Delve deep into a landscape of rich history and natural wonder led by a professional guide. Stand on the site of ancient Troy, see the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, visit the Temple of Aphrodite, and witness the ancient necropolis of Hierapolis.
What to Expect
Whether you’ve studied the classics or not, this 7-day adventure exploring relics of bygone civilizations is sure to tickle your curiosity. Visit the resting place of legendary philosophers, see lost cities so famous to us through the words of Homer, and admire the stunning scenery of Cappadocia.
Led by a professional guide, travel by plane, bus, and foot, and delve deep into a history so rich and complex. Stay in luxury 4-star hotels and enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinners. A picnic lunch is included on most days.
Explore the site of Homeric Troy and learn about the infamous Trojan war. Hear stories of the legendary Trojan horse, and the most beautiful woman in the world–Helen. See the quirky Fairy Chimneys near the Göreme Valley, and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana. Learn about the Whirling Dervishes theology, and get in the mood for love with a stop-off at the Temple of Aphrodite!
With all the details of the trip organized for you, you can travel without any stress, and concentrate on seeing the sights.
Day 1 (L, D)
Catch an early morning flight to Ankara. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilizations (Hittite) Museum and Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara. Continue to Cappadocia via Salt Lake. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full day tour of Cappadocia. Visit the Citadel of Uçhisar, the open-air museum of Göreme Valley with the famous Fairy Chimneys, the impressive underground city of Kaymaklı, the Paşabağ (Monks’) Valley, and Avanos. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 3 (B, L, D)
Depart early morning for Konya, the city of the Whirling Dervishes. On the way, visit the 13th century Seldjoukian Sultanhan Caravanserai. Stop off at the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the resting place of world famous philosopher and poet and his theological school of the whirling dervishes. Dinner at hotel and overnight stay in Pamukkale.
Day 4 (B, L, D)
Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis with the ruins of the biggest Necropolis Graveyard, Roman Baths, Basilica, unique formation of petrified calcium cliffs, and stalactites. Drive to Aphrodisias, a well-preserved Greco-Roman settlement dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Dinner at the hotel and an overnight stay in Kuşadası.
Day 5 (B, L, D)
Tour the ancient Ionian city of Ephesus, the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. See the House of Virgin Mary and St. John’s Basilica. Dinner at the hotel and an overnight stay in Kuşadası.
Day 6 (B, L, D)
Make an early departure for Pergamum. After lunch, visit Aesculapium. Continue to Troy, the legendary town of Homer’s Illiad. Visit the famous temple of Athena. Drive to Çanakkale. Dinner at the hotel and overnight stay in Çanakkale.
Day 7 (B)
After breakfast, cross the strait by ferry and drive to İstanbul along the shores of the Marmara Sea. Return to İstanbul by tour bus where the tour will end.
- One-way plane ticket
- Round trip transfers
- English-speaking professional guide (other languages are available on request)
- Accommodation at 4-star hotels
- Breakfast and dinner
- Lunch during tours
- Museum entrance fees
Know Before You Go
• Departure is only on Sundays.
• An advance reservation of at least 1-week is required.
• When verifying your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible.