TOUR 51: Wonders of Western & Central Anatolia


Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel at 06:00 am. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea. As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry, you will become a part of Homer's legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple and the Odeon. After the visit, you will follow the route taken by those who have escaped the fall of Troy, to the city of Pergamum. Dinner and overnight stay will be in one of the best hotels in modern Pergamum.

Distinguished guest please note that, despite being clean, welcoming and having friendly staff, the service offerings of the hotels in the area are bound to 3 Star standards.


After the breakfast, you will be transferred to the Selcuk area, to visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary.

This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. After the tour of Ephesus, you will be driven back to Pamukkale town for dinner and overnight stay (the thermal bath always at your disposal).


"White" will be the dominating color of the fourth day of your journey; as you will visit the famous "cotton castle" and witness the amazing level of mastery the skilled sculptors of Aphrodisias have demonstrated while creating marble statues.

Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site that is created by hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is nearly 9 thousand feet long and more than 500 feet wide. This amazing sight can be seen even from 15 miles away in a clear day. You will visit the Cotton Castle, the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths and the Theatre.

After an optional lunch, you will drive to another land of dreams; this time to Aphrodisias. The city was especially well – known with the temple dedicated to its protecting Goddess Aphrodite and its sculptures. Your tour of the ancient city will include the Theater, the Basilica, the Roman Baths; and the biggest stadium of the ancient time. Aphrodisias museum with its magnificent marble statues will be visited as well. After the visit, you will be driven to Izmir (the drive takes about an hour); and spend the night at this unique city. We recommend a large glass of "Efes" Beer, which is best enjoyed at a sea side café on the "Kordon", watching the sunset. Izmir is also famous for its exceptional fish restaurants.


You will have an early morning flight to Ankara, from where you will travel to Konya by car. This will be very special day, as you will visit Konya, home town of Jellaleddin Al Rumi, the great philosopher, mystic and the founder of the Whirling Dervishes' order who lived in Konya.

His poems, teaching love among mankind and good manners, have been widely translated into many of the world's languages. He has been described as the "most popular poet in America" in 2007.

The visit to Konya will not only be an unforgettable trip to where this mystic lived, loved, preached and died; but it will also be a journey to the depths of your soul. You will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana (with an opportunity to see practicing Dervishes); as well as the 13th century theological schools of Karatay and Ince Minare.You will spend the night at Konya.


After breakfast, you will travel by car to Cappadocia, the land of stone dwellings, rock chapels and monasteries. You will first visit the citadel of Uchisar, the Pigeon Valley, the Avcilar Valley, the Zelve Valley and Avanos, the pottery village. You may enjoy your optional lunch, either in a fish or meat restaurant with a selection of local Cappadocia wines.

You will then visit the open-air Museum of Goreme with its churches carved out of rock and one of a kind frescoes; as well as the Karanlik Church, which has recently been restored and announced as one of the treasures of the world by UNESCO.

Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).


Breakfast will be served at the hotel, before leaving for the Pancarlik Valley and the Underground City of Derinkuyu.

You will leave Cappadocia at noon and drive to Ankara via the famous Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. The drive takes almost 4 hours, with optional lunch on the way, at the 13th Century Agzikarahan Caravanserai of Selcuks. You will have dinner and spend the night at Ankara.


Your half day tour in Ankara will include the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder and the first president of Turkish Republic.

You will then be transferred to Ankara Esenboga Airport, for a flight back to Istanbul.


Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.

Number of Guests Prices per person
1 6,170 €
2 4,685 €
3 3,595 €
4 3,530 €
5 3,210 €
6 3,015 €
7 2,695 €
8 2,568 €
9 2,436 €
10 up 2,310 €


  • • Transportation by air conditioned vehicles.
  • • Fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide.
  • • Admission fees.
  • • H/B Accomodation
  • • Airport transfers

  • • Drinks and all personal expenses.
  • • Domestic flight tickets.

  • • Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include half board accommodations in a 4 star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.
  • • Cancellation policy for tour out of Istanbul can be done up to 48 hours before the tour to avoid any penalties, otherwise full tour rate will be charged.
  • • Children 11 and younger receive 50% discount.
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