1. From Istanbul: 8-Day Turkey Highlights Tour & Accommodation
Day 1 Welcome to Istanbul. After picking you up from the airport, we’ll drop you off at your hotel for a free day. Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel or similar Day 2 Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene), Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, and Hippodrome. In the afternoon, cruise between two continents Europe and Asia with an optional 'Half day Bosphorus cruise.' Overnight Istanbul 4 star Port Bosphorus Hotel (B) or similar Day 3 After breakfast, we travel to Ankara, the country's capital, to see Anitkabir, Mustafa Ataturk's Mausoleum, before Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 4 Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, as well as the numerous levels of an underground city, marvel at Cappadocia's lunar scenery. Don't miss the optional Turkish folklore event featuring folklore and belly dancers tonight. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 5 Pigeon Valley and Red Valley, an underground city after touring the cave churches, then Cavusin, and finally Avanos town, where we learn about hand-made pottery. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique Cave Gamirasu Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 6 We leave Cappadocia and cross the Tekir plateau. The Seljuk Karatay Caravansaray will be our first stop along the route. Pinarbasi for a quick tea break. The old Severus (Cendere) Bridge and the Karakus Tumulus, where members of the royal family were buried, after visiting Arsemia, the former capital of the Commagene Kingdom. We'll head to Mt Nemrut, climb the mountain, see the spectacular sunrise across the plateau, and see the gigantic old rock statues. Overnight Adiyaman 3 star Euphrat Hotel Nemrut (D) or similar Day 7 Today we drive to Sanliurfa, stopping along the way to see Turkey's largest dam, the Ataturk Dam. After a short rest, we drive to Gobekli Tepe, which is thought to be the world's oldest temple and predates Stonehenge by 6,000 years. We then travel to Harran. We will explore the ruins of Harran, which include the city walls, the oldest Islamic university, and an eighteenth-century castle. We will then return to Sanliurfa and have the opportunity to visit Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, where you will be able to explore the Prophet Abraham Cave and the Pools of the Holy Carp that surround it, as well as meander about the oriental covered bazaar. Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa) Boutique Narlı Ev Butik Hotel (B, D) or similar Day 8 Depart Sanliurfa for Gaziantep to see the world's largest mosaic museum, which houses the iconic 'Gypsy Girl' mosaic. Then Hatay to see the incredible Roman Titus tunnel. Hatay is a city with a fascinating past. The Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires all left their imprint here, as have Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Antakya, or biblical Antioch, Hatay's capital. A flight to Istanbul is included. The tour has come to an end at Istanbul Airport.