Anatolian Explorer

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12 Days
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Istanbul
Tour Quota : 20
Age Quota : 75
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Hittites, Lydians, Phrygians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Modern Turks who are the hosts of Anatolia... 12 days itinerary featuring the different civilizations of Anatolia since the ancient times today.

Included Services

  • Samll cozy hotels
  • daily breakfast
  • Through lecturer guide
  • private van
  • all entrance fees for museums and sites
  • domestic flights

Excluded Costs

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • beverages during meals
  • tips and gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • International flights

Suggestions

  • Casual clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Hat and sun glass
  • sunblock
Tour Program

1. Day Arrival Istanbul

Arrival at Istanbul Airport, the capital city of three great empires in history under three different names; Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

2. Day Istanbul - Bursa

After breakfast leave Istanbul and cross by ferry to Bursa, typical early Ottoman town still have examples of 14th-century mosques and tombs. Overnight in Bursa.

3. Day Bursa - Ankara

After breakfast, drive to Ankara, the capital of Modern Turkey. En-route visit Gordion, the city of Midas the legendary king of Lydians, famous for his golden touch. Overnight in Ankara.

4. Day Ankara - Cappadocia

After short sightseeing in Ankara including Augustus Temple, Citadel, Museum of Anatolian Civilisations transfer to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

5. Day Cappadocia

Full day tour. Enjoy the unusual formations which were formed millions of years ago, after the eruption of Mt. Erciyes. Visit the underground city of Kaymakli, Uçhisar fortress, Göreme open-air museum, famous for various churches dating from the early Christian era with beautiful 13th-century mural frescoes. Overnight in Cappadocia.

6. Day Cappadocia - Pamukkale

Drive to Pamukkale. On the way stop in Konya to see the tomb and mosque of Mevlana. Late afternoon arrival in Pamukkale, ancient Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools. Overnight in Pamukkale.

7. Day Pamukkale - Ephesus - İzmir

After breakfast drive to Ephesus, one of the best-preserved examples of Greco - Roman cities. In Ephesus visit the house of Virgin Mary, Grand Theatre, Library, Odeon. Marble road and Hadrian's temple. Overnight in Izmir

8. Day İzmir - Pergamon-Troy- Çanakkale

Drive to Çanakkale. En-route visit the splendid Hellenistic city of Pergamon. In Pergamon visit the altar of Zeus,  Trajan's Temple, Library and Asclepion, the health center of antiquity. Then continue along with the Aegean coast to Troy famous for its wooden horse. Overnight in Çanakkale.

9. Day Çanakkale - Gallipoli-Istanbul

Morning crossing the Dardanelles by ferry from Asia to Europe and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul.
In Istanbul enjoy the Grand Bazaar experience. Overnight in Istanbul.

10. Day İstanbul

Full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul to visit the highlights, The Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome, and Topkapı Palace. Overnight in Istanbul.   

11. Day Istanbul

Morning cruise along the Bosphorus. Rest of the day free for last-minute shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.

12. Day Departure from Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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