Anatolian Civilizations

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10 Days
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : 6
Max People : 24

Anatolian Civilizations 10 Day Tour

Anatolian Civilizations :  Few places on earth can rival the incredible history of Turkey, yet its delights are certainly not only found in books about the past. Turkey is dynamic and lively, boasting culture and customs that are just as rich today as they were thousands of years ago. Add in immense natural beauty and delicious cuisine, and it’s no wonder it is a  popular destination. 

The Anatolian Civilizations tour follows IstanbulAnkaraCappadociaPamukkaleEphesusIzmirPergamonTroyGallipoli itinerary which takes in the best of Turkey , with a variety of sights and activities. On this ten-day  Turkey Western Tour, you will have the chance to step inside the great Hagia Sophia an architectural marvel.  Experience rural life as we pass through the countryside of Turkey and see the lush wheat fields and orchards. The Cappadocia area holds marvelous lunar landscape where churches have been carved and volcanic dust has been weathered into large cones. We can wander the tunnels and chambers of an entire underground city dug into the Cappadocia in which citizens took shelter during times of strife. Get a feel for life in ancient times by exploring the beautifully preserved city of Ephesus. Your guide will walk you through the remarkable ruins and bring its colorful 1500-year history to life. Reflect on the tragedies and gallantries that took place along Gallipoli’s windswept peninsula. Brimming with history, bustling with progress and bursting with flavor, Turkey intrigues and delights at every turn of this perfectly paced small group adventure.

Note: The schedule and/or the order of the visits are subject to change based on the arrival day of the passenger or any other momentary reason without a prior notice

 

Anatolian Civilizations Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul to Istanbul

Pick-up & Drop-off Time

Flexible

Price Includes

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  • 9 Nights 4-star hotel Accommodation(local standards)
  • English speaking official guide during visits + Entrance fees
  • 9 Breakfasts – 1 Lunch – 6 Dinners
  • All transfer per itinerary and A/C transport during visits & excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus ( between days 3-9 )
  • Local taxes (VAT, hotel stay-over taxes 2%)

Price Excludes

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  • Before/After flights
  • Tips to the guide and driver 
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel insurance
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Anatolian Civilizations Itinerary
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Day 1Arrive in Istanbul

Anatolian Civilizations
Anatolian Civilizations : Blue Mosque

Arrival to Istanbul . Meet with English speaking assistant at the airport . Transfer to the hotel for check in . Overnight: Istanbul Meals: N/A

Day 2Istanbul

Anatolian Civilizations
Anatolian Civilizations : Bosphorus

 

Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping . Free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs Bosphorus Cruise excursion along the Bosphorus , that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe . During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul , with its forest , Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents . Lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) , Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia . Free time at Grand Bazaar .

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 3Istanbul - Ankara

Anatolian Civilizations : Topkapi Palace
 
Breakfast at the hotel . Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace ( harem section entrance free is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans . Departure from the hotel to Ankara – the capital of Turkey . Arrival to Ankara in early evening Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 4Ankara - Cappadocia via Salt Lake

Anatolian Civilizations : Ankara is the capital of Turkey

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the capital of Turkey with the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with an exhibition of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, Phrygian Urartu etc … remains and the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia (290 km). Along the way, visit the underground city built by Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. The underground city preserves the stables, common rooms, meeting room and small rooms for families. Arrival in the Cappadocia region.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5Cappadocia

Anatolian Civilizations : Opt-in for a balloon ride

Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting this fantastic region with its spectacular fairy chimneys, unique in the world Goreme Valley, with its cave churches, with paintings from the 10th and 11th centuries; stop at the trogloyta village of Uçhisar, visit Avcilar which has a spectacular landscape, the Derbent valley with its curious natural rock formations and time for artisan workshops such as carpets and onyx-stones mounted on silver jewelry. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6Cappadocia- Sultanhani - Pamukkale

 
Breakfast and departure for Pamukkale (610 km). On the way, stop to visit the Sultanhan Caravanserail, Seljuk inn from the medieval era. Continuation to Pamukkale. Free time in Pamukkale “Cotton Castle”, unique in the world with its natural pools of limestone hot springs and the petrified travertine waterfalls. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7Pamukkale – Ephesus – İzmir

