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Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 8 days / 7 nights

Group Size : Min. 30


 

From North to South

Day 1:

You’ll have a flight from your origin to İstanbul. You are welcomed at the airport by your tourguide and will have a

transfer to your hotel in İstanbul and have additional information about the tour.

 

Day 2: Istanbul

Most of the sights to be inspected are on the European side of the city, formerly known as the old town. First, we

visit the Topkapi Palace, which was the headoffice of The Ottoman Sultans' family. The Empire, which was ruled

from this fantastic palace, was in the second rank in greatness, after The World's biggest Empire of Byzantians.

More than 100.000 pieces are being exhibited in the Palace. Then you are taken to Haghia Sophia which had been

the most important building of the Byzantian architecture since 6th century. It is located in the same area, not far

from the Palace. Opposite to " Haghia Sophia" stands the magnificient Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet). The famous "

Hipodrome" built in the 3rd century is next to the mosque. Dinner and accomodation in İstanbul

 

Day 3: Istanbul- Bursa

We drive over the suspension bridge, named The Bosphorus Bridge, to the Asian side of Istanbul. Further on in

Eskihisar, we take a ferry to cross the bay of Izmit to Yalova. The road from Yalova leads us to the first Ottoman

capital city, Bursa. The environment of the city is so green that people call the town " Green Bursa". The city is full

of beautiful examples of early Ottoman architecture. First we visit The Green Mosque and The Green Mausoleum.

Both inside and outside of these two buildings were decorated with beautiful faiences. Then we go on to see Ulu

Camii ( The Great Mosque) with its magnificient 20 domes and beautiful calligraphies. Finally we will visit the the silk

bazaar Kozahan. Dinner and overnight accomodation in Bursa.

 

Day 4: Bursa – Çanakkale - Ayvalık- Troy

The highlight of today's programme is the visit we pay to the most important excavation place of The World, Troy.

Heinrich Schlieman discovered this antique city, consisting of 9 main layers. The treasure

excavated here is thought to be the famous treasure belonging to the King Priamos. The journey then goes on to

Ayvalık. Dinner and overnight accomodation in Ayvalık or Burhaniye.

 

Day 5: Ayvalık - İzmir- Kuşadası

Along the west coast, we drive to Bergama, the antique Pergamon. The first place to be seen is The Akropolis. This

is the antique city, where grease proof paper was invented. Later, the libraries in the city were full of innumerable

books. They were all carried to Egypt by Cleopatra. Down below The Akropolis is situated The Temple of Asclepius.

Asclepius was a much-worshiped ancient Greek god of health and well-being,After having visited the welfare place,

we drive towards Izmir and Kuşadası. Dinner and overnight accomodation in Kusadasi.

 

Day 6: Kusadasi – Ephesus - Pamukkale

After breakfast we set direction to Epheus. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550

BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid

by the Goths. It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear. Emperor

Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from

emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John

Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial

center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River. The Agora,Hadrian's Temple, Odeon, The

Theatre and the Celsus library are the examples of this overwhelming antique city. During the Classical Greek era it

was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. According to estimates Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to

56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria

Troas.After our sightseeing in Ephesus we’ll attend a leather show. Today we’ll overnight in Pamukkale.

 

Day 7: Pamukkale- Antalya

The limewashing terraces, developed in centuries, were formed by high calsiumcarbonated water. When the water

comes onto the surface of the earth, it leaves snowwhite deposits along the way it flows. This water has healing

effects on some diseases. So the terraces here have been visited on purpose, since the antique times. The antique

city Hierapolis nearby had become famous for being a health- center of this kind. The cemetery of the city with 1200

graves had been the largest onein Anatolia. Dinner and overnight accomodation in Antalya.

 

Day 8:

After breakfast, you are transferred either to the airport for the return flight or to the booked hotel for the extension

week.



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 8 days / 7 nights

Group Size : Min. 30


 

A Tasty Dish of Anatolia

 

Day 1 : Flight to Antalya

You fly from your origin to Antalya. You are welcomed at the airport by your tourguide and will have a transfer to

your hotel at the Turkish Riviera.

 

Day 2 : Antalya – Konya

Our journey starts after breakfast. Driving through the mountain landscape over The Taurus Mountains, we go

past several villages. When we arrive in Konya, formerly the capital city of Seljukians, we visit The Mevlana

Museum first. Mevlana is regarded as the greatest Islamic Philosopher, who had formerly created his religious

order in this city. Since the times of Seljukians, the order has had millions of members. However, just like the

other religious orders Mevlana's has also been forbidden since the establishment of Turkish Republic. On the

other hand,Mevlana's philosophy is still held in high respect, not only by moslems but also by lots of people all

over the World. Then , we visit The Karatay Medresesi, which was formerly a Moslem Theological School, but

today it is a museum of faiences. Overnight accomodation is in Konya.

