Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Category: Historical and Small hotels (Special Category)
Group Size : Approx. 8 to 20 (Min 2).
Our trip covers what is perhaps the most beautiful part of the Turkish Mediterranean coast, exploring classic sites and seascapes on easy walks. A relaxing and enjoyable holiday in quaint and historical towns with carefully selected, restored local architecture hotels where available. Shopping options at local rug cooperatives, a pottery making workshop, vineyards, onyx factories and first hand interaction with local, friendly Turkish people.
Day 1 Fri : Istanbul – Arrival
You will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the old part of Istanbul. Overnight at a historical hotel in old city area of Istanbul. Welcome briefing.
Day 2 Sat : Istanbul
Full day tour to Topkapi Palace, St Sophie,Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar Optional: Tonight join our Turkish dinner and enjoy Turkish belly dancing and folk dancing entertainment. (B)
Day 3 Sun : Gallipoli & Troy – Assos
Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove , Lone pine cemetery Chunuk Bair, Gabatepe War Museum then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale visiting Troy we continue to Assos for overnight. (B,D)
Day 4 Mon : Selcuk via Pergamum
Morning drive through the olive forests and stop by a olive museum, Then we visit an ethnographical museum in Tahta kuslar (wooden birds) village. The last stop of day will be ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum Overnight in Selcuk. (BD)
Day 5 Tue : Ephesus & St. Mary’s House
Morning tour of glorious ruins at Ephesus, explore 2,000-year-old marble streets, a theater, the library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where she stayed later in life accompanied by St. John, and visit also traditional village of Sirince. Overnight in Selcuk. (BD)
Day 6 Wed : Aphrodisias – Hierapolis
Morning drive to the ruins of Aphrodisias (you know what this is about) set against the foot of a picturesque mountain. Then motor to east to visit the calcium springs , so called Coten Fortress (Pamukkale) visit ancient Spa Center of Hierapolis and enjoy the Thermal Pools of the hotel (B,D)
Day 7 Thu: Patara – Saklikent – Kalkan
Morning drive to Saklikent Canyon, afternoon visit Patara with Roman ruins and a huge beach . Drive along the unique Mediterranean coast line to Kalkan for overnight. (B,D)
Day 8 Fri : Myra – Finike – Antalya
Morning drive to Myra, to visit the home church of St. Nicholas (the authentic and original Santa Claus). A short stop in Finike and early afternoon arrival to Antalya. Time to discover the old town harbor. (B,D)
Day 9 Sat : Aspendos – Konya – Cappadocia
Morning drive to Aspendos the roman city on the foot of the Taurus mountains, continue to Konya, tour Mevlana’s Mausoleum, founder of the Whirling Dervishes, finally arrival to the “moon-like“ landscape of Cappadocia.
Tonight Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance in a 13th century Caravan inn. (B,D)
Day 10 Sun : Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional: Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast visit the Byzantine frescoed chapels at Goreme then continue to Ozkonak, the eight-story underground city, and a local pottery making village, Avanos. Overnight in Cappadocia (B,D)
Day 11 Mon : Ankara – Istanbul – Return
Early morning drive to Ankara, afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum then transfer to airport or hotels as appropriate and end of services. (B)