Frontier Formalities, Passport and Visas: Nationals of the following countries can enter Turkey with a valid passport; a visa is required: Up to 3 Months Germany, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Morocco, Fiji, Finland, France, Granada, Iran, Switzerland, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Kenya, Kuwait, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Norway, Oman, St. Lucia, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Trinidad, Tobago, Tunisia, Vatican City, New Zealand, Greece, Ecuador, Sweden, Israel, South Korea, Uruguay. Up to 2 Months The Republic of Croatia, The Republic of Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rumania, Macedonia, Indonesia. Up to 1 Month Bolivia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, The Republic of South Africa. For the countries mentioned above and Bulgaria, a transit visa is not required. Nationals of the following countries require a visa: U.S.A., Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Portugal can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Up to 3 Months). Azerbaijan, White Russia, Armenia, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tadzhikistan Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Taiwan can obtain a sticker visa at border gates (Up to 1 Month). Nationals of Guatemala can obtain a visa for up to 15 days at border gates. Nationals of Jordan, up to 30 days. Nationals of all other countries require a visa, which can be obtained from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.
Note: Citizens of Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, and Greece may enter Turkey with the proper identity cards in lieu of a passport.
DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul, meet at airport, pick you up and transfer to hotel. ON
DAY 2: Classical Highlights in Istanbul, visit to Hippodrom area (old city), where visits to Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum,and, Lunch afternoon Cruising on a private boat in Bosphorus between two continents Europe and Asia, then visit to Grand Covered Bazaar. Return to hotel (B, L) ON.
DAY 3: Visit to Golden Horn with City Walls and then drive to Suleymaniye Mosque and famous Topkapi Palace. Afternoon free time and your own discover in Istanbul. Overnight, hotel in Istanbul. (B) ON
DAY 4: After breakfast drive to Dardanelles via Canakkale road. (5 hours) arrive to Gallipoli battle field where visit to Anzac Graveyards. times back to (WWW1), (Here fighted and died thousands, Turks, Avustralian, French, New Zealands and British Soldiers). After graveyarda visits our ferry pass to Canakkale part where visit legendary Troy where visit to the (Trojan Horses) and ruines ON Hotel in Canakkale. (B, L)
DAY 5: Depart from Canakkale down to the arrive to Bergama town where we have lunch first. Pergamon ancient city, we use cable car to reach hill continue to Pergamum Acropolis, visit Athena and Trojan Temples - Temple of Zeus - Temple of Dionysus - Gymnasium of Youth - Odeon - Library - Agora - Great Theatre - and Roman Bath. Drive to Izmir. Arrival and C/in to hotel. (B,L) ON
DAY 6: After breakfast drive to Kusadasi way/Selcuk and Ephesus, Ephesus the impressive archaeological site in Turkey. Visit the Odeon, the Marble Street where St. Paul walked and held daily discussions here. The Temple of Diana, the Seven Wonders of the World, the Celcius Library, the Temple of Hadrian and the Great Theatre. Also visit to House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Solmissos. We drive to Pamukkale, arrival and C/in to hotel (B,L,D) ON
DAY 7: After having breakfast, visit to the ancient city Hierapolis and spa Thermal center. Afternoon we drive to visit one of the legendary ancient city of Aphrodisias (Love Goddess city) Stay our hotel in Pamukkale. (B,L,D) ON
DAY 8: Drive to Konya (6 hrs drive time). Upon arrival visit to visit to the Mousoleum of Mevlana the burial place of the famous mystic and Karatay Theological School in which exquisite tiles are on display. We overnight in Konya (B,L) ON
DAY 9: Breakfast and drive (3 hrs drive time) to Cappadocia (Turkish Bizarre land) on arrival visit to Pigeon Valley and Uchisar Castle then continue to Kaymakli Underground city, where early Christians hide from persecutors. C/in to the Hotel in Cappadocia. (B,L) ON
DAY 10: After having breakfast continue to visit Goreme Valley and its rock churches and monasteries, decorated with colourful frescoes, Cavusin and Avanos Villages. Zelve, the ancient village and its 'Fairy Chimneys', we have overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L) ON
DAY 11: Depart from Cappadocia, Via Salt Lake road to the Ankara. Half day tour in Ankara, the capital city of modern Turkey. Visit the worlds famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which there are numerous remnant from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others; Citadel of Ankara, Hacibayram Mosque and the Mausoleum of Ataturk (Anitkabir), the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Turkey Republic. C/in to the Hotel (B,L) ON
DAY 12: We have transfer to airport for Istanbul. Your international flight to your home or your extention tour in Turkey. (B)
TOUR TYPE : Optional - Can be organise Regular or Private base. PREPACKAGED: Yes, minimum 45 days ago. TOUR DATES: Tour departs from Istanbul and need minimum 4 guests.
Accommodation in 5 range - 4 range or 3 range stars hotels - a professional licenced tour Guide - Mentioned meals above in the tour program - A comfortable Bus, car or minivan - All entrance fees where necessary.
Local flight tickets from Ankara - Istanbul (Costs around 65.00 EU) - Drinks on the meals - Self expences in Hotel rooms (Minibar- Laundry-Telephone etc) - Tips to Guide and Driver.
Herewith I would like to emphasize again the excellent experience we had last week with our guide Yildirim on the climbing of the Ararat. He was taking care of us with a lot of attention and we could really trust on him. Also after the climbing he was escorting us very kindly and all appointments were taken accurately. It was really a great pleasure for us.
We should also congratulate Celam who prepared nice meals, always with enthousiasm, and we will remind him as our good cook forever.
As soon as we have the opportunity, we will send you some pictures about this expedition.
Be assured we are happy about the way it was organised.
Pierre Kockerols / Brussel