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13 DAYS HISTORICAL HERITAGES OF TURKEY

ISTANBUL, BURSA, TROY, CANAKKALE, PERGAMON, EPHESUS, SANLIURFA, ADIYAMAN, CAPPADOCIA, HATTUSA, ANKARA, SAFRANBOLU

Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture

Highlights

  • Visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1 trip
  • Explore the less visited finest ancient treasures of such as world’s first and oldest temple ruins of Gobekli Tepe , ruins of ancient Hittie capital of Hattusa, the Ottoman-style wooden houses in Safranbrou.
  • Retreat in a boutique cave hotel and a vineyard stay with award-winning wine cellar
  • Soar on a hot air balloon above Cappadocia’s bizarre fairy chimney landscapes

Turkey, The Bridge, The Connection, The Link, The Gateway between East and West.

Providing a homeland to Hittites, Sumerians, Lydians, Trojans, Ionians, Persians, Urartians, Hellenes, Lycians, Galatians, Phrygians, Romans, Armenians, crusaders, Byzantines, Seljuks and the Ottomans.  Few land can claim a richer cultural heritage.

This trip will take you visiting 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites along the Aegean Sea and through central Turkey, journey a history of  more than 10,000 years.

From

SGD 6,580 Per Person

13 Days 12 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Istanbul
Nil

Arriving into Istanbul, we drive 44km or about 1 hour into the city centre.

Start your morning with a visit to the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora with some of the oldest-surviving Byzantine mosaics and frescoes (closed on Wed). Step into the atmospheric Suleymaniye Mosque, located at the highest end of the city, to witness one of the grandest architectural achievements of the Ottomans.

After lunch, we dedicate the afternoon to explore the Sultanahmet historic district, visit the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, and the 6th-century Hagia Sophia (closed on Mon).

Day 02 ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL
Istanbul
Breakfast included

Today, we will visit the Topkapı Palace (closed on Tue) before the full crowd arrives, once the centre of power of the Ottoman and now a fantastic museum. Explore the King’s & Queen’s Chambers as well as Harem (closed on Tue).

Proceed to the fascinating Blue Mosque, and explore the largest underground water cistern in Istanbul, Basilica Cistern.

In the afternoon, enjoy a 1.5hr private motor yacht cruise on the Bosphorus, marvel at gorgeous palaces, impressive castles and restored Ottoman villas and residence of Istanbul’s elite.

Day 03 ISTANBUL / TROY / CANAKKALE

ISTANBUL / TROY / CANAKKALE
Canakkale
Breakfast included

We drive 340km or 4 hours to Troy.  This afternoon, visit the archaeological and mythological site of Troy, being listed as UNESCO World Heritage, is the home of the “Trojan Horse” and “Helen of Troy”, hear the tales of the Trojan War of Homer’s Iliad. Trojan Wars, also visit the 3,700 year old city wall, House of Troy I, the Bouleterium (Senate Building), The Oden (Concert Hall) and the excavations in progress.

Continue another 30km for 0.5 hours to Canakkale for the night.

Day 04 CANAKKALE / PERGAMON / SIRINCE

CANAKKALE / PERGAMON / SIRINCE
Sirince
Breakfast included

Today, drive about 215km or 3.5 hrs to Bergama to make an excursion of the country’s most celebrated archaeological sites.

Once the capital of the East Roman Empire, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pergamon is equally impressive, boasting the ancient world’s second largest library, the steepest Theatre of Anatolia, the epic Altar of Zeus, as well as the Roman Medical Center ruins of Asclepion. Take a cable car up to the Acropolis before exploring the lower Agora terraces.

Continue drive for 186km or about 2.5 hours to Sirince.

Day 05 SIRINCE / EPHESUS / SIRINCE

SIRINCE / EPHESUS / SIRINCE
Sirince
Breakfast included

Let us whisk you into Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As you wander through monumental UNESCO-listed ruins such as the Temple of Artemis, Library of Celsus, one can imagine how life must have been like at the commercial centre of the ancient world, as well as one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world.

We continue to visit House of the Virgin Mary, where the Virgin said to have lived the last years of her life.

We will devote the rest of the afternoon for a guided tour of  the Ephesus Archaeological Museum (closes at 6:30pm) which contains artefacts from the ancient city.

