Asia Minor Western Promises
✈️ Flights to Turkey (IST)
💎 Why we love it ?
Whether you have a love of ancient history, delicious food, exploring new cultures, or even just walking amongst some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, you’ll find what you’re looking for on one of our expert-led cultural tours of Turkey. This incredible tour follows Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, İzmir, Pergamon, Troy, Canakkale, Anzac Cove, and returns to Istanbul. We have prepared this trip with a mind so you can book at ease. We guaranteed departures take the guesswork out of planning your adventure and give you the peace of mind to book the tour that suits you.
🏁 Tour Itinerary: Asia Minor Western Promises
Day 1 – Istanbul – Ankara (D)
Pick up between 12:00-13:00 from your hotels (city-centered). Departure to Ankara (450 km) by our deluxe coach passing through the intercontinental bridge in Istanbul. Arrival in the capital of the country. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Ankara.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Yigitalp Istanbul or similar.
Day 2 – Ankara – Salt Lake – Cappadocia (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the capital of Turkey with the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with an exhibition of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, Phrygian Urartu, etc … remains and the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia (290 km). Along the way, visit the underground city built by Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. The underground city preserves the stables, common rooms, meeting rooms, and small rooms for families. Arrival in the Cappadocia region. Overnight in Cappadocia.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinler Hotels Nevsehir or similar.
Day 3 – Cappadocia (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting this fantastic region with its spectacular fairy chimneys, unique in the world Goreme Valley, with its cave churches, with paintings from the 10th and 11th centuries; stop at the troglodyte village of Uçhisar, visit Avcilar which has a spectacular landscape, the Derbent valley with its curious natural rock formations and time for artisan workshops such as carpets and onyx-stones mounted on silver jewelry. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Dinler Hotels Nevsehir or similar.
Day 4 – Cappadocia – Pamukkale (B, D)
Breakfast and departure for Pamukkale (610 km). On the way, stop to visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai, Seljuk inn from the medieval era. Continuation to Pamukkale. Free time in Pamukkale “Cotton Castle”, unique in the world with its natural pools of limestone hot springs and the petrified travertine waterfalls. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Tripolis Hotel or similar.
Day 5 – Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Exit for Selçuk-Efeso (200 km). Arrive and visit the archaeological area of Ephesus, a city dedicated to Artemis. The Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Marble Street, and the largest Theater of antiquity. Visit the House of the Virgin, the supposed last dwelling place of the Mother of Jesus. Stop at a leather production center and continue to İzmir- (~ 85 km.), The third-largest city in Turkey. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Izmir.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Blanca Hotel or similar.
Day 6 – İzmir – Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Pergamo, the current Bergama (110 km). Arrive and visit the ruins of Asclepion, which was the most important hospital in Asia Minor, with its therapeutic center. Continuation to Troy (~ 190 km.). Visit the famous archaeological city of history that evokes the poetic name of the Iliad saga of Homer. Continuation to Çanakkale (~ 25 km.). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Çanakkale.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Iris Hotel or similar.
Day 7 – Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Anzac Cove – Istanbul (B)
Breakfast. We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.
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It is a vell organized trip, fully escorted from the beginning until the end. Hotels are excellent . We really enjoyed all the places we visited and would like to travel back to spend more time exploring – especially in Cappadocia and the big cities. All the people we met were wonderful and our guides were excellent.
It was great. We learnt so much about the country. Really happy the way the tour was run. Our guide Mustafa was one of the best guides we have ever had. What an amazing man with such a great heart and so patient. He has so much knowledge, there wasn’t any question he couldn’t answer. Hotels were excellent. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to travel. Very very happy. Thank you so much.