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Archaeological Paths

  • Turkey Grand Tour
  • The Greatest Ancient Wonders of Anatolia
  • Adventures Exploring the Roots of Civilization

1. Overview & dates

Archaeological Paths invites you to embark on an extraordinary 14-day odyssey to explore the profound archaeological wonders, rich history, captivating culture, and breathtaking natural landscapes of Turkey, a land rightfully celebrated as the "Cradle of Civilization".


Our adventure begins in the historic heart of Istanbul, once the thriving capital of the Byzantine Empire. From there, we will journey to the storied grounds of Troy and walk in the footsteps of legends. Our exploration will lead us to the sacred biblical city of Ephesus, offering a glimpse into ancient Christian heritage.


The journey will then take us to the surreal, wind-sculpted terrains of Cappadocia, a region adorned with rock-cut sanctuaries and ancient underground cities. We will delve into the roots of human settlement at Catalhuyuk, one of the earliest urban centers known to history, where communities thrived as far back as 7,000 B.C.


Our exploration continues to the majestic Mount Nemrut, a site often hailed as the eighth wonder of the ancient world, where colossal god-like statues gaze eternally over the horizon. The pinnacle of our journey is the awe-inspiring Gobekli Tepe, celebrated as the world's first temple. Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, this Neolithic masterpiece is heralded as the most significant archaeological find of our era.


Join Archaeological Paths on this unforgettable journey through time and discover the enduring legacy of Turkey's remarkable civilization.


Tour dates:

June 1-14, 2024

Open places

2. Highlights


  Special-Access Visit to Göbekli Tepe


The highlight of our tour will be the renowned Gobekli Tepe, considered to be the oldest temple ever discovered. Unveiled relatively recently, this site predates the end of the last Ice Age, boasting an age of approximately 12,000 years. Its sophistication and architectural ingenuity make it a cornerstone of archaeological discovery.


Gobekli Tepe stands as one of the most pivotal and astounding archaeological finds in recent history. Its construction predates other ancient megalithic sites like Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids by millennia, redefining our understanding of early human civilization.


The uncovering of Gobekli Tepe has shifted the narrative of early advanced societies, indicating that long before the rise of Mesopotamia and Egypt, an enigmatic civilization was erecting monumental structures in what is now Turkey. Join us on this journey to witness firsthand the awe-inspiring legacy of this ancient site!


"This place is a supernova! Within a minute of first seeing it I knew I had two choices: go away and tell nobody, or spend the rest of my life working here."


Dr. Klaus Schmidt - the main archeologist excavating Göbekli Tepe


3. Tour video

4. Itinerary




Upon arrival in Turkey, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Archaeological Paths at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. You will then be transferred to ayou will have the opportunity to relax and unwind from the journey. The evening will feature a delightful dinner, followed by a restful overnight stay at the hotel, setting the stage for the adventures that await in Istanbul.





DAY 2 - Istanbul  - The Old City

Istanbul - one of the greatest cities in the world, capital of the Byzantine Empire.


Following breakfast, our journey will commence from the hotel towards the enchanting Sultanahmet district, renowned as the "historical peninsula" of Istanbul. Our exploration begins with the mesmerizing remnants of the Ottoman Empire, leading us to the illustrious Blue Mosque. This architectural marvel, famed for its intricate craftsmanship, boasts over 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles and 200 radiant stained glass windows, representing the pinnacle of Islamic art.


Our cultural odyssey continues at the Topkapi Palace, the first palace built by the Ottomans in Istanbul, where we'll admire an array of stunning Ottoman artworks. Subsequently, we'll enjoy a delightful lunch in the vicinity of the Blue Mosque. Post-lunch, our itinerary includes a visit to the majestic St. Sophia Museum (Hagia Sophia), a beacon of Byzantine architecture that once served as an Orthodox cathedral and a mosque.


The afternoon will unveil the mysteries of the ancient Basilica Cistern, Istanbul's historic subterranean aqueduct, followed by a stroll through the Byzantine Hippodrome, adorned with illustrious relics from Egyptian, Greek, and Roman epochs.


Concluding the day's journey, we'll retreat to our hotel for dinner and a restful night in Istanbul, reflecting on a day immersed in the city's rich tapestry of history and culture.