Day 06 SIRINCE / IZMIR / GAZIANTEP / SANLIURFA

SIRINCE / IZMIR / GAZIANTEP / SANLIURFA
Sanliurfa
Breakfast included

Check out in the early hours for your 20min or 17km transfer to Izmir airport to arrive at 4:40am to check in for your flight to Gaziantep (one flight a day).

Fly        XQ 9128           Izmir (ABD) / Gaziantep (GZT) 06:20-08:00 (1h 40m)

Upon arrival at Gaziantep, you will be transferred for approx. 160km or 2 hrs towards Sanliurfa, where according to the Bible and Quran, is the birthplace of Abraham – the biblical patriarch of Israel whose story is told in the Book of Genesis.\

After lunch, you will enjoy a tour of Sanliurfa Archaeology Museum where you will view the unique items ranging from many civilizations, we will focus on the Neolithic Halls, exhibiting sculptures and small finds from Gobekli tepe as well as other nearby pre-pottery Neolithic sites to aid your understanding of visit to the ancient site later.

Proceed to the Gobekli Tepe – pre-dating Stonehenge by more than 6,000 years and is now celebrated as the world’s first and oldest temple. Archaeologically categorized as a site of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A period (9600 – 7300B.C.), the world’s oldest temple sits in the same time-frame when Plato’s Atlantis civilization is said to have disappeared. Listen to fascinating tales of an archaeologist who will show you around this ancient site.

Return to Sanliurfa for the night.

Day 07 SANLIURFA / MOUNT NEMRUT / ADIYAMAN

SANLIURFA / MOUNT NEMRUT / ADIYAMAN
Adiyaman
Breakfast included

Today will be a busy and long but exciting day!

Check out and depart early at 6:30am. Travel approx. 49km or 40min towards the legendary village of Harran. The ancient city is a major crossroad for primary trade routes from ancient Mesopotamia to the west. The most distinctive aspect of Harran is, and you can visit models of these at the Harran Cultural Centre. Harran also has a “kale” (fortress) dating from the 11th Century, an impressive city wall and ancient remains of abandoned caravanserais and mosques.

From Harran, transfer 3.5hrs or 223km to the sanctuary at Mount Nemrut (elevation at 2124m). Nemrut Dagi (Mountain of the Gods) is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the finest ancient treasures of Turkey and most fascinating archaeological sites of the Middle East, notable for the summit where a number of enigmatic colossal statues of the Kingdom of Commagene are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century B.C.  Enjoy a 2 hours tour of both the Eastern Terrace and Western Terrace (involve 300-600m of uphill walk) as well as the Tumulus of Antiochus.

Continue 40min or 23km drive to the ancient city of Arsemia, one of the summer capitals of Kommagene Kingdom.

Transfer to Adiyaman for the night after today’s long journey.

Day 08 ADIYAMAN / CAPPADOCIA

ADIYAMAN / CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia
Breakfast included

Depart early at 7am, we will drive 494km or 6-7 hours or 494km to Cappadocia. The chauffer through the countryside offers a glimpse of everyday life in rural Turkey.

Upon arrival at Cappadocia, discover one of the secret underground cities. Channel your inner Indiana Jones through the labyrinths of Kaymakli (largest) or Derinkuyu (deepest). Enjoy a visit to the Rose & Red Valley with its fairy chimneys and colourful sediments, best seen during early morning or late afternoon.

Day 09 CAPPADOCIA

CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia
Breakfast included

Rise early for a rewarding hot air balloon ride as you soar above the magical landscapes of Cappadocia (additional cost).

Continue to Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site where unique frescoes are painted onto the walls of churches caved into the volcanic formation.

Discover the surreal pinnacles and bizarre shapes of Love Valley, Monk’s Valley (Pasabagi), Zelve Valley, Imagination Valley (Devrent), Urgup, Pigeon Valley and Uchisar Castle.

Day 10 CAPPADOCIA / HATTUSA / ANKARA

CAPPADOCIA / HATTUSA / ANKARA
Ankara
Breakfast included

Check out and depart at 8am for transfer towards Ankara.

Drive for approx. 250km or 3 hours, we will arrive the ruins of ancient Hittie capital of Hattusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the nearby ruins of Yazilkaya.

Enjoy a tour of Yazilkaya (means  ‘Inscribed Rock’ in Turkish). This open-air natural shrine, with wonderful reliefs of the gods and goddesses cut into the rock walls, was home to fresh water springs and is thought to have been a place of worship. A must visit is the two galleries.

