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Unesco Turkey Tour
18 day Superior quality tour from $3,990
Visiting - Istanbul, Safranbolu, Bogazkoy, Yazilikaya, Cappadocia, Catalhoyuk, Konya, Antalya, Kas, Letoon, Xanthos, Bodrum, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Gallipoli
Activities - Culture, History, Archaeology
Group size - 4 to 10 guests
- UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul
- The Hushed hills of Gallipoli and nearby Troy
- Wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus & Artemis
- Mineral pool bathing at Hierapolis Roman health spa
Today you will be greeted and welcomed at the airport and then escorted (private transfer) to your Hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Istanbul.
Istanbul Old City
Today you will step back in time and explore the “Old City” (Sultanahmet) on a privately guided walking-tour of: the extravagant Topkapi Palace, the architectural marvel that is the Hagia Sophia, the intriguing Islamic Arts Museum, the Constantinople Hippodrome and the massive Grand Bazaar.
Half Day Bosphorus
Today, after a brief stop at the ancient Spice Bazaar, discover Istanbul from a different angle, on a Bosphorus Cruise. The Bosphorus Strait is lined with Ottoman palaces and fortresses, villas, parks, gardens and eateries. Also, you will check out the uniquely baffling Underground Cistern and the world famous Blue Mosque. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure.
After a nutritious breakfast, you will road-trip to Safranbolu (approximately 200 miles) and explore the well-kept museum there, featuring the finest surviving traditional Turkish architecture. Also, you will visit the extraordinary Cinci Caravanserai and Bath, the Izzet Mehmet Pasa Mosque and the Yeminciler (Shoemaker’s) Guild Bazaar.
Bogazkoy, Yazilikaya, Cappadocia
Make an early departure for Cappadocia. To the east of Safranbolu, visit the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusas. Onward then to Bogazkale and the Hittite temples & towns of Alacahoyuk & Hattusas. Then on to Yazilikaya, which houses impressive carved reliefs portraying Hittite gods. Continue your journey to Cappadocia.
Today you will begin to explore the wondrous, lunar landscape of Cappadocia, visiting the magnificent Red Valley and the Goreme Open-Air Museum. Also on today’s itinerary are a visit to the confounding engineering and architectural achievement that is the Underground City at Kaymakli, which provided not only shelter but also a safe-haven from invading hordes. Also today, witness a fascinating demonstration of the millennia-old art of carpet-weaving.
Continue your unwrapping of Cappadocia today with a visit to the ancient Greek village of Sinasos (Mustafapasa, home of the famed Keslik Monastery) and a scenic drive to and hike through serene Soganli Valley, your panorama continuously dotted with other-wordly rock formations and the ubiquitous fairy chimneys. In the evening, experience the solemn and mesmerizing SEMA (Whirling Dervishes) Ceremony at the 13th Century Saruhan Caravanserai.
Early departure today-- on the famed ‘Silk Road’-- to Konya, including a visit en-route to the cavernous Sultanhan Caravanserai . Onward then to Catalhoyuk, the largest and most well-preserved Neolithic site yet uncovered. After lunch in Konya, visit the Mevlana Museum, celebrating the life and writings of the 13th Century poet and mystic Rumi, founder of the Sufi order and originating creator of the Whirling Dervishes…..”Out beyond ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there.” Rumi.
After breakfast, embark on a visually stunning road-trip, encountering the famed archaeological site at Salagassos and Edeirnir Lake (where you will Lunch) en-route to Antalya.
Today our journey takes us through the ancient city of Myra, with its stunning examples of rock-cut tombs overlooking the amazing Roman Ampitheater. Also en-route, stop and see the Church of St. Nicholas, better known to most as “Father Christmas”, before arriving at the picturesque and peaceful fishing village of Kas.
Kekova Sunken Boat Tour
Today you will board a traditional Turkish Gulet and set sail for Kekova Island, where you can gaze in wonder at the sunken city of Simena….in addition to lunching on-board, you will have ample opportunity for swimming and snorkeling, while luxuriating on the balmy and splendid Turkish Mediterranean Coast.
Letoon, Xanthos, Bodrum
Depart in the morning on an invigorating road-trip toward Bodrum, visiting Letoon ( the ancient sanctuary of Leto) and Xanthos (the epicenter of ancient Lycia) en-route. Arrive in the afternoon at the gorgeous port-city of Bodrum, which houses the ancient city of Halikarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
After breakfast, continue exploring Bodrum with a visit the Castle of St. Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum (awarded the “Best Underwater Museum of the World” prize).
Set off on the road today toward Kusadasi, with an en-route visit to the iconic terraced hot-springs of Pamukkale (The Cotton Castle), the ancient city of Hierapolis and its stunning Necropolis. Finish your day arriving at the great beach-town of Kusadasi for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Today we examine the ruins of the metropolis that was Ephesus---at the time the world’s most important commercial and cultural center---on an enlightening guided tour. Pace its 2,000 year old marble streets, leading the way to Hadrian’s Temple and the renowned Celsus Library. The Temple or Artemis is next, then The House of the Virgin Mary. Finish the day with a brief visit to the charming wine-making village of Sirince.
Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale
Today we explore Pergamon (featuring the healing temple “Asklepion” and the dramatic “Akropol” theater), Troy (the setting of the Trojan War from the 13th Century B.C.) and Canakkale (the setting for the pivotal Gallipoli Campaign of WW1, where the Anzac forces repelled the British and French onslaught, securing freedom for what is today Modern Turkey).
Gallipoli Battlefields, Istanbul
Finally, we set off in the morning for the Gallipoli Peninsula, offering visits to the varied memorials and museums commemorating the events of the Anzac campaign of 1915, including “Lone Pine”, “Chunuk Bair” and a glimpse of the original WW1 trenches at Johnston’s Jolly before heading back to Istanbul.
End of tour
After a final communal breakfast and a farewell to new friends, we escort you back to Ataturk Airport for your International Flight home.
- Airport transfers
- Premium accommodation with private facilities (hotels listed are subject to availability and may change)
- Meals as shown in itinerary
- Day trips and entry to museums listed in itinerary
- Licensed English-speaking Professional Tour Guide
- Personal expenses, tips and shopping
- Meals and beverages where not stated
- Optional tours or additional side trips
- International Airfares and Travel Insurance
- Any items not mentioned in the program
|Istanbul||Recital Hotel||5 star boutique|
|Safranbolu||Gulevi||5 star boutique|
|Cappadocia||MDC Cave Hotel||boutique|
|Konya||Rumi Hotel||3 star|
|Antalya||Mediterra Art Hotel||3 star|
|Kas||Seaview Hotel||4 star boutique|
|Bodrum||El Vino Hotel||5 star boutique|
|Kusadasi||Suhan 360 Hotel||5 star|
|Canakkale||Limani Hotel||3 star|
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