(7 Days / 6 Nights)
Best of Turkish Discovery
(Istanbul 1 Night - Cappadocia 2 Nights - Pamukkale 1 Night - Kusadasi 1 Night - Istanbul 1 Night )
HIGHLIGHTS:• 6 Nights Accommodation • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches,and 4 Dinners • Return Airport transfers • City Tour of Istanbul • City Tour of Cappadocia • City Tour of Konya • Visit to Pammukale spa town • Kusadasi tour • Ephesus tour including visit to the House of Virgin Mary
Once you arrive at Istanbul International Airport, after clearing customs & immigrations you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Late in the afternoon enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus river. This cruise takes you along the magnificent Bosphorus, the waterway separating Europe from Asia. Along the shores there is a delightfully mixture of the past and the present, as well as the grand splendor and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages and visit of Spice Market (closed on Sundays). Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to the airport for an early flight to Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ankara, proceed to Cappadocia. Evening Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a half day sightseeing tour in this unique corner of the world. Visit to Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Lunch at a typical restaurant of the region and visit Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground. It is connected to Derinkuyu Underground City by six miles of tunnel. Drive to Pasabagi in Zelve Region and then to Avanos Village. Time for shopping. Evening Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to Konya. En route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. Later continue to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress. Visit the hot mineral waters that burst from the earth and cascade over cliffs forming pools and stalactites. Arrive Pamukkale, check into the hotel. Evening Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today stroll through the ruins of ancient Roman City Hierapolis and transfer to Kusadasi. En route lunch at a local restaurant and visit Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite and famous for the sculpture school. Arrive Kusadasi, check into the hotel. Evening dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today morning after breakfast visit the House of Virgin Mary and continue to Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St.John. Drive to Izmir airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be met by our local representative at the hotel lobby for transfer from Izmir to take morning flight back to Istanbul Airport for your flight back home.