DAY 3 - Troy & Canakkale


On day 3, we will embark on a scenic drive to Troy, traversing the European territory known as "Thrace." Our journey will lead us to Eceabat, where we'll relish lunch by the picturesque waterside before boarding a ferry across the Dardanelles to reach Canakkale on the Asian side of Turkey.


In the afternoon, we'll delve into the rich history of ancient Troy, a city steeped in both history and myth, immortalized in the Greek Epic Cycle and notably in Homer's Iliad. During our exploration, we'll wander through the remarkably preserved ruins, gaining insights into the lives of its ancient inhabitants. Additionally, we'll encounter a replica of the iconic Trojan Horse, symbolizing the ingenuity and intrigue of the legendary siege.


Our day of historical discovery will conclude with an overnight stay at the hotel in Assos Dove, offering a moment of tranquility and reflection on the timeless narratives that have unfolded in this storied region.





DAY 4 - Pergamon, Ephesus & Selcuk


Embark on a journey to Pergamon, nestled within the contemporary city of Bergama. Our visit to Pergamon will commence with a cable car ride ascending the mountain to explore the ancient Acropolis, offering a glimpse into its storied past and architectural marvels.


Subsequently, we will journey to the illustrious city of Ephesus, where we will be greeted by the exceptionally well-preserved remnants of a Hellenistic-Early Roman age metropolis. Ephesus holds a special place in Christian history, being where St. Paul once resided and delivered his teachings. We'll stroll through its ancient streets, marveling at the historical and architectural wonders that have withstood the test of time.


The day's exploration will culminate with an overnight stay at a hotel in Kusadasi, providing a serene end to a day steeped in the rich tapestry of ancient civilization.





DAY 5 - Dalyan and Kaunos


In the morning, our adventure continues as we set off to the enchanting region of Dalyan, a place renowned for its natural beauty and historical significance. From here, we will embark on a two-hour boat journey that will take us close to the evocative ruins of Kaunos, once a bustling ancient port strategically positioned at the Dalyan river delta.


The journey along the river will reveal the awe-inspiring sight of rock-cut tombs etched into the riverbanks, dating back to the 9th century B.C. or possibly earlier. These tombs, shrouded in an air of mystery, are believed to belong to the ancient rulers of Kaunos. Their facades, echoing the elegance of ancient Greek architecture, stand as silent witnesses to a bygone era. Historically, these sepulchers are thought to have harbored hidden treasures within their false walls, although they have suffered from numerous lootings over the centuries.


This immersive experience, set against the backdrop of Dalyan's stunning landscapes and infused with the tales of antiquity, promises to be a highlight of our journey, offering a profound connection to the past.




DAY 6 - Kekova, Demre


On the sixth day of our journey, we will escape to the city of Demre, which is situated in close proximity to the ancient Roman city of Myra, a site steeped in historical significance. Myra was a pivotal location in antiquity, not only as a stopover for St. Paul during his missionary travels but also as the bishopric seat of St. Nicholas in the fourth century, the venerable figure who inspired the modern-day legend of Santa Claus.


The area boasts an array of spectacular ancient ruins, offering us a tangible connection to its rich past. Our exploration will extend beyond the terrestrial bounds of Myra as we board a boat to the serene island of Kekova. Here, we will be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of underwater ruins, known to some as the Kekova Castle, visible beneath the crystal-clear azure waters.


This part of our journey also affords a unique opportunity to engage directly with the area's natural beauty. We will have time to swim and snorkel, immersing ourselves in the tranquil and inviting waters, and experiencing the vibrant marine life that thrives around the submerged ruins. This day promises a blend of cultural discovery and natural enchantment, creating memories that will last a lifetime.






Following breakfast, we will depart from the hotel and set our course for Konya, a city renowned for its rich spiritual heritage. En route, we will have the privilege of visiting the Mevlana Museum, the iconic sanctuary of the Whirling Dervishes. This museum is not merely a repository of relics; it stands as a testament to Turkey's profound mystical and religious traditions, capturing the essence of Sufism and offering insights into the lives of its devout practitioners.


Once we arrive in Konya and enjoy a local lunch, our journey will continue to the Catalhoyuk ruins, an archaeological marvel that offers a window into one of the world's earliest known cities, dating back almost 10,000 years. As we explore this landmark site, hailed as one of the most consequential archaeological discoveries of the last century, we will witness the dawn of urban civilization firsthand. Catalhoyuk stands out for its exceptional preservation and its status as the largest Neolithic settlement discovered to date, providing unparalleled insights into prehistoric human society.


