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Anatolia Tour C-01

12 DAYS ( 2850 km.)

DAY 01 ISTANBUL

Arrival to İstanbul Atatürk Airport, transfer and check-in to the hotel. Free day.

DAY 02 ISTANBUL

Visits of Haghia Sophia; the church of Divine Wisdom and the fourth biggest church of the world with its 1700 years history, Topkapı Palace; the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans, the most extensive and fascinating monument of the Ottoman civil architecture in existence, Blue Mosque; the only mosque in Islam architecture with its six minarets and 21.043 pieces of tiles, Hippodrome; the center of civil activities of ancient Istanbul, The Underground Cistern; the water supplication system of Byzantine Palaces, today offers a romantic atmosphere under lights, The Grand Bazaar with its more than 4500 covered shops.

DAY 03 ISTANBUL to ANKARA (441 k.m.)

Early departure from Istanbul for historical town of Safranbolu in the list of UNESCO world Heritage. (392 km.) After lunch and visits drive to Ankara; the capital city of Turkey and check-in to the hotel. (221 km.)

DAY 04 ANKARA to CAPPADOCIA (258 k.m.)

In the morning visit of The Museum of Anatolian Civilisations rewarded as the best museum of Europe of the year 1997. Via Tuz Gölü (salt lake) drive to Ihlara and tracking in Ihlara Valley, The Derinkuyu Underground City; the 18 stories city with the capacity of 20.000 inhabitants. Check-in to the hotel.

DAY 05 CAPPADOCIA

Full day Cappadocia among the world-unique fairy chimneys and fantastic landscapes of the region. Zelve Open Air Museum, Göreme Open Air Museum, Uçhisar Castle, Fairy Chimneys of Paşabağı, Lecture about Cappadocia wines, earthenware pot and tile lecture with demonstration in Avanos. After dinner optional Turkish Night in caved place with unlimited local drinks, folk dances, belly dancers or instead of belly dancer whirling dervishes.

DAY 06 CAPPADOCIA to ANTALYA (517 km.)

Visits of the 13th century Seljuk Khan of Sultanhanı, Mevlana Museum; the place of Whirling Dervishes in Konya. After lunch drive to Antalya and check-in to the hotel.

DAY 07 ANTALYA to PAMUKKALE (231 km.)

Visits of the ancient city of Perge and Aspendos in Antalya. After lunch drive to Pamukkale. Before check-in visits of the unique calcium cascades of Pamukkale and its ancient city Hierapolis with the largest necropolis of the world.

DAY 08 PAMUKKALE to KUSADASI (209 km.)

Visits of the ancient city of Aphrodisias; the city of Aphrodite, goddess of love and one of the biggest sclupture city of ancient world, The ancient city of Ephesus; one of the best preserved ancient cities of the world, The House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Turkish handcraft arts lecture and check-in to the hotel.

DAY 09 KUSADASI

Visit of Şirince Village (Old Greek Village) where you can taste local fruit vines. Afternoon free day.

DAY 10 KUSADASI to ASSOS (345 km.)

Visits of Asklepion and Acropolis of ancient city of Pergamon. The impregnable city of Pergamon where Zeus Altar originally stood and one of the biggest and most famous hospitals of the ancient world because of famous doctor Gallen. After lunch drive to Assos and visit the ancient city where famous philosopher Aristotales opened a philosophy school. Check-in to the hotel.

DAY 11 ASSOS to ISTANBUL (377 km.)

Visit of the ancient city of famous Troia mentioned by Homeros in Iliad. Catching the ferry to cross Dardanelles from Asia to Europe. (app. 22 minutes) Visit the famous battle field of the World War 1 of Gallipoli. Drive to Istanbul and check-in to the hotel.

DAY 12 ISTANBUL

Free day in Istanbul and departure from Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
* Museums closed on Monday in Turkey, Topkapı Palace closed on Tuesday.
 First and last day programme may be changed according to flight details.
 First day or last day a boat trip along Bosphorus between two continents can be added if it is requested.
 Lecture about Turkish kitchen are given by head-cooks at hotels.
 Lecture about traditional games such as backgammon are given at hotels after dinners.
 To give the last shape to the tour; flight details must be known.
 Prices are on HB basis except drinks, entrance fees and tips.
 Tours are guided by a professional tour guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism.
 Buses are full air-conditioned and insurance.

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