Save $250CAD on Splendours of Turkey

    Explore Turkey | Offer expires August 31, 2022

    Save $250CAD on Splendours of Turkey with Goway Travel

    Price: $2,425CAD Per Person

    (Price is per person based on twin/double, subject to availability and current exchange rates. Pricing reflects a discount for departures on October 27, 2022.)

    Savings: $250CAD Per Person
    Departure Date: October 27, 2022
    Return Date: November 5, 2022

    Photo: Traditional turkish breakfast with Cappadocia view and flying balloons on the background. Goreme, Turkey

    On this 10-day program to Turkey, you will see some of Turkey's most spectacular landscapes and visit its lesser known areas for a truly unique experience! Be impressed by Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans. Discover Ankara, the country's capital before visiting Cappadocia's Underground City. Stop in Konya, home to Rumi, the Persian poet and the Whirling Dervishes. Be awed in Pamukkale, a natural phenomenon that forms a sea of sparkling white bathing pools. Relax in the Canakkale, the Mediterranean getaway filled with historical sites.

    Inclusions

    • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
    • 4-nights first class accommodation in Istanbul
    • 2-nights first class accommodation in Cappadocia
    • 1-night first class accommodation in Pamukkale 
    • 1-night first class accommodation in Izmir
    • 1-night first class accommodation in Canakkale
    • Flight from Istanbul to Ankara in Economy class*
    • Private transfer by vehicle between cities  
    • Small group tours in Istanbul and Cappadocia (max16 guests)
    • Guided visits and entrance fees to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Antalya, the Melvana Museum in Konya, Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, Pergamum, Canakkale and Troy
    • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 7 lunches, 5 dinners

    Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

    Upon arrival in Istanbul, Turkey, you will be met and escorted to your hotel by a Goway Representative. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

    Duration: 3-nights accommodation | Hotel Konak

    Day 2: Istanbul - City Sightseeing

    Start a leisurely day, drive to pier in Eminonu area for a short visit to historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). This bazaar was built in 1664 as a part of Yeni Mosque complex situated nearby and named Egyptian Bazaar because spices and herbs brought from or via Egypt were sold in it.

    Then, board a private boat for the cruise along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting Black Sea in the north to the Sea of Marmara in the South. In the Byzantine and early Ottoman days, there was little settlement on either sides of the Bosphorus but as of the 18th century, it became a favorite place for the sultans and their entourage where they built their kiosks and waterside residence.

    Meet with your guide at the lobby and drive to the Asian Side of Istanbul via transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge, unique in the world connecting two continents Asia and Europe. The bridge was built in 1973, the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. It’s length is 1.560 m (1,074 m over the sea) and height from the sea is 64 m. It is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world.

    Visit Beylerbeyi Palace, situated on the shore at the Asian end of the Bosphorus Bridge and built between 1861 and 1864 by Sultan Abdulaziz. The palace is a three- story structure set on terraced grounds planted with trees brought from the entire world. The interior was decorated in a style typical of the 19th century - Europe and the original furniture is still in display. The building itself, constructed in the Fench Baroque style, is made of stone and marble. It was used by the Ottoman sultans as a summer residence.

    Then, drive to Camlica Hill, highest one in Istanbul, to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

    Overnight in Istanbul

    Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

    Photo: Beautiful view on Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey from top view at sunset

    Day 3: Istanbul - City Sightseeing

    After breakfast, drive to old town and visit Hippodrome Square, the scene of Chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life which was originally built by Roman Emperor Septimus in 203 AD. Then visit Blue Mosque, built in early 17th century and know as Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration with blue Iznik tiles. It is also unique in the world to have 6 minarets. Continue to St. Sophia Museum, built by Emperor Constantius is 360 AD. St. Sophia was for many centuries the world's largest church and today is the fourth largest one after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and Duomo in Milan. Throughout its Byzantine history, St. Sophia served as the cathedral of the city where emperors were crowned and victories celebrated.

    After his conquest of the city in 1453, Sultan Mehmet II ordered for the building to be converted into a mosque by the addition of Islamic elements such as a mihrab, a mimber, minarets etc. After having served this time as a mosque for 481 years, the building become a museum in 1934 by the order of Ataturk, the founder of the Repuplic of Turkey.

    After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, built by Sultan Mehmet II after the conquest of Istanbul in 15th century. The palace housed the sultans and their exotic entourage until mid 19th century. The complex is a group of structures which incorporates works from successive periods of Ottoman reign. Today the museum displays priceless collections of the imperial treasury, numerous pieces of Chinese porcelain, traditional costumes of the sultans and their families and special section for the preservation of the relics of Prophet Mohammed.

    After Topkapi, we shall visit, Hagia Eirene, the Church of the Holy Peace, which is one of the few churches in Istanbul that was never converted into a mosque, as it was used as an arsenal until the 19th century. Hagia Eirene reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple and has the distinction of being the first church built in Byzantium as it was converted into the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. From there, we visit Gulhane Park, once a part of the outer gardens of Topkapı Palace, where the Edict of Gulhane, a declaration of rights and liberties that played an essential role in the modernization of the Ottoman Empire. After the proclamation of the Republic, Gulhane Park was for many years home to the Istanbul Zoo.

    Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

    Day 4: Istanbul / Ankara / Cappadocia

    Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport for a flight to Ankara. After arriving you the visit Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Completed in 1953, it is an impressive fusion of ancient and modern architectural ideas and remains unsurpassed as an accomplishment of modern Turkish architecture. There is a museum housing writings, letters and items belonging to Ataturk as well as an exhibition of photographs recording important moments in his life and the establishment of the republic. An important exhibition of the War of Liberation is also open to the public.

