Cover the most fascinating places in the country with no overland journeys. See the biggest metropolis in Turkey, experience rural life in Cappadocia, visit the glorious civilizations of the past at Ephesus!
Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk airport, where Europe and Asia meets each other.Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city as well as cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. It was also the Former capital of 3 world famous Empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Istanbul today honors and preserves the legacy of the past while looking forward to a modern future. Upon arrival after you clear the customs and you come out to the Arrivals Hall, you will meet with our representative. You will be transferred to your hotel. Early check in is upon availability. Enjoy a free day in Istanbul.
Full Day Istanbul sightseeing tour including Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar. Haghia Sophia, the most influential church of Byzantium. Originally built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, reconstructed by Emperor Justinian in 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th century, it still stands today as one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. The magnificent interior is testament to the unique eastwest synthesis that is manifest in Istanbul. Shimmering biblical mosaics juxtapose huge plaques bearing the names of Islamic caliphs. Blue Mosque, another of the world’s most important religious buildings. Built in the 16th century the mosque is unique for it’s 6 minarets and it’s celestial interior decorated with the famous blue Iznik tiles. The Hippodrome, scene of chariot races. Although little remains of the great stadium which, in its hey day, is thought to have held 100’000 people, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine are highlights.
Grand Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultan’s from the 15th to the 19th century. With its impressive treasury, exquisite harem, attractive courtyards and pavilions housing huge collections of antiquities, Topkapi Palace offers a true insight into the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Then visit Grand Bazaar which is the biggest Covered Bazaar in the world with 4000 shops! Return to the hotel.
Istanbul – Full Day Tour including Bosphorus Cruise
After breakfast, your tour will start with Spice Bazaar and then it goes on with Bosphorus Cruise. In the afternoon cross over the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia and visit Beylerbeyi Palace. Transfer back to your hotel.
Istanbul/Izmir – Kusadasi
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Ataturk Airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. On arrival you will check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours.
Kusadasi – Ephesus Full Day Tour
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Church of St. John. Time for shopping. Spend the night in Kusadasi.
Kusadasi – Pamukkale Full Day Tour
After breakfast drive to Pamukkale which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Then visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. After tour, we will drive to our hotel at Kusadasi.
Kusadasi – Flight – Cappadocia
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Cappadocia from Izmir airport. Arrive to Kayseri airport and transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia. Spend the night in Cappadocia.
Cappadocia – Full Day Tour
Optional Hot Air Balloon tour (Call to enquire about rates)After breakfast, we shall start our Cappadocia tour including Goreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, Pasabag Valley. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Free evening.
Cappadocia – Full Day Tour
After breakfast we head to one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. The second part of our Cappadocia Tour will include Uchisar Castle, Avcilar and Pigeon Valley.
Cappadocia / Flight/ Istanbul / Flight
After breakfast, check out from the hotel. You will have free time until transfers to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul to catch your flight to your next destination.
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