Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 8 Days – 7 Nights
Highlights: Cappadocia – Pamukkale – Pergamum – Kusadasi – Miletus – Priene –
Didyma – Ephesus
DAY 1 -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 at around 17:30. Overnight in Cappadocia.
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 tour overnight bus to Pamukkale with non smoking, fully air-conditioned bus at 20:00 (duration 10 hours).There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs.
DAY 4 – PAMUKKALE TOUR (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, at 09:45am
Arrival in Pamukkale and transfer to hotel to fresh up before start tour.
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Pamukkale & Hierapolis. 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. At the end of the day, we will drive to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 – PERGAMUM TOUR (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, at 08:30am
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Pergamon . In Pergamum, you will be delighted to visit the Asclepion and Health Centre. As you make your to Acropolis, the Red Basillica, originally a temple of Serapis, can be viewed. The most spectacular structure is certainly the theatre, a remarkable piece of engineering built into the steep hillside.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 6– MILETUS, PRIENE, DIDYMA TOUR (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at 08:30am
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Priene, Miletus & Didim. First you will see Priene which in its time was one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Ionians cities. Then we will lead our way to Miletus to see Miletus with its magnificent theatre and the Byzantine fortress on the acropolis above. Our last stop will be Didyma. Here you will find the largest Ionic Temple in the world, that of Apollo. Also in Didyma lies the huge, cracked head of Medusa which long ago fell from the freeze. End of the tour transfer to the hotel around 6:00 pm and overnight stay in Kusadasi.
DAY 7 – EPHESUS TOUR at 09:00am / BUS TO ISTANBUL (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary. First you will 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.
After the tour, you will be transferred to Bus station. Overnight bus to Istanbul.
DAY 8 – ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL / DEPARTURE
7:30 Arrival early to the Istanbul bus station. Transfer to city center or A/P according to your flight time.
What is included
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
- Intercity coach ticket (Istanbul to Cappadocia to Pamukkale / Ephesus to Istanbul)
- 1 Night accommodation in Cappadocia at very good Cave Hotel with Breakfast.
- 3 night Hotel accommodation in Kusadasi with Breakfast and dinner.
- 2 Full Day Cappadocia Tour
- 1 Full Day Pamukkale Tour
- 1 Full Day Pergamum Tour
- 1 Full Day Ephesus Tour
- 1 Full Day Miletus, Priene, Didyma Tour
- Transportation by comfortable Bus
- Overnight bus tickets
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Meals mentioned by the itinerary
- Museum entry fees
- Services charges & local taxes
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Ride: 130 Euros per person
- 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.