Day 1: ARRIVE ISTANBUL – CANAKKALE (L, D)
Upon arrival Istanbul, visit Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace: the seat of the Ottoman Empire, after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. It is today, a museum palace with a wide collection of Kitchen wares and Porcelains, Treasuries, Royal Antiques, Courtyards, Holy Relics etc. After lunch, we will begin our scenic drive down to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles during WWI. Then we will cross the second strategic waterway, the Dardanelles and land in Asia. We will check-in to our hotel in Canakkale for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: CANAKKALE – KUSADASI (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, we proceed to Troy. Photo stop at Hollywood movie Trojan Horse. Then visit Ancient City of 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. After lunch, visit Pergamon: the Ancient City of Asclepion. It was the medical center of ancient Greece. Drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 3: KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE (B, L, D)
Following breakfast, we drive to Selcuk to visit Ephesus as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (One of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) and the Basilica of St. John from a distance, followed by lunch in the township of Selcuk. After lunch, we will visit the famous local production center for leather garments whereby after a live Fashion Show time will be allocated for shopping. Then continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Ancient City of Hierapolis today called Pamukkale 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.
Day 4: PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (B, L, D)
Following an early breakfast, we will drive through an interesting landscape where peasants make their living to have lunch enroute before arriving in Konya. Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. Visit Mevlana Museum. We will continue to Cappadocia enroute visit 13th century Tepesidelikhan Caravanserai. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5: CAPPADOCIA (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full day tour through Cappadocia, which boasts a unique landscape sculpted by the wind, sun, rain and snow. Its bizarrely shaped pillars, cones and ‘fairy chimneys’ make fantastic spots for snapshots. Explore the Underground City of Cardak, one of the largest underground cities here, said to have existed since the Hittite period. You will get a chance to see its bedrooms, kitchens, dining halls, wine cellars, chapels, stables and more. Visit Uchisar, an old village of small dwellings carved into massive rocks. If time permits, you can visit one of the homes in the contemporary village here and experience life ‘on the rocks’. Make photo stops at Valley of the Birds and Pasabag Valley. After lunch, visit Avanos a town famous small in pottery and carpets. You may visit one of the factories and learn the art of pottery making and carpet weaving. Visit Dervent Valley with unique volcanic formations as in shape of camel, mushroom or woman. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – BOLU (B, L, D)
Depart for Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Visit Salt Lake on the way. After lunch, visit the Ataturk Mausoleum: the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Father of modern Turkey. The architecture of the mausoleum is a mix of different styles that represent the various Anatolian civilizations. Then drive to Bolu for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: BOLU – ISTANBUL (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Istanbul. Upon arrival have lunch in Local restaurant. Then visit famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar (or covered Bazaar, Turkish: Kapalicarsi) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport.