11 Days , 5 Cities
Ayasofya Hagia Sophia Basilica at night in Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey!Upon your arrival at the Istanbul airport, you’ll collect your baggage, clear customs, and meet your transfer agent, who will be waiting just outside the customs area for you holding a sign with your name on it. Private transfer to your hotel.
Ortakoy Mosque on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
Istanbul - Full day city tourA full day in the great metropolis of Istanbul, the gateway between Asia and Europe. An introduction to the tour in the archaeological museum beside the Alexander Sarcophagus, followed by some of the city's most remarkable sites, including the Topkapi Palace, St. Sophie, and the fabulous collections of the Archaeological Museum. After a break for lunch, view the Hippodrome remnants, the Blue Mosque.
The Trojan Horse was a wooden horse that the Greeks used during the Trojan War.
Canakkale - Visit Achilles' tomb on the plain of TroyFollow the Marmara Sea to the mighty Hellespont. When Alexander the Great crossed, he sacrificed to Poseidon and poured libations of wine to the spirits of the sea. We visit Achilles' tomb on the plain of Troy, where Alexander paid homage to the hero, running naked anointed with oil. At the legendary city itself, we explore the ruins swathed in myth. At the great temple of Athena, the fabled shield of Achilles was presented to Alexander. It would save his life during a siege in India. And many more such as the city walls of Troy the Sixth, the trench where Schiliman unearthed the priceless treasures of King Priamos.
Ancient Pergamum in Turkey
Kusadasi - Pergamum - Izmir (Smyrna)A morning visit to Canakkale's splendid little archaeological museum which houses some artifacts from the ancient city of Troy. Then east into the hills. On the banks of the river, Granicus Alexander nearly died in his first victory over the Persians. We examine the most likely location of the battle. As a matter of fact, no one knows exactly where the battlefield was therefore we will be seeing and passing through the area.
Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey
Kusadasi - Drive onto Ephesus marvelous archaeology museumDrive onto Ephesus's marvelous archaeology museum, close to the temple of Artemis, that reportedly burned down by a mad Greek man called Erostasus the night Alexander was born. We reach monumental Ephesus where we will see some of the best-preserved ruins of the World.
Head of Medusa Didyma Aydin, Turkey
Kusadasi - Explore the ancient cities, Priene, Miletus and DidymaA morning to relax in Kusadasi, then depart for nearby ancient city Priene perched up on the mountain. We walk the stepped streets of Priene, virtually unchanged since Alexander the Great was here. The city is considered the first one built in the so-called Grid Plan, first applied by the architect Isidorus of Priene. To the south lay Miletus, which refused him entry. It became his first significant siege and first chance to try out a new weapon, the torsion catapult. The city was battered into submission. The temple of Apollo at Didyma remains one of the most spectacular of all monuments. It was here that Alexander's ultimate victory over the Persians was prophesized.
Beside the sea, we explored Iasus, one of the very prettiest sites in Turkey, where Alexander made a local boy, who swam with dolphins, a priest of Poseidon. Beside the sea, we explore Iasus, one of the very prettiest sites in Turkey, where Alexander made a local boy, who swam with dolphins, a priest of Poseidon.
Narrow street in Bodrum
Bodrum (Halicarnassus) - Visit the site of the celebrated Mausoleum of HalicarnassusDrive to Bodrum. In Bodrum, the birthplace of Herodotus, we visit the site of the celebrated Mausoleum of Halicarnassos and the remains of the fortifications against which Alexander laid a desperate siege. We finish with a tour of the Castle of St. Peter.
Ancient City of Xanthos Kinik, Antalya
Kalkan - Discover the ruins of Xanthos and LetoonEast to Xanthos, Lycia's pre-eminent city, full of tombs, grand civic buildings, and a vast church floored with mosaics. Some say Alexander sacked it as Brutus later did. Nearby we visit Letoon's moody sanctuary, and we stay overnight at Kalkan.
The ancient town of Myra in Turkey.
Antalya - Explore Phaselis and the Church of St. Nicholas at MyraToday we will drive to triple-harbored Phaselis: a city later renowned for possessing Achilles' original spear and being a haunt for pirates. When Alexander arrived, they crowned him with golden wreaths. When he left, he gambled on a shortcut around the coast. Supposedly the sea parted in supplication, making way for his army. Later, visit the Church of St. Nicholas at Myra (Demre). Continue to Antalya overnight.
The Aspendos Theater is the most finished structure in all of Roman Turkey
Antalya - Admire one of the world's best-preserved theatres at AspendosAdmire one of the world's best-preserved theatres at Aspendos and explore the acropolis where people shook at the very sight of Alexander the Great. Stroll the colonnaded streets of Perge, Alexander's key regional base, with its marble baths, stadium, and shops.
Discover Termessos, perched high on a mountain, one of the few cities to say ‘no' to Alexander and survive.
Sagalassos Arkeological Site, Burdur, Turkiye
Afyon - Visit ancient city of SagalassosWe walk along an ancient stone road heading north, once the main route to the central plateau. We visit Sagalassos, where archaeological excavations reveal a vast, impressive ancient city captured by Alexander in a bloody siege.
