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Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Yazilikaya

Cappadocia

Pamukkale
NET LAND TOUR RATES
(in US$)
please ask Double per person
please ask Single supplement
INCLUDING
 ● International Air fare between Chicago (or 
  New York) and Istanbul
● Istanbul-Ankara domestic flight in Turkey
● Izmir-Istanbul domestic flight in Turkey
● Sightseeing as per the itinerary
● 9 Nights at 4 star hotels in Turkey
● Daily Open Buffet breakfast at the hotels
● 8 Lunches at local restaurants
● 9 Dinners at hotels
● English Speaking Government Licensed
  Tour Guide
● All Entry Fees to the sites and museums
● All Transfers and Transportation by Private
  AC Bus
● Service Charges and local taxes
EXCLUDING
● All drinks
● Turkish Visa Fee
● Tips to tour guide and driver
● All personal expenses and any other item
  which is not listed above

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Day 1 ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul, transfer, Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 ISTANBUL
In the morning visit the Blue Mosque built in 1616 unequalled for its mosaics and St. Sophia dedicated in 536 AD. during the reign of Justinian, then Topkapı Palace which was builty by Mehmet the Conqueror. In the afternoon visit the Grand Covered Bazaar.Overnight in İstanbul. (B,L)

Day 3 ISTANBUL / ANKARA / HITTITE SITES (BOGAZKOY / ALACAHOYUK)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your early flight to Ankara, about 3 hours of driving to YAZILIKAYA to see the “open air sanctuary” as the sun light comes on the bas-reliefs. This civilization was founded on an Indo-European language that was deciphered in their hieroglyphic and cuneiform tablets.Then proceed to HATTUSAS, the capital of Hittites. The capital of the Hittite Empire around 1.400 BC. Visit the Lion’s Gate, The King’s Tomb, the Citadel, the Tunnel, and the Grand Temple, thereafter, visit the pre-Hittitie site ALACAHÖYÜK.Then drive back to your hotel in Ankara. Overnight in Ankara. (B, L)

Day 4 ANKARA / CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast visit Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey.Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and continue for Cappadocia.After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Ağzıkarahan. Arrival to Cappadocia region.Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L, D)

Day 5 CAPPADOCIA
Fullday tour of Cappadocia. Visit the Valley of Goreme, open-air museum of rock-cut churches and monasteries.Afternoon visit citadel of Uçhisar, the valley of Zelve and Avanos, the town famous with it hand-made pottery, Underground City of Kaymaklı, where the early Christians hid from persecutors.Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia (B, L, D)

Day 6 CAPPADOCIA / CATALHOYUK / KONYA
Departure to CATALHOYUK.Visit remains of Neolithic site where Mother Goddess was worshipped. See the difference in accommondations for 13th century travelers during a stop at Sultanhani Caravanserai en route to Turkey’s oldest city – Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Empire, but known world-wide as the home of sect of the Whirling Dervishes.You will visit the Mevlana museum which is the burial place of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, an Islamic mystic and founder in the 13th century of the Mevlevi order of the Whirling Dervishes.Overnight in Konya (B, L, D)

Day 7 KONYA / PAMUKKALE (HIERAPOLIS)
After breakfast departure for Pamukkale, “the Cotton Castle”, where you will see the tiers of white limestone cascading down the hillside and near the waterfalls the ruins of the Roman city of Hierapolis.Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B, L, D)

Day 8 PAMUKKALE / MILETUS / PRIENE / KUSADASI
MILETUS : Miletus was the principal port and the richest emporium on the Aegean coast.Thales of Miletus believed that “there was a fundamental unity beneath the apparent disorder and complexity of nature” and he postulated that “water was the material basis for all things.” the theature of Miletus is by far the most impressive of the town’s surviving monuments.There is also the council-chambre, market place, temples, baths and a Islamic monument: Ilyas Bey Mosque.
PRIENE : Despite its small size, Priene was a very important city in antiquity because on its territory stood the Panionium, the central meeting-place and sanctuary of the lonian Confederacy. The theatre, the temple of Athena, the agora, the Bouleterion and the temenos of Zeus Olympios will be the steps of visit. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

Day 9 KUŞADASI / EPHESUS / KUŞADASI
After breakfast departure for Ephesus.Of all the ancient cities of Turkey, Ephesus is the best preserved and most visited in all ages, and is as popular a religious shrine today as it was in ancient times.This is due to the-miraculous-discovery of the House of the Blessed Virgin.The city which had many splendid buildings and was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, whose temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world.The main monuments that we will see during the visit of this fascinating city are: the street of Arcadiane, the majestic theatre, marble road, library of Celsus, market place, street of the Curetes, baths of Scholastica, stage agora, prytaneion, odeon.The Town of Selçuk, is dominated by a Byzantine citadel close to the basilica of St. John, built in the 5th century, on the site of the tomb of the Apostle.Selçuk has also an exceptionally fine arhaeology museum. (B, L, D)


Day 10 IZMIR / AIRPORT
Transfer to Airport.
 
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