TURKISH DELIGHT

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul (D)

Transfer to your hotel .

Day 2 - Istanbul/Ankara (BLD)

Morning drive to Ankara, the capital of Turkey since 1923. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations a converted Roman bath to explore Ankara's ancient past, which dates from the Paleolithic Age.

Day 3 - Ankara/Cappadocia (BLD)

See the accommodations of the 13th century traders, as you visit the Agzikarahan Caravanserai. Continue to Cappadocia where you will explore Ortahisar in the afternoon.

Day 4 - Goreme/Avcilar/Pasabagi/Dervent/Ozkonak/Uchisar (BLD)

Entire day to enjoy the natural beauty and the cultural depth of this unique region: watch a demonstration of how the colorful kilims (carpets) that incorporate the earth tones of the region are created, explore the frescoed interiors of Grime’s cave churches, which date from the 8th century, stroll through the underground galleries of Ozkonak where the first Christians hid themselves from rivals for months at a time undetected, take a walk in Avcilar, Pasabagi and the red valley of Dervent where you will admire the chimney like volcanic formations and a brief photo stop at Uchisar.

Day 5 - Konya/Antalya area (BLD)

Morning drive to Konya, Turkey's oldest city and home to the world-renowned sect of the Whirling Dervishes. Visit the Museum and the Mausoleum of their founder -- Mevlana. Continue south to the lovely Mediterranean coast.

Day 6 - Perge/Aspendos/Antalya (BLD)

Explore the remains of the Greco-Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos, where you can sit in one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in the world. A coin dropped on stage can still be heard in the last row today. In the afternoon, visit the Antalya Museum, home to many of the treasures excavated in the region.

Day 7 - Aphrodisias/Denizli (BLD)

Morning drive to Aphrodisias, a cultural center of the ancient world renowned for its school of sculpture. See an outstanding selection of statues in the local museum. After lunch, drive north to Pamukkale, the ancient healing city of Hierapolis. Soak in the soothing splendor of its cascading, hot springs.

Day 8 - Ephesus/Kusadasi (BLD)

Proceed to Ephesus one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. You will truly feel you have traveled back in time as you stroll along the 2, 000-year-old marble streets to such famous sites as the theatre where St. Paul preached and the Celsius Library. In the afternoon, visit the last earthly home of the Virgin Mary.

Day 9 - Pergamum/Troy/Canakkale (BLD)

Drive along the Aegean coast to ancient Pergamum, the city where parchment was invented and home to the famous physician, Galen. Stroll through the remains of the Asclepion, one of the foremost medical centers of ancient times. Continue to the legendary city of Troy immortalized in Homer's Iliad. Continue to Canakkale.

Day 10 - Gallipoli/Istanbul (BLD)

In the morning, cross the Dardanelle Strait to Gallipoli, site of the infamous World War I battle. Visit the museum, Anzac Cove and Lone Pine. Lunch at Gallipolis and drive to Istanbul, the only city that truly bridges Europe and Asia.

Day 11 - Istanbul (BLD)

Watch Istanbul come to life as you enjoy a morning cruise past the Roman walls, palaces and mosques along the Asian and the European coasts of the Bosphorus. After lunch visit St.Sophia where Christian mosaics dating from 536AD and Islamic calligraphy from 1453 live side by side in testimony to the beauty and longevity of both religions. Then, add spice to your life back home by bartering at the Spice Market.

Day 12 - Istanbul (BLD)

In the morning you'll tour the Roman Hippodrome, Suleymaniye Mosque and the Blue Mosque. In the afternoon, continue with Topkapi Palace and shop at the Grand Bazaar.

Day 13 - Departure (B)

Transfer to airport and the end of our services.

PACKAGE  INCLUDES:
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Accommodation in specified category
Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Museums and sites entry fees
Transportation in non-smoking a/c coach with professional English (other languages are possible)  speaking guide and professional driver.
Sightseeings as mentioned in tour plan.

NOT INCLUDED:

International or domestic flights, portage at airports, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature. Domestic flights with associated transfer are optional and extra if needed; overnight coach transportation price is included in the tour price.