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HIGHLIGHTS

Cappadocia | Antalya and the beautiful towns of the Mediterranean Coast | Pamukkale Thermal Pools | Ephesus Ancient City | Gallipoli

DURATION

13 Days / 12 Nights

DEPATURES

Daily on a Private basis

PRICE FROM

$5375 per person (Private tour based on 2 passengers, twin share)

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Driver and a/c transportation
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation at 4 star hotels
  • Local taxes & service surcharges

HOTELS

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Day 1: Istanbul/Ankara-Cappadocia
Visit the world famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk before heading south to Cappadocia. Stop on the way to visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. After visiting Kaymakli Underground City proceed to the hotel for overnight. Overnight Cappadocia.

Day 2: Cappadocia
Begin the day with a spectacular balloon flight (optional extra) over the deep canyons and lush fertile valleys. Full day excursion in Cappadocia, which will include the Goreme Open Air Museum, the natural rocky fortress of Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, and Zelve with its fascinating “fairy chimneys”.  After shopping time for the well-known merits of the area, drive back to the hotel.  Overnight Cappadocia. (B)

Day 3: Cappadocia-Aspendos-Antalya
Visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai on the way to Konya. A short tour here will include the Mausoleum of Mevlana, instigator of the whirling dervishes. Continue south to Antalya, with a stop at Aspendos to see one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world.  Overnight Antalya (B)

Day 4: Antalya-Termessos-Antalya
Discover Termessos with its the impressive ruins – including an amphitheatre and a gymnasium, perched at an altitude of over 1000 metres up a mountainside. Free afternoon.  A visit to the Archaeological Museum recommended.  Overnight Antalya. (B)

Day 5: Antalya-Yanartas-Olympos Phaselis-Finike
Drive to Phaselis including an ancient city with Harbor Way, Marina, Roman Theatre and Hadrianus Gate, and then Yanartas (Chimaera) where Greek mythology tells that the Lycian here Bellerophon mounted his winged horse Pegasus and slew the fire-breathing Chimaera.    Visit Olympos located on the southern side of Mount Tahtali.  On to Arykanda, one of the most spectacular and oldest (500BC) sites in Lycia.  Overnight Demre. (B)

Day 6: Finike-Demre-Kekova-Kas
Visit Lycian tombs dating back to 600 B.C. at Demre/Myra then sail to Kekova islands with their very distinct rock sarcophagi, and ancient houses submerged under the clear water. Visit the ‘picture-postcard’ village of Simena with its stone houses covered in bougainvillea, and Kaleucagiz Castle. There will also be swimming facilities.  Overnight Kas (or Kalkan) (B)

Day 7: Kas
Day at leisure in Kas (or in Kalkan). (B)

Day 8: Kas-Xanthos-Patara-Saklikent-Gocek
Today’s visits will include the ancient Lycian sites of Xanthos and Patara, which also has a very attractive beach, and the hidden gorge of Saklikent Canyon. Overnight in Gocek. (B)

Day 9: Gocek-Dalyan Delta-Kaunos-Pamukkale
Take a small fishing boat through a maze of reeds in the Dalyan Delta, a refuge for large sea turtles (caretta caretta) and blue crabs. Kaunos, an important city and port on the Mediterranean from 400 B.C. will also be seen from the boat. Drive to Pamukkale and overnight. (B)

Day 10: Pamukkale-Aphrodisias-Sirince
See the ruins of ancient Hierapolis including the excellent Necropolis, Thermal Baths, Roman Theatre and the Museum. On to tour Aphrodisias, one of the most attractive ancient sites of the Aegean Region. The Stadium, which could hold 30,000 spectators, is one of the finest Graeco-Roman structures in the world. Enjoy a 2 night stay in Sirince. (B)

Day 11: Ephesus
Most of today will be dedicated to visiting Ephesus, which was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Overnight Sirince. (B)

Day 12: Sirince-Pergamon-Assos
Early departure to visit the hauntingly beautiful Pergamon, with its theatre built into an exceptionally steep hillside, and its famous ancient health centre where methods of treatment included blood transfusions, music therapy and meditation. On to Assos, considered the prettiest small harbour in the northern Aegean, with its impressive Hellenistic and Byzantine fortifications and the Temple of Athena on the summit, affording spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the Greek island of Lesvos.   Overnight Assos. (B, D)

Day 13: Assos-Troy-Gallipoli-Istanbul
Continue on to Troy, with its wooden horse, then cross the Dardanelles by ferry to visit the ANZAC sites at Gallipoli. Tour ends on arrival in Istanbul. (B)

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