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This was written by Jenny Lawless. It's a superb itinerary covering a great deal of Turkey in a short period of time. I'm displaying it here without her permission. There are probably copyright considerations, but I haven't considered them yet. It shows what a marvellous tour organiser Jenny is. As she is considering taking more tours, and as this was her first tour, then I am very eager to try any other tour that she organises. (This can be considered advertising, sucking up, and angling for a discount.)
We stuck pretty much to the itinerary. A few minor things were changed as we went, like a side-trip to Catalhoyuk, and an abbreviation of visits on the last two days because we wanted to get some shopping in. Jenny told us that two meals a day were all organised. We assumed that we would be paying for one meal a day. Not so. The hotels threw in breakfast, so the two meals a day that were organised were in addition to breakfast. We were covered completely.
Our Tour Leader
Jennifer Lawless, President of the History Teachers Association of NSW, has taught Ancient History for over 20 years, lectured at Sydney University in Teacher Education and travelled extensively. Co-author of Studies in Ancient Rome, Studies in Ancient Persia, Studies in Ancient Egypt, Unlocking the Past and Personalities of the Ancient World, she has a passion for Ancient Turkey - and its food in the present. We will also be accompanied by an official guide and translator and a reading guide and study notes will be provided.
Sunday 28 Sept - IstanbulArrival in Instanbul. Met at airport and tranfer to Armada Hotel. Welcome dinner at the Sarnic Restaurant, formerly a Roman cistern.
Monday 29 Sept - IstanbulAfter breakfast, depart for the ancient Hippodrome and visit the Blue Mosque and Santa Sophia. Lunch in the gardens of the Topkapi Palace. Visit the Topkapi Palace and the Roman Underground Cistern. End the day at the Grand Covered Bazaar. Dinner at hotel.
Tuesday 30 Sept - IstanbulBreakfast at hotel, and depart for a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar and a cruise of the Bosporus. Disembark and lunch in a local seaside fish restaurant. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace. Dinner at the Cati Restaurant in the heart of the Beyoglu area.
Wednesday 1 Oct - IstanbulAfter breakfast visit to the Dolmabahce Palace. Afternoon is free to further explore Istanbul, shop and browse. Overnight in Istanbul.
Thursday 2 Oct - AnkaraBreakie, then depart for Ankara, capital of Turkey. Lunch in Ankara and visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic (Kemal Ataturk). Dinner and overnight in Ankara.
Friday 3 Oct - Hattusas and AmasyaBreakie at hotel, and depart for Hattusas, the Hittite capital. Visit the ancient walled ruins and lunch at a local restaurant. Visit further Hittite ruins of Yazilikaya and continue to Amasya, ancient capital of the Pontic kings (eg Mithridates). Dinner at hotel and overnight.
Saturday 4 Oct - Amasya and CappadociaBreakie at hotel, and visit the Hazeranlar Konagi, a restored Ottoman house of the 1800's and the royal Pontic cliff tombs and citadel high above Amasya. Depart for Cappadocia and lunch en route. Dinner at hotel and visit a folklore show.
Sunday 5 Oct - CappadociaBreakie at hotel, and visit the spectacular rocky landscape at Goreme, Zelve valley, Uchisar citadel and Avanos. Lunch in local restaurant and dinner in hotel.
Monday 6 Oct - CappadociaBreakie in hotel, and visit to Derinkuyu, the underground city. Picnic in the Ihlara Valley. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Tuesday 7 Oct - KonyaBreakie in hotel, and depart for Konya, the home of the whirling Dervishes. Visit en route the Sulthunun Caravanserai. Lunch in Konya and visit the Mevlana Museum and Karatay Museum. Tea/coffee in the Meram gardens. Dinner and overnight in Konya.
Wednesday 8 Oct - PamukkaleBreakie in hotel, and depart for Pammukale. Lunch in Pamukkale and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis and spectacular calcite formations and hot springs. Time to swim amongst the ancient ruins at the Pamukkale Ozel Motel. Dinner and overnight.
Thursday 9 Oct - BodrumBreakie at hotel, and depart for Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus. En route visit the ancient site of Aphrodisias and lunch. Evening arrival in Bodrum, dinner and overnight.
Friday 10 Oct - BodrumBreakie in hotel, and visit the Bodrum Castle, Underwater Archaeology Museum, and Mausoleum. Free afternoon with dinner and overnight in Bodrum.
Saturday 11 Oct - BodrumBreakie in hotel, and full day cruise on the bays of Bodrum. Dinner and overnight in Bodrum.
Sunday 12 Oct - KusadasiBreakie in hotel, and visit the ancient cities of Didyma, Miletus and Priene. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Monday 13 Oct - KusadasiBreakie in hotel, and depart for Ephesus. Visit Selcuk and the House of the Virgin Mary, St John's Basilica and the Selcuk Museum. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Tuesday 14 Oct - AssosBreakie in hotel, and depart for Assos. Visit the city of Bergama, ancient Pergamum. Lunch in Bergama and arrival in secluded Assos. Dinner and overnight.
Wednesday 15 Oct - CanakkaleBreakie in hotel, and visit to the ruins of Assos. Depart for Canakkale with lunch en route. Visit the site of Troy and dinner and overnight in Cannukkale.
Thursday 16 Oct - GallipoliBreakie in hotel, and full day tour of the Gallipoli peninsula. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.
Friday 17 Oct - IstanbulEarly departure from Canakkale. En route, visit Iznik, anicent Nicaea, capital of Bithnyia. Arrive in Istanbul, dinner and overnight.
Saturday 18 Oct - IstanbulBreakie in hotel, and departure for a visit to the St Chora Museum, Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent. lunch and visit to the Archaelogy Museum. Farewell dinner at the Orient House Night Club with show of bellydancers, folklore groups and music.
Sunday 19 Oct - IstanbulBreakie in hotel, and departure for the airport for return flight.
We started in Istanbul, travelled east to Ankara, then Sivas, then turned south-west to Kayseri, then Konya, and down to the coastal town of Bodrum. Then we headed north to Izmir, then Gallipoli, east again to Bursa and finally north to Istanbul.