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Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Lion Gate, Hattusas

Termessos Theater

Cappadocia

Pergamon

Perge
NET LAND TOUR RATES
(in US$)
please ask Double per person
please ask Single supplement
INCLUDING
 ● Daily open buffet breakfast
  (B:breakfast)
● 14 Dinners (D: dinner) including Farewell
  dinner on Day 14
● 7 Lunches (L:lunch)
● All sightseeing as per the itinerary
● Special Lecture by a local professor
  from Canakkale University
● English Speaking government licensed tour
  guide throughout the tour
● Transportation by private AC Bus with
  professional driver
● All Entry fees to the sites and museums
● Service charges and local taxes
EXCLUDING
● Flight
● Turkish Visa fee
● Meals which are not listed in the itinerary
● Drinks
● Personal Expenses
● Tips to tour guides and drivers
● Any other item which is not listed above

ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS IN TURKEY
Based in Turkey, Tutku Tours offers unique experiences for groups of any size in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Cyprus. We offer a range of services and themes for our clients and are providing new ideas that are tailored to our clients' interests. Tutku Tours promise you the top quality customer service during trip planning and while overseas. Below is a suggested archaeological tour itinerary in Turkey.


 

Day 01 Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to hotel. Welcome cocktail reception. Dinner at an outdoor restaurant. (D)

Day 02 Istanbul
Visit the Kariye Museum (St. Chora Church) famous for its Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman rulers for 400 years. It is now a museum housing a world renowned collection of jewelry and porcelain. After lunch visit the 6th century St. Sophia‘s (Hagia Sophia) built by the emperor Justinian, to be the grandest church of Christianity, it is now a museum. (B,L,D)

Day 03 Istanbul - Ankara
Morning visit to the Mosaic Museum with its exquisite scenes of rural life, then the Hippodrome Square and the famous Covered Bazaar. Afternoon flight to Ankara for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 04 Ankara - Bogazkale - Yazilikaya - Ankara
Morning departure for the center of the Hittite era. Visit Bogazkale (Hattusas) which is known as the city of temples. See the Kings Gate, the Lions Gate, the tunnel, great citadel, grand temple and the museum. Also see the ancient site of Yazilikaya (inscribed rock), close to Bogazkale. This is the most famous of the Hittite rock
monuments. Here there is also an open air pantheon. Reliefs of Hittite gods and goddesses adorn the walls. These are carved into the native rock and date back to the 13th century BC. Return to Ankara for overnight (B,L,D).

Day 05 Ankara - Cappadocia
Morning departure for Cappadocia, where the wind and weather have eroded soft volcanic rock to form one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Visit the valleys of Goreme and Zelve, villages of Cavusin and Avcilar. This area dates back to 4000 BC. Christians dug underground cities and churches here. Dinner and overnight in Nevsehir. (B,L,D)

Day 06 Cappadocia
Visit Kaymakli, a vast underground complex of entire communities interconnected by tunnels, discovered accidentally in 1963, the citadel of Uchisar overlooking the Goreme Petrified Valley. Visit Avanos, the pottery makers’ village. (B,L,D)

Day 07 Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya
Drive to Konya, visit the Mevlana Museum, and the Karatay Medrese. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,L,D)

Day 08 Antalya
A full day is devoted to the striking Greco-Roman Archaeological sites along the Turkish Riviera. Stop first at Perge, a wealthy and culturally well-developed city in ancient times. A few miles away is Aspendos, where the prosperity this city experienced in the second and third centuries AD is still visible. Enormous blocks of marble were transported from as far as the Marmara Island for the construction and ornamentation of its imposing buildings. After lunch continue to Side, an ancient Turkish harbor that has made a graceful transition into a lovely resort village. Its present popularity is due not only to its new resort atmosphere, but also to the many archaeological ruins that permeate this ancient settlement. (B,L,D)

Day 09 Antalya - Termessos - Pamukkale
Visit Termessos, the Roman city located on top of the Taurus Mountains, then drive to Pamukkale to visit Hierapolis, its theater, the Necropolis and the Archaeological Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
Drive to Aphrodisias, the recently excavated Roman city dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. The site is being excavated by the New York University. The excavations are still going on as in many other ancient sites. See the Hadrian Baths, the well preserved Stadium, the Theater, the Agora and the beautiful Archaeological Museum containing the best Aphrodite Statues in Anatolia. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Ephesus - Izmir (Smyrna)
Leave for Ephesus. Visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary where she supposedly spent her later days. Proceed to Ephesus and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are only recently excavated. See the Odeon, the Bouleterion, the Fountains, the Temples, the Brothel, the Library, the Agoras, the Great Theater, the Roman Baths, the Gymnasiums, the Archaeological Museum, St. John’s Basilica and his tomb and the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world). Continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Sardes - Pergamon - Ayvalik
Drive to Sardes, the capital of ancient Lydia. Visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana (Artemis) which became one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation later on. See the golden river, Pactalos, and the Royal Road. Then visit the reconstructed Synagogue, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. Proceed to Pergamon Acropolis to see the steepest Theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Trajan, then visit the Asklepion, the ancient hospital. Dinner and overnight in Ayvalik. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Troy - Gallipoli - Istanbul
Drive to Homer’s legendary Troy, famous for its wooden horse. Archaeological digs have proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement in Troy. Cross the Dardanelles by car-ferry, drive to Istanbul for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Istanbul
Visit the Archaeological Museum containing the greatest treasures of Greek and Roman antiquities discovered in Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), everyone’s favorite with its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles, and the Underground Cistern. We take an afternoon boat tour which take us along both the European and Asiatic shores of the Bosphorus. Tonight a farewell dinner at a famous outdoor restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Istanbul - End
Transfer to Istanbul airport. (B)
 
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