Turkey Cultural Tour   
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia. 2.nd Flight, From Ankara to Istanbul In this Tour;3 nights in Istanbul, 3 nights in CAPPADOCIA. 1 night in CORUM near Hittite sites, 1 night in ANKARA capital of Turkey We visit ;Hagia Sophia(Church of Divine Wisdom),St.Savior Chora(Kariye)Museum,Taksim Squere, Bosphoros cruise,Spice Market(Egyptian Bazaar)Bosphoros criuse,Topkapi Palace,Blue Mosque,Underground cistern,Grand Bazaar. Istanbul is a sprawling city of ten million people, partly in Europe and partly in Asia, with its geography defined by three famous waterways: the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus Strait, and the Golden Horn. The Sea of Marmara lies to the south. In Cappadocia we we visit a village to have traditional lunch with home made meal,Optional Hot Air Balloon tour, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Avanos with pottery and tile making lessons, Zelve Open Air Museum, Kaymaklı Underground city, Pasabag Valley, Dervent Valley, hiking in Rose Valley and an optional tour to see the famous Whirling Dervishers. After Cappadocia we visit Hittite capital city dated 1400 B.C. and open air temple Yazılıkaya, Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum. Visit a traditional cappadocia village and have lunch there.
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Istanbul,Cappadocia,Hittite,Ankara with UNESCO Sites Tour
Programme
 
Day 1  
Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transferman will meet us at the airport. We transfer to our hotel downtown, and have a brief orientation late in the afternoon.
This evening, we can discover any of the Turkish restaurants in the area as we enjoy dinner on our own.
Day 2 (Istanbul) B D
This morning we visit Hagia Sophia, the 
 "Church of Divine Wisdom."Completed under the Emperor Justinian in AD 537, the magnificent dome of the Hagia Sophia was once the pre-eminent architectural wonder of the Byzantine world. The massive building was a Christian church for almost a thousan
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ears, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. The building served as a mosque until 1934, when the revolutionary leader and founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed it as a museum. This impressive structure has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of Istanbul including visits of St. Saviour in Chora - (Kariye Museum)Originaly formed the center of a Byzantine Monastery complex. Only the church section which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour, has survived. .Continue your tour with the visit of Taksim Squere.We have lunch on our
 own, and then board the Old Tram for a ride down Istiklal Street to the heart of Art Nouveau Istanbul. Istanbul has many Art Nouveau buildings; several were designed by the Italian architect Raimondo Tommasso d'Aronco, the chief palace arch
itect for the last Ottoman sultan, Abudulhamid II, who ruled from 1876 to 1909. D'Aronco drew heavily Ottoman and Islamic architecture and art, reinterpreting them through the lens of the then-popular European Art Nouveau movement and its organic, floral forms. The results can be seen in the many beautiful palaces and grand private homes he designed for Istanbul's government and its elite citizens.Continue your tour with the visit of Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar built in the 17th century, this is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. On to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where the pungent and savory aroma of exotic oils, herbs and spices have perfumed the arched stone corridors for nearly 350 years. Now also proferring nuts, honey, dried fruits, traditional sweets and herbal remedies, the Spice Bazaar’s redolent war
es will transform you into a veritable spice trader!.This afternoon, we take to the water for our Bosporus cruise. You can look north to the “European” district of Galata, or east to the Asiatic side of the Bosporus and the Maiden’s Tower. In ancient times, the Golden Horn could be closed off to warships with a giant chain stretching from here to Seraglio Point. Following our cruise, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant
 
Day 3 (Istanbul) B
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, includingTopkapi Palace. Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures—capital heads and columns-- that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, and carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day4 (Istanbul-Cappadocia) B L D
After breakfast,transfer to the airport for flight to Cappadocia.village- life- tour-in- cappadocia- Turkey After arrival in Cappadocia we drive to a village, the smell of apricots permeates the village as the harvest blankets the roofs of the flat-topped houses. Down in the valley is an almost eerie grouping of cave facades that retain the curvy lines of the smooth cave surfaces. At sunset, the sound of drums in the distance and the image of village women baking the evening meal's bread in ancient rock ovens create an unforgettable vision of rural life.These villages make their living as farmers and herders, and their lands abound with fruit trees and fertile gardens. This afternoon, we'll get an up-close look at life here as we share a traditional, home-cooked meal with alocal family when they welcome us as guests into their stone home, enjoying both the hearty, flavorful food of cappadocia the regionand the warmth and good will of our hosts.
Others may be doing traditional needlework and embroidery, preparing meals, or making molasses or bulgur. Men may be harvesting crops, plowing the fields, or sowing wheat, depending on the season. we may continue the spirited conversation about village life village-life-tour-cappadocia-turkeyand family. Then we enjoy a village stroll and visit a local mosque,village coffe house where only man can go and sit,but we all can go and discover their place.Here is a chance to observe a fascinating way of life that may soon disappear as Turkey becomes increasingly modern and aligned with the West. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5 (Cappadocia) B L D
Today you may have an optionalHot-Air Balloon RideCappadocia Balloons ToursCappadocia is one of Turkey’s most fanciful and recognizable landscapes, and during this optional hot-air balloon flight, we’ll soar over its amber terrain and fairy-tale chimneys, savoring a unique panorama in the quiet, rosy light of dawn.We’ll drive to the famous Goreme “open-air museum,” 
a group of ancient churches carved from the rock. Most of these chapels have colorful frescoes inside, which date from the tenth to the 13th centuries. Then we take a short drive to Uchisar Castle which is thepopular, panoramic viewing goreme-open-air-museum-tourpoint for Cappadocia. There are many rooms, steps, tunnesl and  of these chapels have colorful frescoes inside, which date from the tenth to the 13th centuries. Then we take a short drive to Uchisar Castle which is thepopular, panoramic viewing goreme-open-air-museum-tourpoint for Cappadocia. There are many rooms, steps, tunnesl and galleries inside the castle. Lunch in a local restaurant.  Avanos, will provide us with the opp
ortunity to purchase som
e of the hand-turned pottery and tile that has been shaped here for millennia. Some of the techniques still used date back to Hittite times to 2000 BC. This afternoon we visitZelve open -AirMuseum. This nature site is the perfect place to take photos of remarkable landscape of tufa cones .Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 Day6 (Cappadocia) B L D
Ths morning we drive to Kaymaklı Underground City. During the Hittite era, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, underground cities were built as a uniquely defensible community, some eight stories underground,
We can explore some of the hundreds of rooms, wandering the many narrow, sloping passageways between kitchens with enameled food storage areas, water cisterns, stables, and living spaces—all we
ll ventilated by air shafts. At one time, several thousand people lived here. Following our underground city discovery, we'll see more of this scenic area of
Cappadocia.cappadocia-underground-cityPasabag with its highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. 
This site is also called Monks Valley. We will see another interesting rock formation called Dervent valley.The small fairy chimneys in this valley formwhat looks like a lunar landscape. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made but  by nature. After lunch we havea hike to Rose Valley. This is a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages, and is divided into many smaller valleys:cappadocia-pasabag-valley Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir and Zindanonu Valleys. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions. Later this afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the old Turkish carpet-making tradition of Anatolia. Return to hotel or before dinner we have an optional Whirling Dervish tour, 
You can be witness the "Ritual of Sema." The Semazens, also called “Whirling Dervishes,” believe that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7  ( Cappadocia- Hittite sites, Corum) B L D
After breakfast we drive about 3 hours to the north of Cappadocia.The archaeological site of Hattusha in UNESCO Sites 
List, former capital of the Hittite Empire, is notable for its urban organization, the types of construction that have been pre

