TURKEY'S WORLD HERITAGE

 

9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: ISTANBUL, TROY, PERGAMON, EPHESUS, APHRODISIAS, PAMUKKALE, CAPPADOCIA, MT. NEMRUT, GOBEKLI TEPE

Itinerary of Turkey's World Heritage


FRIDAY, DAY 1 – ISTANBUL (World Heritage Site)

Upon arrival in Istanbul we are met and taken to our hotel for a welcome briefing. Depending on arrival time we may commence exploring the old city of Istanbul with a visit to the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. We can enjoy the view of the Golden Horn from the garden of the mosque.

Accommodation: 4 Star Ramada Old City Hotel or similar in Istanbul

SATURDAY, DAY 2 – ISTANBUL (World Heritage Site)

Today we will visit the Topkapi Palace, first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and the home of the sultan until the 19th century. Following this we visit St. Sophia, which was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian and was completed in 537 A.D. For more than 1,000 years it was the largest Christian church in the world. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet in 1603 and was constructed with the deliberate intention of rivaling the St. Sophia.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: 4 Star Ramada Old City Hotel or similar in Istanbul

SUNDAY, DAY 3 – GALLIPOLI – DARDANELLES – CANAKKALE

This morning before we leave Istanbul, we will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque with its exceptional tiles and also see the spice market. On the way to Canakkale, we will visit Gallipoli to see the World War I memorial and battlefields such as ANZAC Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine Cemetery. Afterwards, we will take a ferry to Canakkale, a small city on the Dardanelles across from Gallipoli.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 4 Star Akol Hotel or similar in Canakkale

MONDAY, DAY 4 – TROY (World Heritage Site) – PERGAMON (World Heritage Site)– KUSADASI

This morning we will visit the legendary city of Troy and have the opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan horse. We will see nine different city settlements of ancient Troy in the same location, each one built on top of the other. Afterwards, we will drive to Pergamon to see the Asklepion, which was perhaps the world’s most famous ancient medical centre. We will drive to Kusadasi and check into our hotel for a two night stay.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 4 Star Marina Hotel or similar in Kusadasi

TUESDAY, DAY 5 – EPHESUS (World Heritage Site) – CLAROS – KUSADASI 

Today we will drive to the incredible city of Ephesus and see its colossal Greek Theatre, which is still used for performances today. Among the many things we will be seeing are the Marble Road, the Celsus Library and the Temple of Diana. We will visit the house where Virgin Mary lived her final days and the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk. We will also visit Claros, an ancient sanctuary where we will see a temple of Apollo.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 4 Star Marina Hotel or similar in Kusadasi

WEDNESDAY, DAY 6 – APHRODISIAS (World Heritage Site) – LAODICEIA – PAMUKKALE (World Heritage Site)

Today we will drive to Aphrodisias, the city of art and beauty, dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite. We will see the ancient temple, the marble theatre and the immense stadium, which is the largest and best preserved in the world and seats over 30,000. We will also visit the spectacular museum of Aphrodisias. We will also visit Laodicea, it is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation and a well preserved ancient city built on the river Lycus. Afterwards, we will continue to Pamukkale, which is also called ‘Hierapolis’. This city has an incredible ancient necropolis (city of the dead), Pluto’s Gate or Door to Hell and it is world famous for its white calcium travertine. We will stay in a spa hotel, where we can swim in the heated pools of enriched mineral water.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 5 Star Lycus River Hotel or similar in Pamukkale

THURSDAY, DAY 7 – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (World Heritage Site)

This morning we will drive to Cappadocia, on the way we will visit Konya and the Whirling Dervish Museum, a very holy place for Turkish Muslims. There are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and various ethnographic artifacts. We will also visit the Karatay Madrasa, a 13th century school, now a museum displaying historic ceramics and archaeological relics. We have an overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 5 Star Dinler Hotel Urgup or similar in Cappadocia

FRIDAY, DAY 8 – CAPPADOCIA (World Heritage Site)

