HISTORY & DISCOVERY TOUR

20 Days / 19 Nights

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Day 1 - 2 Istanbul (D)

After arriving in Istanbul, you will meet your guide and check into hotel where you will have the chance to rest and settle. In the afternoon we will have a city tour and a drive along the Bosphorus. Dinner will be at 7:30 p.m., at a nice Turkish restaurant. Among the many things we will do in Istanbul is the visit to the Military Museum and to enjoy a concert performed in traditional costumes by the world's first established military marching ensemble. Constantine the Great renamed 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 sultans until the 19th century. St. Sophia was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian and was completed in 537 A.D. It was the greatest Christian church in the world for more than 1000 years. We will visit the Spice market and the Rüstem Pasha mosque with its exceptional tiles. We will also visit the Blue Mosque, which 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. Suggested museums to visit on the free time are Chora Church, the Museum of Archaeology and the Dolmabahce Palace.

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

We will have a scenic drive to Ankara. While in Ankara, the capital of Turkey since 1923, we will visit the magnificent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. This particular museum contains relics from Catalhoyuk, one of the earliest known human communities up through the Roman Classical Period. We will also pay a visit to the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the father of modern Turkey. This beautiful landmark is perched atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city. We will also stop by the Museum of Ethnography. This recently restored museum has a fine collection of Seljuk and Ottoman art, craft work, musical instruments, weapons, folk costumes, jewellery and household items.

Day 4 – 5 – 6 Cappadocia (Kanesh) (B) (L) (D)

We will depart Ankara and turn the sights toward Cappadocia. During the 4½ hours 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 handicrafts shops and enjoy a folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret. We will also take you to see the spiritual Whirling Dervish ceremony while in Cappadocia. We will have wonderful strolls and go off the "tourist track" visiting small villages and discovering the unknown. While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy an excellent lecture-demonstration on Turkish kilims and carpets. We will also visit Kanesh, a city near Kayseri, where we will see the 4000 years old Hatti and Hittite ruins. Time permitting; we will also visit the village Soganli where the villagers make world famous Cappadocian dolls. 

Day 7 - 8 S.Urfa - Mt. Nemrud / Harran (B) (L) (D)

Urfa is the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. We will visit Harran nearby and see the incredible beehive houses. While in Urfa, we will visit holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. We will also visit the Syrian border. Our stay will be at a fine hotel. While in Urfa we will visit the cave where prophet Abraham was born. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area. The next day we will drive two hours to Adýyaman-Kahta. There we will hire small mini buses to drive up the mountain. The extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. The complex has been built by Antiouchus, approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his "divine ancestry". We will return to Urfa to stay at a hotel since none of the hotels near Mt. Nemrud are satisfactory.

*The hike to Mt. Nemrud consists of 20-40 minutes of a 30% uphill hike, mostly with stairs.

Day 9 – 10 Mersin (Olba, Tarsus) (B) (L) (D)

We will cross the beautiful Toros Mountains on the way to Tarsus, where St. Paul was born.  We will visit St. Paul's house and well while we are there. After Tarsus, we will drive another half hour and stay at a hotel, a lovely hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. 

Day 11 – 12  Antalya - Turkish Riviera (B) (L) (D)

We will leave early in the morning for a long but beautiful day, with many stops along the way, to Antalya known as the Turkish Riviera. It 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. We will stay at a hotel, which has a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. 

Day 13 - Pamukkale - Hierapolis (B) (L) (D)

We will depart Antalya early and drive to Aphrodisias; the city of art dedicated to he Goddess Aphrodite. The marble theatre is beautiful and the stadium that seats over 35,000 is immense. After Aphrodisias we will continue our drive to Pamukkale. We will wander between a ruined city and its necropolis (city of the dead) and see many sarcophagi. We will visit the snow like travertine of calcium for which Pamukkale is famous. 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, which has a hot mineral pool for our enjoyment. 

Day 14 - 15 Izmir (Sardis/Ephesus) (B) (L) (D)

Today 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. Then we will drive one 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. It is one of the seven churches of Asia that are mentioned in the Book of Revelations. The next day we will continue our drive to 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 house where the Virgin Mary lived her final days. After the crucifixion of Jesus, she had come to Ephesus with St. John. 

Day 16 - Canakkale (Troy) (B) (L) (D)

We will have a scenic five hours 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 have been discovered; each 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 hotel, which is the best available overlooking the Dardanelle and Gallipolis across the Straits. 

Day 17 - Bursa (B) (L) (D)

We will drive four hours to Bursa, the ancient Ottoman Empire's first capital. We will visit the Green Mosque and the Green Tomb. Bursa is the major silk production centre for all of Turkey. We will have a chance to shop in the famous Silk Bazaar or bathe in the ancient Turkish baths next to our hotel.

Day 18 - 19 Istanbul (B)

We will visit the places we did not go to on day 1 and 2. 

Day 20 Istanbul (B)

We will depart the hotel shortly after breakfast for our transfer to the Airport and flight back. 

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 19 nights accomodation in hotels,plus one night in camp.

  • All domestic flight/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.

City Hotels
Istanbul
Ankara
Cappadocia
Urfa
Mt.Nemrut
Mersin
Antalya
Pamukkale
Izmir
Canakkale
Bursa