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Sample Itinerary - REF TURKEY 862

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Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to the start of your exclusive journey through Turkey with on the go tours! This morning we will collect you from your hotel to enjoy a full day tour of the magnificent city of Istanbul. Explore Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Roman Hippodrome; once home to chariot races, gladiatorial battles and public executions, before trying your hand at a spot of haggling in the Grand Bazaar.

Day 2: Istanbul - Cappadocia

This morning we will collect you from the hotel for the first morning flight to Keyseri. Arriving here, meet our local team who will take you out sightseeing which is spent with our guide exploring South Cappadocia, including Goreme Panorama, Pigeon Valley, Nar Lake, Ihlara Valley, Belisirma, Selime and Guzelyurt.

Day 3: Cappadocia

Today will be spend exploring the North Cappadocia sights including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Pasabagi, Cavusin (Rose Valley), Devrent Valley, Urgup and the Kaymakli Underground City.

Day 4: Cappadocia - Konya

Today we drive onward to Konya via the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai and Konya. In Konya visit the 13th century Mevlana Museum; the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb of Mevlana, a leading philosopher and mystic of Islam, which remains an important place of pilgrimage.

Day 5: Konya - Ankara

We continue our journey to Antalya. Stopping along the way to explore Beysahir with it's fascinating Hittie monument, the Great Mosque built by the dynasty between 1296–1299 and the Stone Bridge. Arriving into Antalya in the afternoon check in and relax at your hotel.

Day 6: Ankara

Enjoy a full day exploring the Pamphillian cities of Perge, Aspendos and Side. In Perge the highlights include The Roman Baths, The Agora, Colonadded Street, Nymphaion and The Stadium. The Roman theatre is the key highlight of Aspendos which is our next stop, it is considered the best preserved Roman Theatre of Antiquity. In nearby side we explore the Roman Theatre, The Apollan Temple and have a bit of free time for a swim before returning to your hotel.

Day 7: Ankara

Spend today at leisure enjoying the Sun, Sand and Sea.

Day 8: Ankara - Pamukkale

Enjoy the morning to further enjoy the beach. This afternoon we will drive to Pamukkale.

Day 9: Pamukkale - Izmir

After breakfast visit the incredible white calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis, with its Necropolis graveyard of over 1200 graves. The Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium, dating back to third century BC and the sacred pool are some of the highlights of Hierapolis. The shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After, we drive to Izmir, time permitting stop to explore the ruins of the great Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World), which is situated in a marshy basin between Selcuk and Ephesus.

Day 10: Izmir

This morning you will drive to the ancient and magnificent city of Ephesus, one of the largest and most well preserved ancient city’s in the Mediterranean, with Roman theatres, fountains, buildings, churches and temples. Highlights included among other things will be the Temple of Diana, Hadrian, Library of Celsus, and the Amphitheatre. We will also include a visit to the Virgin Mary house.

Day 11: Izmir - Canakkale

This morning, departing early we visit Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamum, one of Turkey’s oldest civilised settlements, inhabited since pre-historic times through to Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. You will have the chance to visit the ancient acropolis situated on top of a steep hill and the aforementioned Altar of Zeus. We continue to Troy, the ancient city made famous by Homer’s Odyssey and the fable of Helen, Achilles and the Trojan horse. Afterwards drive on to Canakkale.

Day 12: Canakkale

After breakfast cross the Dardanelles to visit the evocative battlefields of Gallipoli. In World War 1 the Allies tried in vain to capture Turkey in order to better supply troops in Europe via access to the Black Sea and also open up better supply routes to Russia. It was on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula where the Allies landed and over 11,000 Anzacs lost their lives. Visit key sites such as Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, The Nek and other Turkish and Allied trenches. Later travel back to Istanbul, where on arrival we bid you farewell and drop you at your hotel.

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