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Ancient Turkey 9D/8N

This 9 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Kuşadası, Turkey.

See all that is iconic to Turkey, magnificent Istanbul, extraordinary Ephesus, unique Cappadocia and dream-like Pamukkale.

Short, sharp and sweet, truly a Turkish delight.

Tour Highlights

  • Istanbul – Old City – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul – St. Sophia Museum
  • Istanbul – Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul – Topkapi Palace
  • Istanbul – Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul – Hippodrome
  • Ankara – Atatürk’s Mausoleum
  • Göreme – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Göreme – Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia – Kaymakli – Underground City
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Konya – Alaeddin Mosque
  • Pamukkale – Calcium Travertines – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Tour
  • Laodicea – Ancient Site
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Ephesus – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Sirince – Village
Price from

$2,369.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • - Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • - Tips except Driver and Guide
  • - Entrance fees

Departures:

Every 2nd Friday from March to November

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul!

You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.

Day 2

Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene), Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum and the Hippodrome.

Day 3

After breakfast, cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 1 hour Bosphorus cruise by public ferry where your guide will explain the historical sites along the way.

This afternoon there is a flight to Cappadocia, upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

The remainder of the day is free time to explore.

Day 4

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready!

Tonight, don’t miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget!

Day 5

Leaving Cappadocia we head south, towards Konya, along the ancient Silk Road, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, just as the ancient traders did.

Once in Konya we tour the Mevlana Museum and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi.

Day 6

Today we head for Pamukkale and it’s calcium travertines.

Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale.

Day 7

Today, we will explore Laodicea ancient city which was the chief city of the Lycus River Valley region.

The full name of the city was Laodicea ad Lyceum (Laodicea on the Lycus). The city was originally known as Diospolis (“the City of Zeus”). The Greek deity considered to be the greatest of the Olympian gods.

This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.

Day 8

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus a once a bustling trade hub and religious center, Ephesus today whispers of ancient marvels, from site of the Temple of Artemis to the Library of Celsus’s grand façade and the grand amphitheatre.

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.

We continue on to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Here we will visit a local vineyard and learn about local production techniques. You will taste 3 local wines from the region at the garden of the vineyard before returning to our hotel.

Day 9

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to Izmir airport for your onward flight.