On arrival in Istanbul you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Later in the afternoon proceed for a half-day tour to visit City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Later, enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, that links Europe and Asia. Savour the beautyof the ancient wooden mansions, marble palaces and small fishing villages, as well as the massive Rumeli Fortress and the Byzantine Leander’s Tower as you sail past them. (No interior visits).
Today after breakfast proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district in the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia church which is one of the marvels of world architecture. (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum).Later visit the Blue Mosque (will be visited from outside if the tour is taken on Friday), and walk through the Hippodrome, - the centre of Constantinople, capital of the ancient Byzantine Empire. Finish at the Grand Bazaar where you can shop for carpets and kilms, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods and more. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Today board flight to Kayseri, (your flight has to be scheduled to depart at around 07:00 am in the morning). On arrival proceed to Cappadocia a city known for underground warren of corridors, chapels, warehouses and living spaces that comprise the underground cave cities of Cappadocia. On arrival proceed for Full Day Goreme City Tour. Visit Devrent Valley to see various types of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom like forms pillar and pointed rocks.We will take a walk through this amazing valley.Then,you will visit PASABAGLARI (MONK'S VALLEY) where you will see many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads. After visiting Pasabag, we will drive to AVANOS which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river.And we will have a rest to have lunch in a local restaurant. After having lunch, we will proceed to GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM where this religious education was started. You will visit the churhces, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimmeys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L, D)
Today after breakfast proceed to full day Kaymakli Underground City Tour. Visit RED VALLEY which is one of the most beautiful trekking valley in Cappadocia and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through in this valley. Later rest in CAVUSIN village – famous for the houses and churches of the christian clegymen. Visit Ortahisar Castle which resembles Uchisar Castle in style. In the afternoon visit KAYMAKLI underground city where early christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit Pigeon valley, later taste some Cappadocia wines in a local wine factory. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B &L) Next day, proceed to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir. On arrival at Izmir travel to Kusadasi by road. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi (B)
Today proceed to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir. On arrival at Izmir travel to Kusadasi by road. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi (B) Next day, proceed to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir. On arrival at Izmir travel to Kusadasi by road. Rest of the day is at leisure. Today proceed to Ephesus ancient city. Visit the ancient city Ephesus ruins,including The Polio Fountain,The Temple of Hadrian, Great Theatre,the largets ancient theatre with 25,000 seat capacity. Later visit Library of Celsius, one of the most beautiful structure of Ephesus, continue and visit the shire of Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L & D)
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination. (B)
arly morning flight or night bus/train to Ankara from Istanbul. Visit to Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankaraand continue to Cappadocia via Salt Lake. Seljuk Agzikarahan Caravanserai, view of the Petrified Valley from the ancient citadel of Uchisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (Lunch & Dinner included)
Full day tour of Cappadocia. Valley of Goreme and Zelve Valley of "Fairy Chimneys", underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, villages of Ortahisar and Avanos. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Early departure for Konya, city of the "Whirling Dervishes", visit to Mausoleum of Mevlana, world famous philosopher and poet. Continue to Pamukkale (Hierapolis), and visit the ruins. Dinner and overnight at Denizli. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis with its unique formation of petrified calcium cliffs and stalactites, drive to Aphrodisias, well preserved Greco-Roman settlement. Dinner and overnight at Kusadasi.( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Visit to the ancient lonian city of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica. Lunch and drive to Izmir for flight or bus to Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch included)
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Embark on a Bosphorus cruise and marvel at the view of extravagant palaces, Ottoman-era villas and other sights ranged along the European and Asian banks. See the crenelated 15th-century Rumeli Fortress, the bustling cafes on the Asian waterfronts, and pass the Beylerbeyi Palace and elaborate gardens of Yildiz Palace. Disembark and enjoy a panoramic coach drive that lines the Golden Horn, an inlet that separates old and new European Istanbul. Pass through the former Jewish quarter of Balat with its synagogues, balconied townhouses, stepped sidewalks and visit the Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, built entirely from cast iron. Continue to visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Jewish Hospital and explore the remains of Istanbul's Roman- and Byzantine-built city walls. Later, enjoy a cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill and admire the unbroken views of the entire city.
