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Welcome to Izmir! Arriving here our local team awaits and will transfer you to the gorgeous little village of Sirince. Located in the hills above Kusadasi. Enjoy the afternoon to explore this little town and take in the lovely rural scenery. (Recommended to fly from London on direct easy jet flight arriving 11:35 AM there are no convenient connections from BHX or MAN. Currently this flight can be booked as a one way ticket at the cost of 45 UK pounds on Easyjet.com)
Pick‐up from your hotel for a full day tour of Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House. First, visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed 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 spend her last years together with St. John. After tour, we will drive to our hotel at Sirince.
An early departure for Bergama this morning to visit the Acropolis. With ancient ruins from the Altar of Zeus built by Eumenes II in honour of his father’s victory over the Gauls, to the third-century Temple of Athena and most famously the library which gave birth to the modern book. Returning to your hotel in Sirince in the evening.
Morning we head off to Pamakkule, we will make one stop first to visit the Temple of Artemis. Arriving in Pamakkule enjoy an in-depth tour of the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and time for a dip in the hot springs of Pamakkule before driving onward to the airport for your flight to Ankara via Istanbul. Arriving here, meet your local driver whom will transfer you to your hotel.
Today in the spirit of getting off the beaten track we have a full day excursion that includes driving through the stunning landscape of Turkeyto Hattusas which was the capital of the Hittites. We the visit Yazilikaya, an incredible open air natural rock shrine. Continue with your visit to the capital of Hattusas famous for the cuneiform tablets, Lion's Gate, Tunnel, King's Gate, Citadel and Grand Temple. All of which you will visit before returning to Ankara to arrive in the early evening.
Today continue your driving through gorgeous scenery to Cappadocia. Arriving here, check into your hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to explore or relax as you wish.
(Morning optional Balloon journey can be undertook pay locally) Today your guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley to see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels, Kaymaki Underground City and Uchisar Castle. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village we have the opportunity to see Pigeon Valley where century’s old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs, the pigeon droppings that litter the area have been used as fertilizer on crops for generations
Heading out of the Kayseri we visit the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road. We then drive for lunch through the Taurus Mountains, affording us the opportunity to observe the countryside and everyday life of rural Turkey. After lunch, we drive to Kahramanmaras for a different experience which is tasting the best ice-cream in Turkey. We then drive to Kahta and arrive at your hotel for the evening.
We depart very early in the morning up to the Mount Nemrut. At the end of the road we park and then walk twenty-five minutes until the summit. Here we watch the memorable sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After, proceed to explore all the highlights such as Arsemia, Septimus Severus Bridge, Cendere stream, and the Karakus tumulus. Drive to Sanliurfa and Harran, taking in highlights such as Ataturk Dam en route. After lunch visit Abraham's Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. Then the oriental covered bazaar and Gümrükhan before your last stop of the day being Harran. Arrive into Sanliurfa and check into your hotel.
After breakfast we depart from Sanliurfa to Birecik which is famous for its bald-ibis (Kelaynak) birds. These birds are living only in Birecik in the world and there is a very limited population of them. We visit the breeding farm of Bald Ibis birds. After our lunch, we drive up to the Taurus Mountains. We have a short tea break and drive back to Göreme.
Today we will transfer you to Kayseri Airport for your flight home. (Currently can be booked as a one way ticket to London with Pegasus Via Istanbul)
Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the ...