06:30am Very early in morning we will depart from Istanbul, drive along the northern shores of the Marmara Sea, and as soon as we arrive we will have a break for lunch.
*Gallipoli and The Dardanelles after our lunch we will stop to visit Gallipoli, a place of fierce WWI fighting between Allied forces and the Turks. At ANZAC Cove thousands lost their lives in one fateful dawn morning. We will also see other famous battle sites of World War 1 in this area, such as Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. From here we go to a ferry and cross the Dardanelles. For World War 1 buffs, you will know the Dardanelle Straits were a strategic crossing point for the allied armies to cross from Europe to Asia Minor. Over a nine month campaign, more than half a million soldiers lost their lives in the fight to control this strait of water and nearby Gallipoli peninsula.
*Canakkale will be our final destination for today and where we will spend the evening. After dinner, you might want to stroll the harbor walk and experience the local culture. The locals buy sunflower seeds and stroll with their families, gossiping and looking at the sunset. When they reach the harbor”s end, they turn around, buy their ice cream and walk the other direction. Overnight bus to Selcuk.
Selcuk – Ephesus
Arrival to Selcuk and met on arrival.
Sites you see today;
*Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities from Roman times. At the time St. Paul lived in Ephesus in the 60s AD, it was at its Roman heyday with a population around 250,000. When St. Paul lived in Ephesus he would have addressed the Ephesians in the great theatre, that today impresses everyone that walks into it-rsquo;s stands. Ephesus was a great ancient city and much of it has been preserved for you to see. More than any other site, you can walk the streets, stand in the great theatre, wander in the library, look towards the hill where St. Paul was put into prison, and feel that you are walking back into the time that St. Paul lived. After being here, you will read the book of Ephesians with new eyes.
*The House of The Virgin Mary where it is believed St. Mary came to live with St. John in the last years of her life.
Overnight stay in Selcuk.
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi and drive inland, and go on a full day tour of Pamukkale
Sites you will see today
*Pamukkale which means cotton castle, is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pammukale is now a world heritage site.
*Hierapolis was founded as a healing care centre in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centres of the Roman Empire. It eventually had a large Jewish and Christian community.
|DAY 04||Fly to Cappadocia
Check out and transfer to Izmir airport. Fly to Kayseri at 12:00.
Overnight at cave hotel.
|DAY 05||Cappadocia Tour – I
Breakfast and depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unigue fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monk”s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch.In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar. Overnight in Cappadocia
|DAY 06||Cappadocia Tour – II
Breakfast and depart from your hotel to visit Red valley and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley (Rose valley). Then visit Çavusin village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clegymen. Drive to the pigeon valley for lunch. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city. Where early christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar.
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Gallipoli, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia
Bus tickets – Flight Tickets as mentioned
All the transfers from Airport to hotel and back.
Transportation by a comfortable AC non-smoking car
Professional and experienced licensed guide during the tours.
Hotels as mentioned in the tour package
Breakfast at the hotels
Entry fees to the museums