Half day city tour of Istanbul. The highlights of this tour begins with a a visit to the magnificent Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia. The Byzantine architecture of this church ha served as an inspiration for many other Ottoman mosques.It is now a museum and a component of UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the Blue Mosque one of the largest mosques in Istanbul, is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.Proceed to the Hippodrome the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople.It is one of the most popular place and promenades. It is decorated with monuments brought in from the world such as the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.Later, end the tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar,where you can shop for carpets, jewellery, leatherand souvenirs. Next day, transfer from hotel to airport in Istanbul (Ataturk) to board the flight for Kayseri (Private). Transfer from airport in Kayseri to hotel in Cappadocia (Seat in coach). The rest of the day is at leisure.
Visit the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Post lunch at a local restaurant, visit Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Continue to Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for world-wide famous handicrafts.
Travel part of the Silk Road, visiting where caravans stopped for rest at the caravanserai along the way. Later proceed to Konya where you will visit the Melvana Museum and his mausoleum. It is one of the biggest pilgrimage centres in Turkey, and the building's fluted dome of turquoise tiles is one of Turkey's most distinctive sights. The mausoleum room is highly ornamented with Islamic script and enameled reliefs, and contains the tombs of several of the more important figures of the dervish order. The main tomb enclosed behind a silver gate crafted in 1597 is that of Mevlana. The large complex also houses a huge collection of artifacts belonging to the Mevlana Order: valuable carpets; metal and wooden objects; and books, including a display of priceless Qur'ans.
Enter the UNESCO listed site and enjoy a guided visit of the cotton colored Pamukkale travertines and ancient city of Hierapolis. Unwind in the natural baths with views of the city’s ruins, then feast on lunch at a local restaurant. Later, proceed to great Necropolis, the graveyard where sick people came in search of cure but died. Continue to the white calcium ponds which are filled with heavily mineralized therapeutic warm water flowing from the hot springs around. The hot springs are used as a spa since centuries. Take a walk in these pools and feel rejuvenated. Proceed to the Cleopatra Antique Pool, where you can sit in the shallow waters and rest against the ornate columns, pose for a photo while balancing on one of the other submerged carved stones from the temple. The plants and trees in the lush garden around the pool contribute to the relaxing atmosphere.
Visit the Basilica of St. John which was built in the 6th century. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the city and stadium where chariot and horse races were once held. You will also have a chance to see some Turkish handicrafts and visit the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary. Lastly, make way to Sirince Village which is located on the top of a mountain and well-known for wines Ephesus was an ancient Greek city near Kusadasi, in Turkey. It was built on the site of a previous Arzawan capital in the 10th century BC. The city prospered under the rule of Roman Republic in 129 BC but underwent damage when it was destroyed by the Goths in a raid. The Emperor Constantine the Great restored most of the city and built new public baths. However, the city was again destroyed by a Roman Orthodox Catholic mob in 401 AD. It went through further deterioration due to a severe earthquake in 614 AD. Also, its land got gradually silted by the Kucukmenderes River and as a result Ephesus lost its importance as a commercial centre. Its major attraction is the famous Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next day, there is departure transfer from hotel in Kusadasi to airport in Izmir and board the flight for Istanbul (Seat in coach). Fly back home with sweet Turkish memories.
Arrive in Istanbul. At the airport, our driver -cum- rep will assist you in getting transferred to the hotel. Pls, note that early check-in is subject to availability. At 13:00 hours, meet the guide for your half-day boat trip over the Bosporus. Cruise between the two continents of Asia and Europe and revel amid the bounty of nature. See the beautiful Rumeli Castle (from the sea, no interior visit). After the cruise, glide up the cable car and dine at the Pierre Loti Hill cafe that was named after the famous French writer. Take in the serene vistas of Golden Horn and the entire city. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Eat a delicious breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 am, you shall meet the guide who will take you through the day's schedule. Meet with the manual. Visit the Hippodrome of Constantinople, also known as the Sultanahmet Square. Next, see the ornate - Blue Mosque and admire the beautiful interior works. Your last stop for the day is the Grand Bazaar which though is closed on Sundays, is formed into a labyrinth of passages and is home to more than 4000 shops. Shop away to glory and then return to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Today, wake up and eat a good breakfast, get ready and bid goodbye to Istanbul as you take transfers to the airport, to fly to Kayseri. When you reach, embark upon a thrilling sightseeing tour. Visit the Devrent Valley, where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. After that visit Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) which has multiple stems and caps that are no stranger to to this area. Latet, drive to Avanos which is known for its beautiful works of pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. Here, red clay is used by local craftsmen that comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River - the longest river of Turkey. Lunch and then proceed to check out the famous Goreme Open Air Museum. Around the area, you can also visit churches , chapels etc. (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee). Pose for a commemorative picture in the valleys to capture the moment in time. Overnight stay at the hotel. You shall be served a lip-smacking breakfast, lunch and dinner in this day.