Then proceed to the spectacular capital city of Hattusa of the Hittite empire, a sprawling city set on the acropolis now all in ruins. In the Bronze Age, the Hittite kingdom encompassed an area that stretched west to the Aegean Sea and south into Syria with its command centre here in Hattuşa.

As you make your way around and through the grounds, you will see excellent carvings and pillars adorning the entrances, including great example piece of engineering the pottern tunnel by the royal city walls. (Tour duration of Hattusa site is about 2.5hours)

Visit the local archaeology museum of Bogazkoy bearing examples of artifacts all unearthed at Hattuşa.

After your tour, continue your road transfers for 192km or 2.5 hrs to Ankara.

Day 11 ANKARA / SAFRANBOLU

ANKARA / SAFRANBOLU
Safranbolu
Breakfast included

Check out this morning and enjoy a 3 hours tour visit the Ankara Archaeological Museum, the best place in the country to get to grips with the complex weave of Turkey’s history, the exhibits here house artefacts from about every significant archaeological site in Anatolia.

In the afternoon, drive for 225 km or 2.5 hours to Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 12 SAFRANBOLU / ISTANBUL

SAFRANBOLU / ISTANBUL
Istanbul
Breakfast included

Safranbolu was an important caravan station whose Ottoman-style wooden houses and narrow streets once witnessed bustling trade.

Check out after breakfast. Follow in the footsteps of medieval traders, taking the same journey they once took on the east-west trade route between the Black Sea and Mediterranean. You will enjoy a sightseeing tour and insights into its history, starting on Hidirlik Hill for panoramic views, then have time to get lost in its cobbled streets and soak up the colourful sights and sounds at the Eski Carsi (Safranbolu’s old town)  and Arasta Bazaar. Try your hand at haggling as a tribute to the town’s trading past.

After lunch, you will be transfer for approx. 400 km or 4.5 hours by road to Istanbul.

Day 13 DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL

DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL
Nil
Breakfast included

Enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before the transfer to Istanbul Airport for your onward journey.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 8,980
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 6,580
Single Supplement S$ 2,280

Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton • Kolin Hotel • Vinifera Vineyards Hotel or DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi • Hilton Garden Inn • Ramada by Wyndham • Exedra Hotel Cappadocia • Movenpick Hotel Ankara • Hilton Garden Inn Safranbolu 

Istanbul

Istanbul

Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton (Guest Room)

The collection of individual mansions are in the heart of Old Town. Within a block, reach the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia Museum, and other historical sites.

(Refurbished: 2019; Rooms: 78)

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Canakkale

Canakkale

Kolin Hotel (Double Room)

The 5-star Kolin Hotel Canakkale is located on the seafront, viewing over the Darnielle Straight, about 5km from the city center. Hotel offers indoor and outdoor swimming pool as we asl fitness center, Turkish Bath and spa

(Refurbished: 2003; Rooms: 274)

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Sirince

Sirince

A) Vinifera Vineyards Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Designed by an Austrian architect, this boutique stay incorporates heritage stone-built structure with soft, elegant furnishing amidst its atmospheric countryside ambience.

(Opened: 2012; Rooms: 27) l

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Sirince

Sirince

B) DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi (Deluxe Marina View Room)

Located one block from the marina in northern Kusadasi. The ancient city of Ephesus and the ruins of Celsus Library are 20 km northeast. Hotel offers a spa, several pools, and Aegean stone houses.

(Opened: 2013; Rooms: 87)

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Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa

Hilton Garden Inn (Double Room)

Well positioned in the heart of Sanliurfa and close to the city’s historical sites and a mall complex with restaurants and shops, this relaxed, contemporary hotel features a health club with indoor and outdoor pools and meeting facilities on site.

(Opened: 2011; Rooms: 159)

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Adiyaman

Adiyaman

Ramada by Wyndham (Double Room)

One of the newest properties in the historic city of Adiyaman, this smart hotel of the Wyndham group features contemporary furnishings with natural tones and wooden floors. Amenities include a lobby café, a fitness centre and event spaces for businesses conferences.

(Opened: 2021; Rooms: 86)

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Exedra Hotel Cappadocia (Crown Suite)

This 4 stars hotel is located in Ortahisar with it’s view of Ortahisar Rock Castle, Balkan Valley and magical fairy chimneys. Hotel offers a real Cappadocia experience with the combination of traditional houses and historical caves, accompanied by quality service and luxury facilities.

