11 Days visiting
Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias,
Kusadasi, Ephesus, Bergama, Troy & Canakkale
- First class hotels with private bath/shower.
- Daily breakfasts, 8 lunches at local restaurants & 6
dinners at hotels.
- Transfers and sightseeing tours as per itinerary by
air-conditioned car/ van/bus.
- Local English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees to the sites and museums as per the
- Applicable taxes, guide fees etc.
Journey begins :
|DAY 1: Thu
Arrive in Istanbul a huge metropolis
connecting continents, cultures, religions and one of the
greatest business and cultural center of the region. Meeting
assistance by A Classic Tours Collection representative and
transfer to Hotel.
|DAY 3: Sat
CITY & OTTOMAN ART TOUR
Morning Old City Tour. Visit : Blue
Mosque, St. Sophia, originally a Christian Basilica, conceived
by Constantine and rebuilt by Justinian. In 1920’s Ataturk
converted it to a Museum, Hippodrome. After lunch at local
restaurant take the Ottoman Art Tour visiting Topkapi Palace
Museum (excluding Harem section) and Grand Covered Bazaar
before returning to your hotel.
ISTANBUL/ ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA
In the morning transfer to the airport
for the flight to Ankara. the capital of Turkey and the
country's second largest city after Istanbul. It was formerly
known as Angora or Engürü, and in Roman times as Ancyra, and
in classical and Hellenistic periods as Άγκυρα Ánkyra. Proceed
on a city sightseeing tour visiting Anatolian Civilizations
(Hittite) Museum and Mausoleum of Ataturk. After Lunch in
Ankara travel overland to Cappadocia. The unique and yet the
strange rock formations and subterranean dwellings of
Cappadocia provide unforgettable sets of experiences, memories
For millions of years, the mighty
volcanoes of the Central Anatolian Plateau erupted and spewed
their contents across the land that would become the cradle of
civilization. The interesting rock formations, known as "fairy
chimneys", have been formed as the result of the erosion of
the tufa layer, sculpted by wind and flood water, running down
on the slopes of the valleys. Visit the natural citadel of
Uchisar, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Pasabag Valley, and
Underground City of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu. (BLD).
CAPPADOCIA / KONYA / PAMUKKALE
Early Morning depart for Pamukkale. En
route first stop at 13th century caravanserai `Sultanhan’
& later Konya, the city famous far beyond the borders of
Turkey. Visit the most important in Konya is Mevlana’s
Mausoleum, the mystic Sufi poet and the founder of the
Whirling Dervish order. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and
continue to Pamukkale, famous not only for the entrancing
beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its
historical remains. (BLD).
|DAY 7: Wed
PAMUKKALE / HIERAPOLIS/
APHRODISIAS / KUSADASI
After breakfast visit the ancient city
of Hierapolis. The ruins of the biggest Necropolis (graveyard)
of the ancient world, Roman Baths, Basilica and calcium
cliffs. Drive to Aphrodisias. After lunch visit the
Greco-Roman settlement that is remarkably well preserved. The
ancient city is dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.
Drive to Kusadasi, dinner and overnight at hotel. (BLD).
SELCUK & EPHESUS
After breakfast at the hotel drive to
Selcuk and visit the house of Virgin Mary. Continue to
Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of
Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent
library, Agora and the fantastic Greco-roman theatre.
|DAY 9: Fri
KUSADASI/ BERGAMA/ TROY /
In the morning visit Bergama (ancient
Pergamon). Parchment was invented here. This was the hometown
of Galen, renowned doctor and surgeon and site of his temple
devoted to healing, the Asclepion. The library once held
200,000 books. In the afternoon drive to Troy, the immortal
city of the legendary Helen of Troy and Trojan Horse, which
was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. (BLD).
CANAKKALE / ISTANBUL
You will be driven to Istanbul crossing
the Dardanelles Strait. Stop enroute for Lunch. On arrival in
Istanbul rest of the day is at leisure. BL.
|DAY 11: Sun
ISTANBUL / USA
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