Day 1: Flight To Cappadocia, Full Day North Cappadocia Tour
05:30 You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfered to airport.
06:00 Arrival airport for flight from Istanbul to Kayseri/Nevsehir
07:00 Fly From Istanbul to Kayseri/Nevsehir
08:00 Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to Cappadocia where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your 5-days Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Troy
On the first 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, göreme 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 number of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Goreme, 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 and Derinkuyu 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 with overnight in Canakkale
After breakfast around 8:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel for to join the full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary. On this tour you will visit The Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus; one the most well preserved example in the world. 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. You will also be able to visit on this tour the İsabey Mosque; one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art in Turkey. After your Ephesus tour, you will be driven back to Kusadasi where you will board a public bus to Canakkale approximately 5:00 pm. You will arrive in Canakkale around 11:00 pm and there will be 2 breaks enroute for personal needs. After arrival at the Canakkale bus station you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale. (B, L)
Day 5: Troy Tour, Bus to Istanbul
After breakfast check out of the hotel in Canakkale. Around 8:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel to begin the morning tour of Troy. You will visit the ancient city of Troy famous for the legendary Trojan horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince. After your morning Troy tour, you will be driven back to Canakkale where you will board a public bus to Istanbul approximately 1:00 pm. End of tour and services. (B)