Arrıval to Istanbul
Scheduled flight to Istanbul.
breakfast and vısıt of the old cıty
Visit the majestic and elegant Blue Mosque, so called because of its interior decorations. Later visit the Hippodrome, which dates from the Byzantine era. We will continue to visit the famous St. Sophia, built in the sixth century. After lunch at a typical restaurant, we will visit the Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, famous for its fine collection of jewellery and porcelain. The last stop will be at the Grand Bazaar. Accommodation.
Istanbul – Canakkale (troy)
Breakfast. Morning departure to Troy, the famous ancient city of nine levels. The fame of the city comes from Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War, along with the story of the Trojan horse. Dinner and overnight in Çanakkale, a city that is located on both sides of the Dardanelles.
Pergamum – IZMIR – KUSADASI
We will depart to the ancient city of Pergamon, one of most important cultural, commercial and medical past. At the Acropolis visit this famous city theatre with the greatest inclination of the ancient world, the Temple of Athena, the library, the agora, the altar of Zeus and the Temple of Trajan. The Red Hall is the largest building in Roman times, located at the bottom of Pergamon. It is assumed that this was built as an Egyptian temple and then converted into a church dedicated to St. John the Apostle. Continue to Izmir. Panoramic tour of this beautiful city. Departure for Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.
KUSADASI – EPHESUS – PAMUKKALE
Departure for Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Asia Minor during the first and second centuries came to have a population of 250,000. Visit the famous theatre for 25,000 people, the agora, Roman baths, Celcio Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the church of the Virgin Mary, which hosted the Third Ecumenical Council in 431. Finally visit the House of the Virgin Mary. According to the Bible and some religious writings St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus, where he died. The House of the Virgin Mary is visited every year by thousands of pilgrims, besides being visited by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. Continue to Pamukkale. Arrival and visit the ancient Hierapolis and the Castle of Cotton, natural wonders of giant white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the sliding of water laden with calcareous salts from hot springs. Dinner and overnight.
Pamukkale – Konya – CAPADOCIA
Departure to Konya (Iconium) to visit the Monastery founded by Mevlana Whirling Dervishes. St. Paul and St. Barnabas were in the old synagogue in the city that no longer exists. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Today we will dedicate the day to explore and discover this fascinating region, unique in the world. Along with its fantastic landscape, in Cappadocia we find many of villages and churches carved into the rock, which was formed by lava from the eruption of Mt Erciyes and years of erosion.
Göreme Valley, incredible Byzantine monastic complex composed of churches carved into the rock with beautiful frescoes, the towns in Zelve Pasabag troglodytes, the natural fortress of Uchisar, Ortahisar, the fairy chimneys of Urgup, stone cones topped by flat rocks; Avanos, village handicraft and weaving centres.
Visit an underground city. These cities were built as shelters by the Christians of the time and consist of several floors underground, ventilated by chimneys. There you can admire the dormitories, kitchens and dining rooms. We end the day with a visit to an artisan carpets.
CAPPADOCIA – ANTALYA
Transfer: breakfast and departure to Antalya. On the way we will visit one of the caravanserais (inns for caravans) best known in the Seljuk era. Continue to Antalya. Dinner and overnight.
ANTALYA – ISTANBUL
DEPARTURE to the ancient city of Perge where you can admire the theatre, stadium and the Roman agora. St. Paul and St. Barnabas went through Perge on their first trip to Antioch. Also visit the famous theatre of Aspendos. In the afternoon there is a visit to the Museum of Antalya. At the agreed time, we will transfer to airport to board the afternoon flight to Istanbul. Overnight at hotel.
Free day to take the opportunity to see the city on our own or do some optional tours.
Transfer to airport, end the trip and our services.