DAY 1: ISTANBUL:
Arrival in Istanbul, welcome & assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free day.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.
DAY 3: ISTANBUL - ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA
In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara & then to the city to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch and continue to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA:
Full day dedicated to this wonderful region, starting with a visit to the Vila of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakli. Lunch and continue the tour by visiting the Goreme Valley Museum & outdoors. The last places to be visited will be the Pasabag Valley and Avanos. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA - KONYA – PAMUKKALE
In the morning departure to Konya. En route visit the Caravanserai of "Sultanhan." Arrival to Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of the dervishes. Lunch & then to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI
In the morning visit to Hierapolis, the ruins of the necropolis and the Roman Baths. Continue to Aphrodisias and after lunch visit to this ancient Greco-Roman city, dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite. Departure for Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: KUSADASI
Departure Meryemana and visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman capita in Asia Minor, to visit the ruins of Odeon, the Arch of Hercules, Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and Greco-Roman Theatre. After lunch, visit to the Basilica of San Juan and return to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 8: KUSADASI – CANAKKALE
Depart to Pergamum, one of the most important cultural, commercial and medical past. Visit the Acropolis, where, alongside the ruins of the Temple of Athena and the Library highlights the Grand Theatre with the greatest inclination of the world and the Temple of Trajan. Continue after lunch to Troy to visit the legendary city described in the Iliad the poet Homer. After visiting the temple of Athena continued to Canakkale, dinner and overnight.
DAY 9: CANAKKALE – ISTANBUL
Morning departure from hotel to cross the Straits of Dardanelles by ferry boat and go to Istanbul along the coast of the Marmara Sea. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to hotel.
DAY 10: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT
At the indicated time as your return flight, will transfer to the airport
Minimum price in triple room, maximum price in single room.
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