Today in the morning, eat a lip-smacking breakfast, meet the tour guide in the hotel lobby and then get ready for a day full of the excursion. Visit the Rose Valley which is one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia. and explore the famous rock-cut churches by hiking through the canyon. Rest in Cavusin which is an old Greek village and famous for its known for its Christian houses. Post lunch (on your own), visit the Ortahisar Castle and then head to the Kaymakli - the Underground City. On your visit the panoramic Pigeon Valley. You can also go to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Savour dinner and overnight stay in the hotel. Please note - That the hot air balloon ride is Optional and costs Eur 145 per head.
Eat a lovely breakfast at the hotel and then take transfers to the airport to board your flight back home.
Meet at the airport, transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
After breakfast depart for Bosporus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosporus Boat Cruise and Grand Spice Bazaar. Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: GRAND SPICE BAZAAR. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. The boat trip is operated depending on weather conditions. The local cruise boats are with standard conditions and should not be considered of high quality deluxe boats, but rather daily operational boats to introduce you the Bosporus. Drinks are available on the boat at an extra charge.
You will be picked up approximately 09:30 We will drive you to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Than visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel.
After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home .
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Bon voyage! Today, you are off to for your exciting tour of turkey. Embark on your flight to istanbul Upon arrival at istanbul, you will be greeted by your friendly and experienced thomas cook tour Manager/ local representative outside the baggage hall. Proceed to your hotel and check in. Enjoy istikal street tour with dinner at kebab house or similar restaurant.Check into your hotel.
After American breakfast at your hotel, Proceed to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Later proceed to Cappadocia and then check in. Post your local lunch at the hotel we take you for a quick panoramic city tour of Cappadocia to get a feel of this amazing destination. Enjoy local Dinner tonight.
Morning you have a chance to take a mystical Hot Air Balloon ride. Discover Cappadocia from the air on this early morning 1-hour hot air balloon ride. Pick up time: 4:00 am - Drop off time: 7:00 Am (Approx) Travel to the launch site in an air-conditioned minivan, and climb aboard for your scenic flight. Then, it’s up, up and away over the lunar-like chimneys, spires, pinnacles and valleys, all made extra magical by the soft morning light. Ogle the views, spot cave houses and villages, and capture the panoramas on camera as your pilot points out places of interest. Finally, float gently back to earth and collect a special souvenir certificate of your flight.
Today after breakfast at the hotel, take a flight to Istanbul. Pick up by your coach at Istanbul and visit Blue Mosque, standing directly opposite the Hagia Sophia the Blue Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Famous for its Iznik tiles this Turkish jewel is a must-see for everyone visiting Turkey. Next we proceed to the Hippodrome (Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius & German Fountain of Wilhelm): Visit the square once used as a sporting arena predating Constantinople itself.Though a few fragments of the original structure survive, the square still boasts some of the most glorious monuments built in this great city. The Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius & German Fountain of Wilhelm are the ancient treasures to be seen. Today’s Lunch is at one of the most authentic Turkish Kofte restaurants. Next we Topkapi Palace which is the grand palace that served as a residence to the Sultans for over 400 years. A must-see attraction in Turkey, the museum carries some of the most revered treasures in Islamic history including items belonging to the Prophet Mohammad. It also displays a magnificent collection of jewels, different weaponry, clothing and calligraphy. Harem not included Evening we visit the Grand Covered Bazaar - In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local Indianrestaurant.
