Day 1 Istanbul Morning arrival in Istanbul. After meeting at the airport, there will be a full day’s memorable sightseeing tour of Istanbul, with visits to the breathtaking Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern and the Covered Bazaar. Lunch at local restaurant. Savor the taste of an authentic Turkish dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul – Canakkale After breakfast departure for Canakkale via the Dardanelles. Lunch at local restaurant on the way. Afternoon excursion of Troy and visit to the ruins. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.
Topkapi Palace Istanbul Turkey
Day 3 Canakkale – Izmir Following breakfast, drive to Izmir via Pergamum. After a local lunch, a chance to explore this great ancient city, which once rivaled the other centers of Mediterranean Hellenism, such as Ephesus, Alexandria and Antioch. There will be visits to the ruins of Pergamum, the Acropolis and the Asclepium. Followed by a drive to Izmir for dinner. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 4 Izmir – Pamukkale Departure for Pamukkale via Ephesus, which is unmatched by any archeological site anywhere in terms of sheer magnitude. With visits to the House of The Virgin Mary, the ruins of Ephesus (including the spectacular amphitheater, and the harbor bath), the Archeological Museum and the Basilical Museum and the Basilica of St. John. After a local lunch continue to Pamukkale for dinner. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5 Antalya After breakfast, before heading towards Antalya, a tour will be made of Pamukkale, the “COTTON CASTLE” with its fascinating white rock formations and hotsprings. Reputed to be beneficial to the eyes and the skin. Also a visit will be made to the ancient Roman City of Hierapolis.
Day 6 Antalya Full day’s sightseeing of Side, a seaside town. Ruins of The Greek, Roman and Byzantine Eras. Tour the Archeological Museum, the captivating Ancient Theater of Aspendos with perfect acoustics, and the vast ruins. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Day 7 Cappadocia In the morning, head for Cappadocia via Konya, capital of the Seljuk Empire. During the sightseeing tour of Konya, visit the Mausoleum and Museum of Mevlana, home of the famous Whirling Dervishes. The ceramics museum of Karatay, once an Islamic School, built in 1251. Lunch in Konya or en route to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 Cappadocia Spend a full day exploring the brilliant landscape of Cappadocia, with its unique valleys and villages that seem like a lost world to the visitor. Also visit the underground city of KAYMARLI – UCHISAR, AVCILAR, GOREME, URGUP, AVANOS, ZELVE and CAVUSIN. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Goreme
Day 9 Cappadocia – Ankara In the morning drive north to Ankara via Salt Lake. After having lunch in a local restaurant in Ankara, explore the capital of modern Turkey, with visits to the Museum of Ancient Civilizations of Anatolia (from the Stone Age to the Romans), The Temple of Augustus, The Citadel and The Mausoleum of Ataturk. Overnight in Ankara.
Day 10 Departure After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight home. Antalya Full day’s sightseeing of Side, a seaside town. Ruins of The Greek, Roman and Byzantine Eras. Tour the Archeological Museum, the captivating Ancient Theater of Aspendos with perfect acoustics, and the vast ruins. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.