Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul
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
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
Day 6 - Perge/Aspendos/Antalya
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
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
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
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
Day 13 - Departure (B)
Transfer to airport and the
end of our services.
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
Sightseeings as mentioned in tour plan.
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.