Tour Code: SB001G
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Guests gather at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for flights to Istanbul, Turkey via Muscat. Arriving at Istanbul Airport, leave for Bolu, then check in at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue on to Ankara to visit Ataturk Museum (from the outside). It is also known as the Ankara Ethnographic Museum. Inside the museum are the remains of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his tomb. Then stop at Salt Lake before leaving for Cappadocia. Hotel check-in and dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel, guests will be taken to visit the ancient settlement of Cappadocia in the old days of the Cardakli 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 be taken with picturesque panoramic views of Goreme and Pasabag Valley. Visit the Pigeon Valley, where guests can see the stunning rock valley landscape and the holes carved into the rock as a dove. Go back to the hotel and have dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour continues to Konya town where guests will be taken to visit Sultanhani Caravanserai, one of the earliest hotels of the Silk Road traders. Later, visited the Mevlana Museum, the earliest and largest school for Sufis during the Ottoman period and housed the tomb of its founder, Jalaluddin Rumi. Depart to Pamukkale. Hotel check-in and dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guests will be taken to visit Pamukkale’s main attractions, Hierapolis & Necropolis, famous for its thermal baths and health centers. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, visit Cotton Castle which is famous for its white hot pool terraces. In addition, there was also a Cleopatra’s Thermal Pool built in Roman times that was believed by ancient people to have hot springs in Pamukkale that could cure diseases like asthma, arthritis and digestive problems. Depart to Kusadasi. Shop at Leather Outlet Factory. Visit the city of Kusadasi, known for its historical heritage 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. from the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The visit continued to the historic 7 Sleepers Cave, a cave where 7 Ashabul Kahfi youths hid and were awakened from sleep after about 300 years as told in the Quran. 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. Upon arriving on Bursa, guests visit the Green Mosque, a magnificent mosque of its architecture and get its name from the tiles in the red-lined mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the tomb of Sultan Mehmet I and his family members who built the mosque. Next visit Ulu Cami, also known as the Grand Mosque of Bursa, which is the earliest Ottoman architecture and the largest mosque on Bursa 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 check in at the hotel and have dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leaving Istanbul, embarked on 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 inner walls and the only mosque in Istanbul with 6 towers. Hippodrome Square where today it is adorned with Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentane Column and Ibrahim Pasa Palace (see from outside). Hotel check-in and dinner.
After breakfast, guests will take the Bhosporus Cruise and explore 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. The tour continues to Istanbul, the city between the two continents, Asia and Europe. Visit the Mosque and tomb of Abu Ayyub Al Ansari, one of Muhammad’s best friends. Free time to shop at the Spice Market, and buy souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 3000 lots of shops selling all kinds of goods and has been around since 1455. Then, depart for the airport for your return flight to Kuala Lumpur via Muscat.
Arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).