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1 – Istanbul - Ankara (D)
arriving in Istanbul, you will transfer to your domestic
flight to Ankara. Upon arrival in Ankara, your guide will meet
you and you will check in to your hotel. We will have an early
dinner at a nice Turkish restaurant.
2–3-4 Ankara - Cappadocia ( B – D )
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 also visit the
magnificent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. We will depart
Ankara in the afternoon and turn our sights toward Cappadocia.
During the 4¸ hour’s drive to this region, we will stop
frequently for rest breaks. While in Cappadocia we will enjoy
the unique landscapes of wind and rain eroded volcanic rock
formations. We will visit the amazing underground churches and
cities carved into the rocks by early Christians. We will
visit ancient handicrafts shops and enjoy a folk dance and
belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an
underground cabaret. We will have wonderful strolls and go off
the "tourist track" visiting small villages and
discovering the unknown Cappadocia. While in Cappadocia, we
will enjoy an excellent lecture-demonstration on Turkish
kilims and carpets and visit Urgup, Goreme, Zelve, Avanos,
Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley. Our stay in
Cappadocia will be at a hotel in the town of Urgup.
5-6 Antalya ( B - D )
is our destination for today. Along the way we will stop
numerous times for photo opportunities and for rest. We will
have a long, but beautiful drive through the Toros Mountains
and along the Turquoise Coast, stopping at Roman, Armenian and
Turkish fortresses. Antalya, known as the Turkish Riviera is a
beautiful city snuggled between the Mediterranean Sea and the
Toros Mountains. During our stay in Antalya, we will visit the
ruined cities of Aspendos and Perge. Aspendos dates back to
the time of the Hittites, yet the only visible remains are
left over from the Roman Period. The restored theatre at
Aspendos is said to be the best in all of Turkey. Perge
reached its height under the Romans and Alexander the Great.
Today, what remains are the ruins of a great theatre, a
stadium, and the colonnaded main street. We will visit the
Antalya Museum and tour the city.
7-8-9 Fethiye ( B - D)
will depart from Antalya for Fethiye. On the way we will drive
along the Turquoise Coast to the Lycian-Roman City of Myra
where St. Nicholas was the bishop. After boarding the boat,
you will sail to Dalyan, a small village on the inland
waterway. Above the ancient city of Caunos, magnificent tombs
can be seen carved in the rock. The Daly and Delta is a nature
conservation area and a refuge for sea turtles and blue crabs.
Next you will sail to Fethiye, a popular resort. Above the
port, you can see the ruins of a crusader fortress built by
the Knights of Rhodes. You sail south 2 hours to visit a
remarkable island called Gemiler. The island is less than a
mile long and 1600 years old. There are ruins everywhere. This
was a Roman, Byzantine town that flourished between the 4th
and 7th centuries. Tiles, mosaics, basilicas, and houses are
everywhere. They are covered by 1500 years of debris. The
beautiful clear turquoise waters are perfect for swimming.
Next you will sail back to Marmaris to disembark the boat.
10- Pamukkale ( B – D )
will depart from Marmaris for Pamukkale. We will visit the
snow-like Travertine’s of calcium in Pamukkale. Pamukkale is
one of the natural wonders of the world with strikingly
beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will
amaze you. We will stay at a hotel with a hot mineral pool for
11- 12 Izmir
B - D)
will be an hour drive to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was
constructed in honor of the Roman goddess Aphrodite.
Aphrodisias was also an ancient center of Roman art. We will
visit a well-preserved stadium, which seated nearly 35,000
people. In the height of the Roman period, gladiators
performed in the stadium. We will drive to Sardis, where money
was first minted. We will see one of the world's oldest
synagogues in Sardis, as well as see the excavations, the
gymnasium and the Artemis Temple. We will also visit an area
called Bintepe, a necropolis (cemetery) with many burial
mounds for the Lydian Royalty. While there we will also visit
a village with great photo opportunities. We will drive 1 hour
to Izmir where we will stay. 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. In the
morning of the following day, we will tour the incredible city
of Ephesus and its colossal Greek Theatre. This particular
theatre is still used for performances today. The Marble Road,
the Celsus Library, and the Temple of Diana are just a few of
the things that we will be seeing. We will also visit the
Ephesus Archaeological Museum. 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 free time.
B - D)
will have a scenic 5-hour’s drive up the Aegean Coast. We
will stop in Pergamon to see the Asklepion, an ancient
hospital complex. We will then drive to Canakkale where we
will visit the legendary city of Troy. We will have the
opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan’s Horse. To date,
nine different Troys has 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. While in Canakkale we will stay at
a 4-star hotel, which is the best available, overlooking the
Dardanelles and Gallipolis across the Straits.
( B )
will take a ferry from the Asian side to the European side. We
will visit Gallipolis and drive to Istanbul. A drive and a
ferry ride will take us to Istanbul. Among the many things we
will do in Istanbul is the visit to the Military Museum to
attend a concert performed in traditional costumes by the
world's first established military marching ensemble.
Constantine the Great has renamed the city of Byzantium to
Constantinople in 326 A.D. when he moved the capital of the
Roman Empire to what is now Istanbul. Istanbul received its
current name from Mehmet II in 1453. Istanbul is the only city
in the world that spans two continents. We will also visit
several of Turkey's most famous museums and mosques. Topkapi
Palace was first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and was
the home of the sultan until the 19th century. St. Sophia was
built by Roman Emperor Justinian and was completed in 537 A.D.
It was the greatest Christian church in the world for more
than 1000 years. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan
Ahmet in 1603 and was constructed with the deliberate
intention of rivalling the St. Sophia. We will also visit an
underground cistern. We will have a final dinner together with
lots of live music and entertainment by a gypsy orchestra. On
the final day in Istanbul we will have a morning Bosphorus
cruise in a private boat. The afternoon will be free which
will give you a chance to go out on your own and explore.
Dinner will be on your own. While in Istanbul, we will also
find the time for short visits to the Spice Market and the
Grand Bazaar, hopefully both.
( B )
will depart the hotel shortly after breakfast for our transfer
to the Airport and flight back.
is not Included:
in hotels,plus 3 nights on boat.
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.