Highlights Of Turkey
Tour Code : CCT-HGT02
Enjoy eleven beautiful days by having taste of history, archeology and local culture.
DAY 01) ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul and overnight stay.
DAY 02) ISTANBUL
In the morning visit the Blue Mosque built in 1616 unequalled for its mosaics and St Sophia dedicated in 536 AD. During the reign of Justinian, then Topkapi Palace which was built by Mehmed the Conqueror. In the afternoon visit the Grand Covered Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul (B, L)
DAY 03) ISTANBUL – CANAKKALE - TROY
Departure for Troy after breakfast. (A visit to Gallipoli is also possible) We will cross the Dardanelles Straight and continue to Troy. Lunch on the way, in the afternoon make a visit to Troy, the legendary city of Homer, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years. Overnight in Assos (B, L, D)
DAY 04) CANAKKALE – PERGAMON – IZMIR - KUSADASI (EPHESUS)
Departure for Pergamon, Pergamon was one of the most beautiful cities of his ancient world. Its architects and sculptors were among the finest in the Hellenistic world. The majestic acropolis looms behind the modern town and is our first destination where we will visit the Temple of Trajan, Hellenistic barracks and tower, palaces, library, temple of Athena, theatre, temple of Dionysus, altar of Zeus. Asklepion was one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centers in the ancient world. Leaving Pergamum behind us we settle at our hotel in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
DAY 05) KUSADASI (EPHESUS)
Today we will visit the house of Virgin Mary, which is a major pilgrimage site, then Ephesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. Basilica of St. John and remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was known as one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world Overnight in. (B, L, D)
DAY 06) KUSADASI - PAMUKKALE
After breakfast departure for Pamukkale, “ the Cotton Castle “, where you will see the tiers of white limestone cascading down the hillside and near the waterfalls the ruins of the Roman city of Hierapolis. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale (B, L, D)
DAY 07) PAMUKKALE – ANTALYA
Early morning we drive to Antalya. We have sightseeing - walk from Hadrian gate to Marina in Antalya. Over night in Antalya (B, L, D)
Day 08) ANTALYA - KONYA
A short trip at Kursunlu waterfall on the way to Perge, visit Perge ancient site, lunch at Belkiz town, visit Aspendos ancient theater , drive to Konya for over night stay in. (B,L,D)
Day 09) KONYA - CAPPADOCIA
We will visit the Museum of Mevlana continue from Konya on the Old Silk Road trade route and visit Sultanhan Caravanserais from the Seljuk period We will have lunch in Belisirma village on the Melendez River then visit Ihlara Valley. Walk in the most scenic part of this canyon flanked by sheer rock walls and then continue to Kaymakli Underground City. Visit Pigeon Valley - view ancient dovecotes cut into the rock face. Evening Optional cultural entertainment and music or performance of the Whirling dervishes overnight in cave/volcanic stone hotel B.L.D
Day 10) CAPPADOCIA FULLDAY
Will begin our visit to the enchanting "fairy chimneys" (conical and unusual rock formations) in Devrent Valley. We continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a Byzantine monastery. See the finest examples of religious frescoes in rock-cut churches from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Enjoy Pasabag Valley, We will take a short walk in the Rose Valley, where mineral deposits have given beautiful color to the weathered stones and then continue to Avanos, center of terra cotta work since
Day 11) CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL VIA ANKARA
Early in the morning we drive to Istanbul via Ankara in Ankara we visit Anatolian civilizations museum one of the most important museum of the country display impressive and valuable objects belong to ancient civilizations later Mausoleum of Ataturk. Continue to Istanbul where we overnight in.
Tour Price Includes
Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation Accommodation in mentioned category. Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) entrance fee to the various sites. Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi bus with professional English speaking guide and experienced driver.
Not Included: International or domestic flights, drinks, tips to guide, driver and personal expenses. Optional tours such as Turkish night and Turkish bath.
Quaranteed Departures: Every 2nd & 4th Saturday between April - November
PS. For group requirements other languages are available