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Highlights of Turkey Tour

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Day 1: ARRIVAL - ISTANBUL

Stop At: Yeşilköy Mahallesi, Istanbul Ataturk Airport (ISL), 34149 Bakırköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Arrival at Istanbul Airport. Please look for your name after clearing customs. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similar

Day 2: ISTANBUL – SULTANAHMET

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey
You will meet your guide in the morning and s/he will brief you and the others in the group about the tour and answer any questions you may have. Visit the underground Basilica Cistern, with its interesting “weeping column” and Medusa head reliefs.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
Continue to the Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and houses an impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Harem is extra and optional).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
After lunch, we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul Turkey
Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: KapalIcarsI, KalpakcIlar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22 Beyazıt Mh., Istanbul 34854 Turkey
Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul to the Grand Covered Bazaar.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similar

Day 3: ISTANBUL – ST SOPHIA – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
We will visit the St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Gallipoli Battlefield, Eceabat Turkey
Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels) The Nek and Chunuk Bair. We cross the famous Dardanelles Straight by ferry pulling away from Kilitbahir Fortress. You are on your own after dinner and may want to walk along the port area and see the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy”.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in the friendly waterside town of Canakkale. Helen Park Hotel, Limani Hotel, Cura Hotel or similar

Day 4: CANAKKALE – TROY – ASSOS – BERGAMA

Stop At: Troy (Truva), Tevfikiye Koyu, Intepe, Canakkale Turkey
Today is an enjoyable odyssey of the North Aegean Coast past the area is known as the “Troad”. We visit Troy, the legendary city of Homer and the beautiful Helen, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Behramkale, Assos Turkey
We will continue to Behramkale Village and visit the ancient city of Assos and Temple of Athena, high upon a hill. You can see the Greek Island of Lesvos from here. Aristotle founded his first school of philosophy in Assos.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Bergama La Bella Hotel or similar

Day 5: PERGAMON – SELCUK/KUSADASI

Stop At: Pergamon Antik Kenti, Bergama Turkey
We will visit the lofty Pergamon Acropolis, and the ruins of Zeus Altar.The Acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view, with a very narrow and steep theater that could seat up to 10,000. Parchment paper was first produced here. See what remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, and Temple of Trajan.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Red Basilica (Kizil Avlu), Adjacent to the second otogar, Bergama Turkey
We will pass the Red Hall for a view

Stop At: The Asklepion, Zafer Mah. Prof. Dr. Frieldhelm Korte Cad. No:1, Bergama 35700 Turkey
Then continue to the Asclepion, which was the first known hospital and therapy center.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similar

Day 6: EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – ST JOHN – SELCUK/KUSADASI

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey
Today we will visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a major pilgrimage site.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
Ephesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater (Terrace Houses are extra and optional). We will also see a carpet weaving demonstration today and learn about Turkish carpets.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sirince Koyu, Sirince Turkey
Continue to Sirince Village, where you may taste different types of fruit wine.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
We will also visit the Basilica of St. John.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Selcuk Turkey
Remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Duration: 15 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similar

Day 7: SELCUK – APHRODISIAS – PAMUKKALE

Stop At: Aphrodisias, 80 km from Pamukkale, Geyre Turkey
We will drive through the valley following the Meander River, which gave us the word “Meandering. We spend some time at the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, which is still being excavated. It features the Temple of Aphrodite, two agoras, a huge intact stadium, baths of Hadrian and theater, and was the site of a famous sculptural school.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale 20280 Turkey
We continue to the ancient site of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) with the Temple of Apollo and extensive Necropolis not to mention the famous calcium formations it is famous for.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Pamukkale Hal-Tur Hotel, Hierapark Hotel or similar

Day 8: PAMUKKALE – EGIRDIR – KONYA

Stop At: Lake Egirdir, Isparta 32500 Turkey
We drive across central Anatolia to Konya making a stop by in Egirdir town where you will be able to walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Egirdir.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Mevlana Muzesi, Konya Turkey
After lunch, we continue to Konya, known as Iconium in Roman times, which was the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Mevlana (Celaleddin Rumi) founded a Sufi order known as the Whirling Dervishes here. Visit the Museum of Mevlana.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Karatay Medresesi Museum, Alaaddin Meydani, Konya Turkey
Visit Karatay Medrese which one the great Seljuk monuments.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ince Minare Museum, Hamidiye Mah. Alaaddin Bulv. No:15 Meram Merkez, Meram, Konya Turkey
We are going to also visit Ince Minareli Medrese which is another Seljuk monument.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Konya Anemon Hotel, Selcuk Sems-i Tebrizi or similar

Day 9: KONYA – SILK ROAD – CAPPADOCIA – WHIRLING DERVISHES

Stop At: Sultanhani Kervansarayi, SultanhanI Zafer Mahallesi Sehit Murat Caddesi No 3, Sultanhani 68190 Turkey
We will continue from Konya on the Old Silk Route and see Sultanhani Caravanseray before arriving in Cappadocia.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Selime Monastery, Guzelyurt Turkey
Visit Selime, a village of rock cones below a mesa.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt 68500 Turkey
We will have lunch in Belisirma village on the Melendez River then visit Ihlara Valley. Descend into this incredible gorge, and then walk in the most scenic part of this canyon flanked by sheer rock walls.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu Turkey
After this, we will descend deep into the earth through the passages and tunnels of Kaymakli Underground City. See the ingenious "millstone" defense doors, wineries and rooms carved from the living rock.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pigeon Valley, Uchisar KasabasI Nevşehir Kapadokya, Goreme 50240 Turkey
Our last stop is Pigeon Valley where we see the ancient dovecotes from across the ravine. Tonight we will also enjoy a performance of the Whirling Dervishes.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave Suites

Day 10: CAPPADOCIA – CAVE CHURCHES AND GOREME VALLEY

Stop At: Devrent Valley, Devrent Mevkii No:1 Aktepe Koyu Turkey
In the morning you will experience the feeling of living in an Anatolian village, where houses are built in caves, and life goes on as it has for centuries. You may see villagers baking bread, drying fruit on their rooftops or riding on donkeys to their fields. We will begin our visit to the “fairy chimneys” (conical and unusual rock formations) in Devrent Valley.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Merkez, Muze Cd. Merkez Mah., Goreme 50180 Turkey
We continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a Byzantine monastery. See the finest examples of religious frescoes in rock-cut churches from the 10th to the 13th centuries.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Pasabag, Urgup Turkey
Enjoy Pasabagi Valley, while walking through vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" volcanic rock formations. We then continue to Avanos, the center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave Suites

Day 11: CAPPADOCIA – NEVSEHIR – ISTANBUL

Pass By: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey
Transfer at 07:30 to the Nevsehir airport for morning flight to Istanbul at 09:25 and upon arrival at 10:45 transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul. B.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similar

Day 12: DEPARTURE

Pass By: Istanbul Airport Transfer, Prof. Muammer Aksoy Cd. Gokalp Mahallesi, Istanbul 34020 Turkey
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport 4 hours prior to your flight departure.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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