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11 Nights / 12 Days
Day 1
Arrival to Istanbul

Arrival to Istanbul International Airport and meet for transfer to hotel.
In the evening all participants will meet for a group dinner to get to know each other. Orientation and discussion with the guide.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2
Istanbul Historical Sightseeing

Breakfast, then we move on to visit some of the most important historical sights of Istanbul such as the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Grand Bazaar Hippodrome Obelisk and Topkapi Palace (Harem roomsoptional extra).
In the evening back to hotel,
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 3
Ankara to Cappadocia

After breakfast and check out and transfer to domestic airport
08:00 am morning flight to Ankara.
09:00 On arrival Ankara we move on to visit the Mausoleum
of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, and the museum of Anatolian
Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts. Then en-route to
Cappadocia, famous for its "moon like" landscape and underground
cities, we will stop to tour the 13th century Agizikaran Caravanserai.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Breakfast then on to tour Goreme Open Air Museum with its 6th to
10th century rock chapels decorated with Christian frescoes after
which we will also make visits to Kaymakli Underground City and the
pottery making village of Avanos. The days touring also includes a
visit to Zelve's Byzantine monastic complex and fairy chimneys.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5
Cappadocia to Konya

Breakfast at hotel and some free time before we depart on the drive
to Konya where we visit the Whirling Dervishes (Mevlana) Mausoleum
and the Karatay Koran School, displaying colorful Turkish tiles.
Overnight at the hotel.



Day 6
Konya to Antalya via Aspendos& Perge

Breakfast after which we drive on to Antalya which is located on the
Mediterranean Coast. En-route we will stop to visit the ruins of the
Hellenistic and Roman periods such as the colonnade street of Perge,
the magnificently preserved 15.000 persons capacity theatre of
Aspendos and the Manavgat Waterfalls.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Antalya to Pamukkale

Breakfast and we depart to Pamukkale, literally translated as "Cotton
Castle", describing the white lime cascades (travertens) formed by mineral springs. Here we will also visit the ruins of Hierapolis before check-in. At the hotel you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a thermal mineral spring bath.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 8
Pamukkale, Aphrodisias and Ephesus

Depart on the drive to Selcuk and along the way we will make a stop
to visit the amazing ruins of Aphrodisias which were dedicated to the
Godess of Love, Aphrodite. On arrival to Selcuk we visit the famous
site of Ephesus, one of the world's finest archaeological sites. Walk in
its well preserved 2000 year old marble streets to the theatre, Library
of Celsius, gymnasium, Hadrian's Arch etc. Also during the day visit
the House of Virgin Mary before driving on to Izmir.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 9
Izmir, Pergamum to Canakkale

Breakfast, check out and drive on to Pergamum to visit the Acropol
where you will see the Altar of Zeus and also the Asclepion which
was the famous medical center of the ancient world. After touring
here we continue on the drive to Troy to visit this legendary and
mythological city along with the replica of the famous wooden horse.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 10
Canakkale, Gallipoli to Istanbul

Breakfast, check out and then cross the Dardanelles by car ferry to
Eceabat where we will visit the Battlefields and Memorials of Gallipoli
including sights like Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery. Then
drive along the sea of Marmara to Istanbul.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 11
Bosphorous Cruise

Breakfast at hotel after which we drive Eminonu Port to board the regular city boat for a 2 hour Bosphorous Cruise. Enjoy this relaxing cruise along the shoreline while your guide explains to you the history of sights seen while onboard. We then continue on land to visit the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace and then also visit Camlica Hill for panoramic views over the city.
?n the evening a perfect way to end your time in Turkey, we proceed on to a special venue to enjoy our last meal accompanied by a show of traditional folklore dances and music.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12
Departure From Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel, check out and as per your international flight
departure time, transfer on to Istanbul Airport.

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