Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Highlights: Cappadocia – Pamukkale – Priene – Miletus – Didim – Ephesus
Day 1: Istanbul-Cappadocia (Included meals: Lunch)Mornıng Flıght to Kayserı
Arrive in Kayseri. Met on arrival & transfer to Cappadocia.
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.
After the tour transfer back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cappadocia (Cave Hotel).
Day 2: Cappadocia-Pamukkale (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
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.
After the tour transfer back to the town and free time. After the tour take a night bus to Pamukkale.
Day 3: Pamukkale Tour at 09:30am
Arrival in Pamukkale and transfer to hotel to freshen up before starting your tour.
You will see the Cotton Cilifts. Pamukkale is an extraordinary natural wonder. The calceus waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 C and tumple down the mountain from a height of 100 meters, forming a myriad of pools. Cream-colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows from the pools, creating a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world. Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its Basilica, theatre, Roman Bath and Necropolis. At the end of the day, we will drive to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Day 4: Didym – Milet – Priene Tour at 08:30am (Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Didim – Milet – Priene. In this day you will be able to see:
Drive to Didym where visit Oracle Temple, Prytaneum, Ilyas bey Mosque, Byzantine Fortress, Nymphoion then drive to one of the Ionian city Miletos, Bouleterion, Faustine Bath, Temple of Athena where visit theatre and continue to visit Priene and columns. Breakfast & Lunch. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Ephesus Tour at 09:00am (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Ephesus. In this day you will be able to see:
The ruins of the Temple of Artemis. One of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then on to visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Curettes Street, public toilets, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre, Marble Street. After a lunch break depart for the House of Virgin Mary and visit the chapel where she is said to have spent her last day.
After the tour free time and transfer to the Izmir Airport.
21:30 Fly from Izmir to Istanbul
10:30 Arrive in Istanbul and pick up from Istanbul airport to back to your hotel.
What is included
- Domestic Air tickets -(Istanbul to Cappadocia / Izmir to Istanbul).
- Intercity ground transportation tickets (Cappadocial to Pamukkale).
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours.
- Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
- 1 night hotel stay in Cappadocia at Cave Hotel including breakfast.
- 2 night hotel stay in Kusadasi at Hotel (including breakfast).
- 2 Full Day Tours of Cappadocia with lunch.
- 1 Full Day Tour of Pamukkale with lunch.
- 1 Full Day Tour of Didym - Milet - Priene
- 1 Full Day Tour of Ephesus with lunch.
- Meals mentioned by the itinerary.
- Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
- Services charges and local taxes.
- Tour insurance
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia: 225 Euros per adult cash payment (no child reduction)
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.