Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul, Transfer to Hotel with overnight in Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour with overnight in Istanbul
After breakfast approximately at 8:30 am pick up from your hotel to begin the full day tour. Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drop off to your hotel at around 5:30 pm. Overnight at a hotel in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 3: Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour with overnight in Istanbul
Morning half-day drive to spice market followed by a cruise along the Bosphorus passing by the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Rumeli fortress and sail to the entrance of the Black Sea. Drive back to your hotel by coach thru the suburbs of fascinating Istanbul. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at a hotel in Istanbul. (B)
Day 4: Flight to Izmir, Full Day Ephesus Tour with overnight in Kusadasi
You will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your early morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to Selcuk where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your full day small group tour. First you will visit The Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. You will be able to explore the ruins of Ephesus while strolling past the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain and be able to visit the Great Theater where Paul preached to the Ephesians. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit The House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. Next you will visit the Ephesus Archeological Museum to see findings of Ephesus excavations. You will also visit on this tour the İsabey Mosque, one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art in Turkey. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi for check-in. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Full Day Didyma, Miletos, Priene Tour with overnight in Kusadasi
Today visit Miletus, one of the oldest cities of Ionia, and the ancient cities of Priene and Didyma. First you will see Priene which in its time was one of the most spectacular of all the ancient Ionians cities. Then we will lead our way to Miletus to see Miletus with its magnificent theatre and the Byzantine fortress on the acropolis above. Our last stop will be Didyma. Here you will find the largest Ionic Temple in the world, that of Apollo. Also in Didyma lies the huge, cracked head of Medusa which long ago fell from the freeze. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 5:30 pm. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Full Day Pamukkale Tour, Overnight Bus to Cappadocia
Breakfast & check out from the hotel in Kusadasi. After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.
Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. It is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pamukkale is now a world heritage site.
Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral
waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire.
After the tour you will travel overnight to Cappadocia in a non-smoking, fully air-conditioned local bus departing the bus station approximately 9:00 pm. The total duration of travel will be 10 hours.There will be three breaks on the way to Cappadocia for your personal needs. (B, L)
Day 7: Free day at leisure
Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to your authentic hotel in Cappadocia. Free time at leisure. Stay overnight in Cappadocia. (B)
Day 8: Full Day North Cappadocia Tour with overnight in Cappadocia
After breakfast around 9:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel to join the full day tour of North Cappadocia. You will visit the Devrent Valley and Pasabag or Monk’s Valley where you will be able to see the world famous fairy chimneys. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries were carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. You will also visit Ortahisar a natural rock castle to enjoy panoramic views of the area. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 17:00. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L)
Day 9: Full Day South Cappadocia Tour, Flight to Istanbul
After breakfast check out from your hotel in Cappadocia. You will be picked up from your hotel to join the full day tour of South Cappadocia. You will visit the Derinkuyu Underground City which was built as a defence and hiding place during the period of spreading Christianity. Next you will tour Cavusin Old Christian Village where you will see the triple Apse church and the monastery of St John the Baptist. In Sinasos Old Greek Village you find old Greek and Ottoman houses. On this tour, you will also enjoy an easy hike approximately 3 km through the Red Valley which offers some great scenery which is not accessible by car. You may inform your tour guide if unable to join the hike and can wait in the car for the next site. Next you will visit Uchisar a natural rock castle. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. At end of the tour you will be transferred to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be picked-up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 10: Departure, Transfer to Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul
After breakfast check out from your hotel in Istanbul (before 12:00). You will be transferred to Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul as per your international flight details. End of tour and services. (B)