Following our arrival to Turkey Border our guide will welcome you at Ipsala. We will drive to Gallipoli, a pleasant drive that takes us through the European (Thracian) lands of Turkey. Here we board a ferryboat that will carry us across the Dardanelles Strait. On the other side of the Strait we will come to Canakkale, we visit ancient Troy (tck extr) where we will see its legendary walls and the replica of the wooden Trojan Horse. From here we begin our drive towards the Aegean and Izmir. Along the way we will stop at the hauntingly beautiful Pergamon (tck extr), including visits to the Acropol . After lunch we continue to Selçuk for shoping Turkish Delights and naturel product our drive to Kusadasi where we will have dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast we will proceed to the vast ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus (tck extr)r). Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. We will leave the ruins to drive the short distance to the House of the Virgin Mary- (tck extr), a site that includes a house and garden and the spot where she is believed to have spent her last years. After we ll go to watch leader show after show we ll have shoping time After lunch we continue to Pamukkale-(tck extr), , “the Cotton Castle” with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. After enjoying our visit to this site of natural beauty we go the the adjacent ruins of antique Hierapolis with its famous Necropolis, Basilica, Theatre and Plutonium. We will dine and spend the night at our hotel in Pamukkale.
After breakfast we will drive to Antalya. Four firs stop at Kaleici. A visit to the inner citadel (kale-ici) of Antalya is a step back into a history that stretches through time to the Roman and succeeding periods. A walk through the narrow, shade-providing streets of this picturesque old quarter reminds us of why we have chosen to visit Turkey and calls for us to return time and time again. The continue on to the Hadrian Gate. The Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit to this city in his far-flung empire was marked by the construction of this tri-arched ceremonial gate. We too feel regal as we pass through. Then we will visit to Duden Falls(tck extr), , Duden Waterfalls are a group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya, Turkey. The waterfall, formed by the Duden River (one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia), is located 12 km north-east of Antalya; which ends, where the limpid waters of the Lower Duden Falls drop off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea in a dazzling show. Optional Antalya Boat Tour(Extra) is available.
After breakfast we will visit to Aspendos(tck extr), where is known as the best-preserved theater of antiquity, Aspendos can accommodate an audience of 15,000. Nearby are well-preserved ruins of the basilica, agora, and an imposing Aqueduct. Then we will drive to Konya. We will visit the mausoleum, museum and monastery complex dedicated to Rumi, the founder of the mystical order often referred to as the “Whirling Dervishes.” Setting out once again we will enjoy our panoramic view of Cappadocia as we reach that strange and mystifying landscape. We will check into our hotel in Cappadocia where we will dine and spend the night.
After breakfast, we set off on a full day excursion that includes lunch. We begin our explorations of the famous and intriguing valley of Cappadocia, a unique region in which Nature has created an incredibly strange and colorful world of cones, columns and needles that were shaped by the wind and water erosion of the area’s volcanic tuff. Some of these strange shapes are as tall as 100 ft. But it is not only the Natural landscape that is unique here. Our forefathers used the soft features of the stone to carve out this fantasy-like environment into homes, stables, shops, churches, hospitals, etc. etc. Many early Christians painted the walls of their chapels with their own renditions of Bible stories. Some of these frescoes are incredibly beautiful, attesting to the skills and religious fervor of the faithful. Among the places we will visit are Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Fortress, Kaymakli Underground City, and Pasabey We will enjoy our dinner and overnight stay in our hotel in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, we drive to Ankara. The Capital City of Turkey. First of all we will visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum – With its unique collection including Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hattie, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Roman works and Lydian treasures, The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is one of the world’s most unique. Then continue with Mausoleum of Ataturk / Anitkabir – Republic’s founder and leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s Mausoleum. At the end of the tour drive to Bolu for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast we will drive to Istanbul. We will start our tour with visiting of The Hippodrome was built by the Romans in about 200 AD and originally used for chariot racing and other public events, and the stadium surrounding the track held over 100,000 people. Then continue with the Blue Mosque is probably Istanbul’s most famous landmark, and was built by some of the same stone masons who helped construct the Taj Mahal in India. Hagia Sophia is an architectural intelligence and the first masterpiece in Byzantine architecture was completed in 537 AD. It has been the largest cathedral for 1000 years until the Seville Cathedral was built. After lunch we will visit to the Topkapi Palace was expanded by successive sultans, and remained the sultan’s residence for the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years. It has opulent rooms, fine art collections, and peaceful courtyards, and is one of the highlights of the city. Our Tour will be ended with the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered bazaar in the world with its surface of 30.7 hectares, 61 streets, 10 wells, 4 fountains, 2 mosques and over 3 thousand shops.
After breakfast optional Bosphorus Tour available. Bosphorus by Boat: This cruise along the waterway separating the two continents of Asia and Europe offers front-door views of marble palaces, ancient wooden Ottoman villas, green vistas, and modern residences and luxurious apartment buildings. Our tour will be ended with our services.