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ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL - ISTANBULStop At: Istanbul Ataturk AirportArrival at Istanbul Airport. Please look for your name after clearing customs. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similarDay 2: ISTANBUL – SULTANAHMETStop At: Basilica Cistern, IstanbulYou will meet your guide in the morning and s/he will brief you and the others in the group about the tour and answer any questions you may have. Visit the underground Basilica Cistern, with its interesting “weeping column” and Medusa head reliefs.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Topkapi Palace, IstanbulContinue to the Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and houses an impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Harem is extra and optional).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Blue Mosque, IstanbulAfter lunch, we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), IstanbulVisit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: KapalIcarsI, IstanbulWalk through the back streets of Old Istanbul to the Grand Covered Bazaar. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similarDay 3: ISTANBUL – ST SOPHIA – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALEStop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), IstanbulWe will visit the St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gallipoli Battlefield, Eceabat, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean CoastVisit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels) The Nek and Chunuk Bair. We cross the famous Dardanelles Straight by ferry pulling away from Kilitbahir Fortress. You are on your own after dinner and may want to walk along the port area and see the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy”. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in the friendly waterside town of Canakkale. Helen Park Hotel, Limani Hotel, Cura Hotel or similarDay 4: CANAKKALE – TROY – ASSOS – BERGAMAStop At: Troy (Truva), Canakkale, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean CoastToday is an enjoyable odyssey of the North Aegean Coast past the area is known as the “Troad”. We visit Troy, the legendary city of Homer and the beautiful Helen, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Behramkale, Assos, Canakkale Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will continue to Behramkale Village and visit the ancient city of Assos and Temple of Athena, high upon a hill. You can see the Greek Island of Lesvos from here. Aristotle founded his first school of philosophy in Assos. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bergama La Bella Hotel or similarDay 5: PERGAMON – SELCUK/KUSADASIStop At: Pergamon Antik Kenti, Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastWe will visit the lofty Pergamon Acropolis, and the ruins of Zeus Altar.The Acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view, with a very narrow and steep theater that could seat up to 10,000. Parchment paper was first produced here. See what remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, and Temple of Trajan. Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Red Basilica (Kizil Avlu), Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast We will pass the Red Hall for a viewStop At: The Asklepion, Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastThen continue to the Asclepion, which was the first known hospital and therapy center. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similarDay 6: EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – ST JOHN – SELCUK/KUSADASIStop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastToday we will visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a major pilgrimage site.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastEphesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater (Terrace Houses are extra and optional). We will also see a carpet weaving demonstration today and learn about Turkish carpets.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sirince Koyu, Sirince, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastContinue to Sirince Village, where you may taste different types of fruit wine.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastWe will also visit the Basilica of St. John.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Temple of Artemis, Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean CoastRemains of the Temple of Artemis, one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Duration: 15 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Saint John Hotel or similarDay 7: SELCUK – APHRODISIAS – PAMUKKALE Stop At: Aphrodisias, Geyre, Turkish Aegean CoastWe will drive through the valley following the Meander River, which gave us the word “Meandering. We spend some time at the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, which is still being excavated. It features the Temple of Aphrodite, two agoras, a huge intact stadium, baths of Hadrian and theater, and was the site of a famous sculptural school.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, PamukkaleWe continue to the ancient site of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) with the Temple of Apollo and extensive Necropolis not to mention the famous calcium formations it is famous for. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Pamukkale Hal-Tur Hotel, Hierapark Hotel or similarDay 8: PAMUKKALE – EGIRDIR – KONYA Stop At: Lake Egirdir, Isparta, Isparta ProvinceWe drive across central Anatolia to Konya making a stop by in Egirdir town where you will be able to walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Egirdir. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Mevlana Muzesi, KonyaAfter lunch, we continue to Konya, known as Iconium in Roman times, which was the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Mevlana (Celaleddin Rumi) founded a Sufi order known as the Whirling Dervishes here. Visit the Museum of Mevlana. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Karatay Medresesi Museum, KonyaVisit Karatay Medrese which one the great Seljuk monuments. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ince Minare Museum, KonyaWe are going to also visit Ince Minareli Medrese which is another Seljuk monument.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Konya Anemon Hotel, Selcuk Sems-i Tebrizi or similar Day 9: KONYA – SILK ROAD – CAPPADOCIA – WHIRLING DERVISHESStop At: Sultanhani Kervansarayi, Sultanhani, Aksaray ProvinceWe will continue from Konya on the Old Silk Route and see Sultanhani Caravanseray before arriving in Cappadocia.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Selime Monastery, Guzelyurt, CappadociaVisit Selime, a village of rock cones below a mesa. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt, CappadociaWe will have lunch in Belisirma village on the Melendez River then visit Ihlara Valley. Descend into this incredible gorge, and then walk in the most scenic part of this canyon flanked by sheer rock walls. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kaymakli Underground City, Derinkuyu, CappadociaAfter this, we will descend deep into the earth through the passages and tunnels of Kaymakli Underground City. See the ingenious "millstone" defense doors, wineries and rooms carved from the living rock.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pigeon Valley, Goreme, CappadociaOur last stop is Pigeon Valley where we see the ancient dovecotes from across the ravine. Tonight we will also enjoy a performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave SuitesDay 10: CAPPADOCIA – CAVE CHURCHES AND GOREME VALLEY Stop At: Devrent Valley, CappadociaIn the morning you will experience the feeling of living in an Anatolian village, where houses are built in caves, and life goes on as it has for centuries. You may see villagers baking bread, drying fruit on their rooftops or riding on donkeys to their fields. We will begin our visit to the “fairy chimneys” (conical and unusual rock formations) in Devrent Valley.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Goreme Open Air Museum, Goreme, CappadociaWe continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which was once a Byzantine monastery. See the finest examples of religious frescoes in rock-cut churches from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Pasabag, Urgup, CappadociaEnjoy Pasabagi Valley, while walking through vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" volcanic rock formations. We then continue to Avanos, the center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Cappadocia. Riverside Mansion Hotel, Jacobs Cave Suites, Elika Cave Suites, Fresco Cave SuitesDay 11: CAPPADOCIA – NEVSEHIR – ISTANBULPass By: Historic Areas of Istanbul, IstanbulTransfer at 07:30 to the Nevsehir airport for morning flight to Istanbul at 09:25 and upon arrival at 10:45 transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul. B.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Istanbul. Almina Hotel, Amber Hotel, Recital Hotel, Nowy Efendi Hotel or similarDay 12: DEPARTUREPass By: Istanbul Airport Transfer, IstanbulPick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport 4 hours prior to your flight departure. Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.