Istanbul / Bursa / Pergamum / Ephesus / Pamukkale / Antalya / Mersin / Hatay / Sanliurfa / Harran / Nemrut / Diyarbakır / Tatvan / Van / Dogubeyazit / Ezrurum / Trabzon / Amasya / Yozgat / Hattusas / Cappadocia
In Mesopotamia is between the rivers Tigris and the Euphrates, the coffer of Noah in Ararat, the Trojan horse in the borders of the Aegean Sea, the civilization of the hitites in the heart of the Halys river, the temple of Artemis or the mausoleum of Halicarnasus that are two wonders of the world. King Midas turned everything into gold, Thet Alexander Great and Saint Paul are the most famous travellers and the virgin Mary completed her trip in Éphesus. Hagia Sophía, Byzantine, the eternal residence of sultans Ottoman; it is the Topkapi palace. The gardens of Tulips, the Turkish bath, the turquoise water beaches, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the Bosphorus and Istanbul, the modern country of the Ataturk. Anatolia; it is the cradle of the civilizations and bridge between Asia and Europe
In Hattusas, hitittes location, can be contemplated one of the more beautiful neohititas reliefs of Turkey, that represents a king and the God of the fertility.
In a narrow defile of the Yesilirmak river and at skirts of the Mount Harçena is Amasya, one of the most beautiful cities of Turkey whose plane of theconstruction dates from 6000 BC . From the steep rock the ruins of ciudadela arise, in whose interior an Ottoman palace and a secret underground passage have left. Excavated on the rock, the Roman tombs are illuminated at night, creating an image espectacular. Traditional Turkish wood mansions or "konaks", in the North shore of the Yesilirmak River, in the district of Hatuniye, have been recovered to recover their old splendor, transforming themselves into precious pensions. One of prettiest one Hazeranlar Konagi, XIX century, at the moment lodges a gallery of art in first stage and the Ethnographic Museum in the second. The city of Tokat goes back to the 4000 BC. Between its main historical buildings they are the ruins of a castle with 28 towers, the Garipler Mosque, of XI century and a seljukie bridge. Sivas has been lived from the hitittes, and according to local sources, later it became key center of the phrigian Empire. Sivas, an unfortunate kingdom that when paracer, was buried in the historical forgetfulness. With greater certainty it can be spoken of the Roman time of Sivas, when it was well-known like Megapolis and later like Sebastaea, name that finally ended up giving, by deformation, the one of Sivas.
Day 1: Istanbul. Arrival to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Istanbul. Breakfast. Free day in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul-Bursa. After breakfast, departure for Bursa (green city). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 4: Bursa-via Bergama, Izmir - Selcuk Ephesus. After breakfast, drive to Izmir. On the way visit to Pergamon and arrive to Selcuk-Ephesus. Overnight in hotel
Day 5: EPhesus - Pamukkale. After breakfast, visit to Ephesus drive to Pamukkale (Travertines). Overnigjht in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Pamukkale - Antalya. After breakfast, drive to Antalya visit to Termesos ( Gulluk Dagi ). Arrival to Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 7: Antalya - Silifke - Kızkalesi. After breakfast, visit to Aspendos. visit to Aspendos theatre is well-preserved theatre of Anatolia. Drive to Silifke. Overnight in hotel .
Day 8: Silifke - Kızkalesi - Hatay -(Antakya). After breakfast, drive to Antakya. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Hatay (Antakya) - Sanliurfa. After breakfast, drive to Sanliurfa. Overnight in Sanliurfa.
Day 10: Sanliurfa - via Adıyaman - Kahta - Nemrut Dagi. After breakfast, visit to Harran and Nemrut Dagi. Overnight in Kahta.
Day 11: Kahta - Diyarbakir. After breakfast, drive to Diyarbakir and visit Diyarbakir. Overnight in Diyarbakir.
Day 12: Diyarbakir - Tatvan. After breakfast, drive to Tatvan. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Tatvan - Van. After breakfast, visit to island of Akdamar . Overnight in hotel.
Day 14: Van - Dogubeyazit. After breakfast, drive to Dogubeyazit. Visit Ishak Pasa Overnight in hotel.
Day 15: Dogubeyazit - Erzurum. After breakfast, drive to Erzurum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16: Erzurum - Trabzon. After breakfast, drive to Trabzon and visit Sumela Monastery . Overnight in hotel.
Day 17: Trabzon - Amasya. After breakfast, drive to Amasya. Overnight in hotel.
Day 18: Amasya - Yozgat. After breakfast , drive to Yozgat to visit Hattusas. Overnighjt in hotel.
Day 19: Hattusas - Capadocia. After breakfast, drive to Capadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 20: Capadocia - Kizil Vadi (Red Valley) Uchisar/Cavusin - Goreme. After breakfast, Visit to Devrent valley; with the action of volcanoes and the action of rivers, wind and flood waters, layer of tufa has slowly, but steadily been eroded to produce the rock formations seen today, and known as fairy chimneys. during the daytime a lot of different colors can be seen in Red valley. visit the Uzumlu church from IX century. ( excursion 5-6h.) Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 21: Cappadocia - Soganli. After breakfast, drive to Ozluce(Zeylia) underground city. Ozluce underground city was used by christians as refuge to save of the persecution at IV drive to Soganli valley. visit a colorful bond numerous chapels, churches, houses and tombs in Soganli valley. you can see improvement of byzantine art here between VI and XII centuries and dovecotes and daily life of typical anatolian village. daily trek 3-4 hours. overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 22: Cappadocia - Via Istanbul. Transfer to Kayseri airport. Departure from Istanbul.
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