Early morning flight or night bus/train to Ankara from Istanbul Visit to Anatolian Civilization (Hittite) Museum in Ankara and continue to Cappadocia via Salt Lake. Seljuk Agzikarahan Kervansaray, 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 "Fair 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 in Denizli. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included) Next day, visit to 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 in Kusadasi. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Visit the ancient Ionian city of Ephesus, House Of Virgin Mary, St. John Basilica. Lunch & Overnight in Izmir. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Drive to Pergamum, where different healing methods like therapy with music and sound of water were first used. Visit to Aesculapium, ancient medical center built in the name of Aesculapis, "God of Medicine". Lunch and continue to Pergamum Acropolis. Visit Athena and Trojan Temples, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Dionysos, Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, Great Theatre and Roman Bath. Drive to Canakkale and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Early start to the ancient city of Troy, famous with the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta and Paris, the Trojan Prince. Lunch at Canakkale and ferry across Dardanelles. Visit to GALLIPOLI, famous battle-field, Anzac Cove, War Cemeteries (Beach Cemetery, Quinn's Post, The Nek) and the ANZAC MEMORIALS (Lone Pine - Australian Memorial), Conk Bair - New Zealand Memorial, Hellespont-English Memorial) of the naval battle (18 March 1915) during World War I. Dinner on the way and late evening return to Istanbul by tour bus. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
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Arrive at Kayseri International airport, upon arrival you will be met by our professional and experienced tour manager/ local representative in the arrival area located outside the customs hall, proceed towards Cappadocia. Enjoy lunch at an Indian restaurant. After lunch, proceed to hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a city tour of Cappadocia. We first visit to Pigeon Valley near Uchisar - one of the longest valleys that reflects distinctive formation challenging the time. Later, 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. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant. After lunch, visit the Kaymakli Underground City - the place early Christians hid from persecutors. It is the widest, enchanting, one of the most famous and wonderful underground city in Cappadocia. Later, visit Pasabagi in Zelve region - Valley of the Monks. We also visit Avanos – a tented market that has everything for the house, clothing, fruits and vegetables and some world-wide famous handicrafts. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant.
En-route visit Konya. Visit the famous sights in Konya. After breakfast at the hotel, check-out & drive to Konya - one of Turkey's oldest continuously inhabited cities and was known as Iconium in Roman times. En-route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. It is the biggest masterpieces in Seljuk period. We also visit Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous Persian Sufi mystic. Later, visit Karatay Theological School known for its tilings and mosaic decorations. It is now the Museum of Tile Works. Enjoy Lunch at a restaurant. After lunch, drive to Pamukkale. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out & proceed to Pamukkale Cotton Fortress, ancient city of Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Enjoy Lunch at a local restaurant. Later visit to Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite and famous for its sculpture school. Continue your drive to Kusadasi. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out & proceed for tour to Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded). Ephesus is a Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant. After lunch, visit the House of Virgin Mary, Selcuk Ephesus Museum and St. John Church. Later, transfer to Izmir Airport for a Domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in. In the evening relax and experience the Turkish bath. Dinner at Indian restaurant.
fter breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a full-day tour of Istanbul. Visit the St. Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque (closed to visit on Friday mornings due to Friday Pray), which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Enjoy lunch. Evening we experience the Dinner Cruise. Sail along the Bosporus, separating two continents of ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’. Enjoy your dinner while watching Traditional Shows including Belly Dance Show at the cruise. Don’t miss to look around outside as you will be sailing just between two continents. One side is the continent ‘Europe’, and the other side is the continent ‘Asia’. You will be amazed by the view of two continents at the same time. Enjoy dinner on board the cruise. Next day, After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and visit to Topkapi Palace Museum that exhibits the imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire and maintains an extensive collection of books and manuscripts in its library. Topkapi Palace was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans, starting with Fatih Sultan Mehmet until 1856. Enjoy lunch at an Indian restaurant. Later, drive to Ataturk Airport for an international flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday .
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Welcome to Cappadocia - best known for its moon-like landscape, Underground cities and Caves Churches and houses in the rocks. In the evening we enjoy whirling dervish show. Next day , walk and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site – Goreme open air museum. It is the first sight to be visited by any traveller in Cappadocia as its Cave churches containing beautiful frescoes and finest rock cut churches. We also stroll around the famous valleys of Cappadocia like Devrent Valley – also known as Imagination Valley as there are lots of Fair Chimneys and Pasabag Valley – also known as Monk Valley wherein we can see Mushroom shaped fairy chimneys. Later we get a chance to visit the widest Underground city – Kaymakli. Later we visit ceramic workshop.
Today we proceed to Pamukkale - Famous for its healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified” waterfalls. En route we visit Mevlana Mausoleum at Konya.
Today we proceed to Pamukkale- Famous for its healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified” waterfalls. On arrival we visit the beautiful snow white ‘Cotton Castle’, the ancient city of Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and masterpiece theatre. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. Later we proceed to Ephesus- The cradle of early Christianity. On arrival we visit Great Theatre, Temple of Hadrian and Library of Celsus. Then we proceed to Kusadasi. En route we visit Textile Outlet. Breakfast Lunch Dinner Night Stay in Kusadasi
Today we visit Pigeon Island, also known as Bird Island- The symbol of Kusadasi. Then we proceed to Sirince village, famous for its wine production. Here we walk through this beautiful village. Later we drive Canakkale
Today we visit Trojan Horse statue, which is famous for Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war. Then we proceed to Eceabat by ferry. Then we drive through Anzac Cove- A small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula & the site of World War I. Later we proceed to Istanbul. On arrival we enjoy Turkish dinner with show.
