TransAnatolie TA3404: Western Turkey and Cappadocia Tour: 15 Day
Cultural Natural and Historical Heritage Tour in Turkey: Alexander The
Great, Memed The Conqueror, Suleyman The Magnificent & Ataturk
Day 1: Europe - Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul
Day 4: Istanbul-Edirne
Day 5: Canakkale-Truva-Bursa
Day 6: Bursa-Oylat-Aizanoi-Emet
Day 7: Emet-Sardes-Ephese
Day 8: Priene-Milet-Didyme-Pamukkale
Day 9: Pamukkale-Aphrodisiyas-Sagalassos-Antalya
Day 10: Antalya-Konya-Acemhoyuk-Aksaray and Cappadocia
Day 11: Cappadocia- Aksaray-Selime-Ihlara-Saratli
Day 12: Cappadocia
Day 13: Cappadocia-Venessa-Sezarée-Argee Erciyes-Ankara
Day 14: Ankara-The Pontic Chain Crossing- Lake of Sapanca- Istanbul
Day 15: Istanbul-Europe
TransAnatolie Tour: Multilingual Cultural Tour Provider and Operator.
Arrival in Istanbul-Sightseeing tour of the city. dinner and overnight
at the hotel.
Morning: Discover the Golden Horn and the Pierre Loti area. We then pay
a visit to the Ottoman Cemetery, the Mosque and Mausoleum of Eyup
(Mahomet’s fellow) and explore ancient Roman- Byzantine city walls and
the Chora Church. Lunch in a traditional Turkish-Greek restaurant next
to the Roman Circus.
In the afternoon: Visit St. Sofia Church (Ayasofya Mosque and Museum)
and The Palace of Topkapi (Harem visit is optional). Late afternoon, the
Grand Bazaar (‘Oriental Souk’). Free dinne and overnight at the hotel.
Morning: Visit the Hipodrom; the Ibrahim Pascha Palace and the
Ethnographical Museum; The master-piece Blue Mosque of the Ottoman
Empire. Lunch at Gilgamesche. serving well-known Arab-Kurdish
specialties, located next to the Citern-Basilica.
Afternoon: A cruise on the Bosporus; discover the Old Egyptian Bazaar
and Spices Market as well as the high quality Armenian jewellery shops,
while observing the Galata and Marco Polo Towers. Dinner and overnight
at the hotel.
After breakfast, we head towards the Second Ottoman Capital: Andrinople-Edirne
and visit the Selimiye Mosque-the masterpiece of The Architect Sinan;
chief architect of Suleyman The Legislator (Suleyman The Magnificent).
Then the Bazaar-Caravanserai of Rustem Pacha who is the Great Vizir and
Suleyman’s son-in-law; the social complex of the Ottoman sultan Bayezid.
We have a time-out and lunch.
Bridge from Sinan Edirne Selimiye Camii (Mosque)
Afternoon: we drive to Dardanelles via Uzunkopru (a classical Ottoman
Bridge of 1392 meters). We explore Dardanelles and the small streets of
Canakkale and get in touch with the local inhabitants.
Dinner and overnight in Eceabat (or in Canakkale).
After breakfast, we get to know the love of Paris and the Beautiful
Helen of Troy. One imagines Achilles running after Hector along the
walls of Troy, following the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, native of
Izmir. Lunch is on the road.
In the afternoon, Bursa-the first Ottoman capital is explored: the Green
Mosque, the Green Mausoleum, the Muradiye Complex and the Imperial
Dinner and overnight at the Thermal Center of Oylat located at the foot
of the Mount Olympus or in Bursa.
We visit Aizanoi and explore its well preserved Zeus temple, theater,
stadium, thermal baths, Roman bridges and the ‘Stock Exchange’. Later,
we continue our journey with the discovery of the Borax mine pits. Afer
a delicious lunch, pay a visit to the Town Hall and to the School of
Free afternoon to exploit local thermal hamams and to socialize with
with the hospitable inhabitants of Phirigia.
Dinner and overnight in one of the touristic hotels of Emet.
Drive early in the morning towards Sardes; the capital of Lydia,
home-town of the rich Cresus, watered by the Pactole, in order to
contemplate the Synagogue of the city, which was used as one of the
first 7 churches of the Apocalypse of St John.
Lunch in Ephesus, the capital of Ionia and city of Artemis.
In the afternoon, we discover the Ephesus site, the Eastern Academy,
Agoras, Stoa, the street of Curetes, the Gate of Esculape, the Odeon,
the market place of Domitien, the Monument of Memius, the Fountain of
Trajane dated from the Pax Romana period, the Baths, the Hadrianus
Temple, the House of the Worthy, the Library of Celcus, the Closed
Houses, Marble Street, the Agora of Demos, the St Paul Theater, Arcadian
Street, the Church of the Virgin Marry of the Ecumenical Councils, the
Roman Stock Exchange and the Antique Harbour. Stop in a leather factory.
(see Ephesus Museum)
Dinner and overnight in Ephesus or in Kusadasi.
In the morning, we head towards Priene, the city of the great city
planner Hippodamus (‘the Hippodamian Plan’), visit Milet of Thales and
discover our future in the Apollo Oracle in Didyme, the largest temple
in the world.
