Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 10 Days / 9 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul – Ephesus – Priene, Miletus, Didyma – Pamukkale – Cappadocia
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to
the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 – BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR at 08:30am
Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby for a full day to discover the fantastic city Istanbul. Today our visits include Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, HIPPODROME, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Rustem Pasha Mosque. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 – HALF DAY MORNING BOSPHORUS TOUR AT 08:30am
After breakfast meet your english speaking tour guide in the hotel lobby and transfer for a Full day BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise & Two Continents, First we will visit Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise for 1.5 hours, Rumeli Fortress (vision from the sea),
Evening Flight to Izmir
DAY 4 -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. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around
5:00 pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 – PAMUKKALE & HIERAPOLIS TOUR at 08:15am / BUS TO CAPPADOCIA (B-L)
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale , 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 overnight bus to Cappadocia with non smoking, fully air-conditioned bus at 9:00 pm or 10:00 pm. (duration 10 hours). There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs.
DAY 6 – FREE DAY IN CAPPADOCIA (B)
Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to your authentic hotel in Cappadocia. Free time at leisure.
Stay overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 7 –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.
DAY 8 –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.
Overnight in Cappadocia cave Hotel
DAY 9 – IHLARA VALLEY (B, L)
Our tour starts at 09:30 by pick-up from your hotel. After our guide’s introduction to Cappadocia at the Goreme panoramic view point, we drive about 1 hour and visit the most spectacular gorge of Turkey: Ihlara. The 6 km hike in the Ihlara Valley will be the highlight of our day. The Melendiz River has carved an impressive canyon through the verdant valley and we will walk about two hours along the river, passing Byzantine rock chapels decorated with frescoes. Especially the first half of the hike where we will be the only tourists walking, is totally peaceful. We end the hiking portion of the tour near Belisirma village, where we will have lunch in a quaint riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we stop at the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia, Selime Monastery and Cathedral. Selime is the biggest rock-cut cathedral of Cappadocia and located at the end of Ihlara Valley. It has has been used as a fortress by both Byzantine and Seljuk armies during 10th to 12th centuries.
Evening Flight to Istanbul
Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 10 – Departure (B)
After breakfast check out from hotel (before 12:00), transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport regarding your flight details. End of tour and services. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra
nights in Istanbul, please advise.
What is included
Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation
• Domestic flight ticket - (Istanbul to Izmir and Izmir to Cappadocia and Kayseri to Istanbul)
• All hotels with Breakfast
• Full Day Tour of Istanbul with lunch
• 1 Half Day Bosphorus Cruise without Lunch
• 2 Full Day Cappadocia Tour with lunch
• 1 Full Day Pamukkale Tour with lunch
• 1 Full Day Ephesus Tour with lunch
• Professionally licensed English speaking guides on local tours
• 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, international flight tickets, entry visa, 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.