served (temples, royal residences, fortifications), the rich ornamentation of the Lions' Gate and the Royal Gate, andthe ensemble of rock art at Yazilikaya. The city enjoyed considerable influence in Anatolia and northern Syria in the 2nd millennium B.C. Afternoon we drive to Corum near to the sites. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 8 (Corum , Ankara) B L DAfter breakfast We drive  to Ankara: to see Anatolian Civilisations. Museum and Ataturk Mousuleum.Turkey’s capital and second largest city. Our first stop will be the fascinating Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (The Hittite Museum) with its display of treasures and artefacts from the Assyrian trade colonies, the mighty Hittite Empire, and the Phyrgian and Urartu civilisations.  lunch in local restaurant.We also visit theMausoleum of Ataturk.

This magnificent tomb is in memory of Kemal Ataturk, commander of the Army for National Independence and the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey. You will be absorbed by the fascinating, life size depiction of life in the trenches, from the Turkish perspective, during the Gallipoli War. Drive to hotel for dinner and overnight in Ankara. 
 
Day 9 (Ankara, Istanbul)
After breakfast ,transfer to Ankara Airport to fly to Istanbul for your flight to abroud.
Included
Daily breakfast, Lunches & Dinners where indicated. ( Drinks are not included during the lunches & Dinners ) • Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicle • English speaking professional tour guide through the tour • All entry fees to the sites & museums • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff • Service charges & local taxes
Excluded
Flight tickets (International ) Drinks and meals which are not listed in the itinerary Shore Excursions during cruise All personal expenses Tips to the tour guide and driver.
Notes
We  visit ;Hagia Sophia(Church of Divine Wisdom),St.Savior Chora(Kariye)Museum,Taksim Squere, Bosphoros cruise,Spice Market(Egyptian Bazaar)Bosphoros criuse,Topkapi Palace,Blue Mosque,Underground cistern,Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul is a sprawling city of ten million people, partly in Europe and partly in Asia, with its geography defined by three famous waterways: the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus Strait, and the Golden Horn. The Sea of Marmara lies to the south. The Bosporus Strait divides the European and Asian sections of the city and forms the route from the Marmara to the Black Sea. The Golden Horn divides European Istanbul into the modern Beyoglu section to the north and Old Stamboul (Eski Istanbul) to the south. The famous Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn to link these two parts of the city.Istanbul is a sprawling city of ten million people, partly in Europe and partly in Asia, with its geography defined by three famous waterways: the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus Strait, and the Golden Horn. The Bosporus Strait divides the European and Asian sections of the city and forms the route from the Marmara to the Black Sea. The Golden Horn divides European Istanbul into the modern Beyoglu section to the north and Old Stamboul (Eski Istanbul) to the south.
In Cappadocia  we visit a village to have traditional lunch  with home made meal,Optional Hot Air Balloon tour, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Avanos with pottery and tile making lessons, Zelve Open Air Museum, Kaymaklı Underground city, Pasabag Valley, Dervent Valley, hiking in Rose Valley and an optional tour to see the famous Whirling Dervishers.
After Cappadocia we visit Hittite capital city dated 1400 B.C. and open air temple Yazılıkaya, Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum.
Visit a traditional cappadocia village and have lunch there.
These villages make their living as farmers and herders, and their lands abound with fruit trees and fertile gardens. This afternoon,the smell of apricots permeates the village as the harvest blankets the roofs of the flat-topped houses. Down in the valley is an almost eerie grouping of cave facades that retain the curvy lines of the smooth cave surfaces. At sunset, the sound of drums in the distance and the image of village women baking the evening meal's brea.
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Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com