General

Tour Style : Small Group Tour

Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with our friendly staff and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
(Breakfast included)
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient HIPPODROME, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from Hagia Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive to our last stop, which is the famous Haghia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus, which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is your to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 – Gallipoli Battlefields
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Depart early morning from Istanbul for afternoon tour of Gallipoli . The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Gallipoli Museum. Overnight in Canakkale.

Day 4 – Troy – Acropolis of Pergamon
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy , home of the famed Trojan Horse. Then we tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon . Its impressive temples and Library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5 – Ephesus – Kusadasi
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey. At the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6 – Pamukkale – Hierapolis
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading towards the the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale where we will tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 7 – Istanbul
(Breakfast included)
Today you head back to Istanbul, passing through rural Turkey and ancient Bursa to visit the famous Green Mosque and explore the Silk Bazaar. Upon arrival in Istanbul we will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 8 – Istanbul – Tbilisi
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart by international flight to Georgia. Upon arrival Tbilisi, meet with our local representative and you will be escorted to your hotel room which is protected for immediate occupancy and rest up for your first day of adventure. After a short break, we shall start our tour. Georgian Art Museum – The Museum houses the best-known samples of Georgian artwork. Different collections of the Museum preserve approximately sixty thousand objects. The Museum is distinguished for its Georgian goldsmith pieces dated back to the VIII-XIX Centuries. The most significant exhibits are the icon of Zarzma Monastery, the Chalice of Bedia, Anchistkhati and Khakhuli Triptychs, Processional Liturgical Crosses etc. Overview of Tbilisiwalk in the old town to explore the cultural treasures of Tbilisi.the city, excursions in the old part of Tbilisi; the 4th century Narikala Fortress, an ancient citadel on a steep hill overlooking the city; Metekhi Church (13th c.) – the grave of St. Shushanik the Christian martyr is within the church. Sioni – the cathedral of the 6th-7th cc; sulphur baths – a favorite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel. If you want, you can try sulphur bath with massage. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 9 – Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Bakuriani
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Early in the morning our tour to the regions of Georgia begins. %XMSKHETA% was the capital of the Georgian kingdom of Iberia during the 4th century BC – 5th century AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity and the town still remains the center of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI c.) – the largest ecclesiastical construction extant in the country; Jvari Monastery (VI c) – a symbol of Mtskheta; Then we will go to GoriBatumi Boulevard, along the beach, enjoying the characteristic 19th century Russian architecture. where is Stalin's native city to visit the Stalin Museum. The museum has three sections, all located in the town's central square. It was officially dedicated to Stalin in 1957. With the downfall of the Soviet Union and independence movement of Georgia, the museum closed in 1989, but has since been reopened, and is a popular tourist attraction. On our way to Bakuriani, we will have a stop in Uplistsikhe, it is the cave town is situated seven km (4.3 miles) southeast of Gori on the left bank of river Mtkvari and still amazes the visitors by its dimensions, extraordinary position, refined forms and the beauty of decors. You will find huge echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of Georgia's oldest theatre there, and will be impressed by the skill, knowledge, experience and physical and spiritual power of all those, who created this unique monument. Afterwards, we will head to drive to Bakuriani where is a popular winter and summer resort in the Borjomi district located on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range at 1 700 meters above the sea level. The region is covered by coniferous forests. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and you will be given your room key. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Day 10 – Bakuriani – Varzia – Borjomi – Bakuriani
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Early in the morning we will leave for our excursion to Vardzia. Vardizaa unique cave monastery complex of Vardiza (12th century), which used to have thirteen stories, thousands of apartments and a church, where we can still find magnificent frescoes. is a cave monastery where founded by Queen Tamar in 1185. The monastery was constructed as protection from the Mongols. and consisted of over six thousand apartments in a thirteen story complex. The city included a church, a throne room, and a complex irrigation system watering terraced farmlands. Also we will have a visit to KhertvisiKhertvisi fortress (founded in the 2nd century BC) and one of the best preserved fortresses in the Caucasus.. fortress, it is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia and was functional throughout the Georgian feudal period. The fortress was first built in the 2nd century BC. On our way back to Bakuriani, we will have a stop in Borjomi to visit Kharagauli National Park. It is a protected area in central Georgia. It also is one of the largest national parks in Europe, it includes six administrative districts stretching from the resort of Borjomi to the town of Kharagauli. Its particular uniqueness is diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna. The park has rapidly developing tourist infrastructure. Afterwards we will drive back to Bakuriani and transfer you back to hotel. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Day 11 – Bakuriani – Gudauri
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we will drive through Georgian Military Highway by crossing the Main Caucasian Range at Jvari Pass (2395m.) and we drive to Gudauri. While we driving to Gudauri, we will have a stop at Ananuri Fortress. Ananuri located in the valley of the river Aragvi (north Tbilisi), along the Georgian Military Highway, is a typical feudal fortress complex dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Upon arrival Gudauri where is located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. We will transfer you to your hotel and check in. Overnight in Gudauri.

