DAY 01: ISTANBUL - WELCOME TO ISTANBUL!
Our representative will meet you at your point of arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul. You will then enjoy your Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise (Morning 08:30 - 12:30; Afternoon 13:30 -17:00) Enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul’s landmark such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy, Bebek, Arnavutkoy, the Bosphorus Bridge. After the 90 minutes cruise, visit one of the most famous bazaars in Istanbul, the Spice Ba-zaar. This Bazaar is heaven for spice lovers and those who are looking for local delicacies. Overnight in Istanbul.
*Optional upgrade for Bosphorous dinner cruise. See description below.
DAY 02: ISTANBUL (OLD CITY) TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart around 08:30 AM for your tour of the Istanbul Old City. We will visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. After lunch we will explore Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 03: ISTANBUL- CANAKKALE (GALLIPOLI) TOUR (B,L)
We will pick you up at your hotel at 6:30AM or 7:00AM depending on the location of your hotel. We will stop for breakfast on the way. (It is about a five hours drive to Gallipoli) After lunch in Eceabat, we will go to Gelibolu Na-tional Park to visit to Kabatepe War Museum, Beach Cemetery (John Simpson´s Grave), ANZAC Cove, Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place), Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial), Johnston´s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches), Shrapnel Valley,Turkish Memorial,The Nek and Walker´s Ridge, Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memori-al). We will depart Gallipoli about 4:30PM for our hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
DAY 04: TROY & PERGAMON TOUR - KUSADASI (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00AM and depart for Troy. We will see 3700 year old city walls, houses from Troy I (3000 BC-2500BC), the Bouleuterium (the Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), sacrificial altars, the remains of cities from Troy I through Troy IX, current excavation sites, and, of course, the replica of the Trojan Horse. We will depart Troy about 10:30AM for Pergamon, about a three hour drive. After lunch in Pergamon, we will have a guided tour, including the Acropolis, the Library, the Temple of Trajan, the Tem-ple of Athena, the theater. We will depart Pergamon about 5:30PM and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Over-night in Kusadasi.
DAY 05: KUSADASI (EPHESUS) TOUR (B,L)
Meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM and depart for your tour of Ephesus, an important city of the ancient world. You’ll visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the House of Virgin Mary, where many believe she spent the final years of her life and Isa Bey Mosque, an impres-sive mosque from the XIV century AD in Selcuk. Transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 06: PAMUKKALE (TOUR) ANTALYA (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart for Pamukkale at 06:45AM with your driver and guide. Pamukkale or the “Cotton Castle” is famous for its healing thermal mineral waters, and beautiful snow-white petrified waterfalls. After lunch in Pamukkale, you’ll visit Hierapolis, the ancient city known for its magnificently preserved Necropolis. You will see the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil’s Hole, and the Theatre. Optional: Swimming in Cleopatra's Pool. At the end of the tour, about 4:30PM, transfer to a bus or car and depart for Antalya. Arrive in Antalya about 8:30PM, and transfer to your hotel in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
DAY 07: ANTALYA - (PERGE-ASPENDOS-KURSUNLU) TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby at 7:45AM. The tour starts with Perge. After Perge we will visit the Aspendos Roman theatre. Our last stop will be the Kursunlu waterfall. End of the tour transfer to your hotel in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
DAY 08: ANTALYA-CAPPADOCIA 9 HRS (B)
After breakfast meet your driver in the hotel lobby at 9AM for a full day bus to Cappadocia, stopping along the way for lunch. Note that this lunch is not included in the tour price. Arrive in Cappadocia about 7PM. Transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 09: CAPPADOCIA (UNDERGROUND CITY) TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast, meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby. We’ll depart for your Cappadocia Underground City tour. First, we will visit Red valley to explore its famous rock – cut churches and Hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. We’ll visit Cavusin village, famous for its houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch we’ll drive to Pigeon Valley and we’ll visit the Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear of invaders. Over-night in Cappadocia.
DAY 10: CAPPADOCIA (REGIONAL) TOUR (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart around 09:00AM to visit the sights and unique geographical landscape of Cappadocia, including the Devrent Valley and its fairy-chimneys; Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) and its mushroom-shaped pinnacles; Avanos, a center of terra-cotta art, for a pottery demonstration and lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum with its rock-cut churches that date back hundreds of years, many filled with excellent examples of Byzantine art. Our last stop is a visit to the Uchisar rock castle for a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 11: CAPPADOCIA-ISTANBUL GOODBYE TURKEY! (B)
Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and transfer to airport, according to the time of your international flight. Fly to Istanbul and to connect with your international flight.