Experience the timeless beauty of Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukalle and Cappadocia. Kunzum and Wonderful World present ‘Sleepless in Turkey’, a journey where you will see several sites, many more than an ordinary tourist. Yet you will not go from place-to-place in rapid succession. Our itinerary will give you enough time to soak in each place that you visit. Stay in a charming hotel in Istanbul, in the heart of all the activity, and a beautiful cave hotel in Uchisar at Cappadocia. While some meals are included, some are not, so we will not end up eating large buffet-style meals that taste the same!
Locations to be CoveredIstanbul, Ephesus, Pamukalle, Cappadocia
Proposed Dates (10 Nights / 11 Days)April 23 – May 3, 2016
Who may join in this trip?Women only!
Trip Curator & LeaderShibani Vig (Profile appended at the end)
Maximum Group Size15
Cost (Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis)Regular Price: Rs. 149,000Early Bird (Book by January 15, 2016): Rs. 139,000Groups of 3 or More: Rs. 139,000Club Kunzum Member Rate: Rs. 145,000
Inclusions in Price
*10 nights’ accommodation (on twin-sharing basis) including breakfast*Air conditioned luxury minivan with driver on tours and transfers*Professional guides on tours*Lunches (wherever mentioned as an inclusion)*Dinners in Kusadasi and Pamukkale only*All admission fees to museums and sights on tours*Tickets & transportation for the whirling dervishes performance in Cappadocia*Tips for guides and drivers only*Taxes
Exclusions in Price
*Airfare*Travel/health insurance*Visa (we can guide you on how to apply for this. If you have a valid US or Schengen visa, then you can get the visa online)*Istanbul/Izmir – Cappadocia/Istanbul flight tickets*Dinners in Istanbul and Cappadocia*Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia*Personal shopping*Other personal expenses*Mini bar
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Day 1 (April 23): Istanbul
*Arrive in Istanbul*Transfer to the hotel. We will be there to assist you*Overnight stay in Istanbul
Day 2 (April 24): Istanbul (includes breakfast and lunch)
*On your first day in Istanbul, visit a number of breathtaking Byzantine relics*Breakfast*After breakfast, stroll to the Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square)
Did you know? The Square was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great park-like area surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Underground Cistern. The Hippodrome exhibits the Walled Column, the Serpent Column and the Egyptian Obelisk from the Byzantine times. The German Fountain is located in the north end of the Hippodrome.
*Visit Hagia Sophia, the greatest architectural achievement of the Byzantine period*Lunch at a local restaurant*Take a short drive to the Chora Church to see the climax of Byzantine Mosaic Art*Visit the Underground Cistern, commonly known as the Basilica Cistern*Overnight stay in Istanbul
Day 3 (April 25): Istanbul (includes breakfast)
*Visit mosques, palaces and markets built during the Ottoman Empire*Breakfast*Visit the Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), which was completed in 1616*Visit the Topkapi Palace
Did you know? This is more than just a Palace. It is an assemblage of museums containing collections amassed by the Sultans for almost five centuries. Our visit also takes you to the famous Harem where the Imperial Family resided.
*Walk to Divan Yolu, the old ‘Road to the Imperial Council’*Lunch*Walk through the old cobbled streets to Rüstem Pasha Mosque, designed by Mimar Sinan*Visit the Spice Bazaar
Did you know? Genoese and Venetian goods were sold at the Spice Bazaar at a time when there was no Suez Canal. All the spices from the East were also brought here after being loaded on vessels in Egypt.
*Visit the Grand Bazaar for one of the most extraordinary shopping experiences in the world*Overnight stay in Istanbul
Day 4 (April 26): Istanbul (includes breakfast and lunch)
*Breakfast*Visit the Süleymaniye Mosque
Did you know? The Mosque is considered one of the most splendid works of Mimar Sinan, who was the chief Ottoman architect. It is one of the most important mosques in Istanbul today.
*Enjoy a leisure cruise (on a local ferry) on the Bosphorus
The cruise will give you an opportunity to admire the palaces, Ottoman yalis (wooden Bosphorus seaside mansions), the Bosphorus Bridge and fortresses.
*Lunch*After lunch visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, which served as the imperial residence of the last Ottoman sultans
Did you know? 14 tons of pure gold were used in the interior decoration of the Palace. It contains priceless paintings, furniture and a rich collection of Bohemian crystal in addition to its famous harem section.
*Climb the Galata Tower, which offers a wonderful view of the city, the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea*Overnight stay in Istanbul
Day 5 (April 27): Istanbul / Izmir (includes breakfast and dinner)
*Breakfast*Morning is open for shopping or exploring Istanbul on your own. Alternatively, you can join us for an off-beat walking tour of the different districts of Istanbul. This will include taking local trams and buses
Cost of tickets for local transportation is additional and will need to be borne by travellers.
*Late afternoon: Driver meets you at the hotel and transfers you to Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your evening flight to Izmir*Transfer to hotel*Overnight stay at Sentido Marina Suites, Kusadasi