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Duration

8 Days / 7 Night

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

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Highlights

  • ISTANBUL, KUSADASI, PAMUKKALE, CAPPADOCIA, BURSA ,

Itinerary

DAY 1 ISTANBUL Tour: DINNER CRUISE BOSPHORUS with TURKISH NIGHT Dinner included)

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours to explore this exotic city untill 19:00 for Dinner Cruise bosphorus. Today we will pick you up from your hotel for dinner and turkish night show on the bosphprus watching one of the most beautiful silhouettes in the world with Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and the Leander’s Tower will be your exceptional experimentation to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic sight of the Bosphorus tours waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face. We will make the most of an evening in Istanbul with a brilliant 3.5 hours dinner cruise experimentation on the Bosphorus tours istanbul. Dinner with a rich range of specialties from the Turkish and international cuisine including limitless local drinks on board a Bosphorus tours istanbul yacht. Enjoy this thrilling performance of music and dancing which lights on the city’s Anatolian culture. As the show starts, tune to for classic belly dancing with playful twists and shakes enjoyed by everybody. After the show is over, spend the last few minutes admiring the sparkling city as your boat comes at the port. We dropp you to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul

DAY 2 Tour: ISTANBUL CITY TOUR Departure: ISTANBUL TO KUSADASI Breakfast and lunch included)

Pick Up: 08:45am – 09:15am You will be picked up from your hotel around 08:30am Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request) Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)At the end of the tour (around 5pm) you will be taken back to your hotel.End of the tour depart for airport Istanbul / Sabiha Gokcen airport by our own. On your arrival to Izmir airport, you will be picked up by our driver transfer to Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 3 Tour: DAY TRIP TO PAMUKKALE (Breakfast and lunch included)

Pick Up: 08:00 am – 08:15am You will be picked up from your hotel between 08:00- 08:15 and we start our tour. We will visit:Hierapolis: It is known that the king of Pergamum, Eumenes II, founded the city in 190 BC. It was named Hierapolis after the Amazon’s Queen Hiera, the wife of Telephos, the founder of Pergamum. Pamukkale: Which means ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish, is known as 8th world wonder by Turkish people. The water (35 degrees Celsius) which is flowing down the cliff of Pamukkale has turned the area into as white as cotton color, and carved this fantastic formation of stalactites and basins. Pamukkale is a very popular destination for a short visit, the stunning white calcium pools, which cling to the side of a ridge, have been long one of the most famous picture postal card views of Turkey. It is the largest and finest example of elaborate calcium formation in the world, which dominates the landscape miles around. Pamukkale was formed when a spring with a high
content of dissolved calcium bicarbonate cascaded over the edge of the cliff, which cooled and hardened leaving calcium deposits. This formed into great natural pools, shelves, and ridges, which tourists could plunge and splash in the hot water. The calcareous waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. In this white wonderland is an abundance of hot warm springs which are recommended for the treatment of high blood pressure, heart diseases, rheumatism, circulatory problems, nervous disorders, digestive maladies, nervous and physical exhaustion, eye & skin diseases, and nutritional disorders Theatre: It’s a great, well-preserved Greek style building, which is situated on a hillside. It is 91 meters high. The theater’s construction was started in 62 A.D. after the earthquake of 60 AD in the Flavius era. However, it was not completed in the Hadrian era. Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 4 KUSADASI Tour: EPHESUS TOUR WITH SIRINCE VILLAGE Flight: KUSADASI TO CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast and lunch included)

