Thursday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred start date.
DAY 01: THU - Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, you will be met and assisted by our representatives then transferred to the train station for an overnight sleeper train to Ankara. (L/D)
DAY 02: FRI - In the morning visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display. See the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Continue on to Cappadocia. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, pass by the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. After visiting Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors, proceed to the hotel in Cappadocia for overnight. (B/L/D).
DAY 03: SAT - Visit the valleys where animal-like natural formations like camels and fair chimneys are abundant. Drive on to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock-cut rooms. Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. In the afternoon, visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Stop by Pigeon Valley near Uchisar. Shopping time for the well-known merits of the area. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B/L/D)
DAY 04: SUN - Today’s ride will be fairly long due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Antalya. Drive to Konya to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic figure. Then drive to Antalya for overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 05: MON - Departure in the morning and visit to Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. Proceed to Aspendos that bears one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Anatolia. After visiting Manavgat Waterfalls return to Antalya for overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 06: TUE - The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon depart for Pamukkale. Arrive and check-in to the hotel and enjoy the healing waters of the thermal center of the Roman times. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B/L/D)
DAY 07: WED - Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite. Visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 08: THU - Morning tour visiting Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins. See the Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to have spent her last years together with St. John. As time permits, visit Selcuk Ephesus Museum and St. John Church. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B/L/D)
DAY 09: FRI - Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol. In the afternoon continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, drive to Canakkale for overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 10: SAT - After breakfast, sail to the other side of Dardanelles by ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with a visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles; particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrive in Istanbul in the early afternoon and transfer to the hotel. (B/L/D)
DAY 11: SUN - Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)