Splendors of Turkey
Splendors of Turkey
(8 Nights/9 Days)
Day 01: ANTALYA
Arrival Antalya airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. (D)
Day 02: ANTALYA
After Breakfast 08:30 we start a day of exploration of the ancient Pamphylian cities. Walk down the colonnaded streets and visit the stadium of Perge, Aspendos, with a splendid ancient theatre whose acoustics unrivalled. (B/D)
Day 03: Antalya-KONYA
After breakfast at 08:00 we drive (303 Km.) to Konya, capital of the mighty Seljuk Empire from 1078 to 1307. Mausoleum of MEVLANA founder of the Order of Whirling Dervishes (an ecstatic Muslim sect) and then continues to the beautiful Karatay Koran School, now a museum displaying richly colored Turkish tiles.Then we drive (236km.) to Cappadocia. Cappadocia was known as Hatti in the late Bronze Age, and was the homeland of the Hittite power centred at Hattusa. (B/D)
Day 04: CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast at 08:30 full day touring the “moon-like” topography of Cappadocia. The absolutely unique landscape of Göreme with its rock Chapels carved by the early Christians and decorated With frescoes dating from the 10th. Century is an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon we visit the pottery- making village of Avanos and Byzantine Monastic complex of Zelve (B/D)
Day 05: Cappadocia-ANKARA
After breakfast we drive at 08:00 to Ankara (265 Km.) . Ankara was Atatürk’s headquarters from 1920 and has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923. Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. Visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum and Mausoleum of Atatürk. (B/D)
Day 06: Ankara-ISTANBUL
After breakfast at 8:00 we drive (450 Km.) to Istanbul. (B)
Day 7 : ISTANBUL
Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center“, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Visit the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı) –”Sunken Palace”, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). The cistern, located (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
The cistern was used as a location for the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love.
Day 08: ISTANBUL
You don’t have to wake up early, Breakfast and day at leisure. (B)
Day 9: RETURN! Transfer to Airport. (B)
Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Meditour Turkey.
Per Person in Dbl from €970,00
Sgl Supplement €680,00