Tour Code: SB004G
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Guests gather at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for flights to Adana, Turkey via Doha. Arriving at Adana Airport, guests will be taken to lunch at the restaurant before offering prayers at the Sabanci Central Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey capable of accommodating up to 28,500 pilgrims at a time. Built in 1998, this mosque resembles the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, which has 6 towers like Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and the carvings in its dome are very beautiful. In addition, guests will also visit the Great Mosque, which also houses a madrasah and shrine, built in 1541 during the Ottoman rule. Next to it is Ramazanoglu Hall, once the home of the governor of Adana and the castle since the sultan’s was built in 1495. Another attraction in Adana is Buyuk Saat, a 32m-tall Turkish clock tower built in 1882 and the Stone Bridge Bag built as early as the first century, 2 others in the reign of Rome, one of the oldest bridges in the world. Depart for Cappadocia, hotel check-in and dinner.
After breakfast, guests will be taken to visit the early settlements of Cappadocia in the old days of the Cardak Underground City where at one time nearly 5,000 people lived in this underground city. Then saw the Turkish carpet making methods at the Carpet Factory which is well known for its fine art and to Avanos Village to see traditional handmade turquoise stone handmade crafts. Lunch and guests will take pictures of the magnificent panoramic views of Goreme Valley and Pasabag Valley as if looking at similar views of the Grand Canyon USA. Visit the Pigeon Valley, where guests can see the stunning rock valley landscape and the holes carved into the rock as a dove. Have dinner and go back to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour continues to the city of Konya where guests will be taken to visit Sultanhani Caravanserai, one of the earliest hotels of the Silk Road merchants and visit the Mevlana Museum, the earliest and largest school of Sufis during the Ottoman period and housed the tomb of its founder, Jalaluddin Rumi. Lunch and then head to Turkey’s most famous resort, Antalya. Hotel check-in and dinner. Guests have the opportunity to wander around this cozy town especially along the Mediterranean coast while stopping at these seaside cafes to enjoy Turkish coffee / tea.
After breakfast at the hotel, guests will be taken to visit some of the main attractions of the city of Antalya located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and behind Mount Olympos. Antalya’s history dates back to 200 BC, with many of the still-existing historical traces such as Hadrian’s Gate built in 130 at the time of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit to this city, the 14m-high Hidirlik Tower built in the century -2 during the Roman Empire as a defense / lighthouse and the Clock Tower, which is still part of the original 80 tower of the city. Guests will also visit the historic Broken Minaret Mosque but was destroyed in 1800. Originally built as a Roman temple in the 2nd century, it was converted into a Byzantine church in the 7th century, then a mosque in the early 13th century after the conquest of the Turjuk Turks before becoming a church again in 1361 after the city was captured by the Cyprus Crusaders and finally a mosque again during the Ottoman caliphate. Lunch at the restaurant and prayer in the hundreds of years old Aladdin Mosque was built in 1230 by the Seljuk Turks with its magnificent 38m-like mosque tower like a flute, named after the Fluted Minaret. Guests have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs in Old Town Kaleici and take in the picturesque views of the paradise at Karpuzkaldiran Waterfalls, whose crystal clear waters flow directly into the Mediterranean Sea. Leaving for Pamukkale, take a short stop at the picturesque Salda Lake, like the ocean with the setting sun. Arrive at Pamukkale, hotel check-in and dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guests will be taken to visit Pamukkale’s main attraction, the famous Cotton Castle with white hot-water terraces on the hillside of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The city founded by the Romans was once an amazing city. Some of the still-standing effects to be seen are Frontinus Gate, Theater, The Great Baths and Cleopatra’s Pool. Guests can try the comfort of this hot water by soaking their feet while taking a picture in a whitish ambience. Heading to Kusadasi and arriving there, lunch at a restaurant. Visit the attractions around Kusadasi that are well known for the historical relics of the city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek and Roman settlement city built in 10 BC that houses ancient Greek and Roman monuments such as the Library of Celcius and the Great Theater, as well as the relics of the Temple of Artemis is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The tour continues at the historic 7 Sleepers Cave, a cave where 7 Ashabul Kahfi youths hide and wake from sleep after about 300 years as told in the Quran. Then guests will be treated to fashion shows and shopping for leather goods such as jackets, bags and so on. Hotel check-in and dinner.
After breakfast, head to Bursa, the city that was the first capital of the Ottoman government before Edirne and Istanbul and this is where the Ottoman government itself was born. Once there, guests will be taken to visit the Green Mosque, a magnificent mosque of its architecture and get its name from the tiles in the red-lined mosque. Then visit the Green Mausoleum which houses the tomb of Sultan Mehmet I, the grandfather of Sultan Muhammad Al-Fatih. Next visit Ulu Camii, also known as the Grand Mosque of Bursa, which is the earliest Ottoman architectural landmark and Bursa’s largest mosque with 20 domes and 2 towers. The mosque also features the best Islamic calligraphy art on the walls, columns and plates by the greatest calligraphy writers of the time. Then guests will be taken to visit Koza Han, a beautiful silk market with classic scenery, developed by Sultan Bayezid II in 1491. Hotel check-in and dinner.
Having breakfast, head to Istanbul’s second continental city. Guests will be taken aboard the Bosphorus Cruise and traversing the Bosphorus Strait connecting the Marmara Ocean and the Black Sea, where guests will have the opportunity to see Istanbul’s landmarks along the voyage including Rumelian Castle, Anatolian Castle and Dolmabahçe Palace. Lunch and free time to buy souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 3000 lots of shops selling a variety of items and has been around since 1455. Guests will then be treated to a dinner and hotel check-in.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start a visit to Istanbul’s iconic city of Topkapi Palace, which has been the home of the Ottoman sultan for 400 years. Here, guests have the opportunity to see the Prophet’s remains such as beards, teeth, robes and swords as well as other prophetic remains such as the sword of David, the stick of Moses and the turban of Prophet Joseph. Later, guests will go to Hagia Sofia which is synonymous with Istanbul. It was an Orthodox Christian Basilica during the Byzantine empire which was later converted into a mosque by Sultan Mehmet in 1453. Today, Hagia Sophia is a museum and remains an important monument and architectural masterpiece to Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The tour continued to the Blue Mosque, named after the blue tiles that surround the interior walls and the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 towers before lunch at the restaurant. Next guests will be taken to Spice Market, the best market for traditional Turkish foods such as Turkish Delight and Baklava to take home to Malaysia. Lastly, guests will be taken to visit the Prophet’s companion Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari located at Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari Mosque in the Golden Horn area before heading to the airport for a return flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).