Fascinating Turkey: 15 Days

Discover the Whirling Dervishes and their humanistic theology based on love and respect to the diversity of the universe. Explore the lunar and surrealistic landscape of Cappadocia.

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Day 1 Flight Day
Depart the U.S. on a flight to Istanbul.

Day 2 Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Welcome meeting and orientation walk in the Sultanahmet square.

Day 3 Istanbul
Today explore the great ancient landmarks of Istanbul in Sultanahmet Square. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, the Byzantine Haghia Sophia, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque.

Day 4 Istanbul
Visit the Underground Cistern and the Istanbul Archeological Museum, featuring of many Hellenistic and Roman treasures, especially Alexander’s sarcophagus from Sidon. Later, stroll through the bazaars of Istanbul, the Spice Market, and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 5 Kusadasi
Today fly to Izmir and transfer to Selcuk. Explore the famous ancient site of Ephesus and environs. Ephesus contains extensive ruins of the agora, the Library of Celsus with its imposing facade, the biggest theater, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Also tour the Basilica of John, the Selcuk Museum, and the House of Mary in the afternoon.

Day 6 Kusadasi
Enjoy the free time in the waterfront of Kusadasi in the morning. Then travel through the delta of the River Meander on where ancient people once sailed. Visit the most important cities of the classical period, the Ionian cities of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma. As the home of the renowned philosophers, these ancient cities are the best example of the Hellenistic cities.

Day 7 Pamukkale
Drive along the River Meander and visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias, one of the most important sculpture centers of the entire Roman world. This remotely site received extensive donations from Roman emperors because of the city’s association with Aphrodite. Then continue to Pamukkale where the mineral water forms the pools of white travertine, one of the most dazzling natural beauties of Turkey.

Day 8 Antalya
Drive along the Lycus Valley and tour the biblical cities of Hierapolis with its extensive necropolis and then Laodicea, one of the seven churches in the Revelation. Travel through the highlands and descend from the Mountain Taurus to Antalya along the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon.

Day 9 Antalya
Enjoy the tour of the Archeological Museum where exhibits all the archeological findings from Perge, Aspendos, and the other sites in the region. Explore Perge, a Hellenistic city that welcomed Alexander on the way to Gordion in 333 BC. Continue to Aspendos for touring the best preserved Roman Theater commissioned by Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Enjoy time at leisure in Antalya in the afternoon.

Day 10 Konya
Travel through the most spectacular and picturesque route from Antalya to Konya over the Mountain Taurus. Visit the Mevlana Museum, the center of the whirling dervishes in Konya and discover their humanistic theology based on love and respect to the diversity of the universe.

Day 11 Cappadocia
Continue to Cappadocia along the Silk Road and visit one the caravanserai where ancient travelers stayed overnight on their journeys. Arrive in Cappadocia and explore the lunar and surrealistic landscape of the region with its valleys and churches.

Day 12 Cappadocia
Visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum and its churches with vivid frescoes depicting the biblical scenes as the best example of the local Byzantine art. Stroll through the fairy-chimneys of the Red and Pasabag Valleys. Visit Uchisar and Cavusin villages with their inspiring settings and dwellings.

Day 13 Cappadocia
Start the day with an optional balloon trip in Cappadocia. Travel to the lesser visited sites of Cappadocia. The dramatic settlement of the Sinassos Village attracts travelers to its distant beauty as well as the vibrant people of the village. Then continue to Ayvali Village to enjoy a village lunch prepared in a village house. End the day by visiting the labyrinths of the Underground Cities of the region.

Day 14 Istanbul
Take a morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul visit the Kariye Museum, the church of Holy Savior in Chora. This museum house exquisite frescoes and mosaic as some the best examples of the Byzantine art in the world. Take pleasure in the cruise along the Bosporus on a private boat and enjoy free afternoon for shopping and packing.

Day 15 Departure
Transfer to airport for return flight to the United States



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 Average air temperatures in Fahrenheit (and Celsius) and number of rainy days by month along the route (Istanbul and Antalya)

IstanbulMaximum70 (21)
77 (25)
84 (29)
84 (29)
77 (25)
68 (20)
Minimum52 (11)
59 (15)
64 (18)
64 (18)
54 (15)
53 (12)
Wet Days

Marmaris68 (20)
72 (22)
75 (24)
79 (26)
77 (25)
73 (23)
Antalya70 (21)
75 (24)
81 (27)
82 (28)
81 (27)
77 (25)
Wet days8

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  1. Randy White says:


    What is the price for the 15 day tour? Thanks.

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