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Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus is Turkey’s most important ancient city, and one of the best preserved and restored. One can still stroll for hours along its streets passing temples, theatres, libraries, houses and statues. It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive Library of Celsus, the theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the sumptuous Temple of Artemis which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins also include public toilets and even a brothel dating mostly from the fourth century BC.

Pamukkale

Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

Aphrodisias

We will visit Aphrodisias Ancient City which is one of the finest archaeological sites of Anatolia Turkey, still partly excavated and partly undiscovered. The name of the city is derived from the goddess of love, Aphrodite – called Venus by Romans- , who has her famous sanctuary here. The city was located in Caria in Asia Minor, near Geyre village in today’s world. The most recent, ongoing excavations are currently led by Professor R. R. R. Smith (at Oxford University) and Professor Katharine Welch of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts.

Arycanda

Arycanda is known to be one of the old Lycian cities, as its name ends with -anda, indicative of its Anatolian origin; dating back as far as the 2nd millennium BC. Since it was in the Roman province of Lycia, the bishopric of Arneae was a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Myra, the province's capital. The Second Council of Nicaea (787) were signed on behalf of the absent bishop of Arycanda by his deacon Petrus. Another bishop of Arycanda, Theodorus, took part in the Photian Council of Constantinople (879).On the other hand, the oldest remains and finds from the city date from the 6th or 5th century BCE.

Olympos

Olympus or Olymposwas a city in ancient Lycia. It was situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Çıralı in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province, southwestern Turkey. Together with the sites of the ancient cities Phaselis and Idyros it is part of the Olympos Beydaglari National Park. The perpetual gas fires at Yanartaş are found a few kilometers to the northwest of the site.

Phaselis

Founded in 693 BC, Phaselis was an important port city in history. This port city, which has a rich history, is crucial for its ruins, historical amphitheatre, aqueduct, agora and baths. The remains of the ancient city of Phaselis start at the seashore. The ancient port city is covered with pine and cedar trees and even on the hottest days of summer can be visited in comfort. There is a well preserved theatre which is used for evening performances during the Phaselis Art Days.

Myra

Was an ancient town in Lycia where the small town of Demre is situated today. It was located on the river Myros, in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range, and the Aegean Sea. Saint Nicholas lived in Myra at a time when the region was Greek in its heritage, and politically part of the Roman diocese of Asia.

Saint Nicholas Church

The church to honor Saint Nicholas and contain his tomb was built in AD 520 on the foundations of the older Christian church where Saint Nicholas served as bishop. Over time the river changed course and the church filled with silt and was buried (the pictures show it is fifteen-to-twenty feet below ground level). In 1862 Russian Tsar Nicholas I restored the church, adding the tower and making other changes to its Byzantine architecture. The church is regarded as the 3rd most important Byzantine structure in Anatolia.

Kekova

We cruise over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island from Ucagiz Village. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city belong to Kekova Island and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel if desired, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.

Kas

The town of Kaş is on a hill running down to the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey. The district has a typical Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters, which allows the growth of oranges, lemons and bananas. The lowland areas are also planted with cut flowers and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Many are grown all year round under glass. The hillsides produce honey and almonds, while at high altitudes there are extensive pine forests. The weather is drier at high altitudes.

Patara

Patara was the major naval and trading port of Lycia, located at the mouth of the Xanthos River, until it silted up and turned into a malaria-plagued marsh. Beautiful 12 km-long Patara Beach, voted one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online - Best of 2005, is an easy 10-15 minute stroll away from the major ruins at Patara. The Patara area is a national park, a key biodiversity area and is rich in birdlife. Liberated from the many hundreds of truckloads of sand that covered it, is the parliament building where the elected representatives of the Lycian League met. It has rows of stone seats arranged in a semicircle, the same arrangement used in the chambers of the American Congress.

