Entire day to enjoy the natural beauty and the cultural depth of this unique region : explore the frescoed interiors of Goreme’s cave churches, which date from the 8th century, take a walk in Avcilar, Pasabagi and the red valley of Dervent where you will admire the chimney like volcanic formations and a brief photo stop at Uchisar.
Take 08:30 public bus to Konya. Arrive at 11:30 and continue to Mevlana Museum to see the tomb of the founder of Whirling Dervishes Order and learn more about Sufi philosophy. In the afternoon discover more in this city which used to be the capital of Seldjoukide Empire in XIIIth century; Karatay Museum which was a school of astronomy and the monumental gate of Inceminare Mosque. In the evening, take 19:00 train to Izmir. Overnight at wagon-lit cabin with 2 single beds, air conditioning, sink and mini fridge.
Drive to Pamukkale, popularly known as the ‘cotton castle’. Here, immense tiers of white limestone cascading down a barren hillside you will enjoy the beauty of the terraces. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Return to Kusadasi and overnight.
Continue to Pergamon, the city where parchment was invented and discover the Acropolis with hellenistic theater, Trajan Temple and remains of the library. Drive to Canakkale and overnight.
In the morning, depart for Troy and visit the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Altars, 3700 years old city walls and houses, Senate Building, Odeon. Cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial,The Nek,Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Transfer back to Istanbul at 17:30 and arrive at around 23:00. Drop-off to your hotel and overnight.
It was fabulous! Ismail was a fantastic guide and we had a wonderful time in Turkey.
It was a great trip , enjoyed it very much , wonderful tour guide and staff , great hotels and best food and most of all a magnificent journey in a great land and wonderful hospitable people
We had an amazing time in Turkey. Now that we are home settling in and continuing to unpack, so many special memories are coming back to us. What an amazing trip. And what amazing people. It truly is a shame to see the hit that their tourism industry is taking right now. I have been recommending everyone I know to check out the Eskapas Travel Turkey itineraries and not to hesitate to go. The entire time we felt safe and enjoyed every second of this adventure.
Our trip to Turkey was amazing!!!! We are so impressed with Eskapar, and we loved everything about our vacation. A huge congratulations to Metin and our driver Medgit (I apologize for the spelling!) for providing us with the BEST possible vacation. We could not have asked for friendlier people. Turkey is a BEAUTIFUL, hospitable, safe country Thank you all again for all of your hard work, and to all the behind the scenes people in the offices that don’t get enough credit for organizing everything, thank you too!