This unique archaeological adventure, venturing beyond the usual tourist paths, culminates with an overnight stay in the captivating Cappadocia region. This visit not only enriches our understanding of human history but also connects us with the pioneering spirit of early urban settlers, making it a truly enlightening experience.



DAY 8 - Cappadocia


Cappadocia offers an ethereal landscape that seems suspended outside time—a surreal tableau of valleys and peaks, adorned with rock-cut sanctuaries and enigmatic subterranean cities. Its geological marvels craft a scene reminiscent of a "lost world," inviting awe and wonder at every turn.


During our visit, we'll immerse ourselves in this extraordinary region, with ample time dedicated to exploring its diverse facets and capturing the essence of its unique beauty. The iconic rock formations of Cappadocia, sculpted by eons of erosion from lakes, rivers, and wind, create a panorama of volcanic spires and stone towers that is truly otherworldly.


Beyond its geological splendor, Cappadocia is also renowned for its historical and cultural depth, evidenced by the myriad rock-hewn chapels and churches etched into its landscape. These sacred sites, primarily from the 9th to 11th centuries, offer a glimpse into the spiritual life of ancient communities who sought solace and sanctity within these natural fortresses.



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DAY 9 - Cappadocia


Our exploration of Cappadocia continues with another day packed with remarkable discoveries. Following breakfast, our adventure leads us to the enigmatic underground city of Derinkuyu, an expansive subterranean complex that delves deep into the earth's crust. Here, we will navigate through its numerous levels, each layer unraveling the ingenuity and resilience of ancient civilizations that sought refuge and built their lives beneath the surface.


Next on our itinerary is the Zelve Open-Air Museum, a captivating site that offers a vivid glimpse into the region's past. The museum showcases an array of dwellings, religious sites, and communal spaces carved directly into the rock, providing an authentic look at the troglodyte lifestyle that once thrived in these landscapes.


For lunch, we will visit Avanos, a town celebrated for its culinary delights and artistic heritage. After savoring the local cuisine, we'll venture to Ürgüp, a charming town renowned for its unique rock formations that house exquisite cliffside dwellings, wineries, and artisanal carpet workshops. Here, you'll have the opportunity to experience the local culture, taste the renowned wines, and perhaps even find a handcrafted carpet to cherish as a memento.


Our day culminates with a return to our accommodations in Cappadocia, where we'll enjoy dinner and reflect on the day's experiences, surrounded by the region's timeless beauty. Overnight, we'll rest in Cappadocia, drawing our extraordinary exploration to a close amidst its awe-inspiring landscapes.





DAY 10 – Mount Nemrut


After enjoying our morning meal, we will depart from the hotel and set off towards Nemrut (Kahta), embarking on a journey filled with historical intrigue and cultural encounters. Along the way, we'll pause at the Karatayhan Caravanserai, an exemplar of Seljuk architecture that whispers tales from the ancient Silk Road.


Our journey will continue with a flavorful interlude in Kahramanmaras, a city celebrated for its unique Turkish ice cream crafted from goat's milk, offering a delightful gastronomic experience. Following our lunch and break, we'll proceed to Kahta, where we'll check into our hotel, setting the stage for an evening expedition.


The highlight of our day will be an evening ascent to the summit of Mount Nemrut, a site that commands awe and wonder, justly compared to the wonders of the ancient world. The mountain, peaking at about 2000 meters, hosts the enigmatic remnants of the Commagene Kingdom, which flourished in the 1st century B.C. The summit is famed for its colossal stone heads representing ancient deities, creating an evocative connection to the past. Although widely believed to house the tomb of a king, the true origins and purpose of these monumental sculptures remain shrouded in mystery, igniting the imagination of all who visit.


The day will culminate with a mesmerizing sunset viewed from the peak, offering a moment of reflection amid the remnants of a bygone era. As twilight descends, we will return to our hotel in Kahta for dinner and a restful night, carrying with us the memories of a day spent exploring one of Turkey's most captivating historical treasures.






Following breakfast, we will proceed to check out of the hotel and embark on our journey to Urfa, a city steeped in history and culture. En route, we will witness the grandeur of Turkey's largest dam on the Euphrates River, a marvel of modern engineering that showcases the country's progress in harnessing natural resources.


