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Welcome to Turkey and the start of your holiday! We will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you through to your hotel.
Today we enjoy a full days tour - including St. Sophia, the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537 which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years, the Byzantine Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500-year-old red granite obelisk brought from Egypt. Topkapi Palace, home of the sultans, and the famed Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After all these visits, you'll venture into the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar. Transfer back to your hotel.
After breakfast, we depart for Ankara where we will visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. We then depart for Cappadocia. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, we will arrive in Cappadocia late this evening.
Cappadocia! Today we visit the Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors, the Open Air Museum in Goreme to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century) and the natural fortress in Uchisar. Here, we also have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts.
Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way, we visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arrival in Konya. We visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome, it's the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It containes the tomb and shrine of the Mevlana, or Rumi, which remains an important place of pilgrimage.
This moring we visit the ancient Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath, graveyard and the lime cascade. We continue our drive to Selcuk to visit Temple of Artemis ‘‘one of the seven wonders of the ancient world ‘’ then continue to Izmir.
Early departure for Pergamum, one of Turkey's oldest civilized settlements. It has yielded archeological treasures whose importance is recognized world-wide. We visit the ancient city of acropolis founded on top of a steep hill (300m). We also visit Altar of Zeus, before continuing to Troy; a 5000 years old archaeological city, here you will see a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which was used in Trojan War. We drive onto Canakkale.
After breakfast, we will cross the Dardanelles then continue onto Gallipoli to visit The World War I open air museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied Trenches and tunnels), The Nek and Chunuk Bair. We then continue onto Istanbul.
Today we bid your farewell with a transfer to Istanbul airport in time to meet your onward flight.
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