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Welcome to Istanbul! Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight Istanbul.
After breakfast enjoy a full day guided sightseeing which includes St. Sophia the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years, the Byzantine Hippodrome with it various monuments including a 3500-year-old red granite obelisk brought from Egypt and erected here in 390 AD. The Ottoman Empire produced marvellous architecture and you'll see two of its finest works: 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. Overnight Istanbul.
Today you will drive to Eminönü to visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme, rise from hundreds of colourful muslin bags at every store-front. Then we will have Bosphorus Cruise; through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. Overnight Istanbul.
Driving down the coast to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove you will visit the battle grounds at, the Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine and 57.th regiment memorial and the war museum, cross the Dardanelles. Overnight Canakkale.
Visit the legendary of Troy; a 5000 year old archaeological city where you will see a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which was used in the Trojan War, crossing the legendary mountain Ida you arrive at Pergamum, one of Turkey's oldest civilized settlements which has been inhabited from pre-historic times through the Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. It has yielded archaeological treasures whose importance is recognized world-wide. Visit the ancient city of acropolis founded on top of a steep hill making this area a fascinating stop for history-loving tourists. Also visit Altar of Zeus. Continue to Kusadasi for overnight.
A morning visit to 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 have spent her last years together with St. John. Return to Kusadasi for overnight stay.
Heading to Pamukkale you will drive through the meander plain and cotton farms, arriving at Pamukkale, enjoy the beauty of lime cascade and visit 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, return to your hotel with hot spring pool. Overnight Pamukkale.
Morning departure for Cappadocia , on the way visit Konya and the Mausoleum of Mevlana also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome, is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb and shrine of the Mevlana, or Rumi, which remains an important place of pilgrimage. Continue to the 13th century Agzikarahan caravansary the land of Fairy Chimneys. Overnight Cappadocia.
After breakfast you enjoy a full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors, 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 natural fortress in Uchisar. Overnight Cappadocia.
Cappadocia - Safranbolu An early morning departure for Safranbolu. En Route stop at Ankara and visit Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum in Ankara. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. We continue our drive and check in to our Safranbolu, the world heritage town of Unesco which is considered as an open air museum. Tonight we stay at an old ottoman mansion. Overnight Safranbolu @ Ebrulu Konak.
Sanfranbolu - Amasya At Amasya, one can see the remnants of the Hellenistic, the Roman, the Byzantine, the Seljuk, the Ilhanli, and the Ottoman civilizations, as well as many important remains belonging to the first years of the Republic of Turkey. The museums of this historical city contain cultural treasures, remained from many civilizations. Amasya is endowed with historical and cultural opulence, and the city is also very rich of natural beauties. Amasya Yaliboyu Houses are the best instances of Ottoman architecture. Overnight Amasya @ Lalehan hotel.
Amasya - Samsun After breakfast drive to Samsun en route stop at Gerze a lovely fishing village. Afterwards continue to Samsun it is the town of Amazons . Drive up to Hill of Ancient Amisos . Overnight Samsun @ Buyuk Samsun hotel.
Samsun - Trabzon After an early morning departure to Trabzon our journey continues along the picturesque black sea cost. Today you will visit famous Sumela monastery a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary built on the cliff of Mountain. Overnight in Trabzon @ Novotel Hotel
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Istanbul.
Today you say your good byes the this wonderful country as your are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight onward to your next destination.
Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...