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Christmas Delight / 10 Day Trip : Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Antalya, Demre, Home of the Original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), Aspendos, Perge

Key Details

Tour Name : Christmas Delight / 8 Day Trip
Tour Code : CPP-17425
Travel Duration : 7 Night 8 Day
Service Level : Scheduled Travel
Departure Date : December 20, 2016
Group Size : Max. 15 People
Travel Destinations : Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Antalya, Demre, Home of the Original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), Aspendos, Perge

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Travel Details

DAY 1 [12/20/2017] : Istanbul - Arrival Transfer

Overnight : Istanbul
Daily Meal Plan : ---
Description : You will arrive to Istanbul / Turkey and transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.

DAY 2 [12/21/2017] : Istanbul

Tour to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome
Overnight : Istanbul
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at tour
Description : After meeting your tour guide at the lobby of hotel, your Istanbul adventure begins with a trip to the majestic Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. The church, now a mosque and museum, was originally built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century and later rebuilt by Emperor Justinian to be the flagship Church of the Byzantine Empire. St. Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and is richly decorated with mosaics, marble pillars, and other magnificent adornments. You will also see the Byzantine Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life, and the scene of many athletic games through the history of the Byzantine Empire. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi, as well as an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor. You will also visit another of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; the elegant Blue Mosque with its six graceful minarets and superb interior decorated with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. We will then rest for lunch and you will have the opportunity to taste delicious and healthy traditional Turkish foods. Next on the agenda is the Topkapi Palace, a huge walled complex hugging the Bosphorus that was once the palace of Ottoman sultans and is now a museum that houses an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels including the radiant Topkapi Diamond. Finally you will explore the famous Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. Afterwards you drive back to your hotel in Istanbul.

DAY 3 [12/22/2017] : Istanbul - Izmir - Kusadasi

Tour to Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Bosphorus Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace or Chora Museum, Camlica Hill
Overnight : Kusadasi
Flight : Istanbul to Izmir
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at tour
Description : After beakfast, you will visit the following sights.

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) : The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of various spices “cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other concievable herb and spice”. Shops selling spices, fruits, vegetables, flowers, turkish delights etc..

Bosphorus Tour on Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.

Beylerbeyi Palace : The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian.

Bosphorus Bridge : Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE)

Camlica Hill : The highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style.

Afterwards you drive to airport for your flight to Izmir. After this domestic flight you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 4 [12/23/2017] : Kusadasi - Ephesus

Tour to Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Selcuk Archaeology Museum
Overnight : Kusadasi
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at tour
Description : After beakfast you will drive to House of the Virgin Mary where it is believed to have spent her last years. On November 29th, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus to be sacred. Give a break to taste delicious, healty and traditional Turkish foods. You will visit the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, Ephesus. Explore the Temple of Hadrian, Domitians temple, Hercules gate, famous Celsus Library, Great theater and other Roman sites. After visited amazing ruins of Ephesus, you will continue to the Selcuk Archaeology Museum where you can see a lot ancient furnitures, sculptures, mosaics, frescos and more. Today's last visit will be to the Temple of Artemis, which is the one of the seven wonders of ancient world. Afterwards you drive back o your hotel.

DAY 5 [12/24/2017] : Aphrodisias - Pamukkale - Antalya

Tour to Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Hierapolis Ancient City
Overnight : Antalya
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at tour, Dinner at hotel
Description : You will check out from your hotel after breakfast and drive to the Aphrodisias ancient site. Visit all historical place with accompany of professional guide. Aphrodisias is one of the oldest sacred sites in Turkey. Dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess and then the Greek goddess Aphrodite, it was the site of a magnificent Temple of Aphrodite and the home of a renewed school of marble sculpture. The Temple of Aphrodite later became a Christian basilica through an impressive swapping of columns. Today, the Temple of Aphrodite is well-preserved and partially restored; it is not hard to imagine its ancient splendour. Aphrodisias also offers ruins of a large theatre, a stadium and other structures, as well as an on-site museum displaying artifacts. Drive to Pamukkale (cotton Castle) Visiting to white Terraces, You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle). Unfortunately, but understandably, visitors are no longer allowed to walk on the terraces in order to protect them from damage. Then walking to Hierapolis Ancient City, visit the Necropolis, Theatre, fountain, St. Philip Church. Afterwards you drive Antalya for overnight.