After breakfast we pick you up from your Kusadasi hotel and start for our full day tour. We will visit: Ephesus Tour extensively the ancient city of Ephesus. Very probably the largest archeological site in Turkey, it rises on the north slope of Mount Pion extending southward to the slope of Mount Koressos. First founded as a colony of Athens some 1000 years before Christ, it was rebuilt and fortified with city walls in the late part of the fourth century BC by Lysimachus, who had been left in charge of the city by Alexander the Great after his visit there in 334 BC. After Alexandria and Antiochia, during the Roman period, it was designated as the capital of Asia Minor. The apostle, Paul, came to Ephesus in the 1st century and it is believed to be the place from where he wrote his letter known as First Corinthians in the Holy Bible. Ephesus is also one of the seven churches, or communities of Christians, referred to in Revelations (Revelations 2:1-7). Explore the extensive site of this white marble ancient city and marvel at its spectacular monuments, such as the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Odeon, the Trajan Fountain, the Domitianus Temple, the theater and the roman latrines, etc.HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY-You will also visit the House of Mother Mary, located on the top of Bulbul Dag (the Mount of the Nightingale), seven kilometers south of the ancient city of Ephesus. Here the Blessed Virgin is said to have lived her last years on earth having been brought to the area under the care of St John, who also lived and preached here. It was reconstructed on the foundations unearthed in 1891 by Lazarist Fathers following the detailed description given to them by an infirmed German woman who claimed to have been shown this neighborhood in visions that she had of the Virgin Mother. Soon after, this place began to attract interest and is visited today by pilgrims from all over the world. Pope John XXIII visited this shrine many times during his stay as the Apostolic Delegate in Turkey while Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II came here as pilgrims in 1967 and 1979 respectively. TEMPLE OF ARTEMİS-The tour will make a stop to see what remains of the Temple of Artemis. This famous temple is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is also known as Artemission. It was first built in the lonian style during 560-550 BC by the Lydian King, Croesus. After being burned down in 356 BC, it was rebuilt on the same foundations, its 55×115 meters in dimension and was the largest of all the ancient temples. It was discovered during excavations that were undertaken by the British Museum, in 1869-1874 under the supervision of J.T. Wood and in 1904-1905 under David G. Hogart. Many of the ruins were taken to the museum in England. ŞİRİNCE-Then it’s up into the mountains to the lovely little Turkish-Orthodox village of Sirince Up here, far from the madding crowd, you can wander the narrow streets, where the women sell their handcrafts and oils. You can take a quiet drink in one of the small café’s and sample the local sweet fruity wine. ISABEY MOSQUE: Isa bey mosque is one of the best and important example which reflects the end of the Seljuk Empire period in late 14 C A.D. In addition, this mosque bears the imprint of Umayyad mosque in Damascus in which is one of the Islamic centers for scientists and scholars The marble and tiles here make almost a harmonial visiual feast those who want to visit. The ruler, Aydinoglu Isa bay, conducted to the architect in order to reflect the splendeur and strength of the empire so the architect made a great effort to create such a beauty. Overnight in Cappadocia

DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast included) Tour 1: CAPPADOCIA NORTH TOUR (Breakfast and lunch included) Pick Up: 09:00am – 09:15am

Pick Up: 09:00am – 09:15am The first stop on your tour will be a visit to the Devrent Valley which reveals many different rock formations and small fairy chimneys that form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. You will also see animal-like rock formations that look like a sculpture zoo created by nature. We will walk through this amazing valley. Your tour will continue on to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) which contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style is unique, even for Cappadocia, and these fairy chimneys are named ‘mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys’. After visiting Pasabagi, we will drive to Avanos which is known for its world-renowned pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue of the Kizilirmak river, the longest river in Turkey. A stop for lunch is next on the agenda, which will be followed by a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum where you will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to 13th centuries A.D. with frescos painted on the walls. You will be given ample time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before transferring you to your hotel.
Tour 2: SUNSET BIKE TOUR Pick Up: 17:00 Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 6 CAPPADOCIA Tour: IHLARA VALLEY TOUR

Pick Up: 09:30 am
Drive to Ihlara, Walking through Ihlara Valley, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches spread across a wild plantation, surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Lunch in Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at the end of the canyon and a “star wars” like landscape. Depar ture: CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL
Return to your hotel at around 17:30pm. End of the tour transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 7 ISTANBUL Tour: DAY TRIP TO BURSA

Pick Up: 08:00 am – 08:15am We will visit the city of Bursa, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, on this day trip from Istanbul that starts with a 2 hour ferry ride. Enjoy a local lunch, and ascend Mt. Uludag, the ancient Olympus, by cable car to take in the scenery. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 8 ISTANBUL (Breakfast included)

Time to say goodbye. Thank you for creating good memories with us. Have a safe lovely flight. :)

Included/Excluded

  • Daily Breakfast
  • 1 night acc. in Istanbul at The Artisan Hotel in Taksim or Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel in Sultanahmet
  • 2 nights acc in Kusadasi at İlayda Avangarde hotel
  • 2 night acc in Cappadocia at Mahzen Cave Hotel
  • 2 night acc in Istanbul at The Artisan Hotel in Taksim or Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel in Sultanahmet
  • GST and TCS
  • TOURS (SIC)
  •  Dinner Cruise in Istanbul
  •  Full Day Istanbul city tour with lunch
  •  Full day Pamukkale tour with lunch
  •  Fu ll Day Ephesus tour with lunch
  •  Full day Cappadocia Goreme tour
  •  Full Day Ihlara Valley Tour with lunch
  •  ATV Riding tour in Cappadocia
  •  Daily Bursa city tour from Istanbul with lunch
  • TRANSFERS (SIC basis)
  •  Round way airport transfer in Izmir
  •  Round way airport transfer in Cappadocia
  • OTHERS
  •  All entrance fees are mentioned in the itinerary.
  •  Professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • All those which are not mentioned above
  • Istanbul Airport transfers
  • İstanbul to izmir flight
  • Kusadasi to Cappadocia flight
  • Cappadocia to Istanbul flight
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Visa etc.

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