Ancient Ruins of Turkey: Limited Edition
There are few places as historically rich as Turkey and this Limited Edition trip takes you off the tourist path to delve deeper into the ancient worlds that lie half-hidden across the landscape. Countless civilisations have called this wondrous terrain home – Bronze Age people like the Hittites, the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the Greeks, Romans, Alexander the Great, the Byzantine Empire, the Seljuk and Ottoman empires – and they have all left incredible reminders strewn across the landscape. This fascinating mix of cultures and religions – pagan, Jewish, Christian, Muslim – offers up a wealth of treasures to discover. Beginning with the monuments of Istanbul, fly to Adiyaman and witness the colossi of the Commagene Kingdom atop Mount Numrut. Travel into Central Anatolia to see the influence of the once incredibly powerful and culturally advanced Suljuk Empire in Kayseri, then see the 5,000-year-old Kultupe kiln tablets. Explore the incredible rock-hewn churches that lie in the ‘fairy chimney’ landscape of Cappadocia, then discover the 14th-century BC capital of the Hittites near Ankara. The fantastically preserved Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamon lie near Izmir, while the monuments of Hierapolis compete with the amazing natural wonder of the travertines in Pamukkale. End with a Neolithic site and the ancient mountain top city of Sagalassos near Antalya, then return to Istanbul on a trip that will take you back in time and introduce you to new worlds.
- The history of this region is etched in stone – see it with the 5,000 year old Kultupe kiln tablets, considered the earliest written documentation of life in Central Anatolia
- Board a cable car to climb to the top of the magnificent mountain Acropolis of Pergamon, home to one of the ancient world’s most stunning theatres
- In Adiyaman taste Menengic, often referred to as Kurdish coffee a popular drink of the region
- The Cappadocia region is overflowing with both natural and manufactured wonders, from volcanic rock formations to the Sobesos excavation site – location of Roman Baths, agora and mosaics
- Hike through the little-visited but very picturesque Sognali Valley in Cappadocia. Explore rock-hewn churches and cast your eye over of the intricate frescos of ancient sanctuaries like the Yilanli Kilise Church of the Serpent
- Originally carried by the nomadic Mongols as dry food across the steppes and into Anatolia, Manti is a favourite throughout the kitchens of Turkey. Get your chance to enjoy the traditional dish of Manti in Kayseri
- Discover the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia, travelling out to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, know for a beautifully intact Roman theatre that’s perhaps the best preserved in the world
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