This 11 day tour starts in Bodrum, Turkey and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. Highlights include :- Aphrodisias (UNESCO Heritage site) - Bodrum Castle - - Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - Pamukkale Calcium Travertines (UNESCO Heritage site) - Hierapolis - Sultanhani Caravansary - Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City - Göreme (UNESCO Heritage site) - Göreme Open Air Museum - Istanbul Old City (UNESCO Heritage site) - St. Sophia Museum - Topkapi Palace - Blue Mosque - Hippodrome
Make your way to your hotel, check in and enjoy the rest of the day free.
Today we will visit Bodrum Castle which was built by the Knights of Rhodes in honour of St.Peter. Onto the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was constructed as a funeral monument by Artemisia, Queen of Caria, after the death of her brother and husband Mausolos. It is here that the word 'Mausoleum' comes from. Lastly we visit the Antique Theatre which is situated on the hillside over looking Bodrum.
Depart from Bodrum to Aphrodisias the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, also famous for its school of sculpture, we visit the stadium, which is the best preserved in Anatolia, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, the Amphitheatre and Aphrodisias Museum. Afterwards we continue on to Pamukkale.
Today we will visit Pamukkale, cotton castles and Heirapolis, including magnificently preserved necropolis, the main steet, gates, thermal baths, the Greco Roman theatre and the Basilica of St. Philippe. Swim in a theraputic bath of hot spring mineral waters. From Pamukkale we head to Antalya, visiting, Kibyra, a little-known ancient city, where you will have chance to see the well preserved stadium and bouleuterion.
Today, we will visit famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. Then we will visit Manavgat Waterfalls for a pleasant resting spot.
Early departure for Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying museum.
Today we depart for Cappadocia visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia, en route. We continue onto Cappadocia and marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!
Today we visit trek through the Pigeon and Love Valleys and explore the many levels of an underground city.
Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)