Classic Turkey - 11 Days / 10 Nights
Day 1 Arrive Istanbul
You are met at the airport and transferred you to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Welcome briefing will be held. Overnight at your selected hotel (2 nights)
Day 2 Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.
Day 3 Istanbul – Ankara
The morning is at leisure to explore on your own or take an optional tour of St. Sophia and a Bosphorus cruise. Later this afternoon we depart for Ankara arriving in tonight where dinner will be served at the hotel after check-in.
Day 4 Ankara – Cappadocia
This morning we will see the wonderful Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations followed by a visit to Ataturk's Mausoleum. Then drive into the heart of Anatolia to Cappadocia, stopping to see a 13th century caravan inn. Overnight at your selected hotel (2 nights)
Day 5 Cappadocia
Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and
Day 6 Cappadocia - Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale. En route visit the famous
Day 7 Pamukkale – Kusadasi
Today we start with an early morning visit to the unique the white calcium cascades of Pamukkale where we will also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to west to the Aegean resort town of Kusadasi. Overnight at your selected hotel (2 nights)
Day 8 Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional afternoon tour of Sirince.
Day 9 Pergamum – Troy – Canakkale
Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and continue to a traditional local village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale for overnight. Overnight at your selected hotel.
Day 10 Dardanelles – Gallipoli – Istanbul
In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, and then drive to Istanbul. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul at your selected hotel.
Day 11 Depart Istanbul
After breakfast there will be a transfer to airport for your onward flight.
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