Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer your hotel.
Bosphorus Cruise (Half Day Afternoon) with Spice Market
We cruise the Bosphorus and from the deck of our cruise boat take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, which is lined with historic villages , grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisari and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans.
After our cruise, we visit the Spice Bazaar Spice bazaar Istanbul, a thrilling riot of colors, sounds and the rich smells of exotic spices.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
8:30am – Picked-up from hotel and met by your tour guide for a full day to discover the city of Istanbul. The tour will include visit to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, HIPPODROME and the Rustem Pasa Mosque. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm. EVENING FLIGHT TO KAYSERI
Day 3: North Cappadocia Tour AT 09:3AM
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.
Monks 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.
Göreme Open Air Museum: Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast numer of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Goreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.
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.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia. (L)
Day 4: South Cappadocia Tour AT 09:30AM/ Flight to Izmir
Breakfast & check out of the hotel in Cappadocia.
You will be picked up from your hotel to join full-day tour of South Cappadocia (tour as below).
Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
Kizilcukur: is a secluded valley on the outskirts of Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some well-preserved hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the numerous tracks inter-connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider’s web. 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 Goreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintings 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 however.
Hospital Monastery: One of the oldest monastries in Cappadocia.
Kaymakli: Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two 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 you are transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir through Istanbul. When you arrive in Izmir, you will find our employee holding your name for transfer to Kusadasi for overnight stay in Kusadasi hotel.(B, L)
Day 5: Pamukkale Tour AT 08:15AM
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.
Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. It is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pamukkale is now a world heritage site.
Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire.
EVENING BUS TO FETHIYE
DAY 06: Fethiye – 12 Islands Daily Boat Cruise
(At 10:30 a.m. we depart from Fethiye Harbor for a relaxing day exploring 4 to 6 of the picturesque bays and islands in the Gulf of Fethiye. We stop at Flat Island, an ideal place for children and inexperienced swimmers as the sea is very shallow here at this small beach. We cruise to Cleopatra’s Bath, where you may explore the area around the boat or the bath house itself. At Dock Yard Island you can see the ruins of this important antique dockyard, unfortunately destroyed by an earthquake in 1957. This trip is all about sunbathing, swimming, relaxing and enjoying a nice meal! After the boat trip, we return to our hotel.
DAY 06: SAKILI KENT ( HIDDEN CITY ) TLOS – PATARA
(Our day starts at 9:00 a.m. in Fethiye where all jeeps depart for an enjoyable day. First stop is the archaeological site of Tlos, situated on a steep hill and therefore unfortunately difficult to reach. We can see an Ottoman Castle on the top, Lycian rock graves and a Roman theatre. Afterwards we visit the trout farm of Yakapark and the hidden canyon of Saklikent. You can wade through this wonderful gorge in fresh jade-coloured spring water, slowly climbing to a waterfall. After lunch we drive to Xanthos, the capital of the Lycians, and to Patara, the longest sand beach of Turkey where we dive in the turquoise sea! Around 6:00 p.m.
Day 7: TRANSFER TO DALAMAN AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
END OF OUR SERVICE
What is included
- AIRPORT TRANSFERS
- INTERNAL FLIGHT TICKETS ( ISTANBUL TO KAYSERI AND KAYSERI TO IZMIR – FETHIYE TO ISTANBUL )
- ALL HOTELS WITH BREAKFAST
- BUS TICKETS FROM PAMUKKALE TO FETHIYE
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours.
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees.
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.