Day 1: Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
Day 2: Istanbul. After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. Visits to the outstanding monuments of Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque and Grand Bazaar with over 4000 stores. Lunch at local restaurant and back to the hotel at dusk.
Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara. Early departure by bus to Ankara. We will pass through a very fertile and historically rich, ancient capital Bithynia and Nicomedia. A short break in the Roman city of Ad Hippium Prussia, which was the summer capital of the Kingdom of Bithynia. Lunch. Arrival in Ankara. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 4: Ankara - Cappadocia. After breakfast visit to the Turkish capital of the Mausoleum of Ataturk (founder of modern Turkey) and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which has a rich collection of finds from Asia Minor, primarily Hittites. Following the trip to Cappadocia through Salt Lake. Lunch. Arrival in Cappadocia. Overnight at the hotel and dinner provided.
Day 5: Cappadocia. Breakfast and visit the spectacular Cappadocia region is unique for its fascinating and unique landscape, formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago. Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Göreme, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved). Pass by the strength of Uçhisar and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and afternoon visit to the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and Güvercinlik Pasabagi. Visit the underground city or Serhatli Kaymakli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia who served as a refuge for Christians. Return to hotel and dinner.
Day 6: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale. Early departure to Konya, the capital of the Seljuk sultans in the eleventh century. Visit Caravansarai of Sultanhan, where formerly stood the camel caravans on the Silk Road. Visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, poet and philosopher who founded the sect's religious mysticism and Whirling Dervishes. Lunch in the city and continue the journey to Pamukkale. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 7: Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi. In the morning, we enjoy Pamukkale, one spectacular place in the world for its dazzling white waterfalls and natural pools. En route to Kusadasi, we know the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis which contains more than 150,000 graves. Lunch. Continue to Ephesus. Greco-Roman city, ancient capital of Asia Minor and one of the best preserved of the old home to the Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Trajan, the theater, the Celsus Library etc. Visit the House of the Virgin, where he spent the last years of his life. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 8: Kusadasi - Pergamum - Troy - Çanakkale. Breakfast and trip to Pergamum, rival city of Alexandria in the domain of arts and letters. Visit the ancient Roman city, in which we see, the Theatre, the Temple of Trajan, the Altar of Zeus, etc. Lunch and Troy, a legendary city that his fame comes from the "Iliad" of Homer and the Trojan War. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel of Canakkale.
Day 9: Istanbul - Bursa – Çanakkale. After breakfast Drive to Bursa, first capital of the Ottoman Empire, visiting the Grand Mosque, Mausoleum and Green Mosque. Lunch and free time. Following the trip. Istanbul arrival late in the afternoon.
Day 10: Istanbul - Airport. At the time indicated, will be transferred to airport for departure flight.
Minimum price in triple room, maximum price in single room.
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