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.
After breakfast, we embark upon a fully guided tour of the city that spans two continents, Europe and Asia.
We visit the Hippodrome area –known as the centre of Byzantine Empire for 1000 years and Ottoman Empire for the other 400 years! Continuing, we visit stunning Blue Mosque and then Hagia Sofia, built by Emperor Justinian. Once a church, later converted into a mosque, then a museum and the mosque again, nowdays. Before tour’s end, we have time for the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground water tank decorated with carved and fluted Corinthian columns and a puzzling head of Medusa. Visitors walk on walkways constructed above clear, now shallow water. It’s very cool and peaceful.
Our tour will finish with a Bosphorous tour, because no stay in Istanbul can be complete without a traditional and unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the stream separating Europe and Asia, without the humble fisherman villages and impressive bridges set against the dramatic outlook of the Strait, exemplifying the newest link between the East and West and the Rumeli Fortress, built in just 4 months (in 1452) by Mehmet the Conqueror in preparation of his planned siege of Byzantine Constantinople.
The end of the day we will visit, the Egyptian Spice market (to stock up on bargain saffron, spices, and Turkish delight )
Overnight Istanbul. (B, L)
After breakfast, pickups from hotel between 08:00 and 09:30. Final timing will be given to you one day before.
Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including EGYPTIAN (SPICE) BAZAAR. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After lunch depart for Istanbul Airport for a domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from the airport and check-in at your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Between 08:00 and 09:30 after breakfast, pick up from the hotel.
Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, and Grand Theatre. Lunch break around 13:00, then, visit of a place that continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving center, and Sirince Village Tour. Sirince’s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks, the houses on the slope are all Orginal 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 learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish winemakers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the return way, visit of one of the famous leather production centers of the region. On this guided tour, you will avoid the 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.
08:00. Depart for Pamukkale and a lunch break on the way. Afterward, visit of the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying down in the waters of the natural springs.
Overnight in Pamukkale
10:00. Depart for Antalya, Overnight in Antalya.
Between 08:00. and 09:30. pick up from the hotel and
drive to Antalya old City (Kaleiçi) Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalya’s modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. It was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The Hadrian’s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate or The Three Gates) is a triumphal arch that was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, it was, originally, built as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, Turkey, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in the Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into a circular tower in the 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. we have lunch then depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes overland sometimes underground, and reaching their destination, resulting in lovely waterfalls, there are more than twenty. After the tour come back to the hotel and the rest of the day is yours.Overnight in Antalya. (B.L)
08:00. Drive to Konya, a break for coffee on the road and lunch at in Konya around 13:00, then visit of the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 18:30. and check-in at your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Between 08:00 am and 09:30 pick up from the hotel. Drive to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best-preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Then visit of Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, visit of Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
The next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses, a lunch break is taken in Avanos, then a visit of a pottery workshop. We continue to Love Valley Cappadocia, which is a hidden valley with scenic formations, to say the least. Despite the resemblance to manhood, these amazing rock formations are far from man-made., and after Love Valley visit of another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.
The 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. The last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately at 18.00. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia
After breakfast, a free time in Cappadocia, then transfer to Cappadocia Airport for the flight back to Istanbul.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future on one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing us.