(Opened: 2018; Rooms: 86)

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Ankara

Ankara

Movenpick Hotel Ankara (Superior Room)

It is a modern 5-star hotel located in the heart of Ankara, within 2km from popular sites. It is the third and newest Movenpick Hotels and Resorts property in Turkey. Hotel provides a restaurant, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool.

(Opened: 2012; Rooms: 176)

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Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Hilton Garden Inn Safranbolu (Double Room)

This contemporary hotel is in walking distance of Safranbolu center. Within a 10-minute drive, reach Old Town, Tokatli Canyon, Hidirlik Hill valley views, and Koprulu Mehmet Pasha Mosque. Hotel has a restaurant, 24-hour snack shop, fitness center and outdoor pool.

(Opened: 2016; Rooms: 124)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 10,480
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 8,080
Single Supplement S$ 3,480

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus • Kolin Hotel • Vinifera Vineyards Hotel or DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi • Hilton Garden Inn • Ramada by Wyndham • Argos in Cappadocia or Museum Hotel • Lugal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Ankara • Hilton Garden Inn Safranbolu 

Istanbul

Istanbul

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus (Deluxe Room)

Located in eclectic Karakoy with a timeless past and rich future, the hotel takes inspiration from its Bohemian surroundings including boutique, cafes, cocktail bars and artisanal markets. Next to Galataport ( New Cruise Harbour ) with lesser traffic.

(Opened: 2021; Rooms: 78)

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Canakkale

Canakkale

Kolin Hotel (Suite)

The 5-star Kolin Hotel Canakkale is located on the seafront, viewing over the Darnielle Straight, about 5km from the city center. Hotel offers indoor and outdoor swimming pool as we asl fitness center, Turkish Bath and spa.

(Refurbished: 2003; Rooms: 274)

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Sirince

Sirince

A) Vinifera Vineyards Hotel (Executive Suite Room)

Designed by an Austrian architect, this boutique stay incorporates heritage stone-built structure with soft, elegant furnishing amidst its atmospheric countryside ambience.

(Opened: 2012; Rooms: 27)

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Sirince

Sirince

B) DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi (Suite Marina View Room)

Located one block from the marina in northern Kusadasi. The ancient city of Ephesus and the ruins of Celsus Library are 20 km northeast. Hotel offers a spa, several pools, and Aegean stone houses.

(Opened: 2013; Rooms: 87)

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Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa

Hilton Garden Inn (Suite)

Well positioned in the heart of Sanliurfa and close to the city’s historical sites and a mall complex with restaurants and shops, this relaxed, contemporary hotel features a health club with indoor and outdoor pools and meeting facilities on site.

(Opened: 2011; Rooms: 159)

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Adiyaman

Adiyaman

Ramada by Wyndham (Suite Room)

One of the newest properties in the historic city of Adiyaman, this smart hotel of the Wyndham group features contemporary furnishings with natural tones and wooden floors. Amenities include a lobby café, a fitness centre and event spaces for businesses conferences.

(Opened: 2021; Rooms: 86)

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Argos in Cappadocia (Deluxe Room)

The hotel is designed to blend in with the landscape and historical texture of the region and meticulously built in 24 years. Overlooking the Pigeon Valley, Mount Erciyes and fairy chimneys, the 51 rooms on graded terraces offer a unique pastoral feast for the eye. Rooms offering fireplace, terrace or cave alternatives, each room with a different aura and personality, share the same gusto.

(Renovated: 2010; Rooms: 51)

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Museum Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Renowned amongst Turkey’s best luxury gourmet hotel, this R&C hotel is beautifully furnished with priceless antiques and panoramic views of the Uchisar valley.

(Opened: 2013; Rooms: 30)

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Ankara

Ankara

Lugal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Ankara ( Deluxe Room)

This 5 star hotel is situated right in the heart of the city, only steps away from exclusive shopping choices, business and social life of the city. Most of the rooms are 60sqm with grand windows washed with sunlight and a great city view.

(Re-Opened in: 2011; Rooms: 90)

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Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Hilton Garden Inn Safranbolu (Suite)

This contemporary hotel is in walking distance of Safranbolu center. Within a 10-minute drive, reach Old Town, Tokatli Canyon, Hidirlik Hill valley views, and Koprulu Mehmet Pasha Mosque. Hotel has a restaurant, 24-hour snack shop, fitness center and outdoor pool.

(Opened: 2016; Rooms: 124)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English-speaking expert guide in each city
  • All entrance fees in sights stated
  • Domestic flights in Economy Class as stated
  • WiFi in the minivan

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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