Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be met by a Ya'lla Tours USA representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
You will be picked up from your hotel to start your tour. Visit the legendary Blue Mosque. Built in the early 17th century, this masterpiece of Turkish architecture includes an interior with over 20,000 glazed blue porcelain "Iznik" tiles. Lunch en route. Stroll around the historical Hippodrome Square. A short walk away is St. Sophia, originally a Christian Basilica built by Justinian the Great in the 6th century.
Next, visit Topkapi Palace, legendary residence of the Ottoman sultans. Return to your hotel for overnight.
Depart Istanbul and drive to Gallipoli. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferryboat and drive to Troy the legendary city of Homer's Iliad. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Drive to Pergamum, the most favored of the Seven Churches of the Revelation. Visit the ruins on the stunning Acropolis of the Hellenistic city, perched 1,000 feet above the town. Then visit the Asclepion and the Red Basilica. Lunch en route. Continue to Izmir for overnight.
Drive to Ephesus, one of the most extensively excavated and restored Greco - Roman sites in the world. Then visit the House of Mary and the 6th century Basilica of St. John.
Return to your hotel for overnight.
Drive to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia. Lunch en route. Continue to Pamukkale. Arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman spa, Hierapolis. Observe carpet weaving at one of the local workshops. Stop at Aphrodisias and then continue on to the ancient city and modern resort of Antalya for dinner and overnight.
Drive to Perge and Aspendos. Lunch en route. Return to Antalya and visit the award winning Antalya Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Depart the Turquoise Coast and drive through the spectacular Taurus Mountains. Visit the holy city of Konya, one of the world's most ancient cities and one of Turkey's most religious sites, it is the resting place of the prolific spiritual teacher known as Mevlana (or Rumi). Lunch en route. Drive along the "Silk Road", to the Caravanserai of Sultanhani. Arrive at your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we explore Cappadocia with homes hidden in windswept landscapes and cities buried inside sinuous hills of stone. See the natural citadel of Uchisar, a traditional village surrounded by rock pinnacles; the underground city of Kaymakli; the rock-carved churches in the Goreme Valley; and Avanos with its crafts and pottery. Lunch en route. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Depart Goreme and visit the 13th century Agzikarahan Caravanserai. Lunch en route. Continue to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, for over night.
Visit the Anatolian Civilization Museum which houses impressive exhibits of the Hittite Civilization. Continue to the Ataturk Mausoleum and Museum, the resting place of the father of the modern Republic of Turkey. Drive to Bursa for dinner and overnight.
Visit the Green Mosque, the Green Tomb and Bursa's colorful Silk Bazaar. Drive to Istanbul and your hotel for overnight.
Visit the Egyptian Bazaar. Then cross the Bosphorus by ferry. Sites along the way include the 15th century Rumelihisar fortress, summer palaces and the unique wooden houses of the area. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans. Cross the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill for breathtaking views of the city. Lunch en route.
Return to your hotel for overnight.
You will be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your departure flight.