8 Day Classic Cultural
Explore Western & Central Anatolian
Cities, Civilizations & Cultures
Cultural Heritage Tour Turkey: Istanbul-Ankara-Acemhoyuk-Cappadocia:
The Essential 8 Days in Turkey
Day 1: Europe-Istanbul
(Cultural Capital of Turkey)
Arrival in Istanbul. Welcome
cocktail, sightseeing of the city, dinner and
overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Istanbul – “This is Byzance” !
Morning: discovery of the Golden Horn and Pierre Loti area. Visit of
the Ottoman Cemetery and the Eyüp Mosque. Walks on the Roman-Byzantine
city-walls and visit of the Chora church.
Lunch in a Turkish-Greek restaurant, next to the Roman Circus.
In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Ayasofya
"The Holy Church of Wisdom") and
The Topkapi Palace
Museum, and finish the day in the
Grand Bazaar. Free dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Istanbul-The Capital of Civilisations
Morning visit to the Hippodrom, Ibrahim Pascha Palace and
Ethnografical Museum. Then walk across the Sultan Ahmet Square and visit the
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet MOsque). Lunch in a Mesopotamian restaurant with a a
special Turkish cuisine.
Afternoon: visit to the Egyptian and 2nd hand markets. Possibility to
affect a cruise on the Bosphorus (17 €). Stop in a leather
and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Istanbul–Ankara–Lake Salt
Morning: depart from hotel to Ankra via the pittoresk road of the Black Sea
– the Euxine Sea. Discovery of the deserted landscapes of Central Anatolia.
Once in Ankara, visit to the Mausoleum of Atatürk and the Museum of Turkish
Revolution and Dardanelles. Lunch at the Ethnographical Museum Konak of Zenger
Pascha, located at the old part of the Ankara. Afternoon: visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, one of the top points
of our trip. After having driven along the Salt Lake, we arrive in Aksaray-the Seljukian town from the Middle Age. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Cappadocia- ‘The Land of Beautiful Horses’
Morning: visit of the Seljukian town Aksaray with its Pizz
Tower and Grand
Mosque. We depart for Acemhöyük, the first capital of the Hittite Empire and one
of the three main Assyrian trading posts. Discovery of the site through imperial
palaces: Sarikaya-Hatiplar and the necropolis of Enver Aribas. Strolls in the
village, chat with Acemhöyük inhabitants in typical Turkish village cafés.
Lunch by inhabitants or at the Townhouse.
Afternoon: relaxing ballad on the Melendiz Canyon through the Peristreme
Valley: Selime- Belisirma- Ihlara with its early Superstring churches dated from
the first period of Christianism. Agzikarahan on the Silk road welcomes us
with its camels and mules. Alevit Wine-tasting with inhabitants of the
underground City of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Cappadocia- The Holy Land of the Christianism
Morning: discovery of Cappadocia and its valleys: Dyns, Urgup,
Uchisar, Hunters and Göreme. Visit to the beautiful Church St John the Baptist in
Cavusin. Lunch at the hotel or in a countryside restaurant.
Afternoon: relaxing walk in the Rose Valley and visit to a
carpet-school. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Cappadocia – Whirling Dervishes
of Hacibektas Veli– Ankara –
We still enjoy Cappadocia with stops to take pictures, short walks, discovery
of craft industries (onyx), and Pasabag, a part of the Zelve Valley.
Walk across the Red River and Venessa-Avanos to take pictures of the typical
houses. We also visit the monasteries of the Whirling Dervishes in Hacibektas.
After having lunch along the route, we head towards Istanbul via motorway. Diner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Istanbul – A nostalgic day – Europa
After breakfast, some free time in Istanbul to enjoy the city at your own
pace until transfer time to the airport.
- 674 € per person in a double room
- 138 € extra single room
- 40 € for triple rooms
Istanbul by Night with a ‘Son et Lumière’ programme
(from May to September) with the visit to the Sulaymaniye Mosque (13
Evening with fishermen in Kumkapı + Istanbul by
Night (33 €)
Dinner with show in Cabaret Gar (37
Dinner with show in Caravanserail Night Club or at the
Galata towers, or by the Orient Huis (43
- During the Cappadocia tour, a Turkish evening with traditional dances
and Mevlevi performance (27 €)
- Discovery of Cappadocia in hot air balloons (140
- 8 days/7 nights full pension
- Transportation in Turkey
- Lunches in traditional Turkish restaurants, one of the best cuisine in
- All admission fees to the museums and sites mentioned
- Guide Services
Return Flights Europa/Istanbul/Europa
Drinks and tips.
TransAnatolie Tour, Turkey Cultural Tour Provider & Operator
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