|DURATION||11 Days – 10 Nights|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Kusadasi, Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, Artemission Temple, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Konya, Cappadocia, Underground cities, Goreme, Uchisar, Pasabag Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley, Valleys in Cappadocia|
|DEPARTURE||Everyday for individuals and groups|
|INCLUDED|| Deluxe rooms in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia including breakfast
Your private guide and driver for flexible tour based on your interests
Fluent English speaking tour guide
Host / Hostess from arrival till departure for luggage handling, hotel & airline check in procedures, tickets to the museums, restaurant reservations and many other things…..
Deluxe transportation by new brand vehicles (Fully Air-conditioned. Specially designed comfortable seats, 7 / 24 internet connection, Minibar service (water, soda water, soft drinks, beer, red & white wine, Jack Daniels & Chivas Regal onboard.
Domestic flights by Turkish airlines
Personalized sightseeing as indicated in day-by-day itinerary.
Meals as specified in day-by-day itinerary
Hotel tax and service charges
Government fees and local handling charges
Luggage handling based on a maximum of two large pieces of luggage per person, plus carry-on bags
Complimentary return transfer and dinner reservation to selected restaurants in Istanbul
|NOT INCLUDED|| Personal expenses
Meals not indicated in includes section,
Drinks during meals
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, your private tour guide and host will welcome you at the airport with a sign written “Your Name “on it. Welcome info during your Private transfer to the hotel. Check in to your hotel for overnight stay. Complimentary return transfer and dinner reservation at selected restaurants in Istanbul on request
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and Our journey begins in Istanbul, The only city in the world located on two continents is Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – for more than 2000 years.
Our tour starts with Hippodrome Square where used to take place for chariot races and the Byzantine riots during Roman & Byzantine period. Only a short walk away, reaches Hagia Sophia built in 532 AD by Roman Emperor Justinian I. and Blue Mosque, has its fame from its beautiful blue Iznik tiles. We will continue walking to Topkapi Palace, was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. It was constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. We will visit the Topkapi Palace including Harem, treasury, Chinese Porcelain, weapons section.
After that, we will visit Grand Bazaar where is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Overnight in İstanbul
After breakfast, Our tour stars with Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Then take a traditional excursion by boat on the Bosphorus along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore.
Afternoon visit Underground Cistern which was the largest covered water reservoir in Istanbul, built by Justinian I. Overnight in Istanbul
07.15 a.m. Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for 09.00 a.m. morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport at 10.00 a.m. Met by your tour guide and drive to Ephesus (45-minute drive) We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
Walkthrough history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus; it was built in the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial to his father Gaius Julius Celsus Polemanus, the proconsul of Province of Asia. , the Temple of Hadrian and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. The theater was the place where St. Paul preached. After Ephesus, we will have our lunch.
The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there. We will stop at Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir. Overnight at Kusadasi
Drive to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was primarily known as a center for the arts, specifically sculpture. The Aphrodisias School of Sculpture had a distinctive style and was very well circulated throughout the Greek and Roman world. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side, about 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Overnight Pamukkale
Drive to Konya, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Mevlana is the founder of Sufism and whirling Dervishes. visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, proceed to Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are on display. Overnight in Konya
Drive to Cappadocia. Visit to Sultanhani Caravanserai, roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information and people across a network of trade routes of Asia, North Africa and South-Eastern Europe on the legendary Silk Road and the Spice road. Overnight in Cappadocia
Optional Hot air Ballooning
Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the “table top” mountains, are spectacular. Lunch and Visit to Sahinefendi newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Overnight Cappadocia
In the morning, first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve.
Lunch in Avanos, center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia
Transfer to Cappadocia airport and take the Turkish Airlines noon flight at 12.00 from Cappadocia to Istanbul Ataturk airport. Arrival at 13.25 and transfer to Hotel. Free afternoon for a last chance to complete your visits. Overnight Istanbul
Transfer to Airport to connect to your international flight and leave Turkey
The end of our services
|Pax||Min. 2 pax||Min. 4 pax||Single Supp|