Landscapes of Turkey | 14 Days, 13 Nights

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Holiday Itinerary

Day 1:    ARRIVE ISTANBUL

Arrive in Istanbul, and transfer to your hotel. After a short tour briefing, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax or walk around to explore the city. Welcome dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in ISTANBUL.


Day 2:    ISTANBUL
Today we spend the full day visiting the sights of Old Istanbul. We will begin at the ancient Hippodrome which was the center of the civil activities back in the Hellenistic and Roman times, where chariot and horse races and athletic runs took place for the entertainment of the people of Constantinople.

Then visit Ibrahim Pasha Palace which houses the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art where we will see an impressive exhibit of Turkish and Islamic art, ranging in date from the 7th Century to the 19th. Then we proceed to the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles covering its interior walls and also for its six minarets which is a unique feature of this mosque. Nearby is Hagia Sophia Museum, the former Cathedral of Constantinople, considered as the masterpiece of the early Byzantine architecture.

After lunch we will visit the Topkapi Palace, residence and administrative center of the Ottoman Sultans. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in ISTANBUL.


Day 3:    ISTANBUL TO ANKARA

Today, we drive to ANKARA the capital of modern Turkey [7 hrs]. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations housed in a restored 15th century Ottoman Bedesten that was once Ankara's main covered bazaar, has one of the most extraordinary collections of antiquities in the world, ranging in time over the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Greco-Roman periods. Later, we will visit the Ataturk's Memorial built for the founder of modern Republic of Turkey. Overnight at your Hotel in ANKARA.


Day 4:    ANKARA TO CAPPADOCIA

Today we drive to Cappadocia [6 hrs] with a stop at the Salt Lake and through the central Anatolian Plateau, observing the villages and people on our way. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in CAPPADOCIA.


Day 5:    CAPPADOCIA
Morning departure for the sightseeing of CAPPADOCIA. We will spend the full day walking and driving around this fascinating volcanic area with incredible formations, a superb work by the Mother Nature. We will begin at the Pigeonsvalley where there is a nice panoramic view of the area, stopping at the Uchisar rock castle which was built hollowed out of the rock, and used for defense purposes at the times of danger. Next, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a large open courtyard surrounded by rock churches decorated with frescoes and murals.

Later, we will make a stop at the Pasabagi valley with fairy chimneys which are conical formations eroded by the natural elements over the centuries. We will visit Avanos, a town famous for its pottery, built on the banks of the Red River of Turkey. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in CAPPADOCIA.

 

Day 6:    CAPPADOCIA TO ANTALYA

Drive to Antalya [8 hrs], Turkey's famous resort center. Enroute sightseeing of Konya famous for its monastery of whirling Dervishes and early Selcuk-Islamic architecture. Visit Mevlana Museum, which is believed to be the holiest place of Turkey. Proceed to Karatay Medrese, the Islamic theological college from Turkish-Selcuk period (13th century), now it houses a nice collection of tiles and carved stones produced by the Seljuks.

The rest of the day, we drive making spontaneous stops for photography, to Antalya through the Lake District, and over the Taurus Mountains. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in ANTALYA.


Day 7:    ANTALYA
Take a day long excursion to the ancient Greco-Roman sites of the Pamphylia region. We will begin with Perge which is one of the best examples of a complete Roman city. After leaving Perge, we head for the ancient city of Aspendus which undoubtedly has the most perfectly preserved Roman Theater in existence, built in the 2nd century by the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Aspendus has also very well preserved aqueducts from Roman times standing to its almost full height. Continue to Side, the great ancient city and also a popular resort town right on the Mediterranean. We will walk down the shop-lined street to the site of the twin temples of Apollo and Athena with beautiful setting on the seaside.

Later, head back for Antalya. If time permits we visit Antalya Archaeological Museum with fine sculptures, sarcophagi and findings from around Pamphylia region. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in ANTALYA.


Day 8:    ANTALYA TO PAMUKKALE

This morning, we drive back into Taurus Mountains, with spontaneous stops of photography. Early afternoon arrival at our hotel. In the afternoon we will tour the calcified pools of Pamukkale and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Most of the cliffs formed by the geothermal waters are as white as the cotton that gives Pamukkale its name, which in Turkish means ‘Cotton Castle’. During your free time have a chance to take a quick dip in a natural spring pool.