 

Day 3 : Konya - Cappadocia

Today, we travel along the caravan route to the moon landscape Cappadocia. This route was called the Silk-

Route in history. It goes as far as to China, as a trade-route. There are numerous Caravanserais all along the

route. The largest one is called Sultanhanı. It was built by the Seljuki Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat in 13th.century.

This splendid building looks like a plant castle. Then, we drive via Aksaray to the fascinating moon landscape

Cappadocia and visit the underground city, Kaymaklı. Overnight accomodation is in Cappadocia.

 

Day 4 : Cappadocia

Today, our intensive day-trip begins in this beautiful landscape.The extinct volcanic mountains Erciyes and Hasan

Dağ are the creators of this fabulous landscape.The spray that came out of the lava and the erosions were the

causes of the natural deformations in the area. The figures which were formed in this way can be related with

some animals and other things with a little phantasie.Our sightseeing programme begins with Zelve, a valley

where people used to live in caves until 1960s. Further inspection takes place in Göreme, where there are a lot of

rock-churches, decorated with beautiful frescos. There, you feel as if you are on another planet. Overnight

accomodation is in Cappadocia.

 

Day 5 : Cappadocia - Ankara

Today, we leave the beautiful landscape and again along the formerly caravan route drive to Ankara, the capital

city of Modern Turkey. The first sight to be seen in Ankara is The Mauseleum of Ataturk. Ataturk was the founder

of Modern Turkey and the father of Turks. Then, we visit The Castle of Ankara before going to The Museum of

Anatolian Civilizations, where pieces belonging to all civilizations, especially to The Hittites, are being exibited.

Overnight accomodation is in Ankara.

 

Day 6 : Ankara - Pamukkale

After an early breakfast, we drive through the Anatolian highlands to Afyon.We go past this city, which is famous

with its castle.When we arrive in Pamukkale, our visits start with our admiration to the lime terraces, which had

developed in centuries. Then, we visit the antique city Hierapolis nearby, where people used to come for the

treatment of their illnesses, even in ancient times.Then, we visit the antique city Gordion. Overnight accomodation

is in Pamukkale.

 

Day 7 : Pamukkale - Antalya

Through The Taurus Mountains, passing by some different tectonic fresh water lakes, our route takes us back to

TheTurkish Riviera, Antalya. On the way, we visit a carpet store, which has been traditional in Turkey. Overnight

accomodation is in Antalya.

 

Day 8 : Departure

Departure to the airport for the return flight to Amsterdam or transfer to the booked extension hotel in The Turkish

Riviera.



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 8 days / 7 nights

Group Size : Min. 30


Day 1: Flight to Antalya

You fly from your origin to Antalya. You are welcomed at the airport by your tourguide and will have a transfer to

your hotel at the Turkish Riviera.

 

Day 2: Welcome meeting.

Today you’ll have additional information about the tour from your tourguide. You can spend the rest of the day at

your own possibility. In the evening we’ll have diner and overnight in Antalya.

 

Day 3: Antalya - Pamukkale

Crossing The Taurus Mountains, you go past Burdur and Dinar. Then, you arrive at the miracle of nature,

Pamukkale. The limewashing terraces, developed in centuries, were formed by high calsiumcarbonated water.

When the water comes onto the surface of the earth, it leaves snowwhite deposits along the way it flows. This

water has healing effects on some diseases. So the terraces here have been visited on purpose, since theantique

times. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

 

Day 4: Pamukkale - Antalya

After breakfast we’ll visit the city of Hierapolis. The antique city Hierapolis nearby had become famous for being a

health center of this kind. The cemetery of the city with 1200 graves had been the largest one in Anatolia. On our

way back to Antalya we’ll have a visit to a carpet weavery where you will get information about this art. Dinner and

overnight in the region of Antalya.

 

Day 5: Kurşunlu Waterfall

Today we have a visit to the Kurşunlu Waterfalls. The Waterfall is located 19 km from Antalya . It is reduced to a

mere trickle in the summer months. The waterfall is on one of the tributaries of the Aksu River, where the tributary

drops from Antalya's plateau to the coastal plain. It is situated in the midst of a pine forest of exceptional beauty,

and the environs provide a picnic and pleasure spot. After the visit you’ll have free time to spend in the citycentre

of Antalya.

 

Day 6: ALANYA or DEMRE

Depending on the location of the hotel we’ll have a visit to Alanya or Demre

Alanya: The castle of Alanya was built on the remnants of earlier Byzantine era and Roman era fortifications. After

the area was pacified under the Ottoman Empire, the castle ceased to be purely defensive, and numerous villas

were built inside the walls during the 19th century. Today the building is an open air museum. Access to the

seaward castle is ticketed, but much of the area inside the wall, including the landward castle is open to the

general public.

