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Our guided will be waiting for you at Diyarbakir Airport. He will drive you into town to visit the Ulu Cami (Mar Thoma)(Mosque and Church) and also the Great wall. We then drive to Mardin a gorgeous town located on a mountain with stunning views of Turkeys southern plains. (OVERNIGHT IN MARDIN)
After breakfast we will visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (the Saffron Monastery) which has been a sacred place for thousands of years. We then visit Kasimiye Medrese and Ulu Cami, before driving parallel to the Syrian border to Gobekli Tepe which is one of the most important archaeological digs currently being undertaken anywhere in the world. We then continue to your hotel in Urfa. (OVERNIGHT IN URFA)
Today we drive to Nemrut via Adiyaman and Kahta arriving in Narlice Village in Nemrut National Park. We will travel to the top of Mount Nemrut to see the Tombs of Commagene Kingdom and the Colossal Statues of Gods. We continue with climbing up to Tumulus of Antiochos, the capital of Kommagene, then drive to Malatya to explore the remains of the ancient city of Arslan-Tepe. (OVERNIGHT IN MALATYA)
Todays long drive to Sivas is broken up with a stop to the the rarely-visited Divriği Gok Medrese, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered the most elaborately decorated medieval monument in Anatolia. Arriving in Sivas enjoy some much deserved downtime at the hotel. (OVERNIGHT IN SIVAS)
Sightseeing in Sivas this morning will include Gok Medrese located in the centre of town and was built in 1271 by Seljuk Vizier “Fakhr al-Din Ali Ata”. After lunch, we drive to Bogazkale the capital of the Hittite Empire, Hattusha. This city (from 1800BC) itself is in a stunning location that shows the Hittite skills in military architecture and town planning to the full. All of which you will learn on your visit to the ruins of Hattusa and open air sanctuary at Yazilikaya. (OVERNIGHT IN BOGAZKALE - BEST AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATION 2-3*)
After visiting Alacahoyuk, we drive to Ankara to see the Tomb of Ataturk- Anitkabir- on one of the hills overlooking Ankara and also we will visit the ancient citadel and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. Housed in a beautifully renovated 15th century Bedesten (market) and Han, this museum is one of the finest museums in the world with fabulous collections of artefacts including exquisite gold jewellery from Hittite and Urartian Anatolia and earlier.
Today we drive to Cappadocia. Here, enjoy some much deserved downtime at your hotel for the late afternoon.
Enjoy a full day full day exploring the region with your expert guide. Discover the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, visit the Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians took refuge from their persecutors and the Open Air Museum in Goreme - where you can view some of the best examples of Byzantine art in the rock cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating back to the 10th century. You will also visit the natural fortress of Uchisar before being
Enjoy a morning or afternoon tour of Keyseri today. Highlights will include sites such as the Grand Mosque, Citadel and ancient town. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Today we drive onward to Konya visiting along the way Catalhoyuk which was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 B.C. to 5700 B.C.
Morning or afternoon your guide will take you to explore 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.
This morning we make our way to Turkeys gorgeous coastal town of Antalya. Why not have a swim in the afternoon sun in your free time.
Today we exploring Aspendos to visit the famous Roman Amphitheatre. Returning to your hotel enjoy some free time to explore.Why not pay a visit to Antalya historic fort.
The day starts with a visit to the Archaeological Museum in Antalya before driving onto Fethiye.
Today we enjoy a day exploring the Lycian and Roman ruins of Xanthos and Letoon.
Break of dawn a transfer to Marmaris in time for your ferry to Rhodes - Spend the Day in Rhodes with no guide or transfers and then catch the ferry back at the specified time - Arriving back in Marmaris a transfer awaits to take you back to Marmaris.
Driving west, we arrive at Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. If you like you can take a barefoot walk along the travertines or opt for a dip in the warm waters of the Pamukkale Thermal pool, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns? Highlight of the day is a guided tour of the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, famed for the curative powers of mineral springs, dammed to create communal baths. After, we drive to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Today 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. Ephesus was originally built on the north slope of Mount Pion in 1000 BC but was later relocated to its current location in 4th century BC. Return back to your hotel in time for a sunset drink overlooking the blue waters of the Med.
Today we explore the sites of Didyma which contained a temple and oracle of Apollo then onto the ancient Greek cities Miletus and Priene.
Heading North we drive to Assos. Along the way, we stop to explore 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 (medical centre). Enjo time to explore the historically rich town of Assos this afternoon.
This morning we enjoy a short guided tour of Troy! The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was brought alive by it’s rediscovery in 1863. After, we drive you to Bandırma to catch the fast ferry to Yenikapi which concludes the end of our services.
Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the ...