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Land of Contrasts - Option A

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

$1,875 per person double occupancy (single supplement $375) Weekly guaranteed departures

Day 1 Thursday: Arrive Istanbul

Immediately after passing customs at IST - Istanbul Ataturk Airport, we will greet you; look for your name on a hand-held sign. Transfer to your centrally located hotel. Due to differing arrival times of guests, the rest of the day is at leisure. Additional services can be arranged.
 
Day 2 Friday: Istanbul
Visit the Medieval Egyptian Spice Bazaar, known to stimulate the five senses and where merchants offer a variety of natural remedies. Short cruise on the Bosphorus, pass under the huge suspension bridge connecting Europe and Asia. See the fortresses, palaces, historical mansions and countless other points of interest that line up the busy waterway. We visit the Asian side of Istanbul by crossing the Bosphorus Bridge. We go to Camlica Hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul and visit Beylerbeyi Palace (the imperial summer place). (B)

 

 

 

Day 3 Saturday: Istanbul 
Today we will visit the fabulous six minaret Blue Mosque built in 1616. It is one of the world's biggest mosques. It is adorned with exceptional Iznik tiles and stained glass. Next we stroll to the adjacent site of the Hippodrome. View the obelisk from Egypt, serpentine column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II. Later we visit the majestic Hagia Sophia Church Museum with its Byzantine mosaics, built in 535. It has been considered to be the 8th wonder of the world by many. Afterwards we visit the Ottoman Empire's Topkapi Palace, walk through its rooms full of exquisite art and view the Emperors' personal artifacts, armory and other priceless collections. Visit the dazzling Grand Bazaar. It is the world famous ancient bazaar with a maze of covered streets housing over 4,000 small artisan shops. Choose: Fly to Ankara after tour ~7:00 PM or early morning Sunday, ~7:00 AM. (B)

Day 4 Sunday: Ankara - Cappadocia
Today visit the world famous Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, housed in 15th century buildings. View the outstanding collection of artifacts from the Hittites, Phrygians (King Midas' tomb), Lydians, Romans, Greeks, Persians, Galatians, Seljuks and also from the earliest known human community, Catal Hoyuk. Afterwards head to Cappadocia and drive by scenic Salt Lake to Seljukian Agzikarahan Caravanserai, a 13th century inn used by travelers on the silk and spice routes. (B)

 

 

 

 

 
Day 5 Monday: Cappadocia
Discover the land that has been sculpted for centuries by the forces of man and nature. Dominated by Mt. Argeus, inhabited by Hittites, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Romans, it offers magnificent rock carved monasteries and churches ornate with frescoes. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum, Zelve rock cut city, Uchisar (huge natural rock fortress), Kaymakli (underground city built by the early Christians to escape from the invading Roman armies). (B,D)
 
Day 6 Tuesday: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
In the morning we leave the unique scenery behind and go to Konya, an important Roman city and capital of the Seljuk Empire. Visit the Museum of Mevlana 'Rumi', founder of the Whirling Dervishes. We end the day by driving to Pamukkale also known as "Cotton Castle". (B,D)
 
Day 7 Wednesday: Pamukkale/Hierapolis - Aphrodisias - Izmir (or Kusadasi)
Visit the ruins and the museum of the Roman city of Hierapolis. Next enjoy the picturesque scenery of white limestone tiers on the hillside. Next we go to Aphrodisias, city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite/Venus. Visit the temple, restored theater, baths and the huge stadium. End the day in Izmir (or Kusadasi) on the Aegean Coast. (B,D)
 
Day 8 Thursday: Izmir -  Ephesus - Izmir
Today we take you to Seljuk and visit Ephesus, the most important and best preserved antique city. We walk on marble paved roads, see the sites: Celsus Library, Great Theater, Roman Baths, Agoras, fountains and temples including the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Artemis Temple. Next we visit the House of Virgin Mary and then to the tomb of St. John and Basilica. Transfer to Izmir airport or Kusadasi (B)

Please indicate if you want additional services like a flight to Istanbul.

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
Double occupancy at Four Star and Deluxe Special hotels Click here (inquire about optional cave hotels).
English speaking professional tour guide (full-time) 
Sightseeing as per the itinerary
All escorted airport/hotel transfers
Meals: Daily open buffet breakfast. L-Lunch and D-Dinner as per itinerary.
Transportation by newer deluxe vehicle with A/C. 
All Entry fees to the sites & museums
Portage at hotels
Service charges & local taxes
Local airfare (including taxes, fuel surcharge):
  Istanbul - Ankara

EXCLUDES
International flight, visa, drinks, personal expenses, tips, trip insurance.

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