 

Demre: We depart towards the antique city of Myra. It was the most important city of Lycia, for it was represented

by three delegates in The Lycian Parliement. First, we visit The Lycian rockgraves, and then the antique theatre of

Myra, where different kinds of demonstrations were held. Nearby this antique city, there is The Nicholaous

Church, an example of Christian Architecture. The Holy Nicholaus was the bishop of the city.

 

Day 7: Leisure day

Today is for your own. You can relax in your hotel or visit the city for sightseeing

 

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 14 days / 13 nights

Group Size : Min. 30


 

Day 1: Flight to Antalya

You fly from your origin to Antalya. You are welcomed at the airport by your tourguide and will have a transfer to

your hotel at the Turkish Riviera.

 

Day 2: Antalya - Pamukkale

Crossing The Taurus Mountains, you go past Burdur and Dinar. Then, you arrive at the miracle of nature,

Pamukkale. The limewashing terraces,developed in centuries, were formed by high calsiumcarbonated water.

When the water comes onto the surface of the earth, it leaves snowwhite

deposits along the way it flows. This water has healing effects on some diseases. So the terraces here have been

visited on purpose, since the antique times. The antique city Hierapolis nearby had become famous for being a

health center of this kind. The cemetery of the city with 1200 graves had been the largest one in Anatolia. Overnight

accomodation is in the area of Pamukkale.

 

Day 3: Pamukkale - Kuşadası

After having breakfast together, we drive to Aphrodisias, where you can admire the statue of the Goddess of

beauty. The city was famous with its School of Sculptor and the numerous statues of The Gods of The Antique

World. Then we have the chance of admiring The Antique Stadium and The

Temple of Aphroditte. Then comes Ephesus, the capital city of antique loni Federation. The Theatre, The Odeon

and The Hadrian Temple are the other sights to be visited.

Overnight accomodation is in Kusadasi.

 

Day 4: Kuşadası – Burhaniye / Ayvalık

The first visit is paid to " Johannesbasilica", in Selcuk, today. Later on, we drive along the Aegean Coast to

Bergama, the old " Pergamon". A short travel, highly to Akrapolis gives us the opportunity to admire

this antique city. The famous Asklep on, the welfare place and health resort of that antique- time lies below down in

the valley. After this interesting visit, we drive further to the hotel in Ayvalik or Burhaniye.

 

Day 5: Burhaniye / Ayvalık - İstanbul

Driving along the westcoast, we go through lots of olivegardens. The road leads us to the famous antique city Troy.

Heinrich Shlieman, the German Archeologist, had searched the treasures of Priamos. And his excavations in the

area were the most important ones in the world. The greatest war in antique times between the Greeks and the

Troians took place here. The legendary heroes Achilleus and Hector fought against each other in this war. With the

help of a wooden horse The Greeks

conquered the city. And even today, the traces of different cultures can be seen in the city. After this visit we take a

ferry to cross The Strait of Çanakkale to The European Side of Turkey. The strait of Canakkale is also famous

because of the battles that took place in World War I. Our journey goes on via Tekirdağ to Istanbul. Overnight

accomodation is in Istanbul.

 

Day 6: Istanbul

Nearly all objects of interest are sitauted in the old part of the city, formerly known as " Stanbul". Our visits start with

" The Blue Mosque". It was built by Mehmet Aga and is given its name because of the blue fiances used for

decoration. Next to the mosque is situated the "Hipodrom" dated from the time of The Emperor Septimus Severus.

He was the Roman Emperor, in whose time the city was destroyed and reconstructed. Directly opposite " The Blue

Mosque", there stands the splendid building Haghia Sophia, which was built in 6th century. First it was a church.

When Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city, it was converted into a mosque, but today it is only a museum .

Then we visit the " Topkapi Palace", the residence where the Ottoman Sultans had lived. More than 100.000 pieces

are exhibited in the museum. (Visiting the Harem part of The Palace is extra charged). Overnight accomodation is in

Istanbul.

 

Day 7: Istanbul

You are free today. You have the oppurtunity of visiting the new part of the city on your own. You can be

recommended to take a trip to Bosphorus. You can ask your tourguide for information.

Overnight accomodation is in Istanbul.

 

Day 8: Istanbul- Bursa

After breakfast, we cross The Bosphorus over The Suspension Bridge to The Asian side of the city. When we arrive

The Bay of Izmit, we take a ferry to Yalova. We drive on to Bursa, the first capital city

of The Ottamans. The valleys and fields in the surroundings are so green that the city was given the name "Green

Bursa". We will have visits to "The Green Mosque" and "The Green Mausoleum". Both of these monuments were

beautifully decorated with green faiences. Then we visit "Ulu Cami" (The Great Mosque), famous with its 20 domes

in The Silk-Bazaar called Kozahan. Overnight accomodation is in Bursa.

