Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. Visits to the outstanding monuments of Ottoman & Byzantine Empires, the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque and Grand Bazaar with over 4000 stores. (closed on Sundays). Lunch at local restaurant & back to the hotel at dusk.
SATURDAY: ISTANBUL - CANAKKALE
Afternoon departure to Canakkale, located in the Straits of the Dardanelles where The site of the Battle of the Dardanelles on the peninsula Gallipoli in 1915 during the First World War took place. Arrival to Canakkale for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
SUNDAY: CANAKKALE – KUSADASI
Departure to Troy, just his name evokes a series character and adventurous places, heroes and destruction of the mystical city. Visit their ruins and famous reconstructed timber "Horse". Continue to Pergamum to visit the rival city of Alexandria in the domain of arts and letters and to which we owe the invention of parchment. Visit the sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine. We head to Kusadasi known as "Bird Island". Dinner and overnight.
MONDAY: KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE
Departure to Ephesus, one of the biggest and best preserved ancient city and probably the most important archaeological place of Turkey. The tour includes the Superior Agora, unique ruins of Odeon, the street towards the port, the Temple of Hadrian, the
Library of Celsus and the famous Teatro. Then visit the house of the Virgin Mary, rather Highlights of pilgrimage. Departure to
Pamukkale, or "cotton castle", small emanating area famous for its white pools petrified and formed by lime contained in thermal spring water. Arrival and visit Hierapolis, old seaside resort that was built in the top of the pool with a beautiful theatre and
great necropolis. Dinner and overnight.
TUESDAY: PAMUKKALE – CAPPADOCIA
Morning departure to Konya, located in the heart Anatolian steppe. Arrival in Konya and visit the mausoleum of Mevlana and the museum of Celaleddin Rumi (1207-1273), founder of the sect of the mystical whirling dervishes. Later departure to the region of Cappadocia, where indescribable harmony in a kaleidoscope of colours, makes the red and brown tones: gray, green and yellow. Dinner and overnight.
Departure for a full day tour of the extraordinary and fascinating Cappadocia starting with a visit to the underground city Kaymakli or Ozkonak, originally excavated by Christian communities, with a depth of 7 to 12 stories underground. Then we will go to Valley
Güvercinlik (Pigeon Valley) and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows. In the afternoon, visit the open air museum of Göreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continued, visiting the vineyard where Pasabag are so-called "fairy chimneys". Dinner and accommodation.
THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
Early morning transfer to airport of Kayseri (90 kms) to take the flight to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day in Istanbul to know better the city, visit some famous museums, do some shopping, make some bargains in the famous Bazaars and taste the Turkish cuisine on the restaurants of the city.
FRIDAY: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT
According to your departure time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home
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