HIGLIGHTS OF TURKEY

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Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Departure: Everyday
Route: Istanbul-Cappadocia-Ephesus-Pamukkale-Istanbul


Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Istanbul (no meal)
Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 : Full Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Pick-up from your hotel. You will visit the main attractions of Istanbul (capital of the Ottoman Empire untill 1923) by this full day tour. The museum of St.Sophia; magnificent Byzantine church and the unique sample of Byzantine architecture, Blue Mosque; one of the biggest mosque of the Istanbul from 17th century and famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets,The Ancient Hippodrome; the square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the Ancient Hippodrome where once chariot races were held. The main monument left today is the impressive granite obelisk, carved in Egypt around 1,500 BC and brought to Constantinople in 390 AD. Our tour will continue with a visit to Topkapi Palace; it was once the residence of Ottoman sultans and their harem. We will finish the tour with a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar. The oldest and largest market place in the world with the unique collection of handmade carpets, jewellery, leader and souvenirs. End of the tour return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 : Half Day Bosphorus Cruise (breakfast)
Even if you are a short term or long term visitor to Istanbul, a bosphorus cruise is really a good way to experience what Istanbul really looks like and its diversity. You will visit Rustem Pasa Mosque first then walk through the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market). You will find here mystical smells of different aromas of various spices and many shops selling vegetables, fruits, fish and flowers. The Bosphorus cruise takes about 1.5 hour. The Bosphorus strait connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia. During this excursion you will see the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maidens Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses and Ottoman Residences. End of the tour return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 : Istanbul/Cappadocia – Cappadocia Tour 1 (breakfast-lunch)
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri . Arrive in Kayseri or Nevsehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia for your tour. Visit Devrent Valley was under the water 20 million years ago, it rose up above the water after volcanic eruptions. After years and years, the rocks formed in a variety of different shapes. Then we will go to Pasabagi, also named Monks Valley (Rahipler Vadisi), you can see some special housing and living area here which are also only can be found in this area. After lunch in Avanos, we will visit Goreme Open-Air Museum. Then we will continue to Esentepe where you can see the panoramic view of Goreme valley and Goreme village with fairy chimneys, different rock formations and cave houses. Finally, we will visit the natural rock castle in Uchisar, many rooms connected to anothers with stairs, tunnels or passages. End of the tour transfer to your hotel at Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5 : Cappadocia Tour 2 (breakfast-lunch)
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock- cut churches and walk 4-5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavus village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon valley. In the afternoon visitKaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Optional tour: Hot Air Baloon Ride (please ask)

Day 6 : Cappadocia/Izmir (breakfast)
Depart from your hotel and transfer to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir airport and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7 : Hierapolis and Pamukkale tour (breakfast-lunch)
In the morning you will visit the Hierapolis ; Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1,200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantian Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. A swim in the effervescent waters of the Sacred Pool should be at the top of the list on any travel itinerary. In addition to a high level of natural radioactivity, the water contains calcium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium and carbon dioxide and after a swim, you should simply dry off and let the minerals do their magic. Then we will proceed to the Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 8 : Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour / Izmir – Ist. (breakfast-lunch)
During the Ephesus Full day tour you will see the ruins in the ancient city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Ephesus Archeology Museum and the House of Virgin Mary. Ephesus was once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia. After lunch visit the House of Virgin Mary (reputed to be where she spent her final days). End of the tour,you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9 : Departure (breakfast)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to home. End of our services.

What’s Included

  • All mentioned transfers in the program.
  • All mentioned tours in the program including transportation with air-conditioned buses,guidance and entrance fees.
  • All meals as described in the itinerary.
  • All local taxes.
  • Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia /Cappadocia to Izmir/ Izmir to Istanbul.
  • 8 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels.

What’s Not Included

  • Tips (optional).
  • International flight tickets.
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served in breakfast).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa (if needed).