Day 1 Istanbul Morning arrival in
Istanbul. After meeting at the airport, there will be a
full day's memorable sightseeing tour of Istanbul, with
visits to the breathtaking Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue
Mosque, Underground Cistern and the Covered Bazaar. Lunch
at local restaurant. Savor the taste of an authentic Turkish
dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul - Canakkale After
breakfast departure for Canakkale via the Dardanelles. Lunch
at local restaurant on the way. Afternoon excursion of Troy
and visit to the ruins. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.
Day 3 Canakkale - Izmir Following
breakfast, drive to Izmir via Pergamum. After a local lunch,
a chance to explore this great ancient city, which once
rivaled the other centers of Mediterranean Hellenism, such
as Ephesus, Alexandria and Antioch. There will be visits
to the ruins of Pergamum, the Acropolis and the Asclepium.
Followed by a drive to Izmir for dinner. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 4 Izmir - Pamukkale Departure
for Pamukkale via Ephesus, which is unmatched by any archeological
site anywhere in terms of sheer magnitude. With visits to
the House of The Virgin Mary, the ruins of Ephesus (including
the spectacular amphitheater, and the harbor bath), the
Archeological Museum and the Basilical Museum and the Basilica
of St. John. After a local lunch continue to Pamukkale for
dinner. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5 Antalya After breakfast, before
heading towards Antalya, a tour will be made of Pamukkale,
the “COTTON CASTLE” with its fascinating white rock formations
and hotsprings. Reputed to be beneficial to the eyes and
the skin. Also a visit will be made to the ancient Roman
City of Hierapolis.
Day 6 Antalya Full day's sightseeing
of Side, a seaside town. Ruins of The Greek, Roman and Byzantine
Eras. Tour the Archeological Museum, the captivating Ancient
Theater of Aspendos with perfect acoustics, and the vast
ruins. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Day 7 Cappadocia In the morning,
head for Cappadocia via Konya, capital of the Seljuk Empire.
During the sightseeing tour of Konya, visit the Mausoleum
and Museum of Mevlana, home of the famous Whirling Dervishes.
The ceramics museum of Karatay, once an Islamic School,
built in 1251. Lunch in Konya or en route to Cappadocia.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 Cappadocia Spend a full day
exploring the brilliant landscape of Cappadocia, with its
unique valleys and villages that seem like a lost world
to the visitor. Also visit the underground city of KAYMARLI
- UCHISAR, AVCILAR, GOREME, URGUP, AVANOS, ZELVE and CAVUSIN.
Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 Cappadocia - Ankara In the
morning drive north to Ankara via Salt Lake. After having
lunch in a local restaurant in Ankara, explore the capital
of modern Turkey, with visits to the Museum of Ancient Civilizations
of Anatolia (from the Stone Age to the Romans), The Temple
of Augustus, The Citadel and The Mausoleum of Ataturk. Overnight
Day 10 Departure After breakfast,
transfer to the airport for the flight home.
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