Xanthos

meaning yellow, lying on a hillside overlooking the Eṣen River, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains administered the sacred Letoon cult center. Homer mentions Sarpedon, founder of Xanthos, as an ally of the Trojans during the Trojan War. In 540 BCE Xanthos resorted to desperate measures when faced with an overwhelming force of Persian invaders sent by Cyrus the Great. After an initial defeat when the outcome was inevitable, the men of Xanthos burned up their material possessions, women, children and slaves on the acropolis and then sallied forth in a suicidal attack to kill as many Persians as possible. The entire population of Xanthos perished except for 80 families who happened to be absent and returned to gradually repopulate the city.

Saklikent Canyon (Hidden Valley)

The Saklikent Canyon in Saklikent National Park is 18 km long, 300 meters deep and is steep and narrow. The Saklikent Canyon is longer by 4 km each than the Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia and the Koprulu Canyon in Turkey. After Verdon in France and Vikos in Greece, it is considered to be the third longest canyon in Europe. The Saklikent Gorge also known as “Hidden Valley” or The Lost City. Streams of water is really cold. It may take longer to get used to the cold water. This cold water, spring water of the Bey Mountains within the terms of the areas that are eminently valuable is water.

Olu Deniz (Blue Lagoon)

The Blue Lagoon at a distance of 12 km is reached by road in about half an hour. This Lagoon is the much photographed gem of Turkey's Southern Coast, famous for its ever varying shades of turquoise and azure, and soft sands. Separated from the main beach by a sand bar and narrow channel, the lagoon beckons you into its shallow waters. You can immerse yourself, paddle barefoot along the shoreline or swim across to the tiny island at the mouth of the lagoon. Here no boats are allowed in to disrupt the peace?

Dalyan

The wonderful 7 kilometers sandy Iztuzu Beach, which is accessible by a 45 minutes boat trip, is one of the last nesting areas for the Caretta caretta, Sea Turtles. Between May and September, the female turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, to keep check on them from time to time and finally to take their babies to the sea. A 15 minutes' boat trip will take you to the sulfur bath which is a different experience for many people visiting the city. The mud containing sulfur and other elements is said to be good for skin conditions and makes you feel refreshed and revitalized. Also there is a small spa where you can just relax. Kaunos, the ancient city near modern Dalyan, was founded around the 9th century BC. Once it was a Mediterranean city port, but over the centuries the silt from the Dalyan River choked the harbor and today the town lies several kilometers from the sea.

Bodrum

Bodrum, which has wonderful bays and holiday places, is a town of Mugla province in the Aegean region of Turkey. It is one of the most important tourism areas of our country. Situated on a peninsula, Bodrum is one of the most chic and European style resorts in Turkey, with its historical architecture, fantastic beaches, white coloured houses, secret coves, fishing villages and trendy nightclubs. It is even more spectacular in the summer as Bodrum bursts into colour with cascades of bright pink and purple bougainvillea flowing from the dazzling white houses that line its narrow streets, winding down towards the sea. Bodrum is also the yachting centre of Turkey and its world class marina is a favourite destination for yachts that cruise the Aegean and the Mediterranean.

TOUR INFO
  • Routes can be planned beforehand.
  • Guiding Services
  • Transportation by A/C deluxe car or van
  • We can assist you with your Accomodations

Big East Turkey 7 to 10 Days











Zeugma, Nemrut, Halfeti, Gobeklitepe and More

Experience the magic of Turkey with multilingual local guides, who will transport you into an adventure you will never forget. Breathtaking natural beauty, magnificent historic sites, exciting fully guided tours which will enrich your understanding and appreciation of this inspirational country and its culture.

