Day 1: 05 June 2018- Istanbul
Individuals arrive in Istanbul and are transferred to hotel in Istanbul. depending on the time of arrival you will have the rest of the day to explore Istanbul and its inner workings.
Day 2: - Istanbul
Today you will visit Hagia Sophia . Built by the Emperor Justinian when Istanbul was Constantinople, this magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome, a lengthy nave, and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and pillars from Ephesus. Continue to Topkapi Palace - A huge walled complex hugging the Bosphorus, the former palace of the Ottoman sultans is now a museum with an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels, including the Topkapi diamond and the dagger. You will visit Istanbul Blue Mosque - Six graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. More than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles highlight the superb interior. Hippodrome - The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivalled the Colosseum and could seat a quarter of a million spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor. Later on you will be browsing Grand Bazaar - The largest and the oldest covered market place in the world with more than 4,000 shops in the labyrinth of streets. Enjoy the colourful array of shops that offer an endless selection of goods that includes jewellery, fabrics, spices and local handicrafts. After the tour you will be dropped off to your hotel for overnight.
Day 3: - Istanbul/Cappadocia
After breakfast you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport to take your flight to Kayseri. You will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia upon your arrival to Kayseri. Rest of day you can explore Cappadocia.
Day 4: - Cappadocia
Optional baloon flight, subject to weather, ±US$ 160. Afterwards you will visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. You will see Red Valley & Avcilar Valley. Climb on top of the Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. After the tour you will be dropped off to your hotel for overnight.
Day 5: - Konya
Today you will depart to Konya. Follow the ancient Silk Road and cross the Central Anatolian Plateau to visit the 13th-century caravansaray (inn) at Agzikarahan. Continue to Konya, the ancient capital of the Selcuk Kingdom, ancestors of a line of Turkish empires that included the Ottomans. After lunch visit the Mosque of Alaaddin Kaykoubat and the 13th-century Mevlana Memorial and Museum. Depart to Pamukkale for overnight.
Day 6: - Pamukkale
After the breakfast at the hotel, depart for the visit of Hierapolis; an ancient city of pagan cults, Hierapolis or "holy city" was evangelized by Paul and Epaphras. The Apostle Philip lived and is said to be buried here. Pamukkale, or "cotton castle" is a spa and resort centre with its hot springs and cascading limestone pools. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7: - Ephesus
Today you will depart for Ephesus Tour. Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeum, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre. The Theatre had seating for 25,000, was the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival. Continue to The House of Virgin Mary - The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered. After the tour you will be dropped off to your hotel in Izmir for overnight.
Day 8: - Santorini
Today you will be transferred to Izmir Airport to take your flight to Santorini via Athens. You will be transferred to your hotel upon your arrival at Santorini Airport.
Day 9: Santorini
You will head to Akrotiri, where you will walk among the ruins of one of the most important archaeological sites in the world (1 ½ hour), with admirable findings of Santorini’s history. The site, located in the south side of the island, is a settlement that witnesses the presence of the ancient civilization set on the island before the explosion of the 1500 BC. Next, the bus will head to Perivolos, and clients will see the beautiful black sandy beach that extends for 7 kilometres. The next stop will be at Megalochori village, for a short walk in the narrow street and the chance to admire the beautiful architecture. You will be dropped off to your hotel in Santorini after the tour.
Day 10 & 11: - Santorini
Spend the day at leisure. Overnight in Santorini
Day 12: - Athens
Today you will be transferred to Santorini Port to take your ferry to Athens. You will be transferred to your hotel in Athens upon your arrival to Pireaus Port.
Day 13: - Athens
Visit the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon. For twenty five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis; we see the ruins of the Parthenon, the Erectheum and the Propylae. Afterwards, we will ascend Mars Hill where Apostle Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. From here we have an excellent view of the ancient agora; former centre of the Athenian public life. We continue for a drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also see the Library, the University, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics of the modern era were held, the temple of the Olympian Zeus and Adrian’s Arch. The visit to the new Acropolis museum is included. Overnight in Athens.
Day 14: Home
After breakfast transfer to Athens airport for flight to Istanbul and from Istanbul back to Cape Town South Africa