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Taste of Turkey

Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check in. Overnight in Istanbul
Today we start our day with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace (Harem not included), which served as the palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries. It has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Visit the fascinating and impressive Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), famous for its six minarets, its beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework. Visit the magnificent Haghia Sophia (St Sophia’s Basilica) built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, the centre of Byzantine life for 1000 years, where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place. Finish the day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the world’s biggest and oldest shopping venue. Overnight in Istanbul (B)*Please note: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, St. Sophia is closed on Mondays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. For that reason the visits will be made on day 14 instead.
This morning depart for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, named after the acronym from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in World War I. Continue to the Lone Pine Cemetery, which is the location of one of the five memorials on the Gallipoli Peninsula commemorating servicemen killed in the campaign from the former British Empire with no known grave and Gabatepe War Museum before crossing the Dardanelles overnight in Canakkale.
This morning visit the legendary city of Troy, immortalized by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. See the archaeological excavations that have revealed nine separate periods of settlement and the ruins of city walls, house foundations, a temple and a theatre. Also see the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse that commemorates the epic war machine that was constructed in the 13th century BC. Continue on to Pergamum to visit Athena and the Trojan Temples, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Dionysus, the Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, Great Theatre and Roman Bath. Overnight in Kusadasi.
This morning we set off for a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. See the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still used today; the Gymnasium of Vedus; the magnificent Library of Celsius; the Temple of Hadrian, guarded by a head of Medusa. Then continue on to the marvelous village of Sirince one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. You will have time for shopping and to taste delicious wines of the village. Overnight in Kusadasi (B, D).
Today you will be driven to Pamukkale, known as the “cotton castle” for its spectacular, white limestone cascades. Explore the combination of history and nature: Pamukkale, the “cotton castle” which is a natural site containing hot springs and terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. You will also visit the ancient city of Hierapolis built on top of this white castle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Marmaris.
This morning we drive to the lakeside town of Koycegiz. Here we take a boat cruise to turtle beach and smother ourselves in mud at the local mud bath. En route to Fethiye we'll stop to explore the quaint Greek village of Kayakoy. Overnight Fethiye and Dinner in a local Restaurant.
Today we depart for Antalya. First we will enjoy a boat trip to Kekova, an island famous for its underwater city, before continuing to o Demre where we will visit the famous Church of St. Nicholas, the original 'Santa Claus' – the Church contains St. Nicholas' tomb, as well as many mosaics and murals. After visiting Demre continue to Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
After breakfast we visit the stunningly beautiful Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon, after tracking along the canyon we will continue to Antalya crossing the Taurus mountains, upon arrival visit Duden Waterfall . Dinner and Overnight in Antalya.
Early departure for Konya, stopping en route for a visit at Aspendos ancient Theater. Upon arrival to Konya, we tour the monastery of the Mevlana Whirling Dervishes. The Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes is a mystical Sufi Muslim group. In the afternoon we will drive on to Cappadocia via Sultanhani one of the most important stops on the caravan routes during the Middle Ages. The 4,866 square meters (52,380 sq ft) Seljuk han (caravanserai) which was commissioned by Alaattin Keykubat is considered one of the best preserved hans of the Seljuk period. But after the age of discovery, like the rest of the caravan routes the han was neglected. Continue on to Cappadocia for dinner and an overnight.
After breakfast enjoy a full day excursion in Cappadocia including a visit to the Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians hid from persecutors. The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. We will also stop at the rock cut fortress of Uchisar in Pigeon Valley. The top of the Uchisar Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area with Mount Erciyes in the distance. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia Optional: Turkish folklore evening is available tonight.
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive to a village house in Goreme which also serves as a traditional home-made cooking restaurant. Here you will learn the most famous dishes of central Turkey: Dry Beans and Sarma. Dry Beans especially when it is cooked in the traditional hand made clay pots it can be called as the most popular dish of Turkey. Traditionally, these are served in the late fall or winter, in homes high in the mountains, when the lushness of the dish warms the soul and provides good nourishment against the cold weather. Sarma, which means rolling or wrapping will be your third recipe. It is basically stuffed vine leaves cooked with olive oil. Then we will visit the quaint village of Ayvali.Later we will stop at a Kiraathane (Coffe/tea house) Turkish Coffee is your last lesson. Coffee has created its own “culture” in Turkey are the famous words of the great Turkish 20th century poet, Yahya Kemal. A little bit more than a casual visit to Turkey would convince anyone that this is the case. Coffee for Turks is not simply a drink, but has its own history, its institutions (coffeehouses), its rituals, its own rules of when and how to drink it, and even a tradition of fortune-telling by reading the coffee grinds deposited at the bottom of a traditional Turkish coffee cup.

Most Turks would find it superfluous to call it Turkish coffee: coffee is Turkish coffee. you will learn history and preparation of this highly respected drink. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Early Morning Optional: Balloon Tour - experience floating above the volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise in Cappadocia. This morning depart for Safranbolu en-route visiting the capital of Turkey, Ankara, to take a tour of Ataturk’s Mausoleum to visit the tomb of the leader of the Turkish War of Independence. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Overnight in Ankara.
After breakfast drive on to Safranbolu, an UNESCO World Heritage site, which is considered an open air museum due to its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture.Visit the old town of Safranbolu where you can test fine samples of Turkish delight before continuing on back to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Today you will be transferred back to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport for your onward flight.