 

Day 9 : Bursa – Ankara

Through the highlands of Anatolia, we drive to Ankara. Along theway ,we go past Eskişehir and Gordion, the

antique town where Alexander The Great cut the Gordion knot with his sword. When we arrive in Ankara,we visit "

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations". Overnight accomodation is in Ankara.

 

Day 10 : Ankara – Cappadocia

Early in the morning, we’ll have a visit to " The Mausoleum of Atatürk". Atatürk created today's Modern Turkey in

1923. He can also be accepted as the father of Turks. Then our journey follows towards Cappadocia. Driving past

Kırşehir, we find ourselves in a fantastic natural beauty. The first

sight to be seen is Avanos, situated at the foot of The Kızılırmak River. The town is famous with clay/tone potteries.

Overnight accomodation is in Cappadocia.

 

Day 11 : Cappadocia

Today , we have an intensive completedaytrip in Cappadocia. The lava and the ashes that had come out from the

volcanic mountains Erciyes and Hasan Dağ and the erosions in the area were the causes of the beautiful

deformations. In this unique nature, you feel as if you are on the moon or on some other planet. The other highlights

of the region are Göreme,famous with rockchurches and Zelve, the valley where people used to live in caves until

1960s. Overnight accomodation is in Cappadocia.

 

Day 12 : Cappadocia

Today , we enjoy the beauty of the landscape all day long. First, we visit the underground city "Kaymaklı". There are

hundreds of tunnels, some of which have 80 meters depth. They were built as places of refuge against hostile

attacks.After visiting "Soğanlı Valley", we take a look

at the workshops where carpets are weaved.This is a part of people's life and also an art, here. Overnight

accomodation is in Cappadocia.

 

Day 13 : Cappadocia – Konya

Today, we travel to Konya, former capital city of the Seljuckians. This city is the grain chamber of Turkey and it is as

large as Holland. The city is also famous with The Medal established by Mevlana and the dancing disciples of this

order.Just like the other Medals , Mevlana's was also forbidden after the establishment of Turkish Republic.The

head office of this religious order is now a museum.However, the philosophy of the order is still appreciated and

accepted by millions, both in Turkey and in other countries all around the World.Overnight accomodation is in

Konya.

 

Day 14: Konya- Antalya

Driving past Beysehir and Akseki on The Taurus Mountains, we head down to The Turkish Riviera. The route

enchants everybody with its beatiful nature. Our overnight accomodation is located in Antalya.

 

Day 15:Departure

Departure to the airport for the return flight to your origin or to the booked extension hotel in the Turkish Riviera.



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 8 days / 7 nights

Group Size : Min. 30


 

Diamonds of the Turkish Riviera

 

Day 1 - Antalya

You fly from your origin to Antalya. You are welcomed at the airport by your tourguide and will have

a transfer to your hotel at the Turkish Riviera.

 

Day 2: Pamukkale - Hierapolis

Crossing The Taurus Mountains, you go past Burdur and Dinar. Then, you arrive at the miracle of

nature, Pamukkale. The limewashing terraces, developed in centuries, were formed by high

calsiumcarbonated water. When the water comes onto the surface of the earth, it leaves snowwhite

deposits along the way it flows. This water has healing effects on some diseases. So the terraces here

have been visited on purpose, since the antique times. The antique city Hierapolis nearby had

become famous for being a health center of this kind. The cemetery of the city with 1200

graves had been the largest one in Anatolia. Overnight accomodation is in the area of Pamukkale.

 

Day 3: Ephesus & Selçuk

After breakfast we depart to visit Ephesus, the antique city of Turkey which is visited the most. Since,

the excavations are being carried on in this area , lots of things have been brought to daylight. The

Agora, Hadrian's Temple, Odeon, The Theatre and the Celsus library are the examples of this

overwhelming antique city. In the city of Selçuk we’ll have visits to St. John Basilique and th hous of

Virgin Mary. The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the

reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and

visionary, which were published as a book by Clemens Brentano after her death. The Catholic Church

has never pronounced in favour or against the authenticity of the house, but nevertheless maintains

a steady flow of pilgrimage since its discovery.Dinner and overnight accomdation in Kuşadası.

 

Day 4: Priene and Euromos

We leave after breakfast to Marmaris. Priene was an ancient Greek city of Ionia at the base of an

escarpment of Mycale. It was formerly on the sea coast, built overlooking the ocean on steep slopes

and terraces extending from sea level to a height of 380 metres (1,250 ft) above sea level at the top

of the escarpment. Today, after several centuries of changes in the landscape, it is an inland site.

