7 Day Lux Anatolian
Istanbul - Bolu
On the first day of fantastic trip, full day city tour including Topkapı Palace - is a large palace in Istanbul Turkey, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign. Visit St. Sophia - is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey . The Church was dedicated to the Logos, the second person of the Holy Trinity, its dedication feast taking place on 25 December, the anniversary of the Birth of the incarnation of the Logos in Christ . Visit Hipodromme and Blue Mosque – which is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior . Then we transfer to Bolu for overnight.
Bolu – Ankara - Cappadoccia
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Ankara and visit magnificent Mausoleum constructed to commemorate Ataturk. Then we visit Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, is the museum of the Europe in 1997. After this historical trip, we will drive to Cappadocia. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, continue on to the Goreme Open Air Museum - Depart the Goreme Open Air Museum - resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey. Later on visit Uchisar Village – enjoy the magnificent view of Cappadocia through the eyes of Uchisar Village. Visit Kaymakli underground city is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and was opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas and stables, which they access through their courtyards. The Kaymakli Underground City has low, narrow and sloping passages. While the underground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are open to the public today, in which the spaces are organized around ventilation shafts. After hotel dinner go to the restaurant for belly dance show . Overnight at Cappadocia.
Cappadocia – Konya - Pamukkale
After the breakfast at the hotel, Visit Mevlana Mausoleum - located in Konya, Turkey, is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes. Visit Sultanhan Caravansarai - during the reign of the Seljuk sultan Kayqubad I, by the Syrian architect Muhammed Bin Havlan El Dimaski (the work Dimasci indicating Damascus) along the trade route from Konya to Aksaray, leading to Persia (the Uzun Yolu). After it was partially destroyed by a fire, it was restored and extended in 1278 by the governor Seraceddin Ahmed Kerimeddin bin El Hasan during the reign of the sultan Kaykhusraw III. This monumental caravanserai then became the largest in Turkey. It is one of the best examples of Anatolian Seljuk architecture. Next route is Pamukkale . Visit Cotton Steps & Hierapolis Ancient City - was the ancient Greco-Roman city which sat on top of hot springs located in south western Turkey near Denizli.Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BCE, and people came to soothe their ailments, with many of them retiring or dying here. Overnight at the hotel.
Pamukkale – Kusadasi
Breakfast at the hotel. Upon arrival drive to Kusadasi . Visit Ephesus Ancient City - was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. Visit House of Virgin Mary - [is a Christian and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Selcuk in Turkey . Drive to Kusadası for overnight at the hotel.
Kusadasi – Canakkale
After breakfast, drive to Pergamum to visit Asklepion, Temples of Athena, Trojan, Zeus and Dionysus, the Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, Great theatre and Roman Baths. Then drive to Canakkale. Visit Gallipoli Peninsular and the historical site of one of the famous campaigns of WW1. Here you will visit some of the poignant war memorials, including the national ones of Australia and New Zealand, to some of the half a million troops who lost their lives in the ferocious fighting. You will also visit Anzac Cove, the site of the Allied landing at the start of the campaign as well as touring remains of the trenches dug. After lunch, continue to Troy and visit Troy Archeological site. Made famous by the Greek poet Homer and his story of Achilles and the siege of Troy and more recently in the film 'Troy'. Following its rediscoverey in 1863 a further 9 cities were discovered and you will enjoy a tour of the ruins and the replica of the famous wooden horse used to help sack Troy. Overnight in Canakkale.
Canakkale - Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Istanbul, Visit Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. In the afternoon enjoy Bosphorus Cruise excursion . Overnight at the hotel.
After hotel breakfast transfer to the Airport.