ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS

15 Days / 14 Nights

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Mr. Ozgur Atakan

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Tour Rates

From 01.April.02 to 31 October 02

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 895 USD

100 USD

From 01.November.02 to 31 March 03

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 755 USD

90 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants.

Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

A leisurely discovery of Turkey’s rich historical heritage that spans 8,000 years of human creativity, including Byzantine, Roman, Hellenistic, Greek, Seljuk, and Ottoman civilizations.

Day 1 - Istanbul (D)

Arrive in Istanbul. After clearing customs you will be met by your guide. There will be a short drive to hotel where there will be some time to rest and settle in. Short introduction to what we are doing on that day. Dinner at an old Istanbul house in the neighborhood of the Blue Mosque.

Day 2 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Full day tour of the city’s highlights. Start at 0845 visit the Basilica Cistern, a wonderfully eerie underground chambers of 336 columns built by Justinian in AD 537, Turkish Islamic Art Museum the rich ethnographic display in the museum will be used to interpret the role of the Turkish women in different socioeconomic communities in Turkey- the nomad, town, village and city women .The quiet surrounding of the museum will be used for an introduction to the History of Anatolia using the history of the city of Istanbul. After lunch we will visit St. Sophia. The Basilica or St. Sophia, now called the Ayasofya Museum is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. Our next stop is Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1616, and popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of its interior blue tile decorations. You will also visit the Topkapi palace, which like the others, is formed by many smaller palaces and apartments. In Topkapi palace we will see the Harem of the palace and try to understand the institution of Harem and the role it played in the History of Europe. Before dinner we will have a group meeting to establish a better understanding of the tour and tour members can ask questions about how the tour will be conducted. This tour meeting is very important. It will be great to see all the tour members at the meeting The dinner will be at a fun local dining area of Istanbul.

Day 3 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

You will be free to explore the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. One could visit Istanbul for the shopping alone. The Grand Bazaar, in the old city is the logical place to start. This labyrinth of streets and passages houses more than 4,000 shops.  The names recall the days when each trade had its own quarter: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street, and the street of the skullcap makers. Still the commercial center of the old city, the bazaar is the original shopping mall with something to suit every taste and pocket. After the Grand Bazaar we will visit the Church of Chora which is a very unique museum of Mosaics from the 12th century depicting the role of Virgin Mary as the mother of God with the emphasis on her being mother rather than Jesus being the God. The tour members will be on their own for lunch at the 19th century neighborhood of Istanbul we will meet at 03.30 PM at the Pera Palas Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote her famous book "The Murder on the Orient Express." We will get a chance to visit her museum room and go to the Spice Market the last stop of the Silk Road before the riches of the East were distributed to Europe. We will take our private boat in the Bosphorous towards the Black Sea. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Istanbul - Canakkale (B) (L) (D)

This morning we drive along the coast of the Sea of Marmara to the Gallipoli peninsula to visit the World War I battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, Lone Pine Cemetery and Anzak Cove. Then cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry to Canakkale, and continue to the fabled city of Troy, where Greek and Trojan heroes fought the famous Trojan War for the honor of Helen. We will have the opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan horse. To date, nine different Troys have been discovered; all built one on top of the other. We will have a chance to see this site still in the process of excavation. Dinner at hotel.

Day 5 - Pergamum – Kusadasi (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Depart to Pergamon. The modern town lies over the remains of the Roman city, while the remains of the ancient Greek city with its acropolis lie northeast across the Bergama River, on a high hill with terraced slopes. Greek ruins also lie on the western outskirts. Visit the Acropolis in the city built on four terraces perched upon a hill, overlooking the Bergama Plain. Tour the “Steepest Theater of the Ancient World”. Then visit the Asclepion, the famous ancient medical center dedicated to Asclepion, the god of health and medicine, and the Archaeological Museum in Pergamon. Lunch in Bergama. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Kusadasi - Ephesus (B) (L) (D)

A full day to explore Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor, and a jewel in Turkey’s archaeological crown. It is here where history comes truly alive. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsius, Heracletes Gate, many marble columns, before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where silversmith Demetrius and his friends started a riot against St. Paul; finally we will end up at the Ephesus Museum. In the afternoon visit the nearby Basilica of St. John and the Virgin Mary’s stone cottage, where she is believed to have spent her last days. Dinner at hotel.

Day 7 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale (B) (L) (D)

Morning drive to see the Roman-Byzantine city of Aphrodisias, which was named after the goddess of Aphrodite, whose cult like status became synonymous with love and femininity. We will visit the well-preserved theater, its stadium, which could hold 30,000 spectators, and then the museum, which houses some of the most magnificent sculptures excavated in the Mediterranean basin. Then drive inland to see Pamukkale, with its cascades of gleaming limestone and naturally hot mineral waters. Dinner at hotel.

