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Welcome to Turkey! You will be met at the airport and tranfered to your hotel. Rest of the day free in Istanbul – a city that straddles both Europe and Asia! Officially founded by Emperor Constantine in AD326, Istanbul formally known as Constantinople remained capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires up until 1923. It’s illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar and colourful street life.
Enjoy our classic city tour taking in the Hippodrome area, the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, underground cistern, Topkapi Palace and Harem Residence and more. This afternoon offers free time to explore. Perhaps visit the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market! The Blue Mosque which faces the Hagia Sofia is famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, whilst Hagia Sofia, constructed as a grand basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian reigned as the grandest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
Driving to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit mausoleum of Atatürk - the founding father of modern Turkey. Continuing east Cappadocia - one of Turkey’s finest attractions. The isolated region is famed for its troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock. Late afternoon hotel check in.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the World Heritage listed Göreme Valley to view the stunning rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples carved by the Christians facing persecution in the 1st - 10th centuries AD. We also tour Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called ‘fairy chimneys’ and other notable rock formations within the region. Tonight we offer our optional 'Cappadoccia by Night' folklore evening. With a 3 course dinner, beer, wine, folklore show, belly dancer and entertainment, it's a top night out. (Please enquire for prices).
Heading south along an ancient Silk Road, we visit an old caravanserai in Sultanhani. In pious Konya, we tour the mystic Mevlana Whirling Dervish Museum before continuing to the Mediterranean coast.
Today we visits to the Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos. Perge boasts a great theatre, stadium, colonnaded street and impressive baths. Free time to relax.
Following the stunning Mediterranean coast, we visit Saklikent Gorge - a natural wonder of breathtaking beauty, where we can perhaps enjoy an invigorating dip in the ice cold waters that cut a swathe through the fissure. En route to Fethiye - a seaside town on the Turquoise coast, we also stop at a carpet dyeing, weaving and manufacturing house.
A free day to relax, swim, take a boat trip and shop. Fethiye also boasts great pubs, clubs and nightlife.
Today, we drive north to Pamukkale.
We visit the ancient town of Hierapolis and the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. Onward to Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Rumoured to have been founded in the 13th century BC, Ephesus became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see the its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. After a short stop at a leather factory, we continue to coastal Kusadasi.
Today we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it’s steep hillside amphitheatre (good photo call) and neighbouring asclepion (ancient medical centre). Continue to Ayvalik on the Aegean coast with free time to relax and enjoy a real beach.
Today we will depart from Ayvalik and visit Troy; a 5000 years old archaeological city, then you will see a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which used in Trojan War. Drive to Canakkale and Remainder of the day will be at leisure.
Today we cross the dardanells and arrive at Gallipoli. Today, we enjoy a guide tour of Gallipoli with a war specialised guide. After arriving at Gallipoli you will visit, The World War I open air museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery the Australian Memorial, Johnston’s jolly (Turkish and Allied Trenches and tunnels), The Nek and Chunuk Bair the New Zealand Memorial. After an amazing and touching tour of Gallipoli we continue to Istanbul.
After breakfast - approx 09:00, your welcome to join us for a relaxing 2 hour cruise along the Bosphorus - the strait that divides European from Asian Istanbul. Returning to the hotel before 12 noon and hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...