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Discover Turkey
Day 1 : Istanbul
Meet and greet at Istanbul airport. Transfer to the hotel. (Early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best.) PM Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Istanbul

In the morning start the visits with Suleymaniye Mosque, the mosque of Sultan Suleyman "the magnificent"
built in the 16th century by Sinan, the famous Ottoman architect of all times. Then comes the Byzantine
Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from
Delphi by Constantine, followed by the visit to Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109
feet. The last stop is the Grand Covered Bazaar dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under
one roof. PM free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 3 : Istanbul/Overnight Train 
Open buffet breakfast in the hotel. Day free for leisure. Evening transfer to the station for overnight train to
Ankara. Overnight on board.
 
Day 4 : Istanbul/Ankara/Cappadocia
Early in the morning arrival Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a
history that can be dated back 3000 years. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also
exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then visit the Mausoleum of
Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ankara, destination is the mysterious
Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
 
Day 5 : Cappadocia
Sightseeing in this unique corner of the world. Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rock and completely
self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground. It is
connected to Derinkuyu Underground City by six miles of tunnel, the natural citadel of Uchisar. After lunch visit to Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches then to Pasabag Valley and Avanos Village. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 6 : Cappadocia/Ankara/IZMIR
After breakfast transfer to Ankara airport for the flight to Izmir. Arrival transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7 : Izmir/Ephesus/IZMIR
After breakfast drive to Selcuk to the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, Roman Capital of Asia Minor.
Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and fantastic
Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St. John. Drive to Izmir. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 8 : Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Free time for leisure till transfer to the airport. Fly to Istanbul and connect to India.
 
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