Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to magical Istanbul, where people from many different cultures have lived together side by side throughout history.
You’ll be met by one of our team in Istanbul airport, and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore. Please note that we will leave a message at your hotel to confirm your pick up time for tomorrow.
Note: If you wish to have a dinner cruise in Istanbul please inform us in advance to confirm
Day 2 – Istanbul Highlights Old City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel, and then after breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel for your Istanbul Old City tour.
Our first stop is Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome. Your tour guide will give you an overview of the history of the place and all the details of its transformation. Highlights of your wander around the Hippodrome will include the German Fountain and the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Walled Obelisk.
Next up is a visit to the beautiful Blue Mosque. Officially known as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, the Blue Mosque get its nickname from its magnificent blue tiles and breath-taking interior design. (Please note that women will be required to cover their hair whilst inside and both men and women should wear pants / skirts that are below the knee and have their shoulders covered as a mark of respect – coverings are provided at the entrance to the mosque).
We will move on to Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia in Turkish), world-renowned for its history of being a church and then later being converted to a mosque. It is also considered one of the world’s great architectural feats. You will be enthralled as your guide explains about the history and uniqueness of the the beautiful Hagia Sophia.
By now you will be getting hungry, so we will head to a local restaurant where you can taste some Turkish cuisine.
Next stop is at Topkapi Palace, former home of the Ottoman sultans, and centre of the Ottoman court.
We will also visit the Underground Basilica Cistern which was used to store the city’s water in the Roman & Ottoman eras. Our last stop for the day is the bustling Grand Bazaar – home to more than 4,000 shops selling traditional Turkish wares as well as a number of artisans.
At the conclusion of your tour you will be dropped back to your hotel. Free evening.
Please note that tomorrow you will check out from the hotel.
Overnight Istanbul (B, L)
Day 3 – Flight to Cappadocia
Breakfast, and then check out from your hotel. You will be picked up by our driver, and transferred to the airport for your flight to Kayseri, one of the two gateway airports to Cappadocia.
On arrival in Kayseri you will be met by one of our team members and driven to your cave hotel accommodation. Free afternoon to explore or simply rest and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
The recommended activity for tonight is ‘Whirling Dervishes’ ceremony and ‘Turkish Night’ with open buffet dinner offering as many dishes and drinks as you wish while you enjoy belly dancers and other folklore shows. If you wish to book for tonight please contact us in advance and we will arrange your tickets and pick-up service.
Optional activity event for tonight:
Turkish Night & Whirling Dervishes Ceremony with Dinner 45 Euro Per Person
Optional activity tour for tomorrow morning :
Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise in Cappadocia for 130 Euro
Overnight Cappadocia (B)
Day 4 – Highlights of Cappadocia Tour 1
This is your first morning in Cappadocia and we would like to welcome you to this amazing place. If you want to enjoy it to the fullest we recommend you fly with the most trusted pilots at sunrise in a hot air balloon over and through the unique landscapes of Cappadocia. If you are interested please contact us in advance so that we can guarantee a place for you at sunrise flight.
At 09:30 your tour guide and driver will arrive to pick you up from your hotel for your first tour of Cappadocia. Today’s highlights will include Goreme Open air museum, Uchisar Castle,Rock Churches,Rock Castle, Cavusin Old Greek Village,Paşabağ Fairy Chimneys, Avanos Pottery Demonstrations,Devrent(Imagination) Valley and finally Ürgüp Wine Tasting.
On the tour you will have lunch in a well-respected local restaurant to taste another traditional recipe. You will be transferred back to your hotel at the end of the tour.
Enjoy the hospitality at your cave hotel. We wish you a nice stay for the night. Overnight @ Cave hotel in Cappadocia
5.Day: Cappadocia’s Highlights Tour 2
Breakfast (@ hotel) & Lunch included Good morning!Cappadocia is so vast with so many amazing landscapes that we have to go for another round of a tour to have seen at least the most famous beauties of it.
