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LYCIAN COAST

15 days  9 nights on board 

 

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12 days 7 nights on board

 

GREEK ISLANDS

13 days  ▫  10 nights on board 

 

 

 

 

Overland Tours

  

 

ANCIENT TURKEY . 15 days

Western Turkey and Cappadocia

 

EASTERNMOST TURKEY

14 days in the eastern highlands

 

CAPPADOCIA   3 days

A wonderland & warm hospitability

 

ANTALYA DAY TOURS

Antalya Old Town, Perge, Aspendos, Archeological Museum, Termessos, Phaselis, Olympus, Myra, Kekova, ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ancient Turkey

15-Day Archaeological, Historic, Cultural and Hiking Expedition in Central and WesternTurkey 

Magnificent Istanbul, fantastic Cappadocia and Konya of the whirling dervishes; impressive archaeological and  Biblical sites such as Psidan Antioch, Laodiceia, Ephesus, Pergamum and Assos; ... then Iliad's Troy and dramatic battlefields of Gallipoli.

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Day 1 – 3  Istanbul, capital to three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. It is the only city in the world that stands on two continents, Europe and Asia. Visit world famous sites such as the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque

Topkapi Palace, the great church of Haghia Sophia, Justinian’s Basilica Cistern and famous Spice Market. Take a boat trip along the beautiful Bosphorus.  Tour Church of the Fish, the ancient city walls and St. Savior in Chora, a Byzantine church with its magnificent mosaics and frescoes and, Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, one of the marking figures of Istanbul.

  

Day 4 – 6  Cappadocia .  Rock-fortress of Uchisar that offers a wonderful panoramic view from its top; hike in the beautiful Love Valley; visit Goreme’s old monastic center with rock-cut churches and refectories; hike in the lunar terrain of Red Valley; get a pottery experince in Avanos, visit unusual fairy chimneys of Pasa Baglari; walk in Soganli Valley where rock churches were shaped outside as well as inside; explore the underground rock city of Kaymakli.

 

Day 7- 10 .  Central Part & Inner West -  Hike in Ihlara Valley and visit  grand medieval Sultanhani Caravanserai. Then Konya, ancient Iconium and the city of Mevlana Rumi, who founded the Order of whirling dervishes. See Psidian Antioch where St. Paul turned to Gentiles. Visit  Laodiceia, one of the seven churches of the Revelation, walk on the white travertine formations of  Pamukkale, ancient Hierapolis. Enjoy beautiful Aphrodisias, one of the schools of sculpture of antiquity.

 

Day 10- 14 .  The Aegean Region - Tour Glorious Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world;  Artemision, the great Temple of Artemis and one of the Seven Wonders; the House of the Virgin Mary;  brilliant cities of ancient Ionia: Priene, Miletus, Didyma - Priene was home of Bias, one of the seven sages; Miletus where Thales, the father of  ancient Greek philosophy was raised; Didyma has a huge oracular temple from the Archaic Period.  Visit ipressive Asclepieum, an ancient medical center; Acropolis of Pergamum where the first page in the book in the history was written.  View Lesbos Island from the acropolis of Assos, a jewel of archaeology; explore nine superimposed pre-historic cultural levels of Troy. Visit the battle fields and war memorials of Gallipoli, drive back to Istanbul.

 

Depart on Day 15

 

TRIP COST

TRIP COST   

 

Updated on January 14, 2015
 

Prices below are subject to change in the case of significant changes in exchange rates or item prices by the time of the departure.

 

Number of  Travellers  

 

Per person  

Cost, US $

 

16 - 20

 

3,560
 

12 - 15

 

3,700
 

   8  - 11 

 

4,200
 

67

 

4,795

 4 -  5

5,830

 

 

 

NOTE: 

Costs are based on double occupancy.

Single supplement is $710 for hotels.  

 


What services and items are included ?

All accommodations in hotels & shared yacht cabins
All meals specified in the itinerary
All domestic land transportation & flights in the itinerary
Group arrival and departure transfers to/from hotel

All entrance fees
Services of trip leader
Services of yacht crew
Tip to hotels, restaurants and drivers

 


What's NOT included ?

International airfare
Personal expenses such as visa, insurance, medication, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Drinks other then bottled water
Tip to crew and trip leader

 

 

 

 

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  CLIMATE
 
 

Average temperatures (in Fahrenheit and Celsius) and number of rainy days by month for Istanbul and Nevsehir (Cappadocia)

    Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Istanbul Max (F/C) 52/11 63/17 70/21 77/25 84/29 84/29 77/25 68/20
  Min (F/C) 39/4 46/8 52/11 59/15 64/18 64/18 54/15 53/12
  Wet Days 14 10 8 5 4 5 6 10
Nevsehir Max (F/C) 50/10 61/16 68/20 75/24 82/28 82/28 75/24 64/18
  Min (F/C) 32/0 39/4 48/9 52/11 55/13 55/13 48/9 45/7
  Wet Days 14 14 12 7 2 2 4 7

 

 
 

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