Day 1 – Istanbul
On arrival in İstanbul air-port, our team will greet & assist you. We will then drive to Istanbul’s beautiful old city area where we will visit the famous Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia, and the Taksim area. We will also take a short cruise up the famous Bosphorus Strait, the body of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia.
Overnight Istanbul (-/L/D)
Day 2 – Istanbul Old City
This morning we hit the road and drive to Bursa, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire. Sites we will visit include the famous Grand Mosque and the historical Silk Bazaar. We then continue to the Aegean Coast to Kusadasi, where we will spend the night.
Overnight Kusadasi (B/L/D)
Day 3 – Kusadasi—Ephesus—Pamukkale
This morning we will visit a local leather outlet where you will enjoy a fashion show showcasing some of the many leather products for which this area is famous. We will also visit Ephesus – one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world and where you will feel as if you stepped back in time. We also visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world before driving to Pamukkale, home of the famous white travertine pools. In Pamukkale we will visit the travertines before checking into our hotel.
Overnight Pamukkale (B/L/D)
Day 4 – Pamukkale—Konya—Cappadocia
After breakfast we head for Konya where we will visit the Mausoleum of famous Sufi poet Rumi. We then head to Cappadocia, famous for its incredible lunar-like landscape.
Overnight Cappadocia (B/L/D)
Day 5 – Cappadocia
After breakfast we start our tour of Cappadocia, the jewel in Turkey’s crown. Highlights will include Pigeon Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum and one of the area’s famous underground cities. You’ll also enjoy a demonstration of pottery making, a craft that is traditional in this area.
Overnight Cappadocia (B/L/D)
We leave Cappadocia this morning and drive to Turkey’s capital of Ankara where we will visit the Mausoleum of Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Overnight Ankara (B/L/D)
After breakfast we depart for Istanbul, where we will visit the famous Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace on arrival.
Overnight Istanbul (B/L/D)
This morning we will visit the Eyup Sultan Mosque which was the first mosque built by the Ottomans following the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Here we will also visit the tomb of tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Eyüp Ensari in Turkish) – who was a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed, and was killed during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678). Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
2019 Departure Dates:
|May||6, 13, 20, 27|
|June||10, 17, 24|
|July||1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|August||5, 19, 26|
|September||2, 19, 16, 23, 30|
- Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 8 passengers to depart. Should your tour be cancelled due to insufficient numbers you will be eligible for a full refund, or we will work with you to book an alternative program.
- Additional nights accommodation in Istanbul can be booked for those arriving before the tour start date or after the tour.
- On the final day of the tour, one Istanbul new airport transfer will be available in the morning, and one in the afternoon – guests wishing to transfer to the airport outside these times will be required to pay for an additional airport transfer.