Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...
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Hos geldiniz and welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and airport transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring this great Ottoman city on foot or simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Enjoy a tour of the Old City from where the Byzantine and ottoman Empires were ruled. We'll undertake a guided tour of the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it's blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets and the ruinous Hippodrome. Then we go to the Hagia Sofia Museum. Later we depart for Canakkale.
At the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli, we enjoy a guided tour of the region including sights such as Lone Pine Australian and Chunuk Blair War Memorial and cemetery and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years. We then depart Gallipoli for Sirince.
Today we explore the Roman ruins of legendary Ephesus. 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 have time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. We later depart for Pumukkale.
Pumukkale, home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. We also visit the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, founded around 190 BC by the Romans before we departing for our drive to Cappadocia.
Early this morning we take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia the jewel in Turkey's crown. A guided tour of the region takes us to the World Heritage listed Goreme Valley were we'll see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples and Zelve with its phallic-like eroded landscape of so-called 'fairy chimenys'.
This morning we depart Kayseri for our flight back to Istanbul. This afternoon we'll walk the impressive grounds of Topkapi Palace and visit the Underground Cister, an ancient underground water tank replete with carved and fluted Corinthian columsn and a puzling head of Medusa. This evening we have a dinner with a belly dancing show!
Our journey ends after breakfast with your onward departure transfer to the aiport.