Want to experience the ancient city of Istanbul my way? Then here you go… a 10 N / 11 D itinerary to help you plan your trip to Turkey.
Day 1 – Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Get transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Gallipoli Battlefields
One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 – Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning, step back in time as you visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamuma a renowned cultural and political center in its time. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 – Ephesus, Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history today with a tour of Ephesusand, a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the house of the Virgin Mary. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 – Pamukkale, Hierapolis
This morning enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where you can also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 – Silk Road, Konya
Today, travel to the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konyaalong . Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 – Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 – Ankara
Early morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara where you can visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 – Istanbul
After breakfast, visit the spices market and Rustem pacha Mosque built on XVIe century, Cruise on the Bosphorus. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 – Istanbul
Last day at Istanbul and it’s time to take a flight back home with some lovely memories.