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Welcome to Istanbul and the start of your journey through the Land of the Sultans! Arriving at Istanbul Airport you will be met 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. Tonight there is an optional Turkish dinner with traditional Turkish entertainment.
This morning you fly to Keyseri. Arriving here, our guide will collect you for visiting the Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. Then onto Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) that has multiple stems and caps rock formations particular to this area. We then drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. After lunch we explore the Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with incredible frescoes painted on the walls.
Early this morning we start with an incredible balloon flight over Cappadocia. We then hike through the Rose Valley with visits to the famous churches. Afterwards, we head to the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch near Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the Kaymakli Underground City. Last stop of the day, is the Ortahisar natural rock castle before returning to your hotel.
Returning this morning to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Dalaman (Via Istanbul). Here, our local driver is on hand to take you to the hotel in Fethiye.
Today offers free time for your to independently explore the stunning Mediterranean coastline.
After breakfast the driver will collect you for the transfer to Kusadasi. Arriving here, check in and the rest of the afternoon is free time.
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. Later, visit the Virgin Mary’s cottage and the Temple of Diana before returning to your hotel.
After breakfast we drive to 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 morning, departing early we visit Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamum which remained hidden from the modern world until 1871. Pergamum, 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.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the ...