Day 8 - Pamukkale- Antalya (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast, explore the ancient Roman City of Hierapolis with its theater, baths and necropolis and the shrine to Pluto, lord of the underworld. Then drive through the mountain and lake country, finally descending to the Turkish Mediterranean at Antalya, first a Pamphylian, later a Roman city. Side, one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey, was an ancient harbour whose name meant pomegranate. Today a pretty resort town, its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, many shops and extensive tourist accommodation attract throngs of visitors. There are numerous cafes and restaurants with a view of the sea, and the shops that line the narrow streets sell typical Turkish handicrafts including leather goods and Turkey's famous beautiful gold jewellery. The magnificent theatre of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Other monuments include the agora, the Apollo Temple, which is situated near the sea, a fountain and necropolis. The extensive Roman baths, now a museum, houses one of Turkey's finest archaeological collections. Check into your hotel, and remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner at hotel.

Day 9 - Antalya (B) (L)

Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of Antalya, Termessos and Aspendos. The archaeological museum of Antalya is an award winning one with an extensive collection of artifacts from the ancient cities of Pamphylia region.The ruins of the city of Termessos, set inside Gulluk Mourn, a national park northwest of Antalya, is perched on a 1,050 meter high plateau on the west face of Gulluk Mountain (Solymos). A wild and splendid landscape surrounds the monumental traces of this city. (A nature and wildlife museum is to be found at the park entrance.) Aspendos has the most impressive theater, which can seat 15,000 spectators, and today it is still in use for cultural performances. Return to Side for overnight.

Day 10 - Konya - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)

Next turn the sights toward the Cappadocia region. During the 4-hour drive. We will stop in Konya, and visit the Whirling Derwish Museum, a very holy place for Turkish Muslims. There are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and various ethnographic artefacts. We will stop frequently for breaks usually in small villages. Konya, an important Roman city and later the capital of Seljuk Turkish Empire. We will also visit Karatay Medrese an Islamic school built in 1251. It is now a ceramics and tile museum. Then we will continue on to Cappadocia.  While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy the unique landscapes of wind and rain eroded volcanic formations. Carved directly into stone, Cappadocia amazing subterranean cities include ancient underground churches hand-hewn form solid rock by early Christians. 

Day 11 - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)

Full day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town. Explore one of the oldest settlements of the region - Goreme. The chimney-like, rock formations that spread throughout Cappadocia's rugged landscape are as fantastic as man's accomplishments within its stone. Visit the Byzantine churches of Goreme carved into the cliffs and caves with colorful frescoes dating to the 7th century, including Yilanli (Snake) Church, Elmali (Apple) Church, Tokali (Buckle) Church among many others. Originally, there was a church for every day of the year. Learn how the colorful kilims (carpets) that echo the earth tones of the region are made during a demonstration by local weavers and a photo stop at the ancient natural citadel of Uchisar. Afterwards We will visit the underground city of Kaymakli, used in the 7th century by the early Christians of the region to escape from the invading Roman armies.We will also visit the Valley of Fairy Chimneys, Village of Cavusin , Zelve Open-Air Museum and Urgup and Rose Valley to see the sunset. Turn back to hotel and dinner overnight.

Day 12 - Cappadocia - Ankara (B) (L)

Morning departure for Ankara, once a Hittite town, then a Roman city, and now the modern capital of Turkey. En route visit an Caravanserai. Then continue to Ankara to visit visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum which is housed in a restored caravanserai, to see its Hittite artifacts. Here you will see the artifacts on display from pre-classical civilizations of Anatolia, beginning with the Old Stone Age and going through the Neolithic civilizations, Phrygians and the Romans. We will learn about the evolution of man kind following their ability to control nature. After lunch we will visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. This beautiful landmark is perched atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city. We will visit a famous Sufi's place called 'Haci Bayram Mosque'. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13 - Ankara - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Depart for Istanbul, driving through beautiful mountain scenery with a brief stop en route for lunch. Late afternoon arrival in Istanbul. First drive up to Camlica Hill for a magnificent view of the city, then check into the hotel. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 14 - Istanbul (B)

A full day at leisure to explore the 2,500 years of historical and cultural heritage of this unique city once called Constantinople. There are dozens of exquisite museums, spectacular palaces, and churches and as many as 500 historical mosques from which to choose. If you wish, just spend the day at a café on the Bosphorus and reminisce the days you have spent in this colorful country.

Day 15 - Istanbul (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 14 nights accomodation in hotels.

  • All domestic flight/s - train/s mentioned on the itinerary.

  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) .

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Professional guidance on each activity.

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Local taxes & service charges.

  • Luggage and Port rage tips.

  • Entry fees to sites and museums.

  • Tips to restaurants and hotels.

  • Travel documents kit.

  • International flights.

  • Tips to bus driver & tour guide.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the hotels.

  • All services which are not specifically mentioned.

  • Airport taxes or visa fees.

Accomodation

City

Hotel Name 

Hotel Type

Istanbul Taskonak Hotel Boutique
Canakkale Grand Temizel 5*
Kusadasi Hotel Adakule 5*
Pamukkale Colossae Thermal 5*
Antalya - Side Le Jardin 5*
Cappadocia Hotel Mustafa 4*
Ankara Hotel Aldino 4*