Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days – 5 Nights
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Highlights : Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Didim, Priene, Miletus, Istanbul
Day 1:Evening Flight from Istanbul to Ankara
Day 2:ANKARA CITY TOUR AT 09:00am
Sightseeing in Ankara – we first visit Ataturk’s Mausoleum. On the exterior of the great hall of the mausoleum are inscribed Atatürk’s Address to Turkey’s Youth and extracts from his Tenth Year Speech ending in the famous words, “Happy is he who calls himself a Turk”.
We then visit the internationally aclaimed Anatolian Civilizations Museum which has a number of exhibits of Anatolian archeology. They start with the Paleolithic era, and continue chronologically through the Neolithic, Early Bronze, Assyrian trading colonies, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuq and Ottoman periods.
The exhibits of gold, silver, glass, marble and bronze works date back as far as the second half of the first millennium BC. The coin collections, with examples ranging from the first minted money to modern times, represent the museum’s rare cultural treasures.
The museum was elected as the first “European Museum of the Year” in Switzerland on April 19, 1997.
Afternoon Bus to Cappadocia at 15:30pm
Day 3: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. (Included meals: Lunch)
DAY 4 –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, you will be transferred back to Urgup Bus Station for evening Bus To Pamukkale at 20:00pm
Day 5: Morning arrive in Pamukkale
Meet and transfer to Hotel to freshen up.
PAMUKKALE & HIERAPOLIS TOUR at 09:45am
After breakfast as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hiarapolis.
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. After tour we take an afternoon bus to Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 6: EPHESUS TOUR at 09:00am
Ephesus for a full day of sightseeing. First visit the 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 Ephesus, 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.
Evening Flıght to Ankara or Istanbul
End of our Sevice
What is included
- Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
- Domestic flight ticket Istanbul to Ankara and Izmır to Ankara or Istanbul
- Bus Tickets from Ankara to Cappadocia
- 2 Days Cappadocia Tours with Lunch
- 1 Day Pamukkale Tours with Lunch
- 1 Day Ephesus Tour with Lunch
- 1 Day Ankara Tour with Lunch
- 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 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.