Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
DAY 1 ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 2 :ISTANBUL – SULTANAHMET (GROUP WALKING TOUR)
8:10 – 8:45 Departure from your hotel. Today we will visit the Saint Sophia (Haghia Sofia) This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural wonders of all time. See beautiful mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century and which takes its name from its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. We continue to the Hippodrome, a stadium and meeting place in Byzantine times, and the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Continue with the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum originally built as the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha in 1524 with fine examples of Islamic Calligraphy, tiles and carpets. Then we will explore the Topkapi Palace. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th century A.D. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). The tour ends in the Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures. Return to your hotel around 17:30.
DAY 3 :Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
8:30 am – You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 1:00 pm.
Evening Flight To Kayseri
Overnight in boutique cave hotel.
DAY 4 : GOREME MUSEUM & FAIRY-CHIMNEY TOURS at 09:30am
Depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unigue fairy-chimneys. Drive to paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles.Drive to the city of Avanos .In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years.Lastly,before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uçhisar.
DAY 5: ROSE VALLEY & KAYMAKLI UNDGROUND CITY TOURS at 09:30am
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavuşin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clergymen. After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley . In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith.
EVENING BUS TO KONYA
DAY 6: KONYA – PAMUKKALE
HALF DAY FREE IN KONYA . The next stop will be Konya with the Mevlana Museum (founder of the Mevlevi order of dervishes, commonly called the Whirling Dervishes).
AFTERNOON BUS TO PAMUKKALE AT 13:30PM
Arrive in Pamukkale and overnight in 4* thermal hotel.
DAY 7 – PAMUKKALE at 09:45am – KUSADASI
In the morning visit the ancient site of Hierapolis, including theater, Apollo Temple and Necropolis, then the calcium terraces of Pamukkale. Continue to Kusadasi through the Meander Valley and overnight Kusadası
DAY 8: EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY at 09:00am – KUSADASI
Today we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, then the Ancient City of Ephesus with the Library of Celsius, temple of Hadrian, agora and Greco-Roman theater and the Basilica of St. John. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 9 KUSADASI – PERGAMON ASCLEPION at 08:30am – CANAKKALE
Today :we will visit the Asclepion of Pergamon, which was a famous center of healing in the ancient world. Galen, who originated from Pergamon and was the founder of modern medecine, treated his patients here. Overnight in Canakkale. B.L.D.
DAY 10:TROY & GALLIPOLI TOUR at 08:30am – CANAKKALE – ISTANBUL
After breakfast we will begin the drive to Istanbul. We will cross the Dardanelles by ferry and visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli. Finally we drive to Troy, the described by Homer, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years Return to Istanbul and overnight in 3* hotel. B.L
Day 11 :FREE DAY/DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport for departure.
End of our service.
What is included
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Domestic Flight Tickets (Istanbul to Kayseri
- Accommodation in hotels as mentioned or similar.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in non-smoking vehicle with driver and professional English
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 40 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV / Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey - Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.