Turkey Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Transfer to the hotel in the Old City. Depending on the arrival time, short walking tour in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Day 2
Walking tour in the morning: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia. PM: Take the bus to go to Kariye Museum (St Savior in Chora). Late afternoon excursion on the Bosphorus by a private motor-boat starting and ending at Eminonu (about 1 ½ hour).

Day 3
Drive from Istanbul to Canakkale cossing the Dardanalles (Canakkale strait) by car-ferry. PM: Visit Troia (Troy) and afterwards drive to Assos.

Day 4
Visit Assos (Old Harbor,Theater, City Walls, Temple of Athena). Drive to Bergama (ancient Pergamum) to visit Acropolis, Asclepieion and Red Courtyard. Later drive south to Izmir.

Day 5
Sightseing in Izmir: Kadifekale (if accessible by bus), Museum of Archaeology, Agora, Synagogue and Bazaars. PM: Free afternoon.

Day 6
Drive to Kusadasi. On the way, visit Ephesus, Slope Houses at Ephesus, Ephesus Museum at Selcuk, St John’s Church. Free time before dinner. Visit to a carpet-weaving center is possible.

Day 7
Free day in Kusadasi.

Day 8
Drive to Pamukkale. On the way visit Sardis (Temple of Artemis and Barh/Synagogue Complex). In Pamukkale, visit Hierapolis. Before and after dinner, enjoy the thermal pool of the hotel.

Day 9
Drive to Antalya. On the way visit Aphrodisias.

Day 10
Visit Perge, Aspendos. PM: Visit Antalya Museum. Before dinner, walking tour of the Public Park, Old City and Old Harbor.

Day 11
Visit Termessos. Return to Antalya by noon. PM: Free afternoon.

Day 12
Start early to drive to Konya. In Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and Karatay Tile Museum. PM: Drive east to Cappadocia. On the way, visit Sultanhan Caravanserai (13C).

Day 13
Sightseeing in Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar, Avanos, possibility of visiting a potter’s shop. Free time in Urgup. After dinner, watch Sema ritual of the Mevlevi dervishes at the Sarihan Caravanserai (13C).

Day 14
Sightseeing in Cappadocia: Zelve Open-Air Museum, Cavusin Village, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Visit to a Rock-Carved Dwelling.

Day 15
Drive to Ankara. Visit Mausoleum of Ataturk and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Short walk inside the citadel.

Day 16
Drive from Ankara to Istanbul arriving Istanbul in the afternoon. In Istanbul, visit the Underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 17
Topkapi Palace. After that, free time.

Day 18
Group transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport.