Day 1 Thu: Istanbul.
Arrival at Istanbul airport on your own,
transfer to the hotel. Evening welcome briefing. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Fri: 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. View the magnificiant Hagia Sofia
Chruch the largest Byzantine church ever built and the largest building
in the world for centiuries. 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 Sat: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale.
on the European side of Turkey for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine
Cemetery, Chunuk Bair. Than cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for
Day 4 Sun: Troy - Pergamum - Izmir.
Visit Troy on
the Asian side with its legendary famous wooden horse. Guided tour
around the ruins of the famed city from the Ilyad. Depart for
Pergamum, 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
Izmir, the largest city on Turkey's Aegean Coast. Overnight in
Izmir. B.L. D.
Day 5 Mon: - Ephesus
- Izmir. 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. Retuen for
Izmir. Tonight is free for own activities or join us for an optional
dinner at a local restaurant. B.
Day 6 Tue: - Izmir
Today we drive through lush valleys to
Pamukkale, famouse for its Cotton Fortress, with its frozen cascading
springs formed by hot mineral springs. Visit Hierapolis the ancinet
Roman spa town. Overnight at the thermal spring town of Pamukkale.
At your hotel you will have the chance to swim in the warm and curative
Day 7 Wed: Pamukkala - Bodrum
breakfast drive to Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus,
birthplace of Herodotus, the "father of history". Free time on
your own. You can 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. For dinner you have several options
around the harbour dotted with many cafes, taverns and restaurants. Overnight in Bodrum. B.
Day 8 Thu: Bodrum - Fethiye - 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 Fethiye located near Olu Deniz (Dead sea) one
of the most popular seaside resorts on the coast. Dinner and overnight in
Day 9 Fri : Fethiye - Myra - Antalya
Morning depart to
Antalya. We stop to visit the famous Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)'s
the former bishop of Demre in Byzantine times and will marvel the ancient Lycian tomb carvings on
the steep rocks .
Continue to Antalya for
dinner and overnight . B.D.
Day 10 Sat: Perge - Aspendos
Excursion 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 11. Thurs. Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia
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. Continue to Cappadocia and visit one of the famouse
underground cities , Saratli used by local Christans during enemy
invasions. It is a whole complex of secret corridors,
walkways, galleries and house with kitchens, storage and defensive
systems. Dinner and overnight in
Day 12. Fri. Cappadocia.
Early morning optional
hot baloon ride over the exotic landscapes of Cappadocia: hillsides
dotted by beehive dwellings, pink valleys and mushroom like rock
formations for those not afraid of heights. Return to the hotel for
After breakfast 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. Optional Whirling
Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D.
Day 13 Sat: Cappadocia - Ankara
Morning departure to Ankara,
Turkey's capital city where we visit the famouse Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a
former 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. Dinner and overnight. in Ankara. B.D.
Day 14 Sun: Ankara - Istanbul
Morning departure to Istanbul. In the afternoon
join an optional 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 15 Mon: Istanbul
- Transfer to the airport for your
Price In USD Per Person:
Children (ages 5-11 sharing with two adult) : 25% reduction
First Class hotel accommodation (Special Category - Historical and
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, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Mevlana Mausoleum, the original Church of St Nicholas in Demer, Aspensons,
Saratli underground city, Goreme UNESCO site. Museum of Ancient
Civilizations in Ankara.
transportation, luggage handling
Arrival and departure
on first and last day of the tour.
Local taxes and service
Hotels used on the tour :
Istanbul: W Hotel Bosphorus (SPC)
Canaccale: Kolin hotel (SPC)
Izmir: Swissotel (SPC)
Pamukkale: Doga Thermal (SFC)
Bodrum : Doria Hotel (SFC+)
Fethiye: ECE Boutique (SFC+)
Patara Prince (SPC)
Antalya: Puding Marina (SPC)
Gamirasu Cave hotel (SPC)
Istanbul: W hotel Bosphorus (SPC)
History of Anatolia