Istanbul Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport full day tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet I. Next we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place, then visit the St. Sophia Museum which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times. Finally the famous Topkapi Palace museum will be visited, which was built as the home of the Ottoman sultans, where lunch will be served. Our last stop will be Grand Bazaar after where we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 : Istanbul – Canakkale
After breakfast at Hotel we proceed to Canakkale by coach & ferry. Following a lunch break, we will cross the second strategic waterway, the Dardanelles, and land in Asia and proceed to Troy. Referred to in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, Troy has in fact nine cities superimposed one upon another. Troy VI pertains to the famous Trojan War of Homer where the legendary heroes included Agamemnon, Achilles, Ulysses, and Nestor on the Greek side and Priam, Hector, and Paris on the Trojan side. We will check-in to our hotel in Canakkale for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Canakkale – Izmir
Depart for Izmir, en route we will have lunch in Bergama before visiting Pergamon to see the Acropolis, the Temple of Trojan and the theater both overlooking to the plain of Bergama with a picture break for one of the Seven Churches of Revelation in downtown Bergama, then finally Ancient Medical Center, Asclepion will be visited before driving to Izmir and overnight in Izmir.
Day 4 : Izmir – Pamukkale
Following breakfast we drive to Seljuk to visit the House of Virgin Mary on top of Mt. Coressos. Leaving there, our memorable visit to Ephesus will begin as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (One of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) From a distance and the Basilica of St. John, followed by lunch in the township of Seljuk. After lunch we will continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Antique City of Hierapolis where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. After a picture break, dinner and overnight in Pamukkale where you can enjoy hot-spring swimming pool at the hotel.
Day 5 : Pamukkale – Antalya
After breakfast we will drive to Antalya where is one of Highlights of Turkey. We will visit Perge whose history dates back to 1000 B.C. Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas stayed and preached in the city during their journey through Asia Minor. Our tour of Perge will include the Theatre, the Roman Stadium, the Hellenistic Gate. Baths, Basilica and the Acropolis. We continue driving to Aspendos and the tour of the city will include the Gymnasium, the Ancient Baths, the Theatre, the Acropolis and the Agora. Driving south we will reach Side which used to be a well-known slave-market. The tour will include the Hellenistic Wall, the Theatre, the Temple of Tyche, Agora, Basilicas, Baths, the Aquaduct and the Museum. Then we will check-in our Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 : Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia
Following an early breakfast we will drive through an interesting landscape where peasants make their living, to have lunch en route before arriving in Konya. Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. After visiting the Mevlana Museum, we will continue to Cappadocia viewing the Sultanhani Caravanserai en route. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 : Cappadocia – Ankara – Istanbul
Today we visit the incredible Underground City of Kaymakli where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith. Afterwards, proceed to the Göreme Valley to visit the rock carved churches hollowed our of volcanic ash. Lunch will be served at local cave restaurant. Then we proceed to Ankara. Then we proceed to Ankara for sleeping train. Overnight at Ankara Express.
Day 8 : Istanbul
Upon arrival to Istanbul we will transfer you to your hotel. Free Day. In the evening we will have our dinner at a local Night Club with a live flor show will include Belly. Dancing and Anatolian Folklore singers and dancers.
Day 9 : Istanbul / Departure
After breakfast free until transfer time. Transfer to Istanbul Atatürk Airport for flight back to home.