11.September.2016 – Sunday - Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul – (D)
HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour,
you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Istanbul on your own.
Overnight in Istanbul.
12.September.2016 – Monday – Day 2 - Istanbul to Stone Village - Gallipoli (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will drive west, skirting the northern shore of the beautiful Sea of Marmara, heading towards the Aegean Sea.
Afternoon arrival in the Stone Village, after a welcome party, have a free time to rest and refresh.
Enjoy a nice dinner & Overnight in the Stone Village.
13.September.2016 – Tuesday - Day 3 – Stone Village - Gallipoli – (B/L/D) – 5 mile hiking
After breakfast we will get ready for an amazing 8K hike that goes above the KocaOsman Mountains and hills, admire breath taking
views from the highest point of the area and see the Dardanelles and Aegean sea at the same time, enjoy nature, wild life, meet up with
farmers and end our hike at an amazing beach with crystal clear sea and a nice sandy beach.
Enjoy swimming and relaxing on the beach.
Lunch boxes will be provided during the hike, Local cold white wine and fruits will be served on the beach. We will then return to the
village for dinner and spend the night.
(( Note : For those that are interested to see WW1 battle fields and memorials, optional guided tour is available. ))
14.September.2016 – Wednesday - Day 4 – Stone Village Gallipoli to Assos – (B/L/D) – 3 mile hiking
Early in the morning we will depart from the Stone Village drive to Eceabat where you will get on the ferry, across the Dardanelle ( an amazing historic waterway with 5000 year old history ))
We will then continue our drive and visit the Ancient city of Troia.
*Troy (Truva) is the ancient site written about by Homer in the classic Iliad. It dates back to approximately 3,000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has been in existence. Upon entering Troy, a large wooden Trojan horse full-scale reproduction will dominate your view.
We will then go on a short drive to another Ancient site, Alexandrias Troas
Ancient and with the few structures remaining today are a ruined bath, an Odeon, a Theater Gymnasium complex and a recently uncover . The circuit of the old walls can still be traced.
In Roman times, it was a significant port for traveling between Anatolia and Europe. Paul of Tarsus sailed for Europe for the first time from Alexandria Troas and returned there from Europe (it was there that the episode of the raising of Eutychus later occurred. Ignatius of
Antioch also paused at this city before continuing to his martyrdom at Rome.
We will enjoy lunch at a local winery, we will then enjoy a good 4 mile hike to Assos. ( This is an ancient roman road used to be one of the most important routes an the ancient Era.
After visiting Assos, we will check into our hotel and enjoy rest of the day at leisure, swimming...
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay.
15.September.2016 – Thursday - Day 5 – Assos to Sirince Village – (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will depart from Assos and go on a scenic drive to Pamukkale, on the way we will visit the Ancient city of Pergamum.
Sites you'll see today:
* Pergamum is one of the seven churches of Revelation. As the early Christians traveled along the Asian Minor caravan routes, it became one of the largest cities of the area.
It was rivaled only by Ephesus in its wealth, temples, and beauty. The ancient acropolis dominates the view from all around. Most memorable to you will probably be Pergamum's ancient theatre. Carved straight out of the high hill-side, it is one of the steepest ancient theaters in the world--and the view is amazing. Sites in Pergamum to see include the Acropolis, Asclepion, and Red Basilica.
We will then continue our drive to Sirince.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel, enjoy dinner. Overnight stay.
16.September.2016 - Friday - Day 6 - Sirince - Ephesus - Pamukkale - (B/L/D)
In the morning we will met you at your hotel and take you on a guided tour of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and the House of Virgin Mary.
About the sites you will visit ;
*Ephesus is the best-preserved classical cities from ancient times, and was inhabited by Greeks, Macedonians, Romans and Turks. St. Paul lived here circa 60 AD, when it was at its most populated at 250,000. During your visit, you’ll walk its stony boulevards, stand in the grand theatre, marvel at the beauty of the Celsus Library, the agora, as well as the baths, giving you the unique chance to get up-close-and-personal with history by literally being able to walk into it.
*The Temple of Artemis is situated in serene countryside celebrates the Greek goddess Artemis, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who supplanted the Titan Selene as goddess of the Moon. This temple, known as Artemision in Greek times, was the largest of its
kind at the world
*The House of The Virgin Mary, (Turkish: Meryemana Evi), high on a hill overlooking the town of Selcuk, is where it is believed that
St. Mary came to live with St. John the Baptist in the later years of her life.
