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Ankara tours and excursions

Ankara tours

Guided City Tours

As Ankara isn't a big tourist destination there aren't many local tour agencies. If you want to explore the city with a local guide, it's usually best to book with an operator in Istanbul or in Cappadocia. Turkish Heritage Travel in Göreme can organise bespoke Ankara itineraries for tourists.

Tel: +90 384 271 2687
Website: http://www.turkishheritagetravel.com

Ankara Monuments Tours

Tour guide Burak Sansal offers a half-day Ankara tour as part of his wide range of Turkey tours. The tour concentrates on the city's two top sights: the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Anıtkabir. It can also be combined with a Hattuşa excursion or a Cappadocia tour.

Website: http://www.allaboutturkey.com

Ankara excursions

Hattuşa

A three-hour drive (230km) brings you to Boğazkale village and the ruins of Hattuşa, the ancient capital of the Hittites (1340-1200BC). Highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site, scattered across the hillside, include the Great Temple, and Yer Kapı with its tunnel and stairway leading to the Sphinx Gate.

Website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/377

Cappadocia

The rock formations and Byzantine rock-church remnants of Cappadocia (270km east of Ankara) deserve at least an overnight trip. Base yourself in Göreme, home to the famed fresco-filled churches of Göreme Open-Air Museum, and then strike out into the surrounding valleys of weirdly-shaped rock to discover more hidden rock-cut churches.

Website: http://www.goreme.com