Later, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis whose ruins are scattered a above the calcium pools, is another well preserved site in Turkey. It has been a popular spa center since the Hellenistic and Roman ages. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in PAMUKKALE.


Day 9:    PAMUKKALE TO KUSADASI

Today we will journey to the Aegean coast of Turkey to reach Kusadasi. Enroute visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias, a perfectly preserved Carian and Roman city. Aphrodisias is a rare city built of entire marble, because the marble quarries are so rich in this area. The rest of the day, we drive through fig and olive orchards to our hotel on the Aegean coast. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in KUSADASI.


Day 10: KUSADASI | EPHESUS

Full day sightseeing of well preserved sites of Ephesus. It was a great city and metropolitan center of the Antiquity, whose extensive ruins are among the best preserved in the world. As we walk down the main street of Ephesus, we will visualize its ancient life and buildings. Visit the remains and rebuilt model of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then we drive up to the Virgin Mary's House claimed to be the true place where Mother Mary spent her last years before she had died in this area. This is one the most important pilgrimage shrines in the world. Up on the hill above the town Selcuk, we will visit the Basilica of St. John, one the largest churches in its time built for the apostle author of the book of revelations.

Returning to the town Selcuk, we will visit the local Ephesus Museum with a nice exhibit of the objects such as statues, sarcophagi, busts and inscriptions, found during the excavations at Ephesus. If time permits we will drive up to Sirince a traditional village situated on a hill top. The village people still produce embroidery and lace work and also a good place to taste some local Turkish wine. Overnight at your Hotel in KUSADASI.


Day 11: KUSADASI TO CANAKKALE

Drive to CANAKKALE [4 hrs]. Enroute visit Pergamum, the capital of Pergamum Kingdom and a great Hellenistic city with superb setting on the top of the mountain that rises above the surrounding plain. We will stop at Asclepieum, the famous ancient medical center where Galen, the famous physician of the ancient world, practiced medicine.

Drive on to Troy, the fabled city of the book ‘Iliad’ written by Homer and the site of the Trojan War between Achaeans and Trojans. We will begin our walking tour near the replica of the Trojan horse and walk around the ancient city, and observe the fortification walls, temples, palaces, theater, and megaron style houses. Have time to have your photos taken on the Trojan horse. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in CANAKKALE.


Day 12: CANAKKALE TO ISTANBUL

Early morning departure for the ferry to take us across the strait of Dardanelles, to Thrace which is the European part of Turkey. Apart from the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Dardanelles separates the continents of Europe and Asia and was one of the most important water ways in the ancient ages, as it is today. We will make a brief stop at the Gallipoli war memorials and cemeteries. Gallipoli was the battlefield where the most crucial battle took place between the Ottoman army and the combined army of British and the Anzac forces.

Drive along the coast of the Sea of Marmara back to Istanbul. Early afternoon arrival in Istanbul, the rest of the day is on your leisure to browse the bazaar area or other interesting parts of the city. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel ISTANBUL.


Day 13: ISTANBUL

This morning, we will cruise up the Bosphorus with private boat, sit on the deck and enjoy the nice traditional water-front houses built by the Ottomans in the last or in the turn of this century. We will disembark near the Spice bazaar, and have free time for shopping in the Spice Market where you will find hundreds of spices and herbs. Spice market was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, and has been used as the main market of spices and herbs since then. We head for the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, where will have time for shopping. In the grand bazaar which is an old ottoman bedesten built in the 15th century, and said to have about 3,500 shops under its roof, you will find almost anything from souvenirs to jewelry, from textiles to Turkish ethnographic items. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure, you may want to stay in the grand bazaar or stroll through the streets. Farewell dinner at a special restaurant. Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel ISTANBUL.

 

Day 14: TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel. Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Travel Plan

  • Arrive Istanbul [2 Nights]
  • Ankara [1 Night]
  • Cappadocia [2 Nights]
  • Antalya [2 Nights]
  • Pamukkale [1 Night]
  • Aphrodisias [Enroute]
  • Kusadasi [2 Nights]
  • Ephesus [Day Trip]
  • Troy [Enroute]
  • Pergamum [Enroute]
  • Canakkale [1 Night]
  • Depart Istanbul

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