Today after breakfast at the hotel, start with the Full Day Bosphorus tour. We start with the Dolmabahce Palace which was the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Next visit Yildiz Royal Garden a historical, urban park in Besiktas district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul. The park is located in Yildiz quarter between the palaces of Yildiz and Ciragan. Yildiz Park was once part of the imperial garden of Yildiz Palace. Extending down the slopes from the palace, this walled park was reserved only for palace dwellers during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II. Local lunch will be provided today. Visit the City Walls next - The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
After breakfast, bid good-bye to all the friends you made on the Tour. After checking out from the Hotel, proceed to the airport, where your memorable Thomas Cook tour of Turkey Delights comes to an end.
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Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Istanbul (Private) Enjoy a visit to City Walls, Golden Horn with a cruise on Bosphorus River and cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill (Seat in coach). The rest of the evening is at leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy the Bosphorus cruise. The highlight of the tour includes visit to the City Walls, Golden Horn and a cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill. Board the Bosphorus cruise along the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. The coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Marvel at the Rumeli Fortress and Leander's Tower from the boat.
Today morning, enjoy a city tour of Istanbul. The highlights include a visit to the Byzantine Hippodrome, where the obelisk and the Serpent Column stand. Continue to Hagia Sophia which is considered as one of the eight wonders of the world. Proceed to the famous Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a grand middle dome. End the tour at the Grand Covered Bazaar which has over 4,000 shops under one roof. Enjoy some shopping and return back to your hotel. Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday. Grand covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Blue Mosque is closed on Friday during morning hours.
Transfer from hotel to Ataturk airport in Istanbul (Private). Ataturk airport to Kayseri airport (Flight) Transfer from airport in Kayseri to hotel in Cappadocia (Seat in coach). The rest of the day is at leisure. Next day, post breakfast, enjoy the city sights of Cappadocia. Admire the spectacular views of the natural cliffs and the man-made caves with a visit the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley, followed by a visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Relish lunch in a local restaurant and then, proceed to visit the Kaymakli underground city, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. End the tour with some shopping indulgence for the world-wide famous handicrafts at Pasabag in Zelve region and Avanos.
This morning, post breakfast, transfer from hotel in Cappadocia to hotel in Pamukkale, enroute enjoy a visit to the 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. Famous for being one of the largest caravanserais in the worldwide, Sultan Hani Caravanserai was made in Seljuk Time in order to be used as an accommodation for the people, especially merchants and as a defence for trade ways which was the first insurance system those times. Later, visit the famous mystical Mausoleum of Mevlana, before proceeding to check- in at the hotel in Pamukkale.
Post breakfast, transfer from hotel in Pamukkale to hotel in Kusadasi, enroute explore the ancient city of Hierapolis. The highlight includes the Theatre, the Temple of Apollo and the magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Relish lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to check-in at the hotel in Kusadasi.
Enjoy an excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary (Seat in coach). Drive to the ancient Greek city, Ephesus and a Roman city of Asia Minor. Stroll past the Celsius library, the Temple of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the ancient city. After walking on the historical marble street, witness the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached. Enjoy an authentic lunch and proceed to visit the carpet cooperative to see how Turkish carpets are handmade. Continue to the shrine of Mother Mary (House of Virgin Mary), which is believed to have been a place where she spent recent years of her life. Next day, there will be departure transfer from hotel in Kusadasi to airport in Izmir, for your flight to Istanbul (Seat in coach).
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Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and meeting by English speaking assistant and transfer to your hotel. Check in process at the hotel. Free time at leisure on your own. Overnight in Istanbul (No Meals)
Breakfast at the hotel and then meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel for Full Day Istanbul Classics and Highlights Tour. You will begin the day with Roman 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. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. And listen the stories of his liaison with the orient.St. Hagia Sophia Museum - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts.Than,Topkapı Palace 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. End of the tour, come back to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast-Lunch)
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and you will be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight to Kayseri. Arrival Kayseri Airport, transfer to Cappadocia by driving 1 hour. Arrival Cappadoccia and transfer to your hotel. Check -in process at the hotel and free time on your own. Overnight in Cappadocia (Breakfast-Dinner)
Breakfast at the hotel, departure from the hotel for Full Day Goreme City Tour. Firstly, you will stop to take photos at Uc Guzeller which are famed fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Next, visit to DEVRENT VALLEY has various types of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom like forms pillar and pointed rocks. We will take a walk through this amazing valley.Then,you will visit PASABAGLARI (MONK'S VALLEY) where you will see many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads. After visiting Pasabag, we will drive to AVANOS which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river. And we will have a rest to have lunch in a local restaurant. After having lunch, we will proceed to GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM where this religious education was started. You will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Free time till departure. Hotel check-out latest at 12:00am. Our coach will be meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Kayseri Airport for your flight back home. (Breakfast)
In the morning visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then continue on to Cappadocia with lunch on the way. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. After visiting Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors, proceed to the hotel for overnight in CAPPADOCIA (Lunch & Dinner included).
