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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.
After breakfast in your hotel, there is a full day guided tour which includes 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 and erected here in 390 AD. Then visit the famed Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After all these visits, you'll venture into the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar.
After breakfast drive to Safranbolu ,the world heritage town of Unesco which is considered as an open air museum. Tonight we stay at an old ottoman mansion.
Drive to Sinop visit Sinop Castle , was founded on the peninsula in BC 7th Century in order to protect the city. The castle was restored and used in Roman, Byzantine and Seljukian periods and. One section of the castle still protects its glory in modern times.
Drive to Amasya. Today we will have the opportunity to see the Royal Tombs of Mithridati.
Morning visit Amasya’s Green River with Amasya’s wooden houses. Drive to Cappadocia. The Cappadocia region - an extraordinary national treasure The utter improbability of the seemingly surreal landscapes have to be seen to be believed, where whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia.
After breakfast visit the Pigeon Valley; here you will see where the Pigeons and hear of how they were used to help the people. Then visit Goreme Open Air Museum; is the place where this religious education was started. You will visit the churhces chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimmeys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with fresgos painted on the walls. Finally we will visit Kaymaklı Underground City where dwellings for the christian communitiest to use as refuges and Avanos is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period.
After breakfast visit Ihlara Valley, was created by the cracking and collapsing which occurred as basalt and andesite lava from Mt. Hassadag cooled. The Melendiz river found its way through these cracks, eroding the canyon bed and helping to form canyon we see today. After all these visits we will see Soganlı Valley ; fracatured and collape during an earthquake that added to erosion resulting in deep valleys and canyons.
After breakfast we will drive to Adiyaman. On the way, we will see Agzikarahan Caravanserai ; were a very important place for the Seljuk rulers of Anatolia to trade. They deveopled the old trade routes, and built Caravansaries along the way to act as shelters and provide protection to traders.
Very early morning departure up to the ruins, After get off the minibus twenty five minutes climbing on foot to the top where you will watch the beautiful sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After sun rise we have time to walk around and taking pictures. Then drive back to the hotel for breakfast. Then visit Arsemia village to see the old castle and remains of the bridge made during the time of Alexander the Great and Ataturk Dam which is one of the biggest Dam projects in the world. Then drive to Urfa and visit to the Abraham Cave where Abraham is believed to have been born,visit the sacred fish pool and the fortress that overlooks both these holy sites.
Today drive Adana. On the way we will see the city of Gaziantep. We will have oppurtunity great castle where disciple Johannes duplicated The Holy Bible. And you can taste the famous traditional Gaziantep foods. Overnight Adana - Surmeli Hotel
Drive to Antalya. Upon arrival walk through the old town , visiting Hadrian Gate and Old Harbour.
Departure in the morning and drive on to Duden Waterfalls that are the highest ones in the region. After lunch in the city drive to Perge, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 B.C., the place with the impressive colonnaded street and where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. On then to Aspendos that bears one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world.
After breakfast drive to Pamukkale which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish. Then visit the travertines and the ancient city of 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.
After breakfast visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed to Sirince where you be able to experience one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. You may be able to do shopping and taste delicious wines of the village. After tour, we will drive to our hotel at Kuşadası.
After breakfast visit the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. A definite must while in Turkey. Then visit to the House of Mother Mary where she is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John.
After breakfast drive to ancient city of Pergamon, one of Turkey's oldest civilized settlements and it has been inhabited from pre‐historic times through the Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. It has yielded archeological treasures whose importance is recognized worldwide. Then drive to legendary Troy, a 5000 years old archaeological city, then you will see a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which used in Trojan War.
After breakfast cross the Dardanelles and arrive in Gallipoli. Then you will visit, The World War I open air museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Johnston’s jolly (Turkish and Allied Trenches and tunnels), The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. You will stop for lunch and then continue your tour. Atfer the tour, we will drive back to Istanbul
Return transfer to airport, end of services.
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