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Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight - Blue Mosque Hotel.
After breakfast in your hotel, there is a full day guided tour which includes St. Sophia which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years and the Byzantine Hippodrome. The Ottoman Empire produced marvellous architecture and you'll see Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After, you'll venture into the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar. Overnight - Blue Mosque Hotel.
Today, we will travel to Assos with a stop enroute at Troy. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! The oldest settlement (Troy I) was followed by 4 similar settlements with Troy VIII was of Greek origin and Troy IX built during the Roman Empire. At the entrance to the site is a replica of the stoic Trojan wooden horse that, as the story goes, was filled with Aechaean soldiers who helped sack Troy. Overnight - Nazlihan Hotel.
We set off first today on a sightseeing tour of Athena Temple, befor heading on to Izmir and to Selcuk, where we will check you into the hotel. Overnight - Kalehan Hotel.
We explore ancient Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel! Overnight - Kalehan Hotel.
After breakfast visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Then we drive to Aphrodisias to visit one of the largest ancient Theaters in the world, the Odeon, Bishops Palace, Stadium, Temple of Aphrodite and the Museum with the gorgeous reliefs and statues of the sculptors of Aphrodisias. After the tour we will drive to your hotel. Overnight - Ayapam Hotel Boutique.
We will transfer you to Izmir airport for the flight to Cappadocia. On arrival we will check you into the hotel. Overnight - Yunak Evleri Hotel.
Early this morning we take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia the jewel in Turkey's crown. Afterwards we will explore the Valley and the Underground city in this spectacular region. Overnight - Yunak Evleri Hotel.
We take a guided tour of the region, taking in the World Heritage listed site of the Goreme Valley, Zelve and Devrent Valley. 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. Overnight - Yunak Evleri Hotel.
Today we will transfer you to Kayseri airport for the flight to Istanbul. On arrival we will check you into the hotel. Then it's time to experience a traditional Turkish Hammam at Hurrem Sultan Hammam ( Pir-i Park). Overnight - Blue Mosque Hotel.
This morning enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus, the body of water that separate European from Asian Istanbul. En route a visit is made to Rumeli Fortress, built in just 4 months in 1452 by Mehmet the Conqueror in preparation of his planned siege of Byzantine Constantinople. We will then take you for a cooking class, learning all about Turkish cuisine! Overnight - Blue Mosque Hotel.
We will transfer you to Istanbul airport in time for your departure flight.
Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...