belly Dance Show & Dinner By Night
20:30 / Pick up from your hotel. A short drive to an exclusive night club through the illuminated city. Enjoy the Turkish Belly Dancers and Turkish Traditional Folkshows while you are having your full course dinner. 23:30 / After the show you will be transferred back to your hotel.
 
 
No Image Tour 10 // Full Day Istanbul City Tour with lunch 9:00 AM (TS-01)
Today, enjoy a full day classical tour into the heart of Istanbul City, including visits to St. Sophia, the great Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century, and the world-famous Blue Mosque. Continue to the Roman Hippodrome, the ancient site of chariot races and competitive athletic events. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Konyali Restaurant, located on the Palace grounds. In the afternoon, visit Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Visit the Treasury Rooms which house 700 years worth of priceless Endurun Treasure, making for the largest national trove in the world. Continue to visit the famous Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent, built in the 16th century, and regarded today as one of the greatest buildings in the world, before making a final stop to visit the renowned Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest covered market, featuring over 58 streets and more than 4000 shops. The Basilica of St. Sophia is closed on Monday. Likewise, the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday as well as the following holiday dates: Sept 8 - 11, 2010 & Nov 15 - 19, 2010. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday. The Mosque of Süleyman will be closed for renovations. It will be replaced in the tour with the Rustem Pasha Mosque, built in the 16th century and famous for its lavish use of exquisite Iznik tiles set in a wide variety of floral and geometric designs. Departs at 9 a.m. Pick-up from the hotel approximately 45-minutes prior to departure time. Drop-off at the hotel.
 
 
No Image Tour 11 // Full Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with lunch 9:00 AM (TS-01/A) -Bus
Todays tour of Istanbul includes a cruise on the Bosphorus, with lunch. The tour begins with a visit to the famous Istanbul Spice Market before boarding a ferry, crossing the Bosphorus into Europe and Asia. While visiting both Europe and Asia, enjoy stops along the way to photograph the 15th century Rumelihisari Fortress, as well as various summer palaces and old wooden homes. The cruise terminates at the fishing village of Sariyer, close to the Black Sea. After lunch, enjoy a pleasant drive to Camlica Hill on the Asian side, via the Bosphorus Bridge, to see Istanbul in beautiful panorama. For your final stop, visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the former summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans, to see its original furnishings and formal gardens.(L) The Beylerbeyi Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday. Likewise, the Spice Market is closed on Sunday, as well as the following holiday dates: Sept 8 - 11, 2010 & Nov 15 - 19, 2010. Departs at 9:00 a.m. Pick-up from the hotel approximately 45-minutes prior to departure time. Drop-off at the hotel.
 
 
No Image Turkish Bath – Hamam
Its the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. A person taking a Turkish bath first relaxes in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.
 
Izmir Sightseeing
 
No Image Tour 1 // Full Day Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Artemis Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Ephesus Ancient City Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the House of Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered, where Mary had spent her last day, Temple of Artemision which is known as one of the seven wonders of the Antic World. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
 
No Image Tour 2 // Full Day Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Sirince Village Tour[
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Ephesus Ancient City Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. Temple of Artemision which is known as one of the seven wonders of the Antic World. Drive to Sirince Village which is a famous small traditional village of Turkey. Walk down the village and tasting a local fruity wines. Formerly known as "Ugliness", possibly as some kind of joke or deterrent, but later renamed "Charming" or "Pleasant", this beautiful Ottoman Village up in the hills behind Selcuk is a real treat. Visit old Greek Orthodox Churches and glimpse a traditional way of life. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
 
No Image Tour 3 // Full Day Pergamon Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Pergamon Acropolis, where the ruins of Zeus Altar can still be seen today. The acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view. The very narrow and steep theater on the hillside could seat up to 10,000 people. Parchment paper was first produced in Pergamon. We will visit the remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, the palaces of the kings, and temple of Trajan. Asclepion, which was known as the first place of medical science. Galen, who originated from Pergamon and became the most famous doctor of his time, treated his patients here. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
 
No Image Tour 4 // Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Pamukkale which means cotton castle, is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pammukale is now a world heritage site. The tomb of St. Philip is back in the hills behind Hierapolis. Philip was a well-known saint of the region. St. Philip met his death as a martyr, and in honor of his service to God the Christians erected a matyrium over the site of his tomb. Special ceremonies and meetings were held here in the name of St. Philip. Hierapolis was founded as a healing care centre in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centres of the Roman Empire. It eventually had a large Jewish and Christian community. and during the Christian era the city of Laodiceia, one of the Seven Churches written of in Revelation, was founded 8 km away. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
 
No Image Tour 5 // Full Day Priene, Miletos, Didyma Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Priene Set dramatically at the foot of a sheer mountain wall, Priene overlooks the aptly named Meander River. This 2500 years old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets. Miletos These ancient ruins lie on a hill near the Aegean Sea. Explore the ancient theater, built circa 4th century BC. The theater could accommodate over 15,000 spectators. Visit the well-preserved Bath of Faustina, named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius, who ordered their construction. Didyma In antiquity, Didyma was connected to Miletus by a sacred road. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest temples from the Hellenistic Period. Despite extensive construction, the temple was never fully completed. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
 
No Image Tour 6 // Half Day Ephesus & Artemis Tour
Morning or Afternoon / Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a half day tour. Ephesus Ancient City Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. Temple of Artemision which is known as one of the seven wonders of the Antic World. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
kusadasi Sightseeing
 
No Image Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary with lunch (TS)
Ephesus is situated in the fertile Ionian landscape and famous throughout history for its temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world. Ephesus is considered to be the showpiece among all the antique cities of the world. Leave your hotel for Ephesus and first visit the house of Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary accompanied St. John to Ephesus, where she spent her last years living near a grove of olive trees close by to Ephesus. A visit is considered to be a Pilgrimage by the Vatican. You may collect holy water from the sacred spring. Visit the Basilica of St. John who came here and wrote his gospel. Ephesus was undoubtedly, one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. Among its impressive structures you will marvel at the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. Includes lunch at a local restaurant.
 
 
No Image Tour 1 // Full Day Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Artemis Tour
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Ephesus Ancient City Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the House of Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered, where Mary had spent her last day, Temple of Artemision which is known as one of the seven wonders of the Antic World. The Basilica of St. John where is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
 
No Image Tour 2 // Full Day Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Artemis, St. John
Meet at the Cruise Ship Port and Continue for a full day tour. Ephesus Ancient City Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the House of Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered, where Mary had spent her last day, Temple of Artemision which is known as one of the seven wonders of the Antic World. The Basilica of St. John where is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship.
 
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