Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 9 Days / 8 Nights
Highlights : Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Ephesus
Day 1 – Cappadocia – Arrival Day
Welcome to Cappadocia ! Today is your arrival day. Airport transfers are available from Airport or Bus Station during the hours of 8:00am til 8:00pm. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 2 – GOREME MUSEUM & FAIRY-CHIMNEY TOURS
Depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unigue fairy-chimneys. Drive to paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles.Drive to the city of Avanos .In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly,before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uçhisar.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3 – ROSE VALLEY & KAYMAKLI UNDGROUND CITY TOURS AT 09:30AM
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavuşin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clergymen. After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley . In the afternoon visit Kaymaklı underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith.
Evening Bus to Konya at 17:30pm
Day 4 -half day free ın Konya
Afternoon Bus to Antalya
Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5 – Antalya City Tour – Aspendos & Perge at 08:15am
After breakfast departure for Perge.
Perge : According to the geographer Strabon, Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. The people of Perge loved and respected their Artemis to such an extent that Christianity had to wait for another 400 years to enter here. In the Byzantine period, Perge was the seat of the bishop. Even though Arabs raided Perge in the 7th century AD, when Seljuk Turks settled the area, records show the existence of an older race living here. After the tour, departure for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
Aspendos: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. The Toros Daglari (Taurus Mountains) forms a beautiful back drop to the fertile coast, rich with fields of cotton and vegetables. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won they didn’t stay for long). During the reign of he Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. After Aspendos return to hotel for dinner. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 6 – Antalya – Pamukkale
After breakfast depart for Pamukkale . We shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces.
Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 – Pamukkale at 09:45am – Kusadasi
You don’t have to wake up early, enjoy the thermal poll in Hotel and sunshine and and explore the city, shop in the local markets. After lunch we depart for Kusadasi . You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy party and explore Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8 – Ephesus at 09:00am – Kusadasi
we depart for Ephesus (20 minutes drive) – once the commercial centre of the ancient world – is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. the Temple of Artemis, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will become aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like leather manufacturing and jewellery. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 9 – Kusadasi – End of Tour
Today your tour is over. Please make your own arrangements for departure remembering that your hotel will need you to check out before midday. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another tour with us.
What is included
Internal Flight Tıckets Istanbul to Cappadocia and Izmir to Istanbul
- return airport transfers
-All Hotels with Breakfast
- Guided tour in Cappadocia
- Guided tour in Pamukkale
- Guided tour in Kusadasi
- Guided tour in Ephesus
- 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 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.