DAY 6 [12/25/2017] : Antalya - Christmas Day in Demre

Tour to the Home of the Original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus)
Overnight : Antalya
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at tour, Christmas Dinner at Old City of Antalya
Description : Today you will visit Demre, home of the original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), where he lived as the Bishop of the area. After visited his church and tomb, continue to Antalya Old Town for Christmas Day dinner.

DAY 7 [12/26/2017] : Antalya - Istanbul

Tour to Aspendos, Perge Ancient City
Overnight : Istanbul
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at tour
Description : After breakfast, you will check out from hotel and drive for ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. After visited all those amazing ruins, you will drive to Antalya airport for your flight to Istanbul.

DAY 8 [12/27/2017] : Istanbul

Overnight : ---
Daily Meal Plan : Breakfast at hotel
Description : Airport transfer for your flight home or another destination. End of Services.

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Includes

7 night accommodation at the 4* Hotels or Special Category Hotels
--- Istanbul (3 night) : Dosso Dossi Downtown Hotel Istanbul or equivalent hotel
--- Kusadasi (2 night) : Efe Boutique Hotel Kusadasi or equivalent hotel
--- Antalya (2 night) : Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel Antalya or equivalent hotel
7 breakfast and 1 dinner at the hotel, 6 lunch at the day tours
1 dinner at the Old Town of Antalya
Inbound Airport Transfer - Istanbul Atatürk Airport or S.Gokcen Airport
Outbound Airport Transfer - Istanbul Atatürk Airport or S.Gokcen Airport
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the day tours
Domestic Flights
Transfers at the mentioned airports for domestic flights in the itinerary
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
Car park fees at the tours and airport transfers
Baby car seat for ages between 00 and 04
Entrance fees of the mentioned tours in the itinerary

Excludes

International Flight Tickets
Tips for guide, driver, hotel and restaurants
Travel Insurance
Dinner
Drinks
Personal Expenses
Package Price (Per Person)
AGES PRICE
Adult (13 +) 950 US$
Child (7-12) 475 US$
Child (3-6) 85 US$
Single Room Supplement 170 US$
For your groups over 10 people, contact us for special rates.

Accommodation Details of Travel Plan
Istanbul : Dosso Dossi Downtown Hotel (Special Category)
Kusadasi : Efe Boutique Hotel (Special Category)
Antalya : Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel (Special Category)

Remarks

Prices are per person and available for accommodation in double or twin share rooms.
This travel package organise in semi-private tour basis and in English. There are max. 15 people on the tour.
The price is subject to availability of economy class flight tickets for the mentioned dates in the itinerary. If there is no economy class flight ticket, Celsus Travel can charge the differences.
If you would like stay at 5 stars hotel or boutique hotels, please inform us about that. The upgrade of hotel category is available for this travel package.
Due to the nature of this tour, this tour is not recommended for guests using a walker or wheelchair, or who have difficulties in walking, climbing, or managing steps.

Discounts & Supplements

A minimum of 2 pax per booking is required. If you are solo traveller, We could charge single room supplement.
There is 50% children discount for ages between 07-12. We charge 85 US$ for ages between 03-06. We do not charge for ages between 00-02.

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We will response your request within 12 hours and send you an official booking & credit card authorization form for your deposit (25%) payment.
Your tour will be confirmed by Celsus Travel after you paid deposit of your tour amount and we will send your confirmation document / vouchers.

Payment Policy

We request min 25% deposit for certain reservation and this payment should be while booking of tour plan.
The balance should be paid by clients before 24 days of departure date. If your booking is made within 24 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.
We accept MasterCard, Visa for your payments by credit card.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 24 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is full refund of your payment.
If you cancel between 11 and 23 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit.
If you cancel within 10 day(s) prior to departure, there will not be any refund.

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