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Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and included transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon offers free time for you to relax or explore.
Enjoy a tour of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. We’ll visit the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and Topkapi Palace. We also wonder the streets of Old Istanbul to visit Sokullu Pasa mosque and hidden underground Theodosian Cistern finishing the day at the Grand Bazaar.
Our first stop this morning is the Spice Market, followed by a boat cruise through probably one of the most famous waterways in the world, the Bosphorus Strait which forms the boundary between Europe and Asia. This afternoon, marvel at the grandeur of the Dolmabahce Palace, the last legacy of the Ottoman Sultans and admire fantastic views over the Bosphorus River from the heights of Camlica Hill.
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Kayseri, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. We visit Devrent Valley, one part of Cappadocia's unigue fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight Dilek Kaya
This morning you head out for a leisurely hike in the Rose Valley, considered one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia with its rock cut churches and lovely scenery. We also visit Cavusin Village then Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon we explore Kaymakli Underground City where early christians lived in fear and we are off to Ortahısar Castle, to see the ancient storage caves. Overnight Dilek Kaya
Transfer to the airport early this morning for your flight to Antalya via Ankara, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
This morning in Antalya, we visit the ancient city of Perge, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500BC. Perge has an impressive colonnaded street and is the site where most of the statues on display at the Antalya Museum were unearthed (Museum visit is not included). Also visit Aspendos, which is home to one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world. Enjoy free time to shop for an hour before we drive to Pamukkale. Overnight Collossae Hotel
Meandering through the sweeping plains and endless cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes in the fault depression of the Menderes river basin. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. This afternoon, we drive to Kusadasi.
Today, we explore legendary Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, revelling in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Next venture just outside of Ephesus to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a restored sacred site set on the slopes of Mount Koressos.
Driving north visit 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). We continue onto Canakkale.
Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years. We also visit Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Kilitbahir Fortress and cross the Dardanelles.
This morning we enjoy a short guided tour of Troy! The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by it’s rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! We enjoy a tour of the ruins and bear witness to a replica of the stoic Trojan wooden horse that, as the story goes, was filled to the gunnels with Aechaean soldiers who helped sack Troy. After your tour we drive back to Istanbul.
Day at leisure.
Departure transfer to the airport.
The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...