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Set departure coach tour - Ankara to Istanbul

TRY 1013 - 07 days / 06 nights
Notes:

Istanbul stay & tours can be added to this package either at the beginning or the end

Ankara can be excluded and day 01 used for additional sightseeing in Cappadocia if you wish


Travel to other areas of Turkey and/or to another country can also be added

If you would like to combine this tour with other destinations just let us know

Same itinerary can be arranged on private guided basis for individuals and/or groups

Tour Itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival Ankara - Sunday:
Pick up from hotel in Ankara or Ankara Airport or Ankara rail station (tour begins 09:00-10:00). Depart on to visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum which exhibits remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians among others. Then to Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of Ataturk (national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey). Depart on drive to Cappadocia with picturesque trip along Salt Lake (Tuz Golu) and 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival and visit Kaymakli Underground City, built by early Christians in which they hid from persecutors. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Meals: Value Category = LD / Superior Category = L)

DAY 02 - Cappadocia - Monday:
Optional early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia (lasts +/- 45minutes). Breakfast at hotel then begin to explore the area visiting valleys where you can find natural formations of fairy chimneys and some even animal-like. Visit Pasabagi in the Zelve area where monks used to live in rock cut rooms. Proceed to famous pottery town of Avanos then on to visit Goreme Open Air Museum with its numerous early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Photo stop at Pigeon Valley & shopping if wish. Overnight Cappadocia. (Meals: Value Category = BLD / Superior Category = BL)


DAY 03 - Konya - Tuesday:
Breakfast, check out and depart from Cappadocia to Konya. On arrival visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana (Whirling Dervishes). Afterwards continue on to Pamukkale. This is a long day and can be fairly tiring due to the distance that needs to be covered. Overnight in Pamukkale. (Meals: Value Category = BLD / Superior Category = BLD)


DAY 04 - Pamukkale & Aphrodisias - Wednesday:
In Pamukkale visit the natural formation of travertens (also known as cotton castle) along with the ruins of Hierapolis which includes the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite. Proceed to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi (Meals: Value Category = BLD / Superior Category = BLD)


DAY 05 - Ephesus & Virgin Mary - Thursday:
Today visit the remains of Artemis Temple, House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus Ancient City with many acres of carefully excavated ruins (Hillside Houses are excluded; optional extra entrance free required). Also includes visit to Selcuk Ephesus Museum. Overnight in Kusadasi. (Meals: Value Category = BLD / Superior Category = BLD)


DAY 06 - Pergamum & Troy - Friday:
Early departure for Bergama and visit the Asclepion and Acropol with well preserved remains. In the afternoon continue to Troy, where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visit depart to Canakkale for overnight stay. (Meals: Value Category = BLD / Superior Category = BLD)


DAY 07 - Gallipoli & travel to Istanbul - Saturday:
After breakfast cross by ferry to Eceabat and visit Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. After sightseeing depart to Istanbul - tour ends on arrival. *Drop off either to hotel in Istanbul or to Istanbul Ataturk Airport *Accommodation in Istanbul ando/r sightseeing in Istanbul is not included (optional extra). (Meals: Value Category = BL / Superior Category = BL)

What's included?

Hotel accomodation (mostly on HB basis)

All noted sightseeing during the group coach tour

Main entrance fees to sights visited and lunches (drinks extra)

Taxes and handling services

Tour Rates:

Value Category: US$ per person sharing in double/twin

Superior Category: US$ per person sharing in double/twin

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