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Sample Itinerary - REF TURKEY 601

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Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel in Sultanahmet. Rest of day free. Overnight - Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul

This morning embark upon a fully guided tour of the only city that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. Before lunch, visit the Hippodrome area - famed as the centre of Byzantine life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400! Continuing, explore the stunning Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, built by Emperor Justinian. Once a church, then a mosque, today it is a museum. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans for almost 4 centuries and finally the Grand Bazaar (if open) before returning to your hotel. Overnight - Istanbul

Day 3: Istanbul

Today, visit the Egyptian Spice market (stock up on bargain saffron, spices and Turkish Delight here!) before enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus - the body of water that separate European from Asian Istanbul. Later, visit the Beyerbeyi Palace in all its sultanate splendour and take in the stunning views atop the city’s highest point - Buyuk Camlica. Return to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure. Overnight - Istanbul

Day 4: Istanbul

Today you will be transferred to Kemer Country Golf Club (All relevant costs are to be paid locally) After your round of golf enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 5: Istanbul - Canakkale

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years. Overnight - Canakkale

Day 6: Canakkale

This morning, we recross the deep blue waters of the Dardenelles by ferry. Here, we travel to the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula to spend some more time at the evocative war memorials that dot this region, for example; Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly and the trenches. In the afternoon we visit the small fishing village of Kilitbahir and Kilitbahir Fort. It was built in 1453 by Mehmet II the Conqueror, as part of his successful siege on former Istanbul, Constantinople. The famous naval battle of the Dardanelles in the Gallipoli campaign also happened here. Crossing the Dardenelles again, there is time to relax at our hotel before dinner and a drink at the bar or an early night. Overnight - Canakkale

Day 7: Canakkale - Selcuk

This morning we enjoy a short guided tour of Troy! The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by it’s rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! We enjoy a tour of the ruins and bear witness to a replica of the stoic Trojan wooden horse that, as the story goes, was filled to the gunnels with Aechaean soldiers who helped sack Troy. Driving further south to the ancient ruins of Pergamum, home to one of the steepest, vertigo - inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion. We continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast via a leather manufacturing house. Overnight - Selcuk

Day 8: Selcuk

Today, we explore legendary Ephesus -positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, revelling in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis- one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. We have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celsus, the gymnasium of Vedius, Stadium, and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. We also visit a carpet manufacturing house. Overnight - Selcuk

Day 9: Selcuk - Pamukkale

Driving east, we arrive at Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they are a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. Take a barefoot walk along the traverines or opt for a dip in the warm waters of the Pamukkale Thermal pool, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns. Our last stop for the day is the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, famed for the curative powers of mineral springs, dammed to create communal baths. Overnight - Pamukkale

Days 10-11: Pamukkale - Cappadocia

On our drive to Cappadocia, we visit some ancient caravanserais such as Sultanhani caravanserai. On day 11, after breakfast and a good night’s rest, we enjoy a guided tour of Cappadocia - perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown. Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most extraordinary national treasures. The utter improbability of the seemingly surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its ‘stuff of fables’ cave dwellings and phallic ‘fairy chimneys’ landscape. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. Overnight - Cappadocia

Day 12: Cappadocia

Enjoy a day at your leisure as you keep exploring this region independently. Overnight Cappadocia

Day 13: Cappadocia - Ankara

Cappadocia - Ankara. - the nation’s capital, we visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Ataturk - the father of modern Turkey. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight - Ankara

Day 14: Ankara

We say goodbye to our new friends, our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.

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