Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul
Full day touring the Byzantine and Ottoman Treasures of Istanbul.
Day 3: Troy-Canakale
We shall cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry and viist ancient Troy.
Day 4: Pergamon -Izmir
Visit the ACROPOLIS, the steepest theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Trojan, Library. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then visit ASCLEPION, the ancient healing center and the RED BASILICA which is one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Continue to Izmir for overnight.
Day 5: Ephesus-Izmir
An excursion to EPHESUS, cradle of early Christianity. Visit the HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY, the ancient Ephesus, the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM and the TEMPLE OF DIANA which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Return to Izmir for overnight.
Day 6: Sardes-Pamukale (Hieropolis)
Drive to SARDES, capital of ancient Lydia. Visit the Temple of Cybele which later became a church, the famous SYNAGOGUE from the third century, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. See the Golden River Pactalos. Lunch en route. Proceed to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Hieropolis-Aphrodisias-Antalya
Morning tour of PAMUKKALE (also known by the ancient name HIEROPOLIS), noted ancient spa, where pure white travertine’s forms frozen waterfalls. Observation of carpet weaving at one of the local workshops. Next, a drive to APHRODISIAS, the city of the Goddess of Love. We shall see the well preserved stadium, the Odeon and the agora. Continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Antayla
Full day excursion to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities of PERGE and ASPENDOS and to the award winning ANTALYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM.
Day 9: Konya-Cappadocia
Early departure to KONYA. Visit the Mevlana Museum, 13th century Whirling Dervish Monastery. After lunch continue to CAPPADOCIA where nature has scoured surrealistic moonscape shapes and where the persecuted Christians dug underground cities and churches during the 9th century.
Day 10: Cappadocia
Full day Cappadocia visit, including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town, the natural citadel of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakli.
Day 11: Ankara
Morning sightseeing in Cappadocia. After lunch, visit the Agzikarahan Caravanserai from the Selcuk period. Drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, via Salt Lake.
Day 12: Bursa
This morning we shall visit the ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATION MUSEUM and the MAUSOLEUM of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara. This afternoon, drive to Bursa.
Day 13: Bursa-Istanbul
Bursa was the capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365. The city was referred to as "Hüdavendigar" (meaning "God's Gift") during the Ottoman period, while a more recent nickname is "Yeşil Bursa" (meaning "Green Bursa") in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban tissue, as well as to the vast forests in rich variety that extend in the surrounding region. The mausoleums of the early Ottoman sultans are located in Bursa and the numerous edifices built throughout the Ottoman period constitute the city's main landmarks. The surrounding fertile plain, its thermal baths, several interesting museums, notably a rich museum of archaeology complete Bursa's overall picture.
Day 14: Depart