Priene possessed a great deal of famous Hellenistic art and architecture. The city's original position

on Mount Mycale has never actually been discovered; however, it is believed that it was a peninsula

possessing two harbours. Priene never held a great deal of political importance due to the city's size,

as it is believed around 4 to 5 thousand inhabitants occupied the region. The city was arranged into

four districts, firstly the political district which consisted of the bouleuterion and the prytaneion, the

cultural district containing the theatre, the commercial where the agora was located and finally the

religious district which contained sanctuaries dedicated to Zeus and Demeter and most importantly

the Temple of Athena. We’ll overnight in Marmaris or Dalyan.

 

Day 5: Fethiye

Along the bautiful coastline we drive to Fethiye. Today we ‘ll visit the antique city of Kaunos. Kaunos

was an important sea port, the history of which is supposed to date back till the 10th century BC.

Because of the formation of İztuzu Beach and the silting of the former Bay of Dalyan, Kaunos is now

located about 8 km from the coast. The city had two ports, the southern port and the inner port. The

southern port was used from the foundation of the city till roughly the end of the Hellenistic era,

after which it became inaccessible due to its drying out. The inner or trade port could be closed by

chains. The latter was used till the late days of Kaunos,but due to the silting of the delta and the

ports, Kaunos had by then long lost its important function as a trade port. Depending on the wheater

we will have a boattrip. After visitng Kaunos we can maybe see Caretta Caretta’s during our visit to

Dalyan. In Fethiye we can see the rock-cut tombs of Lycia and Telemssos. Overnight is in Fethiye.

 

Day 6: Demre & Myra

We depart towards the antique city of Myra through the beautiful coastway. Myra was the most

important city of Lycia, for it was represented by three delegates in The Lycian Parliement. First, we

visit The Lycian rockgraves, and then the antique theatre of Myra, where different kinds of

demonstrations were held. Nearby this antique city where we can see The Nicholaous Church, an

example of Christian Architecture. The Holy Nicholaus, the lovely friend of our children, was the

bishop of the city. We’ll spent the next to evenings in Antalya.

 

Day 7: Perge / Aspendos & Antalya

After breakfast, we set out to Perge, which is one of the famous antique cities of Pamphilia. On our

way to Perge we’ll visit the waterfall of Kurşunşu first. The beatiful antique city of Perge has got lots

of ruins from Roman and Hellenistic times. The most important ones are The Roem,The Gate Agora,

The Stadium and The Stoa and Roem. Later, we drive to Aspendos. With a diameter of 100 meters,

The Theatre Aspendos can welcome 15.000 to 20.000 spectators at a time. The foundation stone was

put on by the legendary leader, Mapsos. However, the imaginery founder of The Theatre was

Aspendos. At the end of the afternoon you’ll have free time to spent in the city centre of Antalya.

Don’t forget to visit the beautiful marina or have a look at the museum. Overnight accomdation is in

Antalya.

 

Day 8: Antalya

Transfer to the airport for your returnflight or to your extension hotel.



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 8 days / 7 nights

Group Size : Min. 30


 

In the footsteps of Paulus

 

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival flight to the Turkish Riviera Antalya. You are welcomed and transferred by your tour guide to the hotel in

Antalya. Overnight accommodation and diner is also in Antalya.

 

Day 2: Afrodisias

After having breakfast together, we drive to Aphrodisias, where you can admire the statue of the Goddess of

beauty. The city was famous with its School of Sculptor and the numerous statues of The Gods of The Antique

World. Then we have the chance of admiring The Antique Stadium and The

Temple of Aphroditte. Overnight and diner in Kusadasi.

 

Day 3: Kuşadası

After breakfast we set direction to Epheus. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550

BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid

by the Goths. It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear. Emperor

Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from

emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John

Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a

commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River. The Agora,Hadrian's Temple,

Odeon, The Theatre and the Celsus library are the examples of this overwhelming antique city. During the

Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. According to estimates Ephesus had a

population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor

after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.

After our sightseeing in Ephesus we’ll visit Meryem Ana (House of the Virgin Mary). The house was discovered in

the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

(1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, which were published as a book by Clemens Brentano after

her death. The Catholic Church has never pronounced in favour or against the authenticity of the house, but

nevertheless maintains a steady flow of pilgrimage since its discovery.

Today we’ll overnight and have a dinner in Kusadasi.

 

Day 4: Kuşadası- Pergamum

Today we drive to Bergama, the antique Pergamum. The first place to be seen is The Akropolis. This is the

antique city, where grease proof paper was invented. Later, the libraries in the city were full of innumerable books.

They were all carried to Egypt by Cleopatra. Down below The Akropolis is situated The Temple of Asclepius.

Asclepius was a much-worshiped ancient Greek god of health and well-being. After having visited the welfare

place, we drive towards Ayvalık. Diner and overnight accommodation near Ayvalık.