(Optional balloon tour). Depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 depending on the arrival time of the participants and visit the Imagination Valley where animal-like natural formations like camels and fair chimneys are abundant. Drive on to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock cut rooms. Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. After lunch break visit to the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar. Continue on to Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. After shopping time for the well-known merits of the area, drive back to the hotel in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).
Today's ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrive in Konya. Lunch. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic and then proceed to Karatay Theological School in which beautiful tiles are on display. After lunch time drive to Pamukkale and overnight in Pamukkale .(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).
Tour the beautiful snow-white "Cotton Castle" and the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. After lunch tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (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; Virgin Mary's House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. Lunch. Selcuk Ephesus Museum or St. John Church. Time for shopping and then drive to Izmir and transfer to the hotel or airport. End of our services (Breakfast & Lunch included).
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Begin your tour upon your arrival at Istanbul. The cultural and financial epicentre of Turkey, Istanbul is the best combination of old and new, manifested in a stunning mélange of domes, minarets, medieval towers, and sky reaching buildings. A representative will meet you at the airport and ensure your transfer to the hotel and upon check-in, spend some time at leisure. You could also step out to explore the exuberant city with your leisure time. At night, make your way to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
After a filling breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby to head out for breath taking sights of Istanbul. Begin the day with an excursion to Roman Hippodrome, an ancient Grecian stadium known for horse racing and chariot racing. Visit the Blue Mosque, the only mosque with six minarets to marvel at the magnificent domes and towering spires. Get a picture clicked in front of the beautiful German Fountain and then head to the Hagia Sophia - the Church of Divine Wisdom. Once an Orthodox and later Roman Catholic cathedral, Hagia Sophia is now the basilica's immersive museum. Follow your guide to the Grand Bazaar for a demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Enjoy a short stopover to relish a delicious lunch. Satiated, you will make your way to the Topkapı Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that once served as a major residence for Ottoman sultans and features exhibits of historical importance. Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace.
Wake up to a beautiful morning in Istanbul and start your day with a delicious breakfast. Check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the airport from where you would take a flight to Kayseri (own expense). Upon your arrival at the Kayseri Airport, meet a representative who would be assisting you to reach the hotel at Cappadocia. Counted amongst the most incredible sites in Turkey, Cappadocia is a rock wonderland, best known for its unique landscape, underground cities and cave churches. Post check-in, you can spend the rest of your day at leisure. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Cappadocia.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel; prepare to witness dramatic rock formations on a full-day Goreme City Tour. Start your sightseeing with a short stopover at UC Guzeller, the famous fairy chimneys in Cappadocia. Go on to roam the Devrent Valley, with dramatic rock formations shaped by the winds to look like camels, seals, snakes, dolphins and other animals. After lunch, venture into Goreme Open Air Museum to explore churches, chapels, and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. After your drop to the Airport, return to the hotel for a tasty dinner and retire to the room for a comfortable overnight stay.
Begin this day with a scrumptious breakfast and embark on an hour long drive to reach Kayseri Airport. Thereupon, board a flight to reach Antalya (own expense), a gateway to the Turkish Riviera. A wonderfully preserved historical city cum port, tucked into a crescent-shaped bay amidst the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is a splendid Roman-era harbour with some of the finest beaches. From the airport, board a shared coach/vehicle (SIC) to reach the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and spend the rest of the day as you please. You could make the most of your free time by exploring the buzzing yet exotic beaches of Antalya (own expense). Make your way to the Lara Beach, an ideal place to indulge in water sports activities like water skiing, kayaking, etc. You could also visit Konyaalti Beach, to the west of the old city, which is lined with plenty of restaurants, cafés, shops and snack bars. After being dropped to the hotel in the evening, relish a scrumptious dinner and a comfortable stay. Next day, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the Antalya airport on a shared basis in a coach/bus (seat in coach). Head back home filled with lasting memories.
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