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Welcome to Istanbul and the start of your adventure in the land of the sultans. You will be met upon arrival at the airport by one of our friendly representatives and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast 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.
Today we will drive you to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Arriving here, meet our team who will drive you to your hotel.
This morning we visit 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. After, visit the Derin Kuyu Underground City where early Christians took refuge from their persecutors. We also see Pasabag (Monks Valley) with its very unique rock formations then return back to your hotel for the evening.
We start the day with visiting Esentepe, followed by a visit to Uchisar Castle. We then have a hike through the Rose Valley with visits to the famous churches and head to the old Christian village of Cavusin for lunch. After, enjoy a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. We conclude our day with visiting the Urgup Winery to taste some of the delicious wines of Cappadocia.
Today we drive onward to Pamukkale 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. Afterwards continue your journey onward to Pamukkale.
fter 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. This afternoon, en route to Kusadasi we visit 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.
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. 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. After we explore the small rural village of Sirince before returning to your seaside hotel.
This morning, departing early we visit Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamum, which is 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.
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.
Today our driver will take you to and from the jetty, for your relaxing half day cruise along the border with Europe on Asia on the Bosphorus Strait River taking in sites of ancient buildings to modern multi million dollar apartment complexes.
Today is at your leisure to explore. Our local team can be contacted at any point if you wanted to arrange excursions or simply have questions on things to do.
We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home today.
Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the ...