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Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival, meet your representative and transfer to your hotel. Attend briefing about your journey. Dinner is on your own.
Suggested itinerary:Visit the Blue Mosque, recognizable from its six minarets, built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmet I and decorated inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue color; the Hippodrome where political, cultural, and sports activities took place during Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times; Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans between the end of the 15th and the first half of the 19th centuries, with its treasures, terraces overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn... You will end the day at the historical Grand Bazaar. Lunch during sightseeing.
Suggested itinerary: On your third day in Istanbul, you can take a relaxing cruise on the Bosporus which separates Asia from Europe and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. You will get the best views of the city and most of the historical monuments in Istanbul. All along the strait and on both shores, you will discover the marble Palaces of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi, the beautiful wooden Ottoman villas called "yali" (water-side residences) which stand side by side with modern residential and luxurious apartments, the medieval forteresses etc. In the afternoon, you can visitChora (Kariye) Museum whose mosaics and frescoes are among the most beautiful in the Byzantine World. You can continue with the visit of imposing Haghia Sophia which marked the apogee of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's reign. Last, you can shop at the historical Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul - Bolu - Ankara
Pick up your vehicle in the morning. Tonight you will stay at Ankara. Suggested itinerary:Drive to Ankara, the Capital of Turkish Republic. Today's highlight is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations; you will also stop at the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Overnight in Ankara.
Ankara - Hattusa - Cappadocia
Suggested itinerary: In the morning you will drive to Bogazkale to visit Hattusa, the second capital of the powerful which were discovered many cuneiform tablets. You will also visit the cave shrine Yazilikaya and bas-reliefs depicting the Hittite gods. From there, you head south towards the heart of Central Anatolia in the volcanic region of Cappadocia.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Suggested itinerary: Take a full day to discover Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Valley, an open-air museum with rock-hewn churches (7th-13th centuries) adorned with biblical frescoes. At a handicraft center, learn about the arts of rural Turkey and watch a demonstration on hand made rugs. Tour an Underground City. Marvel at the cavedwellings and fairy chimneys of the Avcilar Valley and the Kiliclar Valley.Take photos at the best vista points en route to the hotel.
Suggested itinerary: Continue your visits in Cappadocia with Soganli Valley where you will see medieval rock churches within a traditional Cappadocia village. On the road, stop at Sinassos to stroll the streets to see some best examples of 19th century Cappadocia architecture. Stop to see Valley of the Pigeon Houses. We also recommend "Hot Air Balloon Ride" over the magnificent landscape of Cappadocia. You can end the day with a visit to one of the famous wineries of Cappadocia to taste local vines.
Cappadocia - Konya
Suggested itinerary: Drive to Konya. En route, stop at the Sultanhan Caravanserai - a hotel for merchants during the Seljuk period 13th Centuries. In Konya, visit the Museum of Mevlana, the famous mystic poet, and founder of the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes. Visit alsoInce Minare Museum of Tiles, housed in a 13th century mosque. You can also take a walk on the Aladdin Hill (across the street from Ince Minare Museum) to see several tea houses where people smoke their water pipes.
Konya - Pamukkale
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, take the road to Pamukkale via Beysehir, where you can visit the Esrefoglu Mosque with its superb decorativewood and stone, you will head northwest to Yalvac, to visit the Archaeological Museum and the ancient Antioch in Pisidia, large Roman garrison town where St. Paul preached a sermon. You will continue by road skirting the mountainous lakes to get to Pamukkale, a unique natural site to visit his "Cotton Castle" wherethe warm waters, which have transformed the cliff, trickle into basins of travertine limestone. At Pamukkale, you can also visit Hierapolis ancient city spa whose well preserved necropolis is one of the largest of the ancient world.
Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Antalya
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, you can relax in the natural hot pools, then go for a visit to Aphrodisias ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, and also renowned for its school of sculpture, you will see the stadium, which is the best preserved in Asia Minor, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, Theatre, museum. Then continue to Antalya.
Antalya - Side - Perge - Aspendos - Antalya
Suggested itinerary: If you wish to explore the three main archaeological sites of the coastal plain of Pamphylia, in the morning, you can first drive to Side, located on a beautiful peninsula. You will visit the ancient city, long reputed as a slave market, but which later devoted to trade and became very prosperous as can be seen through the numerous monuments built at that period. Then you can make a refreshing detour to Manavgat Waterfalls. You can continue toAspendus, whose 2C AD theatre is the best preserved Roman theatre in Asia Minor. You can also visit Perge, another Hellenistico-Roman ancient city with its stadium, colonnaded street and theatre. Back in Antalya you can visit the Archaeological Museum where the beautiful sculptures from Perge are displayed. In the picturesque old town (kaleici) with its narrow streets and typical wooden houses overlooking the marina, you will discover the Hadrian Gate, the Fluted Minaret, the Truncated Minaret, and the Hidirlik Tower.
Antalya - Kekova - Xanthos - Fethiye
Suggested itinerary: During the day, you will drive west along the Turquoise Coast. You reach the ancient city ofPhaselis, in the middle of a pine forest, which was the most important port in the region until the founding of Attalaia. You will continue to Myra where the Lycian rock tombs finest with unique characters, overlooking the Roman theater. A Demre, where began the legend of Santa Claus, visit the Church of St. Nicholas built on the site of the tomb of the martyred saint who was Bishop of Myra. Since Demre or from Ucagiz (you borrow a winding road to get to Ucagiz), and if time permits, you can take a boat trip to Kekova Bay to discover the remains of a sunken city in the crystal clear waters and the Lycian sarcophagi of ancient Simena including one that emerges from the sea, has become the symbol of charming Kaleköy. You will continue to Kas and Kalkan two charming small ports with whitewashed houses. Then you arrive at Fethiye, nestled in a beautiful bay, where you will see Lycian tombs carved into the cliff face overlooking the city.
Fethiye - Caunos - Ephesus
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, you will head to the pretty resort of Dalyan, where you will make a nice boat ride on the Dalyan River, a river that winds through the reeds to the Iztuzu beach, a protected site where sea turtles come to lay their eggs. You will also have the opportunity to see the ancient city of Caunos on the right bank of the river. Then you will drive to Selçuk, where you will visit the magnificent city of Ephesus, one of the most beautiful of the ancient world.
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, discover one of the world's best places to visualize an ancient Roman city. View the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After lunch, visit also Ephesus Museum and drive toSirince Village with its old 19th century Greek houses which have been nicely restored. You will end the day by a mini fashion-show which let you appreciate leather production in Turkey. Drive back to Selcuk
Drop off your vehicle at Izmir airport. Assistance with departure formalities.
- Arrival transfer . Accommodation in
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- Daily breakfasts.
- Air - conditioned cars.
- (No car in Istanbul, for car descriptions please visit www.TurkeyVision.com) . Briefing in Istanbul covering hotel directions, important sites along your itinerary, shopping and driving tips.
- Gas and parking fees, Second driver fee (approx. $10 per day), Travel, insurance, personal expenses
- Visa fee.
- Renault Traffic. **Manual transmission ** - Mercedes Sprinter Including chauffeur & his accommodation & fuel for 400 km per day.