Travel back in time on this 8-day tour to Turkey’s most charming corners that have been preserving the country’s rich history, customs and traditions. In addition to Istanbul, your journey will take you to astounding places such as Cappadocia, Rose Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, Roman City of Ephesus as well as quaint Pamukkale.
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, meet with our English-speaking representative who will arrange for your transfer to a hotel by a private vehicle. Check in and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at a local hotel in Istanbul. Read More
After breakfast, you will
meet your local guide in the hotel lobby. Today is reserved for the exploration of quaint quarters of Old City. Start by visiting the Topkapi Palace, the seat of government during the Ottoman Empire and a large museum now. Look for the ‘Spoonmaker’s Diamond’, the 7th largest diamond in the world in the treasury section and search for sacred leavings from Prophet Mohammad at the chamber of Holy Mantle. Visit Hippodrome next, one of the largest chariot race grounds in the Byzantine Empire. Your exploration will then take you to Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century and named after blue Iznik tiles that adorn its interiors. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before you visit St. Sophia, built during the reign of Emperor Justinian in AD537. The church remained one of the greatest churches in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II who ordered to convert it into a Mosque. Culminate your day by visiting the renowned Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops selling everything from handicrafts, carpets, rare jewels, antiques, home wares, books, copper ware, ceramics, gold and souvenirs. Have dinner at your own expense. Overnight stay at your local hotel.
Entrance fee for Harem section will not be covered
The lunch at the local restaurant will have set menu; drinks extra
After breakfast, spend some
leisurely time till it’s time for your Cable Car & Bosphorus Tour. Meet with your tour guide at the beginning of the tour and proceed towards City Walls and learn about the history of the place. Next, take the bus to Golden Horn area, a natural harbour crucial to the development of Istanbul. Your next stop will be at Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) where you will see heaps of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and other spices and herbs. Take a scenic boat trip on the Bosphorus next, followed by a visit to the Rumeli Fortress. Check out of your hotel and take a direct flight from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can spend the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel.
After breakfast, meet with
your local guide in the hotel lobby and usher on your full day regular tour of Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia. Start by visiting the Devrent Valley, popular for its many different rock formations. Don’t miss the small fairy chimneys in the valley that form a lunar landscape. Drive to Paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) next and check out some of the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Have lunch at a local restaurant in the city of Avanos (set menu, drinks extra). In the afternoon, make your way to Göreme and marvel at the ruins of rock-cut churches and ancient Christian settlements. Culminate your visit by visiting the natural castles of Uçhisar. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel.
Note: You can also book an optional early morning hot air balloon tour to enjoy the aerial view of the valleys this day.
After meeting your guide
in the hotel lobby, proceed towards to the Red Valley and admire the quaint rock-cut and colourful churches. Next on your list is the old and charming village of Çavuşin, Cappadocia’s most serene corner dotted with houses and churches of the Christian Clergymen. After lunch, visit the Pigeon Valley that takes its name from many pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. End your day by visiting Kaymakli Underground City, located within the citadel of Kaymakli and used in the Byzantine era for protection from Muslim Arabs during the Arab–Byzantine wars. After return to the hotel, transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport with your luggage for your flight from Cappadocia to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, transfer to Kusadası. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel.
Meet your local guide
and begin your tour with a visit to Temple of Artemis. Afterwards, explore the world-famous Roman City of Ephesus. Stop by the Arcadian Way, Roman Baths, Temple of Hadrian, Celsius Library, and the Antique Theatre. Later, drive towards the Sirince Village for lunch. Transfer back to your hotel at the end of your tour. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
The first stop on
your itinerary today will be the Hierapolis Ancient City where you will find stunning attractions such as the large necropolis, Great Baths, Frontinus Street, Theatre, Martyrion of St. Phillip and the antique pool also known as Cleopatra’s pool. Later, enjoy a barefooted walk along the travertines before you drive along the Meander River valley to reach your accommodation in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight stay at your local hotel in Kusadasi.
You can request for
a private tour of Pergamon or a gulet cruise of the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts for extending your holidays. Else, you will be transferred to the airport for a direct flight from Izmir to Istanbul where you can find a connection for your onward international journey.
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