Tour Style : Small Group Honeymoon Tour
Duration : 14 Days – 13 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Sirince, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Dalyan, Ölüdeniz
Day 1 – Istanbul – Arrival Day
Transfer from Istanbul airport and check in to your hotel. Tonight you and your significant other will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will be introduced to Turkish cuisine and enjoy the magical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
We depart at 08:30 for the Istanbul City Tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Just across from the Blue Mosque we visit the famous Hagia Sophia. 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. After the tour you have the option to make a shopping tour in which learn about of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul Evening flight to Cappadocia.
Overnight in ıSTANBUL
Day 3:Half Day Morning Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour at 08:30am
After breakfast at 08:30am we depart for Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, a traditional excursion by boat along the strait separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
From your romantic boat cruise you will be able to see:
SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Evenıng flıght to Kayserı
DAY 4 –Fairy Chimneys Tour at 09:30am
In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
LOVE VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 – Rose Valley & Mazıkoy Underground City Tour at 09:30am
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away
MAZIKOY: One of largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
EVENING FLIGHT TO IZMIR
DAY 6: Ephesus Tour at 09:00am
We depart at 10:00 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (legend tells this is where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 – Pamukkale at 08:15am
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then drive on to Pamukkale for our tour and of the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. After walking around this natural phenomenon you will have the opportunity to lie in the waters of the natural thermal springs.
DAY 8:DAY BUS TO FETHIYE
Overnight in Fethiye
DAY 9: Dalyan & Mudbaths
Dalyan is one of the popular place to be seen in the area. after a 1hr15min bus drive to Dalyan. a 15 minutes boat trip will take you to the mudbaths what is an different experience for many people visiting the city. The mud containing sulphur and many other elements is said to be good for the skin conditions and you feel refreshed and revitalized. Dalyan is also famous for its rock-cut tombs carved on a face of a cliff, as there is no option to climb up those ruins boat will go close as it can so you can take nice photos of those unique ruins. after a short break at rock tombs boat will continue it’s cruise among the natural labyrinth made of reeds to the second longest beach of Turkey.
DAY 10: BUTTERFLY VALLEY TRIP
After breakfast at 09:30 you will get together at your hotel and drive to Ölüdeniz Beach around 45 min. In Ölüdeniz beach take a boat in here.The tour has six stops, which are usually the following: Blue Cave, Butterfly Valley, Aquarium Bay, St. Nicholas Island, Cold Water, Camel Beach. We return to Ölüdeniz at 17:30.After the tour you will transferd back to your hotel.
EVENING FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
Day 11 – Istanbul – End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel
What is included
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia and Fethiye to Istanbul
- All hotels with Breakfast ( Kusadasi and Pamukkale & Fethiye hotels dinner included)
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport
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.