5 Day Tour From Istanbul-Ephesus-Kusadasi-Pamukkale-Konya-Cappadocia
Guaranteed Departure Every Tuesday
Tuesday – Day 1 – Flight Istanbul to Izmir – Ephesus
Early morning pick up from your Istanbul hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir. On arrival at Izmir airport you will be met by your driver and transferred to Ephesus where you will meet with your tour guide for your full day Ephesus guided tour which will include a visit to Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, the Temple of Artemis and Isa Bey Mosque. After the tour you will be driven to Kusadasi where you will check in to your hotel.
Overnight Kusadasi (L)
Wednesday Day 2 – Kusadasi- Pamukkale
After breakfast we will drive approximately 3 hours to Pamukkale, home to the amazing white travertine pools. We will have lunch on arrival at a local restaurant then start our tour which includes the ancient Roman spa town of Hierapolis including its Necropolis, the travertines and free time to swim in the Cleopatra Antique pool After our tour check in to the hotel.
Overnight Pamukkale (B, L)
Thursday – Day 3 – Pamukkale – Konya – Cappadocia
After breakfast we commence our scenic drive to Konya. In Konya we will visit the Mevlana Museum, then have lunch. After lunch we will continue on to Cappadocia, home to one of the most surreal landscapes in the world.
Overnight Cappadocia (B,L)
Friday – Day 4 – Cappadocia Highlights Sightseeing Tour
Optional: Enjoy a one hour hot air balloon flight at sunrise this morning
Pick up from your hotel at approximately 9.30am for your Cappadocia Red Tour.
Our first stop of the day will be at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Göreme Open Air Museum which was once a Byzantine monastic settlement comprised of more than 10 churches, rectories, accommodation and a theological school. You’ll be amazed at the tiny churches carved into the rocks and decorated with frescoes, many of which are in good condition.
Our second stop will be Paşabağ Valley, also called the Monks Valley, home to some of the best examples of mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. This valley was previously home to a settlement of monks, and today you can climb up into one of the fairy chimneys and see part of their former quarters.
We then drive to Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, where some of the most surreal rock formations can be found, many of them shaped like animals. See if you can spot the camel, snake, seal and dolphin-shaped rocks.
We will have lunch at a local cave restaurant in the town of Avanos, which is famous for its pottery. After a tasty lunch of traditional Turkish cuisine, we will visit a local family-run pottery workshop for a kick-wheel pottery demonstration.
Our last stop will be Uçhisar Castle, the highest point of the Cappadocia. This is a great opportunity to get some great panorama shots of Cappadocia and the fairy chimneys.
Overnight Cappadocia (B, L)
Saturday Day 5 : Cappadocia Highlights Tour 2
After breakfast we will set off for more sightseeing which will include one of the area’s many underground cities. After the tour you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Please note that services conclude on arrival in Istanbul airport.