Day 1: Flight To Cappadocia, Full Day North Cappadocia Tour
Your 4-days Tour of Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus will begin with pick-up from your Istanbul hotel to catch an early morning flight from Istanbul airport to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport. Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to Cappadocia where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your 4-days Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus tour.
On the fırst day you will travel to North Cappadocia and will visit the following:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
MONKS VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha's Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM: Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast numer of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Göreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia for check-in. Overnight in Cappadocia. (L)
Day 2: Full Day South Cappadocia, Overnight Bus to Pamukkale
Enjoy your breakfast & then check-out of your hotel in Cappadocia. Around 09:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel to join the tour.
On the second day you will travel to South Cappadocia and will visit the following:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Goreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away however.
HOSPITAL MONASTRY: One of the oldest monastries in Cappadocia.
KAYMAKLI: Kaymakli underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
After the tour you will travel overnight to Pamukkale 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 Pamukkale for your personal needs. (B, L)
Day 3: Full Day Pamukkale Tour, Kusadasi
Upon your arrival at the Pamukkale bus station you will be transferred to your hotel for a quick freshen up. You will have time to have breakfast and then will be picked up from hotel for a full day tour of Pamukkale and Heirapolis. In Pamukkale
, you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica , theatre and Roman Baths. At the end of the day, we will drive you to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and for an overnight stay in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Full Day Ephesus Tour, Flight to Istanbul
Around 08:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel for a Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary.
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. At end of the tour you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be picked-up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS. (B, L)
You may also add to your tour experience of Cappadocia the highly recommend hot air balloon ride
over the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia. This will provide a most memorable scenic experience and photo opportunities. The hot air balloon ride can be booked with us at a special promotional rate of Eur 130 per person. This is not included in the tour price and will cost extra.