15 DAYS – 14 NIGHTS
DAY 01. Istanbul-Ankara ( sat)
arrive istanbul Airport city tour to Visit the Vank church“Mosque of Sultan Ahmet” which boasts a unique feature of six minarets. Next, view the only remains of Hippodrome of Constantinople also Visit Topkapi Palace . Today is a museum palace .Later shop at the 500-year-old Grand Bazaar, a maze of over 4,000 stalls and shops drive to Ankara.(L, D at hotel) .
DAY 02 : Ankara-Cappadocia ( sun)
morning visiting the Anatolian Civilizations Museum ; Mausoleum of Ataturk . Then continue on to Cappadocia .O/N (L, D )
DAY 03.Cappadocia (mon)
Optional balloon tour. Depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 depending on the arrival time of the participants and visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroomshaped pinnacles. In the afternoon, visit Goreme Open Air Museum where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years and then to Kaymakli Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors. (B, L, D )
DAY04. Cappadocia-Pamukkale ( tue)
Today’s ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to Konya to visit to the Mausoleum of Molana ( iranian poet) Then continue on to Pamukkale and overnight (B, L, D).
DAY 05.Pamukkale- Kusadasi (wed)
Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery “Necropolis”, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop’s Palace. drive to Kusadasi for overnight (B, L, D).
DAY 06. Kusadasi (Thu)
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Artemis Temple, Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John O/N (B, L, D). * Ephesus Museum in Selcuk is currently under renovation
DAY 07. Kusadasi -Canakkale (fri)
Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol. continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. then drive to Canakkale .O/N (B, L, D).
DAY 08.Canakkale- istanbul-shiraz ( sat)
After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli . Arrive in Istanbul late afternoon and transfer to airport fly to shiraz . (B, L).
DAY 09. Shiraz( sun)
DAY 10. Shiraz-isfahan (mon)
DAY 11. isfahan (tue)
DAY 12. isfahan ( wed)
After breakfast visit Naqshe jahan square ,jame mosque and old bridges of isfahan.O/N
DAY 13. isfahan-Kashan-tehran ( thu)
DAY 14. tehran ( fri)
full day city tour of tehran visiting last king of iran palaces at Sheikh lotfallah mosque – O/N
DAY 15. tehran ( sat)
Transfer to airport for departure