|DURATION||11 Days – 10 Nights|
|STANDARDS||4 star, 5 star and Deluxe Hotels with breakfast, 2 dinners and fully guided.|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul|
|DEPARTURE||Group Tour Every Sunday – Private Everyday|
|INCLUDED|| 10 nights accommodations based on bed and breakfast
Cappadocia acc. is in a cave hotel
10 breakfast and 2 dinner
Professional licensed English speaking guide
Private airport transfers
Transportation with new brand private A/C Van
All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
Istanbul – Izmir – Cappadocia – Istanbul return flight tickets including airport tax
|NOT INCLUDED|| Personal expenses
Any drinks and the meals not mentioned in including section.
Tips – driver and guide
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk 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.
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport. Met by you tour guide and drive to Ephesus (45-minute drive) First visit the Artemission Temple where is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus, visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city at the mouth of the Cayster (modern Küçükmenderes) River, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Known in antiquity for its sacred shrines, notably a famous temple (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) to the goddess Artemis, or Diana, the city was also an important center of early Christianity.
After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of 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.
After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. This house is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 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 it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here. Transfer to the hotel for overnight in 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 with sunrise, Once in a lifetime experience in Cappadocia|
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.
|Number of Pax||Departure||P.P. in a Double Room|
|In 4 star Hotels||In 5 star Hotels||In Deluxe Hotels|
(Max. 12 pax)
|(Private) 2 Pax||Everyday||3599-$US||4949-$US||6769-$US|
|(Private) 4 Pax||2949-$US||4299-$US||6119-$US|
|(Private) 6 Pax||2199-$US||3599-$US||5419-$US|