Turkey History & Archaeology

Duration: 15 Days

Departure Type: Group Departure

Trip Route: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Izmir, Pergamon, Troy, Istanbul

Countries Turkey

About Turkey's best archaeological tour

Departure Dates:

Descriptive Itinerary

Tue, 23-07-2024
DAY 01 ISTANBUL
Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to hotel. Welcome cocktail reception. Dinner at an outdoor restaurant.
Meals: No Meal

Wed, 24-07-2024
DAY 02 ISTANBUL
Visit the Kariye Museum (St. Chora Church) famous for its Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman rulers for 400 years. It is now a museum housing a world renowned collection of jewelry and porcelain. After lunch visit the 6th century St. Sophia‘s (Hagia Sophia) built by the emperor Justinian, to be the grandest church of Christianity, it is now a museum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thu, 25-07-2024
DAY 03 ISTANBUL - ANKARA
Morning visit to the Mosaic Museum with its exquisite scenes of rural life, then the Hippodrome Square and the famous Covered Bazaar. Afternoon flight to Ankara for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fri, 26-07-2024
DAY 04 ANKARA - BOGAZKALE - YAZILIKAYA - ANKARA
Morning departure for the center of the Hittite era. Visit Bogazkale (Hattusas) which is known as the city of temples. See the Kings Gate, the Lions Gate, the tunnel, great citadel, grand temple and the museum. Also see the ancient site of Yazilikaya (inscribed rock), close to Bogazkale. This is the most famous of the Hittite rock monuments. Here there is also an open air pantheon. Reliefs of Hittite gods and goddesses adorn the walls. These are carved into the native rock and date back to the 13th century BC. Return to Ankara for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sat, 27-07-2024
DAY 05 ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA
Morning departure for Cappadocia, where the wind and weather have eroded soft volcanic rock to form one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Visit the valleys of Goreme and Zelve, villages of Cavusin and Avcilar. This area dates back to 4000 BC. Christians dug underground cities and churches here. Dinner and overnight in Nevsehir.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sun, 28-07-2024
DAY 06 CAPPADOCIA
Visit Kaymakli, a vast underground complex of entire communities interconnected by tunnels, discovered accidentally in 1963, the citadel of Uchisar overlooking the Goreme Petrified Valley. Visit Avanos, the pottery makers’ village.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mon, 29-07-2024
DAY 07 CAPPADOCIA - KONYA - ANTALYA
Drive to Konya, visit the Mevlana Museum, and the Karatay Medrese. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tue, 30-07-2024
DAY 08 ANTALYA
A full day is devoted to the striking Greco-Roman Archaeological sites along the Turkish Riviera. Stop first at Perge, a wealthy and culturally well-developed city in ancient times. A few miles away is Aspendos, where the prosperity this city experienced in the second and third centuries AD is still visible. Enormous blocks of marble were transported from as far as the Marmara Island for the construction and ornamentation of its imposing buildings. After lunch continue to Side, an ancient Turkish harbor that has made a graceful transition into a lovely resort village. Its present popularity is due not only to its new resort atmosphere, but also to the many archaeological ruins that permeate this ancient settlement.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wed, 31-07-2024
DAY 09 ANTALYA - TERMESSOS - PAMUKKALE
Visit Termessos, the Roman city located on top of the Taurus Mountains, then drive to Pamukkale to visit Hierapolis, its theater, the Necropolis and the Archaeological Museum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thu, 01-08-2024
DAY 10 PAMUKKALE - APHRODISIAS - KUSADASI
Drive to Aphrodisias, the recently excavated Roman city dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. The site is being excavated by the New York University. The excavations are still going on as in many other ancient sites. See the Hadrian Baths, the well preserved Stadium, the Theater, the Agora and the beautiful Archaeological Museum containing the best Aphrodite Statues in Anatolia. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fri, 02-08-2024
DAY 11 EPHESUS - IZMIR ( SMYRNA)
Leave for Ephesus. Visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary where she supposedly spent her later days. Proceed to Ephesus and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are only recently excavated. See the Odeon, the Bouleterion, the Fountains, the Temples, the Brothel, the Library, the Agoras, the Great Theater, the Roman Baths, the Gymnasiums, the Archaeological Museum, St. John’s Basilica and his tomb and the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world). Continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sat, 03-08-2024
DAY 12 SARDES - PERGAMON - AYVALIK
Drive to Sardes, the capital of ancient Lydia. Visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana (Artemis) which became one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation later on. See the golden river, Pactalos, and the Royal Road. Then visit the reconstructed Synagogue, the Gymnasium and the new excavation area. Proceed to Pergamon Acropolis to see the steepest Theater of the ancient world, the Temple of Trajan, then visit the Asklepion, the ancient hospital. Dinner and overnight in Ayvalik.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sun, 04-08-2024
DAY 13 TROY - GALLIPOLI - ISTANBUL
Drive to Homer’s legendary Troy, famous for its wooden horse. Archaeological digs have proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement in Troy. Cross the Dardanelles by car-ferry, drive to Istanbul for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mon, 05-08-2024
DAY 14 ISTANBUL
Visit the Archaeological Museum containing the greatest treasures of Greek and Roman antiquities discovered in Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), everyone’s favorite with its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles, and the Underground Cistern. We take an afternoon boat tour which take us along both the European and Asiatic shores of the Bosphorus. Tonight a farewell dinner at a famous outdoor restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tue, 06-08-2024
DAY 15 ISTANBUL - END
Transfer to Istanbul airport.
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Transfer-In in Istanbul
Transfer-Out in Istanbul
5 nights accommodation in Istanbul
2 nights accommodation in Ankara
2 nights accommodation in Cappadocia
2 nights accommodation in Antalya
1 night accommodation in Pamukkale
1 night accommodation in Kusadasi
1 night accommodation in Izmir
1 night accommodation in Pergamon
Meal according to the itinerary: 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
Services of professional English speaking tour guide.
Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the program.
Transportation in Turkey by A/C van or A/C deluxe motorcoach depending on the size of the group.
All entry fees to the sites & museums.
Local taxes & service charges.
Baggage handling at the hotels.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Drinks and meals which are not listed at the itinerary
All personal expenses
Turkish Visa Fee
Tips to the tour guide and driver


