ANCIENT ANATOLIA

DAY 1

Arrive in Istanbul and receive VIP greeting service through passport formalities, luggage pick up and customs. Private escorted transfer to your hotel.Overnight in Istanbul  

DAY 2

Explore the Jewels of Ottoman Art starting with the breathtaking Topkapı Palace; the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and the 19th centuries. Visit the Blue Mosque with its exquisite blue tiles. Walk through the world famous Grand Bazaar; one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Enjoy the Spice Market for a “real taste” of the cultural mosaic in Istanbul!
Enjoy Bosphorus Sunset Cruise through the majestic skyline of Istanbul. Your private yacht will cruise along European and Asian shores of Istanbul to witness the harmony of Ottoman and modern architecture. Feel free the to take pictures of memorable places like the ancient wooden villas (yalı), Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Maidens Tower (Kizkulesi). Overnight in Istanbul  

DAY 3

Start your private tour by exploring the Jewels of Byzantine Art at Hagia Sophia, the great church built in the early 6th century by Emperor Justinian; and an engineering marvel, the Underground Cistern, perhaps the most unusual structure in Istanbul, the 6th century water supply system.
In the afternoon, promenade through the upscale district of Nisantasi, with no doubt the most important shopping and fashion center of Istanbul, boasting elegant boutiques and cafes. Continue to Pera & Istiklal Avenue, the heart of Istanbul to feel the cosmopolitan energy of the city at its peak.Overnight in Istanbul  

DAY 4

Morning flight to Trabzon, the major city of the Black Sea Region, founded by Miletian colonists in the 7th century B.C. 
Visit St. Sophia Monastery Church and Monastery of Sumela, dating back to the 14th century.Overnight in Trabzon  

DAY 5

Early morning departure for a drive to Erzurum, in Eastern Anatolia.
Explore the Double Minaret Madrasa, the 13th century theological academy, famous for its stalactite portal and the grooved spiral-tiled towers, followed by visiting the 12th century Ulu Mosque and Uckumbetler, a wonderful complex of tombs from Seljuk Turks’ period.Overnight in Erzurum  

DAY 6

In the morning head to Kars to visit the ancient Armenian city of Ani, mainly an expanse of rubble, but from it rise some of the finest examples of ecclesiastical and military architecture of its time. Overnight in Kars  

DAY 7

Morning departure to Van through Dogu Beyazıt, to visit the area’s famous Ishak Pasha Palace; a ruined 17th century Palace set on a two thousand meter high plateau overlooking the town.
On the way to Van, you will be fascinated with the unforgettable scenery of the Mount Ararat, the highest mountain of today’s Turkey. A team of evangelical Christian explorers claimed to have found the remains of Noah"s Ark beneath snow and volcanic debris on the Mount Ararat.Overnight in Van  

DAY 8

Today, visit Van Kalesi (fortress) and the Lake of Van, the largest lake of Turkey, a huge inland sea of almost four thousand square meters. Cruise on the Lake of Van to Akdamar Island, and visit the 10th century church of the Holy Cross, Cavustepe, Ahlat and Hosap.Overnight in Van  

DAY 9

In the morning drive to Diyarbakır. Visit the famous City Walls, Ulu Mosque and Mesudiye Theological School.Overnight in Diyarbakır  

DAY 10

Early morning departure to visit Hasankeyf Ancient City by the Tigris River, founded by the Romans as an eastern bastion of the Asia Minor, which then became the Byzantine bishopric. Drive to your hotel in Mardin.Overnight in Mardin  

DAY 11

Explore Midyat, visit its Guest House and Telkari Bazaar. Followed by visiting Dayrul Zafaran Monastery; an Assyrian Orthodox Monastery built in the 5th century.Overnight in Mardin  

DAY 12

Morning departure for a drive to Sanliurfa. On the way, visit the world’s first temple Gobekli Tepe, which was built more than twelve thousand years ago!Overnight in Sanliurfa  

DAY 13

Day trip to Harran, lying on the Mesopotamian plain, known for its mud brick ‘’bee hive’’ like dwellings. Return to Sanliurfa to visit the Cave of Abraham, Halil–ur Rahman Complex, Fish Lake and the famous Urfa Bazaar.  Overnight in Sanliurfa  

DAY 14

Early morning departure to visit one of the highlights of Eastern Turkey: Mount Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Crowning one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus mountain range in southeast Turkey, Mount Nemrut is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochos I of Commagene as a monument to himself. Five giant seated limestone statues, identified by their inscriptions as deities, face outwards from the tumulus on the upper level of the east and west terraces. Drive your hotel in AdiyamanOvernight in Adıyaman  

DAY 15

Start the day with visiting Halfeti Village, followed by a drive to Gaziantep to explore world famous Zeugma Mosaic Museum.Overnight in Gaziantep  

DAY 16

In the morning drive to Yesemek to visit the Open Air Museum featuring Hittite sculptures. Continue to Antakya (known as Antioch) to visit Cave Church of Saint Peter.Overnight in Antakya  

DAY 17

In the morning drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of St Paul. Visit Cleopatra’s Gate and Saint Paul"s Well. Drive to your hotel in Mersin.Overnight in Mersin  

DAY 18

Today, drive to the historical The Monastery of Gumusler in Nigde.
Continue to Cappadocia and take a drive around the picturesque Cavusin, Pasabag, the natural Citadel of Uchisar and the Troglodyte Village of Avcilar known as The Land of Fairy Chimneys.Overnight in Cappadocia  

DAY 19

In early morning, enjoy hot-air balloon excursion gently drifting over the fairy chimneys, pigeon houses, orchards and vineyards. Continue the day by exploring Goreme Open Air Museum and the fascinating Kaymaklı Underground City.Overnight in Cappadocia  

DAY 20

Take a scenic drive through the countryside to Ankara, the capital of the Turkey. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Ataturk (Anitkabir), the founder of Republic of Turkey.Overnight in Ankara  

DEPARTURE DAY

Private escorted transfer service to airport.