|DURATION||14 Days – 13 Nights|
|STANDARDS||Boutique Hotels with breakfast and 4 dinner, fully guided|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, St. Nicholas, Myra, Kekova, Kalkan, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Sirince, Istanbul|
|DEPARTURE||Group Tour – Every Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays / Private – Everyday|
|INCLUDED|| Hotel accommodations in Boutique hotels including breakfast and tax.
13 breakfast and 4 dinner
Professional Tour guide from arrival till departure
A/C transportation by brand new Mercedes vehicles
Entrance fees to the sites and museums
Domestic flights (Istanbul – Cappadocia and Izmir – Istanbul)
Private boat trip to Sunken city
All transfers and transportation expenses
|NOT INCLUDED|| Personal expenses
Any drinks and the meals not mentioned in including section
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, Our representative will meet you at the airport with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.
09.00 a.m. After breakfast, pick up from hotel and our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace including Harem, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.
08.30 a.m. After breakfast, pick up from hotel. First visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, and thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice then Boat trip on the Bosphorus A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Afternoon visit Underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Cappadocia in the morning. After 1 hour flight arrive in Kayseri. Meet by your guide and transfer to your Cave Hotel Urgup Evi or Yunak Evleri or Gamirasu cave hotel. Afternoon tour of Uchisar Citadel. We drive to the Uchisar Rock Castle, which is the highest and the most dominant point, giving us a breathtaking panorama. We end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill for panaromic view and taking photos and overnight in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.
First meeting with Cappadocia, visiting Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are the most popular and seen on advertisements. Then we head on to Pigeons Valley, Pigeons have been always important for Cappadocian people. That’s why people carved some pigeon houses to keep them in certain places. You will see that the houses for the pigeons are like the houses for the people. Then we descend into the center of the earth in the Kaymakli Underground City one of the largest and the deepest of 200 others in Cappadocia. After this, we drive to Mustafapasa through the unspoiled villages of Cappadocia, surrounded by the “table-top” mountains. On the way, we visit the Ayvali Village. We continue to Mustafapasa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Overnight in a cave hotel.
After breakfast take our second day private Cappadocia tour. First drive to a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets. Drive to Devrent Valley, take a walk through this lunar landscape where different rock formations can be seen. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos Town, which is famous with tile and pottery workshops. After lunch our next stop is Goreme Open Air Museum where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescos from various centuries decorating the walls of the churches. Overnight in a cave hotel.
Departure for Konya. On the way visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Konya. Lunch. After 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 Antalya. Private tour of the ruins of Perge, Aspendos, and Kursunlu waterfall. Overnight in Antalya.
Drive to south to Mediterranean untouched bays. Visit St. Nicholas and stop in Kekova to take a private boat to Sunken City and Simena. After delicious fish lunch in a village drive to Kalkan though famous Kas and Kaputas beach. Arrival to Kalkan. Overnight in Patara
Morning visit Patara ancient city and swim in Patara beach. Afternoon relax Drive to Pamukkale, 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): “pamuk” for cotton and “kale” for castle. Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Overnight Pamukkale.
Drive to Sirince, 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. Afternoon arrival to Sirince. Check into Nisanyan Evleri. Walk into the narrow streets, meet with local people. Taste different kinds of fruit wines. Overnight in Sirince.
After breakfast drive to Ephesus where we will spend several hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero, Apostles Paul and John and many other familiar historical names. The recently opened Slope Houses where the wealthiest Romans lived are an excellent example of sensitive excavation and presentation. The mosaics and frescos are spectacular. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary was brought here by St John after the Crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountaintop. A lovely chapel is constructed on the site tended by Franciscans and open to visitors. It has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope, Basilica of St. John and Ephesus museum before drive back to Sirince.
After breakfast transfer to Izmir airport for flight to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to our hotel. afternoon free in Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar or Take a Turkish bath in Cagaloglu Hamami or Cemberlitas Hamami (Turkish bath) on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
Pick up from hotel and transfer to airport. The end of services.
|Number of Pax||Departure||P.P. in a Double Room|
|In Boutique Hotels|
(Max. 12 pax)
|Every Saturday Sunday-Monday||3149-$US|
|(Private) 2 Pax||Everyday||5699-$US|
|(Private) 4 Pax||4819-$US|
|(Private) 6 Pax||3899-$US|