TURKEY TOUR 008


Cappadocia, Side, Aspendos, Perge Tour

Turkey Tours Day 1: Overnight bus to Urgup.

Turkey Tours Day 2: In the morning arrival to Urgup. Full day city tour including lunch visit of Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Then visit Zelve Open Air Museum, where three canyons meet in one valley. Drive to Pasabag (Monk's Valley) where there are unusual mushroom shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch. In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar. Overnight. (L)

Turkey Tours Day 3: After breakfast departure from the hotel for Derinkuyu Underground city to visit the huge refugee settlement carved by early Christians, where as many as 3 000 could hide from their persecutors. From Derinkuyu continue to the beautiful valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back visit the 13th century monastery in Selime village and 13 century Caravansary built by Selcuk Turk's on the Silk Road including lunch. After the tour night bus to Antalya. (B-L)

Turkey Tours Day 4: Arrival to Antalya and start to Full day Side, Perge, Aspendos Tour. PERGE one of the most important cities of ancient Pamphilia, is 18 km away from Antalya and was founded by the Hittites around 1500 BC. Saint Paul had informed his first preaches here. ASPENDOS the ancient city of Aspendos, near the village of Belkis. The major port city in the Roman period Aspendos was founded on hilltop near the eurymedon river ( Köprülü Çay ) and it later spread down to the plain. The Theatre is the best preserved of any in the Mediterranean and It was built in the 2C AD by local architect Xenon Curtius brothers in the reign of Marcus Aurelius, dedicated to the gods of country and the imperial house according to the inscription. The theater's capacity is estimated to have been 20.000 people. There are remains of an Agora, a Basilica, a market hall with shops and a Nymphaeum on the hilltop. Water was brought to the city through a marvelous aqueduct which is also extremely well-preserved with four long sections still standing. In the 13C during the Seljuk's period the theatre was restored to be a royal caravansary for the sultans. SIDE one of the well known ancient regions of Turkey is Side. The name of that is an old harbor means pomegranate. The ancient ruins, nice climate, sandy beaches numerous shopping centers and modern accommodation facilities are the major reasons for the visitors of Side, which is a lovely coastal town today. Overnight in Antalya. (L)

Turkey Tours Day 5: Full day at leisure. Night bus to Istanbul. (B)

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