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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.
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