Immortals of Turkey tour starts from Istanbul and ends in Cappadocia. This tour was created for discovering the Legendary city of Troy! Pergamon, Ephesus, Aphrodisias and Hierapolis are the most beautiful ancient cities.
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Istanbul, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Hierapolis, Cappadocia
Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival to Istanbul. We will pick you up from the airport and you will meet with your guide who will be with you during this tour. You will have a panoramic Istanbul tour. Arrival to hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Troy (L)
Visits for today; Troy Ancient City
Early in the morning you will leave the hotel and have journey for 4 hours to Troy and visit Troy Ancient City. Troy, Ilion in Greek, Troia in Latin, has a very different history than all the ancient cities you can visit in Turkey. First of all, location of the city is very strategic, it is just at the entrance of the Dardanelles water canal at the narrowest point. For many centuries all the traders paid tax to Troy city to be able to enter the canal without any problem. This makes the city very rich and important. History of the city goes back to 3000 B.C. The most interesting fact about the city, at the same point 9 cities was built on top of each other, so city has 9 layers. Troy, I date back to 3000 B.C., and the last Troy is from Roman period. Troy is famous that Greek colonists deceived and conquered city with a huge wooden horse that soldiers were hidden inside. At the entrance of the city, you can see and take photos with a replica of the wooden horse. And then you will take a walk through the city, you can see different layers and the great view of the Dardanelles. You will have lunch break and then have journey to Canakkale city center and overnight here. You will also have time to enjoy the city center Trojan horse replica which was used for the movie Troy and try some local tastes. End of the tour transfer to hotel and overnight in Canakkale.
Day 3: Pergamon (L)
Visits for today; Red Basilica, Asklepion
After breakfast & check out you will have a journey to beautiful Bergama City approx. 4 hours. Pergamon ancient city was founded by Greek colonists after the great Greek colonization started in 800 B.C. This city became the only kingdom between these colonized cities and Pergamon kings gave great importance to agriculture (this is how they built great irrigation systems) and also education & philosophy. Second biggest library of the ancient world after Alexandria library founded here. Also in this city, one of the most impressive temples dedicated to Zeus was built. (which is moved to Berlin Museum today). That’s why this in the book of revelation this church -Christian community- mentions as compromising and where the seat of Satan was. Here you will visit ruins of Red Basilica and then you will visit one of the first healing center of ancient world. Asklepion, was one of the first healing center of the ancient world where death was not allowed to enter! Also, home town of many treatment methods that we widely use today such as aromatherapy, phytotherapy etc. End of the tour drive to hotel and overnight in Bergama.
Day 4: Ephesus (L)
Visits for today; Ephesus ancient city, House of Mother Mary, Temple of Artemis
After check out you will have a journey to Ephesus area about 2.5 hours. Arrive Ephesus area and visit the ruins of ancient city. Ephesus Ancient City is one of the most popular visits in western Turkey. What makes Ephesus so popular and special? Ephesus had been a trade center of the ancient world. Ephesus was in that location where trade roads end by land and continued by sea from the harbor of the city. Other reason is, Ephesus always been an important cult center of Mothergoddes Kybele or Artemis in Greek period. And later all these female figures converted in to Mother Mary. And also, Ephesus is considered to one of the most well-preserved ancient cities from Greko-Roman period where you can easily imagine how people lived 2000 years ago. You will visit parliament building-bouleuterion, Domitian Square, Nike Statue, Hercules Gate, Trojan Fountain, Hadrian Temple, public toilets, Celsus Library and great theater. Other visit during the tour will be House of Virgin Mary. As it is believed when Jesus crucified, he entrusted his mother to the guard of St. John the Evangelist. St John travelled to Ephesus with Mother Mary where Mother Mary spent her recent days of her life and deceased. The Vatican has recognized this small house as the final resting place of Virgin Mary. Before the Christianity period Ephesus was the major center of Artemis worship. One of the most spectacular temple of all times was built that dedicated to Artemis. Artemis temple had been a pilgrim center for Pagans on those times and been the very first example of banking in history as merchants left their valuable things to the mercy of Artemis. Today only one column left from the temple but the view from the temple is spectacular. End of the tour drive to Kusadasi and overnight in here.
Day 5: Aphrodisias & Hierapolis (L)
Visits for today; Pamukkale, Aphrodisias Ancient City, Hierapolis Ancient City
After breakfast in your hotel, you will have a 1.5 hours journey to Aphrodisias Ancient City. Aphrodisias, as we can understand from it is name, is a city dedicated to goddess Aphrodite, goddess of beauty of all the times. So, her city is inspired by her beauty. Aphrodisias is the Aphrodite of the Ancient Greco-Roman cities in Western Turkey. As the location of the city is not far away from main trade routes, city get colonized by Greek’s 2nd B.C and after colonization city became more populated and popular. Just like worthy of Aphrodite’s glory, city is so beautiful! One of the most important sculptor schools was here and every year a competition between sculptors was organized here to choose the most talented sculptor. So, you will see the creations of these talented artists. Even to Rome they sold pieces from this city. We will see monumental entrance; Tetrapylon, imperial monument; Sebastion, one of the biggest stadium of the world, Temple of Aphrodite, great hammam complex and the museum. After the lunch in a local restaurant that you can try delicious Turkish food we will drive another 1.5 hour to Pamukkale/Hierapolis.