    Continue to visit, The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, close to the citadel gate, a 15th century Ottoman bedesten has been beautifully restored and since 1921 it houses a marvelous and unique collection including Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Urartian and Roman works. In 1997 this great museum won the "European Museum of the Year" award among 65 museums from 21 European countries.

    After lunch, drive to Cappadocia for the dinner and overnight.

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Duration: 2-nights accommodation | Hotel Perissia

    Day 5: Cappadocia

    After breakfast, start today's visits with Goreme Valley museum which consists of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from second half of 9th C. Then visit Pasabag in Cappadocia is located on the road coming from Goreme. Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. Pacha means General, the military rank, in Turkish and it is a very common nick name. This site is also called Monks Valley. The name was derived from some cones carved in tuff stones which stand apart. Currently, there is a vineyard and a number of tuff cones standing right next to the road. Continue to visit the villages of Avanos, is a small town famous for its pottery. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak (Hayls River), the longest river originated and ending within the borders of Turkey 842 miles. Those who want may enjoy famous "testi kebab". After lunch, visit traditional pottery making house where guests will see their own talents in producing their own potteries.

    Then continue to visit one of the Underground City made to accommodate several thousands of people with seven subterranean floors. So far 36 underground cities have been discovered some of them being very recent. It is also estimated that most of them are connected to each other. But it is difficult to identify these connections. After lunch visit Cavusin village, a Greek town whose history goes back to the Early Christian Period. The rock cut buildings have collapsed because of erosion but the churches are still in place and being used as dovecotes.

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 6: Cappadocia / Konya / Pamukkale

    After breakfast, drive to Konya, in the days of Roman Empire, Konya was called Iconium "the city of icons". Konya has become a place of pilgrimage for Moslems because the leader of Mevlevis, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was buried there. Today you will visit the most important place to visit in Konya, the Mevlana Museum. After visits, drive to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight.

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Duration: 1-night Accommodation | Hotel Hierapark Thermal and Spa

    Day 7: Pamukkale / Hierapolis / Ephesus / Virgin Mary / Izmir

    Pamukkale, translates as "COTTON CASTLE" as it seems as you approach across the valley where calcareous hot springs descending over hundred meters have created fascinating travertine in the form of white terraces and basins. Morning visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis, founded by Eumenes II in the 2nd century BC. Visit the theater and famous Necropolis which is the largest one in the Asia Minor. Continue to visit Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia minor which remains to be the best preserved ancient city in the world. During the golden age of the Roman Empire (2nd century AD), Ephesus was an important commercial and cultural center. The protector of the city was Artemis, the Goddess whose temple was one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World". The Ephesians still worshipped Artemis when St. Paul came to the city to win converts. St. John brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Jesus Christ and she lived until the age of 101 in a small house built for her on Mt. Koressos. Now, a popular place of pilgrimage for Catholics and Muslims, the house received the official sanction of the Vatican and a commemoration ceremony is held every year on August 15th. The third church council in 431 was held in the Basilica of Virgin Mary in Ephesus.

    Continue to visit, the House of the Virgin where it's believed that she passed last years of her life and died. She came to Ephesus together with St. John and taken up to Panaghia Kapulu Mountain to survive the Roman persecutions. The House was destroyed by many earthquakes and not discovered until 1951 thanks to a German Nun Catherine Emmerich who saw its location in her visions. It is recognized as a shrine by Vatican. Now the House of Virgin Mary is renovated by George Quatman Foundation from Ohio and serves as a small church which attracts many Christians as well as Muslims coming to pray for her.

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Duration: 1-night accommodation | Hotel Kaya Prestige

    Day 8: Izmir / Pergamum / Canakkale

    After breakfast drive to Pergamum, the capital of a large and powerful pre-Roman Kingdom and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Visit Ascelpion known as the world's first health center, a sanctuary to the God of Medicine, Asclepios!

    Pergamum's place in the religious history is also very important because of the paragraph addressed to its Christians by St. John in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 2:12-17). He characterized Pergamum as the place where Satan was enthroned. At the end of the tour, drive to Canakkale, the base from where you visit Troy. After breakfast, depart to ancient Troy famous for the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of an equally legendary couple Helen and Paris. The remains of the city were excavated by Heinrich Schliemann, the pioneer in the field of archaeology, who used Homer's Illiad to locate the site, and who also took many of the valuable treasures he found there back to Germany with him.

    Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Duration: 1-night accommodation | Md Barbaros Hotel

    Day 9: Canakkale / Istanbul

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to Istanbul via Bursa, the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Grand Mosque, the Green Mosque, and a traditional silk bazaar. After lunch, continue to Istanbul, arriving in the afternoon. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

    Meal plan: Breakfast

    Duration: 1-night accommodation | Hotel Konak

    Day 10: Depart Istanbul

    Today you will be transferred to the airport by a Goway Representative for your onward flight.

    Meal plan: Breakfast

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    Price is per person based on twin/double, subject to availability and current exchange rates. Pricing reflects discount for departures on October 27, 2022. Savings listed are the total savings per person based on twin/double occupancy. *Flight from Istanbul to Ankara is subject to availability at time of booking. Airline taxes, if applicable, are included. Please enquire about departures from other cities, single supplements, extensions or upgrades.

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