12 Days of Christmas in Turkey Tour
ISTANBUL, CANAKKALE, BERGAMA, KUSADASI, PAMUKKALE, KONYA, CAPPADOCIA, ANKARA
DEPARTURES: December 18 – 30, 2014
USD2998/PAX (min of 15 pax)
- Roundtrip Economy Airfare
- Hotel Accommodations in local 4* hotels
- Daily Breakfast at the hotel
- FULL BOARD Meals as indicated B-Breakfast, L-Lunch & D-Dinner
- Transportation on Air-conditioned Coach
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in our itinerary
- Airline Taxes – Approx. $470.00 (STC)
- Terminal Fee – Php 550.00
- Other Meals not specified
- Mineral water & drinks during the tour
- Tips to guide and driver
- VISA Fee – Php3,500.00
- Insurance & Any Personal expenses
DAY 1: December 19 – Manila / Istanbul (D)
Depart from Manila and enjoy your flight on board. Upon arrival to Istanbul airport and meet our representative, transfer to hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at hotel
DAY 2: December 20 – Istanbul (B,L,D)
Departure from the hotel and we will proceed to “Old City” for full day tour including the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet I. Next we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place. Then visit the St. Sophia Museum which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times. Finally the famous Topkapi Palace museum will be visited, which was built as the home of the Ottoman sultans the World Famous treasury sections will be visited.
DAY 3: December 21 – Istanbul / Canakkale (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, we will begin our scenic drive down to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles during WWI. Following a lunch break, we will cross the second strategic waterway, the Dardanelles, and land in Asia and proceed to Troy. Referred to in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, Troy has in fact nine cities superimposed one upon another. Troy VI pertains to the famous Trojan War of Homer where the legendary heroes included Agamemnon, Achilles, Ulysses, and Nestor on the Greek side and Priam, Hector, and Paris on the Trojan side. We will check-in to our hotel in Canakkale for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: December 22 – Canakkale / Bergama / Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Depart for Kusadasi, enroute we will have lunch in Bergama before visiting Pergamon to see the Ancient Medical Center, Asclepion. Drive to Kusadasi and dinner & overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5: December 23 – Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Following breakfast we drive to Selcuk to visit the House of Virgin Mary on top of Mt. Coressos. Then our memorable visit to Ephesus will begin as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (One of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) and the Basilica of St. John from a distance, followed by lunch in the township of Selcuk. After lunch we will visit the famous local production center for leather garments whereby after a live Fashion Show time will be allocated for shopping.
DAY 6: December 24 – Kusadasi / Pamukkale (B,L,D)
Continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Antique City of Hierapolis where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. After a picture break, dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale.
DAY 7: December 25 – Pamukkale / Konya (B,L,D)
Following an early breakfast we will drive through an interesting landscape where peasants make their living, to have lunch enroute before arriving in Konya. Konya was the center of the Selcuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. After visiting the Mevlana Museum, check-in the hotel.
DAY 8: December 26 – Konya / Cappadocia (B,L,D)
We will continue to Cappadocia viewing the Sultanhani Caravanserai enroute. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 9: December 27 – Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Today we visit the incredible Underground City of Kaymakli where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith. Picture stops will be given at the Valley of the Birds and at the foot of the Uchisar Castle. Afterwards Then proceed to the Goreme Valley to visit the rock carved churches hollowed out of volcanic ash. Lunch will be at Avanos Village followed by the famous local pottery and carpet shows allowing ample time for shopping in the afternoon. Also time will be allocated for the local souvenir shopping before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight
DAY 10: December 28 – Cappadocia / Ankara / Istanbul (B,L,D)
In the morning, drive to Ankara to visit the Ataturk Mausoleum (1881-1938) founding father of the Turkish Republic. After lunch, visit the well-known Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations with its great Hittite Collection. Then transfer to Ankara airport for flight to Istanbul. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11: December 29 – Istanbul (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free day until your departure flight. Transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home.
DAY 12: December 30 – Arrival Manila
Home Sweet Home!!
***END OF SERVICES***
- Signed visa application with Photo (35mm x 45mm white background) + 1extra photo
- Booking Certification
- Employment Certificate
- If Employed: Certification with leave of Absence & Salary Declaration
- If Self Employed: Business Registration
- If Priest / Nuns / Missionaries: Certificate from Apostolic Nunciature & Guarantee Letter for French & Filipino Congregation
- (ITR, Bank Certification)
- Photocopy of Credit Cards
- Authenticated Birth Certificate