Jordan & Turkey
14 Days, 13 Nights Spring 2015
Cities: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Amman, Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi-Rum.
Please Note: There is an option to visit Turkey only.
Haghia Sophia & Lunch
The Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace.
Overnight at hotel.
The Blue Mosque, recognizable from its six minarets, built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmed I
and decorated inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue color; The Blue Mosque was built by
Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa, who was one of Sinan’s apprentices. The Hippodrome (At Meydani) was the center of the
City’s public life for centuries. Its construction was started by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in 203. It was
enlarged and richly embellished by Constantine the Great and after him, many emperors rivaled to adorn it.
Haghia Sophia, which marked the apogée of Byzantine Emperor, Justinian’s reign. Topkapi Palace, the residence
of the Ottoman sultans between the end of the 15th and the first half of the 19th centuries with its Imperial
Drive on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing the bridge from Europe to Asia. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest in the world when completed unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.
The Bosphorus strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents; this
romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.
Dolmabahce Palace is one of the unique eclectic example mixes of Baroque and Turkish style. It was built in 1856 by the Balyan Family. The construction cost five million Ottoman Mecidiye gold coins, the equivalent of 35 tons of gold. Fourteen tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the 45,000 square meter monoblock palace, which stands on an area of 110,000 m². (Harem section is not included in the program due to extra entry and long queues but if you want at the end of the tour you can tell to your guide you wish to stay here and you can visit Harem by yourself).
Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos centre of terracotta art which is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river and is its production of earthenware pottery, it is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from this period. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle which has the numerous hollowed-out containers, rock tombs, and a large water cistern all welcome you as silent
Comfortable walking shoes are required as we will be walking on uneven grounds with cobblestones surface. Hats and sun screen are advised.
Visit Red valley; explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. The current village of Cavusin is located on the road. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. The two most important churches in Cavusin are the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist (located on the cliff above the village) and Cavusin church or the “Great Pigeon House” commemorating a visit of the famous Cappadocian Emperor Nicephorus Phocas. Kaymakli underground City, where early
Christians lived in fear and faith. The ancient name was Enegup. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels
are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may
vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. It is not recommended to visit underground cities for the guests who have asthma and claustrophobia.
Hotel Euro star (or similar)
PAMUKKALE – the white springs phenomena
The Karahayit springs also known as Kirmizi Su (Red Water). Then your next stop will be Hierapolis ancient city. Your guide will lead you from northern necropolis to southern necropolis. On your way, you will learn the story of this sacred city and explore its basilica, theatre, Temple of Apollo, roman bath, St. Phillip Martyrium and other parts of the city. You will also have a chance to swim in the historical roman pool of Hierapolis. Among these archaeological treasures, the highlight of the excursion will be walking bare-foot on the travertine terraces.
Hotel Marriot (or similar) www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mpqmc-petra-marriott-hotel/
No visit of Jordan will be complete without having seen the capital of the ancient Nabatean kingdom, Petra. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. It’s a mystical and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabatean spice routes. It originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About two thousand years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabataean Empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Aretas IV, was even mentioned in the Bible. The natural richness of the mountainous area combines in a superb way with the refined culture and massive architecture of the Nabateans, who carved their theatre, temples, façades, tombs, monasteries, houses and roads entirely into the rose-red sandstone rocks. No wonder UNESCO placed Petra on its World Heritage List.
Heading south to the largest of Jordan’s deserts of Wadi Rum, Valley of the Moon, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolution against the Ottomans during World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area. There are many monuments in Wadi Rum you can see such as; Lawrence spring, Khazali Siq, Sand Dunes, Thamodic inscription, Burdah Bridge, and more.
The Dead Sea
This is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes on earth. It lies on the western frontier of Jordan and is well-known to be the lowest spot on earth, 400 meters below sea level. The unusually salty and mineral rich water, and black rich mud along the shoreline, the thermal mineral springs are healing both for your body and your soul. They have attracted kings, emperors, traders and prophets since antiquity.
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Please note that the sequence of the trip might change to accommodate, flight schedule and traffic flow. Hotels will be booked based on availability, if hotel is fully booked similar standard hotel will be booked.
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