Ankara is the capital of Turkey and one of Turkey’s most diverse tourist destinations which is filled with modern and ancient history. Museum of Anatolian Civilization which is one of the most important museums to visit in Turkey is located in this city. Ankara is also a great place to take as a base if you are planning to visit Gordion ,Hattusas and Cappadocia
Day 1 – Take the early flight from Istanbul and arrive to Ankara. Your local guide will meet you at the Airport and you will start your day tour of Ankara. Those are the sites you will be visiting;
Museum of Anatolian Civilization – Established in 1921 with the orders of Kemal Ataturk this is one of the most important museums of Turkey. The Museum displays many pieces from Stone Age to present day. The most important finds from Hattusa and Yazilikaya are also in display here.
Ankara Castle – Ankara Castle dates back to 3000 years. Ankara Castle is an ideal place to visit to get to know the culture and history in a short time When visiting Ankara Castle, you have a chance to see Roman Theatre as well.
Rahmi Koc Museum – Within five minutes’ walk of the castle is the Rahmi Koc Museum, Museum of Anatolian civilizations and Cangelhan
The Roman Bath Museum – This is one of the important tourist attractions of the city. The Museum displays the Roman Bath Complex.
Anitkabir Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk – This is one the most important iconic locations of Turkish Republic. The site of the ancient burial mound connects the distant past with the present Turkish Republic, here literally embodied by its founder’s mortal remains. Mausoleum is used by the government to mark important days associated with the Republic of Turkey for mass rallies. Within the Mausoleum there is also a Museum of War and Independence with a large collection of Ataturk memorabilia.
Overnight in Ankara
Day 2 – After breakfast in the hotel check out and with an early start drive to Hattusa which will take about 3 hours. Hattusa is sandwiched between Yozgat and Corum, in a part of the country which sees relatively few tourists. That’s a great shame because the ruins here are extensive and unusual. What’s more the surrounding countryside is very beautiful and the neighboring small village of Boğazkale a bite-sized taste of rural Anatolia.
After approximately 3 hours’ drive, we arrive in Yazılıkaya where we will discover the beautiful rock carvings of Hittites Gods and Goddesses. Once a place where a freshwater spring bubbled forth, it is thought to be a holy place of worship.
After lunch we drive to Boğazkale and Hattusa. The impressive city of Hattusa, now all in ruins – was once the capital of the great Hittite empire.
Our first destination is Great Temple then the city ruins including Lions Gate, King’s Gate, The Tunnel, Summer Palace and City Walls.
After Hattusa visit continue to Cappadocia and overnight İN cave style boutique hotel in Cappadocia
Day 3 - After breakfast in your hotel, you will start the Hiking and Underground City Tour of Cappadocia.
The tour will start with hiking in Red Valley which is an amazing place to hike and to explore the famous rock-cut churches the colourful, breathtaking fairy chimneys. After 4 kms hiking, you will visit Greek Village of Cavusin, famous for rock cut churches. After lunch, you will visit the one of the magical places of the region, Kaymakli Underground City which is the largest underground city of Cappadocia. After Kaymakli underground city, you will visit Valley Of Pigeons with it's for dove cotes. The last stop will be in Ortahisar Castle, biggest mass fairy chimney of Cappadocia.
Overnight in a cave style boutique hotel in Cappadocia
Day 4 - After breakfast in your hotel, you will start the Regional Cappadocia Tour.
Tour Start from Devrent Valley known as Imagination Valley, spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful land scapes. After Devrent valley, you will visit Pasabag known as The Valley Of Monk's in where you will be seeing double and triple headed rock formation. Lunch break will be in Avanos, famous for pottery and Red River . After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which is in the heart of Cappadocia in Goreme. Goreme open air museum famous for its wall paintings dating back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The last stop will be Uchisar castle, natural and one of the biggest mass fairy chimney of the region.
After the tour you will be transferred back to the Airport to take the evening flight back to Istanbul