Welcome to Turkey
You will visit the largest and most significant antique cities of Turkey as well as a village school and Turkish House. Turkey's national beauty, its vast and varied history, its delicious food, and friendly people together with its relatively recent introduction as a holiday destination are all a perfect recipe for a great vacation. Village people, whose main characteristic is hospitality, have been keeping their traditional way of life and culture for centuries. In a village, they live peacefully like a big family, and they regard the people coming to the village as their guests.
You will be able to observe how people live, build their houses, work, cultivate their land and exercise their religion. We know that you will enjoy discovering Turkey on our tours and hope that this visit will be the first of many to Turkey.
Welcome to Istanbul. Our group staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel/Hostel. ( D )
Enjoy your breakfast. We will depart for our fully guided Walking City Tour. We will visit the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Overnight in Istanbul.. (B.L.D)
We will pick you up from your Hotel and depart for Pergamum (Bergama), once the capital of the Hellenistic Kingdom where it is possible to see the Acropolis and the superbly preserved Asklepeion with its breath-taking views. Stay overnight in Kusadasi. (B.L.D)
After breakfast in the hotel we depart for our guided tour of Ephesus - one of the seven ancient wonders of the world and visit the Carpet Farm.
At approx 4 pm we arrive back at the hotel and you have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy. In the early evening you will enjoy a Turkish Bath, this is one experience you will not forget! (B.L.D)
We depart for Sirince Village a old and pretty Orthodox village 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi that was once Cirkince ("ugly"). In fact its habitants gave it this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners or to share the beauty of their village. Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly at all and called it Sirince ("pretty"). As the village is located on the top of a mountain, everyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees' and the views on the way. Stay overnight in Pamukkale.(B.L.D)
Depart from your hotel to visit Pamukkale, an unusual natural and historical site with the sparkling white castle-like cascades. Pamukkale is one of the most important highlights of Turkey, and is unique in the world. The site is named in Turkish as "Pamukkale", that means "cotton castle", parallel to the glorious and spectacular view of the site. This amazing landscape was formed by the limestone laden water of the thermal springs. Later we will visit the ruins of the ancient city, Hieropolis – a Roman city. Stay overnight in Cappadocia.. (B.L.D)
Travelling through this mystical landscape in Central Anatolia, we will visit the natural Uçhisar; Avanos and the beautiful open-air museums at Zelve and Göreme, where the remains of churches and Christian settlements date back thousands of years. Stay overnight in Cappadocia. (B.L.D)
From your hotel to Tokat / Zile, Zile is near the Tokat ancient Zila, a place made famous by Julius Caesar who, after his victory over Pharnace, king of Pontus, said those succinct words by which he told the Senate his victory: “ Veni, Vidi, Vici ”, “I came, I saw, I conquered”. We will enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people and you will visit nearby villages and a rug-making school. The curiosities of the town are the citadel and the 13C Ulu Cami (the great mosque).
We depart from your hotel to visit INDERE CAVE, situated at Ballica village which is about 5km away from the district of the Indere valley and starts with a fossil opening at the height of 1180 meters.
General morphologic constitution shows large halls created as a result of collapses and reconnecting to each other with passages.
In the hall with bats and the hall following this, the floors are not clear because of guano which covers the collapsed blocks. In order to be able reach to these halls, vertical speology techniques must be used (there are 10m. and 7m. length descents). Inside the cave which has almost completed its development process and especially at the large hall there are many interesting structures such as columns with lengths over 10 meters, travertines with mushroom like caps, and a very spread out bat population can be seen.
On the other hand, the entrance of the cave is not protected in anyway and means that necessary action must be taken for proper protection against any harm which could come to people visiting the place.(B.L.D)
You will be taken to a small natural village. You can see the daily life and very old houses, made from the mud and local timber. You can enjoy the experience of every life, watching the farmers working in the fields and join them for lunch in their home, eating the meal in Turkish village style. You will get to meet many local villagers, the women, children and the elderly members of the families.(B.L.D)
We will take you outside the village to view the nearby mountains and explore the natural beauty of the countryside. The people of this village are very friendly and willing to show you their culture and way of life. A picnic lunch will be provided and served along the way at a nearby Village Picnic area. Photos can be taken as you travel throughout the day. In the afternoon we visit the local school and meet the local village students and teachers. Stay overnight in Ankara.(B.L.D)
We depart from the hotel to visit the Anatolian Civilizationa Museum, where the prehistoric and unic Hittite collections are exhibited, and the Mausoleum of Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic. We stay overnight in Istanbul.(B.L.D)
After breakfast our tour finishes and we bid farewell to our new found friends. Wherever you are heading to next, you will take unforgettable memories and a new understanding of this country. (B)