The Gallipoli and ANZAC Campaign - With the intention of capturing and securing the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, thus...
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Welcome to Cappadocia! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel and get you checked in.
This morning we embark upon a full day sightseeing tour of the region. 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.
Today we will drive to Konya. Once in Konya we will visit the old city and the mausoleum of Mevlana. We will check you into the hotel.
Today we head to Antayla and visit Perge, originally settled in 1500BC by the Hittites. We continue on to Aspendos, which has one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in the Anatolian region.
We head to Pamukkale today and check you into the hotel. Rest of the day is free.
En route to Kusadasi we visit Hierapolis, with Greek ruins and hot springs. We drive on to Kusadasi and visit the remains of the Temple of Artemis. Only foundations and sculptural fragments of the latest of the temples at the site remain.
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Ephesus. This classical city is extremely well preserved. Ephesus is a sacred site for Christians due to the association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul, and the Virgin Mary. Some highlights within the Old Graeco Roman City include house of Virgin Mary and The Basilica of St John.
Early departure for Pergamum, one of Turkey's oldest civilized settlements inhabited from prehistoric times through the Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Visit the ancient city of acropolis founded on top of a steep hill (300 m). Also visit Altar of Zeus, before continuing to Troy, a 5000 years old archaeological city, where you will see a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which used in Trojan War.
Today we will drive to Gallipoli and explore the WW1 battlefields on Gallipoli Peninsular and enjoy a guided tour of the evocative war memorials that dot the region, for example: Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, battlefields, trenches and Kabatepe - the modest ANZAC museum. Afterwards, we will drive you to Bursa and check you into the hotel.
Bursa - the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th centre and now a major spa centre. We visit the Ottoman complex to see the Grand Mosque and Green Mosque - considered to be one the finest examples of early Ottoman architecture. Later, we visit the covered Bazaar offering local goods and produce before continuing on to Istanbul and checking you into the hotel.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.