13 Nights
Duration
Central Anatolia
Main Region
Moderate
Fitness Level
$2300
Per Person
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Tour Summary
  • Adiyaman
  • Alacahoyuk
  • Anitkabir
  • Ayanis
  • Balloon flight
  • Bogazkale
  • Cappadocia
  • Catalhoyuk
  • Cavustepe
  • Gobekli Tepe
  • Hattusa
  • Karakus
  • Konya
  • Mount Nemrut
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilisations
  • Nemrut Mountain of the Gods
  • Pools of Abraham
  • Sanliurfa Archaeological Museum
  • Upper Anzef
  • Van
  • Yazilikaya

An exceptional tour of the Megalithic sites of Turkey. Experience a rich cultural heritage, where you can literally get close to the stones. This 11 day tour also includes a hot air balloon flight, experiencing the breath taking scenery of Cappadocia.

3 day tour extension (optional):

Urartian fortresses, Çavuştepe, Van Kalesi
Museum of Urartu, Upper Anzaf, Ayanis

Comprehensive insurance for all parts of Turkey for UK citizens. Other nationalities please enquire.


Start Date

2018 - 30 September Tour extension 10 October. 2019 - 19 May, Tour extension 29 May. 29 September, Tour extension 09 October

Regions Visited

Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, South Eastern Anatolia

Fitness Level Moderate - Able to walk 2 kms over possibly broken ground with incline.
What is included?

All road transport (tolls etc) English speaking guide All state and local taxes All museum and site entries

What is not included

Lunch Personal expenses Beverages Insurance (unless otherwise stated) Airport Transfers

Terms & Conditions Please note that there is a 20% surcharge for single room occupancy.
Please note that it is essential that you have purchased travel insurance for all parts of Turkey. It is your responsibility to organise the correct cover but we are happy to advise.
The Trip Planned Out
Your Itinerary
  • 1
    Day 1 - Konya

    Arrive Konya.  Settling in and orientation meeting.

    Overnight Konya.

  • 2
    Day 2 - Visit Çatalhöyük & Konya

    Konya, the capital of the Selcuk Sultanate of Rum and the home of the Sufi Order of Whirling Dervishes is our jumping off point for Çatalhöyük.  Established in approximately 7,500 B.C. Çatalhöyük is thought to be the oldest genuine urban settlement yet to be identified.

    Overnight Konya.

  • 3
    Day 3 - Ankara (overnight Ankara)

    Travel to Ankara, the capital of the Republic of Turkey.

    Overnight Ankara.

  • 4
    Day 4 - Ankara. Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Anitkabir

    The Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, one of the World’s premier museums covering the history of Anatolia from Neolithic to Ottoman times.  The museum is adjacent to the City of Ankara which possesses a commanding view of the entire city.  After lunch we will visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, this building and its complex is an extraordinary fusion of architectural styles found in Anatolia and is probably as close as you will get to the feel and look of a temple precinct of the 1st Millennium B.C.

    Overnight Ankara.

  • 5
    Day 5 - Boğazkale. Alacahöyük and Yazilikaya

    We depart for the Hittite fortress town of Alacahöyük and then the rock sanctuary of Yazilikaya.

    Overnight Boğazkale.

  • 6
    Day 6 - Hattuşa. Depart Cappadocia

    We will spend the morning exploring the extensive site of Hattuşa, the Hittite capital city.  After lunch we depart for Cappadocia.

    Overnight Cappadocia.

  • 7
    Day 7 - Underground Cities and Rock Churches and Monasteries

    We will explore the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, where local inhabitants would escape to in times of trouble.  We will investigate the rock Churches and Monasteries of the region including Ihlari valley and the 8th Century Selime Monastery carved from the living rock.

    Overnight Cappadocia.

  • 8
    Day 8 - Early morning Cappadocia balloon flight

    Breathtaking views over the fairy chimneys and unique geological formations of Cappadocia.  This unique experience is included in the tour.  After your post flight champagne and a hearty breakfast we depart for Adiyman and Nemrut, Mountain of the Gods.  This is the longest running day of the tour and time permitting we will see sunset on Nemrut Mountain top.

    Overnight Nemrut.

  • 9
    Day 9 - Nemrut Mountain Sanctuary. Karakuş Tumulus. Cendere Bridge

    Early morning visit to Nemrut Mountain top followed by a visit to the Karakuş Tumulus where the women Kommagene dynasty were buried and then the Cendere Bridge built by the Roman army in honour of the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus and his sons.  Departing the Adiyaman region for Şanliurfa via the Ataturk dam.  Leisure time at the Pools of Abraham (optional evening visit to Göbekli Tepe – time permitting).

    Overnight in Şanliurfa.

     

  • 10
    Day 10 - Göbekli Tepe. Şanliurfa Archaeological Museum and Necropolis

    Early morning visit to Göbekli Tepe, the extraordinary ritual complex from 10,000 B.C. and then onto Şanliurfa Archaeological Museum with its unmissable collection of archaeological artefacts stretching from the Neolithic period through the Classical period and to the times of Crusader Edessa, followed by the mosaic museum and the newly excavated Necropolis of Edessa.

    Overnight in Şanliurfa.

  • 11
    Day 11 - Göbekli Tepe. Depart or continue with tour extension to the Urartian capital of Tushba on the shore of Lake Van

    Early morning visit to Göbekli Tepe.  Depart or continue with tour extension to the Urartian capital of Tushba on the shore of Lake Van.

    For those continuing with the tour extension – overnight Van.

  • 12
    Day 12 - Urartian fortress and Royal Palace of Cavuştepe. Upper Anzaf (3 day tour extension)

    We will visit the Silk Road Fortress of Hosap built by the Kurdish Chieftan Sari Suleyman in the mid 17th Century on the foundations of a Urartian Fortress.  Onto an 8th Century Urartian fortress, royal palace and granary at Cavuştepe.  Then we go to Upper Anzaf Fortress on the outskirts of Van to see very unusual and unique Urartian rock carvings.

    Overnight Van.

     

  • 13
    Day 13 - Ayanis Castle (current excavation). Van Citadel (3 day tour extension)

    We will visit Ayanis Castle on the North Eastern shore of Lake Van, facing the stratovolcano Mount Suphan.  This is an ongoing excavation of a fortress and palace with an important 7th Century B.C. Temple.  On return to Van we will visit Van Citadel, established in the mid 8th Century B.C. and very possibly the longest continually used fortress in the world, having seen military action as recently as 1922.  It is still in use today with a mosque at its summit.  the Citadel has stunning views of the incredible Lake Van.  Lake Van is a tectonic, endohereic lake formed by volcanic activity of this highly volatile region and is surrounded by a ring of dormant volcanoes including Mount Artos, Mount Cadir, Mount Nemrut (not to be confused with the mountain of the same name in Adiyaman) and Mount Suphan.

    Overnight in Van.

  • 14
    Day 14 - Depart (3 day tour extension)

    Depart.

     

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Gobekli Tepe

The oldest Temple in the world was found by a Kurdish farmer ploughing his field. The Kurdish name for Gobekli Tepe is Gire Navoke.

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Hattusa

The oldest copy of a peace treaty was found in the excavations of the royal library of Hattusa, from approximately 1259 B.C. the treaty was signed by the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses The Great and King Hattusili of the Hittite Empire. A copy rests on display at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Mausoleum of Ataturk

Completed in 1953. Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk, was built to embody the architectural styles of the great civilisations of Anatolia.