Turkiye is a country full of fascinating contrasts, from the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul to the ancient ruins of the Ottoman Empire, Greek, Roman, and Seljuk civilizations.
Walking through the “Red Valley” of Kizilçukur and exploring Pasabaglar, home to the distinctive rock formations known as “fairy chimneys” in the local language, we come face to face with the eerie landscapes of Cappadocia.
Mevlana, the Whirling Dervishes’ founder, lived in the mysterious city of Konya, and Termessos is an ancient city with impressive Greco-Roman remains.
Before going to the ruins of Hierapolis, a city founded by the king of Pergamon, we also go to the extraordinary natural wonder of Pamukkale, which is one of the most breathtaking sights in the entire world.
The magnificent site of the ancient city of Ephesus, the fabled walled city of Troy, and the moving Gallipoli battlefields are just a few of the many other highlights of Turkiye that can be seen during this extensive trip.
Take a boat tour of Kekova’s secluded coves and islets.
Day 1 and 2 Istanbul
Your licenced local guide will unveil the treasures of İstanbul for you. Sit back and let yourself be guided safely through the centuries-old history of this fascinating city.
Day 3. Anzac Cove -Gallipoli -Çanakkale
We will visit ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, Lone Pine and other important sites.
Day 4. Troy Pergamon
Visit en route Troy, made famous first by the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, and later Pergamon archaeological site. This gateway to ancient history with its multi-layered excavations showing a cross-section of many ancient civilizations.
Day 5 and 6. Kuşadası
Main visits: Aphrodisias, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Priene, Miletus, Dydimes, Izmir. Discover the treasures at these less visited sites of immense historical and cultural interest.
Day 7 .Pamukkale
Pamukkale translates literally to “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, homage to a local legend.
This myth details that the terraces are actually a waterfall made from cotton (which is the principal crop of the local area), which was left out to dry by giants in years gone by.
Visite Hierapolis, one of the antique cities of the Aegean.
Day 8. 9 Fethiye
Visits old Greek village Kayaköy, abandoned since the population exchange and the cool beauty of Saklıkent Gorge.
Day 10 .Kekova Island Antalya
Boat trip in Kekova
Day 11 .Antalya -Konya
Visit the museum of the mystic Mevlana Celalettin Rumi, founder of the whirling Dervishes’ Sufi order.
Day 12-13 -Cappadocia
Visit: Goreme and Zelve open air museums, Derinkuyu (underground city), fortress of Uchisar…
Day 14 Cappadocia-Ankara (Night train to Istanbul)
En route, discover Ihlara canyon and visite the Hittite museum in Ankara (Anatolian civilisations museum)