Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days – 5 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Ephesus – House of the Virgin Mary – Pamukkale –Goreme Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Rose Valley, Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley
Day 1 – Istanbul & Ephesus Tour
Pick up from the hotel and transfer from Istanbul domestic airport for your flight to Izmir. In Izmir you will be meet by your guide for a full days tour of Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. We tour this amazing site and wonder of the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour we will check in to your hotel in near by Kusadasi and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy and explore the harbour port or township.
Day 2 – Pamukkale Tour at 08:15am
(Breakfast and lunch included)
This morning we depart at 09:30 for Pamukkale . At Pamukkale we will visit the natural calcium travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis. We will explore the Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, and the Red waters of Karahayit. After Lunch we will visit the Pamukkale Museum, and The Travertines of Pamukkale. At the end of the tour we will return you to your hotel in Kusadasi.
EVENING BUS TO CAPPADOCIA
DAY 3: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.
Overnight in Cappadocia
DAY 04: Rose Valley & 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
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
DAY 05: DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY & IHLARA VALLEY TOUR at 09:00am
Depart from your hotel for Derinkuyu Underground City to visit the huge refugee settlement carved by early Christians,where they could hide from persecutors. From Derinkuyu continue to the beautiful valley of Ilhara , formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back visit the monastaries in Selime village.
DAY 06: Soganlı Tour
Pick up time: 09:00 A.M
First we will visit Mustafapaşa, an old and charming Greek Village. Then we will go to the Keslik Monastery located in the middle of a bizzare landscape. In the heart of the monastery is the Church of St. Michael with frescoes from the 13/14 Century. From Keslik we will go to Taskinpaşa Village. Here we find an old Medrese (religious seminary) which is not in use anymore. Later we will see the working archaeological site of the ancient ruins of Sobesos with its mosaics and the outer buildings which are the first traces of a Roman and Christian settlement mix in Cappadocia. Our next stop will be the churches of Soğanlı Valley, where we will enjoy our lunch
Returned hotel at 17:00 P.M
EVENING FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
END OF OUR SERVICE
What is included
- Airport Transfers
- Domestic flights from Istanbul to Izmir and Kayseri to Istanbul
- 1 nights hotel in Kusadasi with Breakfast
- 3 Night Cave Hotel in Cappadocia with Breakfast
- Bus Ticket From Pamukkale to Cappadocia
- Guided Ephesus tour with Lunch
- Guided Pamukkale Tour with Lunch
- 4 Days Cappadocia Tours with Lunch
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
Hot-Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia: 175 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.