 

Day 5: Sardes – Pamukkale

Today we will visit Sardes. Sardes was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, one of the important cities of

the Persian Empire, the seat of a proconsul under the Roman Empire, and the metropolis of the province Lydia in

later Roman and Byzantine times. Its importance was due, first to its military strength, secondly to its situation on

an important highway leading from the interior to the Aegean coast, and thirdly to it’s commanding the wide and

fertile plain of the Hermus. After the impressive Sardes we’ll ride to the miracle of nature, Pamukkale. The

limewashing terraces, developed in centuries, were formed by high calsiumcarbonated water. When the water

comes onto the surface of the earth, it leaves snowwhite deposits along the way it flows. This water has healing

effects on some diseases. So the terraces here have been visited on purpose, since the antique times.

 

Day 6: Antalya

Today we will visit the antique city Hierapolis nearby had become famous for being a health- center of this kind.

The Christian apostle Philip spent the last years of his life here. The town's Martyrium was alleged to have been

built upon the spot where Philip was crucified in AD 80. The cemetery of the city with 1200 graves had been the

largest one in Anatolia. Dinner and overnight accommodation in Antalya.

 

Day 7: Antalya – Perge – Kursunlu

After breakfast, we set out to Perge, which is one of the famous antique cities of Pamphilia. The beatiful antique

city of Perge has got lots of ruins from Roman and Hellenistic times. The most important ones are The Roem,The

Gate Agora, The Stadium and The Stoa. Later we drive to Kursunlu waterfall. The Waterfall is located 19 km from

Antalya . It is reduced to a mere trickle in the summer months. The waterfall is on one of the tributaries of the

Aksu River, where the tributary drops from Antalya's plateau to the coastal plain. It is situated in the midst of a

pine forest of exceptional beauty, and the environs provide a picnic and pleasure spot.

Overnight and diner in Antalya.

 

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 15 days / 14 nights

Group Size : Min. 30

 


Day 1: Arrival

Arrive to Istanbul Airport. Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim. You will be

transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 2: İstanbul

Most of the sights to be inspected are on the European side of the city, formerly known as the old town. First, we

visit the Topkapi Palace, which was the headoffice of The Ottoman Sultans' family. The Empire, which was ruled

from this fantastic palace, was in the second rank in greatness, after The World's biggest Empire of Byzantians.

More than 100.000 pieces are being exhibited in the Palace. Then you are taken to Haghia Sophia which had

been the most important building of the Byzantian architecture since 6th century. It is located in the same area,

not far from the Palace. Opposite to " Haghia Sophia" stands the magnificient Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet). The

famous " Hipodrome" built in the 3rd century is next to the mosque. Dinner and accomodation in İstanbul

 

Day 3: İstanbul - Bursa

We drive over the suspension bridge, named The Bosphorus Bridge, to the Asian side of Istanbul. Further on in

Eskihisar, we take a ferry to cross the bay of Izmit to Yalova. The road from Yalova leads us to the first Ottoman

capital city, Bursa. The environment of the city is so green that people call the town " Green Bursa". The city is full

of beautiful examples of early Ottoman architecture. First we visit The Green Mosque and The Green Mausoleum.

Both inside and outside of these two buildings were decorated with beautiful faiences. Then we go on to see Ulu

Camii ( The Great Mosque) with its magnificient 20 domes and beautiful calligraphies. Finally we will visit the the

silk bazaar Kozahan. Dinner and overnight accomodation in Bursa.

 

Day 4: Bursa – Çanakkale – Ayvalık - Troy

The highlight of today's programme is the visit we pay to the most important excavation place of The World, Troy.

Heinrich Schlieman discovered this antique city, consisting of 9 main layers. The treasure excavated here is

thought to be the famous treasure belonging to the King Priamos. The journey then goes on to Ayvalık. Dinner

and overnight accomodation in Ayvalık or Burhaniye.

 

Day 5: Ayvalık – İzmir - Kuşadası

Along the west coast, we drive to Bergama, the antique Pergamon. The first place to be seen is The Akropolis.

This is the antique city, where grease proof paper was invented. Later, the libraries in the city were full of

innumerable books. They were all carried to Egypt by Cleopatra. Down below The Akropolis is situated The

Temple of Asclepius. Asclepius was a much-worshiped ancient Greek god of health and well-being,After having

visited the welfare place, we drive towards Izmir and Kuşadası. Dinner and overnight accomodation in Kusadasi.

 

Day 6: Ephesus - Pamukkale

After breakfast we set direction to Epheus. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550

BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid

by the Goths. It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear. Emperor

Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from

emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John

Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a

commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River. The Agora,Hadrian's Temple,

Odeon, The Theatre and the Celsus library are the examples of this overwhelming antique city. During the

Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. According to estimates Ephesus had a

population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor

after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.After our sightseeing in Ephesus we’ll attend a leather show. Today we’ll

overnight in Pamukkale.