Today you will have the chance to visit Goreme Panorama,Derinkuyu Underground City,Ihlara Valley,Belisırma Village,Selime Monastery, Uchisar Pigeon Valley.
Today we will have our lunch in another local restaurant to taste another dish from Turkish cuisine because tasting a country’s cuisine is part of the travel. After the tour you will be heading to your hotel with our driver. Enjoy the serenity at your cave accommodation.
Overnight @ Cave hotel in Cappadocia
6.Day: Travel from Cappadocia to Izmir (Ephesus)
Breakfast (@ hotel) & lunch included
It’s another cheerful morning in Cappadocia and we are going to say farewell and take your leave on a plane to Izmir. Check out from your hotel and our team members will arrange your transfer to the Kayseri airport for your domestic flight.
Upon arrival in Izmir we will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kuşadası. Tomorrow we will go to one of the most important tourist resorts of the whole country, Ephesus.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the harbour in Kusadasi. Overnight @ hotel in Kusadasi
7.Day: Virgin Mary House & Ephesus Tour
Breakfast (@ hotel) & lunch included
We’ll visit Ephesus today. Ephesus is well known as the best preserved city of classical antiquity on the Mediterranean. In terms of ruins, it is even better than Rome itself. If you love history and appreciate having a sense of how life was 2000 years ago, you will be in heaven today. Temple of Artemis is also on your list of visited places today, being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it guarantees an unforgettable memory from Turkey to take home.
Virgin Mary’s House is the next destination for the tour which is also of high religious importance. It is said to be the place where Saint Mary was brought to by one of the apostle to spend the last years of her life.
After the tour, we will leave for Pamukkale, the city of Cotton Castle. On arrival to Pamukkale check inn to hotel .
Overnight @ Hotel in Pamukkale.
Optional activities for tomorrow :
8.Day: Hierapolis & Pamukkale Tour
Breakfast (@ hotel) & lunch included
It’s a new day for a brand-new experience in a Pamukkale natural site. The unique natural formations of Pamukkale resemble nothing so much as crystallized fields of cotton. It’s not until you step in thermal waters ankle deep that you realize Pamukkale is nothing like you’ve ever seen or experienced in your life.
Today you are going to have the chance to take a walk in the magnificent Travertine Terraces of Pamukkale and it’s like you are walking in a snow-covered glittering land under the summer sun.
Relax and lie back in Calcium-rich pools. You even will be able to swim in Cleopatra’s private pool.
Besides, you can visit the adjacent city of Hierapolis with the majestic theatre, the Temple of Apollo, the Sun God, the most important god of the city, Latrine, Agora, the Gymnasium and more.
Pamukkale and Hierapolis both have been recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1988. Together, they have created one of the most attractive destinations to travel to in the globe for a lovely relaxing thermal bath and a explore the splendor of Roman and Byzantine history.
After the tour keep enjoying the thermal therapy at your hotel.
Overnight @ Hotel in Pamukkale .
9.Day: Flight to Istanbul & Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise Tour in Istanbul
Breakfast (@ hotel) & lunch is not included
This morning after you’ve had breakfast we will transfer you to the Denizli airport for your flight to Istanbul.Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
You have seen the most beautiful splendid sites of Turkey . Now we are back in Istanbul to have yet another memorable tour, this time on the Bosphorus strait connecting Europe and Asia. Bosphorus is a strait connecting Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. Travelers have never failed to celebrate the significance and splendor of Bosphorus waterway dividing the lands of two continents and connecting their cultures at the same time.
Today you will cruise on this beautiful waterway and look at the beautiful shore and get a panoramic review of history and art in Istanbul. The houses, palaces, pavilions and gardens on shores will give you a great feeling.
We will also get up the Camlica Hill which is the most elevated part of the city which gives you a peaceful panoramic view of the land and the waters of Istanbul. There you will have lunch. After the tour ends we will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight hotel in istanbul .
10.Day: Packing Day / Good by Turkey .Hope to see you agian
Breakfast (@ hotel)
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