Sunrise from Uchisar, Cappadocia

Sunrise from Uchisar, Cappadocia Cappadocia Cappadocia Mount Nemrut Mount Nemrut Sunset views from Mount Nemrut Kahta castle Mardin Gobekli Tepe Gobekli Tepe Sanliurfa Gaziantep castle Zeugma mosaic museum Gaziantep Cave church of St Peter, Antioch Cave church of St Peter Antakya Museum Tasucu Amphora Museum Anamurium Anamurium Side Hike to one of the hidden coves near Mandarin & Mango Kaya Gemiler Bay Pamukkale Ephesus Hotel Celal Sultan, Istanbul Kale Konak Hotel, Cappadocia Mardin Sehrazad Hotel Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotel

The Cradle of Civilisation

TurkeySpecial Interest Holidays & Escorted Tours

An in-depth exploration of some of Turkey's most important historical treasures, including what is believed to be the world's oldest temple, and appreciation of the country's wonderfully diverse landscapes.
Istanbul - Cappadocia - Mount Nemrut - Mor Hananyo Monastery - Gobekli Tepe - Zeugma Commagene - Antioch - Pamphylia - Lycia - Rhodes - Pisidia - Aphrodisia - Hierapolis - Smyrna.


Day 1; 12 June Saturday
Flight to Istanbul airport and transfer to hotel. Stay for 3 nights in a boutique hotel in Sultanahmet district on BB (bed & breakfast) basis.
Day 2; 13 June Sunday
Visit Underground cistern, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophie, Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the spice market.
Day 3; 14 June Monday
Bosphorus cruise.
Day 4; 15 June Tuesday
Early departure flight to Kayseri. Stay for 3 nights in a 4/5 star cave hotel on BB basis
Day 5; 16 June Wednesday
Visit open air museum at Goreme, pottery at Avanos and whirling dervishes
Day 6; 17 June Thursday
Optional hot-air balloon ride in the early morning for a bird's-eye view of Cappadocia's unique landscapes. Then visit underground city, Roman ruins, Uchisar.
Day 7; 18 June Friday
Drive to Adiyaman to catch the sunset from Mount Nemrut with a glass of wine or two. Overnight stay in Kahta in the foothills of Mount Nemrut on BB basis.
Day 8; 19 June Saturday
Drive to Mor Hananyo Assyrian Monastery, also known as Deyrulzafaran (the 'Saffron Monastery') on account of the golden colour of its stone. Overnight stay in Mardin on BB basis.
Day 9; 20 June Sunday
Drive to Gobekli Tepe, "the cradle of civilization". Dating back to the 10th millennium BC, this temple is considered to be the world's oldest ritual structure, predating Stonehenge and the pyramids by more than six millennia. Overnight stay in Sanliurfa on BB basis.
Day 10; 21 June Monday
Drive to Gaziantep, visit Zeugma mosaic museum and the castle of Gaziantep. Overnight stay in Gaziantep on BB basis.
Day 11; 22 June Tuesday
Drive to Antioch, Antakya, visit mountain-side cave church of St Peters from the early Christian period, the museum and the bazaar. Overnight stay in Antakya on BB basis.
Day 12; 23 June Wednesday
Drive via Tarsus (the birthplace of St Paul) and Kiz Kalesi (Maiden Castle) to Tasucu, the closest point in Turkey to Cyprus. Overnight stay in Tasucu on BB basis.
Day 13; 24 June Thursday
Drive to Faralya visiting the coastal archaeological sites of Anamurium and Side on route. Stay the next 7 nights at Mandarin & Mango Boutique Hotels on HB basis (breakfast & 5-course dinner).
Day 14; 25 June Friday
A well-deserved day at leisure to relax by the pool or in your private Jacuzzi at Mandarin & Mango.
Day 15; 26 June Saturday
Another relaxing day, with a boat trip in the Bay of Gemile around St Nicholas Island. Swim, snorkel and enjoy a BBQ lunch on the boat.
Day 16; 27 June Sunday
Visit the ghost village of Kaya, old Greek village called Levissi, known as Karmylassos during Lycian time, then drive to Lycian ruins of Tlos, Xanthos, and the gorge of Saklikent.
Day 17; 28 June Monday
Day at leisure, to enjoy hiking in the countryside around Faralya, try paragliding or diving, or just laze by the pool.
Day 18; 29 June Tuesday
Day at leisure, with optional visit to the nearby town of Fethiye for Market Day. Shop till you drop, or enjoy a drink by the picturesque harbour.
Day 19; 30 June Wednesday
Day trip from Fethiye harbour to the Greek island of Rhodes by ferry/hydrofoil. Visit the medieval Crusaders' castle.
Day 20; 01 July Thursday
We leave Faralya, heading north via the ancient ruins at Kybira to Pamukkale. Overnight in a 4/5 star hotel in Pamukkale on HB Basis (breakfast & dinner)
Day 21; 02 July Friday
Drive via Aphrodisia, and visit Ephesus en route to Izmir. Stay for 2 nights in a 4/5 star hotel in Izmir on BB Basis.
Day 22; 03 July Saturday
Free day in Izmir
Day 23; 04 July Sunday
Depart from Izmir airport via Istanbul for your homeward journey.

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