Fire of Anatolia Tour 11D/10N
This 11 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.
You’ll visit charming bazaars, see some beautiful mosques, walk in footsteps of some history’s greatest characters, and have your breath taken away by stunning landscapes.
- Istanbul – Old City – UNESCO Heritage site
- Istanbul – St. Sophia Museum
- Istanbul – Blue Mosque
- Istanbul – Topkapi Palace
- Istanbul – Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
- Ephesus – UNESCO Heritage site
Max group size:
- - 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 Nov
- - The 2024 Fire of Anatolia Tour has Alaeddin Mosque removed from Day 5
- - The 2024 version of this tour may be found here: 2024 - Fire of Anatolia Tour
Welcome to Istanbul!
You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus a once a bustling trade hub and religious centre, 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.
Step back in time today as we continue on to Bergama and catch the new cable car up to the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon.
Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
We continue on and visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse.
After breakfast, we visit the WW1 Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels before driving to back to Istanbul.
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.