Day 12 – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we will back to Tbilisi through Kazbegi. We will tthrough Military Highway arrival to Kazbegi. Walk up (1.30 hour trekking) Gergeti Sameba (Trynity) Church, enjoy a pleasant view of Mount KazbekMount Kazbek, is a dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus (5000). For those who don't wish to trek there will be waiting a car (4X4) to drive up the hill. Afterwards, we will continue drive back to Tbilisi. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the evening is leisure. If you want you can join the excursion to attend the folk theatre "Nabadi" which is completely different and almost unique with its essence presents new style performance. The long history of Georgia, the country being a crossroad between Europe and Asia is shown in traditional and modern forms of expression, sense of rhythm, folk dances and songs. During the performance you will be treated with a glass of wine and sweets made of grape juice and nuts (Churchxela, Tatara). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 13 – Tbilisi – David Gareja – Signagi
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After enjoy your breakfast at hotel, we will pick you up and we proceed to visit David Gareja Monastery, the cave town complex (the cradle of Georgian Christian activity of early and medieval period), where monks live and work. It is situated deep in semi-desert about 75 km south-east of Tbilisi. The Monasteries were founded in the 6th century by the Christian Father St. David. Walk up to Udabno to explore some of the fine frescos of the 8th-13th c. and cave architecture. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face. The area is also home to protected animal species and evidence of some of the oldest human habitations in the region. Then we will head to visit Ikalto Academy (XII – XIII cc) and Tsinandali. A visit to Chavchvadze's Palace, the residence of the poet and public figure, Kakhetian prince of the 18th c. A. Chavchavadze, English park and the wine cellar (XIXc.) where you will taste wines. Afterwards, we will depart for Signagi. It is one of the country's smallest towns with a population of 2,146 as of the 2002 census. Sighnaghi's economy is dominated by production of wine and traditional carpets. The town and its environs are also known for their landscapes and historical monuments. Sighnaghi has recently undergone a fundamental reconstruction program and has become an important centre of Georgia's tourist industry. In Signagi you are invited to have a dinner and taste Georgian wines, learn about old Georgian wine making traditions and listen to Georgian folk songs. Overnight in Signagi.

Day 14 – Signagi – Tbilisi
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After your breakfast in hotel, we will pick you up and drive back to Tbilis. Upon arrival in Tbilis, we will visit Tbilisi Open Air Museum where exposes 14 ethnographic zones. Each of them presents the particular historic-ethnographic area of Georgia. Together with the architectural monuments the museum exposes ethnographic materials – different kinds of tools, textile and ceramics. The museum also exposes the V-VI c. basilica of Sioni, as well as a rich collection of the gravestones in relief. Afterwards, transfer you back to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you, walk along the city or do little shopping. Enjoy your last night in Georgia. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 15 – Tbilisi – End of the Tour
(Breakfast included)
Today is the end of the tour. Regarding your flight departure time, we will arrange your transfer to airport for your international flight back home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future on one of our tours again.

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Antalya ANTALYA - ALP PASA HOTEL http://www.alppasa.com
Canakkale Helen Hotel http://www.helenhotel.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel http://www.dedelikonak.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Deluxe Hotel http://www.dedelidelux.com
Gaziantep ASUDE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.asudekonak.com
Istanbul Hotel Sokullu Pacha http://www.sokullupasahotel.com/
Kahta ZEUS HOTEL **** http://www.zeushotel.com.tr
Kars SIMER HOTEL *** http://www.simerhotel.com
Konya Hich Hotel http://hichhotel.com/
Kusadasi Palm Hotel *** http://www.palmhotel.com.tr
Mardin ZINCIRIYE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.zinciriye.com/tr
Pamukkale Colossea Thermal Hotel **** http://www.colossaehotel.com
Sanliurfa MANICI HOTEL **** http://www.maniciurfa.com
Tatvan KARDELEN HOTEL *** http://www.kardelenotel.com
Trabzon SAYLAMLAR HOTEL **** http://www.hotelsaylamlar.com
Van T AMARA HOTEL **** http://www.tamaraotel.com

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