Planned Transportations
Date Type Departure Arrival Company Price
Tue, 23-07-2024  Transfer - - - Istanbul (IST) - - - Included
Tue, 06-08-2024  Transfer Istanbul (IST) - - - - - - Included
Planned Accommodations
Type Location Establishment Classification
Hotel Istanbul DoubleTree by Hilton***** Luxury
Hotel Cairo Ramses Hilton***** Luxury
Hotel Cairo Barceló Cairo Pyramids**** Primary
Hotel Cairo Cairo Pyramids Steigenberger Hotel***** Luxury
Type Location Establishment Classification
Hotel Lisboa VIP Executive Zurique Hotel*** Tourist
Hotel Cairo Ramses Hilton***** Luxury
Type Location Establishment Classification
Hotel Venice Smart Hotel Holiday Venice**** Tourist
Hotel Cairo Ramses Hilton***** Luxury
Hotel Cairo Cairo Pyramids Steigenberger Hotel***** Luxury
Hotel Cairo Barceló Cairo Pyramids**** Primary
This is the list of the establishments most frequently used in this programme. It is given for indicative purposes only, and passengers may be accommodated in similar or alternative establishments.
Price per person
# Departure Date Option TripleDoubleSingle
Book NowTue, 23-07-2024Option #1USD 2,100.00USD 2,250.00USD 2,600.00
Book NowTue, 23-07-2024Option #2USD 2,150.00USD 2,300.00USD 2,700.00
Book NowTue, 23-07-2024Option #3USD 2,250.00USD 2,400.00USD 2,850.00
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