Kendirli Gaziantep City Museum Kendirli Church was originally opened in the 1800’s with the financial backing of Napoleon III. As the number of Christians dwindled it was repurposed and eventually became Teachers lodgings. Now the church serves as a cultural centre, which includes a variety of ways that information is put across, including a unique option of anatomical depictions of Ataturk and other Turkish heroes. Bayazhan Gaziantep City Museum Originally built by a wealthy tobacco merchant as a ranch for his product, the project to comparison from buildings in Aleppo, however, it took 5-6 years to build. Through the lifetime of the build, it has been used as headquarters of invading armies and as a prison building during the defence of the city. Kurtulus Mosque Originally an Armenian Church that remained empty for many years following the departure of Armenians from Turkey. The mosque now has very little Christian influences due to it being an active place of worships of those in the Islamic faith. In keeping with both Armenian and Islamic places of worship, the building is in the shape of a cross with large windows, inside is decorated in a rich style with influences from the religion. Zeugma Mosaic Museum Zeugma Mosaics went unnoticed until 2000 when these relics were taken and given to museums. Many of the mosaic and artefacts would have permanently damaged possible lost if not recovered before the creation of new dams. Gaziantep Castle Gaziantep castle was originally built during the Hittite Kingdom era, later it was improved by the defence of the castle of the city. It was again renovated in 2000 to buy the Turkish, which gave the castle the shape it is now. Throughout the castle and ground, you will see some of the changes made, in differences between the different styles. Kitchen Museum Close to Gaziantep Castle this house used to belong to a prominent figure in the local community. He gave his family home over to the tourism board to create a museum that displayed the traditions of family life, however, it focused on the side of food and the making of the utensils. Traditionally women grew up learning to cook from a young age and continue to be the food producers in their lives, this museum shows this and praises these culinary masters. Elmaci Bazaar A modern take on a traditional bazaar, however unlike most marketplaces, here you will be able to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and nuts but you will also be able to witness new items being made. As you make your way around you will see different masters of their craft making items that might be sold even that day. Coppersmith Bazaar These narrow-cobbled streets offer a look into the work of master craftsmen. As you walk through you will see all manner and sizes of copper items, from simple kitchen utensils to pans and pots so large you would think of the brewing potions and not making food. Ataturk Dam This wonder in modern building has created a wonderful well-irrigated landscape below with a stunning reservoir lake that has been a relaxation and recreation destination for people both visitors and locals, the lake has also become a great place to fish. On your way to Sanliurfa City, you will stop by the monumental Ataturk Dam which is on the way, in order to take in the scenic views from this huge site. Sanliurfa is a beautiful ancient city with traditions and history dating back generations with their stories being told in religious texts. The Sanliurfa pool is told the story of God saving Abraham from a jealous king who attempted to throw Abraham into a large fire pit, however, just as he would have started to burn the fire was turned to water and the burning logs turned to fish. Today you can still see fish living in the pool. Nearby is the cave that Abraham was built, today a museum has been erected around for its preservation, visitors still stream to see the simple life his family lived before God sent him out into the world. Harran once a prosperous and important city during the era of Mesopotamia with its own history in the Northern part being dated back as far as the 3rd Millennium. As the region passed into the different culture it became a hub for trade routes between the Mediterranean and the Tigris Plains. As time moved on it was a focal point for different battles and wars, which included with being ruled by the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great, the Seleucid Empire, Roman Empire, and the Muslim Arabs. The region saw fighting once again during the Crusades and the Mongol invasions of Syria. Today the modern city is a unique blend of an ancient building nestled and protected among current style buildings. The traditional and unique beehive buildings have been protected for their uniqueness across the world for being as tall in this shape with no extra supports. Gobekli Tepe is a high hill that has been excavated which revealed deep ruins that date back to different time periods. Only discovered in 1996 it is believed to be a sanctuary as opposed to a settlement, as it was revealed and documented they found the statues, monuments and general building date back ranging between 6,000 and 12,000 years which at the oldest place it 6000 years before the pyramids.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1: DIYARBAKIR - MIDYAT Ulu Mosque, Hasan Pasha Inn, Four-legged minaret, Inside the city wall, Diyarbakır Archeology Museum, Goat Tower, Ten-eyed Bridge, Batman via Hasan Keyf, Accommodation Midyat
  • Day 2: MARDIN Today you will visit Dara Ancient City, Dayrul Zafaran Monastery, Kasımiye Madrasa, Mardin Archeology Museum, Grand Mosque, Mardin Bazaars Accommodation Sanliurfa
  • Day 3: SANLIURFA Harran, Göbekli Tepe, Sanliurfa Archeology and Aleppian Garden Mosaic Museum, Balikli Lake, Bazaars. Accommodation Adıyaman
  • Day 4: ADIYAMAN Karakuş Bird Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, Arsemia, Nemrut, Rumkale, Halfeti, Accommodation Gaziantep
  • Day 5: GAZIANTEP Panorama Museum, Gaziantep Archeology Museum, Zeugma Museum, Gaziantep Castle, Turkish Bath Museum, Kitchen Museum, Inns and Bazaars Accommodation Gaziantep
  • Day 6: KAHRAMANMARAS AND HATAY KahramanmaraS, Castle, Archeology Museum, Ulu Mosque, Bazaars, Hatay Archeology Museum, Necmi AfsuroGlu Mosaic Museum, Harbiye. Accommodation Hatay
  • Day 7: HATAY AND ADANA Habibi Neccar Mosque, Churches, Synagogue, Long Bazaar, Adana Archeology Museum, Sabancı Mosque, Stone Bridge, Big Clock, Ulu Mosque, Ramazanoğlu Mansion Afterwards, we pass our guests towards Adana Airport. Our vehicle Continues to Gaziantep, End of the trip

