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Turkey Travel Tour Highlights
Throughout history, Turkey has been home to some of the world’s greatest civilizations and religions. Start with three nights in Istanbul, with extensive touring of the city’s intriguing delights. Visit Gallipoli, known for its key role in World War I, and the battle that made Atatürk’s military career. Travel to Troy, where remains of nine earlier cities have been excavated. Also visit Pergamon, whose Temple to Apollo is dramatically situated on a hilltop overlooking the later basilica, and an early medical center. Spend two nights in Izmir, your base for touring the fabulous ancient city of Ephesus and nearby Selcuk. Drive to Pamukkale, where cascading mineral water has formed a terrace of salt cliffs and the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis rest atop the hill. En route visit Sardis, the Lydian capital city, where early Judaism and Christianity thrived. Visit Aphrodisias, the superbly situated ancient temple city. Continue south to Antalya, whose imposing coastal position made the site a popular stop for Crusaders. Travel on to Cappadocia, visiting Konya en route. Visit the tomb of Mevlana Celalladin Rumi, the founder of Sufism. Sumptuous tile work, personal possessions of the Mevlana and haunting Sufi music give his tomb an unforgettably moving atmosphere. Continue on to Cappadocia, where an otherworldly landscape was the site of early Christian communities, and trade routes connecting the Mediterranean to the Far East. Tour the many attractions in the area before heading to Ankara for a night. Visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, and Gordion, the ancient capital of Phrygia. Fly to Bursa, the first Ottoman capital, known for the superb Green Mosque and Mausoleum, and for the high quality silks the city produces. Return to Istanbul for a day at leisure, or touring some of the many distinct neighborhoods that make Istanbul such a unique city.