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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 you will enjoy a full day guided tour of Istanbul. You will visit the Blue Mosque, The Topkapı Palace, Aya Sophia, Roman Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar which includes over 4000 shops! The Blue Mosque is so named due to the blue tiles that line the walls.
After breakfast, we depart for Ankara where we will visit Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum. This is the burial place of Turkey's National Hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. We continue our drive to Cappadocia. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, we will arrive in Cappadocia and check into our hotel.
Cappadocia is an extraordinary national treasure and perhaps even the top jewel in Turkey's illustrious crown. The utter improbability of the seemingly surreal landscapes have to be seen to be believed, with the 'stuff of fables' cave dwellings and phallic ' fairy chimneys' landscape. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses hewn from the soft, eroded volcanic rock make great sightseeing. Today we take a guided tour of the region, taking in the World Heritage listed site of the Goreme Valley, the natural fortress in Uchisar and the Kaymakli Underground City.
Early departure for Pamukkale. On our drive today we visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arrival into Konya. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, we continue our drive to Pamukkale.
This morning we explore the travertine's 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. Shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour we drive to Fethiye.
At Tlos 40km from Fethiye, we see the groups of Lycian-style rock tombs, the ruins of walls built in the Lycian period and a city wall which is one of the best surviving examples of Roman-period wall construction. At Saklikent, we see the entrance to the 100m canyon (18km) formed through the centuries by melting snow. (Between April - October). Continue to your hotel in Kas. OVERNIGHT - Hera hotel
Today we drive to Olympos. Enjoy a full days tour of Phaselis including the ancient city with harbor way, marina, Roman theatre and Hadrianus Gate, and then Yanartas where Greek mythology tells that the Lycian hero Bellerophon mounted his winged horse Pegasus and slew the fire-breathing Chimaera. Gas which seeps from the earth burns brightly at night at this site, which the Byzantines also considered a religious area; Olympos located on the southern side of Mount Tahtali. Oleander and laurel bushes shade the Olympos Valley which can be approached by land or sea. The remnants of a gate, part of a bridge and a Roman theatre from the 2nd century A.D. can also be seen on the site. Drive to your hotel in Olympos.
After breakfast we drive to Antalya. We will visit Perge, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 B.C., with an impressive colonnaded street and where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. Thereafter we drive Aspendos that bears one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world. After the tour we continue to your hotel in Antalya.
Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to airport to meet your onward included flight to Istanbul.
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