TURKEY

 

DAY 1

Arrival at Istanbul Airport. Transfer to the hotel.

 

DAY 2

Istanbul

Explore the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of the city. Visit the Royal Topkapi Palace, which was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans,  for approximately 400 years. Continue to the Blue Mosque, unique with six minarets, its desigh presents the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque Byzantine church. Go to the Roman Hippodrome Square, the most celebratedsquareof Byzantine times. Another highlight of the city is the St.Sophia Church which is considered one of the worlds greatest architectural marvels. Then visit the Grand Covered Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets.

 

DAY 3

Istanbul

The tour starts with a visit of Egyptian Bazaar where to enjoy the fragrance of spices, dried fruits, nutsand seedslokum(Turkish Delight). Continue on to Galata Bridge for Boshporus Cruise through the waterway seperating the two continents,Europe and Asia. Discover the wealth of impressive sights all along the shores in a Bosphorus boat trip along Istanbul`s famous waterway .Visit Beylerbeyi Palace, an  Imperial Ottoman summer residence located at the Asian  side of the Bosphorus. Get to Caml?ca Hill, which offers a unique perspective on the city.  See Istanbul in all its brilliance.

 

DAY 4

Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia

Transfer from your hotel to the airport to take a flight to Ankara. Visit hittite museum where to explore the richest collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Continue to the mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. The mausoleum overlooks the city and includes an interesting museum detailing Ataturk’s life. Drive to Cappadocia.

 

DAY 5

Cappadocia

Explore the underground city of Kaymakl? and Citadel of U?hisar. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. Continue with the valley of \"Greme\" which and the openair museum. The Greme Valley holds the region\'s best collection of painted cave-churches. Medieval orthodox Christian monks carved the caves from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with elaborate Byzantine frescoes. The next in the program is Pa?aba? valley, where to see its mushroom shaped fairy-chimney. The inal destination for today is Avanos, famous for its production of earthenware pottery.

 

DAY 6

Cappadocia- Konya – Pamukkale

Departure to Konya. Visit \\\"Sultanhan\\\", the 13th-century Seljuk Turkish caravanserai on the Silk Road. The next stop is Konya. Go to Mevlana Museum, the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes and Theological School.Drive to Pamukkale.

 

DAY 7

Pamukkale – Aphrodisias - Kusadasi

Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, Roman Baths, Basilica and calcium cliffs. The complex, which was constructed in the 2nd century BCE, constitutes a good example of vault type architecture. The complex is now an archaeological museum. Next stop is Aphrodisias.Visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias, dedicated to the Goddess of Love,Aphrodite. Arrival in Kusadas?.

 

DAY 8           

Kusadasi - Ephesus – Izmir - Istanbul

Departure to Meryemana. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, a Christian  and Muslim Shrine. Continue to Ephesus, the Romen Capital of Asia Minor. The city is famed for the Temple of Astemis, one of the Seven onders. Explore the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificient library, Agora and fantastic greco-roman theatre. Transfer to the airport flight to Istanbul.

 

DAY 9

Transfer to the airport.