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Ultimate Turkey

Ultimate Turkey
 12 Nights / 13 Days

DAY 1 – ANKARA
You will be met by your Guide at the exit gate of arrivals & accompanied during your transfer to the hotel.

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DAY 2 – CAPPADOCIA
Start your tour at the Anatolian Civilization Museum in Ankara with its impressive exhibit on the ancient Hittite Civilization of Anatolia. Continue to the Ataturk Mausoleum, the resting place of the father of the modern Republic of Turkey. En route to the region of Cappadocia, visit the 13th century Agzikarahan Caravanserai. Arrive in Cappadocia for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 3 – CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, we’ll begin to explore Cappadocia with homes hidden in windswept landscapes and cities buried inside sinuous hills of stone. Once the heart of the Hittite Empire, then a vast Roman province, Cappadocia survived volcanic eruptions, mountains of ash, eroding winds and rains. We’ll explore the natural citadel of Uchisar, a traditional village surrounded by rock pinnacles. Next, we’ll visit the rock-carved churches in the Goreme Valley with magnificent 11th and 12th century frescoes; and Zelve, a town riddled with tunnels, where chapels and monasteries were hollowed into rocks as hiding places during the Byzantine era. Vividly preserved during the ensuing centuries, the original frescoes celebrate the beliefs of the early Christians. The only light that permeates the churches is the natural light that filters in through the entrances. The town of Avanos is known for its crafts and pottery. Lunch en route. Continue to either Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, where thousands sheltered themselves from enemy attacks in this land of “Fairy Chimneys”. These fascinating subterranean cities, still   intact, were built in the 7th century as refuge for Christians fleeing  persecution. Tens of thousands of people lived in a maze of caves, tunnels,  and rooms deep in the earth, hoping to escape early invaders. There are signs of life everywhere – storage jars for oil, wine and water, communal kitchens blackened by smoke, stables and deep wells. These underground cities were so well hidden that they went undiscovered until the 1960s. Return to Cappadocia for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 4 – ANTALYA
Depart for a drive along the “Silk Road,” and stop at the Caravanserai of  Sultanhani built as a safe haven for the traders that frequently traveled this road. Continue west to Konya. See the Tomb and the Museum of the Sufi mystic Rumi, known also as Mevlana. Mevlana lived and taught in Konya for many years and he is still honored here by the whirling dance of the dervishes. Drive from the Taurus Mountains to the Turquoise Coast to the ancient city (and modern resort) of Antalya for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 5 – ANTALYA
Drive to the ancient city of Perge, one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities  in the world and once one of the richest cities in the area. See the Stadium  and the theater of Aspendos, the most perfectly preserved Roman Theater in the world. Built around 160 – 180 CE, it has a capacity of more than 15,000  seats. Continue to Side, another well known ancient city on the Mediterranean  Coast. Return to Antalya and visit the old city with its narrow streets,  harbor and fishing boats. Spend some time in the Antalyan Archaeological  Museum before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6 – PAMUKKALE
In the morning drive to Pamukkale and visit the ruins of the ancient Roman  spa Hierapolis. Today a modern Turkish spa, Pamukkale is known as the “Cotton  Castle” because of the hot spring, calcium laden waters which cascade across terraced limestone pools. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

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DAY 7 – KUSADASI
Drive to Aphrodisias, the city of marble, which was the center of worship of  the Goddess Aphrodite until the 6th century after Christ. Visit the Temple,  one of the largest and best preserved archaeological sites in Turkey.  Continue to Laodicea, one of the Seven  Churches. In the Book of Revelations, Jesus says to the Laodicean Church,  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Visit the ruins such as the stadium  and walk through the streets lined with columns. Arrive Kusadasi for dinner
and overnight.

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DAY 8 – KUSADASI
After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the  most extensive and complete Greco-Roman cities in the world. It was one of  the Seven Churches of the Revelation, and an ancient large port with a  population of over 250,000. Walking through the marble streets, visitors can  easily imagine the grandeur of this once great city, which was influential in the development of architecture, religion, economic systems and arts. St.  Paul lived and preached in Ephesus. Lunch en route. After lunch, visit the archaeological museum of Selcuk, the Basilica of St. John, and the house of  the Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last days. Return to  Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 9 – CANAKKALE
Drive to Asian Pergamum, the most favored of the Seven Churches. Christianity  reached the city very early and the church was praised for its forbearance  during hard times. Here in Pergamum, the first Christians were executed by  Rome. Visit the Acropolis of the Hellenistic city, located 1000 feet above  the town. Ruins include, the Altar of Zeus and the temples of Trajan and  Dionysus. In the afternoon visit the Asklepion, the earliest health center of  Asia Minor; and the Red Basilica which was dedicated to the Egyptian gods,  Serapis, Isis and Harpocrates. Drive north to Canakkale for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 10 – ISTANBUL
After breakfast, visit Troy, the legendary town in the Iliad of Homer. The  first excavations were made by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in  1871 and revealed that Troy was not just a myth. See the excavations showing  several layers of this civilization, and the replica of the infamous Wooden  Horse.   Then take a ferry across the Dardanelles to Istanbul and your hotel for overnight.

DAY 11 – ISTANBUL
Visit the legendary Blue Mosque, named for the beautiful blue Iznik tiles  that cover its walls. Then stroll around the historical Hippodrome where  chariot races were held. Continue to St. Sophia, originally a Christian  Basilica built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century, then converted to  a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. See the beautiful mosaics on display at  the museum. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, built in the 16th century for  Suleiman the Magnificent; and Topkapi Palace, legendary residence of the  Ottoman Sultans. Enjoy free time to explore the exhilarating bazaar of  Istanbul. Return to your hotel for overnight.

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DAY 12 – ISTANBUL
Visit the Egyptian Bazaar, used as the spice market since 1665. Next, board  the ferry which crosses the Bosphorus, visiting both Europe and Asia, with  stops en route to take photos of the natural beauty. Sites along the way  include the 15th century Rumelihisar fortress, summer palaces and the unique  wooden houses of the area. The cruise ends at the fishing village of Sariyer  close to the Black Sea. Drive by coach via the Intercontinental Bosphorus  Bridge to Camlica Hill on the Asian side to see the breathtaking view of  Istanbul. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman  Sultans, with original furniture and magnificent gardens. Return to Istanbul  and your hotel for overnight.

DAY 13 – ISTANBUL
You will be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your departure flight.

PACKAGE PRICES:
P. P. in Dbl from €1210
Sgl Supplement   €520