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Turkey: 2014 Turkey tour - 34 day itinerary

Troglodyte cave house
Troglodyte cave house
Medusa mask
Medusa mask
Amphorae recovered from ancient shipwrecks
Amphorae recovered from ancient shipwrecks
Zeus and Antiochus, Nemrut Dag
Zeus and Antiochus, Nemrut Dag
Turkish gulet yacht in Bodrum Harbor
Turkish gulet yacht in Bodrum Harbor
Woman weaving a carpet on hand loom
Woman weaving a carpet on hand loom
Janissary band performing,  Ottoman painting
Janissary band performing, Ottoman painting
Collection - St. Saviour in Chora mosaics
Collection - St. Saviour in Chora mosaics
Millions in lira notes from Turkey
Millions in lira notes from Turkey
Overnight Meals
Istanbul D Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul- Transfer to hotel and free time. Welcome dinner
Istanbul BL Day 2 Istanbul- Full day Istanbul tour including Blue mosque, St Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar. lunch in local restaurant.
Safranbolu BLD Day 3  After Breakfast visit the Spice market and then take a boat tour on Bosporus. Depart for Safranbolu.
Safranbolu BLD Day 4  After breakfast explore the charming old village of Safranbolu famous with wooden houses.
Ankara BLD Day 5 Depart Safranbolu to visit Turkey's capital, Ankara. Sightseeing in Ankara including a visit to the Anatolian civilization museum.
Bursa BLD Day 6  Gordion and Bursa- Visit King Midas Tomb in Gordion and head to green Bursa which was old capital of Ottoman Empire. Visit Grand mosque, Koza Han (silk market), Green Tomb and Mosque.
Assos BLD Day 7 Visit ancient Troy and the Gallipoli battlefield.
Kusadasi BLD Day 8 Explore the Acropolis of Pergamum, then proceed Izmir to Kusadasi.
Kusadasi BLD Day 9 Visit the remains of Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the world, the ancient Greek and Roman city of Ephesus, and the archaeological Museum. Then visit the Cetin Doll Museum and the hillside village of Sirince.
Kusadasi BLD Day 10  After breakfast tour  ancient Priene which was a base for Alexander the Great on his campaigns, then explore the Apollo temple in Didyma.
Pamukkale BLD Day 11  Tour Aphrodisias, a beautiful and well preserved Greek city, then on to the ancient necropolis of  Heirapolis. Time to relax in the thermal pools of Pamukkale
aboard gulet BLD Day 12  Proceed to Fethiye where we embark our  boat.
aboard gulet BLD Day 13  on boat- explore ancient sites
aboard gulet BLD Day 14 on boat -
Kekova BLD Day 15 Kalkan/ Kas/ Kekova- disembark the boat and head to Xantos in Kalkan, then Kas and Sunken city in Kekova.
Antalya BLD Day 16  head to Demre, the birthplace of St Nicholas. Visit his church and then the burning rocks of Chimera at Olympos
Antalya BLD Day 17  Antalya- Perge and Aspendos ancient sites, Duden waterfall, Archaeological museum , old town
Cappadocia BLD Day 18  On our way to Cappadoccia, we'll stop at the  shrine of Rumi in Konya which was the capital of Seljuk Turkish state in 13th century. Visit Sultanhani, the biggest Caravansaray of Turkey.
Cappadocia BLD Day 19  Cappadoccia- Goreme open air museum, Goreme village, Avanos to see pottery and ceramic workshops. Fairy chimnies in Devrent valley. Dinner in cave restaurant with Turkish folk dance. .
Cappadocia BLD Day 20  Cappadoccia- optional hot-air balloon ride in early morning. Kaymalu underground city, Soganli valley and Urgup
Kahta BLD Day 21 Stop to see Selcuk tombs in Kayseri. Then drive to Adiyaman / Kahta.
Urfa BLD Day 22 Nemrut/ Harran- early wake-up to see sunrise on the colossal statues. Drive up Nemrut Dag mountain and then time to explore and photograph this ancient site. . Back to the hotel for breakfast, then depart for Harran. Visit one of the oldest cities in upper Mesopotamia.
Urfa BLD Day 23 Sanliurfa- visit old city and Gobekli Tepe neolithic site.
Mardin BLD Day 24 Drive to Diyarbakir; visit old the city with one of the oldest mosques in Turkey. The formidable Byzantine city walls are one of the largest in the world. Then drive to Mardin.
Mardin BLD Day 25 Mardin- full day in Mardin famous for its finely decorated stone houses
Van BLD Day 26 Tatvan / Van- See old Selcuk stone bridge on the way and stop for oldest Turkish cemetery with historical headstones. Take a boat out to Akdamar Island to see the Armenian  church.
Dogubayezit BLD Day 27 Van- Visit Van Castle in the morning and then head to Dogubeyazit.
Kars BLD Day 28 Visit Ishakpasa Palace and gigantic meteor crater on the Iranian border Head to Kars. Sightseeing in the city, then on to Kars
Erzerum BLD Day 29 Kars /Erzurum- visit Ani ancient site in the morning and head to Erzurum. Sightseeing in Erzurum on arrival.
Trabzon BLD Day 30  Erzurum /Trabzon – visit old Selcuk building in Erzurum and head to Trabzon.
Trabzon BLD Day 31 Sumela- visit Sumela Monastery on clif and city tour in Trabzon in the afternoon.
Trabzon BLD Day 32 Uzungol– explore the green and attractive destinations along the Black Sea. Uzungol is a beautiful lake resort  in the Kackar mountains . visit Tea factory
Istanbul BL Day 33 transfer to airport and flight to Istanbul and transfer to hotel. Free time
…home B Day 34 Transfer to airport for flight to home
Highway etched across coastal cliffs
Highway etched across coastal cliffs
Harbor and gulets
Harbor and gulets
Troglodyte cave house
Troglodyte cave house
Painted map of eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea
Painted map of eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea
Naval scene, musicians, Ottoman painting
Naval scene, musicians, Ottoman painting
One  million lira note from Turkey
One million lira note from Turkey
One quarter million lira note from Turkey
One quarter million lira note from Turkey

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Don't have the time for the complete trip?
We've prepared trips of 9 to 16 days for shorter stays.

  • Tour A: Ancient Civilizations of Turkey -- 16 days
  • Tour B: Aegean Sea to Cappadocia -- 9 days
  • Tour C: Southeastern Turkey -- 10 days
  • Tour D: Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea -- 10 days

    These segments can also be combined (eg, A + B, B + C + D, etc) 

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