 

Day 7:Pamukkale - Antalya

We will spend the morning at Pamukkale and Hierapolis. The limewashing terraces, developed in centuries, were

formed by high calsiumcarbonated water. When the water comes onto the surface of the earth, it leaves

snowwhite deposits along the way it flows. This water has healing effects on some diseases. So the terraces here

have been visited on purpose, since theantique times. The antique city Hierapolis nearby. The cemetery of the

city with 1200 graves had been the largest one in Anatolia. Then we begin our trip to Antalya.Dinner and

overnight is in Antalya.

 

Day 8: Perge & Aspendos

After breakfast, we set out to Perge, which is one of the famous antique cities of Pamphilia. The beatiful antique

city of Perge has got lots of ruins from Roman and Hellenistic times. The most important ones are The Roem,The

Gate Agora, The Stadium and The Stoa. Later, we drive to Aspendos. With a diameter of 100 meters, The

Theatre Aspendos can welcome 15.000 to 20.000 spectators at a time. The foundation stone was put on by the

legendary leader, Mapsos. However, the imaginery founder of The Theatre was Aspendos. At the end of the

afternoon we set direction to Konya through th mountains of Taurus.

 

Day 9 : Konya & Sultanhanı

After enjoying our breakfast we’ll discover Konya, a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. Konya was

historically the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate and the Karamanids. Excavations have shown that the

region was inhabited during the Late Copper Age, around 3000 BC. The city came under the influence of the

Hittites around 1500 BC. These were overtaken by the Sea Peoples around 1200 BC. The Phrygians established

their kingdom in central Anatolia in the 8th century BC. Xenophon describes Iconium, as the city was called, as

the last city of Phrygia. Before we leave towards the Caravanserai in Aksaray, we’ll visit the mausoleum of Jalal

ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge of

the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes. The caravanserai is one of the most important stops in

caravan routes during the Middle Ages. The 4,866 square metres Seljuk han, which was commissioned by

Alaattin Keykubat is considered one of the best preserved hans of the Seljuk period. After the age of discovery,

like other caravan routes the Sultanhanı han became neglected.Before we arrive in Nevşehir for the diner and

overnight, we will visit the Underground City of Kaymaklı. The ancient name was Enegup. The houses in the

village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used

today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.

 

Day 10: Cappadocia

Today , we enjoy the beauty of the landscape of Cappadocia all day long. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and

streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes of Erciyes and Hasan Dağ approximately 3

to 9 million years ago, during the late Miocene to Pliocene epochs, underlie the Cappadocia region. The rocks of

Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the

villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks

of volcanic deposits. We’ll visit the Open Air Museum of Göreme. In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by

erosion, the Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of

Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns, the remains

of a traditional human habitat dating back to the 4th century can also be seen here. In the 4th century small

anchorite communities began to form in the region, acting on instruction of Saint Basil of Caesarea. They carved

cells in the soft rock. During the iconoclastic period (725-842) the decoration of the many sanctuaries in the region

was held to a minimum, usually symbols such as the depiction of the cross. After this period, new churches were

dug into the rocks and they were richly decorated with colourful frescoes.

 

Day 11: Monastery of Zelve

We advise you to have good shoes fort he walk in Zelve today. The Zelve Monastery is a Byzantine-era

monastery that was carved into the rock in pre-iconoclastic times. It is one of the Churches of Göreme, a

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zelve is spread out over three valleys, of which two are connected by a tunnel. The complex contains

innumerable rooms and passages which also house many pointed fairy chimneys with large stems, at about 40

feet above the valley floor. Zelve, though recently uninhabited, was an important settlement and religious area

between the 9th and 13th centuries. Christians moved to Zelve during the Persian and Arab invasions. The area

was inhabited until 1952, when the last inhabitants moved to the new town Yeni Zelve ("New Zelve"), 2 km away.

In 1967, Zelve was turned into an open-air museum. At the end of the afternoon we will have a visit to a crocks

and pots studio.

 

Day 12: Ankara

After enjoying our breakfast we will begin our trip to Ankara. The oldest settlements in and around the city center

of Ankara belonged to the Hattic civilization which existed during the Bronze Age and was gradually absorbed ca.

