ITINERARY: - Small Group tour
using Historical and
Day 1 Sun: Istanbul. Arrival at Istanbul airport on your own,
transfer to the hotel. Evening welcome briefing. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Mon: Istanbul | Full day tour to include:
residents of former sultans,
(excluding harem), see the ancient Hippodrome where former chariot races
took place in ancient Byzantine times, visit the Blue Mosque
famous for its blue ceramic tiles. In the afternoon we visit the Grand Bazaar
the world's largest covered bazaar with over 60 streets of shops.
Evening optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 3 Tue: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Troy - Assos. Morning departure
on the European side of Turkey for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine
Cemetery, Chunuk Bair. Than cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale to visit
Troy on the Asian side with its legendary famous wooden horse. Continue to Assos for overnight. B.D.
Day 4 Wed: Assos - Pergamum - Kusadasi. Depart for
Pergamum in the morning an important ancient Greek city. Today we will enjoy a
typical Turkish lunch in
a traditional local village with locals. In the afternoon we continue to Pergamon and visit the ancient Medical
Center, Asclepion which is the oldest known hospital in the world. Continue to Kusadasi . Overnight in
Kusadasi. B.L. D.
Day 5 Thu: - Ephesus
- Kusadasi - Pamukkale. Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus,
the best preserved ancient Greek-Roma city in the world with its marble
side walks, temples and theatres and the famous Library of Celsius. We
drive up the hill to nearby St. Mary’s Cottage, a modest stone hut
where the mother of Jesus spent the last years of her life in isolation.
We will also visit a local rug making place where you will get a short
demonstration on the secrets of producing the renowned Turkish
rugs. In the afternoon we will drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale,
admire the Cotton Fortress, with its frozen cascading springs formed by
hot mineral springs. Overnight
at the thermal spring town of Pamukkale. At your hotel you
will have the chance to swim in the warm and curative mineral pools. B.D.
Day 6 Friday: - Pamukkale - Bodrum - After
breakfast at your Pamukkale hotel drive to nearby Hierapolis an ancient
Roman health spa, then continue to Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus,
birthplace of Herodotus, the "father of history". Visit the Castle of St Peter
stronghold of the Knights of St John and the nearby underwater Museum
which was awarded the best underwater museum title in 2000.
Bodrum was the home in ancient times of the Mausoleum of
of the Seven Wonders of the World. Overnight in Bodrum. B.
Day 7 Sat: Bodrum - Marmaris - Late morning departure
to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World : the foundations of
the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Unfortunately the beautiful statues and
decorations are no longer visible here, they are on display at the
British Museum. Drive to Marmaris and the rest of
the day is at leisure at this popular seaside resort. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris.
Day 8 Sunday Marmaris – Rhodes | Day at leisure at this lovely
town of Marmaris or embark on an optional day tour to the beautiful
Greek island of Rhodes. Dinner and overnight in Marmaris. B D
Day 9 Mon. : Marmaris - Dalyan - Kalkan - Morning departure for
Dalyan. After arrival take a river boat to the famous mud baths with
sulphur hot springs. View the Ancient Kings Tombs of Caunos City carved
high up in the steep hillside and inaccessible by humans. Have a
relaxing swimming break at Iztuzu Beach a natural shelter and breeding
ground for sea turtles and blue crabs.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lovely seaside town
of Kalkan. B.D.
Day 10 Tue: Kalkan - Myra - Antalya - Morning depart to
Antalya. We stop to visit the famous Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)'s
the bishop of Demre and marvel the ancient Lycian tomb carvings on
the steep rocks .
Continue to Antalya for
dinner and overnight . B.D.
Day 11 Wed. Perge - Aspendos
- Antalya - Full day tour to Perge an ancient Roman city and to the famous Roman
theatre in Aspendos considered the best preserved antique theatre in the
world. Afternoon is free for relaxing or pursuing other private
activities. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Antalya. B.D.
Day 12. Thurs. Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia Depart
in the morning for Cappadocai, en route visit the famous Mevlana
mausoleum of the Sufi mystic philosopher.
The mausoleum was also the the dervish
lodge of the Mevlevi order, known as the order of the Whirling
Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in
Day 13. Fri. Konya -Cappadocia. Departure to
Cappadocia, the land of volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys
and caves with On the way visit a 13th century caravanserai and the
underground city of Saratli built by early Christians as a hiding place
from intruders. It is a whole complex of secret corridors,
walkways, galleries and house with kitchens, storage and defensive
systems. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Optional Whirling
Dervishes performance. B.D.
Day 14. Sat. Cappadocia. Early morning optional hot
balloon drive over the exotic landscape of Cappadocia, hillsides dotted
by beehive dwellings, pink valleys and mushroom like rock formations.
After breakfast e visit the pink valley of
Goreme with its many byzantine rock churches, and monastery
dwellings. Continue on to Pasabagi, the Red Valley and Avanos
pottery village. Dinner at a special restaurant. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D
Day 15 Sun. Cappadocia - Ankara - Safranbolu - early
morning departure to Ankara where we visit the Ataturk Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a
historic caravanserai holding a rich collection of Hittite and other artifacts
from Anatolia, some dating back to to the Bronze Age and are over
7000 years old. Continue to the Ottoman town of Safranbolu (Saffron city), a
UNESCO heritage site for dinner and overnight. B.D.
Day 16 Tue: Safranbolu - Istanbul - Morning visit the
old part of Safranbolu then continue to Istanbul. In the afternoon
join an ptional half day tour to the St Sophia, symbol of ancient
Byzantium and a Bosporus cruise sailing through the straight that
divides two continents. On both sides you can enjoy views of typical
villages, seaside resorts, cafes and gardens. Your optional excursion
ends at the Spice market for those interested in last minute shopping. Tonight enjoy a farewell
dinner in Istanbul.
Day 17 Wed: Istanbul - Transfer to the airport for your
2016 PRICES Per Person IN US$
P/P in DBL
Apr 03, 17, May 01, 15, 29
Oct 02, 16, 30 2016
Jun 12, 26, Jul 10,24,Aug 07, 21, Sep 04, 18 2016
Pre and post tour accommodation rates in Istanbul:
US$ 108 per person based on double
US$ 183 per person based on single
US$ 87 per person based on triple
Children (ages 5-11 sharing with two adult) : 25% reduction
- First Class hotel accommodation (Special Category - Historical and
- Small groups maximum 22 people
- Meals as indicated on
lunch with locals and special meals
- English speaking guides
throughout the land tours
- Entrance fees and guided visits to Topkapi Place, Grand Bazaar,
Ancaz Cove, Troy, Ephesus, Virgin Mary's house, Pamukklae, Bodrum's
castle, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Mevlana Mausoleum, Caunos, Xantos,
Patara, the original Church of St Nicholas in Demer, Aspensons,
Saratli underground city, Goreme UNESCO site. Museum of Ancient
Civilizations in Ankara, Safranbolu.
- Private air-conditioned
transportation, luggage handling
- Arrival and departure
on first and last day of the tour.
- Local taxes and service
- Personal expenses, optional tours, customary tips to guide and
Hotels used on the tour :
Istanbul: Innova (SPC)
Canaccale: Nazlihan Boutique hotel (SPC)
Pamukkale: Colossae (SFC)
Bodrum : Doria Hotel (SFC+)
Marmaris: Fantasia (SFC+)
Patara Prince (SPC)
Antalya: Puding Marina (SPC)
Konya Hilton Garden
Safranbolu: Cincihan (SPC)
History of Anatolia