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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 - Ankara (B) (L) (D)
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
3- 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 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
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).
4- Cappadocia - Guzelyurt (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. 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
5- Konya – Antalya(B) (L) (D)
morning we will depart for Konya, an important Roman
city and later the capital of Seljuk Turkish Empire. Visit the
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.
6- Perge – Aspendos – Antalya - Pamukkale(B)
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.
7- Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Hierapolis - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
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
8- Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
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.
9- Istanbul (B) (L) (D)
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.
to the airport for your flight back home.
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.