Day 1, Saturday: Istanbul. Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2, Sunday: Istanbul Old City. Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, the underground Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 3, Monday: Gallipoli Battlefields. One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum. Overnight Guzelyali. Includes: (B, D).
Day 4, Tuesday: Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum. This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Overnight Kusadasi. Includes: (B, D).
Day 5, Wednesday: Ephesus, Kusadasi. Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi. Includes: (B, D).
Day 6, Thursday: Pamukkale, Hierapolis. This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale. Includes: (B, D).
Day 7, Friday: Silk Road, Konya. Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia. Includes: (B, D).
Day 8, Saturday: Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City. Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight Cappadocia. Includes: (B, D)
Day 9, Sunday: Ankara. Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. (Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia). Overnight Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 10, Monday: Istanbul. After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends. Includes: (B).
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