This is a very comprehensive journey which starts in Istanbul, the center of the Ottoman Empire and their legacy. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Sultan Palace you name it. (Do not forget the luxury of a Turkish bath.)
We fly to Sanli Urfa and Harran, the birthplace of Prophet Ibrahim, where other prophets have lived too and set their marks as mentioned in the Holy Qur'an.
From this southernmost point we drive our way back, first up to Nemrud Dagi where a former king had created a tumulus and huge stone figures on the mountaintop.On to the underground cities around Cappadocia. They are a mystery for you to discover. We stay overnight in Goremje.
From there to the centre of Sufism, Konja were Rumi worked, lived and is buried. Visiting his mosque. It is claimed that healing miracles occur there.We will visit dancing dervishes in their performance.
The limestone terraces of Pamukkale are on route where the mineral rich water has created terraces in blending white.Then with our bus to Izmir we visit the Greek antic Ephesus and take a flight back to Istanbul.
The souk, the market waits for you. We take the flight back to Singapore at midnight.
Underground cities of Cappadocia.
According to ancient alien theorists, extraterrestrials landed and went underground, Shying the sunlight perhaps?.
How many of these underground cities exist? No one knows. When were they build and by whom? No one has a clue. They were used later by Christians to hide away from enemies so it is claimed.
|Journey||Istanbul - Sanli Urfa - Nemrud Dagi - Pamukkale - Konja - Cappadoccia - Izmir - Istanbul|
|Tour guidance||Harun or experience local (Bruneian) who had experience traveling there.|
|Pax||4 - 12|
|Dates||26 Sep to 10 Oct 2012
|Accommodations||3 - 4 star hotel or equivalent|
| Day 1 - Friday
||Depart Singapore at midnight and arrive in Istanbul early morning. Overnight in Istanbul.|
|Day 2 - Saturday||Sight-seeing and if wish to have a Turky bath. Overnight in Istanbul.|
| Day 3 - Sunday
||Sight-seeing in the morning and catch an afternoon flight to Sanli Urfa. Overnight in Sanli Urfa.|
| Day 4 - Monday
||At Sanli Urfa/ Harran. Visit the cave where Prophet Ibrahim was born.|
|Day 5 -Tuesday||
- Travel to Nimrud Dagi by Bus (beautiful scenery)
- Drive/Walk up to the summit
- Travel to Kayseri town (Overnight)
|Day 6 - Wednesday||
Visit the underground cities of Coppadocia and the wonder world of Goreme. (Overnight
stay in a Cave Hotel, if available)
|Day 7 - Thursday
||Travel to Konya the center of Sufism. Witness a dance performance. (Overnight)|
|Day 8 - Friday||
Travel to Pemukkale and the limestone terraces. Overnight in the vicinity
of Aydin town.
Day 9 - Saturday
|Travel (drive) to Izmir and visit antic Ephesus and later afternoon catch flight to Istanbul.|
|Day 10 - Sunday||Shopping/ Sight-seeing in Istanbul and late evening depart to Singapore.|
|Day 11 - Monday||Arrive in Singapore in the afternoon|
|Single Surcharge US$540.-|
Note: All flight in economy class. Price is full board, all transports including two flight in
All entrance fees, excluding Turkish Bath.