Highlights : Istanbul,Bosphorus Cruise,Pamukkale,Aphrodisias,Ephesus,Cappadocia
Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
Tour Type : Guided Small Group Tour in Each Location / By Bus &Plane
DAY 1- Istanbul
After your arrival to Istanbul, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport with a sign on which your name is written.Transfer and check in your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 2 –Istanbul Old City (Guided Group Tour) (B,L)
Today by walking, You see first Topkapi Palace. It allows its visitors to witness the history, culture, grandeur, magnificence, and profusion of an Empire which lasted for a very long time. Harem Section in the palace is optional and extra.Have a visit to Basilica Cistern. The Basilica Cistern was built to provide water for the city of Istanbul. Then Roman Hippodrome. Have a lunch .In the afternoon ,a visit to Hagia Sophia which is the one of the most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. Being one of the biggest and oldest closed bazaars, Grand Bazaar is a must go place in Istanbul.At Grand Bazaar have free time and turn back your hotel by yourself.For your hotel location,you will be informed by your guide.
Topkapi Palace on Tuesdays , Grand Bazaar on Sundays.
DAY 3- Bosphorus Cruise / Flight to Denizli / Pamukkale (Guided Group Tour ) (B,L)
Today when you are picked up, you visit first Golden Horn ( from bus) ,an inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul and forming a natural harbor. Then to Egyptian Bazaar.The Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar) is one of Istanbul’s oldest markets, and a time-honored symbol of the city.Enjoy a boat cruise on Bosphorus by public boat. You will view Imperial gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and Beylerbeyi Palace during the tour. After this memorable boat cruise you will have free time and turn back hotel by yourself, by a public transport.Latest 14:00 o clock from hotel to airport transfer.Flight to Denizli. Upon arrival,You will be met and transferred to hotel.Overnight Pamukkale
DAY 4 -Pamukkale Tour (Guided Group Tour) (B,L)
Today you see ruins of Hierapolis .The fact that several of the major monuments are still standing in their full height , makes the site very impressive , you see the Theater , Byzantium Gate, the Frontinus Street, Agora , Domitian Gate, Roman Bath and Necropolis .Antique Pool (The Cleopatra Pool) is another spot which is a must-see place. Close to Hierapolis ,you visit Pamukkale(Cotton Castle) . The site is unique and has exceptional beauty with the formation of shallow pools and sequences of cascades down the slope.End of tour,overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 5 –Aphrodisias Tour / Bus to Kusadasi (Guided Group Tour ) (B,L)
Today, proceed to Aphrodisias after you will be picked up . It is unfortunately a shame that millions of people who visit Pamukkale each year, miss this archaeological and historical gem of Turkey. In antiquity,Aphrodisias was famous for its sculptors.These are the structures such as Tetrapylon,Stadium,The temple of Aphrodite,Baths of Hadrian, The Theatre and Sebasteion . The site is unique with its setting and contents. The exceptional artistic quality and the natural beauty of the site deserves utmost care to sustain these qualities.Drive back to Pamukkale,take a bus for Kusadasi. After arrival ,you will be picked up from bus station and taken to your hotel.Overnight Kusadasi.
DAY 6 –Ephesus Tour (Group Guided Tour) (B,L)
we start the day with Virgin Mary House. According to predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her days there. Then, we proceed to Ephesus.It is considered to one of the spectacular open-air museums in Turkey and in the world and one of the highlights of any visit to Turkey.Ruins in Ephesus, the Library of Celsius, Hadrians Temple, the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, Vedious and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion, and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators. Then time for lunch in Selcuk . After lunch Temple of Artemis is the next destination. It was one of the seven wonders of ancient world.End of the tour . Drop off hotel.Overnight Kusadasi.
DAY 7 – Free Day in Kusadasi / Flight to Cappadocia (B)
Today you have a free day and in the afternoon transfer to Izmir Airport .Flight to Cappadocia. One of our represantatives will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 8– Cappadocia Tour 1 (Group Guided Tour ) (B,L)
We start with Goreme Open Air Museum. It has the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. Then, Cavusin Village will be next stop.Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches.Pasabag, breath-taking valley, is famous for its having wonderful lanscape and the best various collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia . Lunch in Avanos.It is a historic poterry town.Then lead to Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the most visited places in Cappadocia.We are sure that you will be suprised. Last stop on this tour is Pigeon Valley. The valley is housing thousands of dovecotes which was dug out into the cliff of the valley.Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 9 – Cappadocia Tour 2 / Flight to Istanbul (Guided Group Tour) (B,L)
Today check out hotel and discover places in Cappadocia which are not known very well.First place is Mustafapasa. Mustafapasa , a small village of Turkey, in the central Cappadocia region, is steeped in Greek Orthodox history.After Mustafapasa , a visit to Sobesos .Despite its small size, is one part of large collections and an ancient site to keep an eye on.From here we proceed to Soganli Valley. ( about one hour walk in). Soganli is one of the most interesting valleys of Cappadocia with its historical value and gorgeous landscapes.Lunch in Soganlı Village.Then to Derinkuyu. Underground city, in Turkey, is probably one of the largest one that has been discovered. Drive to Cappadocia airport and flight to Istanbul.
With your arrival to Istanbul, end of the tour. Please let us know if need any arrangement in Istanbul.Here we are to plan your travel in Turkey.
The tour includes ;
Enterance fees to sights during the guided tours.
Transportation with an A/C luxury minivan or mınıbus.
Lunches as described in the itinerary ( vegetarian meals available - drinks extra)
8 Nights Accommodation with breakfast at 3 star or similar hotels.
Intercity bus transportation with leading bus companies.
Professional guiding in English.
Domestic flight tickets as described in the itinerary
The tour excludes
All kinds of drinks.
Non-mandatory but customary tips.
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