Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival in Turkey (Istanbul), meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel in the outskirts of Istanbul.
The second day: the old city of Istanbul
The tour begins with a visit to the old horse racing field. The original building of the Hippodrome was built in the 3rd century AD by Septimus Severus. The Hippodrome was the civil center of the people. In Hippodrome, you may also see the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), the Serpentine Column, the Column of Constantine, and the German Wilhelm Fountain 2.
The tour continues to visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). It was built by Sultan Ahmed I in the seventeenth century. Visitors are fascinated by the beautiful blue tiles. This is followed by a visit to Topkapi Palace, which was the second palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman Sultans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to Hagia Sophia built by Emperor Justinian. It was the largest church in the world for centuries and today it is the fourth largest church. You will see beautiful mosaics and impressive samples of Byzantine art.
We will also visit Underground Tank, which is the largest decorated tank in Istanbul.
The tour continues with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. (You will have spare time at Grand Bazaar to walk through the vast maze and see the beautiful crafts.)
On the outskirts of Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul, Ankara
Leave the hotel and transfer to the airport for a flight to Ankara.
Visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. It is one of the most beautiful and richest museums in the world. In this museum, you may see many good examples from the sites of all Anatolian civilizations. The exhibits are arranged chronologically, from the Paleolithic until today.
The tour continues with a visit to the Ataturk Mausoleum (Antikapir). Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the founder of the Turkish Republic and for reference, he never asked for a huge cemetery for himself after his death. The Turkish people built his shrine to show love and respect. The shrine includes statues, inscriptions, and reliefs on topics from Turkish history and the life of Ataturk.
Day 4: Hatosha (Bogazkoy), Yazilikaya
You can exit the hotel and drive to Corum to visit Hattusha, the capital of the Hittites. The Hittites were the first civilization in Anatolia and they lived on this land for about 4000 years.
We will visit their capital, Hatush, and their important sanctuary, Yazilikaya. You may see beautiful patterns of Hittite and Hittite art in Yazilikaya.
The trip to Cappadocia.
Fifth day: Cappadocia
On the first morning, we will visit Devrent Valley to see the moon's landscape and various rock formations. We will walk in Pasabag to see the highest imaginative chimneys and caves where Christian monks isolate themselves.
Lunch at Avanos and visit the traditional Tourist Pottery Workshop.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum and see the rock churches, beautiful frescoes and paintings from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.
After the museum, we will go to Uchisar Rock Castle for a beautiful view of the Cappadocia valleys.
Day 6: Cappadocia
Visit to Kaymakli Underground City. It is one of the underground settlements in Cappadocia and the Byzantines used it as a shelter.
A trip to the Soganli Valley. Visit rock churches with frescoes from the 13th century. A visit to the village in the valley surrounded by the "table" mountains.
Lunch at Soganli Village in a small village restaurant.
Then head to the Sahinefendi archaeological site (Sobessos). It was discovered by locals in 2002. You may see beautiful mosaics and roman bath.
The tour continues through the Kislik Monastery for the ninth and eleventh century frescoes. A visit to Mustafa Village. It is an ancient Greek village, you might see great examples of Greek homes.
Tonight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Cappadocia, Konya
After breakfast, you can exit the hotel and transfer to Sultan Karavansari. It is the largest convoy in Turkey. This was where the caravan merchants traveling to Konya rested.
After lunch, we will visit the Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi Museum. Maulana was a great poet and philosopher who lived in the thirteenth century. He was the founder of Sufism and the whirling dervish party.
The stayer in Konya.
Day 8: Konya, Pamukkale
Leave the hotel and head to Pamukkale.
You can visit the travertine balconies and Hierapolis Old Town. The terraces were formed by running warm spring water. These are in different colors and shapes in the form of balconies with pools. Pamukkale which means "cotton castle" takes its name from these configurations. After the tour. Arrive at the hotel.
The stayer in Pamukkale.
Day 9: Ephesus
Leave the hotel and travel to Ephesus. A visit to the house of the Virgin Mary. Our Lady was brought here by Saint John after her crucifixion and lived her last years near the city of Ephesus on top of an isolated mountain. The pilgrimage site has been designated by the Pope.
After visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, we will visit Ephesus, the best ancient Turkish city. Ephesus, where Heraclitus lived (the philosopher who said "everything flows and nothing remains"), which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Temple of Artemis), where Alexander the Great visited and where St. Paul preached to early Christians, is one of Beautiful ancient cities in the world.
Also, we may visit St. John's Church where he was buried.
The stay at Kusadasi.
Day 10: Priene, Miltus, Didima
Priene is an ancient Hellenistic city north of Miletus. It was an ancient Greek holy city and home to the important temple of Athena. By the eighth century AD, it was b. Brian is a member of the Ionic Association. The tomb of the Central Patrol, Panionion, is located within the city limits, making Priene an important holy city.
Miletus owes its importance to its position on trade routes and was the home of Persian philosophers in the sixth century BC Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales.