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Sample Itinerary - REF TURKEY 597

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Day 1: Cappadocia

Welcome to Istanbul. You will be met upon arrival at the airport at 12:55 by one of our representatives and from here be assisted to the domestic terminal for the evening flight to Keyseri. Arrival in Keyseri, meet our Cappadocia team who will transfer you to your hotel cave hotel.

Day 2: Cappadocia

Today explore the Fairy Chimneys in Devrent Valley, and visit Pasabag (Monks) Valley. We will practice pottery production with the ancient technique in Avanos, and visit the open-air museum in Göreme. After, Journey to Uchisar Castle, the highest point in the region. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Cappadocia

This morning we get a panoramic view of the Hospital Monastery. We then walk through the Kizilcukur (Red Valley) and the village of Cavusin, famous for its rock-cut dwellings. Explore the underground city of Kaymaklı. This unique city lies beneath the earth, where the early Christians used to hide from Roman persecution. Explore the rock formations in Catalkaya, and receive a fantastic overview of the fairy chimneys from Esentepe.Last stop is to see Pigeon Valley – the greatest collection of pigeon nests in the world! Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Cappadocia

Today you will explore Derinkuyu underground city and walk through the spectacular Ihlara Valley. Stop for lunch at Belisırma. After we visit the monasteries at Yaprakhisar and Selime. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Cappadocia

Today we journey along the Mustafa Paşa, a place inhabited by Greek Orthodox families until the beginning of the 20th century. Here we walk in the area of Damsa Lake. Then, a visit to Keşlik, and the Archangels Monastery. After lunch we visit Soganlu where you can watch the local women baking bread. Then drive to Taşkınpaşa for a wonderful panoramic view and then onto Cemil, to see the famous Greek church.

Day 6: Cappadocia - Izmir

Today you will be driven to the airport in Keyseri for your flight to Izmir (Via IST or ANK) Arriving into Izmir, we will transfer you to your exclusive beach resort called Onyria Claros Resort (Villa Room on All Inclusive Basis)- Check into your Villas and relax.

Days 7-8: Izmir

Today and tomorrow sit back and relax enjoying the beach resort OVERNIGHT AT Onyria Claros Resort (Villa Room on All Inclusive Basis)

Day 9: Izmir - Sirince

Today your driver and guide will collect you and transfer you to your new base called Sirince which is a lovely village with old buildings and the charm of rural Turkey but fantastic countryside boutique hotel which you will be staying in.

Day 10: Sirince

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. Return in the later afternoon to your hotel.

Day 11: Sirince

This morning 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 afternoon enjoy a nice walk in the countryside surrounding your hotel and a walk around the village to taste local cheeses and see the quaint houses.

Day 12: Sirince - Canakkale

This morning, departing early we visit Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamum. 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.

Day 13: 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.

Day 14: Canakkale

This morning you will be driven back to Istanbul, arriving around noon.

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