DAY - 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL (choose your own travel dates)
Arrive at Istanbul International Airport, pick up, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 2 BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR (B-L)
08:00 am (may change) pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace. The tour ends around 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Return back to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 3 PRINCESS ISLAND TOURS - ISTANBUL (B-L)
This island tour starts from your hotel at about 08:00 am (may change). Take the ferry to one of the Prince's Islands, Buyukada (Big Island), which served as a place of exile for princes in the past. Leaving the Golden Horn you will go around Sarayburnu (Seraglio Point), the peninsula on which the domes and minarets of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque can be seen. Upon arrival to the island, you will see the lavish Ottoman mansions and other beautiful Victorian-style summer villas around the island by electricity vehicle sightseeing tour – on one of the islands this is the only allowed means of transport, motor vehicles are strictly prohibited. There are colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens, forest areas and exotic flowers to be seen everywhere. Afterward, you can enjoy a delicious lunch in a cozy seaside fish restaurant and relax looking back at the domes and minarets among skyscrapers of modern Istanbul's skyline.
This a perfect day for relaxing and enjoying when Istanbul's residents visit to have a run outside the rush of the city. Return by ferry and drop off at the hotel at about 18:00.
***Please noted that this is a large group tour operated by another local supplier. You shall not have high expectations. Thanks for your kind understanding. (You can upgrade Istanbul tours to Private service)
DAY - 4 FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA / CAPPADOCIA TOUR #1 (B- L)
Around 05:00 am pick up from the reception and transfer to the airport. You will fly into either Kayseri or Nevsehir. Arrive at the airport and depart for the tour. Visiting Devrent Valley, Monk`s valley (Pasabagi) where you will find the world-renowned fairy chimneys. After lunch break continues on to the Goreme Open-Air Museum where you will visit the numerous rock-carved churches and monasteries. The tour will end with a visit to Uchisar, a natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY - 5 CAPPADOCIA TOUR #2 (B-L)
Around 09:30 am, depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, explore the famous rock-cut churches and walk 4-5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Çavusvillage. This village is famous for the houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride
DAY - 6 FLIGHT TO IZMIR & TRANSFER TO KUSADASI (B)
Flight from Cappadocia to Izmir. Depending on the day of the week, you will either fly directly or via Istanbul. Arrive at Izmir airport, pick up, and transfer to the hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY - 7 EPHESUS TOUR (B-L)
Around 09:00 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Following this, we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. Visiting Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library, and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city`s great wealth many years ago. Our last stop is the House of the Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and spent her final days. Return back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY - 8 PAMUKKALE TOUR (B-L-D)
Around 08:00 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour (3-hour drive). Visiting Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/ mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls". After lunch, visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil`s Hole, and the Masterpiece Theatre. At the end of the tour, you will be taken to the hotel in Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY - 9 FLIGHT BACK TO ISTANBUL (B)
Pick up from your hotel 2 and half hours before your departure and transfer to the Denizli (Cardak) airport (One hour drive). Flight back to Istanbul (Early morning or afternoon). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 10 GOODBYE (B)
Pick up 3 hours before your international flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!
No extra hidden cost..!
All mentioned transfers in the program.
All mentioned tours in the program include transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance, and entrance fees.
*Local tour guide is in English (You can ask for other language options for groups).
(Transfer and tours are regular group tour/transfer organizations)
All meals as described in the itinerary.
9 nights accommodation in 3,4 or 5-star hotels according to your choice.
All local taxes.
What’s Not Included
Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia; Cappadocia to Izmir and Izmir to Istanbul. Will be calculated during the booking process.
International flight tickets.
Drinks with meals (except the drinks served at breakfast).
Visa (if needed).
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Kusadasi: www. karaaslanhotels.com