Tour Style : Small group Tour
Duration : 5 Days – 4 Nights
Highlights : Gordion, Hattusas Cappadocia
DAY 1:Evening Flight to Anakara
DAY 2:Gordion Tour at 09:00am prıvate
Morning 08:00am Meet with our tour guide and transfer and continue way to Polatli (Yassihoyuk) Gordion. Touring in Gordion: After meet in Ankara, Departure for Gordion and visit Gordion, which was the capital of ancient Phrygia. Visit the ruins of the city including the city walls, the Royal Palace, the Tumulus Tomb of King Midas and the Archaeological Museum. Gordion), the former capital of the Phyrgians, is located near Polatli (on the Izmir highway), about 93 kilometers away from Ankara. It was named after King Gordios, founder and ruler the Phyrgians.
Excavations made on the upper part of the city revealed a high passage and houses belonging to royal family. Tumulus, the most famous of which belonged to King Midas; with its 53-meter height and 300-meter width,it is the second biggest tomb of its type in the world. Tour the excavations of the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia, where Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot and thus opened the way to Asia. The opportunity for your guide to tell the legend of King Midas with the golden touch comes as he leads you to the ruler’s great earth tumulus. Today the Gordion Museum displays artifacts in chronological order, with every period represented by characteristic examples: pots, pans, tools made from steel and textile looms from the Antique Bronze Age, Pre-Phrygian Period which ended with King Midas. Additionally, Greek ceramics from BC 6 – AD 4, materials from the Hellenistic Era and Roman times, seals and coins are also exhibited. (Lunch included)
Overnight in Ankara.
DAY 3: Ankara and Hattusas- Cappadocia prıvate
Anitkabir (Mausoleum of Ataturk – founder and first president of the Turkish Republic) with the National World War I Museum & War of Independence Museum.
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world.
Lunch in Bogazkoy
Hattusas, the capital of Hittites with the Grand Temple, Lion’s Gate, Tunnel, and King’s Gate.
Yazilikaya, Antique City was located as two open-air temples and between natural rocks which is 3 km to Hattusa and outside of 7 km city wall.
Drıve to Cappadocia
DAY 4:Fairy Chimneys Tour at 09:30am
In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
LOVE VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia.
DAY 05: Rose Valley & Mazıkoy Underground City Tour at 09:30am
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away
MAZIKOY: One of largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
EVENING FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
END OF OUR SERVICE
What is included
- All transfers as specified
- Professional English-speaking guide & vehicle
- Admittance fees per the itinerary
- 2 lunches
- Flight Tickets Istanbul to Ankara and cappadocia to Istanbul
- 1 night accommodation in boutique hotel, with buffet breakfast
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Ride: 175 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.