Early morning flight or night bus/train to Ankara from Istanbul Visit to Anatolian Civilization (Hittite) Museum in Ankara and continue to Cappadocia via Salt Lake. Seljuk Agzikarahan Kervansaray, view of the Petrified Valley from the ancient citadel of Uchisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (Lunch & Dinner included)
Full day tour of Cappadocia. Valley of Goreme and Zelve Valley of "Fair Chimneys", underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, villages of Ortahisar and Avanos. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Early departure for Konya, city of the "Whirling Dervishes", visit to Mausoleum of Mevlana, world famous philosopher and poet. Continue to Pamukkale (Hierapolis), and visit the ruins. Dinner and overnight in Denizli. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included) Next day, visit to the Ancient city of Hierapolis with its unique formation of petrified calcium cliffs and stalactites, drive to Aphrodisias, well preserved Greco-Roman settlement. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Visit the ancient Ionian city of Ephesus, House Of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica. Lunch & Overnight in Izmir. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Drive to Pergamum, where different healing methods like therapy with music and sound of water were first used. Visit to Aesculapium, ancient medical center built in the name of Aesculapis, "God of Medicine". Lunch and continue to Pergamum Acropolis. Visit Athena and Trojan Temples, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Dionysos, Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, Great Theatre and Roman Bath. Drive to Canakkale and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Early start to the ancient city of Troy, famous with the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta and Paris, the Trojan Prince. Lunch at Canakkale and ferry across Dardanelles. Visit to GALLIPOLI, famous battle-field, Anzac Cove, War Cemeteries (Beach Cemetery, Quinn's Post, The Nek) and the ANZAC MEMORIALS (Lone Pine - Australian Memorial), Conk Bair - New Zealand Memorial, Hellespont-English Memorial) of the naval battle (18 March 1915) during World War I. Dinner on the way and late evening return to Istanbul by tour bus. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
In the morning visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone age, Neolithic Age, Hittites,Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then continue on to Cappadocia with lunch on the way. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. After visiting Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors, proceed to the hotel for overnight in Cappadocia (Lunch & Dinner).
(Optional balloon tour). Depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 depending on the arrival time of the participants and visit the Imagination Valley where animal-like natural formations like camels and fair chimneys are abundant. Drive on to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock cut rooms. Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. After lunch break visit to the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar. Continue on to Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. After shopping time for the well-known merits of the area, drive back to the hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Today's ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrive in Konya. Lunch. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic and then proceed to Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are on display. After lunch time drive to Pamukkale and overnight (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
our the beautiful snow-white "Cotton Castle" and the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. After lunch tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary's House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. Lunch. Selcuk Ephesus Museum or St. John Church. Time for shopping. Overnight in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. After lunch continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, drive to Canakkale for overnight. (When there is unavailability at the hotels in Canakkale there might be overnight in Assos as well) (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). Next day, after breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrive in Istanbul early afternoon (due to the flight schedules of some participants) and transfer to the hotel or airport (Breakfast & Lunch).
Welcome to Cappadocia - best known for its moon-like landscape, Underground cities and Caves Churches and houses in the rocks. In the evening we enjoy whirling dervish show. Next day , walk and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site – Goreme open air museum. It is the first sight to be visited by any traveller in Cappadocia as its Cave churches containing beautiful frescoes and finest rock cut churches. We also stroll around the famous valleys of Cappadocia like Devrent Valley – also known as Imagination Valley as there are lots of Fair Chimneys and Pasabag Valley – also known as Monk Valley wherein we can see Mushroom shaped fairy chimneys. Later we get a chance to visit the widest Underground city – Kaymakli. Later we visit ceramic workshop.
Today we proceed to Pamukkale - Famous for its healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified” waterfalls. En route we visit Mevlana Mausoleum at Konya.
Today we proceed to Pamukkale- Famous for its healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified” waterfalls. On arrival we visit the beautiful snow white ‘Cotton Castle’, the ancient city of Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and masterpiece theatre. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. Later we proceed to Ephesus- The cradle of early Christianity. On arrival we visit Great Theatre, Temple of Hadrian and Library of Celsus. Then we proceed to Kusadasi. En route we visit Textile Outlet. Breakfast Lunch Dinner Night Stay in Kusadasi
Today we visit Pigeon Island, also known as Bird Island- The symbol of Kusadasi. Then we proceed to Sirince village, famous for its wine production. Here we walk through this beautiful village. Later we drive Canakkale
Today we visit Trojan Horse statue, which is famous for Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war. Then we proceed to Eceabat by ferry. Then we drive through Anzac Cove- A small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula & the site of World War I. Later we proceed to Istanbul. On arrival we enjoy Turkish dinner with show.
Today we visit Topkapi Palace – which offers a true insight into the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Then the famous Hippodrome square also known as Atmeydani (Horse Square) in Turkish, then we move onto Sultan Ahmet Tsami popularly known as Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning their interior walls. Later we visit Hagia Sofia Museum – once a church, later a mosque and now a museum. Next day, we Experience the most scenic and beautiful Bosphorous strait through a Cruise which takes you around the city wherein you can see the European as well Asian lifestyle altogether. Later In the evening, we shop for famous flavoured Turkish tea, Turkish Ceramics, Carpets, textiles, Glass lamps and designer wares to decorate your house from the Famous Grand Bazaar – largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It’s time now to say goodbye to our travel companions. Let us be in contact with each other through email, Facebook, and meet again on one more memorable tour. See you all!!
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
06:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
We depart at 08:30 and driving 30 minutes for to Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy tour, 3-hour drive to Pergamum. Lunch break around 13:00pm and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political center at that times. Pergamum is a famous city for its jewelry, stones and silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewelry center for 30 minutes. Arrival to Kusadasi around 18:00pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsius Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. After that you will visit Textile. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After Pamukkale tour check into to Hotel in Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale. Next day, we depart for Denizli airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home.
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