Tour the Classical Sites of Turkey

Embark on a 15-day odyssey through Turkey, beginning in Istanbul. Explore iconic sites like Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Cruise the Bosphorus and delve into Topkapi Palace. Venture to Bursa, with stops at Nicaea and the Grand Mosque.

Discover Canakkale’s ancient Troy, then journey to Kusadasi via Pergamum. Immerse yourself in Ephesus before marveling at Pamukkale’s terraces. Explore Antalya, visit Perge, and experience the Mevlana Shrine in Konya.

Uncover Cappadocia’s wonders, including the Goreme Open-Air Museum and underground cities. Traverse to Ankara, exploring the Anatolian Civilization Museum. Conclude the journey in Istanbul, visiting Gordion and the Tomb of King Midas.

This immersive itinerary seamlessly blends Turkey’s historical treasures and contemporary allure.

The links for each day give more historical information and descriptions.

Day 1   (ARRIVE ISTANBUL)  Arrive at Istanbul Airport.  Transfer to hotel. Overnight in istanbul

Day 2  ( ISTANBUL) A full day tour in Istanbul including the Hagia Sophia,; the Blue Mosque; the Byzantine Hippodrome and the Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Old local Market Mahmutpasa and walk down to Spice Market, Boat tour on Bosphorus. Overnight in İstanbul

Day 3  (ISTANBUL) After breakfast visit Topkapi Palace move down to the Galata Bridge and head to Istiklal Street to explore the Taksim Area.  Visit the Asian side in the afternoon. Overnight in İstanbul

Day 4 – (BURSA-CANAKKALE) After breakfast, drive to Bursa which was the old capital of the Ottoman Empire; stopping at visit Nicaea (site of the first Christian ecumenical council) on the way. In Bursa enter the Grand Mosque, Koza Han (silk market) and tour the old city. Overnight in Bursa.

Day 5  (CANAKKALE) Drive to Canakkale and visit ancient Troy and the city. Overnight in Akçay.

Day 6-(PERGAMUM to EPHESUS) Drive to Kusadasi stopping at Pergamum. Visit its Acropolis. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7 (EPHESUS) Full day tour in Ephesus including the ancient site, remains of the Artemis temple, and the museum. Overnight in Kusadasi

Day 8 –   (PAMUKKALE) Drive to Pamukkale to walk down the travertine terraces and walk through the necropolis of Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale

Day 9 (ANTALYA) Visit the ancient site of Myra with its rock-cut tombs, and the St. Nicholas church and tomb. Stop at the peaceful double harbor of Phaselis, then proceed to Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 10 – (ANTALYA-KONYA ) Start with the ancient site of Perge and the Aspendos Theater, then drive to Konya to visit the Mevlana Shrine and tour the city. Overnight in Konya .

Day 11- (KONYA- CAPPADOCCIA) Sultanhani Caravansaray, Ihlara Valley and Kaymaklı Underground city. Overnight in Cappadoccia.

Day 12- (CAPPADOCIA) Full day in Cappadocia. Start at the Goreme Open-Air Museum, then on to Devrent and Pasabaglari to see the hoodoos / fairy chimneys.  Avanos ceramic workshop and Uchisar valley. Overnight in Cappadocia.  (optional Balloon ride in early morning)

Day 13(CAPPADOCIA-ANKARA) Drive to Ankara Through Salt Lake, visit Anatolian civilization museum and city tour. Overnight in Ankara.

Day 14(ANKARA-ISTANBUL) Drive to Gordion to see the Tomb of King Midas and drive to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul

Day 15(DEPARTURE) Transfer to the International airport for your flight home.

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 *  Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. If the visits are on days these attractions are closed, they might be skipped or substituted with other attractions depending on the program’s schedule

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