Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days – 5 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Gallipoli, Troy
DAY 1 – ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
PLEASE BE READY AT MY OFFICE AT 18:00PM IN OLD TOWN OF SULTANAHMED AS ADRESS SHOWN BELOVE TO TAKE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO ISTANBUL BUS STATION
Küçük Ayasofya Cad.,
Sultanahmet/Istanbul Street number:57 Just near of taxi station on Kücük Ayasofya Cad
(0212) 458 9921
BUS DEPARTURE TIME AT 21:00PM FROM ISTANBUL BUS STATION
DAY 2 –MORNING ARRIVE TO NEVSEHIR BUS STATION AT 07:30AM AND TAKE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO GO URGUP CITY BUS STATAIN TO MEEY WITH MY DRIVER TO TRANSFER YOU TO OUR DEDELI KONAK HOTEL OR DEDELI DELUX HOTEL IN URGUP CITY
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, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 3 –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 to bus station.
20:30 Depart from Cappadocia for Pamukkale. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 4 – FULL DAY TOUR OF PAMUKKALE & HIERAPOLIS AT 09:45AM
When you arriving Pamukkale bus station transfer hotel. Take in breakfast and start tour. you will be pick up from hotel for full day tour of Pamukkale and Heirapolis. In Pamukkale, you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica , theatre and Roman Baths.
Overnight in KUSADASI. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 5 – Full Day Tour of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary AT 09:00AM
Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Izmir. Transfer from Izmir to Selcuk, join in tour of Ephesus (lunch is included) after the tour back to the hotel and stay the night.
Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary details:
First you will visit The the Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The enormous Temple of Artemis once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C.
Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, some of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break.
After lunch, you will visit The House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. Some four to six years after the death of Christ, St. John is said to have accompanied the Virgin Mary to Ephesus. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims.
EVENING BUS TO CANAKKALE
DAY 6: GALLIPOLI & TROY TOUR – ISTANBUL AT 08:30AM
After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles – particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I.
In the afternoon continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna . After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, Transfer to Istanbul check in to your hotel.
Arrive in Istanbul and check in to your hotel.
END OF OUR SERVICE
What is included
- Pick up and drop off to your hotel.
- Overnight intercity coach ticket (Istanbul to Cappadocia and Cappadocia to Pamukkale )
- 1 Night in Cappadocia at Cave hotel including breakfast.
- 1 Night in Kusadasi at hotel including breakfast.
- 2 Full Day Tour of Cappadocia with lunch.
- 1 Full Day Tour of Pamukkale with lunch.
- 1 Full day Ephesus Tour with Lunch
- 1 Full Day Gallipoli & Troy Tour with Lunch
- Meals mentioned by the itinerary.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours.
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
- Services charges and local taxes
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.