TURKISH ODYSSEY

10 Days / 9 Nights

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This tour is only available with at least 10 participants

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Day 1 - Istanbul (D)

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. We will have a dinner at a nice local Turkish restaurant. All dinners in Istanbul will be at nice local Turkish restaurants. 

Day 2 – Istanbul - Ankara (B) (L) (D)

Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Ankara, once a Hittite town, then a Roman city, and now the modern capital of Turkey. Morning tour of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which is housed in a restored caravanserai, to see its Hittite artifacts. Here you will see the artifacts on display from pre-classical civilizations of Anatolia, beginning with the Old Stone Age and going through the Neolithic civilizations, Phrygians and the Romans. Continue to the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Republic of Turkey. Dinner at a local restaurant.

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

Full day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town. Explore one of the oldest settlements of the region - Goreme open-air Museum, with its dozens of painted cave-churches including Yilanli (Snake) Church, Elmali (Apple) Church, Tokali (Buckle) Church, among many others. 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. (Tonight you may join the optional Turkish Night Floor Show). 

Day 4- Cappadocia - Guzelyurt (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.  After lunch continue to explore Cappadocia's beauty above ground as you drive through the twists and turns of Ihlara Valley. Arrive in Guzelyurt where St Gregory was born and established the oldest monestary on Earth. In the beauty of the Monastery valley imagine the monks contemplating to find the best way of passing the word of God to the fire worshippers of the region. Overnight at the Hotel Karballa which was built as a Christian school in 1853, or you can do home stay.

Day 5- Konya – Antalya (B) (L) (D)

This morning we will depart for Konya, an important Roman city and later the capital of Seljuk Turkish Empire. 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 also visit Karatay Medrese, an Islamic school built in 1251. It is now a ceramics and tile museum. Afterwards we will continue on to Antalya.

Day 6- Perge – Aspendos – Antalya - Pamukkale (B) (L) (D)

Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of Antalya, Perge and Aspendos. The archaeological museum of Antalya is an award winning one with an extensive collection of artifacts from the ancient cities of Pamphylia region. The ruins at Perge, although not on the scale of Ephesus, are still vast and belong to the period of Pax Romana-the Theater, stadium, baths and colonnaded street. Aspendos has the most impressive theater, which can seat 15,000 spectators, and today it is still in use for cultural performances. Return to Antalya for dinner and drive to Pamukkale.

Day 7- Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Hierapolis - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

We will visit 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. Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Istanbul.

Day 8- Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Full day tour of the city’s highlights. Our visit will include the St. Sophia Church (Museum), the main Byzantine edifice in the city and an architectural masterpiece dating back to 537 AD. Our next stop is Sultan Ahmet Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1616, and popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of its interior blue tile decorations; walking through the ancient Hippodrome where the chariot races took place in antiquity, we will get to the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, which showcases some of the finest Ottoman costumes, Korans, kilims and more. Dinner at a local restaurant.

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

We will start the day with a visit to the Spice Market followed by a cruise along the Bosphorus, which separates Asia from Europe. Then visit the magnificient Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. Enjoy the exquisite collection of Chinese porcelain, the stunning Imperial Treasury including the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” and the “Topkapi Dagger” 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 with its 4000 tiny shops. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10- Istanbul (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 9 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
Guzelyurt
Konya
Antalya
Pamukkale