Our voyage will then lead us to the intriguing town of Harran, renowned for its unique Arabic culture, vibrant inhabitants, and historical legacy, including ancient structures and a significant Islamic university. Harran offers a rich array of cultural and architectural heritage, inviting us to delve into its storied past.


The day's journey continues to Göbekli Tepe, an archaeological site of immense historical significance. This enigmatic locale predates Stonehenge by a staggering 6,000 years, presenting a sophisticated and mysterious chapter in the human saga. Its intricate carvings and monumental structures offer a profound insight into the early stages of human civilization and the dawn of architectural ingenuity.


In the evening, we will arrive in Urfa, where we will check into our hotel, savoring a delightful dinner. The overnight stay in Urfa provides a perfect end to a day filled with exploration and discovery, encapsulating the depth and diversity of Turkey's ancient and contemporary allure.





Day 12 - Sanliurfa, Urfa Archeology Museum, Pools of Abraham


After enjoying breakfast, our day in Urfa will unfold with a serene stroll through the enchanting, flower-adorned gardens surrounding the Pools of Abraham. These historic pools, interwoven with a labyrinth of canals, are home to countless sacred carp, nurtured and revered by the locals. The tranquil atmosphere and the cultural significance of the pools offer a unique opportunity to experience the local traditions and beliefs.


Our exploration will continue with a visit to the Cave of Abraham, a site imbued with profound spiritual significance. According to local lore, this cave is the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, making it a poignant destination for reflection and appreciation of the region's religious heritage.


In the afternoon, we will enrich our understanding of the area's ancient history with a visit to the Urfa Archeology Museum. Here, we will encounter an array of fascinating artifacts that unveil the richness of the region's past. Among these treasures are remarkable stone sculptures and a unique object reminiscent of a totem pole, all unearthed at Göbekli Tepe. These artifacts provide a tangible connection to the distant past and underscore the sophistication of early human societies.



DAY 13 - Urfa - Istanbul, Bosphorus cruise


Following breakfast, we will conclude our stay in Urfa by checking out of the hotel and transferring to the Urfa airport for our flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival and check-in at our hotel in Istanbul, guests will be afforded some leisure time. This interval offers a perfect opportunity for relaxation, indulging in some shopping, or independently exploring the vibrant streets and rich cultural tapestry of Istanbul at their own pace.


As the evening unfurls, we will embark on a private boat cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, an experience that promises to be both enchanting and memorable. The cruise offers a unique vantage point to appreciate the juxtaposition of Istanbul's European and Asian skylines, historic landmarks, and the bustling life along the strait's shores.


The highlight of the evening will be our farewell dinner aboard the boat, set against the backdrop of a breathtaking Istanbul sunset. This special moment will provide an ideal setting to reflect on our journey's experiences and toast to our shared memories.


Our day concludes with an overnight stay in Istanbul, rounding off a day that beautifully marries relaxation, exploration, and celebratory camaraderie.





DAY 14 - Departure from Istanbul


After enjoying our final breakfast together, the time will come for warm goodbyes as we cherish the memories and friendships forged during our journey. We will check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport, where we will embark on our respective flights back home. As we depart, we carry with us not only souvenirs and photographs but also a wealth of experiences and insights gained from our exploration of Turkey's rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. We bid each other farewell, with hopes that our paths may cross again in future adventures. Safe travels to all!




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6. Pricing

Price per person: $9985 in a double room (deposit is only $1200 during booking!). If you are traveling alone, you can share a room with another tour member. If you would like to have a single room, the single supplement costs an extra $2985.


Payment Schedule:

  • $1200 deposit during booking.

  • Full payment is due three months before the tour.


Price Includes:

13-night stay at 4/5* hotels; 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; All sightseeing tours; Entrance tickets, English speaking guide; English speaking tour leader; Transfers in air-conditioned buses; Reception at Istanbul International airport; Airport Arrival & Departure transfers; Domestic flight from Urfa/Gaziantep to Istanbul; Travel Insurance; Government taxes.


Not Included:

International flights to/from Istanbul in Turkey; Visa cost (visas cost $20 and have to be applied for and issued online before you travel); Drinks during lunches and dinners.

7. Registration

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Since the number of places is limited, we encourage you to book the tour as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions.




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