Istanbul / Cappadocia / Pamukkale / Kusadasi / Pergamon / Troy / Canakkale

Highlights:

  • Tour 6 of Turkey’s historical UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Shop in the Grand Bazaar – one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets
  • Explore Kaymakli Ozkonak Underground City
  • Tour the city of Troy, site of the Trojan War – described in the historical work of Homer
  • Sail across the Dardanelles by a ferry

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ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Istanbul3Grand Hyatt or Ritz Carlton
Cappadocia2Dinler Hotel
Pamukkale1Pam Thermal Hotel
Kusadasi2Carina Hotel Boutique
Canakkale1Parion Hotel
DAY 1
Arrival in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Istanbul

Start your day with a tour of Istanbul’s old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. Continue to the magnificent Blue Mosque renowned for its exquisite blue tiles; Hippodrome, the former sporting and social center of Constantinople; and Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. After lunch, visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul’s largest mosque. (B)

DAY 3
Istanbul | Kayseri | Cappadocia

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival, marvel at the region’s majestic nature. Visit all the sites, including; Soganli Valley, an abandoned village with old churches; Sobesos Excavation Site, an ancient Roman site with mosaic pavement; Taskinpasa Medresesi, an Ottoman theological school; Keslik Monastery, used in Byzantine Era until end of Ottoman Empire; and the village of Sinasos, know for its medieval rock-carved churches. (B,D)

DAY 4
Cappadocia

Start the day with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see its fairy chimneys, continue to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see its natural wonders. Afterwards visit Avanos, an area renowned for its red clay since the biblical era. In the afternoon tour the Goreme Open Air Museum and stop at many breathtaking panoramic viewpoints. Wrap-up the day’s touring with a visit to the Kaymakli Ozkonak Underground City, where 4 of the 8 floors are open to the public. (B,D)

DAY 5
Cappadocia | Konya | Pamukkale

Drive to Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-famous mystic figure. (B,D)

DAY 6
Pamukkale | Kusadasi

Tour the ruins of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hot springs in the ancient city were used as a spa over 2,000 years ago. Later visit Aphrodisias, another UNESCO site, which a small ancient Greek Hellenistic city.(B,D)

DAY 7
Kusadasi

Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ephesus. An ancient city with many monumental structures, such as the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. (B,D)

DAY 8
Kusadasi | Canakkale

Visit two ancient cities that are now UNESCO World Heritage sites. Pergamon was an ancient Greek city and one of the major cultural centers of the Greek world. Visit the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the Acropolis with their well-preserved remains. In the afternoon continue on to Troy, where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer. (B,D)

DAY 9
Canakkale | Istanbul

After breakfast, sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferry and visit Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles, particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. After arriving in Istanbul in the late afternoon, the rest of the day is yours. (B)

DAY 10
Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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