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CLASSICAL TURKEY TOUR   ( 13 nights, 14 days )
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DAY 1 Arrival in Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul and transfer to your hotel where you will meet your guide. Before dinner you will take a walk through the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, having a look at the Hippodrome and the famous Blue Mosque. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 Istanbul tour
Today after breakfast we will visit Topkapi Palace, home to many of the Ottoman Sultans. Later we will visit the Haghia Sophia, once a Byzantine Church but now a museum with wonderful mosaics. After lunch visit the Egyptian Spice Bazaar followed by an afternoon cruise on the Bosphorous and admire the marble palaces and wooden Ottoman villas lining both shores of the fabled waterway. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 Istanbul tour, flight to Ankara
Today we will visit the Grand Bazaar, with its more than 4,000 shops, followed by a visit across the Golden Horn to Taksim Square where we will see a more modern side of Istanbul. In the afternoon we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Ankara. In Ankara we will check into our hotel and have a relaxing evening. Overnight in Ankara.
DAY 4 Ankara tour, drive to Cappadocia
Today we will visit the world renowned Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, and its impressive array of archaeological finds, including Neolithic artifacts, a Hittite collection and Phrygian exhibits. This will be followed by a visit to Anitkabir, Ataturk's Mausoleum. Ataturk was the founder of Modern Turkey. We will then board for the drive to mystical Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 5 Cappadocia tour
Breakfast at the hotel before exploring the lunar landscape of Cappadocia visiting the Devrent Valley, the Pasabag Valley, with is surreal mushrooming pinnacles, and Avanos, renowned for its handmade pottery. Stop for lunch before continuing to the Citadel of Uchisar and the stunning valley of Goreme and the open air museum, where the remains of churches and early Christian dwellings, hewn from the rock, date back thousands of years. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 6 Cappadocia tour
Visit the famous rock churches in the red and rose valley and hike the 5 kms through the Gulludere valley. Visit the houses and churces of the Christian clergymen in the Cavusin village. After lunch in Pigion Valley continue to Kaymakli, the underground city where the early Christians sought refuge. Finally, visit the natural castle at Ortahisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 7 Konya tour, drive to Antalya
After an early start, en route to Antalya, visit the 13th century Selcuk Caravansarai, the traveller's inn of "Sultan Han". The next stop will be Konya which is famous for its Mevlana Museum and the Theological school of the whirling dervishes. As in the past, Konya is today, still heavily influenced by Islamic culture. Continue on to Antalya for overnight.
DAY 8 Antalya tour
This is one of the Turkey's most important regions where you will visit a wealth of ancient Anatolian sites including the magnificent Pamphylian trading cities of Side, Perge and Aspendos. Particularly impressive are the free-standing theatre at Side,which seated 20.000, the stadium at Perge, which is the largest in Asia Minor and the theatre at Aspendos which is one of the best preserved in the world. Continue to visit the beautiful natural setting of the stunning Manavgat waterfalls before returning to spend the night in Antalya.
DAY 9 Drive to Pamukkale, Pamukkale tour
Journey inland to Pamukkale to enjoy the spas, pools, and terraces of this natural wonder, called the "Cotton Castle". This name is truly fitting, the brilliant white calcified terraces truly do resemble a Castle made of Cotton. We also spend time in Hieropolis, with the one of the largest and most diverse necropolis in the world. Overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 10 Pamukkale ( Aphrodisias ) tour, Kusadasi tour
Today we will visit Aphrodisias, the city of the goddess of love. There, we visit the Aphrodisias Museum, the remains of the Temple, the Odeon, Theater, Hadrian's Bath, Stadium and other ruins. Aphrodisias ranks with Ephesus among the world's best-preserved ancient cities. In the afternoon, we will have free time to explore the seaside resort of Kusadasi, with its Island fortress and pedestrian city center. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 11 Ephesus tour
We spend the day visiting the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, Ephesus. We explore the Temple of Hadrian, the famous Celsus Library, the Great Theatre, the Temple of Artemis and other Roman sites. We then visit the House of Virgin Mary and the impressive collections at the Ephesus Museum. Tonight we will have a special farewell dinner. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 12 Pergamon tour, Ayvalik
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pergamon, once the capital of one of the richest and most powerful small kingdoms in Anatolia. The ruins of the beautiful city of Pergamum are in a spectacular setting, on the summit and terraced slopes of the hill which rise above Bergama. After lunch in Bergama continue to the charming traditional Turkish beach resort of Ayvalik, a popular local holiday spot. Dinner and overnight in Ayvalik.
DAY 13 Troy tour, Gallipoli tour, drive to Istanbul
After breakfast drive to Troy where you can explore the site of the legendary town, made famous by Homer in his Iliad and visit the Temple of Athena. Cross the Dardanelles and visit the World War I memorials at Gallipolli. After lunch drive to Istanbul. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 14 Departure from Istanbul
After breakfast, transfer by private air conditioned car to airport and assistance through airport formalities for your international departure flight. End of our services.
 
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INCLUDED SERVICES
• Professional, experienced English speaking guides
• Istanbul to Ankara flight tickets
• Entrance fees to scheduled sites and museums
• Accommodation in 4 star hotels on HB basis
• Transportation by air-conditioned, non smoking vehicle
• All local taxes
• No hidden cost
 
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