In Cappadocia we will enjoy the unique landscape of volcanic rock formations, eroded by the wind and rain. We will tour the amazing underground churches and cities carved into the rocks by early Christians. Going off the tourist track, we will have wonderful strolls where we visit small villages and discover the unknown parts of Cappadocia. Today we will visit Magic Valley to see incredible red colored rock formations, followed by Goreme and Zelve Open Air Museum, which was once an amazing cave town. We will also visit the Pasabag Valley with unique conical rock formations ,Uchisar rock fortress and Kaymakli Underground city. For those who wish there will be an optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, which is a spectacular experience and suitable for people of all ages.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 5 Star Dinler Hotel Urgup or similar in Cappadocia

SATURDAY, DAY 9 – MOUNT NEMRUT (World Heritage Site)  – ADIYAMAN 

This morning we will drive to Mt Nemrut to visit the mausoleum of Antiochus I (69- 34 B.C.). This extraordinary mountaintop funerary-temple complex is located at an elevation of 2,134 metres with huge statues and fallen heads of Greco-Roman Gods Zeus, Hercules, Fortuna, Apollo, as well as King Antiouchus, who considered himself as a God. Each head measures 2-3 metres high. Afterwards we continue to Adiyaman for an overnight stay. Dinner this evening is included. Note: The hike to Mt Nemrut consists of a 20-40 minute partially uphill hike, with stairs. There is no time limit and most can do the hike. There are also donkeys or mules available for hire at your own expense.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 4 Star Hilton Garden Inn or similar in Adıyaman

SUNDAY, DAY 10 – GOBEKLITEPE (World Heritage Site) – HARRAN – URFA

Today we will drive to Urfa, the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham. We will also visit nearby Harran and see the incredible beehive houses. Harran, according to the Bible, was the site where the Prophet Abraham lived with his family for several years before moving to Israel, the Promised Land. We will also visit Gobekli Tepe, a recently discovered site that presents monumental circular and rectangular megalithic structures, interpreted as enclosures, which were erected by hunter/gatherers in the pre-pottery Neolithic age between 9,600 and 8,200 B.C. These monuments were probably used in connection with rituals, most likely of a funerary nature. Distinctive T-shaped pillars are carved with images of wild animals, providing insight into the way of life and beliefs of people living in Upper Mesopotamia about 11,500 years ago. Before we finish the day, we will visit the Haleplibahce Mosaic Museum, which is home to the world’s most valuable mosaics and is the largest new museum complex in Turkey.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 5 Star El Ruha Hotel or similar in Urfa

MONDAY, DAY 11 – GAZIANTEP

Before we leave Urfa we will explore the Balikligol, a sacred pool with domesticated fish and see the Roman Fortress. Afterwards, we will drive to Gaziantep to visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum and see the famous mosaic of a gypsy girl. This is the one of the best mosaic museums in the World, displaying 2000 year old Roman mosaics. Gaziantep is famous for its cuisine, including the well known Turkish sweet Baklava and also marinated meat kebabs. We will have a sightseeing tour of the old city of Gaziantep, to see the incredible Roman Castle, old markets, spice merchants and the traditional lifestyle of the area.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 4 Star Sirehan Hotel or similar in Gaziantep

TUESDAY, DAY 12 – ISTANBUL (World Heritage Site)

This morning we fly to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be transferred to your hotel and free in the afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ramada Old City or similar

WEDNESDAY, DAY 13 – ISTANBUL (World Heritage Site)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

INCLUSION

  • Accommodation as per itinerary (4 Star Hotel in Istanbul and 5 Star Hotels in other locations).

  • Domestic flight

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

  • Entrance fees

  • Local taxes

  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

  • Airport pickup and drop-off

 

   EXCLUSION

  • Drinks

  • Lunch

  • Gratuities

RATES:

2460$ USD PER PERSON IN

DOUBLE ROOM

490$ USD SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

DEPATURE DATES IN 2019:

JANUARY:6 ,20 FEBRUARY: 3,17 

MARCH: 3,17 APRIL:7 MAY:5,19 

JUNE:9,23 JULY: 7,21 AUGUST: 4,18

SEPTEMBER:8 ,22 OCTOBER:6,20

NOVEMBER:3,17 DECEMBER:8,22

SMALL GROUP MAX. 12 PEOPLE

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