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1 - Istanbul (D)
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. We will have a dinner at a nice local Turkish
restaurant. All dinners in Istanbul will be at nice local
2 - Istanbul (B)(L)(D)
the classical highlights of Istanbul: Roman Hippodrome,
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. You will also visit
the Topkapi palace, which like the others, is formed by many
smaller palaces and apartments.
After lunch visit the Magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque. 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. Turn
back to hotel. Dinner overnight.
3- Istanbul - Abant - Ankara - Cappadocia (B)(L)( D )
the hotel and drive to Bolu. Visit the villages in the forests
and see the magical Abant Lake. We will continue to
Ankara. 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 in 'Haci
Bayram Mosque'. We will also visit the magnificent
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. In the afternoon, we will
depart Ankara and turn the sights toward Cappadocia. During
the 4 1/2 hour drive to this region, we will stop frequently
4- 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. 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. We
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.
5- Cappadocia – Kayseri - Istanbul (B)(L)( D )
will visit the underground city of Kaymakli, built in
the 7th century by the early Christians of the region to
escape from the invading Roman armies.
in the footsteps of early Christians during a morning visit of
the underground city. Descend 8 stories beneath the
surface of the earth to the underground city with its wine
cellars, classrooms and tombs where early Christians, fleeing
persecution, lived for months at a time undetected. Approximately 15,000 people used to live in this underground
city. The city was sub-divided into separate sections for
better defense purposes. Each section could be isolated from
each other by closing the mill stone shaped round rock gates
with a diameter of 1.5m. The passages between these sections
are about 30kms long. The corridors are very narrow. But the
living rooms, meeting halls, churches and other facilities are
very comfortable. The storage rooms were capable of storing
enough food for the residents for many months. The airshafts
and water wells were adequate for 15,000 people, living all
together for a very long time. We will also Ihlara Canyon,in the
Valley of Ihlara which is arrived at by diverging from the
Aksaray-Nevsehir road, there are 36 churches each one of which
is more interesting than the other. When one descends the
steps and reaches the valley at the end of the road, the
Churches of Agacalti, Sumbullu, Kokar and Yilanli can be seen
in the Open Air Museum of Ihlara. The other churches of
importance such as those of Egritas, Purenliseki, Karagedik,
Kirkdamalti, Bahattin Samanligi and Ala Kilise are also
situated in this valley. Drive to Kayseri. Flight back to Istanbul. Dinner
and overnight in Istanbul.
6- Istanbul (B )
to Airport. End of tour.
is not Included:
in hotels,plus one night in camp.
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.