Ankara, Gordion, Hattusas, Cappadocia 2 days private tour
Tour Style Private Tour
DAY 1: Gordion
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 2: Ankara and Hattusas, Cappadocia
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.
Drive to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia cave hotel.
What is included
Air conditioned minivan with driver on tours & transfers
• Professional licensed tour guide
• All admission fees to the museums and sights
What is not included
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia: 295 Euros per adult cash payment (no child reduction)
Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 60 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): 80 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 80 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 60 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 55 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.