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Class: Cappadocia - Mediterranean Tour Season: All Seasons
   
The Hittitians Routes in Great Anatolia (10 Days - 9 Nights)

DAY 1: Arrive and we pick you from Ankara airport, hotels in Ankara or Main Bus stations or Train Stations and transfer you starts with the impressive modern form of Ataturk's Mausoleum, (Anitkabir) where ancient and modern architectural concepts testifies to the power and grace of Turkish architecture took place. Here we'll examine the great founders' special items and here you'll examine the life of A leader who is respected by the nature. Next we'll pass to Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (Another name called Hittite Museum) with its priceless collection of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Roman artifacts. We’ll proceed for Roman Baths with its Roman structure remain in the center of the city. Temple of Augustus and Rome await our exploration as well. We have dinner at Ankara Castle at hill Zenger Pasa Restaurant. Return to hotel in Ankara. (L) 

DAY 2: Ankara to Alacahoyuk-Yazilikaya and Hattusas (3 hours): Depart to Corum direction upon arrival visit to Alacahoyuk. Alacahoyuk was an important centre as far back as the Chalcolithic Age, that is, from the 4th millennium on. Artifacts dating from this period and brought to light by Hamit Kosay are in the Ankara Museum. Representation of an Early Bronze Age burial ceremony at Alacahoyuk. The king lies on a bier awaiting burial in a tomb in which the queen has already been buried with her jewelry and other possessions. C/in to our Hotel Maviocak 3 + category. Dinner and overnight (B,L)

DAY 3: Discovering Yazilikaya - Hattusas: Drive to Yazilikaya where visit to rocky reliefs a holy place 2 km. to the north-east of Hattusas. The large open gallery with its reliefs of male and female deities formed the shrine of the adjacent temple, the foundations of which have since been uncovered. Whereas in Hattusas the religious rites were carried out in closed rooms in front of the cult statue, in Yazılıkaya they were performed in the open air before the reliefs of deities. These reliefs present a collective picture of all the Hittite gods. After having lunch visit to Hattusas At the German excavations in Hattusa (Bogazkoy), five temples have been uncovered whose size and architectural design place them among the finest monuments of their time. The largest of them, consecrated to the weather god of Hatti and the sun goddess of Arinna, is reasonably well-preserved and still gives a vivid impression of its time. The whole complex, storerooms included, is 160 m. long and 135 m. wide. The temple itself is a rectangular building with an inner court. On the north-eastern side there is an additional wing containing nine rooms where the actual places of worship were located. In the two largest rooms stood the statues of the weather god and the sun goddess of Arinna. These, unfortunately, are no longer in existence. Still can be seen Lion Kings, king gates-tunnel return to your hotel, free time enjoy from the swimming pool. Dinner at your hotel (B,L) 

DAY 4: Drive to Cappadocia and visits (4 hours): Drive to Cappadocia about noon time we arrive to Avanos then visit to Goreme Open Air Museum - Zelve and Uchisar Castle (highest point in Cappadocia) C/ in to our hotel in Cappadocia. Dinner at hotel (B,L).

DAY 5: Touring in Cappadocia: Visit to Soganli Village – Ayvali Village, Sinasos Greek House and Kaymakli underground city. ON at your hotel (B,L)

DAY 6: Drive to Kayseri (Kultepe Hittitian city): Depart from Cappadocia to Kayseri for visiting Kanesh (Kultepe) During the Neo-Hittite Age, from 1000 BC, Kültepe was one of the foremost cities of the country called the Kingdom of Tabal by the Assyrians. However, the city was considerably destroyed during the Hellenistic and Roman ages; consequently it has not been possible to find traces of palaces, decorated with sculptured slabs, the existence of which we know. In spite of this, sculpture, painted pottery and seals have been discovered in sufficient abundance to indicate the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Kültepe was one of the one of the most important cities of Cappadocia despite its closeness to Kayseri. 20km to Kayseri. Drive to Kayseri where overnight in our Hotel in Kayseri. (B,L).

DAY 7: Kayseri - Konya Mevlana Mausoleum turning Dervishes: Drive to Konya on road visit to spring Eflatunpinar then Acemhoyuk and arrive to Konya. After lunch visit to Mevlana Mouseloum where visit his tombs. Then drive to visit Religious School of Karatay and On road also can be seen Sultanhani Seljucian Caravanserail. ON at your hotel in Konya. (B,L). 

DAY 8: Visit to Catalhoyuk - overnight in Konya: After breakfast drive to visit Catalhoyuk. Catalhoyuk is the site of a Neolithic town. It is the oldest town excavated, dating from around 6000 BC. It's a town that's almost 8,000 years old. The walls of the houses were all connected. There were no streets in the town. if you wanted to move around, you walked over the flat tops of the houses. There were no city walls, and it's presumed the walls of the outermost houses served as city walls. A fair bit of excavation has been done, and we had already seen some of the artifacts from Catalhoyuk at the Anatolian Civilisations Museum in Ankara. We return to our hotel in Konya. Overnight. (B,D).

DAY 9: Konya - Mersin - Tarsus - Adana (reaching Mediterranean coasts): Depart from Konya way to Mersin on road visit to Tarsus St Paul basilica, St. Paul's Well, an obviously old stone well, may have nothing to do with St. Paul, but it is interesting to see, and perhaps the main reason many travelers stop in Tarsus. The few streets of historic houses near St. Paul's Well are interesting to walk through, a glimpse at what the town looked like for much of its history during the last millennium. Follows depart and arrive to our Hotel in Adana ON. (B,D).

DAY 10: Adana - Antioch (Antakya) flight to Istanbul: Drive from Adana way to Mt. Taurus. Upon arrival to Karatepe National park. The site at Karatepe known today as Aslantas, Lion Stone, was a frontier fort of the Late Hittites. It was built in the 7th century BC as a defense against tribal inroads from the north by the ruler of Adana Plain, Asativatas, and called Asativadaya. The site lies between the ancient caravan route to the west linking the tablelands of central Anatolia with the southern plains, and the Aslantaş Dam on the Ceyhan river to the east. The fort has two T-shaped monumental portals with high towers. Between the two towers an open passageway leads to a gallery giving access to two chambers at either side and into the fort. In the sanctuary on the inner side of the south portal is the statue of the Storm God resting on the pair of bulls. The statue has been restored and set upright in its original position. Drive back to Hotel or airport in Adana. End of trip. (B).







 


Accommodation in 4 stars hotels- a professional licenced tour Guide - Mentioned meals above in the tour program - A comfortable Bus, car or minivan - All entrance fees where necessary.
Local flight tickets from Adana - Istanbul cost around €60.00EU- Drinks on the meals - Self expences in Hotel rooms (Minibar- Laundry-Telephone etc) - Tips to Guide and Driver.

Seasons/Prices

Low Season: November - March

Summer Season: April to October 

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 4 - 6   Pax

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8 - 12  Pax

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14 - 16 Pax

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18 - 22 Pax

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24 - 30 Pax

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32 - 35 pax

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36 - 42 Pax

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