Glories of Turkey - 14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 1 Arrive Istanbul
You are met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. This evening there will be a Welcome Briefing. Radisson Blu Sisli Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Day 2 Istanbul
Today we set off on a full day tour of Istanbul. Included during this guided tour are: the magnificent Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and finally the Grand Bazaar. Tonight, there is an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment (at additional cost).
Day 3 Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
We set off this morning for Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine Cemetery and the Gabate War Museum. Afterwards, we cross the Dardanelles to spend the night in Canakkale. Kolin Hotel or similar.
Day 4 Troy – Pergamum – Izmir
Today we visit Troy, with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War, and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight. Swisshotel Izmir or similar (2 nights).
Day 5 Ephesus & St. Mary’s House, Izmir
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6 Izmir - Pamukkale
Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. Colossae Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale or similar.
Day 7 Pamukkale - Perge – Antalya
In the morning drive to Antalya, arrive midday and pay a visit to the ancient Greek city of Perge, famous for its Temple of Artemis. Also located there is an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. It is also notable for being the home of the renowned, ancient Greek mathematician Apollonius. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the Mediterranean Coast. Crowne Plaza Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Day 8 Antalya
Today is a free day to explore on your own. There are also a number of Optional Excursions (at additional cost) such as a tour of the ruins at Phaselis or a relaxing yacht cruise along the Turquoise Mediterranean coastline. Dinner at a special local restaurant.
Day 9 Antalya - Aspendos – Konya
After breakfast depart for Konya, en route visit the ancient city Aspendos, known for having the best-preserved theater of antiquity. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana who was a Sufi philosopher. This was also the dervish Lodge of the Mevlevi Order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Continue to the Karatay Koran School, an 800 year-old building, once a Selcuk Islamic theological seminary, which houses an outstanding collection of ceramics and tiles. Overnight in Konya. Hilton Garden Inn or similar.
Day 10 Konya – Cappadocia
In the morning, drive to Cappadocia, the land of the fairy chimneys. En route, visit a 13th century caravanserai. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Nevsehir Kapadokya Lodge or similar (2 nights).
Day 11 Cappadocia
Early this morning there is an optional Hot Air Balloon excursion (at additional cost) where we float above volcanic valleys with their fairy chimneys and caves as the sun rises over Cappadocia. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.
Day 12 Cappadocia – Ankara
In the morning, depart for the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Ankara Hilton Hotel or similar.
Day 13 Istanbul
After a scenic morning drive we arrive in Istanbul. The afternoon is free to explore this exotic city on your own or take an optional excursion (at additional cost) of a cruise on the Bosphorus including last minute shopping in the Spice Market. Tonight we bid each other goodbye at a farewell dinner. Radisson Blu Sisli Hotel or similar.
Day 14 Depart Istanbul
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
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