Included are

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Lunch can be done in one of the tasty local restaurants. We can help choosing your accomodations.

MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION + TRANSPORTATION

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 9 hours. Transportation by A/C deluxe car or van.

West Turkey Tour 5 to 7 days









West Turkey Tour 5 to 7 days

Starting from Istanbul, Izmir or Bodrum. All Adjustable to your dates and wishes and PRIVATE, from 1 to 4 persons with private car, more than 4 upto 6 persons with minivan and more than 6 with minibus. INCLUDING APHRODISIAS, PAMUKKALE, EPHESUS, PERGAMON, TROY, CANAKKALE, GALLIPOLI 4 to 7 Days. The itinerary can be custom made according to your wishes. Please send us a mail with how many days you want. You can book your own hotels. We can recommend you your hotels as well.

Gallipoli

The Gallipoli campaign took place between April and December 1915 in an effort to take the Dardanelles from the Turkish Ottoman Empire (an ally of Germany and Austria) and thus force it out of the war. Some 60,000 Australians and 18,000 New Zealanders were part of a larger British force. Some 26,000 Australians and 7,571 New Zealanders were wounded; and 7,594 Australians and 2,431 NZs were killed. In numerical terms Gallipoli was a minor campaign but it took on considerable national and personal importance to the Australians and New Zealanders who fought there.

Troy

We will visit Aphrodisias Ancient City which is one of the finest archaeological sites of Anatolia Turkey, still partly excavated and partly undiscovered. The name of the city is derived from the goddess of love, Aphrodite – called Venus by Romans- , who has her famous sanctuary here. The city was located in Caria in Asia Minor, near Geyre village in today’s world. The most recent, ongoing excavations are currently led by Professor R. R. R. Smith (at Oxford University) and Professor Katharine Welch of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts.

Pergamum

Pergamon was a small settlement during the Archaic Period. Lysimachos, one of the generals of Alexander the Great and who had become the sovereign of Anatolia after 301 B.C., delivered the war expenditures, at the amount of 9000 talents (1 talent is believed to be US$ 7,500 approx.), to Philetarios who was the commander of Pergamon, and the kingdom founded by Philetarios by using this sum of money following Lysimachos's death, flourished and became the most eminent center of culture of the Hellenistic period for 150 years. Eumenes I, Attalos I and Eumenes II were enthroned successively after Philetarios. Eumenes II took acropolis of Athens as an example and had the acropolis of Pergamon adorned with works of art which reflected fine taste, and Pergamon became one of the most graceful cities of the world. Attalos III who succeeded Attalos II, handed over his land to the Romans when he died in 133 B.C.

Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus is Turkey’s most important ancient city, and one of the best preserved and restored. One can still stroll for hours along its streets passing temples, theatres, libraries, houses and statues. It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive Library of Celsus, the theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the sumptuous Temple of Artemis which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins also include public toilets and even a brothel dating mostly from the fourth century BC.

Pamukkale

Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

Aphrodisias

We will visit Aphrodisias Ancient City which is one of the finest archaeological sites of Anatolia Turkey, still partly excavated and partly undiscovered. The name of the city is derived from the goddess of love, Aphrodite – called Venus by Romans- , who has her famous sanctuary here. The city was located in Caria in Asia Minor, near Geyre village in today’s world. The most recent, ongoing excavations are currently led by Professor R. R. R. Smith (at Oxford University) and Professor Katharine Welch of the NYU Institute of Fine Arts.

Priene

Priene lies in Güllübahçe at a distance of 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Söke town nearby Kusadasi, in the Aegean region of Turkey. The city was founded in the 2nd millennium BC in an unknown location nearby and then carried to its present location on the clifs around 350 BC. The visit of the archeological site requires some steep walking up after the car park, following a footpath and some steps through the Hellenistic city walls.

Miletos

Miletus is located in the vicinity of Söke town, nearby Kusadasi, in the Aegean region of Turkey). The city was built on the seashore in the ancient times. The Miletus people who had founded about 90 colonies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, after 650 BC, had resisted the Persian invasions in Anatolia, but they were defeated finally and the city was destroyed by the Persians in 5th century BC.

Apollon Temple of Didyma

The Didymaion, the temple of Apollo and its oracle at Didyma, had a considerable reputation in the ancient times. German archaeologists excavating at the site have shown that the earliest sanctuary here was built in the 8th century BC and that it was enlarged into an enormous temple around 560 BC. After their bloody suppression of the Ionian rebellion, the Persians sacked and laid waste to Miletus (which they regarded as the instigator) and the Didymaion in 494 BC. It was during this assault that the temple's cult statue of Apollo was carried off to Ecbatana (modern Hamadan town in Iran). After Alexander the Great defeated the Persians in 334 BC, the Ionian cities regained their independence and work was begun on reconstructing the temple of Apollo.

Bodrum (Halicarnassus)

An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum's dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. The town's charm is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront, while elegant yachts crowd the marina. Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear, tideless, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs, caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offer up multicolored sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopi and an immense variety of other aquatic life.

Dalyan

he wonderful 7 kilometers sandy Iztuzu Beach, which is accessible by a 45 minutes boat trip, is one of the last nesting areas for the Caretta caretta, Sea Turtles. Between May and September, the female turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, to keep check on them from time to time and finally to take their babies to the sea. A 15 minutes' boat trip will take you to the sulfur bath which is a different experience for many people visiting the city. The mud containing sulfur and other elements is said to be good for skin conditions and makes you feel refreshed and revitalized. Also there is a small spa where you can just relax. Kaunos, the ancient city near modern Dalyan, was founded around the 9th century BC. Once it was a Mediterranean city port, but over the centuries the silt from the Dalyan River choked the harbor and today the town lies several kilometers from the sea.

TOUR INFO
  • Routes can be planned beforehand.
  • Guiding Services
  • Transportation by A/C deluxe car or van
  • We can assist you with your Accomodations

Included are

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Lunch can be done in one of the tasty local restaurants. We can help choosing your accomodations.

MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION + TRANSPORTATION

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 9 hours. Transportation by A/C deluxe car or van.