tour takes you the most notable sights in Turkey; the Hittite
ruins in North-central Anatolia; Cappadocia with its landscapes;
the Turquiose Coast and its antiguities; and incomparable
Istanbul. You will delight in the sights and dine with natives
as we visit small, authentic restaurants serving local delicacies.
1: Arrival in Istanbul and free afternoon. Overnight
After breakfast drive to Canakkale and continue to TROY, Homer's
legendary city. As you cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry you
will see the memorial to one of the most tragic battles of moderns
times. The Battle of Gallipoli. Troy, the heralded site of
Trojan War, immortalized by Hommer in the Iliad. Then we will
visit the ruins and overnight in Canakkale.
In the morning drive to ancient Pergamon, the city which was
ruled by Alexander the Great and home to the famous physcian
Galen (120-190 AD). You will visit the remains of the Asclepion,
as well as the library which once held 200.000 scrolls. Continue
to Sardes one of the wealthiest cities in the ancient world,
with its wast temple of Artemis, ancient synagogue and gymnasium.
Overnight in Izmir.
4: Ephesus-Izmir: If you've
ever heard the words "a reading from St. Paul to the Ephesians",
now's your chance to sit in the same theater where St. Paul
preached and Roman dramas were performed. Stroll the marble
streets of Ephesus one of the most complete cities of antiquity
past the Library of Celsus, the baths and the Gate of Hadrian
and Roman terrace houses. You'll also visit nearby St. John's
Basilica and the house where the VirginMary spent her last days.
View some of the treasuresexcavated in Ephesus and now kept
at Selcuk's Archeological Museum. Overnight in Izmir.
5: Aphrodisias-Pamukkale: Explore
the ramains of Aphrodisias, the city dedicated to the goddess
of love and home to a scholl of sculpture that made its way
across the Roman world. Visit the Temple of Aphrodite and one
of the finest ancient stadiums ever built, which sat 30.000
people. Continue to Pamukkale where immense tiers of white limestone
cascade down the hillside.
Visit the Roman bath, theater and necropolis of nearby Hierapolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale.
6: Antalya: Your odyssey
continues through the Turkish countryside, past lovely lakes
to the foot of the Taurus Mountain. Here you will visit with
a nomadic tribe and learn about their daily life which is as
interwoven into the cycle of the land as are the colors and
textures of the carpets they weave. Continue south to Antalya,
arriving in time to explore this mind beguiling city set on
the shores of the Mediterranean before the sun sets. Overnight
Continue your Greco-Roman quest today by visiting Aspendos which
has one of the best preserved theatres in the world. Its accoustics
are so fine that a coin dropped on stage can be heard in the
last row. A refreshing change of pace will be a visit to the
stunning Kursunlu Waterfalls. Then on to nearby Perge whose
extensive ruins include a stadium that once echoed to the roar
of 15.000 spectators. Overnight in Antalya.
8: Konya-Cappadocia: Drive
through the Taurus mountains to Central Anatolia to Turkey's
oldest city Konya, the capital of the Selcuk Empire, but known
throughout the world as the home of the Whirling Dervishes.
You will visit the Mevlana Museum named for the 13th century
founder and the Slender Minaret Medrese. Continue to Cappadocia
stopping off along the way to visit a typical Seljuk Caravanserai,
to see whatlife was like for the member of a caravan. Ovenight
Nature's banalcing act of the chimney-like rock formations
that abound throughout Cappadocia's rugged landscape are as
fantastic as man's accomplishments below its surface. Descend
8 stories to the intricate underground city of Kaymakli with
its wine cellars, classrooms and tombs where early Christians
fleeing persecution lived for months at a time undetected. Visit
the Byzantine churches of Göreme carved into the cliffs with
frescoes dating to the 7th century, the hidden valley of Zelve
and Avanos where the distinctive red clay the Kizilirmak River
has kept celebrated potters in business for a thousand years.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
10: Ankara: Drive to Ankara
Turkey's capital since 1923. After lunch at Kaleici within
the walls of a medieval fortress, you'll visit the Museum of
Anatolian Civilizations, filled with treasures from the region
from the Hittites all the way back to the Paleolithic Age. Overnight
11: Istanbul: After breakfast,
we proceed our coach journey to Istanbul. Today's highlights
include the Hippodrome, centre of chariot races during the Byzantine
times. Next, to the underground cistern, the grandest and most
impressive one of its kind. This evening, relax and enjoy a
delightful dinner cum show featuring Belly and folkloric dances.
12: Istanbul: Today you
will explore some of Istanbul's many treasures that bridge
the past and present beginning with Istanbul's most famous treasure
the Blue Mosque, named for the beautiful Iznik tiles which give
the mosque its color. You'll explore the more worldly treasures
of the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465
to 1853. After lunch on the palace grounds overlooking the Bosphorus
you will visit St. Sophia the first Christian cathedral built
in 536 AD, then converted to a mosque in 1453.
13: Istanbul: After breakfast,
transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your
stay in Turkey with a mini-tour join another Cicoda Travel tour
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June, 15 June, 29 June, 03 July, 27 July, 10 August, 24 August,
07 September, 21 September, 05 October, 19 October, 02 November,
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taxes,visa fees ( if applicable),expenses in terms of personal
nature and all services which have not been stated as included.
Features include, Accomodation at standard four
star hotels;meals ( breakfast , Lunch and Dinner);tours; transfers;
admission fees (excluding camera fees)English speaking guidance;local