D1) Arrival transfer Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel and free time to recover from travel.
D2) F/D Istanbul Sightseeing Tour (09:00-17:00) Istanbul
This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. And listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines, Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Topkapi Museum is the big one...the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks…Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Last place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). To see these things with a great guide...well, you will never be quite the same again. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts.
Highlights: HAGIA SOPHIA GERMAN FOUNTAIN HIPPODROME BLUE MOSQUE HAGIA IRENE CHURCH (FROM OUTSIDE) TOPKAPI PALACE GRAND BAZAAR
O/N Istanbul (Breakfast + Lunch)
D3) H/D Morning Bosphorus Cruise (09:00-13:00) Istanbul – Cappadocia
After breakfast 09:00 join Half Day The Bazaars and the Bosphorus Tour. We visit Rüstem Paşa Mosque and then walk to the embankment. You take the boat and cruise for 90 minutes. The boat goes by the shores of Bosphorus while your guide specialist on Bosphorus will explain you everything en route. You will see the views of Dolmabahce Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus and finally we disembark near the Spice Bazaar and you will have free time in Spice Bazaar. After the tour transfer to Ataturk Airport for your Cappadocia flight.
Flight from Istanbul to Kayseri/Nevsehir (17:00-18:00)
Upon arrival Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport transfer to your hotel for overnight.
O/N KCappadocia (Breakfast)
D4) Optional Morning Balloon Ride (05:00-07:30) + F/D Cappadocia Goreme Tour (09:00-16:00)
Optional Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride You will be transferred from your hotel to the flight center for a Turkish style open-buffet breakfast. Then you will be transferred to the Flight Center’s landing area. Before sunrise, the pilots will check on the weather and the appropriate landing area for the flight. Day is dawning, balloons are inflating : you can take pictures of the marvelous view of the balloon and Cappadocia. When the inflation is finished, you will be welcomed on board and we will start our ascension… Balloon flight has begun ! We go where the wind takes us. The sky is layered with air currents so the pilot heats the air inside the balloon with the burner to rise into currents with different directions. The view of Cappadocia from above is marvelous. You can take pictures and our crew will be happy to take pictures of you in the balloon. Don’t forget your cameras ! Your flight time will be approximately one hour. We are welcome to land on many open fields in the area we fly over. Your pilot will begin the gentle descent when he finds an appropriate landing site where we are met by our experienced ground crew. After packing up the balloon, while you are toasting champagne, we will give your certificates. Then you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Goreme Tour After departure from our hotel, our first stop – to take photos – will be at Uc Guzeller (famous fairy chimneys). We then continue to the Devrent Valley were you will see – as we walk through this amazing valley - other samples of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom like forms pillars and pointed rocks. The next stop is the “Monks’ valley” where again we will see another type of fairy chimneys of which one with 3 “heads” : the Saint Simeon and a hermit’s shelter carved in these cones We then drive to Avanos, a center known for its terra cotta potteries, a craft dating back from the Hittite period : the red clay comes from the residue of the Kizilirmak river. This river – the longest of Turkey - divides the town in two. Here we will have our lunch.
In the afternoon, we proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a valley of frescoed churches, chapels and monasteries carved in the fairy chimneys between the 10th and 13th centuries. Before we return to our hotel, we will have a rest to take some pictures of the Uchisar Castle (the highest point of Cappadocia ) and from Esentepe, a place known for its breathtaking panorama.
Highlights (Ucguzeller, Dervent Valley, Pasabagi (Monks Valley), Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle)
O/N Cappadocia (Breakfast + Lunch)
D5) F/D Cappadocia Kaymakli Tour (09:00-16:00) – Kusadasi
After breakfast we will depart for Kaymakli Tour. Firstly you will visit RED Valley which is one of the most beautiful trekking valley in Cappadocia and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5km trough in this valley. After hiking in this valley, we will have rest in CAVUSIN Village that is one of the old Greek village in Cappadocia. This village is famous with its houses churches of the Christian clegymen. Then we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After having lunch we will visit Ortahisar which resembles Uchisar Castle in style. In this small village you will also have a chance to see storage places. This inhabitants of Ortahisar earn their living by stories fruits yearlong in the caves cut from the volcanic rock. In the afternoon we will visit KAYMAKLI Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit Pigeon Valley where you will see Pigeons and hear of how they were used to help the people. Also you will see a wonderful panoramic view. After visiting all these sites, you will have taste some local wines in a local factory. So, we will also visit Turasan Wine factory in Urgup.Highlights Red Valley, Cavusin Village, Ortahisar, Kaymaklı Underground City, Vinery House
After the tour transfer to Kayseri/Nevsehir Airport for your Izmir flight.
Flight from Kayseri/Nevsehir to Izmir (direct or via Istanbul)
Upon arrival Izmir Airport transfer to your hotel for overnight.
O/N Kusadasi (Breakfast + Lunch)
D6) F/D Pamukkale Tour (08:00-19:00)
8:00am You will be met by your tour guide at Hotel and we will then drive approx 3 hours to Pamukkale (220km) and upon arrival Lunch break and some free time. After Lunch we will visit Pamukkale Calcium Deposit Pools and Hireapolis Ruins and free time.
(Pamukkale, unique landmark, is known as a fairyland of dazzling white, petrified castles. Thermal spring waters laden with calcareous salts running off the plateau’s edge have created this fantastic formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The temperature of the springs is about 35°C. The hot springs have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Both the thermal center with its motels and thermal pools and the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis are situated on the plateau.)
Once the tour has finished you will be returned to your hotel
Highlights Calcium Deposit Pools, Herapolis Ruins, Traventens, Hot Spring water, Thermal Pool
O/N Istanbul (Breakfast + Lunch)
D7) F/D Kusadasi Ephesus Tour (08:30-16:00) – Istanbul
8:30am You will be met with your group at hotel lobby. We will then drive approx 20 minutes to Selcuk Town and upon arrival visit Ancient City of Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient word. You will walk from upper gate to lower gate in Ephesus Open Air Museum and along the way you will see the Odeon, Agora, Temple Of Hadrian and Domition, Fountains of Trajan, the Scholastic baths, the Library of Celsus, the Great Theater which is still in use today for concerts and has an amazing capacity of 25,000, etc...) You will walk along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Antony and Cleopatra rode in procession. You will hear stories of Alexander the Great, the Virgin Mary, and many other famous visitors who walked the same marble streets that you are walking. Following this we will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world where your guide will explain to you the significance of this important site. LUNCH BREAK Then we will visit the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and where she spent her final days.
Once the tour has finished you will have some free time for shopping facilities and you will be transferres Izmir Airport.
Flight from Izmir to Istanbul (departure 18:30 – arrival 19:45)
Upon arrival Istanbul Airport transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Highlights Ephesus Ruins + Temple Of Artemis + House Of Virgin Mary
O/N Istanbul (Breakfast + Lunch)
D8) The end of our service
After breakfast the day at leisure until your airport transfer for your flight to your home.
1. Depending the seasonality or some international events (congress, fairs...) prices of the proposed hotels may vary.
2. Due to closure days of some sites and museums, tours may be swapped to ensure the best running of your program. We have endeavored to show these in the program.