Hittites, Lydians, Phyrigians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantinians, Ottomans and Modern Turks who are the hosts of Anatolia... 15 days itinerary featuring the different civilazations of Anatolia since the ancient times today.
Day 1 Arrival at Istanbul Airport, the capital city of three great empires in history under three different names; Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 After breakfast leave Istanbul and cross by ferry to Bursa, typical early Ottoman town still having examples of 14th century mosques and tombs. Overnight in Bursa.
Day 3 After breakfast, drive to Ankara, the capital of Modern Turkey. En route visit Gordion, the city of Midas the legendary king of Lydians, famous for his golden touch. Overnight in Ankara.
Day 4 After short sightseeing in Ankara including Augustus Temple, Citadel, Museum of Anatolian Civilisations transfer to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 Full day tour.Enjoy the unusual formations which was formed millions of years ago, after the eruption of Mt. Erciyes.Visit the underground city of Kaymakli, Uçhisar fortress, Göreme open air museum, famous for various churches dating from early Christian era with beautiful 13th century mural frescoes. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 Drive to Pamukkale. On the way stop in Konya to see the tomb and mosque of Mevlana. Late afternoon arrive in Pamukkale, ancient Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 After breakfast drive to Ephesus, one of the best preserved examples of Greco - Roman cities. In Ephesus visit the house of Virgin Mary, Grand Theatre, Library, Odeon. Marble road and Hadrian's temple. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 8 Drive to Çanakkale. En route visit the splendid Hellenistic city of Pergamon. In Pergamon visit the altar of Zeus, Trajan's Temple, Library and Asclepion, health center of antiquity. Then continue along the Aegean cost to Troy famous for its wooden horse. Overnight in Çanakkale.
Day 9 Morning cross the Dardanelles by ferry from Asia to Europe and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul.
In Istanbul enjoy the Grand Bazaar experience. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 Full day sight seeing tour of Istanbul to visit the highlights , The Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome, and Topkapı Palace. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 Morning cruise along the Bosphorus. Rest of the day free for last minute shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 Transfer to airport for your return flight.