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Since the dawn oftime, this land ofmountain ranges,high plateaus andfertile river valleyshas been the bridgebetween Orient andOccident, a pointwhere Europeanand Asian cultureshave clashed andcombined. Once thecore of the mightyByzantine Empireand later of thegreat Islamic OttomanEmpire, the country has always played a major role in the history ofhumankind. Some of the earliest towns ever established existed here andthe rivers which nurtured the great civilisations of the Fertile Crescent risein the Turkish mountains. Whilst western Europe was being savaged byGoths and Vandals in the fifth and sixth centuries, the Byzantine emperorspresided over a period of great splendour.Modern Turkey combines this distinguished past with a very lively presentand provides a wonderful playground for today’s travellers. There is muchto explore – from Istanbul, the ancient city on the Bosphorus, to thegardens and parks of ‘green’ Bursa, the old capital, hugging the slopesof the 2,443-metre Mount Uludag (Mount Olympos).For most visitors the Turkish coast is a prime attraction. The Aegean andMediterranean shores stretch from the Greek border to the frontier withSyria and contain unspoiled sandy beaches and coves fringed with pineforests. Pristine fishing villages and busy market towns, exciting newresorts with a huge range of facilities, services and entertainment, theruins of Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and dozens of other fabled sites ofantiquity are just waiting to be explored. Apart from the coast, oneof the major pleasures of a holiday in Turkey is the excellent cuisine.Due to the enormous variety of fish, fowl, meat, grain, vegetable andfruit producedin the country,combined with thenumerous culturesthat settled hereover the millennia,contemporaryTurkish food isamazingly varied.Kebabs, pilavs,borek, egg-plantspecialities and thetangy white fetacheese may have
A fusion of cultures
Blue Mosque
found their way here from central Asia, but all were developed andrefined in the kitchens of Turkey.Shoppers will be intrigued in Istanbul’s teeming Kapali Çarsi, the oldGrand Covered Bazaar or in modern malls. Turkish carpets are objectsof great desire. The Turks claim to be the originators of the knotted pilecarpet and they are the heirs to a long and illustrious tradition of textiles.
Istanbul, the cultural city of Turkey; Bursa, its mosques and bazaar;Mount Uludag; Bodrum, the ancient Halikarnassos; Antalya, with itswell-preserved charming old quarter of Kaleici; boat cruises on the Aegean Sea; museums in major cities and national palaces.
Deluxe hotels in Istanbul and thermal spas in Bursa.
What you can buy – Excellent shopping in Istanbul, including carpets,suede and leather goods, pottery, glassware, jewellery, textiles andhandicrafts.Where you can buy – Grand Covered Bazaar and malls in Istanbul anddepartment stores in main cities.
Numerous bars, discothèques and nightclubs with belly dancers.Restaurants featuring Turkish food including mezze. Folkloric and culturalshows.
Sports and leisure
Water sports – windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, jet-skiing, skiing, fishing, boat cruises, parasailing and sailing; golf,trekking, thermal spas and Turkish hammams.
Ula Great Mosque, BursaGrand Covered Bazaar, Istanbul
 The great Anatolia experience
7 days/6 nightsChauffeur-driven private car or minivan tour
This tour takes you from Istanbul to Ankara, Turkey’s capital since 1923.Explore Cappadocia, with its houses and churches carved out of the livingrock. Journey to Pamukkale with its shimmering white cascades and the vastruins of Hierapolis and then on to Izmir, situated on a half-moon bay facingthe Aegean.
Day 1: Istanbul
 Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul –– Ankara (352 kilometres)
 After breakfast drive to Ankara. Overnight in Ankara.
Day 3: Ankara –– Cappadocia (276 kilometres)
 After breakfast, start your day with visits to the Hittite Museum and theMausoleum of Ataturk – founder of the Turkish Republic. After lunch driveto Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Cappadocia –– Pamukkale (650 kilometres)
This drive takes you to the 13th century Seljukian Caravansary “Sultanhan”.En route to Konya, visit the famed Mevlana Museum and the TheologicalSchool of Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Istanbul • Ankara • Cappadocia • Pamukkale • Izmir
• Discover Ankara, the capital of Ataturk• Visit the fairy-tale landscape at Cappadocia• Journey to the vast ruins of Hierapolis• Delight in Izmir, facing the Aegean Sea
Tour available as:
Chauffeur-driven private car or minivan tour – Including airporttransfers, entrance fees, English-speaking guide and pre-booked3 star accommodation.
IzmirPamukkaleCappadocia Ankara
Day 5: Pamukkale –– Izmir (223 kilometres)
 After breakfast visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, with its vast Necropolis,the biggest graveyard of the ancient world, Roman baths, basilica andcalcium cliffs. After lunch visit the remarkably well-preserved Greco-Romansettlement of Aphrodisias, dedicated to the Goddess of Love. Dinner andovernight in Izmir.
Day 6: Izmir –– Istanbul (455 kilometres)
 After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Meryemana and visit the House of VirginMary, before continuing to Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia-Minor. Visitthe ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificentlibrary, Agora and the fantastic Greco-Roman Theatre. Transfer to Istanbulfor an overnight stay.
Day 7: Istanbul
The morning is at leisure before your late afternoon transfer to Istanbul airportfor your departure flight.
Total distance:
1,956 kilometres.

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