CLASSIC TURKEY - 10 DAYS
Day 1 : ISTANBUL
Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 2 : ISTANBUL
In the morning drive to the old town. Visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome where chariot races were held in Roman times and Hagia Sophia, Church built by th emperor Justinian in the sixth century. After lunch, tour the Topkapi Palace museum with its priceless jewelled objects and the Porcelain Collection. Shopping at the Grand Bazaar.
Day 3: ISTANBUL - ANKARA
Transfer to airport for a short flight to Ankara. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the remarkable Anatolian Civilizations Museum, the Augustus Temple and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Overnight in Ankara.
Day 4: ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA
Morning departure, drive along the Salt Lake to Cappadocia region. Visit the rock carved churches, monastries with a spectacular atmosphere in the valleys of Goreme, Zelve, Avanos, see the settlements at Ortahisar and Uchisar.
Day 5: CAPPADOCIA - KONYA
Visit the underground city of Kaymakli in the morning. Carved may storeys down into the rock. After lunch in Aksaray visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai on the way to Konya. Dinner and spend the night in Konya, early capital of Seljuk Empire.
Day 6: KONYA - PAMUKKALE
Morning sightseeing of Konya, visit the Mevlana Mouseleum and Museum, the founder of the whirling dervishes in the Islamic sect. Proceed to Pamukkale and visit Hierapolis and overnight.
Day 7: PAMUKKALE - KUSADASI
Morning departure to Ephesus. The still standing amphitheatre is the witness of the riots against St. Paul. The very first church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built in Ephesus after visiting Hadrian Temple, Celcus Library, St. John`s Basilica, House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Diana. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8: KUSADASI - PERGAMUM - CANAKKALE
Morning drive to Pergamum to visit the Acropolis of Helenistic Pergamum. Among its buildings are the Altar of Zeus and the temples of Trajan & Dionysus. After visiting the Asclepion, the earliest health center of Asia Minor. After lunch drive to Canakkale. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.
Day 9: CANAKKALE - TROY - ISTANBUL
Morning visit the site of Troy, the homeric city and the local museum. Cross the Dardenelles by ferryboat to the European site. Driving through Galipoli, the battlefields of the First World War. Arrive to Istanbul for overnight.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to the airport for flight.