Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Hierapolis
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the Boutique Hotel in Sultanahmet area. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 – BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
08:30 am. You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Old City. In this day you will be able to see :
Hagia Sophia: Byzantium largest cathedral, converted to mosque 1453 by the Ottoman Empire and today open as a museum to see both religion remains.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE: This mosque complex, containing Istanbul’s only mosque with six minarets was built by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga for Sultan Ahmed 1st. early 17th century.
HIPPODROME: Center of sport activities and political events of the Eastern Roman Empire.
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR: Famous shopping center worldwide. Shopping possibilities for carpet, jewellery, leather etc
Topkapi Palace : Built between 1475 and 1478 by Mehmet II, Fatih, the conqueror of Istanbul, served as the residence of the Sultan and administrative seat of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
20:00 You will be picked up from your hotel for Turkish Night & Belly Dancing Show
DAY 3 – HALF DAY MORNING BOSPHORUS CRUISE TOUR
08:30 am. You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Two Continents . In this day you will be able to see:
Spice Bazaar : Mystical smells of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, caviar and dry fish etc…
BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise: On the waterway separating the two continents, Asia and Europe. Opportunity to take photographs of marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture, besides modern residences and luxurious apartments.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE: Unique chance to go from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) in two minutes.
EVENING FLIGHT TO IZMIR
DAY 4 -EPHESUS TOUR AT 09:00am
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First you will visit the Temple of Artemis which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of , the most well preserved example 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. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 5 – Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour at 09:30am
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You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Pamukkale . 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. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
EVENING FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
DAY 6– ISTANBUL / DEPARTURE (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel, check out and as per your flight time transfer on to Istanbul international airport.
What is included
- Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
- Domestic Air tickets (Istanbul to Izmir and Pamukkale to Istanbul).
All Hotels with Breakfast
1 Day Istanbul City Tour
Half Day Bosphorus Cruıse Tour wıthout Lunch
- 1 Full Day Ephesus Tour
- 1 Full Day Pamukkale Tour
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours.
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees.
- Meals mentioned by the itinerary
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.