Day 01 (Fri)
A full day tour at the Old City where the
Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. St.Sophia,
one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a
basilica in 536 by Emperor Justinian - (Closed on Mondays;
replaced with a visit to the St. Chora Museum); Blue
Mosque, facing St.Sophia, famous with its more than
20.000 blue Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets,
built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one
of the best examples of classical Turkish art; Hippodrome,
the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events,
victory celebrations, and political activities of the old
city where one can also see today the Obelisk from Egypt,
Serpentine Column from Delphi, the Fountain of Wilhelm II
and the Colossus.
After lunch proceed to Topkapi Palace
(Closed on Tuesdays; replaced with a visit to the
Archaeological Museum), built in 1468 by Mehmet the
Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans housing
the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury,
Chinese porcelains, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.;
Grand Covered Bazaar (Closed on Sundays), the most
attractive shopping center in the world with nearly 4000
shops. Suleymaniye Mosque, the imperial mosque that
dominates the skyline of Istanbul, built by the famous
architect Sinan the Great during the reign of Suleyman the
Magnificent in the 16th century.
Dinner at your hotel
Day 02 (Sat)
Departure in the morning and visit to the
Spice Bazaar (Closed on Sundays) from 1663 with its
domed and vaulted shops selling spices and herbs along with
a wide variety of commodities, also known as Egyptian
Bazaar as it was once endowed with the Cairo imposts.
Then proceed to the pier so as to embark the boat. Starting
the cruise from the Golden Horn and sailing through the
waterway separating the two continents - Asia and Europe -
with a possibility to take pictures of the marble palaces,
ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern
residentials. During this cruise Çırağan Palace Hotel,
Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus and Fatih
Sultan Mehmet Bridges will be visioned. Leaving the boat in
Tarabya or Sarıyer and proceeding to the restaurant for
lunch. Thereafter visit to the Rumelian Fortress
(Closed on Wednesdays), historical armament built by the
Conqueror in 1452 to control and protect Bosphorus. After
the visit to this unique example of military architecture
visit the marvelous Dolmabahce Palace
(Closed on Mondays and Thursdays), the
of the Ottoman Sultans, with its original furniture and
Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.
Early morning transfer
airport for the flight to Ankara. Meet at the airport and
transfer to the city for the
visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian
Civilizations Museum (It is closed on Mondays) at
which there are numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic
Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others. Then
visit to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place
of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey.
Then departure for Cappadocia and lunch on the way. After a
picturesque trip along the Salt Lake arrive in Cappadocia
and overnight (L, D).
Day 04 (Mon)
Full day excursion in Cappadocia with Kaymaklı
Underground City, Open Air Museum in Goreme,
natural fortress in Uchisar, Zelve region and
Avanos and shopping facilities. Overnight in
Cappadocia (B, L, D).
Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way visit to the 13th
century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai
and arrival in Konya. Lunch. After visiting the Mausoleum
of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, proceed to
Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are
on display. Drive to Pamukkale and overnight (B, L, D).
In the morning visit to the ancient Hierapolis with
the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis,
graveyard. Then drive to Aphrodisias and lunch. Later
visit to the ruins and the museum. Finally drive to Kuşadası
and overnight (B, L, D).
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City,
Virgin Marys House, Selçuk Ephesus Museum and
St. John Church. Lunch in Selçuk and drive back to
the hotel. Overnight in Kuşadası (B, L, D).
Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion
and Acropol with the well preserved remains. Lunch
and drive to Assos for a short visit to the village.
Overnight in a simple but cosy hotel in Assos (B, L, D).
After breakfast drive to Troy, the place where the
legendary Trojan War took place 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 and lunch. Thereafter sail to the other side of
Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with
visit to Gallipoli. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer
Dinner oon own
Day 10 (Sun)
Transfer to the
airport for your home flight... (B)