Lunch is in a fish restaurant in Didyme, next to the Apollo Temple. In
the afternoon, the Pamukkale Castles next to the Hieropolis site are
explored. Here women were committing suicide, after their husbands’
deaths, to demonstrate their love and loyalty to their husbands.
Dinner and overnight in our hotel. Thermal swimming pool with Jacuzzi is
at our service.
Early start to take pictures in the first lights of the day of the
cotton and tobacco fields. Arrival in the city of Aphrodite. Visit to
the exceptional site of Aphrodisiyas and its Museum with the Statue of
Lunch with nomad people. In the afternoon, we walk through some rose
gardens and the birds paradise of the Burden Lake. We continue with the
discovery of the hidden site of the Taurus: Sagalassos.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya, the city of Attale (cousin of Alexander
Imaginations, admirations and confused feelings as we walk through the
small streets of Antalya and see the small houses of the poor fishermen
in the old harbour while also looking at the Gulets of the Turkish
aristocrats and at the
After visiting Karpuzkaldiran waterfalls, we drive through the Taurus
Mountains and enjoy the nature and beauty of landscape with poppy
fields, nomads and goats and arrive Caravanserai of Horozluhan and lunch
on the Silk Road.
In the afternoon, in Konya, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, the
Mevlana Mausoleum and Museum of the founder of the Dancing Dervishes are
explored. Here one finds a rich collection of ethnographical works,
including one of the few Turkish carpets in the world dated of 16th
century (each cm2 contains 144 double knots). In the late afternoon,
arrival in Acemhoyuk, the first capital of Ancient Hitties and visit
Sarikaya and Hatiplar Palaces.
Dinner and overnight in Aksaray, at Agacli Motel (4*) or at Eras Hotel
After a delicious Turkish breakfast, the Seljuk city of Karamanoglu,
Aksaray is explored: exceptional Pizze Tower and The Great Mosque from
the 13th century. Walk through the Melendiz Canyon and visit typical
Anatolian villages Selime, Yaprakhisar, Belisirma and arrive in the
Peristrema-Ihlara Valley and discover primitive Syriaq churches dated
from the 1st period of the Christian campus in Cappadocia. Possibility
to walk in nature for those who love nature and birds.
Lunch is at the Melendiz Canyon in Ihlara. In the late afternoon, pay a
visit to the underground town of Saratli, the town of Simone and Jean
Dinner and overnight in our hotel in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, we visit the old Troglodyte houses of Urgup, Uc
Guzeller, the Pigeons Valley, Uchisar, Avcilar, the Goreme Valley and
its Rupestrian churches.
Lunch at the hotel or at the buffet Koru. In the afternoon, possibility
to relax and discover different handworks (carpets). Dinner and
overnight in our hotel.
After breakfast, we discover on foot the Rose Valley, the Camels Valley,
the Dolphins Valley, the Owl Valley and the Valley of the Virgin Mary.
Stop in an onyx factory. Discovery of the 1st part of the Zelve Valley:
Pasabag. Drive across the Red River, take pictures of typical houses in
Lunch in Altinocak Restaurant in Avanos, the most famous one for Cömlek
Kebab. In the afternoon, discovery of the city of Julius Sezarus-Kayseri:
the Roman citywalls, the Huant Hatun Complex-the Ethnographical Museum,
the Grave of the Princess: Döner Kümbet, Gevher Nesibe, the Museum of
Medical History. We then drive through the High Steppes of Central
Anatolia and arrive in Ankara.
Dinner and overnight in Ankara.
After breakfast, we visit Atatürk Museum and the Ataturk Mausoleum as
well as the Museum of the 1st World War- the Dardanelles; the symbol of
the rebirth of the Laic Republic of Turkey. Then, we explore the Museum
of Anatolian Civilizations, exhibiting the rich heritage of the ancient
Anatolian civilizations from Hittites to Romans. Subsequently, discover
the old Ankara, walk through the Spices Market and lunch at the
Ethnographical Museum of Zenger Pacha, offering a beautiful view of old
In the afternoon, drive back to the Cultural Capital of 5 civilizations:
Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul.
Good-bye dinner and overnight in our hotel in Istanbul.
After breakfast, free time until transfer to the Istanbul airport.
Full pension (drinks excluded) from the dinner of the 1st
day until the breakfast of the 15th day:
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Cruise on the Bosphorus
Istanbul by Night
Evening with fishermen + Istanbul by Night
Cabaret evening in Istanbul at Orient House
Evening with typical dances in Cappadocia
Discovery of Cappadocia in hot air balloon
Evening with Dancing Dervishes
Transportation in Turkey: air-conditioned bus Mercedes
Sprinter, WW Wolt, Mercedes 304-403, Mitsubishi Safir, Isuzu
Hotels: in Istanbul 4*, in Canakkale 3 or 4*, in Boylat,
Emet and Pamukkale 4*, in Selcuk-Kusadasi 4*, in Antalya 4*, in
Cappadocia 4*, in Ankara 3*+.
Bilingual certified prof. guide
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