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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.
1 - Istanbul (D)
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.
2 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
day tour of the city’s highlights. Start at 0845 visit the
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.
3 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
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.
4 - Istanbul - Canakkale (B) (L) (D)
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.
5 - Pergamum – Kusadasi (B) (L) (D)
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
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
6 - Kusadasi - Ephesus (B) (L) (D)
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.
7 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale (B) (L) (D)
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
Dinner at hotel.
8 - Pamukkale- Antalya (B) (L) (D)
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.
9 - Antalya (B) (L)
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.
10 - Konya - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)
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
11 - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)
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.
12 - Cappadocia
- Ankara (B) (L)
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 Museumwhich 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.
13 - Ankara - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
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.
14 - Istanbul (B)
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.
15 - Istanbul (B)
to the airport for your flight back home.
is not Included:
flight/s - train/s mentioned on the itinerary.
All meals mentioned
on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
mentioned in the itinerary.
guidance on each activity.
sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
taxes & service charges
and Port rage tips.
fees to sites and museums.
restaurants and hotels.
bus driver & tour guide.
of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the
services which are not specifically mentioned.