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Welcome to Turkey and the start of an amazing holiday! Arrive Istanbul and included transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head out to explore the city.
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul's old city. Our tour includes visits to the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times, Topkapi Palace - home of the sultans, and St Sophia - the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537. Later, we venture into the vast and bustling Grand Bazaar, with over 6000 shops you'll have plenty of time to barter for a bargain.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be collected and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Today we tour the stunning 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. A guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley to see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels and Kaymaki Underground City. We continue to the pottery town of Avanos.
Today we drive to Ihlara, en route visiting the town of Guzelyurt with abandoned cave houses and churches with frescoes dating back to the 10th century. We take a walk Ihlara Canyon before a lunch stop at Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river. After lunch we make a stop the at town of Selime before returning to your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast this morning before we depart for Konya. En route we visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanseri. On arrival we visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana (also known as the Green Dome) which is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb and shrine of the Mevleva, or Rumi, which remains an important place of pilgrimage. Enjoy the remainder of today at your leisure and tonight maybe opt to see a performance by the Whirling Dervishes.
Today, after breakfast, we drive to Pamukkale visiting the region’s famed calcium rich terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they are a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. We visit ancient Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with over 1200 gravestones. The sacred pool is one of the highlights of the site. Here, the shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient Roman ruins that lie beneath.
Leaving Pamukkale today we drive to Bodrum visiting the ancient Aphrodisias en route. Enjoy the remainder of today at your leisure.
Today we discover the ruins of Priene, a dramatic mountainous setting. See the Temple of Athena, the market place and theatre. We visit Didyma, a sacred place of pagan worship where we stt the Temple of Apollo from the 7th century BC. Later, continue to Kusadasi.
Today we drive to the ancient city of Epheses where you will enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Roman ruins. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. We’ll have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celcus, the gymnasium of Vedius and Stadium, the great theatre and stroll the streets in the ruins of this large Roman ruined city. It’s completely fascinating.
An early start to the day today as we head to Bergama to visit the Acropol before continuing to Troy, the site at which the legendary Trojan War took place. Later, we continue to Canakkale for overnight.
This morning we cross the Dardanelles and arrive to Gallipoli for your guided visit of Anzac Cove, the Nek, Lone Pine and 57th regiment memorial and the war museum. Later, we continue to Istanbul.
We bid you farewell today and will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.