After the tour, we will depart from Ephesus to Pamukkale; upon arrival we will continue on the guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Our drive will take us through a rich agricultural area, teeming with cotton fields and fruit orchards.
Arrival, check into your hotel, overnight stay.
17.September.2016 – Saturday - Day 7 – Pamukkale to Antalya – (B/L/D) – ( 3 mile hiking )
After breakfast we will start the day visiting the Ancient city of Hierapolis and Pamukkale.
* Pamukkale ("cotton castle" in Turkish) is the result of limestone formations created over thousands of years. Warm, calcium-rich mineral water from nearby thermal hot springs flowed over these cliffs and, as these waters cooled, they deposited the calcium that we see today.
* Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded as an ancient healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire. Over time, the city hosted large numbers of both Jewish and Christian residents. After our visit, we will continue our drive to Antalya, ont the way we will stop and visit Termessos.
Termessos is one of the best preserved of the ancient cities of Turkey. The ancient city was founded by the Solims who lived in the Psidia Region.
Termessos constitutes an unusual synthesis of a large number of rare plants and animal species, which are under protection in 'The Güllük Mountain (Termessos) National Park'. Concealed by a multitude of wild plants and bounded by dense pine forests, the site, with its peaceful and untouched appearance, has a more distinct and impressive atmosphere than other ancient cities.
Arrival in Antalya, check into your hotel. Overnight stay.
18.September.2016 – Sunday - Day 8 – Antalya – (B/L/D) – 10 mile Hike on Lycian Trail –
After breakfast we will depart from Antalya, drive down south to the beginning of the Lycian Trail.
Upon arrival, we will get off the car and go on a go on 10 mile hike from Tahtali Area to Chimera – Olympos.
It takes its name from the ancient civilization, which once ruled the area. The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea.
The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; mostly limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.
At the end of our hike, we will reach Olympos and end the day with wonderful dinner and spend night in Tree Houses. Overnight in Olympos.
19.September.2016 – Monday - Day 9 – Olympos to Kekova – (B/L/D) - Sailing
After breakfast we will be drive to the Harbor and check into our Gulet for 2 nights cruise from Olympos to Kas
We will depart from the Harbor and go on a short cruise to Kekova. After lunch we will stop at the Kekova Harbor where you can get off the boat and explore the village.
In the afternoon we will set sail for a nice bay to spend day at relaxing, resting, swimming, Sun Bathing, on the way you'll see the ruins of a Byzantine church, and other underwater Roman ruins (and along the beach). Overnight on Board.
20.September.2016 – Sunday - Day 10 – Kekova to Kas – (B/L/D) Sailing
After breakfast we will set sail and be on our way to Kas, on the way we will make 3 stops on unique picturesque beaches, bays, lots of swimming, relaxing, sunbathing....
In the evening we will reach Kas, a small harbor town with a charming Bohemian atmosphere. You'll spend the night in Kas' harbor. Over night in Kas.
21.September.2016 – Monday - Day 11 – Kas – Dalaman – Istanbul – (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we'll provide transfer to Nevsehir Airport and put you on a 1 hour flight back to Istanbul. After arrival, we'll take you to your hotel to drop off your luggage. Then, we are available to give you a lift to the Grand Bazaar for your last-minute shopping. You will then have a free evening to relax and explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
22.September.2016 – Tuesday - Day 12 - Departure from Istanbul - (B)
Gule, gule! It's time to go home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Turkey and all of us in your hearts. We do hope that our paths cross again.
* * * Program ends * * *
Available optional add on tours
* 5 Day tour of Ephesus & Cappadocia
* 7 day tour of Athens, Mykonos and Santorini * Extra nights in Istanbul
Total cost : 2350.00 US Dollars for per person in a double room & $2950.00 US Dollars for single
* All hotels (each of them individually chosen )
* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles
* All meals mentioned in the itinerary ( B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner )
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
* Domestic flight tickets from Dalaman to Istanbul
* Admissions to ancient sites
* 2 night 3 day cruise from Olympos to Kas
* All taxes and service charges
* International flight tickets to Istanbul
* Drinks with meals
* Travel insurance – (Optional )
* Optional tours