Pamukkale, which is “Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a very special place where history meets with natural beauty. Naturally area has permeable soil and underground hot spring water runs close to the surface. Only in Pamukkale museum part there are 17 points where water comes to the surface. Today Pamukkale museum is one of the most popular museums but actually this tourism movement runs here for many centuries and started with discovery of ancient people. They discovered curative properties of this hot spring water. From 500 B.C., people visited Pamukkale to cure their diseases, and from 300 dc they founded a city that they called Holly City ‘Hierapolis’. Today ruins of the ancient city lies by the limestone terraces formed by the action of the hot springs. During your visit you can see beautiful ancient theater of the city, great hammam building which is converted to a museum, main street of the ancient city, necropolis (cemetery), Cleopatra Pool (entrance is extra) and spend time in limestone terraces.
End of the day you will be transferred to your hotel, overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Pamukkale to Cappadocia (L)
After breakfast and check out from hotel we will have a long journey to Cappadocia. But no need to worry about this long drive because you will have a comfortable new brand minivan and whole day to talk with your guide about culture, history, traditions, politics, economy of Turkey. Arrival to Cappadocia and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Cappadocia (L)
(Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride)
Visits for today; Cavusin Village, Pasabag Valley, Guvercinlik Valley, Dervent Valley
Cappadocia is a very special place with is history and natural beauty. Starting from 60 thousand years ago with volcanic eruptions, ashes and lava covered a huge area. Within many centuries climate chances, wind, rain had been forming Cappadocia land. As the ash plaque is softer than lava and stones, nature had been forming fairy chimneys during many centuries. As it is easy to dig and shape this land, people used this for their benefits. They dig caves, deposits, churches, houses… Ancient people dig underground city to run away from wild animals or threat of other nations. First Christians used this underground city to run away from the threat of Pagan Romans. First three centuries of Christianity was uneasy. Because the Roman empire who were ruling whole Minor Asia was Pagan and Christianity was illegal for them. Even for all oppressions, Cappadocia became a home for the first Christians where they can breathe and live their religion. All these made Cappadocia a very magical place for visitors. Cavusin village is an abandoned Christian village which is formed as cave houses and churches. A very special and unique town. Visits to valleys gives you chance to walk where monks used to walk and you can see pigeon holes. Monks collected pigeon dung to give poor public. Early Christians of the area used pigeon dung on their farms as a fertilizer. This help made Christianity more caring for people. Another visit for today will be Pasabag Valley. This place will give you the best scenery for your holiday photos. You can walk between mushroom shape fairy chimneys. Guvercinlik Valley is one of the best panoramic stops you can visit in Cappadocia region. While you are enjoying your drink you can enjoy the great view of the valley. Dervent Valley in other saying, imagination valley is a very special place with it is great view. After enjoying visits drive to hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8: Cappadocia (L)
Visits for today; Goreme Open Air Museum, Ozkonak Underground City, Avanos, Uchisar Panorama
Second day in Cappadocia starts after your breakfast. Goreme Open Air Museum is the most important visit in Cappadocia to understand monastery life and monks. This place housed thousands of monks and students between IV century to XIII century. As reading was one thing that only high society could reach in those times, in this monastery, monks thought people Christianity with frescoes and paintings. So, walking and visiting this place where first Christian communities learnt the religion is very special. There are more than 150 underground cities in Cappadocia, and we will visit one of the most beautiful one, Ozkonak Underground City. It is not very clear when and why people needed to dig these underground cities but we are sure that early Christians used underground cities for hiding and live their religion without and fear. Avanos Village is settled both sides of Red River- longest river in Turkey. Afternoon walk by the Red River is very relaxing. You will have a panoramic stop near the Uchisar Castle, one of the most magical scenes you can click photo. End of the tour will be end of our service.
Child Rate Policy :
2-8 %50 of adult rates
ABOVE 8 years FULL Price
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- All above rates are in US DOLLAR currency
- Topkapı Palace is closed every Tuesday
- Grand Bazaar is closed every Sunday
- Hot Air Balloon ride is forbidden for children under 6 y/o and for pregnant woman due to safety.
*Please note that %30 of the payment required on booking, the rest will be received as cash at airport.
PAYMENT ON CREDIT CARD : %3 Transaction fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on CC will be paid by your side.
MONEY TRANSFERS VIA BANKS : 10 $ International Money Transfer Fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on bank transfer. International Money Transfer Fee will be paid by your side.
%18 V.A.T will be charged even in case of refund.
When the trip is canceled by the client 60 or more days prior to the start of the trip, he/she shall be able to request and receive a full refund. When cancellation happens between 59 and 30 days prior to the start of the trip, the client will be able to obtain a refund of 50% of the trip price. When cancellation is requested less than 29 days prior to the start of the trip, he/she will not be able to obtain any refund whatsoever.
Is there any shopping opportunity during the tour?
Yes, you’ll hear the opportunities from your tour guide.
What’s the Duration of the tour?
8 days in total.
What’s the walking difficulty level?
3 out of 5, please wear comfy shoes for walking in ancient cities, sacred places.