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1 - Istanbul(B)
are scheduled to arrive in Istanbul's Ataturk airport just
before noon. After clearing customs you will be met by your
guide. There will be a short drive to a hotel where there will
be some time to rest and settle in. We will have an early
dinner at a nice local Turkish restaurant. All dinners in
Istanbul will be at nice local Turkish restaurants.
2 - Istanbul(B) (L) (D)
the classical highlights of Istanbul: Roman
Blue Mosque and Saint 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, take time to
stop and savor its majesty and serenity as you admire the fine
Byzantine mosaics and Islamic calligraphy. You will also visit
the Topkapi palace, which like the others, is formed by many
smaller palaces and apartments. You are 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.
3- Istanbul - Canakkale(B) (L) (D)
after the breakfast to Gallipoli, through the European
lands of Turkey. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by Ferryboat. We
will visit Gallipolis on the way to Canakkale. While we are in
Canakkale, we will visit the legendary city of Troy. 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 and overnight in Canakkale.
4- Pergamon - Ephesus - Kusadasi(B) (L) (D)
will drive to Izmir. Depart to
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.
Izmir is the
third largest city in Turkey and a major shipping port. It was
built in the 4th Century B.C. by the orders of Alexander the
Great. Leave for Ephesus, where
we will see the city and its colossal Greek Theatre. This
particular theater is still used for performances today. The
Marble Road, the Celsius Library, and the Temple of Diana are
just a few of the things that we will be seeing. We will also
visit the house where the Virgin Mary lived her final days.
We will return to the hotel later in the afternoon to enjoy
the pool or the lovely private beach on the Aegean and the
5- Aphrodisias - Pamukkale ( Hierapolis) (B) (L) (D)
we will depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will stop
in Aphrodisias, which was constructed in honour of the
Roman Goddess Aphrodite and was an ancient centre of Roman
art. We will visit a well-preserved stadium, which seated
nearly 35,000 people and in the height of the Roman Period,
gladiators performed here. We will visit the snow-like
travertine of calcium at Pamukkale. This is an area with
strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides
that will amaze you. Hierapolis is the ancient name for
the Greco-Roman city above the travertine.
6- 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. 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. We will visit handicraft shops as well as enjoy an
optional folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and
dine in an underground cabaret. We will also visit a
Caravan-Saray, an ancient caravan motel. We will have
wonderful strolls and go off the “tourist track”
discovering the unknown Cappadocia. While in Cappadocia
we will enjoy an excellent lecture and demonstration on
Turkish carpets and kilims.We will also visit Underground
City of Kaymakli.
7- Cappadocia - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum,
the pottery making town, the Natural Citadel of Uchisar. Cappadocia.
one of the oldest settlements of the region - Goreme. The
chimney-like, rock formations that spread throughout
Cappadocia's rugged lanscape 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. 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. In the
evening, We will fly to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
time in Istanbul. Transfer to airport. End of tour.
is not Included:
flight/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.