Caves and Castles

DAYS 1-2-3 Istanbul
After arrival day, we have two full days to enjoy sightseeing in exotic Istanbul- highlights include the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and 6th Century Byzantine Cistern, City Walls, Golden Horn, and the Kariye.
We set out to explore Istanbul: Topkapi Palace with its mysterious blue-tiled Harem, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, and Rustem Pasa Mosque.  At dusk, we take a ferry ride up the Bosphorus to the mouth of the Black Sea.

DAYS 4-5-6 Cappadocia
Fly to Kayseri and drive to Cappadocia.
Capadoccia offers something for every taste. Every one on earth would find something special here; Early Christianity history, architecture, agriculture, folklore, gourmet cuisine, hot air balloons etc... 
Apart from general sights like Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos there are hundreds of hideaway places to visit and enjoy the unique lunar like landscape of Cappadocia. Rock cut churches with frescoes, fairy chimneys and underground cities, Capadoccia is also a heaven for hikes of any category. Depending on condition of tour participants hiking is available and highly recommended in valleys like Avcilar and Kizilcukur.  
We may witness a  whirling dervishes ritual performed in a medieval caravanserai built by Selcuk Turks in 13th. C.
Staying at the luxury cave rooms carved out into volcanic tufa would make the experience only more special. 

DAY 7 Ephesus
After flying from Cappadocia to Izmir, we will spend the afternoon around Ephesus. Plenty to see; Ephesus site and local museum, Basilica of St. John the apostle, Temple of Artemis... 

DAY 8 Didim- Bodrum
In Pagan world Didim was one of the most revered locations of oracle at the temple of Apollon built in Ionic style was the third largest structure in the Aegean. Connected to nearby Miletos by a sacred road remaining walls and columns of the shrine still dazzle visitors.
Afternoon drive thru the pine forests and olive grooves of western Turkey will bring us to Bodrum.

DAY 9-10 Bodrum
Ancient Halicarnassus dominated by the Castle of St.Peter that is now the museum of underwater archaeology sits on a rock surrounded by whitewashed Bodrum houses. This is the small town to relax, take a day tip on a Gulet- locally build wooden motor and sail boats and enjoy a rich variety of traditional and international cuisine served in stylishly decorated old houses.

DAY 11 Fly to Istanbul



What to Bring

Imperial Ottoman
Caves and Castles
Turquoise Blue Waters
Gods Saints and Dervishes
Black Sea; Forsaken Paths
Emerald Hills and the East
Ararat and Nemrud
Magic Light


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