Today we visit Topkapi Palace – which offers a true insight into the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Then the famous Hippodrome square also known as Atmeydani (Horse Square) in Turkish, then we move onto Sultan Ahmet Tsami popularly known as Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning their interior walls. Later we visit Hagia Sofia Museum – once a church, later a mosque and now a museum. Next day, we Experience the most scenic and beautiful Bosphorous strait through a Cruise which takes you around the city wherein you can see the European as well Asian lifestyle altogether. Later In the evening, we shop for famous flavoured Turkish tea, Turkish Ceramics, Carpets, textiles, Glass lamps and designer wares to decorate your house from the Famous Grand Bazaar – largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It’s time now to say goodbye to our travel companions. Let us be in contact with each other through email, Facebook, and meet again on one more memorable tour. See you all!!
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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).
(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 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
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 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
our 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).
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. Overnight in Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. After lunch continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, drive to Canakkale for overnight. (When there is unavailability at the hotels in Canakkale there might be overnight in Assos as well) (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). Next day, after breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrive in Istanbul early afternoon (due to the flight schedules of some participants) and transfer to the hotel or airport (Breakfast & Lunch).
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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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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.
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. Overnight in Istanbul. Next day, embark on a day tour of old Istanbul city. 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. Overnight in Istanbul.
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 Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsius Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. After that you will visit Textile. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After Pamukkale tour come back to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
After breakfast, we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
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. Overnight in Cappadocia. Next day, you will have free time shopping 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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Upon your arrival make your way to Cappadocia via domestic flight connection. Welcome to Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive "fairy chimneys," tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Goreme and elsewhere. Upon your arrival to Kayseri or Nevsehir, the representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and free time to recoup. Depending on flight arrival, dinner can be provided upon request.
Breakfast at the hotel, departure from the hotel for Full Day Goreme City & Kaymakli Underground City Tour. Firstly, we will drive to Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Next, we will have free time to take some photos in Uchisar Castle and Esentepe. Uchisar Castle is the highest point in the region. The castle and its surrounds used to be the most populated area this settlement. As for Esentepe, this hill provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. 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. Then, visit Devrent Valley has various types of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushrooms 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.
After breakfast at the hotel, early departure for Pamukkale and we will drive to Pamukkale via Konya. Today's ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. On the way, visit the 13th-century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai in Konya. Lunch at a local restaurant. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana (the world-wide famous mystic figure), proceed to Pamukkale. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check-in process and free time.
Breakfast at the hotel and start sightseeing to enjoy natural spring water beauty with history. Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle in Turkish, is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine's, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Hierapolis is the place where you will see the Necropolis, the biggest cemetery of Anatolia with 1,200 graves. We will have free time to walk on warm water terraces, where people have bathled in for thousands of years. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, we will drive to Kusadasi. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check in the hotel and the rest of the day free till dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out process at the hotel and then we visit Ephesus ruins, including The Polio Fountain, The Temple of Hadrian that dedicated to Emperor Hadrian in 138 AD. Then, we visit the Great Theatre, the largest ancient theatre with 25,000 seat capacity. Later, we visit the Library of Celsius, one of the most beautiful structures of Ephesus, built in 117 AD. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Our last stop will be House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her last years. End of the tour, drive to Izmir Airport for your evening flight to Istanbul (Please issue tickets with timings after 19:00 pm). Arrival Istanbul Ataturk Airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in process at the hotel and free time.v
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 to the stories of his liaison with the Orient. St. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits, your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for a demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Lunch is at any local Turkish restaurant. After lunch, 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 directly to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next day, after breakfast check out and transfer to airport for your return / onward flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this beautiful country with fond memories.
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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Meet and greet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to hotel (early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best to arrange it). Afternoon at around 13:00hrs hotel pick-up for half-day tour. Visits to City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Then, Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus 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. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander Tower (from the boat, no interior visit). Lunch and dinner excluded. Overnight at Hotel / Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. Hotel pick-up at around 07:50am for half-day city tour. Visits to St.Sophia (closed on Mondays), Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque (closed to visit on Friday mornings due to Friday Pray), which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Afternoon free at leisure. If desired we can leave the clients at Bazaar, and they can return to their hotels by their own. Lunch and dinner excluded. Overnight at Hotel / Istanbul. (B)
After breakfast at hotel transfer to Ataturk Airport for an early flight to Ankara (Arrival to Ankara needs to be latest at 09:05am). Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (also known as Hittite Museum) and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish Hero. Then, departure for Cappadocia. Lunch en route. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Cappadocia. (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit to the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar (or Devrent Valley). 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. Lunch at a local restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Cappadocia. (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Hotel check-out latest at 12:00hrs. Transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport (anytime between 07:00am-22:00hrs only) to take a domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Apt directly taking international flight back to India. Lunch and dinner excluded. (B)