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Highlights of Turkey
Highlights of Turkey

Highlights of Turkey
Day 1
Transfer to Pamukkale
Day 2 Pamukkale
Day 3 Pamukkale – Kuşadası
Day 4 Kuşadası – Ayvalık
Day 5 Ayvalık – Istanbul
Day 6 Istanbul

Day 7 Istanbul
Day 8 Istanbul – Ankara
Day 9 Ankara – Cappadocia
Day 10 Cappadocia
Day 11 Cappadocia – Konya – Alanya
Day 12 Antalya Transfer
1st day: Antalya – Pamukkale

Arrival to Antalya, welcome by aQuasun guide and transfer to the Pamukkale over the Taurus Mountains. Arrival day there isn’t any programme, only information about the journey and having rest. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. Daily km: +/-280 km

2nd day: Pamukkale

After breakfast we will drive to Pamukkale. The snow-white lime deposit was build by calcareous thermal springs over Millennia. Afterwards we will visit the antique city Hierapolis which has been built in the second century B.C located above the hillside. Also the possibility to swim around the ancient ruins in the hot spring water pool. Dinner and overnight in either Pamukkale or Denizli. Daily km: +/- 30 km

3rd day: Pamukkale – Kuşadası

After the breakfast we will drive over Aydin through the impressive landscape to Ephesus. The highlight of the journey is the visiting to the Celsus library, the theatre, the Agora, the Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian and the harbour road with the columns will notice the changeful history of this town. During this visit you feel yourself living in the ancient days. The next stop is Virgin Mary House. It is a popular place of pilgrimage for Catholics, where Virgin Mary spends the rest of her life and dies. Located on top of Bulbul Mountain which on top of the hill from The Getaway, it also gives the visitors a panoramic view over the town Dinner and overnight in Kuşadası. Daily km: +/- 220 km

4th day: Kuşadası – Ayvalık

In the morning we will drive over Izmir to Pergamum. Pergamum was a major city in western Asia Minor in New Testament times. It lies in a spacious valley, sixteen miles from the Aegean Sea. In the centuries before Christ, Pergamum was the capital of an independent kingdom. Its impressive temples, library, and medical facilities made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre. By the time Revelation was written, Pergamum had become part of the Roman Empire, but because of its location and importance, the Romans used it as an administrative centre for the province of Asia. At the hills of Acropolis, you will see the ground walls of the Zeus which you can still admire at the Pergamum Museum in Berlin. The library, which was rebuilt by the German archaeology Institute had stocked over 200.000 books, is located at the temple of Trojan. The library and the steepest Greek theatre of Anatolia are typical relics of Pergamum. After all we drive along the coast through a lovely landscape to Ayvalık, where the most famous olives and olive oil of Turkey is cultivated and produced. Dinner and overnight in Ayvalık Daily km: +/- 250 km

5th day: Ayvalik – Istanbul

In the morning after the breakfast we will drive through the Ida Mountains to Troja ancient city in north western Anatolia that holds an enduring place in both literature and archaeology. The legend of the Trojan War is the most notable theme from ancient Greek literature and forms the basis of Homer's Iliad. After Troja visit you will cross the famous Dardanelles by car-ferry and will arrive on European ground. Along the Marmara sea over Tekirdağ we will drive to Istanbul, the city between two continents. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul Daily km +/- 470 km

6th day: Istanbul

We start the morning with visiting the Sultan Ahmet district, which is the heart of Old Istanbul what 19th century travellers used to call Stamboul. There is located at the historical peninsula between Golden Horn and Marmara Sea. This is where we will visit Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. Topkapi Palace (Palace of the Cannon Gate) was the seraglio the heart of the vast Ottoman Empire, ruled by the monarch who lived in Topkapi’ s hundreds of rooms with hundreds of concubines, children, white and black servants. Then visit Hagia Sophia one of the most impressive and important building ever constructed. Its wide, flat dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century, and architects still marvel at the buildings many innovations. Then Istanbul’s imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet is called the blue mosque because of its interior blue tiles. With its six minarets and a great cascade of domes the mosque is a worthy sibling to Hagia Sophia just a few minutes strolls to the North. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. Daily km: +/- 50 km

7th day: Istanbul

It’s a free day in Istanbul to discover old, new, mundane, antique, kitsch shopping possibilities in Grand Bazaar, Egyptian (spice) market, Beyoglu, Nisantasi and the others. Or want to join an excursion in Bosphorus !! Dinner and overnight in Istanbul Daily km c.a ---

8th day: Istanbul – Ankara

In the morning right after the breakfast we will drive through Ankara and same afternoon visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations which is probably the most visited tourist destination in the city. A restored Ottoman caravanserai, it houses an excellent collection of artefact from the Old Hittite Kingdom, the Assyrian Trade Colonies, the Late Hittite Kingdoms, Phrygian, Urartian, and other Anatolian cultures. Then Anitkabir, monumental grave of Ataturk. Dinner and overnight in Ankara Daily km: +/- 460km

9th day: Ankara – Cappadocia

Right after the breakfast we will leave from Capital city of Turkey Ankara and drive to the region called Cappadocia that is surrounded by the provinces of Niğde, Nevşehir and Aksaray in Central Anatolia. Its original name of Kapatukya derives from Persian and means "country of beautiful horses". Cappadocia came under Hittite, Phrygian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman rule. It is renowned for its "fairy chimneys." During volcanic activity millions of years ago, a layer of ash and lava accumulated on the plateau which was then in part covered by a layer of basalt. Pounded by rain and wind, the basalt took the shape of cones while the exposed ash and lava were eroded and created valleys. Human beings carved underground cities and sanctuaries into the rocks and caves some 10 thousand years ago and completed the amazing picture of Cappadocia. In this day, Zelve and Pasabaglar ancient ruins will be visited. Diner and overnight in Cappadocia Daily km: +/- 280 km

10th day: Cappadocia

Visit The Göreme Valley and open air museum that holds the region's best collection of painted cave-churches. Medieval orthodox Christian monks (1000 – 1200 AC) carved the caves from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with elaborate Byzantine frescoes. The valley, and other troglodyte ("cave-dweller") habitations in Cappadocia, may have been inhabited since Hittite times, but Göremeis known for its thousand-year-old churches. Thebest-preserved frescoes are in the Karanlık Kilise (Dark Church). Visit the most amazing subterranean town extended eight levels Derinkuyu underground cave-city. In the afternoon there is a possibility to have a great experience to see the fascinating panorama of Cappadocia from the sky in an hot air balloon. Overnight and dinner in Cappadocia Daily km: +/- 100

11th day: Cappadocia – Konya – Alanya

On the last we will leave from Cappadocia through Aksaray and give a stop in a Selcuk Caravanserai Sultanhan which is one of the most well preserved caravanserais of Turkey. On the way to Antalya the ex-capital city of Selcuks Konya is going to be visited. Mevlana is among Islam’s the greatest poets and mystic philosophers and his tomb in Konya will be visited as well. The dervishes still whirl every December to commemorate “the wedding night” of Mevlana when he died and joined his Bellowed (God). We will drive alone the way through the Taurus Mountains and reach our final destination Alanya. Overnight and dinner in Alanya Daily km: +/- 580

12th day:

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