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Wonders of Anatolia 7 Nights 8 Days

Day 1  ( Friday  )     Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! We will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel after a welcome briefing about the tour ahead.Overnight

Day 2  ( Saturday )   Istanbul

Breakfast,departure from your hotel with your tour guide,Visit the Famous Blue Mosque with 6 minarets built on XVIIe century,Topkapı palace with the royal tresaury and Holly relics,Hagia Sophia Church built on VIe century by Roman Emperor,Roman Hipodrome with all monuments,Grand Bazaar with 4000 shops Overnight (B)

Day 3   ( Sunday  )  Ankara – Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel,transfer to the Airport,fly for Ankara,the capital of nation, Arrival after one hour flight and visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Citadel of Ankara and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey.then drive to Cappadocia through Salt Lake,Dinner and Overnight ( B,D)

 Day 4  ( Monday ) Cappadocia

Optional balloon tour. After Breakfast,Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey.  In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Various panoramic viewpoints of castles and fairy chimneys such as Esentepe for Goreme valley, Uchisar and its castle, Pigeon Valley. Then to Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors. Returning to the hotel (B,LD)

 

Day 5  ( Tuesday )  Konya – Pamukkale

Breakkfast at the hotel,Today’s ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. On the way visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Konya. Visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Then continue on to Pamukkale and overnight (B,D).

 Day 6  ( Wednesday )   Aphrodisias – Kusadasi

Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery “Necropolis”, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop’s Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7  ( Thursday )  Ephesus

Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Church of St. John. Time for shopping. Dinner and Overnight  (B,L,D).

Day 8  ( Friday )   Kusadasi …………….

Breakfast at the hotel,transfer to the airport or to the harbor for your next destination ( B )

 

Hotels

Istanbul       : Hotel The Colours Istanbul     www.thecolourshotel/ıstanbul

Cappadocia : Hotel Suhan                                www.suhankapadokya.com

Pamukkale : Hotel Pam                                    www.pamthermal.com

Kusadasi      : Hotel Royal Palace                     www.royalpalace.com.tr

 

Departure Dates

 March           11  -18   -25

April             01 – 08-   15-  22-  29

May               06   13     20   27

June               03   10     17   24

Jul                  01    08    15   22    29

August          05    12    19   26

Septembre   02   09     16  23    30

Octobre         07   14     21  28

 

Inclusions

7 Nights 4 and 5 stars Hotel Accomodations

All airport transfers inbound and outbound

English speaking professional tour guide

Entrance Fees

7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches,6 Dinners

Domestic Flight Istanbul to Ankara

Transportation by  no smoking air conditioned Bus

All tips except Driver and Guide

Local taxes and Services Charges

 

Exclusions

International Flight Tickets

Any extra Meals

Tips for Driver and Guide

Personal Expenses