Anatolian Civilizations : Ephesus
Breakfast at the hotel. Exit for Selçuk-Efeso (200 km). Arrival and visit to the archaeological area of Ephesus, a city dedicated to Artemis. The Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Marble Street and the largest Theater of antiquity. Visit to the House of the Virgin, supposed last dwelling place of the Mother of Jesus. Stop at a leather production center and continue to İzmir- (~ 85 km.), The third largest city in Turkey. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: İzmir Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8İzmir - Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale

Anatolian CivilizationsBreakfast at the hotel. Depart for Pergamon, the current Bergama (110 km). Arrival and visit to the ruins of Asclepion, which was the most important hospital in Asia Minor, with its therapeutic center. Continuation to Troy (~ 190 km.). Visit to the famous archaeological city of history that evokes the poetic name of the Iliad saga of Homer. Continuation to Çanakkale (~ 25 km.). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Anzac Cove – Istanbul

Anatolian CivilizationsBreakfast. We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including 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. Arrival late (between 08:00 pm and 09:00 pm) to Istanbul transfer to your hotel. End of our services.
Overnight: N/A Drop-off to your hotel Meals: Breakfast

Day 10Istanbul Departure

Anatolian Civilizations
 
Breakfast . Transfer to airport and fly home .End of our services .
Overnight: N/A Meals: Breakfast ( If the pick up time for departure fligth permits )
Hotels

Istanbul Hotels

Hotel Yiğitalp or Hotel Grand Gülsoy or Hotel Ramada Grand Bazaar or similar 4**** hotel in Old City

Ankara Hotels

Point Hotel or  Latanya Hotel or  Anadolu Downtown or  Holiday Inn Çukurambar or similar 4**** hotel.

Cappadocia Hotels

Izmir Hotels

Hotel Blanca or Hotel Kaya Prestige or similar 4**** Hotel

Çanakkale Hotels

Hotel İris or Hotel Akol or similar 4**** hotel

31 Reviews
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Debra

Couple Traveller

We had a wonderful trip with a very well organised tour guide who made adjustments to our itinerary to enable us all to get the most out of the places we visited. Our tour was very interesting, educational and fun!! Our bus was comfortable, our driver was kind and we felt safe while he was driving. Cave hotel in Cappadocia was amazing.

December 19, 2022

U. Shah

Couple Traveller

The tour while being short took us through most of the icons of Turkey and gave me an insight into the culture and the history of the nation. The tour guide, Emre was the highlight of the trip. Extremely knowledgeable about the history and passionate about the subject. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know.

October 29, 2022

Margaret Hamilton

Couple Traveller

A not to be missed tour but travel light as some of the hotel rooms are quite small and 2 big suitcases make it difficult. Do upgrade to a cave room at Pamukkale, it is well worth while. The stops at the carpet manufacturers, the jewellery shops and the leather shops can be a little bit pressurised. They are very interesting, but take it slow and do your homework on values. Our guide, driver and van were incredibly good and I wish we had such fabulous roads in NZ. Cities are also excellent, clean, interesting and very well laid out. Just have a ball, it is a warm, welcoming country.

April 26, 2022

MarisaG

Couple Traveller

Mehmet (our driver) and Nadir (our English speaking guide) made our home away from home on the Euromarmara bus as comfortable as possible providing cold water and occasionally snacks. Our hotels were good, the breakfast and evening buffets satisfactory. Our guide was knowledgeable and well mannered. He accommodated several special requests from our group. Our airport transfers were smooth. Our request to leave earlier for our departure was honored and even confirmed with a phone call. We would recommend this tour.

April 19, 2022

Sally Forth

Solo Traveller

I had a fantastic time in Istanbul through Eskapas. My guide was brilliant, knowledgeable and responded to all of my requests or interests. The company haf great communication and everything worked like clockwork. This was a dreamed of holiday and the tour and hotel people went out of their way to help me. I can’t wait to come again.

April 4, 2022
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