This 8 day tour starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. With 3 domestic flights included this is the quickest and easiest way to see 4 gems of Turkey, Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia.
Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to your central Istanbul hotel. After checking in, the day is yours to spend at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at your hotel , enjoy a full-day guided tour of Istanbul by comfortable minibus, taking in the highlights of the old Sultanahmet district. We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.
Explore the labyrinth of streets at the Grand Bazaar. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, you will discover more then 4,000 shops, with a dedicated area for each trade. Walk along alleys full of goldsmiths, carpet sellers, and arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
After lunch break we begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Early 5:30 am pick up from you hotel today and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your tour guide and driven to Ephesus – approximately 1.5 hours south along the Aegean coast from Izmir.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of the site of one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the world, the site of the Temple of Artemis and the ancient city of Ephesus. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the city and stadium where chariot and horse races were once held. You will also have the chance to experience some Turkish handicrafts and visit the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary or see the antiquities of the Selcuk Museum. Overnight in Kusadasi.
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. End of the tour turn back to Kusadasi for overnight.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is an extraordinary national treasure and is perhaps even the jewel in Turkey’s illustrious crown. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Today our first stop is Esentepe, followed by a visit to Uchisar Castle. We then trek through Rose Valley to Cavusin, where we stop for lunch and learn about hand-made pottery. Afterwards, we visit the Pasabag fairy Chimneys, followed by Devrent Valley and Urgup Winery to taste the delicious vines of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
This morning, we head to Pigeon Valley and then Red Valley. After visiting the village of Cavusin, Cave churches and head to Kaymakli Underground City, the biggest in the region. Overnight in Cappadocia.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul, arriving at approximately 11:00 am, and our tour concludes.
This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.
€ 1,339.- Per Person in a double/twin room
This tour is an ‘On Demand‘ tour. This means it doesn’t have fixed departure dates and can depart any day within the season, except where otherwise stated.
The tour can be modifiable to private tour with guidance on your native language basis.
Final pricing will be calculated according to your chosen types of tours, travel dates, number of participants and category of accommodations you would like to stay in. After we receive your request, we will start working on details and then e-mail to you our proposal including detailed itinerary, price and accommodations of the package for your convenience. The customized package will include hotels, airport transfers and other transportation within Turkey, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.
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