MAGIC OF ASIA MINOR

12 Days / 11 Nights

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This tour is only available with at least 10 participants

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Day 1 - 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. Meet your group companions at a welcome drink while your tour manager is giving short instruction about the tour and the country.

Day 2 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Discover the classical highlights of Istanbul:  Visit the Roman Hippodrome area with the famous Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column. Continue to the Blue Mosque, great masterpiece of Turkish Architecture; see the beautiful blue tiles decorating the interior walls of the building. Proceed to Haghia Sophia the Byzantine Miracle built in 6th Century as the largest Cathedral of the world now a museum. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. You will also visit the Topkapi palace once built as the residence for the Sultans in 15th Century, now a splendid museum where you can see treasury including the spoonmaker's diamond.  Next visit is the Basilica Cistern, a wonderfully eerie underground chambers of 336 columns built by Justinian in AD 537. Our last stop is the Grand Covered Bazaar. 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. 

Day 3- Istanbul - Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)

Flight from Istanbul to Kayseri at 7 a.m. Transfer to Cappadocia. Full 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 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.

Day 4- Cappadocia (B) (L) (D)

We 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. Literally walk 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. We will visit also Selime Village, Selcuk Caravanserai and turn to hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5- Kayseri Kahramanmaras Mt. Nemrut (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast depart to Nemrut Mountain. On the way visit the Kayseri. Selcuk Castle, Hunat Hatun Mosque and depart to Kahta via Kahraman Maras. Lunch on the way. Arrival at afternoon around 17:00 pm. Check in the hotel. Drive to see sunset top of the Nemrut Mountain. Turn back to hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6- Mt. Nemrut Kahta - Urfa (B) (L) (D)

Wake up at 04:30 am. Depart to see the sunrise at top of the Nemrut Mountain. Visit the historical monuments and see for the first time the artificial tumulus as it is flanked by terraces on which rest the colossal statues of Apollo, Zeus, Heracles, Tyche and Antiochus. Time has inflicted heavy damage on the sculptures - their torsos sit with their beautifully carved heads at their feet. Turn back to hotel. Have a breakfast. After breakfast check out from the hotel. Sightseeing Roman Bridge, Black Bird , Arsemia and Old Castle of Kahta. Depart to Urfa. Check in the hotel. Dinner overnight.

Day 7- Urfa - Harran (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast visit the Balikli Gol (Fishes Lake). Lunch in Urfa. Depart to Harran (Harran is known more now for its unusual beehive dwellings than as the place where Abraham actually spent several years of his life. Included among the archaeological are those of the largest ancient Islamic university, city walls dating from the eighth century, four gates and a citadel.) and visit the Cave of Prophet Abraham (Today the cave is a pilgrimage site and flocks of pigeons do not seem to disturb the elderly men praying around the entrance.). Turn back to hotel. Dinner overnight.

Day 8- Gaziantep Zeugma (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast depart to Gaziantep. On the way visit the Zeugma (There is a mound which was turned into a citadel and mosaics from the Roman period, which are well worth seeing.) Check in the hotel. Dinner overnight.

Day 9- Antakya (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast depart to Antakya. Driving via Taurus Mountain. Lunch on the way. Check in the hotel in Antakya.

Day 10- Antakya Adana Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast check out the hotel. Visit the Antakya Museum (Best Mosaic Museum in the World). Antakya, the biblical city of Antioch, lies on the Asi River (Orontes) on a fertile plain surrounded by grand mountains. Once the capital of the Seleucid kings, it was notorious for its wealth and luxury. In Roman times, the city continued to thrive with commerce and culture. It featured prominently in early Christianity and St. Barnabas, St. Paul and St. Peter all visited the city.Depart to Adana. Transfer to airport. Flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Dinner overnight.

Day 11- Istanbul (B)

Free day in Istanbul. Dinner overnight.

Day 12- Istanbul (B)

Transfer to airport. End of the tour.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 11 nights accomodation in hotels.

  • 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
Cappadocia
Mt.Nemrut
Urfa
Gaziantep
Antakya