Cappadocia & Egean coastal
Splendid Turkey. You will discover a country, which
conceals natural and historical treasures. For thousands
of years it knew how to preserve the wonders that
ancient civilisations left as their heritage...
Astride between the Occident and the Orient, Istanbul is
the meeting point of two continents and several
cultures. Founded more than 2600 years ago, it was
initially Byzance then Constantinople before becoming
the sumptuous capital of the Ottomans for almost 5
centuries. Today it is a gigantic cosmopolitan city
where the past and the present mix in a striking
synthesis. In visiting its most beautiful monuments we
will show you its fascination beauty.
Cappadocia offers one of the most surreal spectacles in
the world. On a plateau made of a very soft volcanic
ground, a mixture of ash and mud thrown up by two
principal volcanoes. The wind and rain combined to carve
cones, fairy chimneys, canyons and valleys. Man found an
ideal refuge in this strange world, and built
troglodytic dwellings, underground cities and rock-cut
churches richly decorated with frescoes which you will
discover during in this tour.
The shores of the Aegean Sea coast are some of the most
charming in Turkey. This exceptional area is mainly
renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved
archaeological sites laid out here and there along the
coastline, demonstration of more than 5000 years of
history, culture and mythology, and,
for 300 days a year
the sunshine in which this coastline bathes at the food
of a pine-forest covered mountain. Judge it for
Itinerary: 15 days: Cultural voyage
Days 1 to 4 / Visits the principal monuments of
Topkapi Palace, Kahriye museum, Highia Sophie museum,
Blue Mosque, the covered bazaar, spice bazaar. Etc...
Day 5 to 7 / Cappadocia :
Visit: Goreme and Zelve open air museums, Derinkuyu
(underground city), fortress of Uchisar... And en route,
the Hittite museum in Ankara.
Days 8 to 14 / Aegean Coast:
Main visits: Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Kusadasi, Ephesus,
Priene, Miletus, Dydimes, Izmir, Pergamum etc... And, en
route, in Konya, the museum of the mystic Mevlana
Celalettin Rumi, founder of the whirling Dervishesĺ Sufi
Day 15 / Return:
Transfer to Istanbul airport for thr return flight.
Nights in comfortable hotels.