2000–1700 BC by the Indo-European Hittites. The city grew significantly in size and importance under the

Phrygians starting around 1000 BC, and experienced a large expansion following the mass migration from

Gordion, (the capital of Phrygia), after an earthquake which severely damaged that city around that time. In

Phrygian tradition, King Midas was venerated as the founder of Ancyra, but Pausanias mentions that the city was

actually far older, which accords with present archaeological knowledge.Phrygian rule was succeeded first by

Lydian and later by Persian rule, though the strongly Phrygian character of the peasantry remained, as evidenced

by the gravestones of the much later Roman period. Persian sovereignty lasted until the Persians' defeat at the

hands of Alexander the Great who conquered the city in 333 BC. Alexander came from Gordion to Ankara and

stayed in the city for a short period. After his death at Babylon in 323 BC and the subsequent division of his

empire among his generals, Ankara and its environs fell into the share of Antigonus. Another important expansion

took place under the Greeks of Pontos who came there around 300 BC and developed the city as a trading center

for the commerce of goods between the Black Sea ports and Crimea to the north; Assyria, Cyprus, and Lebanon

to the south; and Georgia, Armenia and Persia to the east. By that time the city also took its name Áγκυρα

(Ànkyra, meaning Anchor in Greek) which, in slightly modified form, provides the modern name of Ankara. We will

visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations to have a look to the history of this city. Anıtkabir (literally, "memorial

tomb") is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the father of the Turks The tomb was designed by architects

Professor Emin Onat and Assistant Professor Ahmet Orhan Arda, whose proposal beat 48 other entries from

several countries in a competition held by the Turkish Government in 1941 for a "monumental tomb" for Atatürk.

 

Day 13: İstanbul

On our way to İstanbul your tourguide will tell you stories about this beautiful city with 2500 years of history.

 

Day 14: İstanbul

Today you have the whole for your own. You can relax in your hotelroom or discover more beauties of Istanbul.

Ask your tourguide for more information.

 

Day 15: Returnflight

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.



Time : All year

Accommodation : Outstanding Hotels

Start Date : 8 days / 7 nights

Group Size : Min. 30

 


Day 1:

The tourguide will welcome you at Antalya airport and transport you to the hotel. This will be the overnight

accommodation where you can diner.

 

Day 2:

This morning we drive from Antalya to Kapadokya. You can enjoy the beautiful mountains they called Toros

Dağları (Taurus Mountains). This route will take us to Konya. In Konya we will visit Mevlana museum. The

Mevlana museum is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian Sufi mystic also known as

Mevlâna or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling

dervishes. The decree of 6 April 1926 confirmed that the mausoleum and the dervish lodge (Dergah) were to be

turned into a museum. The museum opened on 2 March 1927. In 1954 it was renamed as "Mevlâna Museum".

Before Aksaray we will visit Sultan Han Kervansarayı. Sultan Han is a large Seljuk Caravanserai located in the

town of Sultanhanı, Aksaray Province, Turkey. It is one of the three monumental caravanserais in the

neighbourhood of Aksaray. This is the largest, but not the oldest, of the Sultan hans, and is perhaps the most

beautiful and impressive of all. It holds an important place in the history of Seljuk architecture. If a visitor to Turkey

can see only one han, this would be the one.

We will drive trough the countryside to Kapadokya, were we will enjoy the meal in the hotel for a overnight.

 

Day 3:

Today you will feel on another planet. First we will visit mount Erciyes en mount Hasan. You can partly see the

rock formation caused by erosion.

Mount Erciyes is a massive stratovolcano. Erciyes is the highest mountain in central Anatolia, located within the

ancient region of Cappadocia. Mount Hasan (Turkish: Hasan Dağı) is an inactive stratovolcano. It’s the second

highest mountain of central Anatolia.

After the Kaymaklı underground city. What means the houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one

hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.

We will drive to Göreme to visit the churches. After Göreme we drive to the hotel where we stay for the night and

have a diner.

 

Day 4:

After breakfast we will visit Paşabağ. Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a

vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. It’s also called Monks Valley.

Hereafter we will walk to Zelve, it consist of three valleys. At least we will visit Beyaz Vadi. Hereafter we drive to

the hotel for diner and overnight.

 

Day 5:

Today we will return to the hotel for diner and overnight, driving past the fabulous nature of Turkish Riviera.

 

Day 6:

After breakfast, we set out to Perge, which is one of the famous antique cities of Pamphilia. The beatiful antique

city of Perge has got lots of ruins from Roman and Hellenistic times. The most important ones are The Roem,The

Gate Agora, The Stadium and The Stoa. After Perge we ride to the Turkish Bazaar where you can find various

spices, fruit and vegetables and maybe different gifts. After the colorful bazaar we will visit a waterfall. At least we

will visit a handmade jewelry and the jewelry center.

 

Day 7:

Today we visit the Roman Theatre Aspendos. After this visit we will participate in a leather fashion show.

Hereafter we have a fantastic boat trip on the river, ending at the delta facing The Mediterranean Sea. Lunch on

the boat, drinks are charged.

 

Day 8:

Departure or extension transfer to the airport for the return flight, or transfer to the booked extension hotel in the

Turkish Riviera.