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DAY TRIPS DEPARTING FROM ISTANBUL

If you have a limited time in Turkey and you want to see another sites after your days in Istanbul our short break day trips are perfect options for you. Unfortunately holidays are always shorter than we want and some time we want to see as much as we can in a short time. Here are some options for you.

Private Ephesus Tour

You will take an early morning flight from Istanbul. After arrival to Izmir Airport you will be meet by your guide or driver. Our private tour starts with Isa Bey Mosque that is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian beyliks. We will go to Ephesus ancient city which it was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Your guide is going to tell you all the details of its excellent history of the monuments of Ephesus. Upper agora the odeon, temples, marble walk ways pillars will take you to the ancient social life. At end the Great Theater where St. Paul preached you'll have free time for picture meeting point is the lower gate. Lunch will be open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. Then we are going to proceed to shrine of Mother Mary that Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary lived there for the remainder of her earthly life. Afternoon we will also visit the Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World.

SPECIAL NOTES

Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10-30 steps. Comfortable shoes, a hat and much of sunscreen are advised, because shade is limited. The order of the private tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.

Private Cappadocia Tour

You are going to take a flight from Istanbul in early morning. As soon as arrival to Kayseri/Nevsehir Airport you will be met by your guide/driver and transferred to Cappadocia. Our private tour starts at the Dervent Valley and Pasabag (Monk Valley), where you will see the mushroom shaped rock pinnacles (fairy chimneys). Than you will see Avanos village, famous for clay pottery design. After lunch break, you will have fun a private tour to the World Heritage listed Goreme Open Air Museum. The tour will end with a visit to the Uchisar rock castle. After our guided tour, you will transfer back to Kayseri/Nevsehir airport and take a flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be meet by our driver and drive back to your hotel.

Private Daily Gallipoli Tour

You will pick up from your hotel in Istanbul at 07.00am with your private guide and private VIP vehicle. And then drive southwards to the Gallipoli Peninsula. We will give a break in Tekirdag(about 1.5-2 hours drive from Istanbul). At around 12.00 we will stop for having lunch.

After arrival to the region, we are going to start our visit Gallipoli National Park including the Gallipoli Battlefields, Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, original tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, the Nek Cemetery, Chunuk Bair New Zealander Memorial, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Brighton Beach. After the tour, we will return to Istanbul by private VIP vehicle and drop off to your hotel at around 20.00pm.

Private Iznik Tour (Nicea Tour)

We'll pick you up from your hotel at 07.00 and catch ferry to Yalova than drive to Iznik for about 1.5-2 hours drive. The first stop will be the St. Sophia of Iznik. This 4th century church was also the host of the 2nd Council of Nicea. Your guide will provide you the information about the first and second councils of Nicea.

After lunch break, we continue on to Iznik itself. While exploring the town we will visit the archeology museum which will give us a lot of information regarding the history of the town and its surrounding. Than we will visit the Green Mosque of Iznik. The mosque has a single minaret in the northwestern corner of the building which is decorated with composed glazed terra-cotta green, yellow, turquoise and dark purple coloured tiles.

Before we return back to Istanbul we will have a short demonstration about the world famous Iznik Tiles in one of the workshops in Iznik.

Private Green Bursa Tour

We will leave hotel at 07.00. We will catch ferry to Yalova than drive to Bursa for about 1.5-2 hours drive). During the journey we give a break at the traditional village of Cumalikizik, with idyllic countryside setting. Here you will enjoy a stroll around the charming old village center and see the wooden Ottoman houses of the hospitable locals.

At lunch break, you will taste the famous Iskender, then we continue on to Bursa itself, the first capital of the Ottomans. While exploring this city you will see the Green Mosque & Tomb, the Grand Mosque famous for its beautiful Seljuk wall calligraphy, the Silk Market and the Covered Bazaar.

Than our return journey will begin and we are going to take a scenic route through the hills of Uludag and Mount Olympos. Return drive to Istanbul and drop off to your hotel.

Private Pamukkale Tours

You are going to take a flight from Istanbul in early morning. Upon arrival to Denizli Airport, you will be meet by your guide and you will visit the Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) & Hierapolis. You are going to visit snow white terraces cliff and waterfalls famous for the healing properties of its thermal mineral baths.

After the lunch break, you will continue to the Ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. You will have a chance to see the Necropolis, Gates, Thermal Baths and the Masterpiece Theater.

After our private tour, you will transfer back to Denizli airport and take a flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be met by our driver and drive back to your hotel.

SPECIAL NOTES

Guests must be able to walk approximately 0,5 miles over of travertine without shoes. A hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries because the waterfalls can be slippery. Due to the nature of this tour, it is advised for guests with walkers or wheelchairs till waterfalls. Bring swimwear for walking in the water at Pamukkale which is the snow-white petrified waterfalls.