Day 1: Istanbul.
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour.
We depart at 9:00 for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive to our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosphorus cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus, which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is your to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Gallipoli.
After your breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel/hostel and join your group and depart for Canakkale. The group will arrive in Eceabat at noon and begin the fully guided Gallipoli tour. Visiting Kabatepe Museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand memorial. During the tour there will be a lunch break. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive in Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4: Troy.
After breakfast we depart for the ancient city of Troy. Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archeological diggings from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870's to the present day and on going. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to 3500 BC. After Troy we will depart for Kusadasi, late arrival into Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi/Selcuk.
Day 5: Kusadasi/Selcuk.
We depart at 10:00 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world - Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour, we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Overnight in Kusadasi/Selcuk.
Day 6: Pamukkale.
At 8:30 we depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then arrive at Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Over night in Pamukkale.
Day 7: Pamukkale.
After breakfast, you can enjoy the thermal pool and sun till 10.00 am, then departure for Cappadocia (9 hour drive). The night is yours to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8: Cappadocia.
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country "Katpatuka" (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Our guided tour will start at 9:30 and cover Avcilar, Pigeon Valley, Göreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, Uçhisar Castle and the pottery village of Avanos. If you want to join our optional ballooning activity, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9: Cappadocia.
We depart at 9:30 for one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia - Derinkuyu (the Underground City). The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens and ventilation channels. Overnight bus to Istanbul.
Day 10: End of the Tour.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you again.
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