HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Goreme Open Air Museum & Rock formations
Ephesus Ancient City
Pamukkale White Terraces
DAY 1 ISTANBUL
Upon arrival at The Istanbul International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sultanahmet. You will meet your guide and other tour participants for a cocktail and a briefing on your trip before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL
Today we will visit the Ottoman sites in Istanbul. All day we will allocate the Ottoman sites like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Spice Market, Grand Bazaar and Turkish Islamic Art Museum. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL
Today we will visit all Byzantine sites in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Chora Church and the carpet museum. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA
On our last day in Istanbul, we will have the leisurely Bosphorus cruise. The old mansions along the river and the beauty of the city will be breathtaking. Following the lunch at a local restaurant, we will transfer you to the airport and you will take the flight to Cappadocia. Arrival at Cappadocia airport, meet our driver and transfer to your lovely cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA
Optional hot air balloon is possible. Meet our guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel in Cappadocia. Our first stop is the Dervent imagination valley which has different rock formations look like animal figurines. Then we head on to Zelve Open Air Museum which is one of the oldest settlement of Cappadocia and one of the tree UNESCO sites in the park. Walking around Zelve and visit some sites over there and continue to Pasabag fairy Chimneys. Walking around there will make you feel like you are in the country of the Hobbits. Before lunch, we can visit the local ceramic workshops in the town of Avanos where the pottery had been the part of life over 4000 years. Following the lunch, we end the day at the highlight of Cappadocia; Goreme Open Air Museum. This 1600 years old educational center of Greek Orthodox Church will welcome us with lovely frescoes and wall painting on its cave churches and chappels. We will drive back to hotel after we stop by the Pigeon valley for a photo break. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 6 CAPPADOCIA
Our guide and driver will meet you at the lobby of the hotel in Cappadocia and we will start driving south of Cappadocia to the town of Kaymakli where we have the UNESCO site called Kaymakli underground city. Kaymakli is one of the widest of the other underground cities in Cappadocia. We wisit 5 floors of it and continue to our way by driving the scenic Anatolian plain to see the farms, fields and the small villages. En route, we stop by Nar Creater Lake for a photo break. Arrival to Ihlara canyon, we hike around 3.8 km along the stream of Melendiz and the beatiful nature. Having lunch by the river will be the reward of the hike and we will drive to the end of the canyon for another photo option. En route, we will stop by Sarihan Caravanserai to visit that 13th century residence for the mrchants and their camels. We wil drive back to our hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 7 CAPPADOCIA
Meet our guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel. Our first stop is Soganli valley which is out of track in Cappadocia. Hiking along the canyon , we visit some rock carved churches with frescoes. Meeting the local ladies in the middle of the old village who are selling the baby dolls and sipping some tea at the local tea shop will be delight. Then we will head on to Sobessos excavation site which is a late Roman city located in Cappadocia. Walking around the excavation site will be privilige. We will visit the monastery of Keslik before lunch. The monastery which had been inhabited by a Turkish family for years is still used by them as a graden where they grow their crops. Here we have lunch at a local home run restaurant in Mustafapasa known as Sinassos formerly. Then we will head onto Red Valley to hike for 5 km. This moon looking valley will take your breath away with its secret churches and unbelievable nature. Folowing the hike, we will drive back to the hotel.
DAY 8 CAPPADOCIA-KUSADASI
Transfer to the airport and take the flight to ızmir. Arrival at ızmir airport, transfer to Kusadasi which is a lovely port town by the Aegean sea. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner & overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 9 KUSADASI
We start early in the morning to beat the crowds and first drive to the Virgin Mary”s House; afterwards, we visit Ephesus which was founded in the eleventh century BC by the Ionians. Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, we see the Fountain of Traian, the temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus to name a few. We also visit the Terrace Houses: A number of living units where the rich and the dignitary of Ephesus with the most beautiful ground mosaics, frescoes, terra cotta pipe lines and private baths. Later in the afternoon we will visit St John”s Basilica, believed to be the tomb of the Apostle John, Christ”s beloved disciple. From the basilica, we will be able to look down on the remains of the temple of Artemis. We end the day with our visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, then we head on to Kusadasi for a well-earned rest. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 10 KUSADASI
After breakfast, we drive first to Prienne, formerly a leading member of the Panionic League. As we drive further South, we visit Miletus and then arrive at Didyma, where we have lunch at a local restaurant, circumstances permitting, across the road from the temple. As the historian Pausanias wrote; “The sanctuary of Apollo at Didymoi, and the oracle there are more ancient than the Ionian settlement.” Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 11 PAMUKKALE
As we check out, we drive to Pamukkale giving an en route visit to Aphrodisias, which was the city dedicated to the cult of Aphrodite. As we visit the Sculptor”s Museum in Aphrodisias, we have lunch at a local restaurant. We visit Hierapolis on arrival, then have time to stroll over the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale, or to enjoy the thermal facilities. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 12 ISTANBUL
Transfer to Denizli airport and take the flight back to Istanbul.
Accommodation at a luxurious cave hotel in Cappadocia
Accommodation at a special boutique hotel in Sultanahmet
Accommodation at a 5 star hotel in Kusadasi
All private tours
All private airport transfers
Private guiding on tours
Private A/C minivan on tours
Admission fees to the museums and sights
Lunches on tours
Return domestic flight tickets ( Istanbul – Kayseri- Izmir- Denizli- Istanbul)
Gratuities for the guide and driver
For cancellations up to 15 days before tour there is no cancellation fee. For cancellations within 15 days of the tour, we will charge a 50% cancellation fee. For cancellations within 24 hours of tour, we will charge a 100% cancellation fee.
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