Ancient City of Phrygia Central Anatolia, Turkey
Ankara - Visit where Alexander cut the knut, GordionTo Gordion, the capital of ancient Phrygia, where we visit the tomb of King Midas. Here, Alexander cut the Gordion knot sparking a myth that foretold his rule over Asia. East to Ankara's fabulous Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
The small town of Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia - One of the most known places in TurkeySouth to Cappadocia, which Alexander put under the control of an Oriental, not wishing to waste time securing it. The area is a geological wonderland, full of fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, and underground cities.
Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia - Visit the stunning valley of Goreme's open-air museumBreakfast at the hotel before exploring the lunar landscape of Cappadocia visiting the Devrent Valley, the Pasabag Valley, and Avanos, renowned for its handmade pottery. Visit the stunning valley of Goreme's open-air museum.
We will finish the day with a visit to the Kaymakli Underground City. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
The famous Adana Kebab, Turkey
Adana - See Tarsus City that Alexander hurried to seizeWe retrace Alexander's march south through the Taurus Mountains. Alexander hurried to seize Tarsus, rescuing it from burning by the Persians. Here he fell dangerously ill, spending several months in bed. All the while the Persian king mustered his forces nearby.
Kunefe with syrup and pistachios, Antakya
Antakya - Explore the area where the great Battle of IssusAs tension mounts, we follow the build-up to the great Battle of Issus. We explore the area and sites, like Kinet Hüyük (ancient Issus), now being excavated, that once reverberated with the Macedonian war cry, and witnessed Alexander the Great charging at the head of his cavalry.
Boat Trip to Bosphorus in Istanbul
Istanbul - Boat trip to the Bosphorus and visit the Egyptian BazaarPrivate transfer to Antakya Airport for the flight home via Istanbul.
Start a private sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Visit the Egyptian-Spice Bazaar, which was known as a place where shops sold only spices during the Ottoman period. Today, there are only a few spice and herb specialists. The rest sell dried fruit, basketry, jewelry, etc., then take a boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus. The cruise takes you along the Bosphorus, passing the European-style palaces of the Ottomans, Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi, and a beautiful wooden kiosk from the 19th century. Visit the Dolmabahce Palace, one of the most magnificent symbolic structures of the Ottoman Empire's changing 19th-century identity. This elegant palace of the Bosphorus is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world.
Gule Gule (Good bye) to IstanbulPrivate transfer to Antakya Airport for the flight home via Istanbul.
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- 17 nights’ accommodation at 4 Star and luxury and boutique hotels, centrally located
2 nights in Istanbul
1 night in Canakkale
3 nights in Kusadasi
1 night in Bodrum
1 night in Kalkan
2 nights in Antalya
1 night in Afyon
1 night in Ankara
2 nights in Cappadocia
1 night in Adana
1 night in Antakya
1 night in Istanbul
- Bed and Breakfast basis accommodation in Istanbul
- Half Board Basis during the tour (breakfasts and dinners in hotels)
- Domestic flight ticket Hatay – Adana in economy class
- Transportation by a vehicle as per program (Mercedes Vito)
- Professional English-speaking guide services throughout the tour
- Entrance fees to the museums/sites (as mentioned in your program)
Sightseeing Highlights Included
- Introduction to the tour in
the archaeological museum
- Topkapi Palace
- St. Sophie
- The fabulous collections of the Archaeological Museum
- Visit the Blue Mosque
- Introduction to the tour in
- Explore the mighty Hellespont
- Visit Achilles ‘ tomb on the plain of Troy
- Visit Çanakkale’s (Troy) splendid little archaeological museum
- Explore the Ephesus’s marvelous archaeology museum
- Kusadasi, Priene and Miletus
- Visit the site of the celebrated Mausoleum of Halicarnassos
- The remains of the fortifications against which Alexander laid a desperate siege
- Castle of St. Peter
- Visit Xanthos, Letoon and Kalkan
- Discover to triple harbored Phaselis
- Visit the Church of St. Nicholas at Myra (Demre)
- Admire one of the world’s best-preserved theatres at Aspendos
- Explore the acropolis where people shook at the very sight of Alexander the Great
- Stroll the colonnaded streets of Perge
- Discover Termessos
- Discover Sagalassos, where archaeological excavations are revealing a vast
- Gordion (Capital of ancient Phrygia)
- Visit the tomb of King Midas
- Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
- Discover this geological wonderland, full of fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, and underground cities
- Visiting the Devrent Valley, the Pasabag Valley, and Avanos, renowned for their handmade pottery
- Explore the stunning valley of Goreme open-air museum
- Visit the Kaymakli Underground City
- Visit the city of Tarsus
- Explore the area and sites, like Kinet
Hüyük (ancient Issus), now being excavated, that once reverberated with the Macedonian war cry and witnessed Alexander the Great charging at the head of his cavalry
- Explore the area and sites, like Kinet
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